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10th Annual Jack In The Box Celebrity Shootout

by Nate Martinez

Nearly 20 nationally recognized entertainment celebrities will descend upon Phoenix to compete in the 10th Annual Jack in the Box Celebrity Shootout, presented by Robert and Carole Machiz. This star-studded charity basketball game tips-off at US Airways Center on Saturday, January 29 at 2 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Recording artist and actor Chris Brown as well as former Major League Baseball star Jermaine Dye as well as:
Anthony Anderson Actor (“Law and Order” (TV Series), “The Departed”, “Barbershop”)
Billy Blanks Actor (“Showdown”, “The Last Boy Scout”)
Chris Brown Recording Artists/Actor (“Takers”, “Stomp the Yard”)
Columbus Short Actor (“Stomp the Yard”, “Stomp the Yard 2”, “Death at a Funeral”)
Common Recording Artists/Actor (“Terminator Salvation”, “Wanted”)
DJ Clue Mixtape DJ/Producer (Produced Music for Mariah Carey & Jay-Z)
Frankie Muniz Actor/Race Car Driver (“Malcolm in the Middle” (TV Series))
Kerry Rhodes Athlete (Safety, Arizona Cardinals)
Kiowa Gordon Actor (The Twilight Saga: “New Moon” and “Eclipse”)
Mann Recording Artist
Michael B. Jordan Actor (“Friday Night Lights” (TV Series))
Pooch Hall Actor (“Stomp the Yard 2”, “The Game” (TV Series))
Romeo Recording Artist/Actor (“Uncle P”, “Honey”)
Terrence J TV Host/Actor (Host for BET’s “106 & Park Top 10 Live”)
Francia Raisa (coach) Actress (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager” (TV series), “Bring It On: All or Nothing”)

Tickets start at $9.00 and can be purchased online at Suns.com/CelebShootout, through Ticketmaster, by calling 1-800-745-3000, or at the US Airways Center box office.

Funds raised from the Shootout will benefit Phoenix Suns Charities and Suns Nite Hoops. Phoenix Suns Charities is the cornerstone of the team’s foundation, making grants to non-profit organizations that serve the youth in areas of education, health and human services, the arts, sports and recreation, and rehabilitation.

Suns Nite Hoops is a non-profit program offering life skills, educational advancement, and job readiness to at-risk young men and their families by providing them positive alternatives to drugs, gangs, and violence.

US property sales increase & prices stable, RE/MAX report shows

by Nate Martinez

US property sales increase and prices stable, RE/MAX report shows

Friday, 21 January 2011

After five consecutive months of declines, residential property sales in the United States rose 13.2% in December from the prior month, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report.

But compared to the year earlier, December property sales fell 5%, although, RE/MAX said that is the lowest year on year drop in five months.

Two of the most badly depressed real estate markets, Arizona and Florida, saw sales increase. In Phoenix, Arizona, sales jumped 12.8% in December from the same month in 2009. And Florida, sales rose 7.4% in Tampa and in 9.9% in Miami.

RE/MAX chief executive Margaret Kelly said December’s figures put the housing market in strong position for growth as the home shopping season nears. ‘It’s nice to see that sales were much higher than in November, with a year on year difference better than we’ve seen in months,’ she said.

‘It is encouraging that prices appear to be remaining stable. These positive trends should build as we enter the traditionally strong home buying months in the spring and summer,’ she added.

The report also shows that prices indeed remained stable in the last month of 2010, dropping only 2.2% from 2009 and 0.9% from November. The median sales price was $192,941 in December.

Some 28 of the 54 major metropolitan areas tracked by RE/MAX experienced year on year home prices appreciation, including Cleveland up 12%, Indianapolis up 9.6%, Pittsburgh up 8.6%, Dallas-Fort Worth up 8.4% and New Orleans up 6.8%. Prices decreased in 23 metro areas and remained flat in three.

Properties sold in December were on the market for an average of 96 days, which is higher than the average of 93 days for sales closed in November and 92 days in December 2009, according to the report.

RE/MAX also reported a month on month dip in housing inventory, down 8.8%. The amount of inventory is down 2.9% from December 2009. However, the months it would take to move that inventory off the market increased to 10.2 months. According to RE/MAX, a balanced market of buyers and sellers is at a six month supply of housing inventory.

Wags for Wishes!

by Nate Martinez


Wags for Wishes Benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Approximately 800 dogs are expected to help grant the wish of sick kids this weekend at the 4th annual Wags for Wishes event in Chandler. The proceeds from the festival will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "This event is about dogs raising money for kids," Director Wendy Hultsman said. "Its not a ball or a gala, its a philanthropic event that our clients (sick children) can participate in."

