Monday, August 14, 2017

The Big Sell: Experts Share Pitching Advice

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Another day at UP Ayala Technohub, slaving for 8 hours. You have an idea brewing in your head. You also have a plan to improve your group’s communication system and project management style. But these powerful ideas or well-kept backup plans are just in your head, and won’t matter unless you share it with the group; most importantly, to your superior. Until then, it will just be a plan or idea that won’t be making the changes you envision for the company.
The aim is to have their approval. To hear that sweet sounding yes is a melody to the ears, which makes you fly high in the sky even if it means being buried in paperwork. Before that, you have to face your boss, the management or who ever it is you have to talk with to settle the proposal. Sometimes, it only takes one chance for the person or committees to decide your faith, so it’s better to ace it on the first try.
Few experts had a say on how to successfully present a pitch to a challenging audience. To show off your ideas without a hinge, read on to find what the experts had to say to amp your presentation.

John Rood of Next Step Test Preparation

John Rood suggests to lay out how managements should judge the project’s success quickly. What are the indicators that the project will be a success? Having a specific goal will help you set measures of success or key performance indicators (KPIs) early on. Step-wise goals or buildable goals are easier to digest than having a long-term goal. It also suggests that fewer risks are involved. Thus management is more accepting of the idea.

To reduce the risk of rejection, form alliances with those in the upper levels of the company who will approve the pitch. Test out the waters, talk with them to see what clicks and what doesn’t.  It will also help you improve and expand your idea. There will be instances when they will see the details you may have overlooked. The more feedbacks you get for your pitch, the better you can prepare for the actual and formal meeting.

Phil Chen of Systems Watch

It’s not enough to just have the proposal ready; it’s also important to prove you can handle it. They want to see a work ethic that can sustain the onset of the project throughout its growth. You have to show redeeming qualities - agility, thoughtfulness, and efficiency.
Remember that you still have current task and projects. Phil Chen advises preparing an outline that illustrates the order of your priorities. It will show you still have the time and resources to lead a new project. The outline is especially useful if you haven’t proven your leadership potential.

Brian Honigman of

Brian Honigman shares a piece of advice that isn’t often followed. Composing a polished plan shows the time a thought invested in it. It also shows you’ve reviewed potential problems along the way. It suggests you can take charge and lead the project which will help convince the management of the proposal.

Kenny Nguyen of Big Fish Presentations

As much enthusiasm you show when presenting the project, prepare to defend your idea when objections arise. Being able to justify your proposal is particularly useful when negotiating with investors. You should not be swayed with counter-arguments no matter how logical they may seem. Withstand the onslaught of questions and prepare a counter-attack. 
Thus, when answering the management or investors’ queries, pay attention to the current inquiry only. Give a simple and straightforward answer. Avoid getting thrown off your train of thought by overthinking the panel’s questions.

Jyot Singh of RTS Labs

The benefits of the pitch should be clear - how will it add value to the company. Jyot Singh says the presentation should be directed to those benefits and the ways how it will be utilized by the audience of your presentation.
A presentation that states the advantages of the projects creates a positive mindset over the project proposal. With that, keep your winning statement simple.

Adam Stillman of SparkReel

Of course, create visual aids. Adam Stillman knows the importance of visual aids. Visuals are powerful; they help make the plan seem real and relatable. Visual aids also hold power regarding communication as the information comes much faster and lingers in the form of memory. 
When creating visuals, concentrate on the essentials. If it allows you to explain the project, return on investment and growth strategy for five minutes, then you’re good to go.

These experts know what they’re talking about, and you should too. When proposing an idea to top level management, remember to account for risks. The less risk involves, the higher the chance to get their approval. A clear-cut and carefully constructed plan will cover the basics. No matter how polished the proposal is, there will be details which aren’t acceptable to the audience. Hence, prepare to defend your ideas during the presentation. It means you can handle it the pressure and sustain the project.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Let's do the Sales Talk

Selling products and services are not as easy as what others think (or you thought it would be). Not all people will be easily convinced on why they should buy from you a house and lot in Quezon City, or purchase an item of furniture for their newly acquired apartment unit. Taking into account that the field of sales is challenging yet exciting, we know that all of us have certain areas for improvement. Salespeople would often argue that the person will buy if he or she is really interested. Well, it does have a point but what if that lead can be converted into sales with just a matter of proper and effective persuasion? This is where salespeople will come into the picture and use their “magic and tricks” on selling and marketing.

