6 Ways to Make Your Desk Neater- by Janet Attard

A cluttered desk is more than just an eyesore. It wastes your time, and that costs you productivity and money. Here are six ways to get your desk neat and organized and keep it that way.

Do you feel like you’re buried under a mound of paper by the end of the day? If so, join the crowd. According to the Smead Corporation, which manufactures filing systems and records management products , the average office in the US spits out more than 45 paper missives each day – adding up to a whopping 1300 sheets of paper each month. Where does it all go?

If you’re eyeing your office with dismay, there’s a good chance that where that paper is “going” now is on top of your desk. And in the hutch over your desk.. and next to the printer…And, Oh no! The cat just jumped up on your filing cabinet and knocked a big pile of papers onto the floor.

What can you do to put an end to the clutter when paper seems to clone itself when you’re not looking? Here are several suggestions:

1) Start with a plan

Sort through and categorize the papers on your desk. Consider which you’ll need close at hand, which you need to save only for archival value and what you can read and toss. Give each of those categories of paper a “home.” Make a list of your categories if necessary so you remember whether proposal samples get filed under “Samples” or under “Proposals”. Store that list on your computer – and resist the temptation to print it out!

2) Start with the filling cabinet, not the desk

The rationale for that is simple. If you don’t have an orderly system for filing papers – and room in your filing cabinet to put those files – you’ll never get your desk cleaned. Toss out old files and review your overall system. Set up your filing system so files you need regularly are near at hand. Consider color-coding to group similar files together and make them easily identifiable. Move files you don’t need often to an out-of-the way location.

3) Divide and Conquer

Don’t try to clean up the entire office in one day. The secret to getting your office organized and keeping it organized is to break the process down into steps and tackle one step at a time.

4) File Regularly

Don’t let things sit around for days. Get in the habit of putting papers away as soon as you are done with them. Use the last 15 minutes of your workday to tidy up your desk and get it ready for the following morning. Also, think seriously before keeping a piece of paper. Will you really need it for the future? If it’s readily available on your computer, you might be better off throwing it away.

5) Get Cables Under Control

Monitor cables, phone chargers, power cords – all these cables can add to the visual chaos at your desk. You can opt for a simple solution, like running cables behind your desk and zip tying them together so they stay in a clean bundle, or you can purchase some type of cable management solution like neoprene sleeves that completely hide cables while still allowing you to easily access them. Don’t forget about those spare charging bricks, power cords and adapters, either. Rather than having them loose in a drawer, bundle each cord up neatly and secure it with a velcro strap, then place them all in a designated drawer or box for when you need them.

6) Purchase Space-Making Products
There are a slew of space-making products available now that can help you organize your desk for efficiency. Among them are handsome wooden trays with partitions for holding pens, cell phone, tablet and other paraphernalia that accumulates on your desk; rolling file cabinets that fit under your desk and multitiered in-baskets. And don’t forget the best space-maker of all: the wastebasket. Keep that close at hand and use it frequently.

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Guess what we are doing this weekend?

Guess what we are doing this weekend?

This weekend we will he holding our new listing at 77 Christopher open on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-5pm. If your’e in the neighborhood, stop by. We would love to see you. See more great pictures and floor plans.http://77christopher.com/

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Go Take A Hike…Literally!

Go take a hike this summer, or several.  Get outdoors, breath the fresh air, take in the views of our beautiful city.  Here are several great Urban Hikes you can take in San Francisco.   Enjoy and happy hiking.

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Best San Francisco French Restaurants

According to Gayot.com, these are the best French Restaurants in San Francisco.  Do you agree, what is your favorite and why?

http://www.gayot.com/restaurants/best-sanfrancisco-ca-top10-frenchrestaurants_3sf.html

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Getaways

With Summer weather in full swing, time for a mini-vacay or weekend getaway.  Here is a list of easy getaways for you to check out.  Happy travels:)

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2016 Wine Festivals

Eat, drink and be merry at one or all of the San Francisco Bay Area wine festivals.  Here is your list below.  Enjoy and live life.

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Spotlight on San Francisco’s Film Festivals

With all the activities San Francisco has to offer, there’s no denying that there is something for everyone. For movie buffs and beyond, the various San Francisco Film Festivals showcased monthly throughout the year, provide entertainment for all.  From Film Noir to New Italian Cinema, explore the different film genres each festival highlights.

