5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

What am I waiting for? A question on a napkin with a cup of coffee.

It’s a new year! Here are 5 ways to stop procrastinating:

Do the Worst Thing First

Attack the hardest task when your energy is fresh and you give yourself the strongest chance of success.

Start Your Day Over at 2 p.m.

At 2 p.m. every day, assess how much you’ve accomplished, remind yourself of what’s critical, and alter your plan so you can tackle the most important thing.

Race the Clock

Having trouble even beginning a burdensome project? Try the old trick of setting a timer for 10 minutes. Work in a focused, perhaps even frantic manner for that short stretch, and watch what happens.

Don’t Interrupt Yourself

If you get pulled away from tasks by every ding, whistle, and ring on your digital devices, well, you’re like most of us. But keep in mind that other people aren’t interrupting you; you are interrupting yourself.

Create an Audience

It’s easy to blow things off when your commitment to yourself is the only thing at stake. But make yourself accountable to a friend and suddenly potential embarrassment becomes a powerful motivator.

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5 Home Safety Tips for Boomers and Seniors

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Here are 5 home safety tips for Boomers and Seniors:

  • Set the thermostat on the water heater no higher than 120° F to prevent scalding
  • Add a “clapper” light switch to control lamps or check out other remote control switching options.
  • Remove throw rugs. If carpet is necessary, installing low-pile rug can be better than shag. Having carpet   stretched or removed can eliminate bumps.
  • Paint the bottom step a different color to better distinguish the last step from the basement floor.
  • A device that enables a ringing doorbell to trigger a flashing light — including existing house lamps and special  strobes for rooms where lamps aren’t generally used — lets your loved one know if someone is at the door.

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Need to find a real estate agent near Walnut Creek CA? Dayna Wilson serves the East Bay communities of Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Clayton and Martinez. A certified Seniors Real Estate Specialist ®, Dayna helps boomers and seniors with the financial and emotional challenges encountered when selling a long-held family home.

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7 Real Estate Market Trends in 2017

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#1 Home Values will increase.

For a time, as the market has been recovering, we were seeing very high home-value appreciation rates.  Expect more historically normal appreciation rates. As the market continues its recovery, appreciation will slow down which is a leading indicator of a normalizing, or balanced housing market. Home values will increase in moderation, vs. the past two years.

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#2 N. California will lead the price increases.

Northern California has experienced the most significant job growth since the end of the recession, followed by Portland, Seattle, Denver, Phoenix and Tucson. We will see increasing demand for homes as population growth follows job growth beyond the market’s ability to build inventory. This should continue to push prices higher still.

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#3: Cities face an affordability problem.

A lot are addressing this by building smaller homes — which take up less space and by developing additional public transit to the developments. But, what if a backyard, more space and room to breathe is what you crave?

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#4 Buyers are flocking to the “burbs.”

People would still like to live close to the city where they work and they’re close to amenities and in walkable neighborhoods, but currently many folks in S.F. are not able to find enough inventory. And, many of the properties that fit their ‘wish-lists’ are not affordable for them to buy.

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#5 Millennials are on the move.

More jobs are being created for the 30-somethings, with rising wages. This demographic group also has marriage and children on their minds and this is driving them to buy a home with room to grow.

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#6 Baby Boomers are downsizing…or are they?

Many boomers are looking to move when they reach retirement. Some wish to downsize to simplify life due to financial or physical needs. However, many are also buying-up to accommodate kids and grandchildren when they come to visit. And, the boomers are no longer flocking to AZ and FL like they used to; family is what they want to be closer to.

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#7 Rates are increasing.

After the housing market crash, interest rates have remained historically low for years. This is now changing, with the Feds planning on three more rate hikes in 2017. If you are a buyer or a seller, the time to act is NOW. Rates will go higher and inventory is not expected to improve. So, Winter/Early Spring is the time to get moving!

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Walnut Creek Home Seller – Mona W.

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Need to find a real estate agent near Walnut Creek CA? Dayna Wilson serves the East Bay communities of Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Clayton and Martinez. A certified Seniors Real Estate Specialist ®, Dayna helps boomers and seniors with the financial and emotional challenges encountered when selling a long-held family home.

