First Prime Realty Group August 2018


August 2018



the microphone, but the instrument will be there for her to grow into. I’ve started learning to play myself; hopefully one day we’ll be able to perform a father-daughter duet. For now, it’s just great getting to spend quality time with both Lily and baby Liam. As often as possible, my wife and I will pick up Lily from school, then play with both kids in the backyard together. These little moments are what get me up in the morning. The future I want for my kids is the reason I work so hard to make First Prime Realty the best it can be. Starting a family has also led me to reconcile with my past. I had not been back to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in over 10 years because of the memories from my childhood. But having Lily gave me the will to go back to my roots, so she could meet her grandmother and uncles and see the mountains and lakes I used to call home. We took a trip up this May in celebration of her third birthday, and I’m so glad we did. In fact, we may need to make another trip up in December to celebrate Liam’s birthday and let the kids play in the snow. It’s great to see home with fresh eyes. Children teach you to step outside of yourself and see beyond your own interests. Now more than ever, I’ve learned the value of helping people. Everyone has their own “why” — their own purpose. When I get to help someone reach their goal, or at least give them the resources to start striving for it, that’s a win-win.

My ‘Why’ Maybe it was the “why” I needed at the time. But at a certain point, it just became succeeding for succeeding’s sake, and I didn’t find value in that. When I married Marites in 2014, the scope of my “why” expanded. I wanted to do my best to build our life together. But I still felt like a piece was missing. Then we had Lily, and everything changed. The only way I can describe becoming a father is that it’s a total paradigm shift. Lily brought a whole new texture to life. When she came into the world on May 24, 2015, I started living and breathing for another human being. It’s a sensation that’s hard to describe unless you’ve experienced it for yourself. Two years later, on December 25, 2017, Lily’s little brother Liam came along. Now they are my “why.” I never realized how much I was missing until I had children. Marites and I deliberately waited to have kids because we both came from family situations that were less than ideal. It was important to us that we had the means and the emotional availability to be there for our kids. We wanted to give them a better childhood than we had. Well, I’m happy to say we are succeeding! Last month, I mentioned I wasn’t able to attend school until the third grade. Lily has already started pre-school, and we’re “starting her out” on the piano. She can’t do much more than plunk at the keys and “sing” into

Last month, I shared the story of how I lifted myself out of a rough childhood in the Idaho panhandle. My discovery of weightlifting and the can-do attitude of Arnold Schwarzenegger helped me find the drive and confidence to go on to found First Prime Realty. While this story tells you how I got where I am today, it doesn’t fully explain why. It’s my belief that everyone should have a “why”: something that drives you to succeed beyond the allure of success itself. It’s that spark that gets you up in the morning and keeps burning until the night is through. Everyone’s “why” is a little different, and sometimes it may be hard to find. I didn’t really find my “why” until three years ago, when my daughter Lily was born. It’s not that I lacked direction before I became a father; it’s just that my goals had all been aimed at self- improvement. Growing up in a home with cardboard walls and going to school in hand-me-downs teaches you to want more out of life. For a long time, I thought that was my “why” — to do better than the hand I was dealt as a kid.

So, what’s your “why”?

Lathe Lavada

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When most people hear the word “cleanse,” they probably imagine several

her home. So he offered to make the entire purchase of her condo contingent on whether she got into her chosen community. Beyond removing the time pressure to get into the community, we took things a step further to accommodate Barbara’s needs as a senior. The sales agreement we hand-delivered to her house (because Barbara did not have internet) gave her a full two weeks to live in her house after the sale so she could have time to make the move. She is very grateful and says, “Lathe Lavada and his staff are so wonderful. They think of everything.” We’re extremely happy to report that Barbara was accepted into her dream community! We love that we were able to make a difference for her. “There was no stress in selling my house. I got what I wanted to sell it for. I am very happy about my move.” You can listen to Barbara’s full testimonial and stories of other folks we’ve helped by visiting www. To get the full benefits of this diet, wean yourself off of caffeine, alcohol, and processed foods in the week leading up to your khichdi diet. This will make the transition smoother as you begin. Sarah Britton, a holistic nutritionist and author of the popular food blog “My New Roots,” reminds those trying khichdi to eat when hungry, drink a lot of water, and cook meals mindfully. “The attention and intention you put into your food will come back to you and nourish you in ways that you never thought possible,” says Britton. the first solid foods babies are given in India because it’s so easy on the digestive system. By eating khichdi exclusively for several days, the cleanse can optimize your digestive system and return it to good health.

days on a liquid diet as they rid their body of harmful toxins. The practice of cleansing with the goal of detoxification has been around for thousands of years in Indian, Native American, Greek, and Roman cultures. Some forms of modern medicine even stem from the idea of detoxification as a healing process. Hippocratic medicine was founded on the idea that balancing the four humors — phlegm, yellow bile, black bile, and blood — will lead to optimal health.

