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John F. O'Hara
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Freddie Mac: More Housing Markets Stabilize

October 28, 2015 2:51 am

In more positive news on the recovery front, two metro areas have been added to the outer "stable" range of Freddie Mac's Multi-Indicator Market Index(R) (MiMi(R)), on par with the national market overall. Twenty-nine of the 50 states and the District of Columbia are in stable range, and 48 show steady improvement, according to the MiMi.

"The nation's housing market continues to improve riding the wave of the best year in home sales since 2007," says Freddie Mac Deputy Chief Economist Len Kiefer. "With the MiMi purchase applications indicator at its highest level in more than seven years, we expect home sales to remain strong. 

"Low mortgage rates are fueling the recovery across the country," Kiefer adds. "Places like Denver, Austin and Salt Lake City, and most markets in California, are seeing robust home purchase demand and in many cases double-digit growth over last year."

Source: Freddie Mac

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5 Tips to for Safe Trick-or-Treating

October 27, 2015 2:51 am

With Halloween just around the corner, costumed children will soon trek through spooky displays in search of sweet treats. But amid the fun of trick-or-treating, parents and supervisors shouldn’t neglect the hidden fire hazards Halloween costumes and decorations present.

“Halloween has become such a festive time of year and we want people to enjoy decorating their homes, wearing colorful costumes and getting in the fall spirit,” says Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), “but this holiday can quickly turn hazardous if proper precautions aren’t taken.”

To help trick-or-treaters stay out of harm’s way this Halloween, Carli and the NFPA advise the following tips.

1. When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long-trailing fabric. If you are making your own costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame.

2. Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costumes. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so he or she can see clearly out of it.

3. Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.

4. It is safest to use a glow stick or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. If you choose to use candle decorations, make sure to keep them well attended at all times. Do not leave them near flammable objects or where trick-or-treaters may walk. Remind your children to avoid open flames. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit.

5. Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes. 

Source: NFPA

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