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    • Outdoor Renos Valuable Now and Later


      Remodeling your house? Add an outdoor redo to the project.

      According to a report from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), an outdoor renovation can add significant value to a home come resale. The most valuable updates, per the report, are:

      • Seeding the Lawn (Reaps 417 percent of its cost)
      • Implementing a Standard Lawn Care Program (303 percent)
      • Sodding (143 percent)

      An outdoor renovation can also up the enjoyment factor—the “Joy Score,” according to the report. The highest project on the Joy Score scale? A pool, though it is one of the least profitable at a 50 percent return-on-investment.

      The most appealing projects following a pool, the report found, are an overall landscape upgrade and a new wood deck.

      “Realtors® understand the importance of curb appeal because when it is time to sell, a home's exterior is its first impression to potential buyers,” says 2016 NAR President Tom Salomone. “Realtors® also know that these projects—from flowerbeds to fire pits—can bring homeowners who have no plans to sell even more enjoyment and satisfaction in their home.

      "Homeowners looking to take on large, expensive outdoor projects should do so for themselves, for the enjoyment they and their family will gain from the finished results, and not only to improve the value of their home for when they sell,” Salomone continues. “Smaller projects will bring potential sellers the most value back upon resale—and have the benefit of costing less up front.”

      “Homeowners working with a landscape professional to embark on renovations—whether that means enhancing their turf and growing a lush lawn, rehauling their entire landscape, or incorporating new features like patios and exterior fireplaces—can rest assured that they are making a smart, worthwhile investment,” adds Missy Henriksen, vice president, Public Affairs, NALP. “Further, that investment is coupled with the immediate happiness received by beautiful landscaping and the long-term enjoyment of outdoor living spaces, which are priceless.”

      Source: National Association of REALTORS®

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    • Moonlighting Goes Mainstream: 85 Percent of Workers Have a Side Gig

      The good ol’ days of working 9 to 5 is quickly becoming the stuff of myths, as the vast majority of Americans now hold down more than one job.

      According to a recent Spherion Staffing survey, 85 percent of workers hold at least one side gig, or secondary source of employment, in addition to their primary job. Of that group, more than half (54 percent) hold two or more side gigs, extending their skills across multiple roles and fields of work.

      Not surprisingly, financial incentives are the primary driver behind employees' search for extra work. Among workers holding at least one side gig, a desire to supplement their current income (42 percent) and make money to save for future interests and responsibilities (37 percent) were the most frequently cited reasons for doing so. In particular, more than half (57 percent) of female workers deemed income growth the main inspiration for their side gig activity, far surpassing the volume of male workers (31 percent) who said the same.

      However, for some employees, a side gig generates a return beyond the wallet. Spherion found that many workers engage in side gigs that allow them to try something different or be involved with a hobby or cause of interest, with 26 percent of those interested in picking up a side gig in the next year preferring to do so in a space not at all related to their primary job. Additionally, 45 percent of respondents seeking gigs outside of their main field said they would still take part in a side gig even if it did not generate significant income.

      "The escalating interest in side gigs across the American workforce does not necessarily reflect that workers are—be they financial or personal," says Sandy Mazur, Spherion division president. "Given this growth, side gig flexibility must be taken into account as companies refine their recruitment and retention plans. Employers and employees must find a middle ground that gives workers freedom to explore supplemental opportunities without inhibiting productivity or performance."

      While many businesses encourage employees to take part in side gigs, 40 percent have formal policies regarding employees' side gig involvement, namely to avoid possible conflicts of interest and keep them focused on essential work. Employees seem to echo these feelings, with 48 percent expressing concern that their side gig efforts could interfere with their main job responsibilities.

      Spherion uncovered several other noteworthy trends regarding how employers and employees approach the escalating side gig movement:

      - Nearly half (47 percent) of workers say that changing societal norms have set the expectation that at least one side gig is necessary.

      - One-fourth (25 percent) of workers who have never before held a side gig say they are "extremely" or "very" likely to pick one up in the next year, with millennial workers (43 percent) leading the charge.

      - More than half (51 percent) of workers would prefer that their colleagues not discuss their side gigs at the office.

      - A nearly equal number (48 percent) have taken vacation time or time away from their primary job to focus on their side gig.

      - Despite potential mixed responses, many workers still feel comfortable discussing their side gigs with their colleagues (82 percent), manager (74 percent) and other senior leaders (73 percent) at their primary job.


      Source: Spherion Staffing Services

      Published with permission from RISMedia.

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    • What Are Your Chances of Being Burglarized?

      A property break-in is a homeowner's worst nightmare. But how likely are you to have your home burglarized? According to a recent report, 63 percent of American homes are at high risk of burglary. A survey conducted by DIY home phone and security company Ooma asked 1,000 Americans about how they protect their homes when they're away. The results may surprise you.

      Window worries
      - Sixty percent of Americans surveyed leave their windows open when they're away.
      - Forty percent never leave their windows open.
      - Fifteen percent open their windows when it's hot.
      - Eight percent of Americans burglarized say the cause was an open window.

      Door damage
      - Forty-two percent of Americans leave their doors unlocked when they're gone.
      - Fifty-eight percent never leave their door unlocked.
      - Forty-two percent leave it unlocked for various reasons, such as if they plan to come right back (14 percent) or if they forget (12 percent).
      - Fourteen percent of Americans who have experienced a burglary say an open door was the cause.

      Security sound-off
      -  Only 37 percent of Americans own a security system, which means six in 10 American homes are at risk.
      - Sixteen percent of Americans who report having their home robbed say having no security system was what put them at risk.

      Source: Ooma

      Published with permission from RISMedia.