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The Benefits of Buying a Home in a Gated Community

The Benefits of Buying a Home in a Gated Community

If you’re looking for a new place to live, you might consider finding a home in a gated community. Gated communities offer several benefits that appeal to individuals and families alike. Before you make your next move, learn more about whether gated communities match your needs. You’ll likely discover that some gated communities in your area offer a safe, attractive place to live.

Improved security is one of the most common reasons people move into gated communities. While security services vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, you can expect to see benefits such as roving patrols, guest sign-in and sign-out procedures, and security personnel stationed at the community’s entrance.

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Security has become an increasing concern over the past few years. Although violent crime rates fell sharply after the early 1990s, the numbers have started to rise. Between 2014 and 2015, murder rates increased in several large cities, including New York, Baltimore, St. Louis, and Chicago. In particular, Milwaukee’s murder rate rose by 74 percent within one year. Living in a gated community can’t ensure that you’re completely safe from crime, but this community environment can certainly help offer more protection for you and your loved ones.

Security isn’t the only reason that people move to gated communities. Some residents of gated communities appreciate lifestyle benefits such as access to private golf courses, tennis courts, and planned events. Planned events often include golf scrambles, book clubs, and monthly get-togethers.

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Many gated communities have large rooms or clubhouses you can use to host parties. Instead of entertaining guests in your home, you can use your community’s shared space. This space availability offers some obvious conveniences; for example, you don’t have to worry about guests spilling their drinks on your furniture. However, many people don’t realize that having access to a clubhouse or party room can also save them money. When you can use a clubhouse, you don’t need to buy a home that’s large enough to host parties. You get to have parties while simultaneously downsizing to a smaller home.

The opportunity to downsize isn’t the only way that living in a gated community could benefit you financially. As the following infographic indicates, homes in gated communities sell for about $30,000 more than those in non-gated communities. By choosing a home in a gated community, you secure your investment. When you need to move, you’ll be more likely to earn a profit than if you were living in a non-gated neighborhood.

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Aesthetics play a role in the higher resale values for homes in gated communities. When you enter a gated community, you may notice that each house and lawn conforms to an established standard. Neighborhood associations pass bylaws that prevent neighbors from turning their properties into eyesores.

Neighborhood association bylaws often tell people how often they must cut their grass, how high they can erect fences, and whether they can have lawn ornaments. Instead of trusting people in your neighborhood to take care of their properties, you can rely on bylaws to make your community beautiful. Residents who don’t follow the rules may face steep fines. The threat of those fines is more than enough motivation for most people to either cut their lawns or hire a service to do the work for them.

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Although gated communities aren’t for everyone, many people can appreciate the advantages that these communities offer. If you want to live in a safer environment, watch your home’s value increase, and enjoy an engaging lifestyle, then a gated community probably matches your needs. Discover more features that characterize a gated home community by exploring the following infographic.

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    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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