Home improvement scammers take money for no work

Adelicia Caree

Better Business Bureau serving Canton Region and Greater West Virginia offers tips and advice for consumers to avoid fraudulent practices.

Use caution when hiring a home improvement contractor. Scams abound, especially following a major storm, flood, or other weather event when many homeowners are trying to repair their houses. But contractor scams can happen any time, so be wary of high-pressure sales tactics, up front fees, and fly-by-night businesses. Con artists will take homeowners’ money and deliver slipshod work … or no work at all.

HOW THE SCAM WORKS

Home improvement scams can start with a knock on the door,

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Kate Hudson’s extravagant floral bathroom could be a beauty salon

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Matthew Moore

Kate Hudson was a vision in yellow as she posed in her extravagant floral bathroom and it looked like it could be a beauty salon.

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The actress posed in front of her opulent mirror in a light yellow crop top that paired up well with her dark yellow pants.

And fans were able to get a glimpse into the Almost Famous star’s extravagant bathroom

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Gate City Bank announces low-interest home revitalization program

Adelicia Caree

Gate City Bank has contributed $10 million to a home improvement loan program for six cities in North Dakota and central Minnesota, including Grand Forks.

The goal of the loan program is to revitalize mature neighborhoods, and help local homeowners make repairs and improvements with low-interest loans from $10,000 to $75,000. The application period for the program is now open, and runs through Oct. 31.

“Creating a better way of life for our customers, communities and fellow team members is at the heart of who Gate City Bank is,” said Jeana Marshall, vice president of personal lending operations. “We’re very

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Black developers seek more capital and opportunities in real estate

Adelicia Caree

Despite more than 15 years as a residential real estate developer, Buwa Binitie says he has grown accustomed to regularly fielding queries about his expertise.

“Those questions come when a lender might be underwriting you, or maybe there are brokers who are marketing the deal and don’t know you. Questions like ‘Where’s your capital coming from, who’s behind you, who owns your company?’ ” says Binitie, who is Black and is the managing principal of Dantes Partners, a real estate development firm in D.C. “Me and my peers call them ‘unnecessary questions.’ We feel our White peers don’t get them

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Compass CEO Robert Reffkin: COVID created a ‘permanent shift’ in real-estate demand

Adelicia Caree

Compass
COMP,
+1.76%,
the residential real-estate brokerage, went public Thursday, at a time when both the IPO and real-estate markets are at something of a crossroads.

Ahead of its debut, Compass reduced its target price range and trimmed the number of shares sold by nearly a third to 25 million. The company set its initial public offering at the low range of its target range, at $18, but the stock rose as much as 23% following its debut.

It closed at $20.15, which was 11.9% above the IPO price of $18.

Compass CEO Robert Reffkin compares the company to

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Unique decor lands resident a magazine spread

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Visitors to Joy Campbell’s house may be forgiven for thinking they’ve stepped into a museum.

With antique wooden objects everywhere, the Padanaram home’s interior is so striking that it will soon be gracing the pages of Country Sampler Magazine, a lifestyle and decorating publication that specializes in Americana and country styles.

After spotting Campbell’s posts on social media groups for colonial-style decorating, an editor deemed the furnishings feature-worthy and got in touch.

A Country Sampler photography team came to Dartmouth last week to capture Campbell’s decor on camera.

It was the most amazing experience,” said Campbell. “It was

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