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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 1/17/2019

In recent years, the number of employees who work from home, at least some of the time, has increased to about 25 percent. This trend shows that companies are warming up to the idea of letting their employees work wherever they’re comfortable, and that a growing number of people are working on a freelance or contract basis.

Working from home, despite its many advantages, does pose some obstacles to productivity. Thus, time management and daily task setting are key to being as productive or more productive than you would be at the office.

In today’s article, we’re going to help you learn how to become more productive when you work from home so that you can meet your daily numbers while still enjoying the perks of working remotely.

Time management

One of the most difficult aspects of working from home is sticking to a schedule throughout the day. The home poses several distractions--kids, pets, TV, the refrigerator. Aside from the distraction factor, it’s easy to procrastinate when you don’t have a boss lurking around. There are several measures you can take while working at home to counter these factors.

First, make sure you set some ground rules for yourself and your family while working from home. Make sure everyone knows your work hours, including yourself. Stick to those hours by creating a daily routine. Everyone is different when it comes to keeping a planner.

Some people keep a simple task list in a notebook, while others create intricate planners that are color-coded and rife with stickers and reminders. Regardless of your method, make sure you have a physical reminder in front of you during the day that reminds you what you should be doing.

Routine is key to managing your time. While there will always be things that come up that we don’t plan for, having a foundation for your day is vital. Starting each day the same way is a good way to help yourself stick to your schedule. Some people go for a walk each morning, while others dive right into their work. Whichever you choose, make sure you do it consistently.

Creating a productive environment

Try to work in an office or spare room away from kids or pets and let your family know that you need to focus when you’re there.

If possible, set your phone to silent or “do not disturb” mode. Remove any distractions from the room that will tempt you to procrastinate. Things like the TV and snacks can easily steal your attention.

However, in this day of social media, it’s equally important to make sure you avoid procrastinating online as well. If you find yourself subconsciously navigating to Facebook or Reddit, try setting up an extension on your browser that limits your time on those sites to 10 minutes per day to help you stay on track.

A productive environment doesn’t have to be a barren one. Choose decorations and paint colors that work for you. You’ll want to feel comfortable in your work environment, and one of the perks of working from home is being able to customize any way that you like.

Finally, remember to take breaks. Many people who are able to work from home have a tendency to put work off until the last minute and then work feverishly to get everything done.





Posted by Cynthia Owens on 1/15/2019


137 Old Amherst Rd., Belchertown, MA 01007

Single-Family

$224,900
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
This cozy cottage bungalow is the complete package, charm plus updates, privacy plus great location! This three bedroom home offers 1618 square ft of living space with many improvements. The eat in kitchen with new cabinetry, dishwasher and microwave, spacious dining room with wood stove and the renovated bath with hook up for laundry are some of the recent improvements. The new roof, chimney and many new Pella windows, freshly painted exterior and new rear deck and finished family room combine for a great opportunity for a move in ready home! Bring your ideas to finish projects and make it your own! Set on a sunny 1.36 acre with lots of room for gardens or outdoor fun. Minutes to the Amherst/Belchertown line, short drive to UMass or Amherst town center.
Open House
Sunday
January 20 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Location: 137 Old Amherst Rd., Belchertown, MA 01007    Get Directions

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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 1/10/2019

As a home seller, you likely want to set a "fair" initial asking price for your residence. Because if you fail to do so, you risk pricing your home outside of your target buyer's price range. Perhaps even worse, you risk pricing your house too low – something that may cause you to miss out on the opportunity to maximize your home sale earnings.

Ultimately, there are lots of things that you can do to ensure you establish a fair initial asking price for your residence, and these include:

1. Study the Local Housing Market

For home sellers, it is important to perform plenty of research before you list your residence. If you assess the local housing market closely, you can obtain insights that you can use to set a fair initial asking price for your home.

Evaluate the prices of available houses in your city or town that are similar to your own. This will help you determine the price range for comparable houses in your area.

Also, find out how long some of the recently sold houses in your city or town were available before buyers purchased them. This can help you differentiate a buyer's market from a seller's market so you can price your house appropriately.

2. Conduct a Home Appraisal

A home appraisal delivers immense value, as it enables you to receive a property valuation. Once you have a property valuation in hand, you may be better equipped than ever before to determine how to price your house.

In addition to a home appraisal, you may want to conduct a house inspection as well. During a house inspection, a property expert will review your home and identify any underlying issues. You then can use a house inspection report to prioritize home repairs and upgrade your residence before you add it to the local real estate market.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

As you search for ways to get the best price for your home, you may want to hire a real estate agent. In fact, if you have a real estate agent at your side, you can receive comprehensive support throughout the house selling journey.

A real estate agent will learn about your home and help you determine exactly how to price it. Next, he or she will promote your residence to buyers. And if a buyer submits an offer to purchase your residence, a real estate agent will help you decide whether to accept, reject or counter this proposal.

Furthermore, a real estate agent is a home selling expert who is happy to share his or her housing market insights with you. If you ever have concerns or questions as you navigate the house selling journey, a real estate agent can address them.

Setting the right price for your home sometimes can be difficult. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you can establish a fair initial asking price for your residence. As a result, you may be able speed up the home selling journey and optimize your house sale earnings.





Posted by Cynthia Owens on 1/3/2019


87 Gold Street, Belchertown, MA 01007

Single-Family

$257,900
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Surprising ranch with lots of living space on two levels! Tiled entry with half bath leading to the lovely eat in kitchen area with efficient galley kitchen, spacious living room with propane fireplace and french doors to the rear deck, large formal dining room also with french doors exiting to the front yard. Three bedrooms and full bath on the first level combine to make this very special home! The rustic family room with wood burning fireplace and laundry are on the lower level has new carpeting. A cozy guest quarters with another large room, full bath and walk-in closet also on the lower level with a separate entrance, walk out to the back yard. Many improvements include a new 200amp electric panel. Park on the upper level circular drive or in the two car attached garage below. Reed Conservation land with walking trails and pond is right next door and the scenic reservoir is a short walk/run away. Minutes to main routes and only a short drive to Amherst center and UMass.
Open House
Sunday
January 06 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Location: 87 Gold Street, Belchertown, MA 01007    Get Directions

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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 1/3/2019


87 Gold Street, Belchertown, MA 01007

Single-Family

$257,900
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Surprising ranch with lots of living space on two levels! Tiled entry with half bath leading to the lovely eat in kitchen area with efficient galley kitchen, spacious living room with propane fireplace and french doors to the rear deck, large formal dining room also with french doors exiting to the front yard. Three bedrooms and full bath on the first level combine to make this very special home! The rustic family room with wood burning fireplace and laundry are on the lower level has new carpeting. A cozy guest quarters with another large room, full bath and walk-in closet also on the lower level with a separate entrance, walk out to the back yard. Many improvements include a new 200amp electric panel. Park on the upper level circular drive or in the two car attached garage below. Reed Conservation land with walking trails and pond is right next door and the scenic reservoir is a short walk/run away. Minutes to main routes and only a short drive to Amherst center and UMass.
Open House
Sunday
January 06 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 87 Gold Street, Belchertown, MA 01007    Get Directions

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