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10 Hot Real Estate Markets To Watch In 2016

10 Hot Real Estate Markets To Watch In 2016

2015 was an interesting year for real estate business and it still is emerging more than ever. Despite changing investment laws, fluctuation on oil prices and currency instability, real estate markets have several exciting prospects in 2016.

“But this year, the markets that shine brightest will be those that manage to strike a good balance between strong income growth, low unemployment and solid home value appreciation,” says Zillow Chief economist Dr. Svenja Gudell.

The real estate market is generally ranked on three variables: income growth, home value appreciation and unemployment rates. A combination of these factors determine the strength of housing market. Based on these factors, check out the 10 hot real estate markets to watch in 2016.

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1. Grand-Rapids, Wyoming, MI

Grand Rapids is one of the most emerging markets in the US as it is considered the 14th most affordable city in the country. This river city also has the 22nd strongest job growth as of 2015. A home to the Fulton Streets Farmers Market run since 1922, the city hosts around 11,000 shoppers a week and has over 200 vendors. With its vibrant scene and rich culture, the city is one of the most watch in terms of real estate in 2016.

2. Charleston, SC

Despite having low affordability and vacancy rates, the Charleston, SC real estate is one of the most trending business in the United States. With sixth-highest rate for job growth in the country, the real estate business is booming and growing like never before. Known as a food-destination with its popular Charleston Wine and Food Festival, 11 restaurants of the city were nominated for the James Beard Awards in 2015.

3. Austin, TX

Booming job growth, opportunities for millennials and the best dining scene is what locks Austin as one of the most popular places for real estate business. Local businesses to big brands like Apple, Dell, IBM and Samsung are established in the city which adds popularity to the real estate in Austin. Houses for sale in Round Rock, Austin is where there is a huge growth of  real estate business as that part of the city has a lot of houses and properties for sale, more than anywhere else.

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4. Baton Rouge, LA

Diverse in culture and architecture, Baton Rouge is a home to several museums, theaters, and theaters. Sports and arts scene has been growing here since a long time and with LSU present here, the city is what adds its competition to real estate and property management business.

5.San Antonio, TX

Another city in Texas, San Antonio is that place which saw the biggest boost in millennials of all metropolitan areas in the country in between 2010 and 2013. The beautiful Riverwalk and the travel attractions is what makes San Antonio a good place to live in. Plus, its affordable real estate has grown interest from several people around the country for business opportunities.

6. Colorado Springs, CO

Known to be a home for business and careers, Colorado Springs is best known as a paradise for tourists. Ranked as one of the best “distinctive destination” in the world, the city enjoys a great milieu of architecture and history which adds benefit to its growing real estate business.

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7. Columbia, SC

The home to six best colleges, several major hospitals and the Fort Jackson, the largest military training center in the country, Columbia’s real estate business runs well because of the city’s top infrastructure. Home to several top restaurants and musicians, the city’s affordable housing prices is what supports the business here.

8. Riverside-San Bernardino, CA

Together with affordable properties, Riverside-San Bernardino is rich with its architectural history since the Spanish Colonial Revival. Plethora of opportunities to run several businesses including breweries and pubs is what makes the city an attractive spot for real estate.

9. Las Vegas, NV

Who does not love to visit Vegas once in their life? Well, the city of night live known for its great outdoors, Las Vegas is a dream to several millennials. With 4.8% job growth in 2016, the city is a home to several casinos and restaurants which adds several opportunities for business here.

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10. Tacoma, WA

Tacoma is an attractive destination for young professionals looking to grow their business. With affordable real estate prices, the city is known for outdoor activities and arts. Located on the banks of Puget Sound, Tacoma also has several major employers in the country including Boeing, US Air Force, Costco, among others making it an appealing destination for real estate business.

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How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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