Ann M. Vracin

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Markets with the Most Flipped Homes

Sep 02, 2015 in Homeowner. 0 Comment

Markets with the Most Flipped Homes

Recent data shows that the average return on investment for home flippers has risen. Despite this, the overall number of flipped home sales was down a percentage from the previous quarter. In some areas, flipping is going strong. The following are the markets with the highest share of flipped homes. 

Flipping Defined

Home flipping is well past its heyday when it seemed like nearly everyone was getting in the game. Flipping was everywhere in the culture. Multiple reality shows were made on home flipping. While some of that has faded into the past, the reality is that house flipping is still a good investment opportunity under the right circumstances. A home is considered flipped if it is sold in an arm’s-length deal for the second time within a year. Home flipping peaked back in 2006 when 8 percent of all single-family home sales were defined as flips. According to the Q2 2015 US Home Flipping Report by RealtyTrac, that share stands at 4.5 percent today, down from 5.5 percent last quarter. 

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Fake News Stories that Went Viral

Aug 31, 2015 in Sports/Entertainment. 0 Comment

Fake News Stories that Went Viral

When you are checking your social media profiles and seeing what your friends have shared, you may come across a video or news story that catches your eye. The title sounds interesting, and the story is even more enthralling. Have you ever wondered, though, if the story was real? You might be surprised to discover stories that have been posted online that are not factual.

Angry Dennis Quaid

Dennis Quaid is a well-known actor who has worked in numerous films. Because he is so well-known, a picture of him getting angry on a set made big news. The story, which was supposedly captured on video by a crew member, went viral. It was finally revealed that the picture was a joke. 

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Labor Day Fun Facts: How and Why Americans Celebrate

Aug 28, 2015 in Lifestyle. 0 Comment

Labor Day Fun Facts: How and Why Americans Celebrate

Many people see Labor Day as the last chance to enjoy summer before fall sets in. They host barbeques, take a last-minute vacation or find other ways to celebrate. However, there is a lot more to Labor Day than just parties, fun and food. 

The Early Days

Labor Day was first celebrated in 1882 in New York City. Only two years later, it was chosen to be held on the first Monday in September. It became a state holiday first in 1887 in Oregon. Not much later, other states began to recognize this day that was designed to celebrate American workers and their contributions to society. 

This day became recognized as a federal holiday in 1896. It gave many workers a three-day weekend to enjoy. Unions began to gain popularity, which peaked in the 1950s. Today, less than 20 percent of workers in the U.S. are in a union. Instead, over 10 million are self-employed, with over 4 million working from home. 

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Organization Tricks for Small Spaces

Aug 26, 2015 in Homeowner. 0 Comment

Organization Tricks for Small Spaces

Living in a small space doesn’t doom you to a life of crowded chaos. Making the most of your existing square footage requires some sleight of hand. These organization tricks are the next best thing to waving a magic wand to make your clutter disappear. 

Maximizing Storage Space

Small spaces require significant storage options. These can include built-in cabinets and free-standing units. Media centers, wardrobes, desks, dressers and medicine cabinets are good options for storing your personal objects out of sight. Additional storage options are the best way to make a small space seem bigger; reducing the number of items in a room will make it look larger. When spaces are tight, the number of storage options is limited as well. In some cases, it’s impossible to add another item to the room. Tight budget requirements may also be a factor. In such instances, it’s important to maximize the use of every storage unit in your home. 

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Amazing New Photo Editing Technology

Aug 24, 2015 in Tech. 0 Comment

Amazing New Photo Editing Technology

Photo editing technology is evolving rapidly. From consumer products to experimental research at universities, a wide range of techniques and inventions are being produced. Read on to learn more about the most amazing advancements in photo editing technology.

Adding another Dimension

Researchers have developed a new way to add extra dimensions to a photograph. Editors using the technology can turn and flip objects in any direction. It even allows for the exposure of surfaces that weren’t visible in the original photograph. A research team at Carnegie Mellon University is using 3D numerical models of everyday objects to accomplish this feat. The realistic looking edits are made by fitting the models into the geometry of the photograph. The lighting, colors and texture are then adjusted to maintain consistency with the original. This technique gives photo editors the ability to move objects in space when editing a photo. The same techniques can be used on objects in paintings or historical photographs. 

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