Friday, December 2, 2016

Top 5 Lies You've Been Telling Yourself About Home Renovations

Ok, let's face it! Some of you here might think that renovations is not that important at all and will only cost you a lot. Of course, it will if you don't know anything about renovations and all. However, if you just know the basics of what's and what's not to do, then you might avoid major and costly mistakes in renovating your home.

Sad to say, some homeowners believe on lies about home renovations. That is why, they are committing costly mistakes, which they have regretted it. Well, if you are one of those homeowners who are planning to do some renovations, then you might as well know the lies about most homeowners believe – which you shouldn't. It does not matter if you are living in a real estate Makati, or any real estate property in the Philippines, then there is no reason for you not to have a desirable outcome.

Reusing material is a no-no

It's the opposite instead. If you have a lot of materials left from the previous renovations that you have, you can reuse it. It is not true that it will cost you a lot more. In fact, this is one of the many ways you can save your budget for the next renovations you have at home. Well, you just have to make sure that the materials you use are still good and durable enough for your home. If not, then you better find another one that can be still of use.

Improvements always pay off

This is one of the common misconceptions of most homeowners. They always think that whenever they renovate, they will always have something in return. Sad to say, it is always not the case. Home renovations may not pay you off. That is why, before you decide to have some renovations on your home, you have to be sure that you won't regret your decisions later on. Moreover, if you renovate your home without any plans at all, it might commit costly mistakes. And I'm sure, you don't want that to happen, right?

You don't need any permits

If you think that renovating your home do need to have permits, then you better think again. Some properties require you to submit a particular permit before you can do the renovations. Well, if you don't know anything about it at all, then this might cause you into trouble for not following the policy of your community. Moreover, permits are there to authorize you to do the renovations for any case someone is there to ask you about it.

Good contractors are available 24 hours

This is not true. When a contractor is good enough when it comes to home renovations, you have to expect that there are also a lot of homeowners who likes to hire that particular contractor – not just you. That means they are not available anytime you want them to be. Sad to say, some homeowners fail to see that coming, that is why they tend to do a last minute bookings. As a result, the contractor that they want to hire is not available. Some of them resort to a not so good contractor, which definitely can jeopardize the quality of the renovations.

Hiring a professional is expensive

Definitely not! Of course, not all professionals have expensive fees. Some professionals offer services at an affordable price without compromising the quality of their work. Moreover, if you don't hire professionals, doing home renovations on your own may cost you more than hiring one. You are hiring a professional that can do the work faster and easier. All you have to do is expect for a better outcome.

Friday, November 25, 2016

A Friendly Reminder for Homebuyers: Things To Consider Before Buying a Condo

Hands up if you are one of the people who plan to purchase a condo for sale in Fort Bonifacio Global City! You may have heard about what and what not to do when it comes to real estate investment. But it won't hurt to refresh your mind on the crucial things you need to consider before buying a condo. Here are those:

The Accessibility

Ask this to yourself, is it convenient for me to be in that place?
Do not choose a condo that is far from your workplace, from the malls, from the markets and from the other places where you mostly go. It will be difficult for you when you want to go somewhere, especially when it is an emergency yet you are too far from the place where you need to go. You have to consider whether it is easy to go to the different places from the condo where you want to stay.
Easy transportation is also one of the things you have to consider in choosing a condo. Especially when you are a commuter, you have to know whether the transportation in going to the places from the condo is accessible and hassle-free on your part.

The environment

Ask this to yourself, do I like the settings of the condo and the people who are also living in there? Or am I safe to live in that condo?

When you think safety is compromised, don't pursue to buy that particular condo. Even though you think that you want to live in that condo because it is nice, yet you are not sure whether if it is safe for you and your families, and especially when you have kids to stay in that condo, do not compromise your safety and for them as well.

You have to consider the settings of the condo, whether the condo is properly constructed and not easily be destroy when an earthquake happens, or is it along the highway where crossing the streets is dangerous. You have to think of the safety for you and your families.

The Budget

Ask this to yourself, do I have enough money to buy a condo?

It is the right of the buyer to know the price of the condo whether they can afford it or not. If the condo you want to stay is expensive enough for you to pay, do not force yourself to buy that particular condo. Even though you have a stable job, don't be complacent since there are still a lot of things that also need to be prioritized.

You also have to consider the budget for the electricity bill, the water bill and other bills that you have to pay. You must be wise when it comes to your budget or money matters for you to avoid any problems in your future stay in the condo.

The service

Ask this to yourself, do I like the treatment they give to me to whatever I'm concern with? Or are they just treating other buyers or me like crap?

Admit it! We usually are persuaded when the agents of the condo treat us as buyers or customers in a friendly and nicely way. We like it when they are approachable whenever we need their help. Of course, who would like to be treated like crap by someone you barely know?

When you encounter or notice that the services from the agents or the personnel of the condo give to you is rude, you have to reconsider their offer on buying their condo. You don't want to be rude and create a heated argument with them in the future since you don't like the way they treat you.

