You are currently browsing the Real Estate category
Displaying 1 - 3 of 3 entries.

Vitamins For The Elderly Which Ones Do You Really Need}

  • Posted on July 15, 2018 at 1:25 am

Submitted by: Brad Bahr

One great thing about aging is that we learn from experience and grow wiser. However, sometimes this does not apply to our food choices. It’s important that we understand what vitamins are important to us older folks. We have different nutritional needs than a twenty year old person may have.

We older people need more vitamins and minerals in our diet than a younger person does. Why? Because as our bodies age they get less efficient when it comes to utilizing nutritional substances. Not getting the proper amount of vitamins and minerals can lead to illness and the need for prescription medicines which further decrease our nutritional uptake capabilities. It can be a vicious circle.

Elderly people need plenty of vitamin D. This vitamin is very important for strong bones. Many older people don’t get enough of this important nutrient and suffer needlessly from broken bones due to simple falls. Easily broken bones and osteoporosis can be avoided by taking the proper amounts of vitamin D. Be sure to eat a lot of dairy products to keep your bones healthy. If you can’t eat dairy products you can easily obtain a vitamin D supplement from your local drugstore or from an online store.

YouTube Preview Image

Watch out for dangerous free radicals. They destroy healthy cells in your body and cause oxidation. This can lead to all kinds of problems such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, cataracts and other serious conditions. Wrinkles and saggy skin are tell-tale signs of cell damage by free radicals. You can help prevent free radical damage by taking plenty of antioxidants such as vitamin A, C and E. These contain a high amount of beta carotene which protects your body from oxidation. Make sure you eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to insure you’re getting enough antioxidants. It’s also a good idea to use an antioxidant supplement such as pine bark extract, red wine extract or raspberry extract. These all contain lot’s of healthy free radical fighting antioxidants.

Vitamin K is another often neglected vitamin. It’s especially important for seniors as it helps to keep the blood circulation in good working order. It also helps the blood to clot properly. Vitamin K is known to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease too. Some great sources of Vitamin K are spinach, cabbage, green tea and dark green lettuce. Eating them fresh is best as freezing can destroy vitamin K.

Along with the vitamins already mentioned there are other important trace minerals your body needs on a regular basis. A great source of these trace minerals is green algae which is available in supplement form. Also any kind of sea vegetable such as kelp is good too.

Try to get a well balanced variety of vitamins by eating right and taking a multi-vitamin for seniors and some antioxidants every day. You’ll live longer and look and feel a whole lot better.

About the Author: Brad Bahr is the author of many

health articles

and websites. Find out which all natural

anti-aging supplement

he recommends for improving health, looking younger and feeling great every day.


Permanent Link:}

10 New Statistics For Fort Lauderdale Real Estate Investors}

  • Posted on June 24, 2018 at 1:28 am

Submitted by: Mike Benton

As of today, January 18, 2012, mortgage applications are up by 23.1% for the month of January. This is great news for home buyers and investors alike, as it may be an early indication that we could see some substantial improvements in the Fort Lauderdale real estate market this year. Here are 10 more statistics that lead us to believe that 2012 will be a great year for home buyers and investors looking to buy one of the existing Fort Lauderdale homes for sale.

1. Florida existing home sales rose 11% y/y in November, moderating slightly from the 13% y/y increase in October. Though metro areas may lag behind the state sales rate, Fort Lauderdale real estate is in high demand by investors and international buyers. The state sales rate increase is encouraging, and our level of sales activity is consistent with this information.

2. Good news! Bank repossessions in Florida are down 33% in November according to RealtyTrac. This is a good indication that perhaps fewer homeowners and investors are going upside down on their mortgage payments. However, it could also be a sign of massive foreclosure delays due to improper documentation have falsely deflated the number of foreclosures, in which case it would be too early to celebrate. Time will tell, but the fact that income rates in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas are expected to rise would suggest otherwise. Our hope is that increased income levels in the area will support home ownership.

