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Prices up from January
sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS®) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association
of REALTORS® (KWAR) were down 10.5 percent compared to this month last year while
the year-to-date dollar volume of sales was 8 percent above the 5-year average.
total of 445 residential properties sold last month, a 31.3 percent increase compared
to January 2013. February's residential sales included 297 detached homes (down
9.7 percent compared to February 2012) 81 condos (down 12.9 percent), 36 semis
(up 5.9 percent), and 29 freehold townhouses (down 25.6 percent).
in February showed a healthy increase over January," says Dietmar Sommerfeld,
President of the KWAR. "The reduction in the number of sales on a year over year
basis can be attributed to the tightened mortgage rules implemented by the government
average sale price of all homes sold in February increased 5.4 percent to $324,998
from the same time last year. Single detached homes sold for an average price
of $368,573, an increase of 5 percent compared to February 2012. Average sale
prices for condos rose to $218,591, an 8.8 percent increase from last year and
townhomes followed closely with an 8.3 percent bump putting the average selling
price at $283,513.
continued low mortgage rates we expect a healthy spring market," says Sommerfeld.
"It remains an incredibly good time to buy or sell in our market."
KWAR cautions average sale price information can be useful in establishing long
term trends, but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have
increased or decreased in value. The average sale price is based on the total
dollar volume of all residential properties sold.
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10 Best and Worst Foods for Sleep
Cereal and Milk
Your go-to breakfast
staple can also moonlight as the perfect pre-bedtime snack. Eating a combination
of carbohydrates and protein enables our bodies to produce the "happy hormone"
serotonin, which in turn produces melatonin, a neurotransmitter that has a calming
effect, explains Danielle Omar, a DC-based registered dietitian. Just stay away
from sugary cereals to avoid getting a sugar high right before bed. Other safe
nighttime snack bets include cheese and crackers, cottage cheese and fruit, or
oatmeal with milk for a similar soothing effect.
While protein is a vital part of our daily diets, too much of it
means less sleep at the end of the day. "High-protein diets have a tendency to
give you more energy and not calm you down," says Dr. Michael J. Breus, author
of The Sleep Doctor's Diet Plan. Instead, remember to munch on a high-carb, low-protein
snack that's no more than 200 calories before bed.
Though not always available in the nearest supermarket, it's worth finding
if you're in need of some serious shuteye. Passionfruit contains somniferum, which
has sleep-inducing properties. Omar recommends eating the fruit as is, or try
it as a juice or tea.
Sure, your eyelids may
start drooping after that second glass of wine, but chances are you'll have a
restless night of sleep once you turn in. "After drinking alcohol, usually you
get drowsy and fall asleep," says Omar. "But you don't get into the REM stage
of sleep." When that happens, you're kept from achieving a deep, uninterrupted
sleep -- as the bags under your eyes will tell you the next day.
Often called "a pill in a peel" by experts, bananas contain high
levels of magnesium, a mineral that acts as a muscle relaxant, which can help
us start snoozing faster. Also extremely helpful is the whopping 422 milligrams
of potassium one banana contains, since studies have shown potassium can help
regulate sleep patterns and nerves.
Worst: Fatty Foods
your dinner is, the less sleep you'll get, warns Dr. Breus. Eating foods high
in fat (especially ones that are greasy or fried) will likely cause uncomfortable
heartburn or stomach issues when you lie down. Stick to low-fat snacks and make
sure to eat at least two hours before hitting the hay.
A 2011 study published in the European Journal of Nutrition found
that tart cherry juice is a great sleep aid. Adults who drank two glasses of cherry
juice daily slept an average of 39 minutes longer than usual. Turns out cherries
boast some of the highest levels of melatonin among natural foods, explains Dr.
Breus. Try a small nighttime smoothie to start dreaming with 1 cup concentrated
tart cherry juice, half a banana, 1/2 cup soymilk, and 5 crushed ice cubes.
Not only will that Thai takeout leave your mouth on fire, it
may cause nightmares, says Dr. Breus. "I've had patients who've said when they
eat a spicy meal it affects their dreams at night." Backing up these claims is
a study published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology, which found
that subjects who ingested Tabasco sauce and mustard with their dinner had elevated
body temperatures during their first sleep cycle, causing sleep disruption and
more awake time at night.
Best: Warm Milk
Most of us were fed
warm milk as babies and toddlers to help us fall asleep, but the science behind
why the drink makes us sleepy is lacking, says Dr. Breus. "There's not enough
tryptophan in a glass of warm milk -- you'd have to drink a gallon and a half
of it to feel any effect." It's likely that warm milk works as a placebo for inducing
sleep because it's comforting. Hey, whatever works, right?
The effects of caffeine may be obvious, but what's not so obvious
is that the stimulant stays active in our bodies for eight to ten hours. "The
effects vary from person to person, but by the afternoon you should cut off the
caffeine," says Omar. And that doesn't just mean that third cup of coffee after
lunch. "That means chocolate too!" she says.
The Call Hammer Team
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