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Chef’s kitchen in Stock’s Newport model in Quail West a popular highlight

Stock Custom Homes, one of Southwest Florida’s most highly respected luxury home builders, has a furnished model available to tour and purchase in the beautiful, upscale community of Quail West. 



a kitchen with a sink and a window: Stock Custom Homes’ Newport model in Quail West features two island counters in the kitchen.


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Stock Custom Homes’ Newport model in Quail West features two island counters in the kitchen.

The Newport is a four-bedroom plus study/four full-bath/two half-bath home with 5,837 square feet under air and 9,038 total square feet, including two two-car garages.

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Since its completion, many prospective buyers have toured the model and commented on several outstanding features of the home. One of the most mentioned features is its kitchen, which can only be described as a Chef’s dream.

The kitchen has two island counters, a large walk-in pantry and an abundance of cabinetry and countertop space. Nearby is the breakfast area, a wine room and an open bar, easily accessible to the Grand Reception area.

“One of the main highlights of the kitchen, which impresses many of our visitors, is the double island counters,” stated Claudine Leger-Wetzel, vice president of sales and marketing for Stock Development, the developer of Quail West.

Leger-Wetzel added there were several reasons for designing the double islands into the floor plan.

“First, it affords more storage space, something you can never have enough of in the kitchen,” she said. “Secondly, kitchens are often the gathering place when guests come over. Having the second island creates more room for entertaining without guests being too close to the sink as food is being prepared.”

The other eye-catching feature in the kitchen is its incredibly large butler’s pantry.

“Again, it comes down to storage space. The butler’s pantry has tons of cabinetry throughout and plenty of shelves to stock up on food items. There’s even space for the kitchen’s double-drawer dishwasher.”

The kitchen

6 Home Improvement Stocks to Spruce Up Your Portfolio

Home improvement companies are having a moment.

All around the country people remain locked up at home, staring at the same four walls day in and day out because of the pandemic. The desire to improve one’s home, the need for something new and the sheer monotony of remaining indoors all day have led to a surge of interest among consumers in home improvement projects. Do-it-yourself projects and renovations are on the rise around the country. Companies that can supply customers with everything they need to spruce up their homes are enjoying impressive gains as a result. In fact, all six of the companies on this list have enjoyed tremendous growth over the last few months — and the long-term tailwind of an improving housing market gives all six of these home improvement stocks an excellent opportunity to enjoy impressive returns well into the future.

Home Depot (ticker: HD)

Thanks to the huge number of homeowners looking to do a little renovating, Home Depot’s comparable store sales shot up 23.4% year over year in the second quarter. In fact, the second quarter was a blowout across the board; the company reported a 100% increase in digital sales, as well as a 10.1% increase in the average customer ticket. Online or offline, people are turning to Home Depot for their renovation needs more than ever, and buying more per transaction — that’s a winning combination for Home Depot and its shareholders. While Home Depot’s forward price-earnings ratio sits at a relatively high 24.7, investors shouldn’t fret, given the company’s recent performance and future prospects. A 2.13% dividend yield only makes an investment in Home Depot that much sweeter.

Lowe’s (LOW)

Unlike many companies on the market, Lowe’s has had an excellent 2020. Shares have risen nearly 40% year to date, hitting

Stocks rise as White House, Democrats trade stimulus offers

Stocks rose Wednesday as House Democrats and the Trump administration traded offers for another round of coronavirus stimulus.



Nancy Pelosi wearing sunglasses posing for the camera: Stocks rise as White House, Democrats trade stimulus offers


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Stocks rise as White House, Democrats trade stimulus offers

Both sides are seeking an elusive deal on coronavirus relief before the election.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened with a gain of 350 points, rising 1.3 percent. The S&P 500 rose 0.8 percent and the Nasdaq composite rose 1 percent shortly after the market opened.

