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5 Home Office Upgrades to Complete Your Space

If you run a business out of your living space, or simply need a nook to work on your finances or groom your Pinterest board, the following tips can help you upgrade that home office.

Splurge on something inspirational.

Whether it’s an original piece from a favorite artist or a high-tech piece of equipment that makes working more exciting, splurge on something for your work space that makes you excited to be there.

Light it right.

The right lighting can make all the difference. While low lighting can set a romantic mood, it can also make you sleepy or unmotivated—not the right vibe for a workspace. At the same time, fluorescent lighting can lead to headaches. Set up your work station by a window for natural light in the daytime, and set up a few good lamps around the room to ensure you can light the space adequately.

Upgrade your storage.

Sick of those piles of paper that end of stacking up on your desk? Make sure you have a proper storage or filing system in place so everything can be stowed away in a place that is out of sight, but also easy to access when needed.

Create a “Do Not Disturb” signal.

Whether you have a curious spouse or a gaggle of kids, creating a signal that says you’re in the zone is key. It doesn’t need to be a literal “do not disturb” sign on a door. A ribbon tied to a doorknob or a certain type of music you listen to when you’re working can do the trick.

Support your body.

If you spend a lot of time at your desk, it’s extra important you shell out for the things that ease the strain of sitting for long hours. A kneeling desk chair can support your back, while raising your monitor to eye level can ease neck pain. You can also have a small yoga space tucked into your office where you can take a short break to stretch out before you get back to it.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2017. All rights reserved.

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Suburbia Is Here to Stay, According to New Urban Land Institute Report

By Zoe Eisenberg

Great news for suburban real estate agents: Although America’s urban landscapes continue to grow and millennials prefer walkable neighborhoods, suburbia is predicted to maintain its popularity. According to a new publication from the Urban Land Institute (ULI), suburban marketplaces are still expanding and will continue to do so.

The report, Housing in the Evolving American Suburb, examines suburbs in the 50 largest metros in the U.S., compiling key development trends in order to predict what the future of America’s suburbia will be.

“What’s happening in America’s urban places is very exciting and important, but this report pulls back the lens and presents a much broader view and a better framework for understanding where people actually live in this country,” said Adam Ducker, managing director at RCLCO, the company that developed the analytic framework of the report.

“The suburbs have evolved far beyond the monolithic bedroom community of our imagination, and this report is the first to deal with them fully, and on their own terms, in a long time.”

Below are some of the report’s most interesting findings:

It’s more diverse than you think

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While many believe the suburbs to be mostly white-washed, the ULI report shows that overall, suburbs in the U.S. are quite diverse; 76 percent of the minority population lives in the suburbs.

Suburbia rules overall.

Although cities jam-pack thousands into a smaller amount of square footage, in America’s 50 largest metros, suburbs account for 79 percent of the population and 78 percent of the households.

The young love the ‘burbs.

While it’s a widespread belief that millennials want to stomp around in cities, 75 percent of young adults between 25 and 35 are actually settling in the suburbs.

Suburbia is growing.

Over the past 15 years, from 2000 to 2015, suburbia accounted for 91 percent of the population growth and 84 percent of the household growth in the top 50 metros.

The jobs are better.

This was perhaps the biggest shocker, as you might think a city environment would offer more room for employment growth. The ULI report shows that as of 2014, 67.5 percent of the employment in the 50 largest metros was in suburbs. Additionally, between 2010 and 2014, jobs increased by 9 percent in suburbs versus 6 percent in urban areas. And it’s not just more jobs, but higher paying ones, too. The median household income in the suburbs is $71,000. In urban areas, the median is $49,200.

Click here to view the full report.

Zoe Eisenberg is RISMedia’s senior content editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at zoe@rismedia.com.

This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Visit the blog daily for housing and real estate tips and trends. Like Housecall on Facebook and follow @HousecallBlog on Twitter.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2016. All rights reserved.

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It’s Time to Plan for the New Year!

By Buffini & Company

The new year is right around the corner. While you may be busy closing deals and putting those finishing touches on your annual holiday party for your clients, it’s crucial to set aside a day or two to assess your wins and challenges in 2016, think about what you want to achieve in 2017, and craft a plan to achieve those goals. Follow these steps to plan a successful 2017.

1. Prepare.

English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge said, “He who is best prepared can best serve his moment of inspiration.” Consider your ‘moment of inspiration’ all of 2017. Preparation is a necessary leadership skill that allows you to face challenges without anxiety or frustration getting in the way. Preparation involves:

Reviewing the progress you made toward achieving your goals this year.

What worked well? What would you do differently? What lesson(s) have you learned?

Visualizing what you want to achieve

This can involve closing more transactions, increasing your income by a certain percentage or expanding your database (or a combination of the three). Seeing what you want to achieve will help you take action to make it a reality.

Practicing your dialogues.

Doing your lead-generating activities and consistently sending your marketing flyers will allow you to better serve your clients, setting the stage for success. The more you practice, the more prepared you’ll be to handle challenges and unexpected events that arise.

 

2. Set Goals.

Goals are essential to success. When you set measurable, realistic goals, you have a target to shoot for during the year. Increase your chances of achieving these goals by:

Writing them down.

Studies show the act of writing goals down will help commit them to memory.

Devising a strategy.

What tasks will turn your goals into reality? How often will you have to do them? What steps will you have to take to help you get there? For many people, it’s easier to start with the goal and work backward, reverse engineering the process.

Posting them where you can see them.

Whether it’s in your office, next to your bed or on a note affixed to your car’s visor, seeing your goals serves as a daily reminder of what’s at stake. A daily reminder boosts your chances of sticking with them until the end.

Adopting the mindset of a sprinter.

By nature, humans are most productive when they work in short, focused bursts. We developed The Blitz training program as a way to help agents reach their goals by doing small activities consistently every day for a set length of time, from 45 to 75 days. Kicking your lead generation into overdrive for a set length of time allows you to be more productive and effective as you serve your clients and plant the seeds for future business.

 

3. Make a Plan.

Get out your calendar and mark down your vacation time, seminars, workshops, and other important non-negotiable dates. Non-negotiables are those events you must attend, whether it’s a long weekend with the family, your child’s home games or school performances, or the annual motivational event you always attend. Once you’ve marked these down, you can fill in the rest of your priorities.

While you can’t predict when a setback will occur, planning may help to mitigate the impact, giving you the confidence to move forward. Set aside some time to plan for 2017, and enjoy your successes in the new year.

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