Well, you can just ignore rude agents or staffs and treat them back nicely instead. That if you want to buy and live in that particular condo.

The Level of Satisfactory

Ask this to yourself, am I satisfied with the overall quality the condo have? Or am I going to be happy and feel contented if I'm going to buy that condo?

Assessing and assuring yourself whether you are satisfied or not can sometimes be critical. Sometimes, it will be your dilemma whether to pursue the buying of the condo or not. Well, it is really up to you to decide on that matter.

Also, assessing the condo from the accessibility, the price, the environment and the services they give to you as a buyer can help you decide on something for the future.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Moving to a New Home? Here's Some Housewarming Quotes To Inspire You

Moving into a new home may be one of the most exciting days one can experience. But sometimes, this can also be overwhelming. Although we may feel ecstatic about living in our new home, there are just something that would pull us back. Perhaps, it could be our neighbors who became a close friend or even a feeling of nostalgic. But whether you plan to move into Park Point Residences or any real estate property in the Philippines, you must be feeling great about moving into your new home. Here's why:

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to charity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." – Melody Beattie

"Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration." – Charles Dickens

"The ornaments of your house will be the guests who frequent it." – Author Unknown

"No man but feels more of a man in the world if he have a bit of ground that he can call his own. However, small it is on the surface, it is four thousand miles deep; and that is a very handsome property." – Charles Dudley Warner. "Preliminary," My Summer in a Garden, 1870

"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." – Robert Frost

"Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts." – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

"May the roof above us never fall in and may we good companions beneath it never fall out." – Irish Blessing

"It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home." – Author Unknown

Every house where love abides and friendship is a guest, is surely a home, and home sweet home for there the heart can rest." – Henry Van Dyke

:Any home can be a castle when the king and the queen are in love." – Author Unknown

"May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends."  - Author Unknown

"The fellow that owns his own home is always just coming out of a hardware store." – Frank Mckinney Hubbard

"A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master; and a task for life; he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his day." – Raplh Waldo Emerson

"A house that does not have one worn, comfy chair in it is soulless." – May Sarton

"A home with a loving and loyal husband and wife is the supreme setting in which children can be reared in love and righteousness and in which the spiritual and physical needs of children can be met." – David A. Bednar

"You never know what events are going to transpire to get you home." – Og Mandino

"Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You'll find what you need to furnish it – memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey." – Tad Williams

"Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were." – Author Unknown
'I am grateful for the lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and floors that need waxing because it means I have a home." – Author Unknown

"We just bought a new house, so my wife's been doing all the moving and other stuff, so I would like to go home and just sit and enjoy all that for a couple of months before I gotta start playing again." – Tom Araya

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Who To Notify When Moving Out

Moving in to a better home is inevitable. Who wouldn’t want to have a nice and satisfying home, right? That’s why we tend to move out for a better lifestyle. However, whether you decide to move in to any Arca South Taguig, there is still a need for you to notify somebody about your move. Of course, that is to avoid confusions and troubles later on.

Some of you here might not think about it, but notifying is a crucial thing for you to do. Yes, we want to have some privacy when it comes to our personal information. But at least, you should also give a heads up to the people who are important to you. If you don’t, they might have a hard time keeping in touch with you.

Well, we are not talking about notifying unknown people or strangers. Telling these people below will ensure that there will be a smooth moving process, which also prevents various hassles and problems in the long run.


If you live before in a rental home, then you also have the need to notify your landlord before moving out. Of course, you also have to know if you have some pending monthly payments which you forgot to pay. You definitely don’t want you and your landlord to settle your accounts in the court, right? Yes, there are landlords who are strict enough when it comes to the paying of bills. Well, you’re lucky if you have a landlord who tolerates with that matter.

Family and friends

I’m definitely sure your family and friends are not strangers, right? That means, you have to notify them when you move out. At least, if they are planning to visit you in your home, they know where your new home is. Tell them the right address for you them to be guided properly without any signs of being lost in the place.

Current employer

Unless you are just moving into a condo where it is near to your office, then notifying your employer about your move is a must. This is one way your boss can send relevant paper works through delivering it to your doorsteps without any hassles at all. Or if not, there are also possibilities that you need to resign since your place is way far from the office, and there’s no way you can be on time at work. At least, your employer will have an ample time finding a new person for your position.

Government agencies

This is one of the people you should never forget to notify. Of course, you definitely don’t want to have some problems when it comes to your documents, right? Moreover, if you forget to notify them, this might be the reason why you can’t have and avail advantages since you are registered in the other government agency. Make sure to tell them your full information for as not to avoid complications later on.

Financial institutions

Informing that you have a new address to your financial company that you have can save you from having problems when it comes to keeping your finances in order. You have to keep the company updated on your personal information to avoid any financial confusions later on.