About $60,000 has been raised during the past 3 Wagsfor Wishes events. This year the event has been moved to Rawhide in Chandler where they hope to raise $30,000 with the larger space. Wish-granting costs an average of $7,000 per child and the money raised at Wags for Wishes is only used for grants.

The weekend event is part competition, part festival. The admission is $5.00 and goes towards the cause. Visitors are welcome to bring their 4 legged friends to try activities like racing in Lure For A Cure, splash jumping off a dock, or try a musical freestyle frisbee routine. The American Kennel Club will be there too, to test your pups Canine Good Citizens skills to see if they have what it takes to be a therapy dog.

Friday-Sunday 9:00am to 5:00pm
Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse
5700 W North Loop Rd, Chandler, AZ
azwags4wishes.com

Register Now For My Free Investment Webinar

by Nate Martinez

Investment Strategies
Saturday, January 22nd from 9:00 am to 10:00 am MST

Register NOW for my FREE one-hour Investment Webinar this Saturday starting at 9:00am. Did you know that according to a 2009 National Association of Realtors study of investors, nearly 1/2 of all investors had an annual income of less than $75,000? You owe it to yourself to spend an hour of your time to learn what money making opportunities are available to you right now!

My presentation has been designed to inform you of your options regarding residential real estate investments. I will cover how to:
1.) How real estate compares to other assets for growth potential
2.) What the benefits of real estate investing are
3.) The truth behind the most common myths of real estate investing
4.) How you can optimize your investing power through real estate

To register for this important FREE Webinar, Click HERE. Fill in the required fields and click the Register Now button. I look forward to it! Nate

11 Natural Tips to Avoid the Seasonal Cold

by Nate Martinez

This time of year seems to be the season for the common cold to reek havoc on our daily lives! Although there are no known cures for the cold or flu, there are ways we can prevent or avoid getting sick. Here are 11 Natural tips you can implement during cold and flu season...

1.) Wash your hands - Most cold and flu viruses are spread by direct contact. If a sick person sneezes into their hand and then touches the telephone, the door knob or keyboard, the germs are left behind -- which can live for hours and in some cases weeks! So wash your hands as often as you can. If no sink is available, rub your hands together very hard for a minute or two. That will help break up the cold germs. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer on your hands.

2.) Don't cover your sneezes and coughs with your hands - Because germs and viruses cling to your bare hands, muffling coughs and sneezes with your hands actually causes the germs to be spread to others. When you feel a sneeze or cough coming, use a tissue, then throw it away immediately. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow or arm.

3.) Don't touch your face - Cold and flu viruses enter your body through the eyes, nose, or mouth. Touching their faces is the major way children catch colds, and a key way they pass colds on to their parents.

4.) Drink plenty of fluids - Water flushes out your system, washing away the poisons as it re-hydrates you. A typical, healthy adult needs eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids each day (or 64 fluid ounces total). How can you tell if you're getting enough liquid? If the color of your urine runs close to clear, you're getting enough. If it's deep yellow, you need more fluids.

5.) Take a sauna - Researchers aren't clear about the exact role saunas play in prevention, but one 1989 German study found that people who steamed twice a week got half as many colds as those who didn't. One theory: When you take a sauna you inhale air hotter than 80 degrees, a temperature too hot for cold and flu viruses to survive.

6.) Do aerobic exercise regularly - Aerobic exercise speeds up the heart to pump larger quantities of blood, which makes you breathe faster to help transfer oxygen from your lungs to your blood and makes you sweat once your body heats up. These exercises help increase the body's natural virus-killing cells.

7.) Eat foods containing Phytochemicals - "Phyto" means plants, and the natural chemicals in plants give the vitamins in food a supercharged boost. So, although you may be diligent about taking your daily vitamins, a healthy dose of dark green, red, and yellow vegetables and fruits are an important part of staying healthy all year long.

8.) Eat yogurt - Some studies have shown that eating a daily cup of low-fat yogurt can reduce your susceptibility to colds by 25%. Researchers think the beneficial bacteria in yogurt may stimulate production of immune system substances that fight disease.

9.) Don't smoke - Statistics show that heavy smokers get more severe colds and more frequent ones. Even being around smoke profoundly zaps the immune system. Smoke dries out your nasal passages and paralyzes cilia. These are the delicate hairs that line the mucous membranes in your nose and lungs, and with their wavy movements, sweep cold and flu viruses out of the nasal passages. Experts contend that one cigarette can paralyze cilia for as long as 30 to 40 minutes.