The digestive system is integral to ridding the body of toxins, and it’s one of the

ourselves on listening to and addressing these needs. When Barbara Apfel was in a difficult situation and called Lathe, he and our team took the necessary steps to remove the pressure she was under. Like many who are young at heart, Barbara wanted to downsize her condo to live with people her own age. “I wanted to move into a senior community,” she explains. But there was just one problem: The community Barbara wanted to live in had a waiting list. There was no guarantee Barbara would get into her dream community. But it was becoming clear her condo was too much for her. She could sell her home, but she might find herself without a place to go. Reflecting on this difficult time, she told us, “I didn’t know what to do.” That’s when Barbara found us. “I was watching television, and I saw Lathe Lavada,” she says. Barbara explained her situation to Lathe, who moved immediately to put her mind at ease. He explained to her that the last thing we wanted to do was push her out of meaning knowledge or science — is a form of medicine practiced in India that’s been around for thousands of years. Essential to the ayurvedic way of life is khichdi, a cleansing meal that aims to bring the body into balance. Khichdi, meaning “mixture,” is one of Ayurveda — from the Sanskrit word “ayur,” meaning life, and “veda,”

areas ayurvedic medicine seeks to optimize. While many find quarterly juice cleanses to be helpful, ayurvedic medicine highlights the benefits of cleansing with solid foods.


Part of what sets First Prime Realty apart from the big real estate corporations is our ability to meet you where you are. Every seller has their own unique challenges and goals, and we pride






INGREDIENTS KHICHDI • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee • 1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds • 1/2 tablespoon mustard seeds • 1/2 tablespoon coriander seeds • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric • 1–2 tablespoons minced ginger • 2 medium carrots, chopped • 1 small sweet potato (or seasonal root veggie)

• 1/2 cup mung beans or lentils • 1 cup brown rice • 1 teaspoon sea salt • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas • 4 cups water • 2 handfuls cilantro, finely chopped • Juice of 1 lemon

One of the biggest anxieties people have about selling their house is the need to pack up and move. Boxing up your belongings can be both physically and mentally exhausting. But it doesn’t have to be. At First Prime Realty, we understand how difficult the moving process is — we help folks like you overcome it every day. In fact, when you sell to us, you can leave anything you don’t want to take with you. We’ll take care of it! But for those essential or sentimental items you want to take with you, these moving tips are sure to make the process fast and easy. GET PLENTY OF MOVING SUPPLIES From boxes to tape and bubble wrap, more is always better. The last thing you want to worry about is making a last-minute scramble for more supplies. You want to ensure you have enough to pack your items safely and effectively. Never overpack a box. Be sure to get boxes of various sizes, too. A good rule of thumb is to put your heavy items in the smallest boxes they’ll fit in, for easy transport. Light items or small odds and ends

that can be packed together should go in larger boxes. COORDINATE WITH MOVERS Hiring a professional moving company, like the good folks at Cheap Cheap Movers, can be a great way to take the actual heavy lifting out of the equation. When working with movers, communication is key. Give them any necessary details ahead of time, like where they should park their truck. You can also tell the movers which boxes you want access to first at your new home. They’ll load these essentials last to ensure they can be unloaded first. As we said before, we want to make this process as worry-free as possible for you. The last thing we want is for the stress of moving to keep you in a home that does not fit your lifestyle anymore. If an aspect of your move is giving you trouble, reach out to us. With a little planning, you can move quickly and easily into your next chapter in life. Call us at 702-476-2000 to get started! WORK WITH A REAL ESTATE EXPERT IN YOUR AREA


1. Soak the rice and lentils or mung beans overnight. 2. Melt oil or ghee in a large pot; add cumin and mustard seeds. When seeds are popping, add remaining spices, then ginger. Fry until fragrant. 3. Add carrots, sweet potato, brown rice, mung beans or lentils, salt, and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 45 minutes or until ingredients are soft. Add peas about 5 minutes before serving. Turn off heat and serve with cilantro and lemon juice. 3 702-476-2000


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My ‘Why’ An Ayurvedic Approach to Cleansing Barbara Apfel’s Success Story 3 Tips for Easy Moving Kichdi Shadow: The Hang-Gliding Service Dog

The Amazing Hang-Gliding Service Dog MEET SHADOW:

For his entire life, Utah resident Dan McManus has suffered from several mental health

12 years ago, McManus had a special harness made for Shadow, enabling the pup to join him while he took to the skies. They’ve been side-by-side on nearly every flight since. Some pet owners might balk at the idea of taking a dog on a hang glider, but it’s clear that, in this case, Shadow definitely wants to fly. Whenever they go out, Shadow wraps his paws around McManus’ arm, remaining stoic as they survey the landscape together from high above. While we all struggle with our own obstacles in life, it’s nice to know that our canine pals will always be there to offer their furry support. As McManus and Shadow demonstrate, it’s a bond that remains strong even hundreds of feet above the ground.

issues, including generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, night terrors, and severe panic attacks. Over the years, he’s utilized numerous coping

mechanisms to stave off the symptoms, but there are two things that calm him more than

anything else: hang gliding across the Utah skies and the companionship of his service animal, an Australian cattle dog named Shadow.

Over the course of 37 years, McManus went from being a

sometimes get my foot and hang on a little bit … It felt like he wanted to keep me safe,” he says. And when he left the dog at home, he’d often come home to a scratched-up floor

hang-gliding hobbyist to an expert instructor in Salt Lake City, going out gliding as often as possible. But it seemed that his passion gave his pup a bit of anxiety of his own. Whenever McManus would take off, Shadow always wanted to chase him. “So I would be out here flying, and he would chase me and jump up at me and

and doors. It seemed that Shadow couldn’t bear to be away from his owner. So, about


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