Notifying these people mentioned above is one of the most important things you need to consider when moving out. Of course, this is to make sure that you will not have any problems with regards to your current address, especially when there are any important stuffs to deliver at home.

Home Design Trends Perfect for Modern Household

Designing our homes the way we want it to look like is vital in achieving that feeling of fulfillment for something we own.

This is why we hear people investing on total remodeling of their houses or installation of newer equipment and home accessories.

If you’re eyeing for a chance to recreate your personal space and make it more personal, then trying out the following trendy designs might work.

Polished stainless steel

The days of the vintage rustic woods and concrete may not be over, but they’ve certainly met their match with the more modern stainless steel designs that are becoming more popular not just around Manila properties but even on the international arena.

The design sports a modern and sleek look prominent among condo units or high-end apartments. Homeowners who wish to have the same appeal as the main motif in their property are in for a real treat.

Floral-designed couches

Before, home furniture with floral designs is only popular during summer or spring, now users are appreciating the design all-throughout the year. Some stores even offer customized designs fit for any preference.

If you fancy flowers and colorful patterns, having your own colorful couch is a good start.

Formal dining area

Who needs something formal when we can just easily combine our dining are with other rooms? Or, we can simply settle for a minimalist look.

While minimalist design has remained popular, the hype for spacious dining places is now returning. With more homeowners loving the idea of tea parties or indoor gathering, having a dining hall that could host a number of visitors with a generally attractive design is a sweetheart.

Marble accents on walls and tabletops

Stainless steels may be the top pick for a lot of modern household, but this doesn’t mean you can’t compliment it with the more classic marble highlights. When not on major areas of your house, marble remains an excellent choice when personalizing tabletops or enhancing a certain part of your wall.

Owners who wish a combined modern and classic appeal for their residence will like this added material.

Personalized kitchen combining varied elements

Kitchens are strategic areas of any home not just for those who have passion in cooking. Now, you have the option to personalize the place by combining rustic woods with stainless, marble and other elements. Aside from the unique appeal that this achieves, it also allows you to exercise a certain degree of mobility.

By combining elements, you also have the option to join cabinets and put more utensils in one place. This, in turn, helps you save some time.

Cozy living room minus the gadgets

We’re so used to having gadgets all over our place that we tend to disregard the idea of redesigning a certain part of our home in such a way that ditches off its presence.

Living rooms, which are intended to give owners solace for relaxation, could work well without the usual television or music set. Redecorating the place for the sole reason of providing a silent and serene atmosphere can do a lot of wonders to enhance your quality of rest.

Technicolor shelves

This design element is in direct contrast to the minimalist design loved by many, but this in itself also has its own allure.

Technicolor shelves are perfect for homeowner who fancy warm and flashy designs. If you have a floral-designed couch, then putting this furniture somewhere near could act as a complement.

Different homeowners have varied preference and what may look great for some may not be as appealing for you. Identify what you want to see in your home and find out which of the things we have on this list work best. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Weekends At Home: 8 Productive Things To Do at Home

Admittedly, we all wish to have a “MYSELF” day. Of course, considering that there are a lot of things that we need to do at work – not to mention the strict deadlines that you need to meet ASAP. For some people, they even work in weekends. Perhaps, they need the time for them just to meet the quota or the deadlines that the client gave to them. And because of these work-loads, we all forget that we also need to have a day for ourselves. As a result, we may not have a work-life balance. That means, we need to have to for ourselves to bring back our creative and productive side.

As much as possible, weekends should be a “ME” time. You have to do something else that you can have fun and enjoy. Of course, this is only the time where you can have a spare time for yourself. Perhaps, you can go on shopping malls and other places you want to go. But do not worry if decide to stay at home. You can still have a productive day whether you are living in Ayala land premier Cebu or any real estate property in the Philippines.

1. Read a book

One way to enjoy your weekend is to read a good book. It does not matter if you whether it's a fiction or not, reading books is a great way to be productive at home.

2. Study

As we all know, everyday is a learning experience. In addition to that, studying a specific subject will give you more knowledge on a particular thing. If there are anything that you are confused with, then studying can give you some understandings about it.

3. Write

For some people, writing can be a little challenging. Of course, you need to think about what topics to write. However, you need not to think about technical stuff. Write whatever you have in mind. In this way, you will have an idea or draft about what you want to have.

4. Sort out your clothes

If you do not have any time sorting out your clothes due to busy schedules at work, then this is your time to fix it. You can sort your clothes by colors or type. In this way, you will not have any problem about what to wear for the next day.

5. Exercise

There is nothing more satisfying than having a conditioned body. Of course, you can do some walking, running, jogging or anything that you want to do for as long as you are living in an active lifestyle. This is also one way you will get fit and healthy during weekends.

6. Cook or bake

Whether you are a chef or not, you can definitely cook your favorite meal. Fret not if you do not have any idea about the kitchen at all. There are a lot of recipes and procedures you can refer online. With this, you can learn even a single recipe for a week. Perhaps, you can make this your new hobby, and you will be amazed how you can do things on your own.

