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This is the Best Month To Sell Your Home

Were your social feeds getting bombarded with Justin Timberlake memes* on April 30th? Well if you’re looking to sell – pay attention next time you see the words “It’s Gonna Be May”. According to Zillow.com “Nationwide, the first half of May is the best time to list a home for sale in order to maximize sale price and minimize time on market.”

Why is this? For one, the start of the spring selling season usually sees a shortage of homes and a major number of home buyers are going to have a harder time buying their dream home. These buyers may end up spending more than they planned to, especially if they wait and get caught up in competing with other buyers or move too fast on a deal. Sellers who list in May may earn an additional premium by capitalizing on those frustrated buyers.

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The ideal time frame to list in Los Angeles is between May 16th – 31st and the best day to list is Thursday with the average sales premium at $8,100. Sellers in San Francisco can expect to earn up to a whopping $15,300 premium over listings during other months of the year.

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If you’re a homeowner in LA and thinking of waiting until the summer to sell, you may want to reconsider and get your home listed now. Also, if youre looking to sell fast, homes listed during this time frame sell, on average, around 18.5 days faster than homes that weren’t listed during May.

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*For those of you fortunate enough to have missed this dumb meme in your social feeds, here it is for your reference/”enjoyment”

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Can technology actually sabotage productivity?

Technology is a beautiful thing. Email, text, IM, apps, CRM’s are all great resources we need to utilize in today’s work environment and our personal lives. But does it really make our jobs/lives easier and make us more efficient? Let’s look at how technology can actually kill our productivity if it’s not used correctly.

Smartphones are a good start. We all have one and what was strictly used in the work environment to place business calls has now become an attention suck. While so many apps are designed to help us speed up productivity, there are many that take us away from what we are supposed to be doing. Take Instagram for example. If used right it is a wonderful marketing tool, but many of us fall into the rabbit hole of scrolling through the feed, getting caught up with what Brenda is eating for lunch or analyzing Bill’s vacation selfie to see if he is in Italy or on Catalina Island. Waste of precious time.

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How about instant messaging in the office? It sounds like a great idea on paper, the faster you can tell a colleague something without having to walk across the room the quicker the job will get done, right? But you can’t see what they are currently in the middle of. What if they are writing a contract and they are interrupted by your message? They may possibly make a crucial error. This also opens up the capability for employees to “chat” with one another about non-work related issues on the company dime, a productivity nightmare.

And speaking of interruptions, what about the various ways we are notified? We’ve all gotten used to having voicemail. 30 years ago if you were away from your desk you would come back to sticky notes all over the place outlining what calls you missed. This was replaced with voicemail. Now there is a vast array of ways you can be contacted. Voicemail, email, text, Skype or even messaging in social apps. This creates a mountain of communications that you have to listen to, read, check back on and follow up with. The more ways we can be contacted, the more we have to sift through. No wonder time flies and we seem to get nothing done.

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Here are some tips to improve your productivity around technology:

1. Have set times during the day when you check your e-mails and messages.

2. When working on your laptop, you should consider going full screen. This will help you keep all unnecessary programs out of sight, lowering your chances to be distracted.

3. Just as I advised you to turn off the notifications from your e-mail, the same goes for your apps. Any app notifications can definitely wait until the end of the work day.

4. Wherever you work, always maintain a clean work space. Unchecked clutter can be very distracting, let alone the amount of time wasted trying to find anything of value in the middle of that mess.

5. Another important time management trick is to schedule your day. Set your priorities straight and figure out what activities you’re doing just to feel busy and what activities you’re doing that actually have value. This distinction is integral if you want to make the most of your time. Ask yourself the following question at the beginning of each work day:

What’s the one thing, if you were to do it for the entire day, that would give the strongest sense of accomplishment?

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The 5 simplest ways to prepare your home for sale

Are you ready to sell your home but have no idea where to start? They say moving is one of the most stressful times in a persons life – tack on prepping a home for sale and it can be downright insanity. This is a common dilemma, but the more prepared you are, the easier this will go.

Here are my 5 tips on how to prep your home for sale so you don’t lose your marbles in the process:

1. Declutter. If you only do one thing to prep your house for sale, make it decluttering. It’s the easiest and cheapest recommendation on the list and it makes the most difference. Of course, everyone has different ideas of what “decluttered” means. A true decluttering means clearing things off the countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, thinning out stuff on shelving, removing extra or oversized furniture, and putting personal items/toys out of sight. Decluttering serves two purposes: first, it may make your house feel larger than it is since rooms seem bigger when they are not crammed full of stuff. Second, potential buyers are better able to envision their life and belongings in the space. This should be the standard for how we live anyway – the simpler the better, but that isn’t always easy to do. The sooner you start combing through the excess and discarding it, the lighter you will feel. Plus your home will be much cleaner for open hoses.

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2. Landscape. The first impression a potential buyer gets is the outer surroundings of your home. Make sure to have it “manicured”. Mow the lawn, pick up leaves, pull out weeds and plant flowers and nice shrubbery.