3. More specifically, South Florida sales increased by 14% in November 2011. This is exciting news for those of you with Fort Lauderdale homes for sale. We can thank international buyers who have come to this area in search of a primary or secondary homes for sale in Fort Lauderdale. These buyers typically purchase homes with all cash transactions, causing a significant sales increase during the month of November. In Miami 64% of re-sales were all-cash transactions up from 62% a year ago, according to Dataquick. Meanwhile, CentralFlorida sales rose 10% y/y (versus +14% y/y in October), while North Florida sales rose 15% y/y (versus +9% y/y in October).

YouTube Preview Image

4. Statewide median prices held steady in November, an improvement over the trend we saw in October 2011. Statewide foreclosure delays would suggest that the price stabilization is temporary. Though the statewide unemployment rate is 10%, the unemployment rate in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami metro areas is lower at 9%. This rate is expected to decrease again in 2012, which may help offset the effects of the looming foreclosure backlog. Buyers who have more cash in pocket are more likely to buy when interest rates are as low as they are right now.

5. Florida condominium sales rose by 2% to 5,590 units in November 2011. Though Fort Lauderdale condo sales decreased by 1%, West Palm Beach condo sales increased 19% y/y, and sales in Tampa rose 8%. Even more interestingly, Miami sales improved 2% y/y. Fort Lauderdale condos for sale do continue to sell if priced well enough, and even then Fort Lauderdale condo prices have increased by 19%. Even better is the fact that statewide condo prices rose by 4% in November to $86,700.

6. Real estate listings in Florida key markets are down, but the reasons for this remain unclear. It could be that a temporary decrease in bank owned real estate listings have defrayed the number while the shadow inventory grows larger. It could also be that the severe negative equity situation for many real estate owners is slowing down the listing rates. The monthly supply of real estate listings in most major metro areas in Florida (Orlando, Tampa, Broward, Dade) are all below the national average of 7.6. Then again, the number of mortgages not being paid in Florida are higher than the national average. Again, we suspect that negative equity and foreclosure delays have deflated the real estate listings number. We have read that there is about a 19 month backlog of statewide distressed inventory, not including bank owned properties. Yikes.

As real estate professionals, we wish the Broward County supply of shadow inventory would make its way to MLS. We see a shortage of real estate inventory here for our buyers, who often compete for properties and put in 2-3 contracts before having an offer accepted.

7. The rental market is improving. Occupancy and rental rate trends improved across most Florida markets during the 3rd quarter of the year. More specifically, Miami (+3.6%), Tampa(+3.3%) and Fort Myers (+2.3%) recorded the largest y/y increases in rent, while West Palm Beach (+0.7%), Fort Lauderdale (+1.7%), and FortMyers (+2.3%) showed less significant improvements. While Miami and Tampa may represent the highest increases in rental rate trends, the rental market in Fort Lauderdale is alive and well. The rental conditions across the state of Florida have improved over the past year, and we only expect that to get better in 2012.

8. November 2011 was the best month yet for Fort Lauderdale real estate sales, with an increased sales rate of 22%. August was also a good month, with sales increasing by 19%-perhaps due to the back to school effect. Many people put contracts on homes during that time of year before school starts.

9. So far, January mortgage applications are at an all time high at a 23.1% increase, which suggests that this rate of growth will continue. At least, we hope it will. This spike in mortgage applications means that many people are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and theyre not afraid to bank on it. The people who act before others are usually those who make the most money from their investments. Were hoping thats the case with the cowboys/cowgirls in this new economic frontier.

10. Mortgage interest rates are at an all time low, which makes for an inviting scenario for those with cash in pocket. Between the influx of international buyers who buy property with all cash transactions and the number of new home buyers and investors taking advantage of the low interest rates right now, we think there is more reason than not to feel optimistic about the Fort Lauderdale real estate market.

More good things are happening than bad in the Fort Lauderdale housing market-there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and its not a train, folks. You can read more about the Fort Lauderdale real estate forecast for 2012 in our recent article on this topic, too.

About the Author: Mike Benton is a real estate professional specializing in short sale and foreclosure properties in the greater Fort Lauderdale area. Learn more or find the best Fort Lauderdale homes for sale at



Permanent Link:}

Choose A Retirement Community By The Home Style}

  • Posted on March 22, 2018 at 2:45 am

Submitted by: Carol Fena

Do you think you would choose what state to retire to based on the style and appearance of the homes located there? No, you laugh, how absurd to even think of making an important decision that way. However, styles of homes vary so much, depending on the region of the U.S., that the style of home you find appealing may be a reflection of your personality, and a clue as to where you might like to live. Doesn’t where you live have to make you feel comfortable?