If you’re willing to take the challenge, continue reading and let’s do the sales talk:

Make them need and want what you’re selling. This is easier said than done but through some practice and proper customer engagement, you’d eventually make them want to buy. Just remember that not all people are easily persuaded or convinced, and there are times where you need to have the patience of a saint. Some things you need to remember at this point are:
  • Build rapport - before you go on with convincing, get to know your leads and customers first. Be aware of their background, why are they inquiring or interested and use that knowledge as a stepping stone to talk to them effectively.
  • Paint them a picture - visualize with them what would and not going to happen if they will purchase your item. Let them know what your product and service can do for them.
  • Highlight your brand’s advantages - if you know your market and competition, you should be able to pitch in that your brand is the best and they will save a lot. You know, people love “saving some money from buying.”

Be open and honest. Some of your clients might be opening up to you on why they are interested and why they are inquiring about this product or service. In return, you should also be open and honest about your deals and offers. Other salespeople tend to blanket some details and just tell the leads and customers the good things. Technically, they are not lying but try to put yourself in the customers’ shoes - does it feel good? We know that the answer is no. Besides, if you’d end up covering some truths and they found out that this is not what they are looking for, this problem will go back to you, and it will be a burden for you to take. Just be careful on which details are open for disclosure and not as some information are confidential.

Positive framing. You may know all the answers, but you should also know how to deliver it to your leads and customers. Similar to the previous point, you need to be open about the things your clients need to know. But to help you frame and deliver things well, here are some reminders: 
  • Never say “I don’t know” - remember that you are selling them and you need to convince them. How would you be able to do that if you don’t know the particulars and information of your products, services or company? Instead of saying “I don’t know,” you can tell them “I will get back to you on that” or “I will communicate with my colleagues/ manager/ supervisor as soon as possible to clarify some points regarding that.” But know that your leads and customers will also be fed up with your excuse, so you got to know what they need as quickly as possible  

  • Get that “can do” attitude - you can’t do their request? Tell them what you can offer on the other hand and say that you can do it as efficiently as what they wanted.
  • Drop the “unfortunately” - this is about positive framing, so you don’t need many negative words in your sales vocabulary. If your clients are looking for something you don’t have yet, a good alternative of “Unfortunately, we don’t have that” is “As of the moment, our company is taking that into consideration (or developing that option) and on the other hand, we have the following products and services that would fulfill your needs”.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

For Fresh Grads: Surviving the Outside World

Congratulations, fresh grad!

Hooray for the celebrations and treats after graduating in college - party in Tomas Morato, shopping in your favorite Ayala Mall, and going out of town with your closest friends. I understand you are still ecstatic with all the happenings and events, but you know that after a few weeks or months, you’ve got to wake up and go out of the bubble.

If you are someone who doesn’t need to go to work yet for some reasons like your family can sustain your living expenses, not being pressured to earn a living, then you can rest for now and chill as much as you want. But for those who need to start working ASAP and seem to be lost, nervous and scared, this is for you:

  • Calm down. Before you start retaliating and blabbering that adulting is so hard, try to calm down and observe things. You will learn so much about life outside the academe and realize how much (or less) you can do in this world. This time, your tasks and responsibilities are not for your classes, professors, and school, but for your family and yourself.

  • Enjoy the process. Job applications, interviews, endless waiting for the callback, getting employed for the first time, meeting your first-ever workmates, having some thoughts on resigning after a few weeks - enjoy all of it even if there are times you are about to break down. You’d get to know yourself better especially on how you handle pressure and changes. With all the things that are happening and going to happen, I must say you should fasten your seats and enjoy the ride.

  • Think of your future. Ever since a kid, you’ve been asked a lot of times what do you want to become when you grow up. In high school, others want to know (including yourself) what course you are going to take. For sure in college nearing graduation, you answered the question “So what’s your plan after?” couple of hundred of times. You came to the point where you just want to answer “I don’t know” because you are so tired and annoyed. But surprise! In job applications, you will be answering “How do you see yourself in the next five to ten years?” and other similar questions. But actually, you need to think about your plans and start acting on it sooner or later. It’s okay to be lost from time to time as self-discovery is a process. So don’t pressure yourself, okay?

  • Start (or continue) saving money. Just a practical reminder to each of us to save money. It’s not every day that you can rely to your parents or guardians for extra cash. Moreover, if you have plans like taking post grad and quite expensive vacations, you need to have your own money. If you think you are already financially ready and mentally prepared, you might also consider getting insurance and investment for your retirement or future use. Is it too much? Not really. You just don’t want to burden your future self or future kids on how you will be able to survive when you’re too old and weak to work.

  • Believe in yourself. This new ride for you might be a crazy and draggy one. But don’t forget to keep the faith and your hopes up. Just like how you made it in college, you’d also be fine, even if stressed, in the “outside world”. Remember that the most important person to trust you is you, yourself. There are times where you doubt your skills and abilities, but keep on working to be the best version of yourself and never stop trying, and soon the world will witness your greatness.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Are Condos Costly Or Not At All?