10.) Limit alcohol consumption - Heavy alcohol use suppresses the immune system in a variety of ways. Heavier drinkers are more prone to initial infections as well as secondary complications. Alcohol also dehydrates the body -- it actually causes more fluid loss from your system than it puts in.

11.) Relax - If you can teach yourself to relax, you can activate your immune system on demand. There's evidence that when you put your relaxation skills into action, your interleukins increase in the bloodstream. Interleukins are the leaders in the immune system response against cold and flu viruses. Train yourself to picture an image you find pleasant or calming. You can start with a little as 2 or 3 minutes a day and work yourself up to 10 minutes and eventually to 30 minutes per day. Relaxation is a learnable skill, but it is not doing nothing. People who try to relax, but are in fact bored, show no changes in blood chemicals. So think of "relaxation" as a healthy way of keeping your immune system in good shape!

Real Estate vs. Stocks?

by Nate Martinez

Real Estate verses the Stock Market?

This graph depicts the difference in return on investment between the S&P 500 and real estate from 2000-2010. With the benefit of cash flow, a $100,000 investment in real estate would have doubled from 2000-2010.

Join me on Saturday, January 22nd at 9:00am for a FREE Investment Webinar. You owe it to yourself to invest ONE hour of your time to learn how you can unlock the door to a world of real estate wealth. To register for this FREE Webinar, please email me at Nate@NatesHomes.com -- don't delay, register today!

"I have a Dream"

by Nate Martinez

"I have a Dream..." The March on Washington, August 28th, 1963.

1 Million Foreclosure in 2010

by Nate Martinez

According to recent reports, lenders are ready to take back more homes in 2011 than any other since the U.S. housing meltdown began in 2006. About 5 million borrowers are at least two months behind on their mortgages and more will miss payments as they struggle with job losses and loans worth more than their home’s value, industry analysts forecast.

“2011 is going to be the peak,” said Rick Sharga, a senior vice president at foreclosure tracker RealtyTrac Inc. The firm predicts 1.2 million homes will be repossessed this year by lenders. The outlook comes after banks repossessed more than 1 million homes in 2010, RealtyTrac said Thursday. That marked the highest annual total of properties lost to foreclosure on records dating back to 2005.

According to the year end reports, one in 45 U.S. households received a foreclosure filing last year, or a record high of 2.9 million homes. That’s up 1.67%from 2009. However, good news reports, that for December, 257,747 U.S. homes received at least one foreclosure-related notice. That wash the lowest monthly total in 30 months. The number of notices fell 1.8% from November and 26.3% from December 2009, RealtyTrac said. Some speculate, that the pace slowed down in the final two months of 2010 while banks reviewed their foreclosure processes after allegations surfaced in September that evictions were handled improperly. Under increased scrutiny by the government, lenders temporarily halted taking actions against borrowers severely behind on their payments. However, most banks have since resumed their eviction processes, and the first quarter will likely show a rebound in foreclosure activity, Rick Sharga said.

Arizona and California also showed sharp December increases in the number of homes the banks took back, at 52% and 47% respectively. Arizona, along with Florida, finished the year at number 2 and number 3 for the highest foreclosure rates. One in every 17 Arizona households got a foreclosure filing last year, while one in 18 received a notice in Florida. California, Utah, Georgia, Michigan, Idaho, Illinois and Colorado rounded out the top ten states with the highest foreclosure rates. More than half of the country’s foreclosure activity came out of five states in 2010: California, Florida, Arizona, Illinois and Michigan. Together, these states recorded almost 1.5 million households receiving a filing, despite year-over-year decreases in California, Florida and Arizona.

 

Feeling Financially Squeezed?

by Nate Martinez

If you know someone who is feeling the pressure of a looming foreclosure, please make sure they know there are other options available. Don't just call any Realtor who says they are an expert -- my team has a department dedicated to short sales only. If the mortgage company is telling you to call a Realtor, then please call us first -- we can help!

  

Don't Miss This Free Opportunity!

by Nate Martinez

On Saturday January 22nd at 9:00am I will be hosting a FREE Investor Webinar. My presentation has been designed to inform you of your options regarding residential real estate investments. What I will cover...

1.) How real estate compares to other assets for growth potential
2.) What the benefits of real estate investing are
3.) The truth behind the most common myths of real estate investing
4.) How you can optimize your investing power through real estate

You owe it to yourself to invest ONE hour of your time to learn how you can unlock the door to a world of real estate wealth. To register for this FREE Webinar, please email me at Nate@NatesHomes.com -- don't delay, register today!

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