Lauren Davis
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Posted by Lauren Davis on 9/19/2018

If you work from home part or all of the time, chances are you have a specific place in your house where you go to work to be free from distraction.

Many people spend a lot of time thinking about the decor of their home office. They decide how much light they want to let in, what they need on their desk, and which distractions to keep out of the room entirely.

Surprisingly few people, however, consider the ergonomics of their home office.

What is ergonomics?

Simply stated, ergonomics is the study of peopleís efficiency in the workplace. When it comes to office work or working at home, that means studying things like posture, desk height, eye strain, and much more.

In this article, weíll talk about some ways you can improve the ergonomics of your home office to prevent injury and to make your office a more productive and less stressful place to work.

Choosing a desk chair

Letís begin with one of the most common complaints in offices and home offices around the world: chairs.

You could spend several hundred dollars on an ergonomic office chair. But in reality it only needs to meet a few criteria that you can often find in inexpensive computer chairs. When buying a chair, look for the following:

  • Lower back support what will help you keep a straight spine

  • Adjustable heights for the chair, the backrest, and the arm rests

  • A firm, but comfortable cushion that you wonít slide down on

Picking the right desk

The most important ergonomic factor of a desk is that you can easily fit your legs under it and donít have to crane over it to write.

Regardless of where you keep your keyboard, it will help if your arms can fall on it naturally and at a close to ninety-degree angle.

Screen height and distance

The vast majority of work performed at home is done with the use of a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet.

Ideally, the height of your screen should be adjusted so that you can view it straight on, and not have to look down or up at it. This will help protect your neck from strain.

For eye strain, itís a good idea to keep the monitor a couple feet from your eyes and to adjust the brightness so that itís easy to read but not too bright.

The best thing you can do to avoid headaches and eye strain is to set reminders for yourself to look away from the screen every twenty minutes or so or get up and go for a walk.

Take more breaks

Speaking of taking breaks; sitting in one position for too long can contribute to muscle and joint pain. If youíre working at home, it should be easy to get up and stretch or move around every half hour or so.

You donít have to take a long break; even a minute or two is sufficient enough to help take the strain off of your tired eyes and stiff back and neck.




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Posted by Lauren Davis on 9/15/2018

This Single-Family in Holliston, MA recently sold for $366,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Lauren Davis - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.


79 Prospect St, Holliston, MA 01746

Single-Family

$359,900
Price
$366,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
This charming three bedroom home offers easy one level living on over 3/4 acres and is located just a short stroll from the Upper Charles Rail Trail, Lake Winthrop, quaint downtown Holliston, the schools, playground and more... The home has an enclosed front porch, living room with fireplace and built-ins, dining room, kitchen with white cabinetry and lots of counter space, beautifully renovated full bathroom with subway tiled tub/shower and a back porch/mudroom. The master bedroom offers two large closets. Two additional bedrooms each have hardwood floors under the carpet. Large backyard provides great outdoor space for entertaining with patio and firepit areas. In addition, there is a one car garage. New septic installed in 2010. All this plus Holliston's highly ranked school system offering French Immersion, Montessori and Traditional programs. Offer are due by 2pm July 11, 2018.

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Posted by Lauren Davis on 9/12/2018

As a homebuyer, it is important to set high expectations. At the same time, a homebuyer must act reasonably, or he or she risks missing out on a golden opportunity to acquire the perfect residence.

Ultimately, becoming a reasonable homebuyer can be quick and easy Ė here are three tips to help you do just that.

1. Establish Realistic Expectations for the Homebuying Journey

The homebuying journey sometimes can take weeks or months to complete, and a homebuyer should plan accordingly. By doing so, a homebuyer can prepare for any potential homebuying pitfalls.

For example, a homebuyer may submit an offer on a home and receive a "Yes" from a home seller. But if a home inspector discovers myriad problems with a residence, a homebuyer may need to walk away from the house and restart the homebuying journey.

In the aforementioned scenario, a homebuyer may become frustrated and annoyed, and for good reason. Conversely, if a homebuyer understands the challenges associated with buying a house, he or she can plan for the best- and worst-case scenarios.

2. Search for Homes That Fall Within Your Price Range

Have you established a budget for your home search? If not, you may wind up focusing on houses that you won't be able to afford.

