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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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Homeownership Remains High Priority

May 26, 2015 2:54 am

Homeownership remains a major goal for Americans, with almost three-quarters considering a home a good investment, according to a recent Urban Land Institute (ULI) report. A nearly identical percentage anticipates becoming homeowners in the next five years.

The report found about half of Millennials and Gen Xers expect their next home to be larger, while approximately three-quarters of Baby Boomers and War Babies (members of the Silent Generation) expect their next home to be smaller or of equal size to their current home. Single-family detached homes are the preferred future housing choice for all generations, but the report reflects growing expectations for duplexes or townhouses, particularly among Millennials.

The report also indicated preferred community attributes, including:

• Environment (Including air and water quality) – 87 percent
• Access to Fresh, Healthy Food – 73 percent
• Green Space (Including parks) – 50+ percent
• Reduced Car Usage – 52 percent
• Pedestrian-Friendly Neighborhoods (Including sidewalks and crosswalks) – 50 percent
• Public Transportation – 32 percent
• Walkability – 20 percent

However, the report found that Americans face significant community barriers to these preferences. Many minorities and Millennials report living in areas that lack easy access to safe places for outdoor physical activity, active transportation systems such as bike lanes, healthy food options and safe walking conditions.

The disparity between what these groups want and what is available has presumably contributed to somewhat greater discontent with their quality of life than is expressed by Americans as a whole, the report concludes.

Source: ULI

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6 Sunglass Safety Tips

May 25, 2015 12:54 am

Is your favorite pair of sunglasses providing optimal protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays? Overexposure to these rays can cause eye and vision problems, according to the American Optometric Association (AOA). Before spending time outdoors this summer, be sure your sunglasses are adequately protecting your eyes with these tips.

• Sunglasses should block out 99-100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B rays. While some contact lenses also offer UV protection, these should be worn with sunglasses to maximize protection.

• Your sunglasses should screen out 75-90 percent of visible light.

• The frame of your sunglasses needs to fit close to your eyes and contour to the shape of your face. This prevents exposure to UV rays from all sides, even from behind.

• Pick lenses that are perfectly matched in color and are free of distortion and imperfection.

• Lenses should also have a uniform tint, not darker in one area from another. A gray tint, w is particularly helpful when driving as it offers the best color recognition.

• To really be sure your sunglasses will properly protect your eyes from UV radiation, your best resource is your optometrist, who will also help ensure your eyes are healthy through yearly, comprehensive eye exams.

Source: AOA

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