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Good News, Bad News

by Leslie Edwards

New homes starts fell to the lowest since 1945.  Several local builders have gone out of business and new homes are being foreclosed at rates I have never seen during my 30 years as a REALTOR. This is bad news for builders, construction workers, the trades, vendors and real estate agents who typically work in new home neighborhoods.  The effect on small business, individuals and families is widespread.

On the other hand, while there has been a glut of new homes on the  market for years, builders continued to build on speculation, hoping for a buyer. It was obvious that there were more new homes than potential buyers and builders were competing for a few buyers. What is happening now in new homes is truly a market correction. It had to happen.

The benefit for a few is that qualified buyers can buy new homes for much less than they would have appraised for two years ago.  The builder may not be in business and unable to come back for minor repairs under a builder warranty but, if the deal is great, a buyer can afford a handyman.  All new homes are inspected by the counties throughout construction so buying a foreclosure does not mean less quality.

As the inventory of new homes declines, prices will begin to rebound.  It is all about supply and demand.  It will take awhile, but it will happen. 

If you are a buyer, this is the time to get th emost house for your money. Buy low, sell high.

If you have questions, comments or just want to talk real estate, call me, email me or leave your comments here.  I am available for a FREE buyer or seller consultation, with no obligation to buy or sell with me.

leslie edwards                                                                                sells real estate                                                                 770.460.9448                                                                         RE/MAX Around Atlanta                                             leslie@leslieedwards.com                                                           Search the entire MLS at www.leslieedwards.com

Conserve, Reuse, Recycle

Plastic is Slowly Killing Us All

by Leslie Edwards

 

For years I have told everyone who would listen about the dangers of plastic.  Friends think it's odd that I do not own any plastic food storage containers, no plastic glasses, cups, forks or water bottles, avoiding plastic whenever possible. I buy glass bottles instead of plastic,  I save and reuse glass jars and  my water bottle is stainless steel.  Plastic is everywhere, we can't get away from it.  But we can avoid exposure to plastic when possible.

I am not a finatic but I am aware and determined to spread the word.  Some research, usually funded by the plastic manufacturers, shows there is no danger from exposure to plastic.  Other independent studies shows serious dangers from ingesting plastic.  Different studies, conflicting results. 

 Be aware, read some articles, get the facts.  If there is any chance it is true, we have to stop giving our children plastic water bottles, sippy cups, toys, pacifiers, food containers, etc. 

The dangers of plastic gets very little press considering what a huge issue it is.  When I talk about it I can tell most people prefer to ignore the research. 

  My assistant bought some cooking oil in a plastic bottle to use for a party.  A week later, I opened the bottle and I could smell plastic and the oil tasted like plastic.  People have gotten used to the taste of plastic in drinks and food and continue to ingest the dangers chemicals used in manufacturing plastic.

Below are three links to articles about dangers of plastic.  There are hundreds of articles on the subject.  I urge you to read at least enough to know that when you microwave food, use glass.

http://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20030331/danger-in-plastic-baby-bottles

http://www.mindfully.org/Plastic/Plasticizers/Out-Of-Diet-PG5nov03.htm

http://rense.com/general64/plastic.htm

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