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June 2019
Wow! May sure was hot! The high temperature broke records in Florida. Real Estate sales (in certain price points and communities) were on fire! Traffic was noticeably lighter but roads to the beaches were clogged with locals and central Floridians off for their summer stay-cations. Speaking of stay-cations, it’s so easy to forget all the amazing museums, theaters and simply gorgeous parks and preserves that are just outside our doors. June is a great month to try out all the restaurants that are too busy during season and they all feature special pricing and menus during Savor Sarasota! Recently, I have had the pleasure of touring the Dali Museum, The Florida Artists Group- The Beauty of Small exhibition at The Ringling College of Art and Design and the Glass exhibit at The Ringling Museum. What wonderful exhibits! Howard and I have gotten out on the water a few times in our search for Tarpon. There have been lots of sightings but no catch and release stories to share, yet.
As I write this, we are heading into summer and the daily rains. Trees and grasses are getting greener, ponds fuller and swimming pools warmer.
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U.S. homeowners gained an average of 5.6% in equity year-over-year according to CoreLogic's Home Equity Insights (HEI) for 1st Quarter 2019. The CoreLogic report only includes properties with mortgages, estimated to be 63% of all homes. The annual equity gain represents just over $485 billion. Homeowners who sold during the first quarter realized an average of $57,500 in gains over their purchase price.

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Howard's 'Did You Know'
Did you know that Sweet Potatoes are one of the oldest vegetables known to mankind?
Scientists believe that sweet potatoes were domesticated thousands of years ago in Central America. After his first voyage to the Americas in 1492, Christopher Columbus took sweet potatoes back home to Europe. The crop was introduced into China in the late 16th century and spread to Asia, Africa and Latin America during the 17th and 18th centuries. It's hearty and easy to grow. Sweet potato is actually not a potato and yams and sweet potatoes are not the same. Sweet potatoes are from the Morning Glory plant family. Its correct spelling is: sweetpotato. One word. Worldwide, there are over 6500 varieties of sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes may just protect you from stroke, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's disease. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a non-profit, independent organization compares the nutritional values of sweet potatoes to all other vegetables. Considering fiber, complex carbs, proteins, vitamins A and C, Iron, Calcium, the sweet potato ranked highest in nutritional value.
Have you had a sweet potato today?