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JAN 2012

Debe Maxwell, Realtor®/Broker, CRS 
Savvy + Company Real Estate
Smart Real Estate. Nice People.

A healthy start to the New Year! 

January is a time of renewal and rejuvenation for many – and that includes health. Kick-start your commitment to a healthier and happier you with a recipe that is both delicious and low calorie! Try it with a heart-healthy soup or even a lunch-time salad.  Good for You Cornbread | Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 25 Ingredients1 cup cornmeal, 1 cup flour, ¼ cup sugar, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 cup low-fat (1 percent) buttermilk, 1 large egg, ¼ cup soft tub margarine, and 1 tsp vegetable oil (to grease the baking pan) Directions: Preheat oven to 350 °F. Mix together cornmeal, flour, sugar and baking powder. Then in another bowl, combine the buttermilk and egg, and beat lightly. Slowly add the buttermilk and egg mixture to your dry ingredients. Add the margarine and mix by hand or with a mixer for 1 minute. Bake for 20-25 minutes in an 8x8 inch greased baking dish. Cool. Cut into 10 squares.
Charlotte Real Estate Market Update
WHEW!  Another year is in the books!   You could sum up 2011 as another “transition year” for the local housing market.  With many ups and downs, our positive developments seemed to be stunted by political paralysis, joblessness or other economic issues. Nonetheless, the housing sector took great strides forward.
With regards to single family homes in the Charlotte Metro region, this past week resulted in:
• New Listings decreased 3% to 607
• Pending Sales increased 15% to 377
• Inventory decreased near 30% to 12,958
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Smart tips for healthier family meals

...In 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) turned the long-worshiped Nutritional Pyramid into myPlate! The new Plate-shaped logo is meant to serve as a quick way to remember the recommended amount of portions for each food group per day. And Americans are catching on!

The circular plate is sliced into wedges to display the four basic food groups: Fruits, Grains, Vegetables and Protein plus dairy. Here are some tips and tricks to make sure your meals keep your family "healthy today, tomorrow, and for the future.

