Need a home repair person in D.C.? New website with consumer reviews can help you find a reliable one.

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The DCRA Contractor Rating System provides a database of architects, interior designers, general contractors and home improvement contractors that includes a rating from one to five stars based on the quality of their plan submissions and review (for architects and interior designers) and the pass/fail rate of inspections of their projects for contractors. Eventually, the DCRA Contractor Rating System will include ratings for permit expediters, professional engineers, electricians, plumbers, gasfitters, refrigeration mechanics and air conditioning mechanics.

DCRA decided to create the rating system after hearing complaints from D.C. residents about contractors who have been paid without performing work or without

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Digital Real Estate, Metaverse Investing Tips: Republic’s Janine Yorio

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  • Republic.co is an alternative investment platform that gives investors access to unique offerings.
  • They have launched an invite-only digital real estate fund for accredited investors.
  • The real estate co-lead breaks down the strategy and what investors need to know about digital land.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

As interest rates in developed markets hit all-time lows in 2020, investors extended their risk-taking into a number of alternative and sometimes seemingly wacky trends from cryptocurrencies such as dogecoin to SPACs and NFTs.

Since 2016, the investing platform Republic has aimed to democratize alternative investing by providing access to a

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Domestic interiors with statement plants that bring nature indoors

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If your home doesn’t have a garden or a balcony, a well-chosen houseplant can bring the natural world inside. The second of a trio of spring lookbooks this Easter weekend showcases 10 domestic interiors with carefully chosen plants.


The projects feature plants ranging from full-sized trees to smaller houseplants such as aloe, peace lilies and ferns.

This is the latest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series providing visual inspiration for the home. Previous articles in the series feature stylish home offices, children’s bedrooms, inspiring outdoor living spaces, and living rooms with beautiful statement shelving.


The Gymnasium by Robbert de Goede

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Is Lowe’s A Better Pick Over Home Depot Stock?

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Home Depot stock (NYSE: HD) has grown by close to 38% since early February 2020 after the WHO declared the Coronavirus a global health emergency, while Lowe’s stock (NYSE: LOW) has gained about 67% of its value. Both home improvement retailers have benefited from the Covid-19 wave as customers spent more of their disposable cash on home improvement projects rather than on vacations or dining out. But is Home Depot
HD
stock appropriately priced compared to Lowe’s

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Companies Are Selling Their Real Estate at the Fastest Pace Ever

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Companies are selling record amounts of real estate as they rush to shore up their Covid-battered balance sheets.

Firms across Europe, the Middle East and Africa sold 27 billion euros ($32 billion) of corporate properties in 2020, according to a report by broker Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. That was slightly more than a year earlier, even as overall real estate deals collapsed during the pandemic.

Companies are ditching property to “preserve capital and release liquidity, as well as to reshape their portfolios to support post-pandemic business plans,” said Nick Compton, head of corporate capital markets for EMEA at JLL.

Just

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Dow Jones, Nasdaq Futures Pause After Powell Comments; Tesla Upgraded; Alibaba, Floor & Decor Rally

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Stock futures traded lower Monday, as markets reacted to mixed comments on Sunday from Fed chief Jerome Powell. But IBD Leaderboard stocks Floor & Decor and Ingersoll Rand both rallied in early trade. Tesla gained after an analyst upgrade. And Dow Jones stocks JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs were near buy points as they prepared to kick off the first-quarter earnings season later this week.

Dow Jones futures trimmed early losses to just over 0.1%, S&P 500 futures eased to just a fraction below fair value. Nasdaq 100 futures pared losses to a bit less than 0.3% on the stock market

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