For nearly a year, East County residents have stayed home, sheltered-in-place and missed out on vacations, theme parks and other crowd-filled …

In 2020, East County saw a shortage of properties for sale and an increase in homebuyers, leading to a dream come true for sellers.

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(BPT) - Audrey is a 12-year-old girl from Arizona with a passion for fashion. She spends her free time flipping through style magazines and listening to her favorite songs. She dreams of having her photo professionally taken in a long, whimsical dress that covers the leg braces that help her…

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(BPT) - Many people are suffering through financial setbacks caused by the coronavirus crisis, juggling several different credit cards, or struggling to pay off holiday bills. Payments, even small ones, across multiple cards with different interest rates and different due dates can quickly b…

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(StatePoint) What may have started as a deal too good to pass up could end up costing you for months to come. Costly subscription services could be charging your debit or credit card monthly and if you don’t keep close tabs on your accounts, you may not even be aware.

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(BPT) - The idea of making “extra” money is nothing new, but the ways to make money in the gig economy have evolved. For example, a recent increase in demand for restaurant delivery drivers, grocery shoppers, delivery services and other service positions allows some people to stay at home du…

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(NAPSI)—The Sunshine State is in the spotlight for its economic impact from the video game industry. Statistics Suggest Bright FutureA new study by Entertainment Software Association (ESA), shows the video game industry in Florida generates $2.7 billion in annual economic output, either thro…

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(NAPSI)—No state compares to California with respect to the impact of the U.S. video games on its economy. Games Bring SuccessA new study by Entertainment Software Association (ESA) shows the video game industry in California generates $51.8 billion in annual economic output, either through …

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(NAPSI)—The video game industry is really bearing fruit in the Peach State. Sweet StatsA new study by Entertainment Software Association (ESA), shows the video game industry in Georgia generates $801.4 million in annual economic output, either through direct industry output ($370 million) or…

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(NAPSI)—The video game industry stands tall—economically—in the Evergreen State. A new study by Entertainment Software Association (ESA), shows the video game industry in Washington state generates $11.6 billion in annual economic output, either through direct industry output ($5.7 billion) …

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(NAPSI)—Video games have a presence in New York that extends well beyond those who play them. Indeed, the Empire State is one of the largest contributors to economic output and employment for the video game industry.Study ShowsA new study by Entertainment Software Association (ESA), shows th…

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(NAPSI)—The video game industry has a Texas-sized effect on the Lone Star State’s economy. A new study by Entertainment Software Association (ESA), shows the video game industry in Texas generates $4.15 billion in annual economic output, either through direct industry output ($1.8 billion) o…

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(NAPSI)—About 40.7 million Americans have some kind of disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. If you or someone you care about has a disability, you may wonder what it means for employment. You may be encouraged to know that there are supports and services available that can help y…

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(StatePoint) A year as unusual and challenging as 2020 means there may be some additional factors that can impact your tax return, from stimulus payments, potential job changes and unemployment benefits, to virtual work transitions and more.

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(NAPSI)—Dame Helen Mirren has all the qualities that make a star. Now in her 70s, the Academy Award-winning actress remains talented, posted, beautiful and sought after in an industry that has relatively few roles for older women. How does she do it?   Often the difference between being aver…

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(BPT) - You may check your bank balance daily, your savings accounts regularly and you probably know roughly how much cash is in your wallet. But if someone asked you what your credit score is, would you be able to answer? Your credit score is an important tool in building wealth in ways you…

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(BPT) - With 2021 underway, Americans are still coping with the monumental impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on the economy last year. According to a study from the Pew Research Center, more than 40% of Americans lost their jobs or faced reduced wages in 2020. Many of them may have received u…

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(BPT) - Even during the best of times, managing a small business is a daunting undertaking, let alone doing so during a pandemic. If your business has survived COVID-19, it’s likely you’re still struggling just to make ends meet and don’t need the added stress of figuring out complicated tax…

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(BPT) - As we move away from a year unlike any other, Americans have developed a newfound tolerance for uncertainty—and the need to prepare for it. The start of a new year is a time for resolutions, especially financial ones. As part of this process, it is essential to review your insurance …

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(BPT) - As 2021 starts heating up, it’s time to look ahead and think about the personal finance trends that will impact consumers as they bank, invest in homes, search for cars or build financial literacy. Bank of America expects these five trends for the year ahead.

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(StatePoint) If we’ve learned anything from 2020, it’s that life can be unpredictable. Having sufficient life insurance can provide financial stability and security to loved ones during times of uncertainty.

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(NewsUSA) - Many people spend a lot of time planning and fine-tuning their physical fitness, and that often includes working with a personal trainer. Why not think of financial fitness in the same way?

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(BPT) - Today’s U.S. housing market is leaving many prospective homebuyers priced out. Homes, on average, have become less affordable, and the ones that are affordable are in short supply. As a result, 55% of future homebuyers believe that homeownership is out of reach for them financially, …

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(BPT) - Higher education has become synonymous with debt. The Federal Reserve reported more than $1.7 trillion in outstanding student loans as of Q4 2020 while nearly $120 billion in student loans were in default, according to Statista. Whether you’re fresh out of high school or returning as…