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Maximize Deductions and Minimize Expenses

Feb 20, 2018 by

Qualified deductions like mileage, meals, and entertainment are all set by the IRS. Consult IRS publication 334 for small businesses and make sure you keep records and files of all expenses.

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Styling Tips to ‘Wow’ Spring-Time Home Buyers

Feb 20, 2018 by

By Patti Stern, PJ & Co. Staging and Interior Decorating

The new year and the upcoming spring season brings with it a fresh outlook and new beginnings. What will prospective home buyers be thinking about while searching for their new “happy place”? For sellers preparing their homes to sell this spring, that means engaging buyers by showcasing a warm, welcoming and cheerful property that others can easily envision living in. The following are our spring décor styling tips to help sellers prepare their property to stand out among the sea of new listings.

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Natural Elements Paired with Metallics

One of our favorite trends is plants of all shapes and sizes–succulents, trees or plants in baskets and colorful planters, and fresh or synthetic garden flowers in vases and wreaths. Since metallic accents continue to be on-trend, we love pairing the two together for an elegant touch to appeal to today’s buyers who like to feel close to nature.

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Pops of Bright Accents

Pair bold pops of colorful accessories such as accent pillows, throws, artwork, glass bowls filled with fruit, and fluffy bathroom towels against a neutral backdrop to give any room a boost of energy and warmth. Mix and match different textures and patterns for added depth and a modern style.

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Update Paint Colors

Whether you repaint an entire room or an accent wall, a fresh coat of paint works wonders to instantly brighten and open a space to make it appear larger. To spruce up your curb appeal, try a fresh coat of a trending spring color such as Benjamin Moore’s Caliente for your front door to create a welcoming first impression.

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Fresh Bedding

To create a spring-like oasis in the bedroom, switch out winter bedding and replace it with fluffy duvets in white, or on-trend floral patterns paired with a soft, cozy throw and accent pillows in different sizes, colors, and textures.  To complete the look, add soothing nature-inspired wall art in complementary colors.

For more examples of interior decorating and home staging, visit www.pjstagingdecorating.com.

PattiABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patti Stern is principal, interior decorator, and professional stager of PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating. She has been decorating and staging homes since 2005. She and her team provide turnkey, full-service home staging and interior decorating to clients across Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. She also developed an award-winning staging program for the luxury homebuilder, Toll Brothers. Her company received the Houzz 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Awards for Customer Service.


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Measure Progress, Not Perfection

Feb 19, 2018 by

How do you measure up so far? We’re more than 30 days into the new year, and now is the perfect time to look at our progress. When we measure what we expect, we can back up and inspect how we got there…or not. New business plans, new strategic initiatives and fervent resolutions have been made, and inspecting our progress helps us avoid defaulting to old habits.

When it comes to staying on track, an airplane has a unique competitive advantage over humans. Let’s say you’re on an airplane flying from one side of the country to the other. There’s a guidance system that continually adjusts the nose of the plane to make course corrections, which keeps the plane on the intended target. Humans, however, don’t have a gyroscope, and even with the best intentions, they can easily lose sight of their intended goals. The goals we recently committed to may already be a bit foggy as many of us revert to our more comfortable behavior.

While the year is still young, here are the top three success habits to keep us on track for an exceptional year:

  1. Clearly define three top goals, which, if accomplished by this time next year, will make you feel super successful. Decide what it will take to have a high-performance year by focusing on only one week at a time.
  1. Create a master weekly checklist with activities you want to complete every day of every week. Be sure to include both personal and professional goals.
  1. Develop an action plan for each category. For prospecting, block out one hour per day every day of the week. If your goal is to exercise for better health, add a one-hour workout to your action plan. If you want to focus on your personal relationships, make a weekly date night one of your goals.

To stay focused on your daily success habits, clearly define one top priority that must be accomplished every day (or on specific days) in order to help you achieve your goals. For a free copy of a daily success habit tracker, go to http://bit.ly/2CjVyFh.

At the end of each week, look at your progress and review your process. Plenty of people start the race, but only a handful actually complete it. Did you miss a few hours of prospecting? Add those hours to the following week to stay on target. Be vigilant in your focus to avoid reverting back to those old habits that are comfortable, but not exciting. According to Stanford University’s Dr. BJ Fogg: “There is just one way to radically change your behavior, and that is to radically change your environment.”

What will you change in your environment right now? A great start is to close your door and windows (as in Microsoft) to get more done early in the morning to avoid interruptions. If getting in better shape is on the agenda, partner up with a friend or neighbor for consistency and to help keep you accountable. Is your desk a mess? It’s time to clean up all those papers and files that distract you from your vital projects and goals.

We cannot improve what we cannot measure, so change your focus and zero in on what you do every day to allow yourself the joy and exhilaration of getting what you want out of life this year. The finish line is yours one step at a time if you head in the right direction.

Murphy_Terri_60x60Terri Murphy is a communication engagement specialist, author, speaker and coach. She is the author/co-author of five books, and founder of MurphyOnRealEstate.com. Contact her at TerriMurphy.com, MurphyOnRealEstate.com or Terri@TerriMurphy.com. For more information, please visit www.workmansuccesssystems.com.

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Styling Tips to ‘Wow’ Spring-Time Home Buyers

Feb 19, 2018 by

By Patti Stern, PJ & Co. Staging and Interior Decorating

The new year and the upcoming spring season brings with it a fresh outlook and new beginnings. What will prospective home buyers be thinking about while searching for their new “happy place”? For sellers preparing their homes to sell this spring, that means engaging buyers by showcasing a warm, welcoming and cheerful property that others can easily envision living in. The following are our spring décor styling tips to help sellers prepare their property to stand out among the sea of new listings.

P_1 picture

Natural Elements Paired with Metallics

One of our favorite trends is plants of all shapes and sizes–succulents, trees or plants in baskets and colorful planters, and fresh or synthetic garden flowers in vases and wreaths. Since metallic accents continue to be on-trend, we love pairing the two together for an elegant touch to appeal to today’s buyers who like to feel close to nature.

Patti_2

Pops of Bright Accents

Pair bold pops of colorful accessories such as accent pillows, throws, artwork, glass bowls filled with fruit, and fluffy bathroom towels against a neutral backdrop to give any room a boost of energy and warmth. Mix and match different textures and patterns for added depth and a modern style.

patti_3

Update Paint Colors

Whether you repaint an entire room or an accent wall, a fresh coat of paint works wonders to instantly brighten and open a space to make it appear larger. To spruce up your curb appeal, try a fresh coat of a trending spring color such as Benjamin Moore’s Caliente for your front door to create a welcoming first impression.

Patti_4

Fresh Bedding

To create a spring-like oasis in the bedroom, switch out winter bedding and replace it with fluffy duvets in white, or on-trend floral patterns paired with a soft, cozy throw and accent pillows in different sizes, colors, and textures.  To complete the look, add soothing nature-inspired wall art in complementary colors.

For more examples of interior decorating and home staging, visit www.pjstagingdecorating.com.

PattiABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patti Stern is principal, interior decorator, and professional stager of PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating. She has been decorating and staging homes since 2005. She and her team provide turnkey, full-service home staging and interior decorating to clients across Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. She also developed an award-winning staging program for the luxury homebuilder, Toll Brothers. Her company received the Houzz 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Awards for Customer Service.


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