How to design a home office that motivates

Face it: You aren’t the person who can work in front of the television

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Does your brokerage lack an office space? Or is it just a tiny, four-cubicle room intended for emergency printing and filing? If that's the case, you’re probably working from home when you're not out and about, and it’s likely you’ve experienced multiple unnecessary distractions. Designing a home office doesn’t have to be an HGTV-sized project. Start with the three basics: a desk, a chair and a computer. 1. Look for a clear, large workspace. You don’t have to purchase a solid wood and oversized executive’s desk to enhance productivity. Even basic folding tables can be dressed up with a tablecloth or painted to add pizzazz. If you want a real desk but it’s not in the budget, buy secondhand. Craigslist and garage sales are great sources for savings, but make sure what you purchase is structurally sound. In fact, aside from the piece itself, aesthetics like color and finish can be changed. Prioritize wood shape and quality over color. Some people just pref...