Home remodeling trends: What’s in and what’s out for 2021

Adelicia Caree

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet

After a year of spending more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many homeowners are looking for ways to make their homes fit their new realities. Open floor plans are out; dedicated spaces for remote work and learning are in. Yards are being transformed into entertainment spaces and walls are being repainted. At the same time, increased demand and safety concerns can make the remodeling process much longer than before.

Here are five trends to watch for this 2021 home-remodeling season.

1. A focus on dedicated spaces

At the

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How Biden’s real estate tax plan may hit smaller property investors

Adelicia Caree

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Real estate investors may soon pay more taxes on high-dollar transactions.

President Joe Biden is asking for higher taxes on real estate transactions with gains of more than $500,000. The tax plan aims to help cover the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan, which pumps money into child care, paid family leave and education programs.  

However, financial experts say the tax hike may also put a strain on smaller investors.

The strategy on the chopping block — so-called like-kind or 1031 exchanges — allows investors to defer paying taxes on real estate by rolling profits

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Towing An Extendable Bathroom Like This Could Be Godsend For Van Lifers

Adelicia Caree

No great idea comes from a night of drinking. But for these folks, a drinking session led to something greater than buying your own bar or starting a band.

More importantly, their idea of an extendable restroom that you can tow can be a godsend for van lifers. It’s not motorhome-sized but for those looking for a portable solution, this is nifty. There’s just one problem, though – these folks and their product is located in the UK at the moment.

Bill Coles posted this crafty portable restroom on Facebook Marketplace. According to him, the idea came

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Erin and Ben Napier Make a Fresh Start in ‘Home Town Takeover’

Adelicia Caree

“Home Town” stars Erin and Ben Napier have done great work making over homes in Laurel, MS. And now, they’ve branched out to a new town in a new show!

In “Home Town Takeover,” the Napiers set out to breathe new life into the tiny, run-down community of Wetumpka, AL. In just four months, they’ll update key homes, stores, and other areas with some help from fellow HGTV stars who are willing to lend a hand.

In the premiere episode, “First Hammer Swing,” Jenny and Dave Marrs from “Fixer to Fabulous” come to help the Napiers renovate a foster home, 

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Reuben brothers are reshaping the NYC real estate map

Adelicia Caree

The Reuben brothers aren’t yet widely known in New York real estate circles, but soon they will be.

Simon and David Reuben — a pair of UK-based billionaires who were born in India to Iraqi Jews and immigrated to London when they were teenagers — have been quietly scooping up properties across New York City during the pandemic as they amass one of the world’s biggest real-estate portfolios.

In December, the siblings paid $150 million to buy the bankrupt the Surrey Hotel — a 95-year-old icon of the Upper East Side that housed celebrity chef Daniel Boulud’s Café Boulud. In

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GM Reveals The All-New Buick Envision Plus’ Interior Design

Adelicia Caree

During the world debut of the all-new Buick Envision Plus at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show, General Motors only showed off the exterior of the range-topping Avenir trim level, leaving the Buick’s interior and lesser trim level details for another day. Now, the automaker has just revealed the first official images of the base variant and the interior of the Envision Plus for the Chinese market.

The entry-level Buick Envision Plus keeps the same exterior design as the Avenir, but as usual, styling elements and finishes set them apart. Among the differences, we find a different grille pattern, composed of

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