Get pre-approved for a home loan Ė you'll be glad you did. With a home loan in hand, you can enter the real estate market with a homebuying budget. Then, you'll be able to narrow your home search to houses that fall within your price range, thereby speeding up your search for the ideal residence.

It won't take long to get pre-approved for a home loan, either. In fact, if you meet with local banks and credit unions, you can instantly learn about a variety of home loan options.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

Although you know that you want to buy a house, you have no idea what to expect during the homebuying journey. Fortunately, if you hire a real estate agent, you can learn what it takes to stay calm, cool and collected as you search for a house.

A real estate agent is a housing market expert who takes pride in his or her work. As such, a real estate agent will be available to respond to your homebuying concerns and questions, ensuring that you can make an informed home purchase.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent will go above and beyond the call of duty to eliminate homebuying hurdles.

For instance, a real estate agent is happy to negotiate with a seller's agent on your behalf, guaranteeing that you can avoid the stress of negotiating a home price. Or, if you need help finding a qualified home inspector, real estate attorney or other local professionals, your real estate agent can provide honest, unbiased recommendations.

Be reasonable as you kick off your search for your dream residence. That way, you can seamlessly navigate the homebuying journey and improve your chances of acquiring a house that matches or exceeds your expectations.




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Posted by Lauren Davis on 9/5/2018

One of the most important factors that many home buyers face is that of their credit score. You have the right to get one free credit report per year. There are also many different apps and websites that keep you updated on your credit score and any changes in your credit report. These programs even guide you in how to improve your score. 


Why Do We Have Credit Scores? 


A credit score is a number that shows how creditworthy a person is. Lenders look at this score in order to assess how risky a person may be to lend to. This lessens the potential risks that the lender may face, keeping people who may be at high risk for defaulting from securing a loan in the first place. 


Whatís A Good Score?


Credit scores range from 300 to 850, with 850 being the highest score that you can get. A credit score of 700 or above is considered good. A credit score above 800 is seen as excellent. The bottom line is that the better your credit score is, the more reliable of a borrower you will be seen as by lenders. 


If your credit score is less than stellar, however, you need to get to work so that you will be able to get loans in the near future. Hereís some steps that you can take to improve your credit:


Pay Off Outstanding Debt 


If you owe anything on medical collection accounts, credit cards, legal judgements; basically any debt that will show up on your credit report, you need to pay these off. Getting rid of debt can help you to increase your credit score more quickly. 


Rebuild Your Credit


Youíll need to keep up any accounts that you have with good payment history and maintain the good work. You should be diligent to maintain those on-time payments for an increased good payment history. Even if you have accounts that have had late payments previously, you can still work to get the accounts back in good order. 


If you donít happen to have any existing credit accounts, youíll need to get one in order to begin establishing credit. A good way to do this is to apply for a credit card and only charge what you can afford each month in order to help establish a credit history.     

Look At Your Whole Financial Picture


Aside from your credit score, youíll need to take a look at your bigger financial picture. Everything from the amount of savings that you have available to how much of a home youíll be able to afford is important. You need sufficient income so that youíll be able to buy a home and provide a down payment along with money to pay closing costs. 


Once you start investigating your credit score and how to improve it, youíll be on your way to better financial health.





Posted by Lauren Davis on 8/31/2018

This Single-Family in Holliston, MA recently sold for $480,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Lauren Davis - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.


180 Mellen St, Holliston, MA 01746

Single-Family

$499,900
Price
$480,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Back and better than before. Interior recently updated over July 4th - new hardwood flooring installed in the living room and three rooms freshly painted! This home is tucked away on 1.7 acres across from conservation land. It offers an abundance of natural beauty & privacy yet is just minutes from downtown Holliston. It was built by a local, well respected builder & owned by only one family! The welcoming foyer is flanked by a large dining room on one side and front-to-back, living room, anchored by a beautiful fire place, on the other side. The home offers an expansive kitchen with a pantry & lots of cabinets & counter space. Off the kitchen is a family room with an abundance of natural light and direct access to a screened-in-porch overlooking the yard. Upstairs are all the bedrooms including two good size bedrooms with closets and a large master with en-suite bathroom, 2 closets, including a walk-in. Plenty of storage in the basement plus a two car garage with additional storage.

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