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Fantastic hotel right in the heart of Downtown Asheville!
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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/
The real estate and mortgage markets have always placed a premium on first time home buyers. Helping someone purchase their first home is a rewarding experience and can lead to a new client for years to come. So, what are the characteristics of this class of buyers?
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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. 
In January, the number of properties that received a foreclosure filing in Orlando, FL was 11% higher than the previous month and 51% lower than the same time last year, according to RealtyTrac.com. Orlando Foreclosure Geographical Comparison. Orlando foreclosures were 0.13% above national ...
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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/
Buying a home is almost like preparing a military strike. It takes quite a bit of planning, researching and finally executing the plan. In order to achieve that great dream many first time home buyers should take care to avoid these possible pitfalls for their home loan.
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Really amazing infographic created about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2013.
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I have shared a few things on your blog, but I was hoping to get your feedback on this article I found not too long ago. I have read that the paleo diet can be adapted for people living with autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. I wanted to know how similar anti-inflammatory diet you are familiar with would be to the type of diet suggested in this post: http://www.achieveclinical.com/news/lupus-and-the-paleo-diet/
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The Paleolithic diet and the Anti-Inflammatory diet are very similar. The Paleo diet is a type of anti-inflammatory diet. It is designed to reduce the body's inflammation and help your body be at its healthiest. That is also the purpose of the Anti-Inflammatory diet. 

The doctor associated with the Anti-Inflammatory diet is Dr. Weil. I own two different anti-inflammatory diet books, neither by this doctor but they are nearly identical. There is actually a class that teaches you the ins and outs of the anti-inflammatory diet from the University of Arizona. Dr. Weil is one of the faculty for this class, and you can take it online. Here's the link to the class if you are interested: http://integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/online_courses/anti_inflammatory.html

The primary difference between the paleo diet and the anti-inflammatory diet is their view on meat and legumes. Paleo says okay for any lean meat, while the anti-inflammatory diet is more restrictive. In the anti-inflammatory diet, they say no red meat. Paleo does not include any type of legumes in that diet, while the anti-inflammatory diet says you can eat certain legumes and encourages you to eat them.

Both diets agree that processed foods are detrimental to your health and that you should avoid grains like bread and pasta. (One of my books says it is okay to eat grains as long as they are whole grains, while my other book says that wheat should not be eaten.) I'm not sure about Paleo's view of these grains, but the anti-inflammatory diet allows for you to eat grains like quinoa, amaranth, farro, and a couple other types of grains.

I hope this helped you out. From personal experience, I can say that this diet has helped me get my lupus under control and I think it would greatly help anyone who deals with inflammation.
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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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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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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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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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This really intriguing infographic shows a detailed timeline of breast cancer research historical landmarks spanning more than 3,500 years!
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I thought that this was a really interesting infographic worth checking out!
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