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Have You Set Any Goals for the New Year?

Goals—now that we’re in the new year, what are your goals? Do you have them written down? Are you reviewing them on a regular basis? If not, here are some things that you may want to consider that may help you set, stick to, and achieve your goals.

Most anything you read about goal-setting states that if you write your goals down, you’re 80% more likely to achieve them. For years, I had goals that I kept in my head but never wrote down. I don’t think I was nearly as effective in achieving them.

Some authors on goal-setting even suggest that it’s a good idea to review your goals daily, first thing in the morning when you wake up and as the last thing you do before you go to bed at night. That may seem excessive for some, but the whole point to that conversation is to make sure that once you get your goals written down, you don’t let 12 months pass before you review them again. You should choose whatever is going to be a good process for you to be checking on your own goals.

I’d like to share a tool I use which I’ve found helpful in terms of setting a goal, as well as placing underpinnings beneath that goal that will help you review your progress and overall process. 

If you write your goals down, you’re 80% more likely to achieve them.

Suppose my goal is to lose 10 pounds. This time of year, it’s always especially difficult with the number of holiday dinners that we’re exposed to. To help with that goal, I’ve drafted a “1-3-5” form. To make one for yourself, you should:

  • Write one goal at the top of the form.
  • Devise three strategies that will help you achieve those goals. Write them laterally beneath your goal.
  • For each strategy, come up with five different tactics that you can measure and develop to meet your goal. Write those in the columns beneath each strategy.

For losing 10 pounds, my three strategies are to generally improve my diet, lift weights and work out three days a week, and to do cardio exercises two days of the week. To illustrate the purpose of the 1-3-5 form, I’ve created five tactics for eating better:

  1. Taking a protein shake once a day.
  2. Cutting soda from my diet.
  3. Cutting fast food from my diet.
  4. No dessert.
  5. Stop eating past 6 p.m.
With this, I’m able to develop not only a goal, but put some underpinnings on it as well. I can check this form on a daily basis to hold myself accountable for achieving my goal. 

If you have any questions about goal-setting, please reach out to me. I’d love to hear some of your goals and strategies for achieving them.

What the Ismay Realty Group Is Thankful for This Year

As we approach the end of the year and prepare for 2018, it’s a good time to reflect on the blessings we’ve seen in 2017. I recently learned that when you write down the things you’re grateful for, a chemical reaction occurs in your brain which leads to feelings of joy.

This is a proven fact, so why not give it a try? If you’d like to let me know what you are grateful for this year, get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.

Here at the Ismay Realty Group, we’re grateful for a few things. First of all, we’re grateful for our office manager, Robyn. Robyn has been with us a long time, and despite some medical hardships this year, she has been recovering well. She’s still receiving some treatments, but is getting stronger all the time. 

We’re so grateful for all of you.

The second thing we’re grateful for is all of you: our clients. We appreciate everyone who has trusted their transaction to us over this past year. 

We’re also thankful for all of the great vendors we work with. We know people who specialize in flooring, paint, tax preparation, and more. So, if you ever need a recommendation, we’ve got you covered.

Another thing we’re grateful for is our area. Between our great real estate and job markets, our amazing quality of life, and our fantastic economy, our team is very happy to live here.

I hope your holiday season is happy and safe. I’ll see you next year.

If you have any real estate questions, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Don't Let This Ruin Your Home Sale

If you are preparing your home for the market, you need to check on your crawl space.

You may say, “Why would I even want to think about the crawl space? I don’t want to go look at it. There are spiders down there!”

I completely understand where you are coming from. Like the saying goes: Out of sight, out of mind. However, we’ve had several clients experience delays and costly surprises during their transactions thanks to their crawl space. These issues could have been avoided with some preparation up front.

When you look at your crawl space, there are a few things to watch out for. 

Avoid costly repairs and delays by checking out the crawl space up front.

1. The insulation is hanging down. If you see this, that could mean that moisture levels have risen above the acceptable level. If that’s the case, you should also look for small leaks in any pipes and get those taken care of. Check for water around the foundation as well. It could be that your gutters are clogged, that your downspouts aren’t draining properly, or that you need extensions for your downspouts.

2. Is your vapor barrier in good condition? The vapor barrier should not be torn. Make sure that it is spread out evenly and that it covers the majority of the dirt floor in the crawl space.

3. Termite bond. If you have a company that checks your property, they will do moisture readings in the crawl space. A lack of moisture helps prevent termites. If you don’t have a termite bond, it might be worth your while to get a termite inspection before you put your home on the market.

These are just a few things you can do to avoid any delays or costly repairs once you get your home on the market and under contract.

If you have any other questions about crawl space maintenance or preparing your home for the market, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!