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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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Report: House Hunters Divided on Dream Home Aspirations

October 31, 2014 1:48 am

Conflicted over whether they can afford their dream home, house hunters in the U.S. visit an average of 10 homes before making a purchase, according to a recent report by BMO Harris Bank. The report concluded that slightly more than half (52 percent) of homebuyers currently in the market believe they will find their dream home within their price range, while 48 percent say it’s impossible.

The report also found:
  • About half (51 percent) spend up to six months searching the market.
  • Another 71 percent are willing to settle for a home deemed less than perfect.
  • Three quarters (77 percent) of home buyers say they'll know immediately when they've found their ideal house.
"It's important when house hunting to take the time, not only to find a house that fits with what you want in a home, but also to find one that fits with your financial situation," said Kevin Christopher, Head of Mortgage Sales, BMO Harris Bank. "The rule of thumb is total housing expenses should not consume more than one third of total household income."

Source: BMO Harris Bank

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Five Steps to Workplace Productivity

October 30, 2014 2:24 am

Recent research from The Creative Group (TCG) suggests that when it comes to on-the-job success, the early bird really does catch the worm. TCG recommends adopting these five habits to kick start your workday.

1. Make a plan. Over-ambitious scheduling is a setup for failure and compels you to take unfinished work home. Spend 10 minutes at the beginning of each day (or the evening before) creating a realistic to-do list for the day ahead. Prioritize tasks that are the most time-sensitive and important to the business and plan the next eight hours around them.

2. Sharpen your focus. People are more efficient when working for an extended period in the same mental mode, as opposed to changing gears frequently. Try to cluster tasks that require similar effort or resources in the same time frame.

3. Limit distractions. Many professionals find inspiration from browsing blogs, websites and social media. To maximize productivity without cutting off sources of creative stimuli, set designated periods to surf the Web in the afternoon or after you've completed a major to-do. Also, turn off email and app notifications so you're not tempted to review messages as they arrive.

4. Don't delay. Even peak performers occasionally put off working on unpleasant or overwhelming assignments. One effective way to overcome procrastination is to break a project into smaller tasks.

5. Recharge. Taking short breaks can help you replenish your energy and fight fatigue.

Source: The Creative Group

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