7. Meet your neighbors

One way or another, there are advantages when you go meet with your neighbors. Of course, this is also one of the many ways you can make friends with them. Being friendly with them will lets you know them better on what kind of neighbor they are to you, and you to them.

8. Order your favorite take-out food

Aside from cooking, you can also give in to your craving by ordering your favorite food. With this, you will be able to satisfy what you want to have for that day. Of course, you also have to make sure that you order healthy foods. Moreover, you can invite friends over to enjoy the foods that you have.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Invest or Pay Your Debts First?

It’s a tricky question that has been met by all sorts of varied reactions from different people. Many are attracted to the idea of making money work for them, but not everyone knows exactly where to start. The trickier thing is, one method that worked for one may not necessarily have the same benefit towards another.

This is exactly why prospect investors have to understand the nitty-gritty of what they are getting into. Otherwise, they may end up losing money than more than earning them.

In general, investing is good in increasing your financial assets even without doing anything special. However, this comes with a careful consideration as not all investment subjects may be applicable to you. Plus, there is no guarantee that you will get a decent return of investment within a specified day.

Why you should pay your debts first

Investment is a risk. It becomes even riskier when you have pending debts waiting regular payment. Experts may tell you to put some money into a venture as early as now however, you must consider the debts you ought to pay.

Being debt-free is the foundation of a safer investment procedure. Also, this reduces the hassle of having to deal with regular payment method even if you are currently pressed for budget. By taking debts out of the equation, you are providing a more comfortable financial management for yourself.

Is it okay to invest first?

 The answer is yes. If there is a huge guarantee that the ROI (return of investment) you will get from a particular investment is bigger than your expected payment for a debt, then you may use it to pay the latter. Just make sure that before agreeing on this option, you have first carefully considered all the other expenses you are expected to pay.

Dangers of investing

Just like any type of business, investing is also a gamble. There is real money in the game, but the potential of losing some also comes in the entire process. One could say that there is danger every step of the way.

The process itself does not give anyone a hundred percent guarantee that money will be returned. This is exactly the reason why experts encourage investors to do their own search of potential business arena worthy of investing upon. Few popular ventures are those involved in real estate, gaming, banking and oil mining.

Weighing the pros and cons

Every decision has its own set of positive and negative impact. Your job is to understand what these are and decide if they are worth your money.

What will you get if you proceed with the investment? How much are you likely to lose? By understanding the advantages and disadvantages of your action, you get to picture out the things you will get compared to those that you will lose. From here you can decide the most appropriate course of action.

Tapping the help of experts

Sometimes, all we need is a little bit of nudge to make one crucial decision. Same is true with investment. Given that we are talking about huge sum of financial assets in here, it’s only understandable to have some hesitations.

If you remain undecided, your best bet is to talk with financial advisors who know a lot about investment. They have been working with different companies and investors and can provide you with tips on how to make the best out of your available assets.

There’s a good deal of money involved in investment. Should you decide to jump into the trend, make sure to weigh down both the benefits and risks involved in the act beforehand. Invest wisely by being informed! 

Friday, August 5, 2016

How To Welcome a New Roommate To Your Place

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Welcoming a new roommate can be fun and exciting. Of course, you get the chance to experience a whole new personality while living under one roof. However, if you think that welcoming a new roommate is just all about the party, then you better think again. While it is true that giving a warm welcome is important, but there is more to it than what you merely believe it is. Whether you are living together in a 2BR condo unit in Cebu City or any other residential building in the Philippines, you should know how to ensure a seamless transition.

Moreover, knowing the right approach to your new roommate will give you an opportunity to establish a good rapport between you and your roommates. But if you do not have any idea at all with the right approach you should give, then you might want to try these tips below.

Be honest up front

One of the most important factors for you to able to establish a good rapport is, to be frank with them. Of course, you also have to be mindful of the things you say for as not to offend them. This is also one way to give respect to your roommates. If you are just honest with them, they will not think about negative thoughts about anything. That is why being honest is important for you to have a lasting stay in the place you are in.

Split finances fairly

When it comes to finances, it can be a crucial thing for you and your roommate. Of course, there is money involved. That is why you have to make sure to plan out what you and your roommate is paying for. Moreover, they should pay the same percentage as you have to make it fair for them. This is to ensure that there will be no problem that will arise later on.

Make a payment plan

Whether you realize it or not, making a payment plan can help you when it comes to handling or managing your budget. Of course, this is one of the many and practical ways you will know what to do with the money that you are going to spend. Moreover, you have to make sure that you all should discuss and agree on how you are going to plan out the money for a better budgeting.

Talk about sharing

Obviously, your roommate does not have any idea at all on what and what with the condo functions. That is why it is a must for you to tour them around the condo unit for them to know what to do when they need to use a particular thing. Moreover, if there are any confusions about the guidelines you have with the room sharing, then you have to explain it them apparently for a better understanding of the things that is going to happen.

