Monday, June 30, 2014

Ways to Take Care of Your Properties

Having a lot of assets and investments is such a big responsibility to deal with. And by having responsibilities, means being hands on. Most people nowadays are already devoting their time on real estate properties because of the current trend that is happening in the global market. You might have Philippine properties that needs managing. 

Taking care of your properties is not a walk in the park. Sometimes you have to deliver time and effort in order for you to maintain what belongs to you, or let us say, something that is entrusted to you. It is not easy as counting one to ten, but it can be learned and can be a habit for you to do. It is your investment that we are talking about here anyway.

Here are some suggestions for you to know how to make sure that your properties are in good hands:

Know your surroundings.

By knowing your surrounding means getting yourself cautious on the possible instances of burglary or worst-case scenarios—crimes. We need to have it secured as possible so that these adversaries would not happen. These incidents can be avoided by having security measures such as security guards, CCTV cameras around your place and knowing a nearby police headquarter, just in case.

Do not leave your valuables unattended.

A very common statement often neglected by a lot of people. And by valuables, this does not only go to individuals who have high-tech gadgets, 5-number priced bags, but also to properties such as condominium units that are on five star locations. It is important to have these possessions secured and kept-an-eyed for.

Have your placed insured.

Every owner should know about this. And it is one essential move anyone should know if you want to keep your properties safe and protected.

Keeping it clean.

Owning a property do not only need to have safety measures, but also the need of keeping it clean. Having a regular cleaning session not only maintains the orderliness of the place (say for example a condo unit you are staying in) but also gives an impression that it has been taken cared of. By upholding this trait, this also reflects on how the owner treats his or her possessions.

There are still quite a lot of methods on how you can take care of your properties and it is important to practice these measures to ensure that your assets are in good shape.

Disclaimer: All images courtesy of Google images.

The Pros and Cons of Renting a Place To Stay

Is Renting An Apartment a Good Decision?

This predicament is often understood as a money-based question since it obviously involves cash out. And perhaps, a good answer to that depends on how bad you needed a place to stay. We never know you might able to find a condo in Philippines.

Now, let us narrow down the pros and cons of renting an apartment, which might just actually give you some hint of what to decide upon.


1.    It is cheaper.

Living in an apartment is a cheaper bet than living in a high-rise condominium. You can even have the place by your own without any trouble.  Or you can even share and split the finances if you come in with some friends. It also allows you to save up on some other things you want.

2.    Maintenance is just a call away.

Some apartments are being maintained by property-owners (lucky for you if you scored one), and it is as easy as dialing the number of the maintenance person to have it fixed for you.

3.    Amenities are inclusive.

Rental apartments often come with facilities (such as a pool, a tennis court, etc.) and services (e.g. laundry services) and they are to be exhausted by you! A thing, which is good, because you will no longer have yourself looking for some of these when they at your arms reach! Some rental apartments are even furnished with appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, or even dishwashers and or dryers. Sweet!

Somehow, there are also downsides of living in and renting an apartment. Here are some of the following:

1.    Privacy is an issue.

If you are living in a rental apartment and have the cost split with a friend (for finances sake), chances are, you can be deprived of the privacy that you needed. You will share a common CR (if that is what is available in the apartment you got), a common mess hall, kitchen and where else. You are also welcomed by noise, such as the noise of your friend’s TV on the other room or the sound of him groaning while asleep.

2.     Parking space is limited.

If you happen to own a car, well, lucky for you. Or let us say you are fortunate enough to own one yet having it might give you a problem while looking for a parking space. This might be one cause for you to get irate for it can really consume your time and would have you compete with someone who is also looking for a free space. May the odds be ever in your favor.

3.    It can sometimes affect your budget.

Especially if the owner of the apartment you are staying in, decides to increase the monthly rental. This would really leave you spending more in a month (not mentioning the other bills that you are going to pay).

4.    Pets are not allowed.

Some apartment rentals or units implement no-pets-allowed policy. So it would be difficult to find a place for you and your pets, if you are living with your favorite dog or furry cats as companions. It even becomes for lonesome and boring for you.

5.    It is not permanent.

Living in a rented place can never be permanent. So it will still leave you on deciding whether buying and owning your own place is a good idea, especially if you are looking forward to long-term options such as a house and lot for you and your future family.

There you have it! These are just some simple tips you should know for yourself and by knowing these advantages and disadvantages will eventually have you thinking a couple of times on what to decide upon. Hope this has been of help and have made you do a worthwhile decision! 

Disclaimer: All images courtesy of

House Dilemma: Tips for New Families in Finding a Place to Live

Moving out is such a big decision to make especially if you are a family that is starting out and wanting a place of your own. Renting a place or buying home in Philippines can be reasonable options for you, but there are also things to consider for you to decide which is which. Of course, having enough alternatives is a major thing to put into mind.

1.     Budget. This is a major factor to consider. Basically, it is often based on how much you are earning to be able to spend for a good place to stay, which is of your own willingness to gush out funds unto, considering that you are living with your own family. You can possibly rent a place that is within your budget scope and eventually own it at some terms you and your landlady can talk out. And not mentioning the renovations that you want to improve your house, you do not want to leave yourself in debt. 

2.     Location. If you are planning to live in a condominium with your family, or buy a place at a subdivision, having a great location is such a big factor. This means the accessibility of the area is important. From hospitals, to schools, offices, to malls, and other relatively central places that are vital should be within your reach. Of course, this becomes easier if you have your own wheels. But the point is, you should be within at arms length to these places in case of emergencies and such happenings. 

3.     Safety. Another deterring factor that allows you to think twice from buying or renting a place is this. With the rampant break-ins that are happening elsewhere, it is essential to know if the place is safe or if there are security measures that are implemented around. Of course, it is essential for you to learn safety within your own house as well, but we can’t guarantee the fact that we cannot protect ourselves on our own. Look out and survey the place if it is within police headquarters, or if it has security guards around for additional home reassurance. Community check is also important to avoid such occurrences. 

4.     Kid friendly. Starting a new home means having an additional in the family. And that means, having children of your own, eventually. Like it or not, you should also consider this because kids can be too aggressive and are too furious about what is around them. It is important to know that the place you are staying in is something worthwhile and wholesome for your children. Parks can be entertaining for them or play grounds to unleash their childhood instincts. We do not want our kids to go around and play along the streets without supervision so it is important to keep them safe and be in a friendly-environment. 

These are just a few tips that are fundamental to consider and it is up to you on your end on how to explore and manage around these suggestions. Who knows, you can add this to your list of to-dos and perhaps propose some new ideas for other to learn, if you are one of those who are on the look out of finding a good place to stay.

Disclaimer: All images courtesy of