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Fantastic hotel right in the heart of Downtown Asheville!

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So I felt compelled to offer this other suggestion for people in case they are looking for a little more variety when staying in downtown Asheville. I recently attended a get together for the grand re-opening of the Windsor Boutique Hotel, and I have to say that this place is looking absolutely incredible now! Their location on Broadway means that you'll be within walking distance of all these downtown hotspots as well. 

Here's there website if anyone's interested: http://www.windsorasheville.com 

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As far as I'm concerned, the average first time homebuyer is currently facing more than their fair share of challenges finding a good starter home in the current housing market. Take the Orlando metro area for instance, where despite rising home prices, the housing market is still relatively affordable based on a national scale.

Reports have shown that for January, first time homebuyers only accounted for 29 percent of housing purchases in the Orlando Metro area. That recorded number of first time buyers in January was as low as it was in late 2008. It looks like plenty are still opting to rent over buy. 

I actually wanted to dig a little further on this, and I came across this informative article that provides a little more depth on the challenges facing first-time buyers in the Orlando housing market. Here's a link if you want to check it out: http://cashhomebuyersorlando.com/first-time-buyers-challenges-entering-orlando-housing/

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Wow this was an eye opening post to say the least, and I actually really liked that you started off by talking about eggs. I have heard countless times how eggs can be bad for you (at least the yoke of the egg). That is until I read about a study that was conducted early last year in which researchers found that egg yolk could be beneficial for people if they have specific metabolic syndrome. This was obviously not the anticipated results for this research and has re-opened the great debate over eggs in many ways.

Here's a link to the article if you want to check it out for yourself: http://www.achieveclinical.com/news/eggs-good-or-bad-for-cholesterol/

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I know that there have been some really positive trends in the housing market as of late, but there are still plenty of homeowners who are facing this type of equity crisis, especially around Orlando. I recently read an article (http://www.floridahomeflipping.com/equity-crises-orlando-housing-market/) which said that nearly 36 percent of the homes in the four counties that comprise the Orlando metro area are buried in home loans exceeding their present home value by at least 25 percent. Despite the positive trends, it does seem like the dream of homeownership is becoming more and more expensive to maintain. 

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From the recent Florida Realtors summit, I know that the home values in Orlando are expected to continue their climb back up to historical averages over this year-- just not at such a rapid pace as last year. However, there is another prediction for 2014 that has me even more intrigued. Some analysts believe that we are going to see an even bigger dip in homeowner rates this year. With home ownership being unfeasible for many people that would have been in that traditional age for buying their first home, we could see it drop to a 20 year low. 

If you are interested, you can read more about those predictions here:http://www.floridahomeflipping.com/experts-predict-slower-housing-market-growth/

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I think that your last point was very insightful. If you wanted to delve a little deeper, I'd even argue that taking on that tighter mortgage payment would put pressure on that person to climb the ladder at their job even more rapidly. This could cause them to make some poor decisions that could inevitably cripple their chances for smooth succession. 

Likewise, I had one other bit of advice worth looking at for first time buyers. Most first time buyers will be looking to move residences in less than a decade I'd wager. If they are looking to spruce up their residence in the meantime, there are a few home renovations that they might want to avoid as they could actually hurt the resale value. This is a great article that goes into a little more detail on this: http://cashhomebuyersorlando.com/four-renovations-sabotage-home-resale-value/

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Based on some recent stat reports, I'd also recommend looking into home staging too. A recent study showed that the same houses - after making use of home staging - dropped from an average of 166 days to 32 days on the market. I'd recommend refreshing the memory with this article: http://cashhomebuyersorlando.com/professional-home-staging-improves-sales-odds/

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Really amazing infographic created about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2013.

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This really intriguing infographic shows a detailed timeline of breast cancer research historical landmarks spanning more than 3,500 years!
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