Decide an end date

If the new roommate is just temporary living with you, then you also have to know what time he or she will be leaving to make sure that both of you will settle the things that need to be resolved such as paying the bills and other monthly dues. Of course, this is also one of the many ways you can ensure that your roommate with a move out without any problems with you or with the condo management at all. However, if there are circumstances you both need to settle, then try moving the date when he or she will move out.

Having a roommate is not that hard as you think it is. Of course, you just have to make sure that you both have a better understanding of the things around you. With this, you will not have any problems with your roommate.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Top 5 Proven Tips For Decorating Your Home

Admittedly, we find home decorating challenging and frustrating. Who would not? Especially when you are one of those homeowners who do not have any idea at all, then home designs may be difficult on your part. If you are not careful and creative enough, home decals may not match perfectly in your home. And I'm sure you do not want to make your home look unappealing. Right? That means you need to think and plan out before you start decorating.

Unfortunately, not all homeowners can achieve their desired outcome. Perhaps, they made a terrible mistake that caused them to do the design all over again. And mind you, committing dumb mistakes can also cost you big time. You are not just wasting your time and effort, but also with your money. It does not matter if you plan to decorate your home in Ayala Land Condominium Taguig (or any other real estate in the Philippines), having excellent home design is within your reach.

And if you are one of those homeowners who are still having a hard time dealing with what and what not to do when it comes to decorating your home, then you might as well refer to these tips below. Of course, these tips are simple yet doable enough to make it easier and faster for you to apply it to your home.

Start with your color scheme

Choosing the right color is one of the most important things for you to consider. Just because you like a particular color, that does not mean it is also going to be applicable to your home. That means you have to think carefully what color that would match perfectly in your home. Most interior designers would suggest going with neutral colors. With these colors, it will be easier for you to make some home accent and decals. Neutral colors can also make your home lighter and fresher look.

Put investment pieces front and center

Artworks and other investment pieces can add beauty to your home. But you also have to be careful on the spot you want to put them. The front and center are the usual spots for most home designers. It can make the artwork the center of attraction in your home. Moreover, these decorations will also give life to your empty and dull wall. That is why you also have to choose the right center piece.

Fake height with low furniture

If you want to make your home look big, then you can definitely create strong verticals and avoid the horizontals. Interior designers also recommend having large mirrors in your home, since it can add scale to a room. Moreover, they usually kept their furniture low-slung, so the rooms seem taller. With this, you will have an illusion of a bigger space at home.

Give window trims a splash of color

Aside from the furnishings you have at home, you should also not forget about your windows. Instead of having it the typical one, you might want to give it some twist to make it livelier to look at. Perhaps, you can give them a splash of color on your curtains or window trims. Well, just must sure that it also matches the style on your home.

Warm up a room with mirrors

Whether you realize it or not, mirrors are one big factor on home designing. Mirrored panels can be elegant. But you also have to be careful not just to slap them up. Give them life by trying a sectioned pattern in the traditional French style instead.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

7 Qualities of All Top Performing Real Estate Brokers

Owning a personal land property is a dream come true to a lot of people. But if you’re having some troubles looking for the best deals in your area, hiring a third party entity who can do the legwork for you helps.

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There are a lot of professionals who can help you locate the best real estate Cebu offers. The real challenge comes with finding a reliable agent who has the experience, connection, and attitude to deliver the best options.

To get the best estate list, better look for brokers who possess the following qualities:

Rich local knowledge

It’s a given requirement for all brokers to be highly knowledgeable when it comes to land properties that are available for sale in their area. To get the best deals, it’s best to work with those who know the locality well to give you a detailed list of properties you might be interested in.

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Wide Industry Connections

One thing that sets aside a good broker from an excellent one is the quality of network they built for the years of service to various stakeholders.  A trusted agent is one that does not only know the key personnel to contact for a potential property sale but also those who can take care of the legal matters.

Professionals who deal with land deed transfer, mortgage, tax requirements, repairs, inspection and more are only some of those who are part of their business network.


While land brokers are generally the go-to people for finding the best properties in town, their work revolves mainly on addressing client concerns. All of the best ones are those who put the interests of the client a priority.

They use their connections and technical expertise to get the job done but work according to the specifics provided by the client. A top broker is one who is also willing to educate the client to help him or her arrive at an informed choice.

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Excellent verbal communication skills

Since they work with people, it’s a given for them to have a good PR.  Clients know this by the first time they set a meeting with an agent. An approachable and well-groomed look is usually a good sign of someone who communicates really well.

Proactive and attentive to details

As top brokers, you can trust them to do much of the legwork on your behalf and present you with the best offers. They don’t just wait for their contacts to inform them of new deals. They go out there, visit actual property sites, interview owners and negotiate for you.

They are highly professional and are very keen in terms of noting down salient points that you might find interesting.