Some people are scared of buying a BGC condo for sale because they often think that buying and living in a condominium is a seriously expensive lifestyle. Is it, or is it all in our heads? The article will shed light on the most common misconceptions about the money involved in buying and maintain a condo. Notably, be reminded that a condo is not the building per se, but the type of ownership. When you buy a condo, you are actually paying for the unit in low-, mid- or high-rise building and the interest in common elements within the building.

Condominium presents itself as an easier way to access the housing market although, sometimes, it depends on the type of condo (luxury condos, for instance). First, DMCI condo ownership is not equal or close to home ownership. In the latter, you are free to change the interiors and its immediate exteriors. In the former, you need to consult the association or board first before making any physical changes.

Since the condo is a communal ownership, you need to pay a monthly association fee for the maintenance of common areas. The fee that unit owners or renters pay is collectively used in maintaining the building. Some of us think of the fees as an additional expense, but it is not. It is a monthly contribution for the building’s upkeep as well as the utilities and some amenities like cable and Wi-Fi. Imagine how much you have to pay if you have to pay for each monthly.

Be wary of condos that require high condo fees because these are indicative of poor financial management on the part of the association. Nonetheless, reasonable is a very subjective term; what’s reasonable for me may be absurd for you. Better ask the condo manager or association a breakdown of the fees, so you’d know what you are actually paying for.

Further, the monthly condo fee that you need to pay change yearly. This is because the board calculates the cost depending on the coming year’s projected cost. If there will be major repairs for the next year, expect higher monthly fees. Nevertheless, the additional amount must be justifiable and appropriate for what the condo building needs.

As a condo owner, you cannot and you should not escape the higher fees because of their impact in the future. If ever you decide to sell your unit, it would be difficult if the common areas are not well-maintained or if the floors and roofs are damaged all because the association has no funds to maintain these areas. This is because of unit owners who aren’t paying their monthly fees. The buyer will ask for a hefty discount which is often higher compared to the cost of the monthly fee and the cost of maintaining such areas. 

Some owners assume that condo fees cover everything. They don't. The entire building has to be maintained as well. So, condo associations schedule a regular assessment of the building to ensure and preserve its structural integrity. If in case, after the assessment, a major repair is required, the condo owners have to contribute for the repair. That is, if the association has no reserve fund for such.

Assessments are not an additional expense as well. These are conducted to ensure that the dwellers are safe and secure. You buy a condo because of convenience, security and amenities. If any of these is threatened, then the value of the building including your unit will decline. That’s how important assessments are.

Evidently, the misconceptions stem from unguided, misinformed expectations specifically about the responsibilities of the condo owners. Not to mention, several poorly managed condo associations eventually lead to more money issues. So, before jumping into buying a condo, make sure that you are 100% financially ready!

Friday, April 28, 2017

20 Inspiring Quotes From Home Designers

For some reasons, there will always be a profound feeling whenever we decorate our home. Perhaps, it is because of the positive vibe it gives whenever we get to improve the things at home. Always keep in mind that your home is a reflection of what and who you are. That means, if you do a minimalist design in your home, then you are most probably a simple person. Whether you are living in a condo BGC or any real estate property in the Philippines, there is no reason for you not to decorate your home.

Just as much as we love decorating, there are a lot of homeowners who do know what and what not to do with their home. Perhaps, they might be confused on what kind of design should they do that suit their style or theme of their home. So, to give you an idea, we list down some inspiring quotes from the home designers itself that can help you think or create your style of home decorations.

1. "A house is much more than a mere shelter – it should lift us emotionally and spiritually." - John Saladino

2."Have nothing in your home that you don't know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." - William Morris

3. "One should never be the oldest thin in one's house." - Patsy Stone

4. "Have no fear of perfection – you'll never reach it." - Salvador Dali

5. "Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and then get on with living. there's more to life than decorating." - Albert Hadley

6. "All rooms ought to look as if they were lived in, and to have so to say, a friendly welcome ready for the incomer." - William Morris

7. "If you wait until you have enough money to decorate and make your home your own, it will never happen. If you wait until you can afford to buy everything new, you are missing the point. It is the old, the new, the hand-me-down, the collected, the worn but loved things in your home that make it your own." - Stacy Risenmay

8. "Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting that it really is." - Charles M. Schulz

9. "Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style." - Billy Baldwin

10." Design is coming to grips with one's real lifestyle. One's real place in the world. Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one's well-being." - Albert Hadley

11. "Decorating golden rule: Live with what you love." - Unknown

12. ‘Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams

13. "Home is the nicest word there is." - Laura Ingalls Wider

14. "Form follows function." - Louis Sullivan

15. "When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution isn't beautiful, I know it is wrong." - Richard Buckminster Fuller

16. "All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the person in that space." - Philip Johnson

