Friday, December 2, 2016

Top 5 Exciting Things To Do While Spending a Weekend At Home



Well, there is nothing more enjoyable than spending your weekend with families and friends in places where you can have fun. And aside from going and traveling from places to places to have a good spot for us to unwind, staying at home in a condo in Taguig can also make us feel calm and relax.
Of course, doing nothing is a no-no. There are also things that you can do to stay fit and be productive throughout the entire summer session. And if you feel bored just by doing nothing, then here are some tips on the things that you can do to while in your house.

Do what you love

There are a lot of things that we want to do during summer vacation. But when we choose to stay at home during summer, you can also have the things you love while staying at home. If you are a kind of person who wants to write, then you can practice and have your writings published in the Wattpad and other sites that welcome new writers.

You can write the things that are in your wildest imaginations and let other people read it for you. In that way, your writing skill will be enhanced by practicing and writing every day.

Movie marathon

Sometimes, staying up late can also be fun, especially when you do a movie marathon and watch your favorite movie of the year. Or a series for you to have a lot of fun while watching it.
Just make sure that you choose the right genre to watch for you to be satisfied in the outcomes of the movie.

Staying fit

If you are a kind of person who has concerns about how they look, you can try some exercises. Doing yoga or Zumba for example, are the things you can do to stay fit. And if you have a gym in your community, then you can join the group or the other people who are also into exercising to have a body fit.

Through it, not just you will gain your desired body figure; you can also have friends within your community. Knowing each other through in the gym can never be this satisfying when you know that you have someone to talk to while doing some exercises.

Be a good cook

If you want to harness your cooking skills, then it is the best time to try cooking or baking. Know what taste that is good enough for us to be able to eat it. You can also practice food tasting. In that way, you can practice identifying good from bad tastes of food.

And if you still don't know how to cook, then this is also your best time to learn cooking while staying at home. You have to know what are the specific ingredients that are included in the particular menu, etc.

Slumber party

Well, who would not want to have your families and friends having a sleepover at your house? Having them in your house can also be a lot fun. You can enjoy and do things that you have never done before.

This is also the time when you can have your sharings on the happenings of your life, or what you are still up to for the following days that are yet to come, or even play truth or dare. With that, your summer vacation will also be a lot of fun, even if you are staying at your house.

Always remember that going to different places is not a measure of your happiness. It is a matter of how you productively and satisfyingly spend it during the weekend.

Friday, November 25, 2016

6 Useful Things Most Renters Forget to Bring When Moving In



It is undeniable that moving into your new home is stressful. Of course, talking about packing and unpacking can be a hassle thing to do, especially when you have a lot of things for your home use. Even if you rent an Davao apartments or any other apartments in the Philippines, you will always have to arrange things. And no matter how prepared you are, there will always be some things that you will most likely forget to buy. And what's more ironic? Most renters forget the useful and important ones than those things that are not.

Well, to give you an idea on what things most renters tend to forget whenever they move in, below are some of the important things that you should never forget for your home use.

1. First-aid kit

This is one of the most important things you should never forget whenever you move in. In any case, you made a cut while unpacking your stuff; it is easier for you to attend to your wound since you have the first-aid kit. It is going to be to your advantage, and it comes in handy. Of course, you should also not forget to have the necessary things or tools for your use.

2. Flashlight

Flashlights are going to be useful when it comes to brown outs. You don't want to stumble on the things you have at home since it is dark, right? Moreover, make sure that your flashlight is still working. Check the batteries whether if it is still ok or not. Well, if not, then you better change it to a new one ahead of time, so when there is some power outage, your flashlight is ready to use.

3. Fire extinguisher

Well, we just hope that there will be no fire accidents in our apartment. But for any case, it is a must for you to have some fire extinguisher ready for any case of emergency. Of course, you also have to make sure that you know how to use it.

4. Plunger

This is one of the most common things most renters tend to forget to have at their apartment. Yes, a plunger may not be an appealing item to have in your home. But when in times when you need it, you will eventually realize how important and useful it is. Plungers are used specifically to unblock toilets and sinks, as the rubber flap folds out to fit snugly into the opening at the bottom of the bowl or sink and create suction.

Always remember when buying, there are two kinds of a plunger; the cup and flange. The cup plunger is useful when your sink in the kitchen is not working at all. While a flange plunger on-hand is used for the toilets.

5. Oven mitts

To those renters who have an oven at their apartment, you have to make sure that you also have with your oven mitts. Some of you might find these not useful since there are kitchen towels or any cloth they can use. But mind you, it will lead you to nasty burns on your skin. Oven mitts are useful especially when you are a kind of person who loves to bake and some other ways of cooking. You don't want to have burned, right?

