Posted by Joe Houghton on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 11:13 PMBy Joe Houghton / March 20, 2020Comment
Ways to Enjoy Your Home
Here on our blog, we write about buying and selling homes often. It is what we know, what we do, and what we share. But the concept of what a home means to our families and us is also an important topic. We frequently refer to home as a haven, a place where we share joys and sorrows, raise our children, and plan how to make our dreams for the future come true. So after we help you find the perfect home, we also offer advice on how to make it the safe, comfortable place you want for your family. Now that is more important than we imagined just a short time ago.
Enjoying your home while social distancing
It isn’t easy today to read or hear the news without Coronavirus and social distancing being part of the conversation. Schools have closed, and the kids are home. With most social events and activities canceled, retired seniors stay home. Those not employed in essential services are primarily working from home. The structure of both our professional and private lives has changed rapidly. We are told to expect this new norm to continue for weeks and, yes, perhaps even months. We can brood, and we can pout, or we can make the best of a less than perfect situation. Here are some suggestions on turning adversity into an opportunity to cherish your time at home.
1. Clean and Sanitize
It’s Spring. What goes with spring? Tulips, daffodils, robins, and cleaning, of course. Besides, one of the ways to protect your family from Coronavirus is to sanitize your home. Since you also have more free time at home now, the perfect opportunity to go room by room and make it sparkle and shine.
2. Organize Everything
If you have been inspired to organize your entire home since watching Marie Konda on Netflix, now you have the time. You could opt for an organizing marathon....
Posted by Lindy Medeiros on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 10:41 AMBy Lindy Medeiros / August 7, 2019Comment
Use a Budget to Control Your Money
When we gain control over our finances, many positive outcomes will follow. The door to new opportunities will open to us, and we will have more lifestyle choices to consider. How exactly do we control our money? We set financial goals, monitor our spending, keep a debt limit, save regularly, and invest wisely to achieve those goals. The very first step on the journey is following a budget.
A Budget is Powerful
A budget is a map we follow on the road to establishing a positive relationship with our money. With a budget, we can better plan how to spend if we know how much we have left after paying all the bills. When we have a snapshot of our spending habits, we will be more likely to use discrimination in our purchases.
We need a budget because it is critical to keep our financial house to build our future. Budgeting can help you rent and furnish your first apartment, buy your first home, take a vacation, and begin planning for retirement. (Honestly, it’s never too soon) That is powerful stuff!
We all need a tool to keep track of income and expenses because it’s critical to know where our money goes every month. Many apps are available to help you monitor your finances, such as Mint, Wally, Envelopes, and You Need a Budget. Some are just plain and straightforward budgets, while others help you save or invest. Many...
Posted by Lindy Medeiros on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 3:17 PMBy Lindy Medeiros / January 9, 2019Comment
Top Realtor Not Making New Year Resolutions.
Another New Year celebration is over. As our planet begins another journey around the sun, so we start our quest for perfection vis a vis New Year’s Resolutions! While most of us are on board with improving our personal and professional life, resolutions may not be the best way to achieve our goals.
Studies show that only 9.2 percent of us complete new year resolutions. What’s even worse is that 80% fail by February. Why are failure rates so stunningly high, and what can we do to improve our chances for success?
Why do our resolutions fail?
There are several reasons why so many of us crash and burn regarding the promises we make in the final days of the outgoing year. We are swept up in those moments when we feel buoyant and inspired about all the glorious opportunities we anticipate in the upcoming twelve thirtyish day blocks of time on the calendar. We feel invincible and as if there is nothing we can’t accomplish. We see traits of Mario Batali, Mary Barra, and Marie Kondo in ourselves. And so we launch another year with too many expectations and unrealistic goals, setting ourselves up for another epic fail.
Typically it may look like this: after-work rush to the gym...