17."Simplicity is te ultimate sophistication." - Leonardo Da Vinci

18. "Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design." - Charles Eames

19. "The details are not the details. They make the design." - Charles Eames

20. "Minimalism is designing to allow the art, the books, the view, the people – whatever matters most to the inhabitant – to be the soul of the space – Deborah Berke

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Decluttering 101: What Do Experts Say About Decluttering at Home

There will always be a profound feeling when we have our home cleaned. Who would not want to clean their home, right? Even if we are so busy with our work or in school, we always find time to do all the household chores. Nobody wants to live a dirty and messy home. That is why we clean and we make sure that the environment is healthy enough for us to live. Whether you live at Sedona Parc or any real estate property in the Philippines, there is no reason for you not to declutter your home.

If you are wondering about what experts would say about decluttering, then we list down some quotes from them. Perhaps, it is in this way where you will be able to inspire and motivate yourself to declutter more.

1. "The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don't." - Joshua Becker

2. "Owning less is better than organizing more." - Joshua Becker

3. "Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination." - Christina Scalise

4. "Clear your stuff. Clear your mind." - Eric M. Riddle

5. "If someone doesn't life with you, neither should their stuff." - Monika Kristofferson

6. "Thre is an easy way of finding the job to be done today, just look around your environment; take note of the place that needs cleaning and the places that need decoration; do one at a time!" - Israelmore Ayivor

7. "Don't own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire." - Wendel Berry

8. "By handling each sentimental item and deciding what to discard, you process your past. If you just stow these things away in a draw or cardboard box, before you realize it, your past will become a weight that holds you back and keeps you from living in the here and now." - Marie Kondo

9. "Think twice before you buy. Decide before you purchase anything where you are going to keep it and what you are going to use it for. If your answers to either of these questions are vague, then you are about to purchase clutter. Desist from buying." - Karen Kingston

10. "When you live surrounded by clutter, it is impossible to have clarity about what you are doing in your life." - Karen Kingston

11. "The more things you own, the more they own you." - Unknown

12. "Clutter is anything that doesn't belong in a space – whether because it belongs elsewhere in your home, or it doesn't belong in your home any longer." - Chrissy Halton

13. Keeping baggage from the past will leave no room for happiness in the future." - Wayne L. Misner

14. "'Later' is the best friend of clutter." - Peter Walsh

15. "Clear clutter – make space for you." - Magdelena Vandenberg

16. "Get rid of clutter, and you may just find it was blocking the door you've been looking for." - Katrina Mayer

17. "In a sense, clutter is the end result of procrastination." - Jeff Campbell

18. ‘Clutter is not just physical stuff; it's old ideas, toxic relationships, and bad habits." - Eleanor Brown

19. "You can't reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday's junk." - Louise Smith

20. "It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy." - George Horace Lorimer

21. "The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are." - Mother Teresa

22. "Letting go becomes easier when you see not what you lose, but all that you gain, in creating space for something new." - Renate Vullings

23. "The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak." - Hans Hoffman

24. ‘You're the boss of clutter, not the other way around." - Monika Kristofferson

25. ‘Clutter is evidence of excess." - Cristin Frank

Friday, April 14, 2017

5 Hacks To Brighten Up Your Space At Home

"Often what's wrong with some modernist houses – they're kept vacuum-sealed all the way through. And then people wonder why they haven't any atmosphere." – John Stefanidis

There's nothing more frustrating than having a dull and lifeless home. Agree? If you think that you are not living in a satisfying lifestyle, then you better start to brighten up your space at home. Whether you're living in a condo Manilaor any properties in the Philippines, there is no reason for you not to achieve the right design for your home. And mind you, you will definitely have good vibes when you do.
However, considering the busy schedules that we have from work or school, we tend to forget how to brighten up our space. Sometimes, we even tolerate things that are cluttered in our rooms since we don't have enough time to clean up. Right? And if you are one of those people struggling on what and what not to do when it comes to decorating your space, then you might want to refer these tips below.
  1. Pick up fresh flowers

Whether you realize it or not, having flowers inside your home can brighten up the mood. If you feel like you need something that is fresh, then flowers are advisable for you to have. It doesn't just add beauty to your apartment, but it also has health benefits you can get when you have fresh flowers in your apartment. Moreover, if you want it to be more stylish, then you may choose flowers that are also appealing to the eyes. Perhaps, you can have a bouquet of flowers and put them in a stylish vase.
  1. Plant succulents

Aside from the flowers that you can have at home, you can also have succulents. It doesn't just look good on your apartments pace, but it is also beneficial to your health. Moreover, you definitely would want to have one in your home since it is pretty cheap, fun to put together, and it is also an adorable way to get some low-maintenance green outdoors.
  1. Find local produce