6. Salt and pepper shakers

For some renters, salt and pepper shakers are not that important for them since they can use some plastics. However, if you are a kind of person who is sophisticated enough, you want to have this in your apartment. Of course, when you have these useful things for the kitchen use, it is easier for you to use your salt and pepper without wasting it.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

The Joy of Having a Home: Quotations That Will Inspire You To Celebrate Christmas At Home


Christmas is in the air! And one thing is for sure; everyone is excited and talking about it. What gift should I give? Who are these people that expect my gift? Or even wonder about whether you'll receive a gift or not. With these in mind, it just shows that Christmas matters the most in our lives. However, did you know celebrating Christmas at home gives you joy beyond these tangible things? Whether you're living in a townhouse Manila or any real estate property in the Philippines, there's nothing more satisfying and comforting than having and celebrating Christmas at home.

Below, we list down some quotes from the different authors on how they perceive Christmas that were celebrated in their respective homes.

‘Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the love of God and family and to create memories that will last forever. Jesus is God's perfect, indescribable gift. The amazing thing is that not only are we able to receive this gift, but we are able to share it with others on Christmas and every other day of the year." – Joel Osteen

"For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good, cheer, home." – W.J Tucker

"The best of all gifst around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other." – Burton Hillis

"I send my thoughts afar, and let them paint your Christmas Day at home." – Edward Rowland Sill
‘At Christmas, all roads lead home." – Marjorie Holmes

‘Christmas is a time when you get homesick – even when you're home." – Carol Nelson
"From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other." – Emily Matthews

‘Christmas...is not an external event at all, but a piece of one's home that one carries in one's heart." – Freya Stark

‘I don't think Christmas is necessarily about things. It's about being good to one another, it's about the Christian ethic, it's about kindness." – Carrie Fisher

"My brothers and sisters, may the spirit of love which comes at Christmastime fill our homes and our lives and lingers there long after the tree is down and the lights are put away for another year." – Thomas S. Monson

"Instead of being a time of unusual behavior, Christmas is perhaps the only time in the year when people can obey their natural impulses and express their true sentiments without feeling self-conscious and, perhaps, foolish. Christmas, in short, is about the only chance a man has to be himself." – Francis C. Farley

"Christmas is the season of joy, of holiday greetings exchanged, of gift-giving, and of families united." – Norman Vincent Peale

"I have always though of Christmas time, when it has come around,as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up heart freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on their journeys." – Charles Dickens

"Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year – and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority." – W.J Cameron

"One of the most glories messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up to quickly." – Andy Rooney

"May peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!" – Author Unknown

Happy Holiday Everyone!


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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Comprehensive Checklist When Looking for a Quality Real Estate Broker

Buying a new is not just as simple as picking the unit you wish to buy and paying for it. The process involved in formally enrolling the home under your name requires lots of documents and negotiations a lot of potential homeowners may not have to time to deal with.

This is where real estate brokers come in. They’re experts in helping private individuals make their home purchase successfully.



There are lots of various housing options including leading names like Amaia homes. When looking for a reliable agent, this sample checklist could help.

Portfolio

All reliable brokers understand that many homeowners are hesitant to trust professionals to work on their house purchase. This is why they show portfolios highlighting the successful sales and negotiations they made in the past.

Before hiring someone, it’s best to first have a look at their background. Their solid experience on the actual brokerage can say a lot about their skills in helping you land the best purchase.

Range of network

Aside from their experience, contacts matter. These are the people whom they get in touch with to ask for deals, negotiate on prices and process documents.

The more connected they are with relevant professionals, the faster it is to process all the necessities for home-buying.

Local knowledge

Ideally, you must hire a professional who is highly knowledgeable about the area where you wish to settle for residence. Their familiarity of the place is a plus factor in helping you compare the pros and cons of prospect options.

Choose someone who has in-depth knowledge of the place.

Expertise in real estate purchase

Legwork such as processing of contract, money transfer and the like takes time and effort. Skilled brokers can do this on your behalf.  When choosing for a professional, make sure you have checked the person’s background in handling businesses.

Just like any fields, real estate is an independent business in itself and requires certain degree of knowledge in order to meticulously conduct every aspect without any errors. The more knowledgeable the broker is, the better.

Work ethics

Whether you like it or not, attitude matters. It’s crucial that you feel comfortable with the person you choose to work with.  

Someone who has excellent work ethics respects your timeline and is willing to adjust their own schedule to accommodate important meetings revolving around your planned purchase. More importantly, it’s also easier to trust professionals who have strong work ethics and who are committed to spending time addressing your needs as their clients.