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Grand Opening For 2122 48th Avenue

 

$949,000
2122 48th Avenue, San Francisco
3 | BED

1 | BATH

1 | CAR

Grand Opening at 2122 48th Avenue @Quintara
Grand Opening Party!
Thursday – 3/31 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Celebrate Spring & see our new listing.
This home is new on the market and we would love for you to see it first!

Who do you know who would want to live here? Come and see!

Large, beautiful, great kitchen and huge deck! 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1
car parking and back yard ready for all walks of life! One block from the beach.

Visit www.2122-48thAve.com to see more!

Open House: Broker’s Tour: Offer Date:
Saturday – 4/2 – 11am – 4pm
Sunday – 4/3 – 11am – 4pm
Saturday – 4/9 – 11am – 4pm
Sunday – 4/10 -11am – 4pm
Tuesday – 4/5
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Abbe Day-Merchant
Brokers Associate
BRE# 01217051
415.602.5037
abbe@fourbridgesre.com
FourBridgesRE.com
Colleen McFerrin
REALTOR®
BRE# 01402769
510.387.3790
colleen@fourbridgesre.com
FourBridgesRE.com
ZephyrRE.com Statement may not yet be owner approved. This information, while not guaranteed, has been acquired from sources believed to be reliable.Agent has neither personally measured nor verified any square footage.

 

 

Real Estate Insights- San Francisco

San Francisco – March 2016

Real Estate Insights

Zephyr Real Estate

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The end of 2015 saw a continued rise in the median sale price of homes in both San Francisco and Marin, but with a small dip and then a leveling off in the first part of 2016.  Even before the stock market started trending downward, real estate in the Bay Area entered its usual holiday slowdown, which typically lasts from December 1 until the Super Bowl.  With inventory at historical lows, we expect activity and prices to pick up again as we enter the spring market.

For a long view of real estate trends, the Case-Shiller Home Price Index is a good source.  This index measures the change in the value of residential real estate in 10 U.S. Metropolitan areas, which includes the San Francisco Bay Area.  As you can see, in spite of the recession of 2007-2011, San Francisco Bay Area real estate has not only retained its value, but has exceeded the high of 2006.  In fact, according to the Case-Shiller Index, real estate values in the Bay area have doubled since 2000.  However, it’s important to remember that this particular report is an index related to nine other metropolitan areas. It does not reveal actual home prices.

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Median Sales Price

$1,160,000

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Avg. Days on Market

43

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# Homes Sold

101

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% List Price Received

107%

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Case-Shiller Home Price Index

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Mortgage Interest Rates

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SF Median Sales Price

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What about interest rates?

Interest rates are also an important factor in the real estate market. When the Fed raised its rates late last year, everyone expected mortgage rates to climb. Instead, they have remained low, hovering between 3.5%-4.00%. Many analysts believe rates could return to historical lows. That’s usually good news for buyers, as qualifying for loans gets much easier. However, falling interest rates can also signal a weakening economy, which could pull buyers out of the market. A strong economy is better for all of us, even if it means interest rates bumping up a point.

There is every reason to believe that the Bay Area real estate market will remain strong. Our population continues to grow with qualified, employable people and there seem to be enough well-paying jobs to absorb them. Though the building boom in San Francisco continues apace, it is not enough to keep up with demand. All that, combined with interest rates that stay right about where they are, indicates that the market will be brisk and prices will continue to rise, though probably at a more reasonable pace.

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Closer to Home

recent sales citywide

2131 Vallejo Street #3

$1,095,000

1BR / 1BA

Sold at $1,250,000

301 Bocana Street

$1,600,000

-BR / -BA

Sold at $1,200,000

72 Townsend Street #605

$1,027,617

1BR / 1BA

Sold at $970,000

550 Davis Street #21

$3,549,000

4BR / 3BA

Sold at $3,400,000

1310 Fillmore Street #302

$1,095,000

2BR / 2BA

Sold at $1,067,500

425 1st Street #1902

$2,199,000

2BR / 2BA

Sold at $2,190,000

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Abbe Day-Merchant
415.602.5037
abbe@fourbridgesre.com
CalBRE # 01217051
Colleen McFerrin
510.387.3790
colleen@fourbridgesre.com
CalBRE # 01402769

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Data Sources include: San Francisco Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service (SFAR MLS), Bay Area Real Estate Information Services Multiple Listing Service (BAREIS MLS), Case-Shiller Home Price Index, and Mortgage Banker’s Association historic mortgage rates. Data from these sources is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Quick stats noted at the top of the newsletter are for Single Family Homes sold during the prior month.

 

Are We In A Bubble?

We answer the today’s most prevalent question of “Are We In A Real Estate Bubble”?