If you think that the things in your apartment are the only things that need a fresher look, then you better think again. This is also the time for you to go for cleaner and healthier lifestyle by buying and eating healthy foods. You can definitely check out your local farmers market or even groceries for a great deal of lovely and fresh food. Don't compromise your health with junk foods. Remember, the healthier you are, the brighter your lifestyle will be.
  1. Buy lamps or open the blinds

If you feel like your space is dark enough, then you have to purchase a lamp or open the blinds. Of course, you definitely don't want to live in a space where everything is dark, right? A good lighting is also important for you to consider to make sure that you can see clearly on the things around you. Moreover, this is also one way to protect your eyes from the dim light that you have in your apartment.
  1. Rotate your apartment's colors

One thing that can add life to your space is the choice of your color. If you have a darker shade of color at home, then you will most probably have a darker themed home design. However, if you are one of those people who wanted to brighten up their space, then you also have to make sure that you choose colors that are light. Well, you can also choose pastel color to have some accent on each of the design in your room.

Home Improvement 101: How to Shop the Right Furniture Online

One of the reasons I became a designer in the first place was because I love collecting and then putting it all together. But when you're designing your own house, one of the hardest things to do is finish it. Because you're always finding and adding your next favorite thing." - Suzanne Kasler
Although there are hundreds to thousands of online shops, that doesn't guarantee that you can get the right furniture for you. You can find furniture with a cheap and affordable price. Who would not be tempted to buy such, right? And if you are not careful on what you are buying, then this may lead to regretting your decisions later on. Whether you are renting a place in a condo for rent in Makati or any condominiums, you definitely don't want to fall into that kind of scheme, right?
For you to avoid such unwanted situations, below are some ideas you can get on how to shop home furniture online successfully for a beautiful interior design.

How do I know it will fit?

You will not know what size of your furniture you need to purchase when you don't even know the measurements of your home. If you are planning to put your furniture in your living room, then you have to determine the measurements of the space provided before you will know how big or small should you purchase. Knowing the measurements ahead is easier and faster when deciding what furniture you need to buy in your living room.

Affordable prices

This is one of the many things most homeowners tend to consider first. Yes, cheap and affordable prices may be a temptation especially when your money is budgeted. But don't be fooled by the price, some of them may have a little damaged that is why they sell it to you at a lower price. Moreover, there is also furniture that is too expensive, yet they are not worth the purchase. That simply means, before you jump to any decisions, you have to double check and make sure that the furniture that you choose is durable enough for a long term use. And if not, then you have to find other furniture that would match your lifestyle.

How will it look close-up

When choosing furniture, there will always be a risk when you don't know what it looks like up close. Who knows? Pictures can also be deceiving. Moreover, photographers also know who to do the angling of the photo to make it look good online. And if you want to make sure that you will be a buying the furniture that you want, then you have to find or ask another photo for you to know how it will look like when it's close-up.

Is assembly required?

Before you decide to purchase a particular furniture online, you have to know if that particular furniture needs to be assembled. If so, then you should also make sure if they offer personnel that would help when it comes to the installation of the furniture. Additionally, you should also be keen when it comes to the parts of the furniture. If there are small pieces that are lost, then you might not get the desired outcome when the assembled furniture is complete.
Choosing the right furniture for your home online is not that hard as you think it is. Yes, you may find a lot of furniture online. But before you decide to purchase one, then you have to make up your mind and ensure that you will not regret the decisions you make later on. Again, online shopping may be a convenient way to shop, but you also have to make sure not to be deceived by any prices or looks of it.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Top 3 Relationship Goals Realtors Should Have with Clients

If there is one ingredient for a relationship to work out, that is when both parties understand each other.  Well, if you don't want to disappoint with one another, you both have to work out the things that make the relationship last. It is no different with the relationship between the realtors and the clients. Especially when a client wants to invest in a condo in Manila, there must be a good rapport to make the investment success.

If you want to have a good outcome of the investments, then you should possess the right attitude. It is just a matter of how you approach and handle the situations. Well, if you have the right character, then there would be room for a relationship to work out. Below are some of the relationship goals, you might want to try to achieve with your clients.

1. Maintain clear and constant communication

If you are serious about making the investment success, then you all have the right to have a clear and constant communication with your client. Of course, who would not want to take it seriously if you are serious about making it work?! However, having and maintaining a clear and constant communication with the client can also be demanding and daunting. There are times that your schedules would not match with each other. That is why it is important for you to make some adjustments.

As a realtor, you have to adjust in a way that both of you can make room for discussions about the things that you want to achieve. It is important for you to know and understand the concerns of your clients to have a clear and smooth process of investing. Also, you have to respect the client's way of communicating. If your client wants and prefers to discuss the real estate transaction in personal, for example, then as much as possible, don't discuss the things through the phone. When you do, you might disappoint your client, and you don't want that to happen. Right?