Negotiation Skills

Brokers are known to be skilled in negotiating, working on helping you get the best value price for a property. However, not all have totally the same negotiation skills. Some are more skilled than the rest. When hiring for someone, make sure to go for those who have proven their abilities in business and have some proof to validate it.

Politeness and honesty

Lastly, consider assessing the politeness and honesty of the broker. They may be more knowledgeable about real estate, but at the end of the day, you are still the boss. You deserve the respect worthy of a client.

Besides, it’s naturally easier to deal with polite professionals compared to those who like to brag.


Hiring a professional real estate broker saves you a lot of time from having to manage all the legwork yourself. Delegate tasks and let the experts bring you the best homes in the table. With their wide knowledge about various home types, they are capable of answering your questions pertaining to the property you want to purchase.


Skim through this checklist and choose wisely! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Five Queries to Determine Your Home Wants and Needs

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It is far better to buy a wonderful property at a fair price than a fair property at a wonderful price. ~Warren Buffet

It has been said that an investment in knowledge pays the best interest. This wise adage was coined by none other than Benjamin Franklin himself, and it still rings true until today—especially when you are in the market for a real estate property.

Much of your decision would be attributed to the state of your pecuniary resources and financial capability, but knowing what you want and need in a home would undoubtedly make the search for a new home a lot less complicated. Searching for a new home would require you to contemplate over some various considerations, and it is imperative that you be incredibly precise with what these are.

Remember, identifying your particular wants and needs are paramount to finding the ideal residence. Ask yourself the five questions below before even commencing the hose-hunt to guarantee that when you do find your perfect home, it strikes the perfect balance between your wants and your needs.

1.)    Will I buy or rent? 


Before jumping the wagon and deciding to buy for yourself, take a minute if you see yourself staying in the same residence for quite a while (say some years). True enough, real estate investment may be one of the most consistent and lucrative investments there is, but you may not necessarily need a permanent home at the moment. If you are ready to establish roots with your family, then go ahead and search the market for your ideal home. Otherwise, consider the alternative and rent for the time-being.

2.)    How much space do I need? 


Do you have children? Are you living alone? Will it just be you and your wife? Do you have a big family or a small one? These are just some of the questions to ask yourself to help you determine the space you need for you and your family. Additionally, it would be wise to consider if you see your family expanding so that you can adequately prepare for that with square footage. Take note, regardless of the type of property you choose, square footage is going to cost you money so determine how much space you need and how much you can afford. The amount of space may also determine whether you should get a house and lot in Cavite, in Bacoor specifically or a 2BR condo in Quezon City.

3.)    What kind of neighborhood do I prefer?


Looking for a new home is not only constrained to two aspects that being your budget and space you need. You would also need to consider what kind of neighborhood you would like to reside in and can see yourself living in. It is a matter of preference and knowing whether you want a community in proximity to entertainment and commercial centers or do you want to live in a neighborhood that may be a bit far-flung, but is laid back and more family friendly? Knowing what these would help you narrow down your property selection and choose appropriately.


4.)    What amenities am I looking for? 


Contrary to the mistaken belief that major facilities are limited to condominium owners, most real estate developments and properties nowadays already come with an array of amenities. These would certainly help properties sell faster and would sweeten the deal for buyers. Determine what amenities you are looking for and see if those are available in your prospective neighborhood as this can be a determining or deciding factor of which property to buy.

5.)    What are the aspects I am willing to compromise on? 


Remember that, unless you have a sizable budget to accommodate all your wants and needs in a home, you are going to have to compromise on some aspects. Ask yourself how much you want to invest in a home beyond the purchase price, whether in sweat equity or monetary terms, if you cannot find what you exactly want. Take note that your needs should take precedence over your wants and know when you can appropriately compromise. This would make the entire logistics of looking for a home much easier.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Top 5 Secret Spots At Home You'd Probably Don't Know


Admittedly, we are all good at hiding. We hide some secrets from our family and friends. Perhaps, you want to hide something for them not to get mad or jealous over a simple thing; or from the potential thieves with some good sense of sight.  Whatever the reasons may be, it is undeniable that you want to hide something. Whether you live in any Amaia Home or any real estate property, there are limited spots you know. And I’m sure it is not a good spot to hide something, right?

However, if you are desperate enough to hide your things yet you don’t have any idea at all on what and where you should put those valuables, we list down below some secret spots at home you'd probably didn't know.

