Personal Finance Daily: Real-estate agents are rethinking decades of advice on pools and how COVID-19 rewrote American shopping lists

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Real-estate agents are rethinking decades of advice on pools

The top keyword search on Zillow last year was … pool.

Planning to take a cruise in Pandemic Year 2? You won’t be allowed on board without a COVID-19 vaccination

Some 85% of people said they would take a cruise if people were required to be inoculated against COVID-19 in advance.

‘This hellfire of a year’: COVID-19 long haulers face financial and medical uncertainty in Pandemic Year 2

About 30% of COVID-19 survivors followed for up to nine months reported ‘persistent symptoms,’ a recent study found.

After a fight with his estranged wife, my partner transferred $ 250K into a trust for me. He died a week ago. Can she sue me?

‘His wife has been vindictive, mean and petty, refusing to pay for an ambulance to the hospice, refusing to provide funeral information to the hospice center.’

My father-in-law gave me his late mother’s car to drive. It’s now in my name. How do I sell it — without hurting his feelings?

‘My father-in-law is extremely attached emotionally to the car, because it belonged to his mother. That said, my wife and I are expecting our first child in roughly 3 months.’

Americans struggle to save in Pandemic Year 2 — and millions live paycheck to paycheck

Roughly half of Americans say they have saved less than $ 500 in the past 3 months.

‘It’s survival for people. It’s self-respect’: Americans need to file a tax return for their children — here’s why

An estimated 6.7 million kids, disproportionately in minority communities, miss the Child Tax Credit because their families make too little money.

More kidney beans and less cold medicine: How COVID-19 rewrote American shopping lists

We stocked up on oranges to fortify our immune systems, but we bought less cold and flu medicine, in part due to social distancing.

SAT and ACT scores may be optional this year, but many top schools still rely on them

Three out of every four students accepted at Penn through early admissions submitted test scores. At Georgetown, that number was 93%.

You don’t need a college degree to get a COVID vaccine — but people who have one are more likely to have gotten their shots

Some 30% of the more than 85 million Americans who have received at least one COVID vaccine dose so far have at least a bachelor’s degree, according to research published by Georgetown University

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