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How is home financing affecting recent home purchases? [Infographic]
The recent national home price index showed signs of a turnaround in the turbulent real estate market, with average home prices rebounding to higher levels in the past months. This, paired with current mortgage rates remaining at historic lows, has many considering homeownership. But deciding to buy a home is just the beginning of a process which can be daunting. To highlight best practices in home buying and home financing, TD Bank created the TD Bank Mortgage Service Index. This national su...
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Whitewashed floors complement lively decorating trends
(BPT) - It’s the season of sunshine and enjoying the great outdoors. Celebrate it with a style makeover for your home by tapping lively decorating trends and home decor ideas that will refresh and brighten your living space. “Look to nature for inspiration for decorating ideas to refresh your home,” says Erinn Valencich,...
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One of the most common skin conditions you've never heard of
(BPT) - What affects an estimated 16 million Americans, more commonly occurs in women and tends to appear after age 30? If you didn’t guess “rosacea,” you’re not alone – 78% of Americans don’t know what this condition is despite the fact that it’s very common. Rosacea appears on the skin as redness, unpredictable blushin...
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Three ways to make your backyard safe for your kids and pets
(BPT) - The sun is shining, the air smells of freshly cut grass and the kids are out of school. Long, lazy summers are a staple of any childhood, and getting outside for exercise and fresh air is healthy for both children and pets alike. By taking some simple safety measures in your backyard, you can also enjoy a relaxin...
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Getting girls excited about science and math
(BPT) - “My research experiences have shown me that, in spite of what statistics say about women in science, any girl with a passion for exploring unanswered questions can and should be persistent in pursuing that work,” says Sara Volz, 17. “Being female should not hold anyone back from science or engineering.” Volz won ...
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Improving automobile fuel efficiency - with plastics
While most Americans know that drastically improving automobile fuel efficiency will reduce gasoline consumption and tailpipe emissions, it may be less clear how today’s cars and trucks are evolving to make that happen. The U.S. government recently announced stringent new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards: ...
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Bringing home baby: When to call the doctor
(BPT) - Most new parents are anxious when their infant has a fever, or is fussy, stuffy and simply not acting right. But how do you decide to call the pediatrician or to wait – especially in the middle of the night? “We understand the uncertainty that comes with bringing home a newborn, and it’s always better to be safe ...
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Get ready to spice up summer meals
(BPT) - The inspiration for a great taco can be found in many places – from farmers markets to food trucks to upscale restaurants. All across the country, chefs and home cooks alike are reinventing the taco with global flavors and fresh ingredients. Just in time for summertime celebrations, the Betty Crocker Kitchens par...
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Prevention, detection tips for the most common type of cancer
(BPT) - One in five Americans will get skin cancer in their lifetime, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Melanoma, the most lethal form of skin cancer, has steadily increased over the past three decades – to the rate of one American dying an hour from it, according to the ...
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Brooke Burke-Charvet takes on a challenge for allergy relief
(BPT) - For many, spring’s warmer weather is welcomed with spending more time outside. But for allergy sufferers, the season can mean facing symptoms that make them look and feel bad. TV host, busy mom and longtime allergy sufferer Brooke Burke-Charvet has teamed up again with the makers of non-drowsy Claritin products t...
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Four fun, easy ways to spend more time on the water this summer
(BPT) - Whether it’s the wind in your hair, the whine of a reel or the thrill of watersports, every summer the water invites us to jump in and have some fun. Many might be surprised to learn that boating is an accessible and active hobby close to home, making it easy to plan a day on the water. More than 60 percent of Am...
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Tips for parents to protect kids from cyber bullying
(BPT) - Bullying has been present in schools since society started educating children in groups. In the old days, the bully’s weapons of intimidation might have been simply stealing another child’s lunch money, or shoving a victim down on the playground. Modern bullying is a high-tech type of antagonism – one that can re...
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