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Positive recommendations from past clients

Those on top of their league are personalities who are trusted by a lot of clients whom they worked with in the past. They are the names that often come out when you start asking for recommendations from past customers.

If you bring your search online, you will most likely find their names on real estate forums and social media sites.

Solid brokerage profile

Lastly, their actual portfolios speak for themselves. In this digital age, a lot of these professionals are now bringing their successful works through professional social media sites like LinkedIn and Twitter.  

Client recommendations, work experience, and successful brokerage deals are all laid out for you to check. Some also keep hard copies of documentation detailing the past works they dealt with.

Your dream house is just out there, waiting for you. Call the top brokers to help you scout for the best properties and lay down your specifics. At the end of the day, you’re still the boss. Seek for recommendations from other homeowners and get the best deal for sale in the market! 

Friday, May 27, 2016

5 Mistakes Landlords Make

If you think that landlords are always right, then you better think again. Just like any normal people do, landlords also commit mistakes – whether they are aware of it or not. There are actually a lot of ways on how to handle tenants effectively.  However, there are just times that some landlords tend to do things without even thinking if it is for the betterment or not. As a result, misunderstandings between the landlord and the tenant may arise. As a landlord, I'm sure you don't want to disappoint your tenant, right?

Basically, if you want to invest in an income generating property in BGC or any Ayala land properties, you have to know what and what not to do when it comes to handling tenants. Yes, as a landlord, you have the authority to make some decisions on how you want to manage the property. However, you also have to be mindful of the things that can make or break your career as a landlord. Of course, a tenant will trust a landlord when he or she is also good when it comes to the management of the property. And to give you some ideas, here are some mistakes most landlords make that you need to avoid.

1. Not running credit/background check

When it comes to choosing the right tenant, one of the many things you need and must consider is to run a credit/background check. Of course, you definitely don't want to accept someone who is not trustworthy enough, especially when it comes to the payments of their monthly dues and other fees that they need to pay. And if you do not want to have some financial problems later on, then you better have some credit check before deciding to accept that potential tenant.

2. Not counting on vacancies

As a landlord, if you are not careful when it comes to the schedules of moving in or moving out of your tenants. Usually, there will be a gap in time between the date a renter moves out and stops paying rent and the time a new renter is found and starts paying the rent. That means you have to be mindful when it comes to that matter for as not to confuse your tenants on when they would move out or move in.

3. No written rental agreement or lease

This is one of the things a landlord should never forget. Of course, every transaction that you make with your tenant must be put into writings to make sure that there is a formal deal between both parties. Moreover, the written document can also be used as a proof especially when there will be some misunderstandings that will possibly arise later on. Well, you must go over with the document to double check and remind you that there is a written agreement that he or she must follow the guidelines according to the documents.

4. Not inspecting or neglecting the property

One of the duties of the landlord is to inspect the property before a potential tenant would rent the property. However, if one failed to check the property whether there are any damages or some renovations that need to be addressed, then this might be one of the reasons why there will be misunderstandings between you as the landlord and the renter. Of course, you definitely do not want that to happen, right? That is why, before you let your tenant move in, make sure that the property is ready for occupancy already. With that, your renters would not have any problems later on.

5. Delaying legal actions/evictions

Whether you like it or not, there are just some people who tend to do things that are not that pleasing. Perhaps, your tenant damaged something important on the place, then you have to make sure that there will be an immediate action before it is too late for you to mend the damage.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Effective Way To Purchase A Condo Without Any Stress

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As we all know purchasing a property is a challenging thing to do. Obviously, you need to think and consider a lot of things to make sure that the process of the investment would be a success. And of course, we also do some extra measures just to make sure that it will all turn out the way we wanted it to be. However, not all of home investors are able to achieve a desirable outcome. Perhaps, there are things they miss to include on their plan.

Generally, real estate investment is not that hard as you think it is. Although it may be a challenge on our part, if you just know what and what not to do when it comes to real estate transaction, then it would be much easier and faster for you to make the investment. However, if you are one of those people who is planning to invest in a condo unit such as a 1BR condo in Quezon City, there are things you need to consider to prevent any unwanted situations.

Do a price check when you purchase a condo

One of the most important things you need to consider is the price of the condo. Never buy a particular unit when you know you cannot afford such property. Yes, it is undeniable that you may be tempted to purchase the property that you want. However, don't be carried away with the things you see. Before anything else, make sure that you can afford to pay the price. That is for you to prevent any financial problems later on.

Get a good real estate agent

If you are planning to invest in a property, it is a must for you to hire a professional. Although there are some of you here who have already some ideas on how the real estate transaction works, it is still a must for you to hire a real estate agent that would help you with the investments. Unfortunately, not realtors are professional enough to do the business. Some of them would trick you into something else. That is why you also have to be careful when it comes to choosing a realtor.