Senior Segment is Reshaping Real Estate Dynamics in Walnut Creek, Ca. and Beyond

Baby Boomer CoupleImagine the different kinds of expertise involved in helping a first-time buyer purchase a home, versus helping a last-time seller to downsize. First-time buyers and 65+ sellers face a vastly different set of options, expectations, concerns and challenges, but too often, the real estate industry has taken a one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter approach to serving clients.

Demographic trends are pointing to seismic shifts ahead for housing in this country. Aging seniors are projected to move out of an estimated 11.3 million homes between 2010 and 2020, and in the next decade, that figure is expected to reach 15 million. Every single one of those millions represents a unique individual who deserves to have his or her move handled with the utmost compassion, integrity, attention to detail and connectedness to the full spectrum of professionals who are often involved in ensuring a seamless transition for seniors and their families.

Dayna Wilson’s Savvy Seniors Division is committed to a proactive approach to understanding the big-picture trends that have an impact on our community and our clients. We also understand that distinct expertise is needed to meet the needs of various segments of our community.

cshp_logo2e35c3This is why I’m thrilled to have completed the rigorous requirements to achieve the Certified Senior Housing Specialist (CSHP) designation. This prestigious designation awarded only to a select number of elite real estate professionals in any market by the Seniors Real Estate Institute® represents completion of a competency-based curriculum as well as ongoing education and training. CSHPs are held to the highest standards of professionalism and most importantly, they are passionate about serving senior clients with dignity and compassion.

Demographic shifts and improvements in life expectancy have given rise to senior housing options that far exceed those of previous decades. CSHPs are not only in touch with the full range of options within their communities, they have the specific skills needed to help seniors to get where they want to go – unraveling the complexities involved in downsizing and selling a family home.

“Despite the fact that seniors are the fastest growing segment of the population, this segment of the market remains largely under served. 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 60 every day for the next 18 years. At the other end of the senior spectrum, the 90-plus segment of the population nearly tripled over the past three decades, and is expected to quadruple over the next 40 years.

“The expertise, combined with our passion to ensure the dignity of elderly clients, is not just a benefit to our senior clients but also their families,” Dayna emphasized. “Our goal is to be a profound asset to the entire community.”

Dayna’s Dash of Real Estate

Dayna's Dash of Real Estate

Top 11 Reasons Sellers Should List During the Holidays

Festive holiday wreath hanging on a blue door#11 By Selling Now, you may have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the spring, when many more houses are on the market! This could allow you to sell high and buy low!

#10 You can sell now for more money and we will provide for a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year!

#9 Even though your house will be on the market, you still have the option to restrict showings during the six or seven days around the Holidays.

#8 January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Since transferees cannot wait until spring to buy, you need to be on the market during the Holidays to capture that market!

#7 Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons!

#6 Buyers have more time to look for a home during the Holidays than during the regular work week!

#5 Buyers are more emotional during the Holidays, so they are more likely to pay your price! 

#4 Houses show beautifully when tastefully decorated for the Holidays! 

#3 Since the Supply of listings will dramatically increase in January/February there will be less demand for your particular home! Less demand means less money for you!

#2 Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the Holidays and less competition means more money for you! You did want to net the most amount of money, right?

And, the Number One Reason Homeowners Should List, the Number One Reason Homeowners Should List Their Homes During the Holidays…
#1 People who are house-hunting during the holiday are more serious buyers!

Dayna’s Dash of Real Estate

Dayna's Dash of Real Estate

Dayna’s Dash of Real Estate

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Seniors on the Move: What’s My Role?

Senior CoupleSeniors Real Estate Specialists, like myself, can encounter some sticky situations. After all, I help navigate changes my clients weren’t expecting and may not be prepared to handle. I like to have clients and family members identify their roles in the beginning to make things easier for everyone.

Challenges can include, adult children struggling with the realization their parents need more help. And, aging parents sometimes resenting their adult child’s ‘intrusion’ into or perhaps absence from their lives at a time of transition.

When things get sticky and emotions run high, my job is to listen to needs and offer potential solutions. Sometimes I need to remind family members that enabling aging parents to maintain their self-respect, quality of life, independence and autonomy for as long as possible is the goal.

My role? Respect their perspective, slow down, ask then listen.

My responsibilities? Knowing who owns the property and can conduct transactions, with whom I can discuss details, identities of individuals and how to protect my clients.

Major family transitions, such as supporting aging parents in their changing housing needs, can challenge even the closest families. Ask your trusted Seniors Real Estate Specialist how they can make the process go more smoothly and avoid additional drama and stress.