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Universal partners with Microsoft to leverage Azure

Universal Filmed Entertainment Group announced a new  partnership with Microsoft to apply more cloud services to animated and live-action films, with the goal of extending DreamWorks Animation production platform to live-action productions.  The film industry has witnessed tremendous disruption with the closure of theaters and production facilities due to Covid-19, and the initiative is focused …

What Is Adult Day Care?

An adult day care center is a facility that provides seniors with a safe and active environment during set business hours, typically on weekdays. Meals, socializing, exercise and assisted living needs are provided by the facility. After business hours, the senior attendees return to their residence. Why Choose One? As alternatives to senior living center, adult …

Tax Deduction Options to Know About If You Work from Home

Geber86/iStock If you work from home, even on a part-time basis, you can probably save some dough come tax time by deducting your home office costs. The challenge has always been the 43-line, MENSA-like IRS form home office workers had to complete, which may have kept some from even taking advantage of this home tax …

Your House May Be Haunted by Its Past

Here’s a jaw-dropper for many: Your home and auto insurance rates can be subject to events you may never have known occurred. Say there was a kitchen fire five years ago in the house you’re buying now but the sales materials state only that the kitchen has been totally updated. When you start shopping for …

6 Disastrous Tax Mistakes People Make When They Work From Home

mediaphotos/Getty Images Working from home has multiple perks, not the least of which is the short commute to your home office in your PJs. (Yes, it’s a cliché, and yes, it happens.) But while you might be incredibly talented at designing websites, writing novels, or whatever it is you do during your 9-to-5 at home, nearly all …

How Long Does Underwriting Take—and Can You Speed It Up?

echoevg/iStock How long does underwriting take? Underwriting—the process by which mortgage lenders verify your assets, and check your credit scores and tax returns before you get a home loan—can take as little as two to three days. Typically, though, it takes over a week for a loan officer or lender to complete. Underwriting happens after the …

Is an Automatic Rate Reduction Loan Right for You?

While rare, an automatic rate reduction loan can be a formidable weapon against interest-rate increases. Mortgage markets can be volatile, and if you carry an adjustable rate mortgage, you may be at the mercy of the market. How do ARR’s work? Automatic Rate Reduction Basics ARR loans are similar to adjustable rate loans in some respects. Like …