Closet light

If you have a closet light at home, then this is also one of the places where it can be safe to hide your valuables. Any person will not notice the things hidden inside especially when the light is on. Well, if you are willing to pay an amount of money, then you can also purchase a closet lighting without any need of wiring. With this, it will not be that obvious to any other person that you are hiding something in there.

Wall art

Just like your bedroom mirror, you can also choose to hide your valuables behind your wall art. With a flat wall surface, who would notice that there are some things hidden behind it. Well, just make sure that your wall art is not suspicious enough for a person to be curious to look what’s behind it. Moreover, the more flat it is, the more it is convincing it is.

Pantry items and cleaning supplies

Household cleaning supplies and other cleaner products are one of the safe places where you can hide your valuables. Well, if you plan to put your things inside, then make sure that it is clean enough for you to use. Moreover, choose a cleaner that it is not that useful at home. With that, it is still safe whenever someone wants to use a particular cleaner.

Closet light

If you have a closet light at home, then this is also one of the places where it can be safe to hide your valuables. Any person will not notice the things hidden inside especially when the light is on. Well, if you are willing to pay an amount of money, then you can also purchase a closet lighting without any need of wiring. With this, it will not be that obvious to any other person that you are hiding something in there.

Air vents

Air vents are not just used for bathroom or any other rooms for the circulation of air. If you are wise enough, you can install a faux air vent storage units in a hallways or even in your bathroom. With that, burglars or any other sensitive eyes will notice it. They will assume that it is one of the real vents you install for the room. Of course, who would not taught that air vents are also a good place to keep your valuables at home.

Whatever the reason you have for hiding such, then you have to make sure that you are doing the right thing when it comes to what and where you hide your things safely. These things mentioned above are just one of the many spots you can think of at home. If you are just wise and a keen observer, then you will definitely find a better place at home where you can hide confidently your valuables inside.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Tips on How to Design a Teenager's Bedroom


Admittedly, it is such a challenge on our part to design a room for teenagers. Perhaps, some of you here would rather hire an interior decorator just to meet their expectations. Of course, there are just some things that we want to include but it does not match their taste. Especially if we do not have any idea on their interests, then it would also be a frustration on our part. However, if you are a hands-on parent, then designing their room is definitely a challenge.

Whether you are living in a condo in Taguig or any other real estate property in the Philippines, you can definitely achieve a desirable outcome. And if you are one of those parents who wants to do what’s best for their sons and daughters, then you might want to refer to these tips below.

Change up the beddings

Whether you realize it or not, one of the many ways that can make a room dull and lifeless is having old and dirty beddings. Of course, who would want to stay in a room where everything is dirty. Right? That is why, you have to make sure that the beddings are washed and clean enough to use. Moreover, if you want to have a livelier room for your kids, you can have a white bedding. With this, it sets a crisp, clean tone and provides a neutral ambiance on their room.

Mix up your throw pillows

Including of throw pillows are one of the things that can add beauty to the room. Of course, with different sizes, patterns and colors, it will definitely look good on the room. Perhaps, you can have some throw pillows on your bed and on their sofa. With that, it does not just add beauty, but it also gives your kids a comfy feeling whenever they use it. However, you need to choose throw pillows that are good enough for your kids.

Add art

This is one of the things that can definitely add beauty to the room. Of course, your kids do not want to have a dull and lifeless room. Right? That is why, a piece of art would be a big help when it comes to room decorations. You can put the artwork on a wall, which will give a youthful yet sophisticated ambiance on the room. But you also have to make sure that the artwork is appealing enough to their eyes.

Add a mirror

Mirrors are one thing that most parents or guardians failed to consider. Of course, mirrors are both functional and decorative. When you include mirrors, it can add dimension to the room. Of course, you also have to choose mirrors that are stylish enough that would also match to their taste or personality. Moreover, there are mirrors that have a built-in cabinet – you can also choose such design to make use of the space on their room.

Paint

One of the most important factors when it comes to decorating a room is the paint. Of course, you should not just pick your favorite color. You also have to make sure that that particular color would match their personality. If your kids are cheerful and playful, then you also have to choose colors that are bright. Generally, the paint color will change what the settings of their room. When you have a fresh coat of paint in a vibrant color, then it would definitely be fabulous way to breathe new life into a new room.

Although there are a lot of things you need to consider when it comes to decorating the room of your sons and/or daughter, but you will definitely have the outcome that you desire. That is why, you also have to be careful on the things you should do to have a better outcome.



