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Headline: Stay healthy this summer

A few simple tips for improving your personal health

Summer is the time for family vacations and road trips, backyard barbecues, and days at the beach. But as the pace of life slows down after the hustle and bustle of winter and spring, it’s also a great time to make some small health-conscious changes that can make a big difference at the end of the day. Here are a few simple-but-effective tips for improving your personal health this summer.

Eat more berries
Eating a cup of mixed berries each day can have tremendous health benefits. Berries are rich with antioxidants, which help prevent tissue damage and lower the risk of age-related illnesses. It’s just a small change to your diet, but a little goes a long way!

Have some fun while exercising
This doesn’t have to mean hitting the gym. Make the most of the summer weather by doing activities that are both fun and keep you moving. Cycling, hiking, swimming, playing games with the kids—these are all great ways to get some exercise without making it feel like a chore that you have to squeeze into your schedule.

Wear your sunglasses
I know this seems like a no-brainer, but there’s a lot more to wearing sunglasses than just fashion. A good pair of sunglasses should block out at least 99 percent of harmful UV rays.

Play in the dirt
Planting and maintaining a garden can be a great stress reliever. Even something as simple as a few flower boxes or potted plants is a good start.


Headline: Five lighting tips for basements

Making your basement an enjoyable place to spend time can be tricky. Without the right lighting it may feel too much like a dungeon (unless you’re into that!). Here are a few quick tips.

 1. Maximize the natural lighting. Trim back shrubs and other plants that block sunlight from window wells. If the window well has a cover, keep it clean or replace a cover that blocks light with one that lets light pass through.

 2. Choose light colors for walls, carpet and furniture. As much as we all miss the dark brown faux wood paneling from the ‘70s it doesn't do much to create a bright space.

 3. Accent Lighting. This will not only make the space brighter, it also makes the space feel less like a basement because lamps make the space feel decorated and lived in.

 4. Light Bulbs. Depending on the types of fixtures in the basement there are various new types of lightbulbs. Consider talking to a lighting expert to find which type of bulb is going to give you the best results.

 5. Create a false lighted window. This is simpler and more effective than you might think. Just frame and trim a “window” on a basement wall, and use creative lighting and decor (blinds, reflective paint, daylight spectrum bulbs) to make the light coming from the window look natural.


Headline: Rent continues to rise

Rental rates throughout the country rose for the 18th consecutive quarter, with the average rent in the second quarter of 2014 coming in at $1,099—a 0.8 percent increase from the first quarter and a 3.4 percent year-over-year increase. The data comes from real estate research firm Reis Inc.

Rent rose in all 79 areas that Reis studies. Seattle, San Jose, and San Francisco all saw rent raise by 6 percent in the past year.

“You have definitely seen that recovery now spread to all of the major markets around the country, even if some of them were laggards," said Ryan Severino, a Reis economist. "It's a very pervasive recovery."

With the way rent continues to rise, it’s a great time to consider purchasing a home. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or looking to get back into home ownership, you can save a lot of money in the long run compared to continued renting. If you’re thinking about buying, talk to your trusted real estate professional and see if it’s the right time for you to make a move.


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