2. Anticipating clients' wants and needs

If you want to make your clients be impressed with your service, then try to anticipate their wants and needs. Of course, it is not an easy task to do, especially when you have a client who is not certain about what things he/she wants to have. However, if you successfully anticipate their wants and needs, then it is easier for you to have a good understanding with each other.

As a client, I would be amazed how a realtor easily grasps the things that I want to have. Knowing what interest your clients' the most would definitely be an advantage for you to know what are the things that they might also like and want to have. Anticipating your clients' want and needs is not just about impressing them, it is also one way to make the deal done with no complications in the process of investments.

3. Deliver appropriate services and tools

Have you ever be confused on what kind of services are you going to offer to your clients? Have you ever tried giving them the things that don't even fit with their needs? Well, you will experience that kind of situation when you don't have the right and appropriate services and tools that are intended for them and fit their needs.

Strategically, when you have the right tools and services for your clients, it will help you make your work easier and convenient since you know what kind of services that would match with the needs of your clients. You need not panic when it comes to presenting and offering them the things that interest them since you know that what you offer would be to their advantage, and that leads them to engage and pursue with their investments with you.

Also, it doesn't just be to your advantage, but it will also be to the advantage of your client since they will get what they want and need. Giving them the right services and tools would be much easier for them to choose their ideal place to live.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

How Successful Homeowners Organized Things At Home

"Organizing is what you do before you do something so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up." – A.A Milne

Ok, let's just face the fact that we can't always be organized on the things we do, especially when you are a busy person. We tend to put our things here and there without realizing that it is going to be a mess on our home when we don't attend to it immediately. Of course, it is undeniable that there are just times that we tend to clutter. Whether you are living in Condo in Manila or any real estate property in the Philippines, there is no reason for you not to organize your things at home.

However, if you are one of those homeowners who is just having a hard time considering how busy and hectic your schedules are, then below are some things most organized homeowners do to make their home neat and clean.

They try not to own more than one of something

Having a lot of things may be good at some point, but there will also be a downfall when you try to own more than one of something. When you do, you are collecting things without even realizing that you already have plenty of them. Moreover, if you are not a kind of person who usually put things immediately in its proper places, then this might be a mess on your home.

Well, if you are one of those people who just love to collect things, then you have to make sure that you have storage that is intended for that particular thing. If not, then this is going to be a mess if you don't know how to put those things in their proper places.

They know that everything has its spot to be put away

When it comes to your stuff, you have to make sure that you have a proper storage to it. If you have so many clothes, then you need to put it in your closet and not just anywhere in your house. Moreover, if you have a habit of putting things immediately on its proper places, there will be lesser chance that you will have the need to worry about the mess that you have made.

All you need to do is provide storages for your belongings. When that particular thing has its storage, then it is much easier to put them back to its proper place immediately.

They don't buy things if they don't need it

There are just times that we are tempted to buy things – just random things that we see at the mall. But before deciding to buy that particular thing, you better think again and again if it's worth your money or not. If you think that that particular thing is useful then go ahead and buy it. If it's not, then skip that thought and go on with the things you need to buy.

Moreover, if you can't think of a place where you should put it, that would only mean that it is not that necessary for you. If you still do, then it will only just add up the clutter. And I'm sure you don't want to clean themes all the time in your home, right? That is why there is a need for you to think before you buy it.

If they don't use it (or like it), they lose it

What's the use of keeping that particular thing when you don't like it in the first place? Right? If you want to de-clutter, you have to make sure that you are not keeping things that are not useful to you anymore.  And if you don't want to throw it all away, then you can perhaps give it to the person who likes it or can still be of use to them.

You will know which of your things are not that useful to you since you don't use it regularly, and you just ignore that particular thing. And if you don't throw it away, then this is also one of the reasons why there are so many dust on your home.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Home Decorating 101: Simple Tips For Transforming a Dull Wall

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Whether you realize it or not, there will always be a beauty in a big blank and clean wall. Agree? Of course, this is the time when you can actively and creatively imagine what things to put to fill in your big empty wall. For some, this is one of the common problems they faced especially when they don't know anything about decorating at all. However, when you know what you are going to do with your wall, then a wall décor challenge is just a piece of cake.

Basically, it doesn't matter where you live. Whether you live in any of the most prestigious Nuvali homes or any other properties, decorating your wall is now within your reach. There are actually plenty of options you can do with your wall. Of course, it will always be an up to you on what décor you want to have that fits on your wall. To give you an idea, then below are some simple and doable examples you can apply.