Check out the rules of the neighborhood association and make sure they're right for you

As a home buyer, this is also one of the things you need to consider before you decide to pursue the purchase. You have to know whether or not the rules and regulations of a particular neighborhood would also apply to you. For instance, you want to have pets at home, but your neighborhood won't allow you to have such, you don't have any choice but to abide their policies on domestic animals. However, if you really want to have pets at home, then you better find other neighborhood that would match your lifestyle.

Examine the condo complex fund and make sure there are appropriate reserves

Whether you like it or not, there are just some sellers or agents who tend to trick their clients. They tend to tell you that they need some money for the down payments. But later you realize that the money you gave was used for the renovations and other repairs for the property. Generally, the repairs and the renovations of the condo unit are on the landlord's or owner's duty. That is why it is a must for you to make sure that there are no hidden add-ons on the actual price.

Look into how good the management is at keeping up with the property

As a home buyer, you definitely don't want to live in a place where there is no proper maintenance from the owner, right? Well, it is not just about how clean it is, or how good the structure of the property is. It is also about how they implement rules and regulations on the people living in the neighborhood. If you think that the people are disciplined enough to follow the rules, then it is a sign that it is going to be a good neighborhood for you.

Friday, May 13, 2016

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Summer Home

If you think that it is too late to buy a summer home since summer season is almost over, then you better think again. Whether you realize it or not, it is never too late to buy a summer home that you like. Of course, for as long as you are capable of purchasing one, you don't have any problem at all. And if you are planning to invest one, you might want to try properties such as house and lot in Laguna where you can have a good and satisfying stay during the rest of the summer vacation.

However, just like any other season when buying a property, there are also some important things you need to consider before you purchase one. Of course, that is to make sure that everything will be in order to avoid any headaches later one. How much more if you are a first-time buyer? Investing in a summer home is one of the investments you should not take lightly.

But if you are one of those people who don't have any idea at all on what and what not to do when it comes to real estate investments, you might want to consider these things below.


First things first, you cannot purchase a property when you don't have enough documents or requirements that would make you capable in the investment. This is also one way to prove that you are worthy enough to entrust a particular property even if it is not fully paid yet. Moreover, completing the requirements your agent or bank need you to have, can also be a solid proof in any case when problems can arise later on.

Consider you current situation

They are people who want to invest in a summer home just because they want to. Well, that may be acceptable. But if you think that you are not yet ready to invest such property and such amount, then you better think again before you decide to purchase that particular property. Always consider your current situation. Are you financially stable enough to pay the monthly dues and other fees you need to pay? Is investing in a summer home would give you some benefit considering your current situation? What will you do after the purchasing that summer home? When you know the answers to these simple questions, then you will also know whether you need to purchase a summer home or not.

Location, location, location

When it comes to finding the right property for you, one of the things you need to consider is the location. Of course, you definitely don't want to live in a place where everything is not to your advantage, right? You have to consider the lot, the waterfront, the commute – if it is accessible enough for you in going to and fro from the property, the topography. Considering these can help you decided on what and where you should find a property that best fits on your standard. And a good location would definitely be on your top priority list.

Consider your budget

Never invest in a property when you don't have any budget to start with. You definitely don't want to engage yourself with financial problems later on, right? That is why, before you decide with the real estate investments, you have to make sure that you are already stable when it comes to financial matters. Of course, buying a property is not just a onetime payment. There are also payments that need you to pay them monthly or even weekly. That means, for you to pay your bills on time, you need to be prepared financially. Well if not, then this might be one of your real estate nightmare experiences.

Good neighbors

Whether you realize it or not, there will always be an advantage when you have good neighbors. Of course, they are there to help you whenever they need some helping hands. Well, just make sure that you are also good to them for you to be treated the same as well. You will eventually realize how nice it is to have a good neighbor in your community.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

7 Mistakes You Need To Avoid When Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Painted cabinets can make your kitchen look attractive. It gives a bright and lovely feeling when colors match the kitchen stuff. However, not matter how colorful your cabinets are, it will look unappealing when it is not properly done. Yes, painting your cabinets is not just about for the sake of having it colored. There are certain things you need to consider before you start painting. Unfortunately, not all homeowners are able to do the same. As a result, they are not satisfied with the outcome of it.

While some properties such as Amaia Scapes Bulacan may have kitchen cabinets that are already nicely painted, there are some homeowners who want some retouch on their kitchen. Perhaps, they may consider repainting their kitchen cabinets. But there are some things you need to know before you start painting in order for you to avoid costly mistakes.

1. You have unrealistic expectation

Having an amazing kitchen cabinet would definitely be nice. There are even some of us here would pursue to have their dream cabinets. But the real question is, is it properly done? How about the color combination you made for the painting? Does the color of your cabinet compliments the kitchen? These questions may be simple, but very crucial when it comes to the outcome of it. Of course, you don't want to waste a lot of money just to have your ideal kitchen cabinet yet you don't have any idea on what and what not to do to achieve such. Be realistic enough when you go painting. Remember, there is a beauty in simplicity.