  • Make half your plate veggies and fruits.Choose red, orange, and dark-green vegetables such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli.
  • Add lean protein. Choose protein foods, such as lean beef and pork, or chicken, turkey, beans or tofu. Twice a week make seafood the protein on your plate.
  • Include whole grains. Aim to make at least half your grains whole grains. Look for the words “100% Whole Grain” or “100% whole wheat” on the food label. Whole grains provide more nutrients, like fiber, than refined grains.
  • Don’t forget the dairy. A cup a fat-free or low-fat milk with a meal provides the same amount of calcium and other nutrients as whole milk, without the fat and calories. Don’t drink milk? Try soymilk (soy beverage) or include fat-free or low-fat yogurt in your meal.
  • Avoid extra fat. Using heavy gravies or sauces will add fat and calories to otherwise healthy choices. For example, steamed broccoli is great, but instead of cheese sauce, try sprinkling low-fat parmesan cheese or a squeeze of lemon.
  • Take your time. Eat slowly; enjoy the taste and textures, and pay attention to how you feel. Be mindful. Eating very quickly may cause you to eat too much.
  • Use a smaller plate. Having a small plate helps with portion control. You can finish your entire plate and feel satisfied without overeating.
  • Take control of your food. Eat at home more often so you can control your calorie intake. If you do decide to eat out, check and compare nutritional information and choose healthier options such as baked instead of fried.
  • Try new foods. Keep it interesting by picking out foods you’ve never tried before, like mango, lentils, or kale. Trade fun and tasty recipes with friends or find them online!
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way. Indulge in a naturally sweet dessert dish – fruit! Serve a fresh fruit cocktail or a fruit parfait made with yogurt. For a hot dessert, bake apples and top with cinnamon.
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Is a newly built home right for you?
There’s something innately appealing about a new home. You get to design it – from the floor to the ceiling and everything in between – to your taste. Buying a builder home is similar in a lot of ways. You are able to choose the style, size, and any number of upgrades to make your home uniquely yours, and fit within your price range. Just like building a home takes a lot of effort and due diligence on the part of the homeowner, so does buying from a builder. In some cases the quality of the construction can be questionable, and it’s not unknown to hear about a builder losing their financial backing, forcing them to close construction on entire subdivisions. That being said, doing your home-buyer homework and employing experts can alleviate any potential pitfalls. Here are a few areas every buyer needs to be aware of before purchasing a home from a builder. Use a real estate agent Home builders will give you the option to use one of their representatives. While they are licensed to sell you a home, they have vested interest in the sale of one of their builders’ homes. A real estate agent working on your behalf as a fiduciary has to disclose both the positive and negative characteristics of the home throughout the entire purchasing process. An experienced Buyers Agent will also use their proven negotiating skills to get you the most home for your money. Research the builder’s reputation This is quite possibly one of the most important steps of the buying process. When you purchase the home, you’re also purchasing trust in the builder and their quality of work. Your builder should understand their reputation matters and live up to that promise with excellently constructed homes and a promise to be available should any need arise. To learn more about the builder, contact homeowners who’ve bought from them before as well as Home Owner Associations (HOAs) of neighborhoods where builder homes are popular. Real estate agents who have worked with builders before are also a highly trusted resource and can ask their network to uncover any unpopular opinions that might send warning flags your way. Consider hiring your own lender Another home buyer best practice is to shop around and interview lenders through your bank or through other trusted recommendations. Though, if you’ve completed a full inspection of the builder and trust that they are working in your best interest, using their lender is a perfectly acceptable option. Obtain legal advice to review the contract The purchase agreement drafted between the builder and the buyer is designed to keep all parties out of court. But it’s just as critical that contract contain the buyer’s best interest. Hire a home inspector In addition to an experienced real estate agent and lawyer, a qualified inspector offers you official insight into the construction of the new home. Have them visit the property and work directly with your real estate agent to determine how the construction of the home will impact the negotiating process. Be realistic about upgrades Builders make most of their money on the upgrades: anywhere from 5 to 20 percent on top of the base price of the home. If upgrades are on your “wish list” make sure they are within your price range. Also be sure to research the price per upgrade to determine if it would cost less if you did it yourself after the purchase of the home.
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Cattle graze in the Sites Valley, the location of a proposed reservoir, near Maxwell, Calif. Democratic Rep. John Garamendi and Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa have proposed legislation for a federal study of the costs of building the Sites Reservoir in the valley that is about an hour's drive north of Sacramento. California's drought has sparked a new push by federal lawmakers to create or expand a handful of reservoirs around the state.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Allotments increased from zero to 5 percent of what districts have requested.

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In this April 13, 2014, photo, Pleasant Grove Police police tape is shown in front of the scene where seven infant bodies were discovered and packaged in separate containers at a home in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Authorities say a Utah woman accused of killing six babies that she gave birth to over 10 years told investigators that she either strangled or suffocated the children and then put them inside boxes in her garage. According to a probable cause statement released by police Monday, Megan Huntsman said that between 1996 and 2006, she gave birth to at least seven babies at her home and that all but one of them were born alive. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) — The Utah State Medical Examiner's Office has completed autopsies of seven infants found in cardboard boxes in a woman's garage, but it is unclear when the results will be released.

4/18/2014 5:27:42 PM

In this photo provided by attorney Patrick Megaro is his client, Cornealious “Mike” Anderson, with a birthday cake. Anderson, who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for 13 years, said he is overwhelmed by the support he's received since the story of his incarceration became public. Meanwhile, the Missouri attorney general signaled that he would look for a way to take Anderson's many years of clean living into account in attempting to resolve the "difficult situation." (AP Photo/Courtesy Patrick Megaro)ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri man who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for 13 years said he is overwhelmed by the support he's received since the story of his incarceration became public.

4/18/2014 2:28:36 PM

Rescue workers carry the body of a passenger aboard The Sewol ferry which sank in the water off the southern coast, at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Friday, April 18, 2014. Fresh questions arose about whether quicker action by the captain of a doomed ferry could have saved lives, even as rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of passengers still missing Friday and feared dead. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTLee Joon-Seok and two of his crew were taken into police custody in the early hours of the morning, charged with negligence and failing to secure the safety of passengers in violation of maritime law.

4/18/2014 8:20:28 PM

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