Negotiating For Your Home During the Pandemic

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Before COVID-19, the single-family housing market in the U.S. was booming. Sellers were fielding multiple offers as buyers scrambled to find their ideal dream homes among limited inventory.



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Now,  amid social isolation, shelter-in-place orders, and quarantines, the housing market continues to be surprisingly strong, even as the economy struggles. First-time homebuyers have been able to find their ideal homes and to properly insure them. 

However, the homebuying process has changed during the pandemic. As such, buying a home during COVID-19 requires ongoing preparations and careful decision-making during every step, to ensure that the discovery, negotiation, and closing processes — as well as putting into place the right homeowners insurance — have a positive impact on your financial well-being over the long term.

In this article:

  • State of the Real Estate Market During the Pandemic
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2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 Coupe Puts a Premium on Design

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Smack in the middle of Mercedes’s engine lineup for the updated 2021 GLE-class is the brand’s turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six. Set against the standard 255-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four and AMG’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 with more than 600 ponies, the six’s smoothness and easy power make it a standout in the GLE53 coupe model.



a car driving on a city street: The fastback profile of AMG's redesigned GLE53 coupe will cost you $4150 and a sizable chunk of cargo room over the conventional SUV model.


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The fastback profile of AMG’s redesigned GLE53 coupe will cost you $4150 and a sizable chunk of cargo room over the conventional SUV model.

The turbocharged six features a 48-volt motor-generator that delivers the 3.0-liter a silky smooth auto stop-start system and also fills in the gaps between nine-speed automatic transmission’s gear changes. The 48-volt system also powers an electric supercharger that helps feed boost before the turbocharger wakes up. The hybrid/supercharger combo yields a low-rpm surge that helps get the 5322-pound GLE off the line with satisfying authority.



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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez ‘buy $40million estate on Miami’s Star Island’

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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have reportedly purchased a mansion worth an eye-watering $40million on Star Island in Miami. 

The singer, 51, and the basketball player, 45, could soon be neighbours with the world’s social elite; including celebrities, business tycoons and billionaires, after snapping up a property in the ultra-exclusive postcode.

The couple splashed out on the multi-million pound home, which spans across 86 acres and has 10 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms.   

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have reportedly purchased a mansion worth an eye-watering $40million on Star Island in Miami

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have reportedly purchased a mansion worth an eye-watering $40million on Star Island in Miami

The two-storey estate is 40,000-square-foot lot, which offers an infinity pool with panoramic views looking out onto Biscayne Bay, a private ocean and Miami’s city skyline.  

The property has a contemporary modern yet homely feel, with the interior boasting opulent chandeliers, rich wood panelling in the wine room and floor to ceiling windows, while the kitchen is kitted out

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15 smart patterned tiles to add style to every room

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With so many lovely tile designs out there, where do you start with choosing the right pattern for your space? Hello! Right here. We have pulled together all our fave tile patterns as well as plenty of practical advice so you can make the right decision for your space.  

The first step to patterned tile success is to figure out what type of tiles you need – floor or wall – then you need to choose the style you want. Whether you’re recreating an authentic, Victorian-inspired look or aiming for something more contemporary, there’s something to suit every style of interior in our gallery of vibrant tile designs below. 

And, if you’re specifically looking for kitchen ideas and how to work tiles into your kitchen space, you can check out our feature. For bathrooms, check out our bathroom ideas feature too. 

1. Use patterned

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