How I learned to work from home – 5 tips that saved my sanity

May 20, 2020

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I never considered myself to be a “work at home” type, probably because the opportunity never really presented itself. Every work day I had my routine; get up, make my bed, chat with my hubby, shower, get dressed, get my daughter up and ready for school, pack my bag and off to work and school we would go.  That all changed with the arrival of COVID-19.  With new social distancing requirements in place and stay at home orders a new norm, life as we know it changed – and dramatically.  Now with a son suddenly home from college and a daughter in high school both in virtual learning mode and two parents juggling working between home and offices it was only a matter of time before chaos began.  Even the walls of our home are longing for the days of peace & quiet again.  It is not used to having us all home at once and for so long.    First and foremost I am thankful for my health, my family’s health and that I still have job in which I can work from home.  That being said it took a bit to adjust and I will admit I had some struggles along the way but I think I have found my groove.   After a bit of trial and error here are five tips that worked for me.

 

 

Tip #1: Have a routine and stick to it. 

I needed a new routine.  My first day home I was out of rhythm and all over the place and so was my family.  We slept in a little later than normal, did not rush to even shower or get dressed – I mean why not?  It’s not like our commute was very far and nobody was coming to visit.  It felt different and exciting to work from my pajamas.  But as the day progressed I felt behind for some reason, disorganized, and scattered.  Aside from a mid-morning break to put in a load of laundry and my lunch time shower as that was when I decided to get dressed I was glued to my computer the rest of the day re-acting to things instead of being pro-active with a specific agenda.  So day two I decided to establish a new routine starting in the morning that would set the tone for my day.  I created a list of goals I needed to accomplish that day. It included both work and family tasks so I was not aimless. The structure created some semblance of order and prevented me from losing focus.

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Fed Rate vs Mortgage Rates……what gives?

March 23, 2020

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Ah yes! This has been a popular topic since the Federal Reserve’s emergency rate cut to a range of 0% to .25%.

 

Coming off March 9 mortgage rates that were at historic lows to—not even four days later—being about a full percentage point higher, the Fed again cut the rates on March 15. This is what’s going to send mortgage rates to guaranteed rock bottom lows, right?

 

In the words of famed football coach and broadcaster Lee Corso, “Not so fast my friend!”

 

The Fed Funds Rate deals more directly with short-term rate items like credit cards, savings rates and bank-to-bank short-term loans. You may see a credit card APR go down (YES!), but generally, the Fed rate is not a consumer lending rate.

 

Although the mortgage rates have a tendency to mirror the direction of the Fed Funds Rate, it is never a direct correlation.  Remember, the Fed Funds Rate is for short-term rates and mortgages are not short-term.

 

So, what IS going to happen? 

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Davidson Realty applauds its 2019 Five Star Professionals

August 16, 2019

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Kudos to our four agents who were recently named as 2019 Five Star Professionals! Those agents include seven-time recipients Suzy Evans and Margherite Myers, four-time recipient Lynn Whitley and three-time recipient Ron Savarese.

 

“This distinction goes beyond production and really speaks to an agent’s dedication to their customers. All four of these agents are tireless in their customer service efforts,” said Davidson Realty President Sherry Davidson.

 

The Five Star program is sponsored by Jacksonville Magazine and research firm Five Star Professional.

 

Recognized agents scored in the top three percent for client satisfaction out of all Northeast Florida real estate agents and brokers. The Five Star designation process involves interviews with thousands of recent homebuyers and other consumers to determine each qualifying agent’s client satisfaction rating.

 

Learn more about Five Star Professional at https://fivestarprofessional.com/public/reresearch.

 

Congratulations to Suzy, Margherite, Ron and Lynn!

Davidson Realty named to Folio Weekly Best of St. Augustine 2019!

February 1, 2019

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Folio Weekly recently announced the results of its first ever Best of St. Augustine list and Davidson Realty was named Best Real Estate Agency!

 

The local weekly newspaper has published Best of Jax lists for 27 years, and decided to head south this year, opening voting in late December for its inaugural Best of St. Augustine list. More than 73,000 votes were cast in 250 categories.

 

In addition, Shelley Nemethy took 2nd place as Best Real Estate Agent!

 

“This is a special achievement for us because it’s not voted by a committee or an industry, but by our community and the very people we work with each day,” said Sherry Davidson, President of Davidson Realty.

 

Congratulations to Davidson and Shelley!