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What 4 Things Will Bring More Calm to Your Life?

Managing stress is a skill that takes practice. Here are a few tips to help you out.

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Everybody feels stress. A little bit of it can be a good thing and help you improve your life by helping you push through obstacles. It helps us evolve, too. However, too much stress is not healthy. That’s why managing stress is something we should all practice.

Being calm is a skill and it takes time to learn, just like playing a sport or an instrument. However, just like football and the piano, the key to mastering calmness is practice. Here are four different ways you can practice serenity so that when the pressure mounts you will be ready to deal with it:

1. Focus on your breathing. This is the easiest tip to follow because it’s something you can do any time. Just take a minute or two to focus on your breathing and nothing else. If your mind starts to wander, gently bring it back to the feeling of the air moving in and out of your body.

2. Practice deep breathing. Research shows that few of us actually use our full breathing capacity. Instead, we take short and shallow breaths. Remind yourself a few times a day to take deep, deliberate breaths. You’ll start to notice a change in your demeanor.

Managing stress is a useful skill for anyone.

3. Laugh. Laughing has been shown to reduce the stress hormone, cortisol. Whether it’s a tweet, video, or funny friend on speed dial, simply having a laugh can help greatly reduce your stress.

4. Music. Make a playlist full of songs that put you at ease. Listen to some songs that bring back fond memories.

These tips will help ease you into practicing calmness. Whether you’re feeling peaceful or stressed, you can practice these tips and develop them into a weapon to use when you are in a stressful situation.

If you have any questions for us about managing stress or any questions about real estate, give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.

3 Simple Living Life Hacks

Moving toward a more simple life can be accomplished by doing one of the three things listed below.

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You’ve heard the old adage, “less is more.” You don’t have to throw out all your things and become a minimalist to live more simply. Here are three ways to live a happier, more simple life:

You’ve heard the old adage, “less is more.”

  1. Declutter your most-used spaces. Think of the spaces in your home that you use most often, like the bathroom sink, your beds, and refrigerator. Your fridge can become cluttered quickly and can affect your health if it isn’t cleaned regularly. Make sure all of your food is visible and clearly labeled to make eating a simpler and more enjoyable experience. This concept can be applied to other spaces as well.
  2. Simplify your morning and nighttime routine. If you take a long time to get ready in the morning, you may need to look at your routine. Simplify your day and night by preparing breakfast or picking out your clothes the night before. 
  3. Learn to desire less. Learn to differentiate between wants and needs. In order to have a rich life, you can either acquire more or want less. A rich man who wants more is not as content as a poor man who wants nothing. Being content is about reducing your unnecessary desires, not about fulfilling every one of them.
With these simple tips, we hope you’ll find yourself on the path to living a simpler life. We’re grateful to be your community resource, ready to serve you and your loved ones. If you need anything at all or would like to buy or sell a home, please give us a call. We look forward to being of service.

Avoid These 4 Renovations When Selling Your Home

There are four renovations you should avoid if you plan on selling your house.

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When you put your home on the market, you might look for ways to make it stand out from the competition. Everyone wants to get the most money for their home, and sellers will consider updating certain property features to persuade interested buyers that their home is worth more. 

However, there are a surprising number of renovations that are less likely to recoup value. Here are four projects that you should specifically avoid:

1. Expensive light fixtures: If you’re updating your home for yourself, these can be a great way to make your home your own. If your home will be someone else’s soon, though, you should probably sidestep this renovation.

2. New carpeting: If you need to remove old carpeting from your home, it’s best to replace that carpet with something other than more carpet. For instance: laminate, hardwood, and stone are some options that most buyers find appealing, and they’re also competitive with carpeting prices. The finished look will be very sleek. 

Neutral, calming colors always work best for a new paint job.

3. Bold paint colors: Walls are something every interested buyer will look at. Painting is a good way to bring a fresh look to a space and it’s relatively inexpensive, but it’s important to pick neutral colors when doing so. Bold paint choices may be fun for you, but there is no guarantee that those colors will work for a potential buyer. Neutral, calming colors always work best. 

4. Landscape projects: Or more specifically, overspending on landscape projects. Your home’s curb appeal is very important, as first impressions can make or break a buyer’s interest. You may be tempted to overspend on landscaping, but if you’re thinking of selling soon, your investment in this area won’t get you your money back. 

If you have any questions about home renovations or you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, don’t hesitate to give us a call or shoot us an email. We’d be glad to help.