2. You don't allow yourself enough time

It is understandable that we all have busy schedules. But if you want to have some new look on your kitchen cabinet, then make sure you give an ample time do to such. It is definitely not a good idea when you tend to it on a rush. Obviously, you will definitely not have a good outcome of it when it is not properly painted. If you have a free time on Saturday or Sunday, then have it allotted for beautifying your kitchen cabinets.

3. You don't clean the wood

Before you start painting, it is a must for you to clean the wood. Wipe out the dust especially within its corners. Make sure that the wood free from dust and other things that damage the beauty of the cabinet. Also, no matter how clean your kitchen is, you still have the need to clean the wood of your cabinets. However, if you tend to forget to clean the cabinet first, then this might not give a smooth outcome.

4. You don't remove the doors off and drawers.

First things first, it is a must for you to remove the doors and drawers before you start painting. Of course, how can you paint the cabinet properly when you don't even empty the drawers or cabinets? Right? But you also have to be careful when taking it off. After taking the doors off and drawers out, then remove the hardware knobs and hinges. This will give you a proper and convenient way in painting your kitchen cabinets.

5. You skip labeling where your doors, drawers, and hardware go

This is one of the common mistakes homeowners make. They tend to skip when it comes to labeling their doors, drawers, and hardware. And later on, they forget how and where their proper places are. As a result, it may be hard for them to put them all back together since there are parts that are already missing or out of place.

6. You skip sanding

Even if you have kitchen cabinets that are in perfect condition, it is still a must for you to sand them in order for the paint to stick. Of course, use sandpaper in the middle of the spectrum and give all of the surfaces a quick buffing. With that, you will have a smooth result of your painting. Moreover, just make sure that the surface would be from glossy to matte.

7. You don't prime

The outcome of your project would also depend on what kind of paint you used. Yes, it is tempting to use affordable paints. But there will always be a risk when you do. Perhaps, after three weeks or three months of having an amazing kitchen, the knots in the wood would start to bleed through your paint. That is why it is a must for you to use prime or a stain-blocking primer to have a better outcome.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Laundry Problems: How to Remove Chocolate Stains from Bed Sheets

We all love chocolates. In fact, it is one of our all-time favorite foods. However, chocolate can also be annoying especially when it gets to our bed sheets. And let's admit! Removing chocolate stains is one of the most hassle things to do when it comes to doing our laundry. Who would have fun removing such especially when the stain is stubborn? And how much more when you kids who just love to eat chocolates? Whether you like it or not, having such stains are unavoidable.

Removing chocolate stains is one of the dilemmas most homeowners or parents faced. Of course, they don't want to have a dirty bed sheet at home. Generally, removing such stains is not that hard as you think it is for as long as you know what and what not to do. And even if you are living in a condo unit Cebu, there is no reason for you not to have a clean and stain free bed sheet. However, if you are one of those homeowners who are still struggling in removing chocolate stains, then you might want to refer to these tips below.

Remove excess chocolate

One way or another, there will always be a small piece of chocolate that would probably be left on the sheet. And for you to remove such, you better use a butter knife or a spoon and get rid of the excess chocolate from the fabric. But be careful, don't use any sharp objects that could cut or damage the fabric. When removing, make sure that you don't spread the chocolate to the clean parts of the cloth. This will only make the stain even bigger.

Moreover, it will definitely be tricky to remove a chocolate stain when it is already dried and hardened onto the fabric since it can damage the fabric. When this happen, you should not scrape away or do anything but to skip to the next step.

Rinse with cold water

Cold water is a good remedy for stains. Rinse the stained cloth with cold water and allow the stains to travel back through the least amount of fabric. Although it may not remove the chocolate stain completely, but at least with this step, it will help wash away as many stains as possible without setting it permanently.

But you also have to be careful. Never use a hot or warm water to rinse a stained cloth. This will only make the stain stubborn since this will actually set the protein-based part of the stain. However, using of cold water may seem counter-productive since chocolate also has an oil-based stain component which makes it easier to remove the stains.

Rub in some liquid laundry detergent

This is one of the things that can also help the chocolate stain removed. Just gently rub the liquid detergent into the stain and allow the clothing to sit for 5 minutes. Do not rinse immediately. After sitting for 5 minutes, you can now soak the cloth in cold water for 15 more minutes. And every 3-5 minutes, rub the stained area by a hand wash. Repeat these steps until the stains can be removed. Rinse stained area completely. Take note, if you don't have a liquid detergent, you can substitute it with liquid dish soap.

Try a stain remover

If you think that the chocolate stain is really stubborn. Then you can try a stain remover or any bleach available. Treat both sides of the stained cloth so that the stain remover would penetrate fully on the stain itself. And when the stain is completely removed from the fabric, wash the sheets normally in the washing machine or through hand wash. With this, you can now dry the sheets properly.

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