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Three new model homes debut this weekend in Chapel Hill

Resident fun just got better in Chapel Hill with the addition of a second, competition-sized pool and a striking mid-century designed clubhouse complete with a covered patio and outdoor fireplace. Additional amenities include covered pavilions, a recreational pickleball court, a zero-entry, lagoon-shaped pool, a cabana and lanai, and tot lot. Walking trails are expanding through all phases of Chapel Hill.

Resident fun just got better in Chapel Hill with the addition of a second, competition-sized pool and a striking mid-century designed clubhouse complete with a covered patio and outdoor fireplace. Additional amenities include covered pavilions, a recreational pickleball court, a zero-entry, lagoon-shaped pool, a cabana and lanai, and tot lot. Walking trails are expanding through all phases of Chapel Hill.

Debuting this week during the 2020 HBA Fall Parade of Homes are three new floor plan model homes by Kansas City’s leading building companies.

Don Julian Builders, Inc., releases their Brentwood II reverse, which offers a master bedroom suite/wing plus an office off the kitchen. The lower level includes three bedrooms, a family room and a wet bar. Hollywood sliding glass doors open the space up to the covered deck as an entertaining bonus. Stunning touches of modern, clean-lined finishes enhance the experience all captured in a livable, almost 2,900 square feet of luxury.

NewMark Homes launches their newest reverse plan, The Timberland Reverse, a nice addition to their Timberland series of floor plan options. Features include two bedrooms on the main level, including an owner’s suite. Downstairs, the walkout lower level features a family room and two bedrooms. A covered deck is ideal for entertaining, and a soft modern farmhouse interior design includes architectural beams and other eye-catching enhancements. The home offers just over 3,000 finished square feet and several front elevation facades to choose from for prospective buyers to build their custom Timberland Reverse.

Additionally, Suma Design presents their newest reverse 1 ½-story. The Santa Claire R3 features stunning modern finishes, 12-foot folding glass doors that open to a covered deck, a glass handrail system, walnut hardwood floors and more. The new home is an ideal example of luxury at its finest, complete with more than

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Columbus Day Sales 2020: 13 Tech, Furniture, and Kitchenware Deals To Shop This Weekend

Columbus Day sales, unlike Labor Day sales or even Fourth of July sales, aren’t really a thing. If you consider it for a second—and remind yourself that Christopher Columbus was a monster who didn’t discover anything—you realize Columbus Day shouldn’t really even be a holiday. This year’s “holiday,” which we will now only refer to as Indigenous Peoples Day, is even stranger, thanks to its proximity to a delayed Amazon Prime Day. The mega-retailer will flex its muscle with an onslaught of discounts literally the day after the occasion. Based on our initial scans, it seems like most of the other tech and home goods retailers are holding their sale cards close to the chest, waiting to unleash their best deals until Prime Day begins in earnest. But for now, there’s still some decent price drops available on a range of gear, especially home tech and furniture upgrades. Here’s some of the best sales we could find, all available to shop this weekend. 

Looking for Columbus Day sales on menswear? Here you go! How about mattresses? Yes, we’ve got you covered.

Tech

Apple: Apple isn’t running its own fall sale, but if you’re a student or educator you can get free AirPods with the purchase of a new Mac or iPad through the company’s Back to School offer.

Best Buy: Best Buy’s sale section is stocked with decent TVs, laptops, and appliances.

Walmart: The big box retailer doesn’t have a headline grabbing sale going on right now, but it’s still a good place to check if you’re in the market for a new laptop or robot vacuum. 

Kitchen and Cookware

Sur La Table: Sur La Table’s sale section is stocked with cookware and kitchen tools, including a bunch of gear from the Le Creuset.

Williams Sonoma: Take an extra

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Searching for your dream home? 2020 Parade of Homes to continue through this weekend

The Home Builders Association of Dayton wants to give homeowners the ability to find their dream home in the Miami Valley virtually or in person.

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The 2020 Parade of Homes continues through this weekend and features 22 homes, available for purchase, from across the Dayton region from Lebanon to Tipp City. Those interested in these brand new homes will be able to view them through a 3D Matterport tour by Dayton Home Photo and video tours on buildingdayton.com, and through in-person tours from 4-8 p.m. every Wednesday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday until Oct. 11.

The events are free and feature homes built by Diyanni Homes, D.R. Horton, Fischer Homes, HBS Development, Justin Doyle Homes, M/I Homes, Oberer Homes, Peebles Homes, Ryan Homes and Simms Development.

The prices of these homes range from $190,900 to nearly a million dollars and are move-in ready.

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Red Flag Fire Warning Conditions Return; 293 Homes, 272 Commercial Buildings Destroyed; Chance Of Rain Next Weekend

ST. HELENA (CBS SF) — An intense air war was waged on the north edge of the Glass Fire burn zone Saturday, allowing weary firefighters to extend containment of the massive blaze burning in Sonoma and Napa counties to 15 percent before red flag fire conditions settled in for the night.

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Cal Fire Operations Chief Mark Bruton said during his Saturday night briefing that air support was playing a key role on the northern edge of the blaze burning in steep terrain toward Lake County.

“It’s really steep, heavy terrain, we have some control lines in there but we have a bit of a lack of resources to really work in that kind of terrain,” he said. “We used aircraft to really pound it today. We dropped a lot of retardant to help slow the advance of the fire.”

Meanwhile, weather forecasters were keeping on an eye on a front developing in the Pacific that could bring much needed showers to the San Francisco Bay Area next weekend. Of particular interest, National Weather Service forecasters said, were plumes of moisture spinning toward Northern California from Hurricane Marie.

“In general, in looking at trends would say that confidence is increasing for some type of precipitation by next weekend,” the weather service said. “Rain amounts all over the board based on if Marie gets ingested as well as where (the) cold front would move onshore. As usual would say the better chances would be North Bay and points northward at this time.”

But Bruton said the front will not likely bring the level of rain needed to end the fire season.

“We would need to see something like 4-6 inches (of rain) to change how dry these fuels and make it a game changer,” he said. “Is that a possibility?

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How to check ‘refinance your mortgage’ off your list this weekend

How to check 'refinance your mortgage' off your list this weekend
How to check ‘refinance your mortgage’ off your list this weekend

Instead of spending another weekend quarantining in front of Netflix or reuniting on Zoom with classmates or former co-workers you barely remember, why not do something really valuable?

Mortgage rates in 2020 have never been lower: The average for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped below 3% for the first time, and some lenders are offering loans at 2.50% and even lower.

So this weekend, why not start the ball rolling on a mortgage refinance that will cut your housing costs?

Chances are, it’s time for you to refi. The data firm Black Knight recently said 19.3 million mortgage holders are ripe for a refinance and could save an average $299 per month. Close to 2.5 million could save $500 a month or more.

Sure, with a refinance there are forms to fill out, tax returns and other documents you’ll need to pull together, closing costs to be paid. But the sooner you get started, the better. Here are four steps to begin the process this weekend.

1. Be certain a refi is the right move

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Today’s cellar-dwelling mortgage rates may look very appealing, but the terms of your existing mortgage could make refinancing a bad call.

Some mortgages carry a penalty for early repayment, especially during the first few years of the loan. You also could run into legal complications if you took advantage of a local government grant program, like one for first-time homebuyers.

Before you start down the path toward a refinance, read over your loan documents carefully to make sure you won’t get dinged with exorbitant fees.

Consider several other criteria to determine whether a refi is right for you.

According to Black Knight, you’re in a good position to land a

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