Friday, August 5, 2016

6 Questions To Ask When Budgeting for First Condo Expenses



While it might be true that spending more than what you can make can be fun, but at the end, it can be a regret later on. Of course, it is not fun about paying the interest on the money you have already spent. Sometimes, managing money can be overwhelming. It takes a lot of thinking before you spend your money on to something. How much more when you are planning to invest in a condo for rent in Alveo Bonifacio Global City? You need to be mindful of the things you purchased, or anything that involves money.

However, budgeting is one of the common problems for most renters. Considering that there are a lot of temptations all over the place – foods, clothes, gadgets, etc. saving might be the least thing you can ever think. As a renter, it is a must for you to save and budget your finances carefully to make sure you can pay your monthly dues. But if you do not have any idea at all on what and what not to do when it comes to budgeting, then you might want to refer to questions below:

1. How much is the rent?

One important thing you must know when it comes to renting a condo is knowing how much you should pay for the rent. If the rent of the condo is too expensive for you to afford, then you need to make some adjustments on your daily expenses.  With this, you can ensure that you can pay your monthly dues.

2. How much will your utility bill be?

Most renters will know exactly how much their utility bill will be since bills are most likely to change from month to month. But that does not mean you are not going to think about it anymore. Perhaps, you can talk with the landlord and other tenants to see how much the average utility bill will cost. Also, you can do some surveys to estimate how much your utility will be.

3. How far from work is the condo?

One big factor when it comes to budgeting is the distance of your condo to your working place. If you are a commuter, you should also know how to budget your fare in going to and from your condo. And if you have a private car, you also have to budget your money for the gasoline. With this, it gives a big impact on the money when saving or budgeting. That is why it is best to choose condos that are near your working place to save more.

4. How far from town is the condo?

Before you choose a condo unit, you have to figure out how far it is from the basic services such as the grocery store, gas station, hospital, etc. These places you may need to get to quickly especially when it comes to emergencies. Moreover, the distance of your condo to the place you want to go can also cost you time and money in gas.

5. How far is the condo from activities and places where you like to hang out?

Aside from the basic services, you also have to consider the places where you can hang out with your family and friends. Of course, there are just times you want to chill and have fun after a long and tiring day at work. However, if these places are far away from your condo, this might not be a good way to enjoy it considering the travel time.

6. How far is the condo from your friends' places?

There's nothing fun and exciting than visiting your friends' houses, right? That means, if your condo and their house are just near, then you will not have to worry about a tiring travel time. Of course, you will also not feel and look haggard especially when you are stuck in heavy traffic.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

4 Ways To Design A Teen Bedroom


As a parent or guardian, it is such a challenge on our part to design a room for teenagers. Of course, there are just some things that we want to include but it does not match their taste. Especially if we do not have any idea on their interests, then it would also be a frustration on our part. Perhaps, some of you here would rather hire an interior decorator just to meet their expectations. However, if you are a hands-on parent, then designing their room is definitely a challenge.

Whether you are living in Alveo condo Cebu or any other real estate property in the Philippines, you can definitely achieve a desirable outcome. And if you are one of those parents who wants to do what's best for their sons and daughters, then you might want to refer to these tips below.
Paint

One of the most important factors when it comes to decorating a room is the paint. Of course, you should not just pick your favorite color. You also have to make sure that that particular color would match their personality. If your kids are cheerful and playful, then you also have to choose colors that are bright. Generally, the paint color will change what the settings of their room. When you have a fresh coat of paint in a vibrant color, then it would definitely be a fabulous way to breathe new life into a new room.

1. Add art



This is one of the things that can definitely add beauty to the room. Of course, your kids do not want to have a dull and lifeless room. Right? That is why a piece of art would be a big help when it comes to room decorations. You can put the artwork on a wall, which will give a youthful yet sophisticated ambiance of the room. But you also have to make sure that the artwork is appealing enough to their eyes.

2. Change up the beddings


Whether you realize it or not, one of the many ways that can make a room dull and lifeless is having old and dirty beddings. Of course, who would want to stay in a room where everything is dirty. Right? That is why you have to make sure that the beddings are washed and clean enough to use. Moreover, if you want to have a livelier room for your kids, you can have a white bedding. With this, it sets a crisp, clean tone and provides a neutral ambiance in their room.

3. Mix up your throw pillows



Including of throw pillows are one of the things that can add beauty to the room. Of course, with different sizes, patterns, and colors, it will definitely look good in the room. Perhaps, you can have some throw pillows on your bed and on their sofa. With that, it does not just add beauty, but it also gives your kids a comfy feeling whenever they use it. However, you need to choose throw pillows that are good enough for your kids.

