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Prediction: 2014 the 'year of the big move'

WASHINGTON – Jan. 15, 2014 – Charlie Young, president and CEO of ERA Real Estate, says that several factors in the housing market point to a growing trend of relocation in 2014. More people may be prompted to relocate to areas that offer better costs of living, making 2014 the “year of the big move,” he says.

Factors that could spark a move in 2014

  • Rising mortgage rates: Mortgage rates are expected to nudge higher this year from their historical lows as the Federal Reserve starts tapering its bond-buying stimulus program. “For many would-be homebuyers, an increase of 1 percentage point could make monthly mortgage and interest payments in their current area beyond their reach,” Young says.
  • Dropping affordability: Incomes are not keeping pace with the rise in home prices. “That means homes are getting more expensive faster than our wages can keep up,” Young says. With higher mortgage rates and higher home prices, affordability is falling in many higher-priced markets.
  • Returning equity: As home prices have risen, many homeowners have seen equity return and are finally in a position where they can move again. More homeowners may look at other states for a lower cost of living, better job opportunities and better weather, too, Young says.
  • Rebuilding personal wealth: Many people faced a big hit to personal wealth during the recession, and as they rebuild it, they may find that their current area has too high of a cost of living to rebuild comfortably.

How do you protect yourself from the brain-eating Water Amoeba?

We will be adding content to this post very soon. In the meantime, check out this article regarding the Water Amoeba...

National Geographic - What We Do and Don't Know About Brain-Eating Amoebas

Living with Florida Alligators - What Are The Dangers?

I'm not going to pretend to be an expert on alligators and their behavior patterns. That's why I've included a list of related links below for you to refer to. Alligators are beautiful creatures and they are one of Florida's greatest attractions. If you spend a little time educating yourself on alligators, I think you'll find that humans and alligators can happily co-exist together.

I've participated in just about every water sport one could possibly imagine since I was a just toddler. In my 30 some years of experience in sharing the fresh waters with alligators, not once have I had a close call or been threatened by an alligator. Although alligators are predators to most animals in the wild, humans are the ultimate predator. Alligators have a natural fear of humans (and for good reason). Out of ignorance, often times lakefront residents will take matters into their own hands and kill alligators that they perceive to be a threat to their family or pet. And in most cases, the alligator has not shown any aggression towards the human or their pet.

Alligators have been given a bad reputation because we (as humans) don't respect the rules of nature. Humans cross the line when they attempt to tame an alligator. Feeding alligators or trying to make an alligator comfortable in the presence of humans is the biggest NO-NO humans can make. Alligators are wild creatures, and predators in nature. When humans cons crew with what is natural in nature, unnatural things are likely to happen (i.e...Alligator aggression or attacks on humans). Please take the time to educate yourself on the subject of alligators. Education is the key for humans to happily co-exist with this remarkable creature, "The Florida Alligator".

Should I be concerned about Alligators on my lake?

Please refer to this article on Living With Florida Alligators. It is very informative and will answer many of your questions regarding cohabitating with the Florida Alligator.

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