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Middle TN Real Estate Blog by Diana Richards, Realtor

Health in the News

Brain drain: Control your appetite after a long day 

Ever notice that you can feel starving after a long day at work even though you’ve spent it mainly at your desk? Scientists, as reported by The New York Times, say it happens because your brain, feeling tired, starts to want more fuel to keep going—even though you haven’t exactly been digging ditches for eight or nine hours. The problem is that you’re consuming calories your body doesn’t actually need because your brain is telling you to.  One way around this dilemma is exercise. In an experiment at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, 38 college students met to discuss what their favorite pizza was. After the discussion, they were allowed at eat as much pizza as they wanted. 

On another day, they were brought back and given a series of tests from college entrance and graduate-level exams. Afterward, half the students worked out on treadmills while the rest sat quietly. The entire group was again served all the pizza they wanted, but the treadmill group ate less—about 25 fewer calories than at their previous session. On the other hand, the rest of the group actually ate 100 calories more.  The study suggests that a light workout after a mentally strenuous day may curb one’s appetite—good to know before you sit down to eat.

Eat lots of these foods to prevent prostate cancer 

• Broccoli. Benefits: Low in carbohydrates and rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals that may prevent cell changes contributing to cancer.

• Salmon. Benefits: Lots of omega-3 fatty acids that can inhibit prostate cancer. 

• Brazil nuts. Benefits: Selenium; six to eight nuts contain 700 percent of a daily serving.

• Tomatoes. Benefits: Lycopene. Men who eat 10 portions of tomatoes a week may reduce their risk of prostate cancer by 18 percent. ...

2016 Stats in Williamson and Davidson County

December wraps up robust 2016 for residential real estate market...

In Williamson County...Total number of homes closed set an all-time record in 2016, according to the monthly market report released by the Williamson County Association of REALTORS® (WCAR).  Total home closings in Williamson County for 2016 were 5,709, an increase of 2.8 percent over the previous record of 5,551 closings in 2015.  “2016 marked a record breaking year for Williamson County’s real estate market,” said Lisa Wurth, President of the Williamson County Association of REALTORS®.  “The robust market, despite challenging inventory levels, saw the greatest number of homes sold in a year.  Additionally, it provided a great return on investment for sellers as the median sales price rose to record breaking levels several times throughout the year.” 

In Davidson County....There were 3,280 closings during the month of December, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS® (formerly the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS). This is a 2.7 percent increase from the 3,194 closings reported for the same period in 2015. Fourth quarter closings were 9,582 for the Middle Tennessee area. That total is an 11 percent increase from the 8,621 closings during the fourth quarter of 2015.   Final numbers for 2016 indicate there were 38,954 homes sold in the region. Compared to the 36,873 closings in 2015, the total sales for 2016 were up 5.6 percent. 

 "2016 was an excellent year for real estate in Middle Tennessee," said Greater Nashville REALTORS President Scott Troxel. "Median prices rose, which was a plus for those selling last year. For buyers, interest rates remained low and for those who we were ready for homeownership, the opportunity to buy was there. 

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Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips for more tips.

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