The strong start to Wednesday trading came after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that Republicans will propose a $1.5 trillion stimulus bill after he and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) restarted negotiations last week. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) also told House Democrats that he plans to bring a $2.2 trillion offer to the floor Wednesday.

While both parties remain far apart on the preferred size of a stimulus bill, the monetary difference between Democratic and Republican offers has narrowed considerably since the spring.

Democrats and Republicans are attempting to break a months-long stalemate over a follow-up to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the $2.2 trillion stimulus and pandemic response bill signed by President Trump in March. Key elements of that bill, such as a boost to unemployment benefits and emergency loans for small businesses, expired this summer without replacement.

The House in May passed a roughly $3 trillion bill that Republicans dismissed immediately, and Republicans have been reluctant to approve more than $1 trillion in aid.

The pace of the recovery from the coronavirus recession slowed notably over the summer and into fall, and the U.S. is still reeling from immense economic pain. More than 10 million people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic have not yet found work again, and thousands of

Home Improvement Stocks Vie With Tech for an Investor Reckoning

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Global tech stocks aren’t the only ones due an investor checkup. Home improvement companies have also surged during the pandemic, and it’s fair to ask if this is as good as it gets.

An equal-weighted basket of 30 of the world’s biggest home improvement companies is up 23% this year, easily besting the 2% rise in the MSCI AC World Index, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The gauge has almost doubled from its March lows, outpacing even the 63% rise in the high-flying Nasdaq-100 Index.

The gains have left stocks in the basket — including U.S. giant Home Depot Inc., Kingfisher Plc from the U.K. and Germany’s Hornbach Holding AG — trading on an average of 25 times forward earnings, up from 19 times at the end of February.

Global home improvement stocks have surged this year

While the coronavirus has upended large swathes of the global economy, worldwide lockdowns have ignited a boom in home improvements. Home Depot reported second-quarter revenue growth that was more than double an already high level of expectations, while reports from Germany suggested do-it-yourself sales soared by 16% in the first half.

Covid Do-It-Yourself Boom Is Turning All of Us Into Hipsteaders

But in a stock market that’s ever forward looking, some are beginning to question whether the boom is sustainable, particularly as lockdowns ease and stimulus payments from governments look set to come to an end.

“The Covid-19 crisis pulled forward record levels of demand for home improvement projects as many consumers had more time and money to work on their residences,” Jessica Rabe, co-founder of DataTrek Research, wrote in a note Tuesday. “Once there’s a vaccine it will enable a greater share of disposable income to transition back to vacations and activities outside the home.”

According to Rabe, U.S. home improvement shares in

Top Home Improvement Retail Stocks To Watch Before October 2020

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Sep 23, 2020 (StockMarket.com via COMTEX) —
Are These The Best Home Improvement Retail Stocks To Buy Right Now?

Retail stocks were harshly affected by the pandemic when it arrived. Some retail companies were able to perform well like Target Corporation (TGT Stock Report) and Walmart Inc. (WMT Stock Report). This was due to them staying open despite the worldwide closures of retail stores. It seems like home improvement companies were able to see the same benefits as the companies mentioned above.

This is due to the large increase in home improvement during the quarantine. Since people are or were stuck at home, home improvement has been the main focus for plenty with nothing else to do. So the top home improvement retail stocks being open for the majority of 2020 has caused them to perform well. E-commerce is still growing larger than the retail industry, but there are many home improvement products that consumers prefer to purchase in person. Let’s look at a few home improvement retail stocks that have been trending upwards in the market.

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Top Home Improvement Retail Stocks To Buy [Or Sell] Right Now: The Home Depot Inc.

First, we must discuss The Home Depot Inc. (HD Stock Report) as it is one of the leaders in the industry. The Home Depot is reported as the largest home improvement retail company in the United States. Home Depot’s stores supply things like tools, equipment, construction items, wood, and more. The company has a plethora of locations in several places around North America. On August 18th, the second-quarter results