I reviewed the styles of new homes in active adult retirement communities. Take a look at the following styles by region or state and ask yourself which you prefer. It may tell you something about your personality and where you would like to live. And it turns out most of these home styles are what you would envision them to be for that region.


– The stucco sidings of condos and single homes are frequently painted a rose color. Sometimes the rose is deep and sometimes pale but a lot of pink to rose paint is used. As you would guess, the roofs are Spanish tile that is preferred for tropical climates but recently a more up-to-date look combines three color tones and in lighter rosy hues. The use of columns and enclosed porches sometimes called “Florida rooms” is prevalent. Florida’s style is tropical and unique and not used anywhere else in the U.S. The landscaping everywhere in Florida features palms of all kinds.


Georgia is a Southern state but the architectural style is strikingly different from its next door neighbor, Florida. In Georgia the colors are more neutral and surprisingly somber. Lots of bright white trim along with the muted taupe colored paint of the wooden clapboard siding. English cottage style seems to suit Georgia. Long shutters seem more New England but here they are happily displayed in Georgia along with boxwoods, blooming roses and floor plans named after English towns.

YouTube Preview Image


This is my favorite style and my preferred place to live. Lots of unabashed Spanish styling. Heavy Spanish tiled roofs and heavy wooden doors in that Canyon grey color. It’s such a California classic look and it never goes away. California developers also still love the low-slung ranch look with recessed entries. Architectural details are combined in such a way that these homes are always surprising and never boring. Creamy stucco abounds and today the tan shake roof is more popular than the dark. Lots of clingy twining vines. A hint of an Old California Mission style is everywhere even if only in the heavy rustic wood of your front door. California style is fabulous.


Brick homes are the standard here. Do you like homes with a permanent anchored feeling, colors of neutral taupe that, well, look staid is the word that comes to mind. Dark roofs seem preferred. These homes lighten up with the use of filmy clouds of flowering trees and shrubs in masses. These home styles give the appearance of possessing financial security and responsibility and if you like to appear that way, you may like the homes of the Southeast. North Carolina floor plans had names like Dogwood and Cardinal.


Lots of wood and brick siding and sometimes in combination, dark shingled roofs, colonial and English manor touches or Federal styling. Sometimes Northeast homes border on looking boring but elegant at their best. Floor plans can have English names.

New England:

New England homes change in appearance from their Northeast neighbors and become a misty grey as if trying to blend with the sea. Grey wood siding with crisp white collars of molding. Shake or shingle dark roofs. Dark pine trees surrounding the landscape and to brighten up they use classic colors of cardinal red and forest green in painted shutters. This is a refreshing look–so different from anywhere else in the country.


Contemporary ranch, bungalows, lots of shutters, colors of taupe, very straightforward, honest, and some might call plain but what those living in the midwest like–the heartland of our country. Very Americana names for floor plans such as Heritage.


Very near to California but the home styles aren’t at all alike. This is surprising since so many Californians retire to Washington state. These homes appear more like a rugged version of the Northeast style. Dark colors, woodsy, more plain as if trying hard to not look like their flashy neighbor. Some Northeast touches are dormers, bay windows and faux brick trim.


Distinguished by their use of stone–large chunks decorating the stucco sidings. Of course, as expected in very hot areas, Spanish-tiled roofs.


Texas has its own distinguished subtle western-look style. I saw use of stonework combined with painted accents using the rich colors of leathery western saddles. Another look was of stark white stucco combined with black-hat colored shingle roofs. The names of the floor plans show Texans love of their countryside with names of local wildflowers and trees.

Well, of course, this has all been just for fun. No one would decide to move somewhere just because they liked the architectural style of the homes–or would they?

Have you found an area you prefer? Check out my website to find active adult retirement communities located there.

About the Author: Carol Fena, experienced in real estate and property management, enjoys writing for her website


Permanent Link:}