Here are some interesting thoughts on sloping backyards. They can be tricky, but if designed well can be stunning additions to your property. Take a look at these ideas from Houzz.
I normally don't post things like this, but an article I read in the Business Insider really made me think… am I productive? The article, which you can read here, talks about 6 things that highly productive people do: subtly….
- Manage your mood…. start your day calm
- Don't check email in the morning (I think there's even a book with this title!!)
- Before you do it faster, should you do it at all?
- Eliminate distractions, you'll focus more (seems like common sense!)
- Have a personal system (many people, many styles – find the one that works for you)
- Last but not least, define your goals the night before (such a great idea!)
For what it's worth, the article really stood out to me so I thought I'd share. In real estate, things get moving very quickly and there are lots of balls in the air to juggle… starting my day, calmly, the way I do every day is my first start to managing the hustle… and the rest of these ideas, although often common sense, are only as effective as we put them into practice.
Here's to wishing you all a highly productive day!
One of the things I dedicate myself to when getting a house ready to be sold is the preparation. And, sometimes, that's what a new homeowner will take on with their dream house. Especially in Northeast Portland where I live and work, historic homes and their restoration is a common topic.
Aram Irwin is a historic home designer. He has outlined the levels of what it takes to renovate from least to most involved and expensive. It's an interesting and worth the time to look at his style levels and strategies.
As I write this post, Northeast Portland is a happening spot! I suspect it always will be the case, but spring is an especially hot market. Inventory is low, and buyers are looking like crazy for that specific place to call home.
The graph below is a snaphot of the last year in the Northeast Portland real estate market. Although every neighborhood is a subset of the larger market and worth taking a look at separately (contact me for specific areas and/or criteria), the overview always paints an interesting picture.
One of the things I love best about real estate is preparing a home to sell. And, as a homeowner, proactive maintenance is an important piece of the puzzle. This checklist has several ideas for this spring month. Maybe it will inspire other ideas as you look around your home.