Fast-paced real estate market hitting 10-year highs

submitted by Kathleen Layton, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

Have you noticed it lately? A bunch of real estate signs in people’s front yards, a good many of them with SOLD sign toppers on them. That’s because people are buying and selling houses – more Bucks County real estate settled in June than in any month in the past 10 YEARS; 801 units to be exact, at an average sale price of $336,000. That pace looks to continue as Pending Sales in June – an indicator of upcoming trends – are up 18% over June of 2014, down ever so slightly over May’s pending sales, which were up 20% over last year.

While the number of transactions has been increasing at a pretty fast clip, prices are not! The average sale price has remained essentially flat for the past two years. If you’re thinking of buying or selling a property in the near future, hopefully these numbers demonstrate that there’s confidence in the market and things have stabilized.

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Acid reflux? Treat it naturally!

submitted by GNC, Newtown

Acid reflux is an extremely common health condition, affecting as much as half the adult population in the United States. Its most common symptom is “heartburn” – a burning sensation that travels from the breastbone up to the throat.

A common misconception is that acid reflux is most often caused by excessive amounts of acid in the stomach, when in fact it is usually the result of too little stomach acid. The first line of defense in addressing this condition is to restore your natural gastric balance and function.

Step one is replacing them with vegetables and other high quality unprocessed foods. Next, you’ll need to ensure you’re getting enough “beneficial” bacteria from your diet. This will facilitate proper digestion and assimilation of food. Probiotic supplements are recommended if your diet lacks these “friendly” bacteria.

A number of other strategies can also help get that heartburn under control.

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Summer’s over soon, time for some laser hair removal

submitted by Brittany Bray, BA, LMA, Lifestyle MedSpa

For cosmetic and medical reasons, hair removal methods have been around for hundreds of years.

While uncommon ways of removing hair have come and gone, the conventional ways have stuck around. The popular methods include shaving, waxing, tweezing, threading, and depilatory creams. For some, these routines can be tedious and expensive over time and not all of these practices are desirable for those with coarse hair.

Individuals who struggle with coarse hair can agree that these methods may not only be a nuisance, but irritating and painful. And none of them make an impact on the hair growth forever. This is when laser hair removal becomes ideal.

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Benefits of physical activity for older adults

submitted by Jeanine Hendrie, Certified Personal Trainer, Balance and Mobility Specialist, and Fitness Coordinator for Wesley Enhanced Living

Growing older doesn’t mean that you have to lose your strength or the ability to do everyday tasks or things you enjoy doing. Almost all older adults can safely improve their health and independence through exercise and physical activity.

Regular physical activity over time can produce long-term health benefits; experts agree that older adults should be active every day to maintain good health.

The following types of exercises benefit your health when incorporated into your daily routine:

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Neurofeedback puts the breaks on ADHD

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Paulie (not his real name), a sixth grader, struggled with schoolwork, homework and on-task behaviors. Additionally, he was a challenge for his teachers and parents with hyperactivity, oppositionality and impulsivity. To Paulie, the teachers were the problem, as he pointed out those he disliked.

Grades and not meeting deadlines were beginning to be a concern to his parents. The medication he was taking for ADHD did not seem to be helping, and Paulie was complaining that he no longer liked taking it.

Paulie’s parents decided to have him evaluated. They were very concerned about the level of behavioral support he required at school.

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Seven supplements for beautiful skin from within

submitted by GNC in Newtown

There are so many essential nutrients that influence the look, feel and health of our skin.

Here are some of the supplements that can help your skin glow from the inside out:

  1. Omega 3’s can help reduce inflammation of the skin. This can be taken through fish or krill oil capsules, or through flax, hemp or chia seeds. Also, Sea Buckthorn is a good source of Omega-7, which may increase your collagen levels. This promotes good elasticity of the skin, reduces sagging and improves skin tone.
  2. Vitamin C is critical for collagen synthesis and may aid in reducing UV damage to the skin. Lifestyle choices like smoking or sun overexposure can reduce the vitamin C levels in your skin.
  3. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that aids in the healing properties and tissue rebuilding of the skin. It can help reduce age-related skin problems, like dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines.
  4. Vitamin E can aid in reducing stretch marks when topically applied. It also shows benefits in wound healing and scar reduction. As a key antioxidant, vitamin E can fight premature aging by protecting cells from free radical damage.
  5. Zinc is well-known for its wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Research shows that oral zinc is an essential micronutrient for skin growth and repair.
  6. Probiotics are a great source of good bacteria for the gut. If you feel your skin problems are a result of your digestive issues, probiotics may be able to provide a balance of the good and bad bacteria in your gut. Symptoms like rosacea, acne and excessive dryness.
  7. Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) is known as the “universal antioxidant” because it is both fat and water-soluble. ALA can be taken internally to help shrink pore size and add radiance to the skin. It is also used in topical skin formulations that can reduce redness and blotchiness of the skin. Since ALA has the capacity to regulate the production of nitric oxide, which opens up the blood vessels in the skin, ALA can transform a dull and pasty complexion to a vibrant and glowing one.
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Waiting to buy a home may cost you in more ways than one

submitted by Kathleen Layton, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

If you’re considering a move, whether it’s into your first home or a larger one, waiting to do so could end up costing you thousands of dollars. With most economists in agreement that interest rates will most likely rise by the end of the year, the first way you end up behind the eight ball is with a higher interest rate for your mortgage.

Consider this – if rates move from their current 4% up to 5%, a $300,000 mortgage jumps $177/month from $1434 to $1611 for principal and interest. Or, that payment of $1434 now only buys you $267,000 worth of mortgage money – $33,000 less, which puts you in a different price category.

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Unplug… and go outside!

submitted by Diane Marrazzo, Marrazzo’s North River

The cold and snowy winter is over. Flowers are in bloom. The season to eat, sleep, and dream outdoors!

So what do you have to do? Unplug…and go outside!

It may seem like a contradiction that in order to connect with your inner world you should go to the outer world, but there is something special that happens when you meet Mother Nature. When you are in Her presence, you find your authentic self.

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Non-ablative skin resurfacing and rejuvenation

submitted by Brittany Bray, B.A., LMA, Aesthetics Director, Lifestyle MedSpa

Lasers have gained popularity in the last decade for skin rejuvenation. With less downtime and safer recovery than deep chemical peels, this momentum is easy to understand.

The conditions that may be treated include skin tightening, sun damage removal, elimination of scars, redness reduction and wrinkle correction. To correct these issues, some lasers may use more ablative technology within one treatment but have more risks involved.

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Your home’s first impression begins in the car

submitted by Kathleen Layton, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

That’s right – the first impression buyers have of your home occurs as they pull up to the curb, which is why we can’t say it often enough. Stand in the street and take a critical view of your home’s exterior because buyers can’t see how great it is inside if they never get out of the car.

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