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3. Deodorize. No one wants to walk into a kitchen and smell yesterday’s garbage. Make sure to neutralize all odors in the house, including the bathrooms, bedrooms and hallways. You may even want to hang a car freshener in the garage for good measure.

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4. Repair. One good indicator that your home was well take care of is making sure that all repairs are made before showing it. Add a fresh coat of paint, patch up any nail holes, fix that leaky roof. If you don’t have time, hire someone to do these tasks for you, it will be well worth the money spent.

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5. Shine. Clean everything. The counter tops, the walls, the trim, the carpets, the curtains. Make it all shine. I would even go as far as replacing your welcome mat with a new one.

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The more outstanding your home’s condition is the faster it will sell, especially in a seller’s market. Preparation is key and don’t be afraid to ask for help or hire professionals that are more capable to get the job done.

Superfoods

5 Superfoods You Should Be Eating

While it sounds a bit silly, the term superfood has been thrown about fairly frequently over the past few years, and for good reason. There are many superfoods to consider too, from certain types of fish to various fruits and legumes. These foods are popular because of their high nutritional value and the many health benefits they provide.

Nutritionists agree there is no one way to define what makes a specific type of food a superfood but the general consensus is that they contain high levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, are not high in calories and are low on the glycemic index.

With that said, here are some of my favorite Superfoods and the benefits of consuming them daily:

Bok Choy

Bok Choy

This nutrient-dense vegetable, made popular in many Asian dishes is known to prevent cancer, improve eyesight and reduce inflammation. Try simply stir frying it with garlic and ginger using this recipe.

Almonds

Almonds

Packed with vitamins and minerals, almonds offer the highest concentration of nutrients per calorie per ounce. They are loaded with potassium, calcium, vitamin E, magnesium, iron and are a great source of fiber. Plus, almond butter is a much healthier alternative to peanut butter. Next time you want a healthy breakfast, try this apple-almond pancake recipe.

 Blueberries

Blueberries

Not only do they taste great, blueberries are so high in anthocyanins (a powerful antioxidant), that they are known to lower high levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) potentially reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and may also inhibit the growth of cancer cells. They are also great in smoothies.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Don’t let the word sweet fool you, sweet potatoes are the healthier potato filled with anti-inflammatory nutrients. They are a smart choice for those suffering from diabetes because they rank low on the glycemic index and have less of an effect on blood glucose levels.  For a superfood lunch try this sweet potato salad recipe.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Known as the super spice, cinnamon is considered a medicine in some cultures. It is frequently used to help fight oral bacteria, while a cinnamon face mask is said to boost collagen in aging skin. Try this paleo, gluten free roasted cinnamon chicken recipe for dinner one night.

What is your favorite superfood or superfood recipe? Share some with us on social media and make sure to tag #juliettehohnen.

 

 

Intermittent Fasting

What On Earth Is Intermittent Fasting?

Fasting. It is considered one of the most ancient healing techniques dating back to 400 BC. Hippocrates, widely recognized as the very first “medicine man”, had prescribed fasting as one of the only cures for most illnesses. His theory was that to eat when you are sick is to feed your illness. Today, many of us even dabble in one of his other well known treatments: the daily consumption of apple cider vinegar.

However, intermittent fasting requires that you consume nothing at all for specific intervals of time. One of the more popular ways to do this is the 5:2 method: 5 non-fasting days, eating your normal calorie intake and 2 fasting days limiting yourself to only 500-600 calories per day. This “diet” was made popular by doctor and journalist Michael Mosley and is typically referred to as The Fast Diet.

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But is this really a diet or is it something completely different? How do you do this without starving yourself to death? It certainly sounds risky but rather than call it a diet, many “fasters” consider it a healthy eating pattern, which seems more appropriate.

We have all fallen victim to the fad diets: Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers or painfully choking down glasses of lemon water mixed with blackstrap molasses two weeks before Memorial Day, only to eventually become sick of it and gain the weight back by Labor Day.

Intermittent fasting is different: you are not spiraling into starvation, you are voluntarily withholding food to control or to schedule your calorie intake which has many health benefits.

Here are just a few of the health benefits :

  1. You’ll have more energy and higher cognitive function.
  2. You’ll lose the bad fat and keep the good.
  3. You’ll be more informed of what you eat and more likely to choose healthier options.
  4. You’ll be more aware of when you eat and less likely to eat at the wrong hours of the day.
  5. You’ll build more muscle as you’ll have more energy for working out and exercise.
  6. You’ll keep weight off while still enjoying the foods you love.

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There are many methods for intermittent fasting, like the 16:8 method or the Eat-Stop-Eat method in which you fast for 24 hours every other day from dinner to dinner. There is even the 14:10 method which is specifically recommended for women.

So, if you had a hot chocolate addiction over Christmas and you put on an additional 5 pounds like I did, you may want to try intermittent fasting and find the right method that suits you. Let’s ditch the fad diets altogether and move into the future of dieting…or not dieting, but rather a new way of life.

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