4. Add a mirror


Mirrors are one thing that most parents or guardians failed to consider. Of course, mirrors are both functional and decorative. When you include mirrors, it can add dimension to the room. Of course, you also have to choose mirrors that are stylish enough that would also match to their taste or personality. Moreover, there are mirrors that have a built-in cabinet – you can also choose such design to make use of the space in their room.

Although there are a lot of things you need to consider when it comes to decorating the room of your sons and/or daughter, but you will definitely have the outcome that you desire. Of course, that if you know what and what not to do when it comes to that matter. That is why you also have to be careful on the things you should do to have a better outcome.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

For Renters: Simple and Effective Tips For Down Payment

"Do not save what is lefty after spending, but spend what is left after saving."
-Warren Buffet-


Admittedly, saving is undeniably hard. Considering that there are so many things we want to buy, saving may not be our top priority. Not to mention homeowners who are having a hard time saving because of the high-cost bills. Of course, you need to think about paying such fees. Right? However, do you know that it is much easier and faster for you to pay your bills when you have some money to spare? Yes, it is understandable that we have so many things to think about such as our daily expenses, bills, and even HOA fees. But that is not enough reason not to save.

How much more if you plan to rent a property in Alveo condominium Pampanga (or any other real estate property in the Philippines)? Obviously, you cannot invest or rent if you do not have any money for the down payment. If you are thinking about renting yet you do not have any budget at all, then this is the time for you to discipline yourself when it comes to saving for such purpose. And to give you some ideas on what to do to achieve a better outcome in saving, then you might refer to these tips below.

Set a target goal

Setting your mind with a target goal is a significant factor you need and must consider. Of course, you will not be motivated and determined enough if you do not have any goals in mind. However, if you have one, then you will strive harder to reach and achieve such goal. And since you are aiming for the down payment, you have to plan out your lifestyle (or even change if necessary) to fit into your needs. You can also seek help from financial advisers. They can guide you on what you need to do especially when this is your first time in saving for the down payments.
Assess your spending habits

It is definitely tempting to lavishly spend, especially when we see our favorite men's or ladies' wear. And if you are a kind of person who tends to be tempted easily, then you have to assess your spending habits. Perhaps, you can leave your money at home for you to make sure you cannot spend on a particular thing. As goes with credits card if you use one, leave them at home. Bringing such cash or cards will give you the reason to spend on unnecessary things. And this is not a good habit if you are planning to rent a property.


Shrink your TV package

Whether you realize it or not, television packages are one of the many reasons why it is hard for you to save. I'm sure it will not hurt and kill you when you minimize the subscription on TV movie promos. Instead of watching too much TV, you can definitely shift to reading books. It does not just save you a lot of expenses, but this will also help you unleash your creative side. Of course, you can also increase your vocabulary when you read. However, if you are a type of person who really loves to watch movies, then you have to be moderate when it comes to subscribing.

Drop the gym membership

It is true that going to the gym is a big help when it comes to losing and shaping your body. However, if you intend to rent a property, you need to think about the money that you need to pay for the down payments. Instead of paying your gym membership, why don't you save it for the down payment? There are a lot of exercises at are as effective as going to gym. Perhaps, you can do some jogging, running, walking, hiking, climbing and other activities that do not involve money.

Open a high-yield savings account

This is an important thing most people failed to do. When it comes to saving, it is a big help to you when you open a high-yield savings account. Keeping your cash on wherever you go can be a dangerous thing, it will invite you to spend on the thing that you want. However, keeping your savings in a bank promotes and ensures effective savings.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

For Homeowners: How to Introduce Yourself to Your Neighbors after Moving

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If there's one thing that you need to do after moving into your new home, that would be meeting and introducing yourself to your neighbors. However, if you think that it is an easy task for you to do, then you better think again. You definitely do not want your neighbors to brand you as rude. Right?

That is why it does not matter where you live, may it be in a house and lot in Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines or any other real estate properties in the country, you should know what to do for you to effectively get to know your neighbors.

But sad to say, not all homeowners are able to achieve such outcome. Perhaps, they just do not have any idea on what and what not to do when it comes to introducing their selves to their neighbors. And if you are one of those homeowners, then you might as well refer to these tips below. Here's how:

Careful observation


It is a fact that not all neighbors are the same. Some neighbors are friendly enough to warmly welcome you to the neighbor, while others are not. There are also neighbors that you may think they are rude. But as the times goes by, you will eventually realize that they are definitely friendly.  That means, you also have to be careful when it comes to having some greetings on them. Moreover, if you find some common interest with your neighbors, it would definitely be much easier for you to approach the person.

Before go introducing yourself, careful observation is a must. But you also have to make sure not to be obvious about it or act like stalker-ish.