The gallery wall

If you are a kind of person who likes to take pictures or paintings, then the gallery wall might suit your taste. You can have your wall combined with your photos and paintings with different sizes and color and/or framed or unframed artwork. You can also fill your wall with textiles and other wall decals. Of course, it is also important for you to consider mix matching your decals on the paintings of your wall. Make sure that the color and shapes, sizes can go along with your wall.

If you are not sure about the color combinations, then you can go neutral yet bold, sophisticated and creative in many ways

Statement art

Aside from the pictures and paintings, you can also have statement art on your wall.  Installing a striking piece of statement art can definitely be eye-catching to the viewers. Moreover, isn't it nice to wake up in the morning with a piece of interesting piece of art on your wall?  Well, hanging one or two statement arts on your wall would be enough.

Build a bookshelf

If you have a lot of things or books yet you don't have enough space in your home, then you might want to have a bookshelf installed on your wall. Instead of having or putting decorations, make the bookshelf as part of the decorations you have on your wall. With that, you're not just saving up more space but also, you just made an excellent and stylish way to have a bookshelf.

Installation of bookshelf may be hard on your part. Of course, you also have to make sure that the shelves are properly installed on the wall to have a safe and durable base.

Wall coverings

One of the struggles most homeowners have is that they don't have anything to decorate at all. Perhaps, they are one of those homeowners who invest in a property with no furniture to fill the empty spaces yet. Well, you can go with wall coverings or wallpapers. Fret not! Wallpapers are easy to install on your walls. You just have to make sure that there will be no lumps on the surface. There are a lot of styles when it comes to wallpapers.  And it will always be up to you on what style of wallpaper you want to use.

Well, if you are one of those people who is trying to decorate their big empty wall, it would be easier if you know what you really want to do with your wall. Just make sure that you love what you do for as not to have some regrets later on.

Home Investment 101: 4 Peet Peeves Home Buyers Should Avoid

Home selling is one of the common investments most people do. Agree? Yes, since buying a property in High Park or any other properties in the Philippines is also an investment in the future. That is why, if you have just noticed, more and more people are now into real estate investing. Who knows, you can be one of them too.

However, one of the reasons why most homeowners would decline your offer is because you have some issues that you fail to oversee and fix. Of course, homebuyers are also keen when it comes to those matters. Well, to give you an idea, below are the reasons as to why your home isn't selling.

Overpricing the home

When selling a property, always remember that home buyer would overlook an overpriced home. And if you tend to raise the value of your home, it would most likely take you some years before you can successfully sell your home. Of course, who would want to invest in an overpriced home when they can have a property that is affordable enough for them to have without compromising the quality of the place.

Moreover, you have to know that even rich home buyers would also overlook a property that is too expensive without any assurance that they can have what they want. Of course, the value or the price of your home is one of the deciding factors of most homebuyers. That is why you also have to be careful when it comes to deciding on what price your property should have.

Failing to prepare the home before listing

Never list your home online if there are still a lot of home repairs or renovations that you need to do. Well, talking about cleaning, decluttering, repairing, decorating, and other things you need to do to beautify your home. When you don't care about all these things, this can turn-off homebuyers and would decline your offer without any hesitations at all.

The beauty of your property is one of the main factors why home buyers would choose your home. That means the interior and exterior design of your home would matter when selling your home. And when you have such beauty on your home, homebuyers would line up for that.

Not being accommodating for showings

If you want to sell your home, you have to expect that there would be time where you would show your property to your potential homebuyer. And if you are not that accommodating and approachable enough with your clients, they would not like to continue investing in your property. Of course, there are a lot of home sellers who are willing to show their homes.

Additionally, showing your actual home to home buyers can also be one of the deciding factors for them. If they like what they see, then they will most likely invest in your property. But if not, then think about what other things that you miss or fail to see. With that on, you will have an idea on what and what needs to be done to make homebuyers like your property.

Covering up potential issues

This is one of the reasons why home buyers would back out from your offer. People naturally don't like secrets especially when they know they can be involved with that matter. How much more when you deal with home investors? Covering up potential issues such as bad odors, bad foundation, no facilities that can be of use, and other major or minor defect found at the property would cost you a big mistake.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Must-have Home Accessories this Summer Season

The summer season is coming close, and lots of locals and foreign visitors have now started to plan out their itinerary for a family or group vacation.

Famous hot spots like Pampanga Philippines are among the locations that are expected to house lots of visitors this year. If you've had enough trips and vacations for the past months and would prefer staying at home or within your locality this summer, then a home redecoration must be in place.

Considering the heat and the drastic change in Philippines' weather, it's crucial that you choose appropriate tools and accessories to perfect your redesign. Below are some ideas to spice up your personal interior with practical and good-looking décor.

Low tables and floor pillows

Summer is an excellent season to go on picnics to parks and hang out with friends. It's a beautiful season to visit the beach, eat good food and enjoy afternoon or night parties. Most people want to spend it outside, but if you'll be surprised by just how nice it would be to hold a picnic from the comforts of your home.

