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Brought May Flowers...and Home Buyers
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (May
6, 2013) -- Residential property sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS®
System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) in April
were identical compared to April last year.
Home sales in April were
1.9 percent above the 5-year average for the month. There were a total of 683
residential properties sold in the month of April compared to 683 the same time
last year. In comparison to March, residential sales grew 11.6 percent, continuing
the trend of increasing home sales since the beginning of 2013.
"Low interest rates
and a strong local economy continue to make it favourable for people to invest
in homes in the Region," says Dietmar Sommerfeld,
President of KWAR. "This April set a record for dollar volume of sales compared
to the last 10 years."
April's sales included 471
single detached homes (up 3.5 % from last year) 117 condominium units (down 7.9
%), 47 semi-detached (down 14.5 %) and 41 freehold townhouses (down 2.4 %). Year-to-date
residential sales were only 1.1 percent below the 5-year average with a total
of 2,085 units to date.
The average sale price of
all residential sales through the KWAR's MLS® System
increased 6.2 percent last month to $334,777 compared with April 2012. Single
detached homes sold for an average price of $378,936 an increase of 6.1percent
compared to last year. The average sale price for a condominium was $216,209,
a decrease of 0.7 percent compared to April 2012.
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3 Weird Ways to Improve Your Memory
Brain Booster #1: the Mediterranean
New research has shown that the Mediterranean Diet--which is high in
fruits, veggies, and omega-3s (like in fish and olive oil)--may help preserve
memory loss as we get older. The REasons for Geographic
and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study discovered that participants
who ate more olive oil, omega-3 fatty acids and avoided red meats, dairy and cheese
were 19 percent less likely to have cognitive problems by the end of the study
than those who regularly ate those foods.
Brain Booster #2: clenching
If you're somebody who forgets someone's name as soon as you learn
it, this could be a cool tip: if you're right-handed, clench your right fist while
you're trying to commit something to memory and then later clench your left when
you want to remember it again. (If you're left-handed, do the opposite.) This
trick may work because clenching your hands activates the side of the brain that
handles the function. In right-handed people the right side of the brain controls
Brain Booster #3: exercise
Two new studies have found
that regular exercise--both cardio and resistance--help keep your memory sharp!
It's possible that the exercise helps generate new brain cells.
Ways to De-Stress at Home
De-Stress at Home When there's
no time to escape to the spa, create your own oasis. Here, 9 ways to help you
decompress in the comfort of your bedroom.
1. Mantra Meditation
Western ears, "mantra" is synonymous with "catchphrase" or
"mission statement." But mantra is a tool that's been used for thousands
of years to help cultivate peace of mind - something we could all use a little
more of. Choose a word or phrase that is meaningful and melodious - such "love,"
"peace," or "amen" (or whatever resonates with you) - and
repeat it silently or audibly whenever you need a gentle reminder to savor
2. Comfort Yourself
Know how a cranky child magically
transforms into a little angel after a nap? Treat yourself to five minutes of
rest. Gather two firm pillows, then sit with your heels on the floor. Keeping
your toes together, open the knees wide and stack the pillows between your knees.
Rest your torso on the pillows, head turned to one side. Breathe here, releasing
tension with each exhale. After several breaths, turn your head to the other side.
3. Take a Mental Vacation
When you need to reduce stress, find a cozy
spot in your room and treat yourself to a vacation that's all in your head: Close
your eyes and imagine a relaxing place, such as a beach or a mountain view. Visualize
the sights and smells. The more vivid a picture you paint in your mind, the more
your body will respond to the invitation to relax.
4. Honey Mask
Build a little relaxation time into your nightly routine with a DIY moisturizing
mask. The secret ingredient? Honey. The golden sweet stuff has natural antibiotic
properties and leaves skin noticeably softer and moister. Apply about a tablespoon
(avoiding the eye area) and rest for 10 minutes as it dries, then rinse with warm
water. (Honey can also help blisters heal - use it as you would antibiotic ointment.)
5. Sea Salt Bath
Recover from a long day with an easy detox:
Add a cup of sea salt to a warm bath and soak. The salt draws impurities out of
the skin. To make it even more rejuvenating, sprinkle a few drops of your favorite
essential oil in the water and light some candles. Remember to silence your phone
unless you want to be interrupted by incessant ringing.
6. Change Your
Too much alcohol can disrupt your sleep patterns but tart cherry
juice is practically a melatonin cocktail. To score the benefits, drink a mixture
of 2 tablespoons of tart cherry juice concentrate and 8 ounces of water twice
a day. Make sure it's Montmorency cherry - it has six times the melatonin
of Balaton tart cherry.
7. Sprinkle Some Lavender
In numerous experiments,
subjects have reported sounder sleep when exposed to the scent. Sprinkle a few
drops of essential oil on a cloth and slip under your pillow; use a diffuser;
or iron pillowcases with lavender-scented water.
8. Count Your Blessings
In a study conducted by Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., of the University of California,
Davis, people who listed five things they were grateful for each day in a journal
fell asleep faster, slept for longer periods of time, and also woke up feeling
more refreshed than those who didn't keep a gratitude journal.
Breathe more mindfully. Try taking a full breath now - inhale deeply
into your belly, then allow every last drop of air to release on the exhale. This
simple action blocks the stress response and cues your body to relax, making you
less likely to get riled up and more likely to think clearly. Breathe deeply before
you respond to anything life throws your way, and notice how doing it changes
Call Hammer Team
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