Posted: 08 Oct 2015 KCM CrewThe National Association of REALTORS’ just released the results of their latestPending Home Sales Index, which showed a small 1.4% decline in signed contracts in August. Pending sales remain strong year-over-year as they were 6.1% higher than August ’14 and have now risen for 12 consecutive months.
What is the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)?
NAR’s PHSI is “a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings”. The higher the Pending Home Sales Index number, the more contracts have been signed by buyers that will soon translate to sales. In every major region of the country, pending sales are up year-over-year as shown by the graph below:
What does this mean for the market?
Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for NAR explained:
There is no need to worry
So What Does This Mean To Buyers?
There is a lot of competition out there right now for your dream home. Prices are going to continue to climb, act now before you are priced out of your future home.
What Does This Mean to Sellers?
If you are on the fence about listing your home for sale and debating whether now is the time to move on with your plans of relocating… don’t wait! There are more buyers that are ready, willing and able to buy their first, second, third, vacation, or investment property now than there has been in years! The supply of homes for sale is not keeping up with the demand of these buyers. Listing your home for sale now will give you the most exposure to buyers and the best sales price.
Whether you are planning on buying or selling a house this year, waiting to act no longer makes sense.
Three Equinox trainers share advice on staying warm, keeping motivation up, and getting the best results possible.
After sweating profusely all summer, fall provides a welcome weather refuge for many Bostonians. But if you’ve gotten used to exercising outdoors in just shorts and a tank top, colder days may make for a rude awakening.
We asked three trainers from Equinox—Alex Figueroa, David Cheal, and Kristen Mercier—for their best fall workout tips as autumn weather hits.
1. Pay attention to your fingers and your face. “Fingers and face are usually the first to get cold, so a good pair of gloves and a warm beanie, or even a mask, are good ideas,” Figueroa says.
2. Incorporate active recovery. Instead of letting your body get cold as it stands between sets, Figueroa recommends light movement during rest periods. “Fluctuations in body temperature make the cold more uncomfortable and allow the cold to creep into your clothes,” he says.
3. Create smaller loops. If you’re a runner or walker, resort to laps—instead of long journeys—in case the cold gets to be too much. “Create shorter loops and repeat them more often,” Figueroa says. “This will allow you to decide on the fly if you can do another [lap] every time you hit your starting point.”
1. Start preparing now. “Preserve and build your muscle mass now so your body will burn fat rather than muscle in colder temps,” Cheal says. In other words: Hit the gym, stat.
2. Do the workouts you avoided all summer. Some workouts are just too painful in hot summer months—so do them now. “Outdoor track workouts can be brutal in the heat, but right now is the perfect time to hit the track for that workout you’ve been craving all summer,” Cheal says.
3. Invest in the right gear. Cheal’s must-haves for cold weather exercise are gloves, compression pants, and light layers that can be removed as your body heats up.
1. Pay attention to your warm up. Logically, warm ups are extra important when it’s cold outside, Mercier says. “Light, dynamic movement is the best way to [warm up],” Mercier says. “One of my favorite warm up moves is the yoga pose downward-facing dog. It increases core temperature and mobilizes the hips and shoulders.”
2. Work your whole body. To stay warm, Mercier says not to isolate any one muscle group. “The more muscle groups you can recruit, the warmer you will keep your body,” she explains. “Push-ups, burpees, walking lunges, and jump squats are all great exercises for this.”
3. Plan your route wisely. “Your best bet is to stay away from areas of high wind, such as the ocean and other bodies of water,” Mercier says. “Tree-lined streets or trails would be a better bet.”