All it takes is a creative twist in redecorating a vacant area and making it look more cozy and friendly for your indoor entertainment. Combine bright colors like red and white to strengthen the festive atmosphere and keep you and your guest's party mindset intact.

Organic decorations like succulents

Natural living has always been encouraged as it gives off a healthier appeal. Perfect the summery look of your tabletops by adding succulents placed on bright or personalized pots. These plants only require minimum care so maintenance shouldn't be a problem.

Scented displays

Smell contributes a lot to the ambiance of a place, and there are tons of options to choose from. This summer, fresh scents like ocean breeze or cucumber-melon are favorite additions to create a refreshing appeal for your interior. You may place it on living room tabletops or your bedside table.

Colorful art pieces

Darker shades may be your fave, but shifting to brighter hues this summer season may just be the fresh look you're seeking to make the best out of the summer season this 2017. If you have a massive gray wall at home, why not buy paintings or portraits with vibrant designs and use them to occupy most of the gray space.

Colorful art pieces need not be expensive. You may purchase from online shops offering down prices or from your local bargain stores.

Bright, floral fabrics

Your bedroom is your most precious private quarters, and it might be your best hideout too away from the summer heat and typical city bustle this season. Make it even more personal by using bright, floral fabrics on your bed covers, pillow covers, and even curtains. To highlight these stunning designs, try keeping neutral colors for the walls and strike a balance between the elements added in your room.

Go casual on utensils

Enjoying refreshing beverages is one of the top things you can do with friends and family members, and making the experience even more classy is possible by using attractive utensils in serving those cold drinks. Try using a beautiful glassware with matching silver tray. A glass pitcher will also be an attractive addition to your kitchen collection.

Home design can change depending on occasion, season and preference. For those who plan on spending a lot of time at home, then enhancing the looks of your place can improve your overall experience. Buying home accessories is entirely your preference, but you should also think of how practical they would be once you use them this summer when the heat is at its peak.

Redesign your interior and enjoy summer at home!  

Friday, February 17, 2017

5 Simple Tricks For a Bedroom Makeover

"My bedroom is my sanctuary. It's like a refuge, and it's where I do a fair amount of designing – at least conceptually, if not literally." – Vera Wang

Whether you are aware of it or not, a happy and productive life starts in your bedroom? Perhaps, as a kid, you may not care about how messy your room can get. As you grow older, you'll realize that having a sleep sanctuary is essential to living a better life. After all, your bedroom is where you begin and conclude every single day. Keeping your room clean, tidy, and organized would make a sleep sanctuary. Whether you're living in a real estate Cebu, there's no reason for you not to have a charming bedroom.
So, to give you an idea, we list down some simple tricks for you on how to make your room a sleep sanctuary. Here's how:
1. Start an idea book and create a floor plan
To create a view room, you need to have an inspiration on what you want to have or do with your room. Perhaps, you can gather some inspirational images and collect the best in an idea book. By getting some inspiration from different images, you will eventually know what you want to do. And once you have the general view of your design, you can now start arranging or renovating your room. Moreover, having an inspiration will help you choose which design will suit your taste and for your bedroom.
2. Decide which furniture to keep
Bedroom makeover would also mean deciding which furniture you have in your room to keep. Of course, you are not going to put all your furnishings in one place. Right? This will only make the room look congested. That is why it is necessary for you o know what furniture is best for your room. Moreover, before you buy anything new, consider updating your existing furniture with fresh paint or knobs. With this, you are not just saving a lot of money, but you are also saving some space for your room.
3. Shop for new items
If you do not have any old furniture that you can reuse or recycle, you can look for fresh and new pieces that can be used in your room. Moreover, you can have small side tables, cushions, throw blankets, lamps, and small-scale armchairs to add a welcoming ambiance whenever you come into your room.
4. Try a small DIY project
An excellent way to decorate your home is to make it personal. That means, incorporating creativeness in your project would make a great room. Perhaps, you can have some old things that you might want to recycle and make it into something useful for your room. Give it a touch of your personality. With this, you can do the things that are on your mind.
5. Think about color and lighting
When it comes to bedroom makeover, you do not just think about its design but also its color and light. Whether you realize it or not, these will give your room an in-depth. But before you decide to buy paint enough for the whole room, you can use extra-large paint swatches or get sample-size amounts to trying out colors directly on the wall to prevent any costly mistakes. Moreover, the right lighting can instantly make the biggest change in your room. That means, you also have to be mindful when choosing the right lighting fixtures that will look good in your room. Perhaps, you can add some ambiance with cafe lights strung across the ceiling, and install some dimmer switch for an overhead fixture.