Take a walk


Taking a walk in your neighborhood is also one of the many ways to meet your new neighbors. Since most of them would spend their time outdoors, then this might be your chance to meet and greet with them. Or perhaps, if you have a front porch, you can definitely use it. You will eventually realize and surprised how easy it is to meet people when they approach you first. Of course, taking some walk does not just give you the chance to meet new people, but this is also one of the best times where you can tour around your neighborhood.

Moreover, make sure to spend some time outside your home after working hours or on weekends for you to meet some of your neighbors.

Make your move


Making your first move can also be challenging. Of course, there are just times that we tend to be hesitant enough to approach other people considering what they might think of us. However, do you know that this is also one of the many ways where you can have more friends out from it? Well, some of your neighbors are just shy enough to approach you. That means you have to take the first move in greeting some of your neighbors. With that, they will not be hesitant in the approach you later on.

What to say


When it comes to introducing yourself to your neighbors, you have to be careful about what you say. Well, you can have as simple as how are you and some other things that can make the atmosphere sweet enough to be friendly. Moreover, never say negative things to your neighbors that can create misunderstandings between the both of you. When you do, this is not a good way to start your life in a dispute with your neighbor.


What if you have nothing in common?



Generally, it is not that bad if you and your neighbors do not have something in common. Of course, you just have to respect their likes and dislikes in life. And if you have something that contradicts you in some other ways, you can discuss that particular matter in a polite way. With that, there will be no misunderstandings or hurt feelings between you and your neighbor.

Friday, May 27, 2016

How To Help Seniors On Moving Day



Ok, let's admit! Moving day can be stressful. There are a lot of things you need to consider for you to have an effective moving day. How much more when it comes to the seniors or elders? They will definitely find it stressful and hassle on their part. That is why you need to be gentle on them when it comes to moving out. Generally, it does not matter if you are going to move into 1016 residences or any other real estate property in the Philippines, you can have a successful moving experience.

If you are one of those homeowners who plan to move out, then you might as well consider these things below to make sure that elders are not going to be stressful and hassle on their part. Well, here is how you can support your loved ones during your move.

Downsizing help

This is one of the things you need to consider for as not be a too much hassle on the elder's side. When it comes to downsizing, you have to make sure that you all have to go all the things that are not that useful to you anymore. Keeping these things can make the packing more complicated and hassle.

Plan ahead

Moving out is one of the crucial things for you to decide. Of course, you need to know what things that might be possible to happen. Moreover, it is a must for you to inform your family members, especially with the elders that you are moving out. This issue might be big for them especially when they feel attached to their previous home.

Know how much space is in their new home

Before moving out, you have let the elders take some tour on their new home. Perhaps, make them comfortable first with the place that they are about to stay. Although there might be some adjustments that would make, but at least, they are not going to be in a state of shock once they move into their new home.

Stay realistic

This is one of the things that most homeowners fail to consider. Whether they realize it or not, they tend to make promises that their new home is going to be the best home they are going to have. Of course, some elders would also believe what homeowners would say to them. As a result, they will feel frustrated and disappointed especially when they know that all you have described are all myths. Tell them what is real and the things that are possible to happen once they move in.

Pack smartly

This is also one of the most important things homeowners should consider. If you think that there are things that are not that useful for them already, then do not include them in the packing. Make sure that the things you pack are the ones that are useful enough for you. This is to make sure that you will not be bringing unnecessary things to your soon-to-be-home.

Do not overload boxes

One of the many reasons why moving can be a hassle is that you tend to pack things excessively. If you are a kind of person who does not want any stress at all, then you have to make sure that you pack things in the right order. Moreover, you also have to make sure not to overload boxes for as not to be heavy when you carry it.

Move safely

This is one of the things you definitely need to consider. Of course, you do not want to be injured yourself while moving, right? That is why you have to make sure that you have to pack things ahead for as not to panic when it comes to the moving day. Moreover, keep hallways and pathways clear to make sure that everything and everyone will be safe when moving.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

When Moving: How To Break The News To Your Children



Moving out is a sensitive thing to discuss. Agree? How much more breaking the news to your children? Generally, kids may tend to be attached to your previous home. They may already have friends in your neighborhood, or the place has already been their comfort zone. And telling them that the family would move out can be a heartbreaking for them. Mind you, it would be difficult for them to adapt a new place especially when they are not used to transferring to another home.

However, you can definitely break the misconceptions about children not being cooperative with the move. Of course, that if you know what and what not to do when breaking the new to them. Of course, as their parents you definitely don't want to break their heart, right? no matter where you want to move in; be it in real estate in Manila or any other properties in the Philippines, there is a need for you to do some extra careful when it comes that to matter. And to give you some ideas on how you may want to refer these things below.

Tell them early

When you already have decided to move out, tell your family especially your kids early. Never tell them on the day of the move. They will definitely be hurt not knowing that you will move on that particular day. Telling them ahead of time will give them the chance to prepare themselves for the move. Perhaps, they will set their minds that sooner or later you will all move out on your previous home. At least, they will not be shock hearing the news.

Hold a family meeting

Again, moving out is a sensitive topic to be discussed among the family members. Don't just tell them without any seriousness about the news. You can hold the meeting in the living room where everybody can be around. Try to be formal and take the topic seriously. The new that they are about to hear may not be pleasing to them. There's a caveat, though, don't break the news in the restaurants, they might break into tears and would make a noise in the place.

Set ground rules

Setting ground rules is one of the things that would help the family agree on one particular thing. If there are rules, they would try their best to follow it. Well, you can write down all the rules that were agreed to make sure it will not be forgotten. Moreover, encourage your kids to suggest some rules that may have and take part in the planning process. Of course, this is also to teach your kids to be discipline wherever they are.

Remain open

As a parent, you need to be open with your kids especially when it comes to that matter. If the news made your kids upset, then let it be. Understanding their feelings is also a must for you to consider. One thing is for sure, they will get over it sooner or later. Just make sure that your kids also understand the family's situation. In this way, it may not be that difficult for them to adjust and adapt to their new home.

Be very clear that the decision is final

Upon hearing the news, you kids will most likely oppose the idea of moving out. However, you need to tell them and be clear that your decision is final. Make sure to show to your children that you stand firm on your decision to move out. Wavering on your decision or doubting will cause your kids to be sad and worry about moving out.

Reassure them

One of the most important things to make sure that everything would turn out good is to reassure your children. Tell them that there are also a lot of opportunities and friends waiting for them on their new home. Give them the positive view of moving out. Moreover,  tell them that they will also have fun and enjoy living in their new home.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Home Design: 5 Features That Make a Retirement-Friendly Home


When it comes to the design of our home, we want it to look like the way we want it to be. There are even some of us here plans to renovate their homes just like the way they imagined. Who wouldn't like that, right? But before you decide on the renovation, have you ever thought about having a feature that would make up a good place for the elderly? Or have you ever thought about whether or not, your grandpa or grandma would live comfortable with the way your home looks like? Perhaps, some of you may have said yes while others are no.

Let's admit it! Not all of us would have thought about having a retirement-friendly home, right? Obviously, one thing that would first come up into our minds when we talk about home renovations is the modern way of renovating the house. Well, modern design is not that bad at all. However, if you are living with elders, you also have to think about having a retirement-friendly home whether you are living in Amaia Scapes Bulacan or any other real estate properties in the Philippines.

But if you are one of those homeowners who just don't have any idea at all on what and what not to do when it comes to home renovations, then you might want to consider these home features that would make up a retirement-friendly home.

Open floor plans


Having an open floor plan will be much easier for the elders to navigate and walk around the house. They won't be worried about tripping off due to the things in front of them. Open floor plans will also give them enough space to move around the house. For family members, this is also one way to easily keep an eye on your elderly relatives.

Generally, removing the walls of your home is one thing that can make a retirement-friendly home. With the spaces provided, this will invite more nature light from your windows to come in and make your living space feel comfortable.

Non-slip, no-trip showers


One of the struggles most elders experience is the shower. Of course, the bathroom would definitely be slippery, especially after using it. Even if it is just a minor accident due to a slippery floor, this can lead to displaced joints, slips, and other serious injuries. I'm sure you don't want that something bad might happen to the elders, right? And God forbid! That is why it is a must for you to install floor-to-ceiling glass doors and level the bathroom floors to prevent unnecessary falls. Moreover, you can use non-slip mats, rugs, and small tools that would help the elders move without any accidents while using the bathroom.

Accessible kitchen counters


For some homeowners, just because they are tall, that doesn't mean they are also going to make high countertops. Of course, you also have to make sure that everyone can access to it, especially when it comes to the elders. Make sure that the edges of the counter are also not pointed that would lead to some accidents. Moreover, choose a home design with kitchen countertops that have the right height.

A ground floor master bedroom


When it comes to elders, you have to treat them in a gentle way. That is why having a ground floor master bedroom is one of the things you can do for them. It is expected that some of them already have arthritis, back problems, and other physical health conditions that could affect their mobility as they age. Of course, this matter should not be taken lightly. Make sure that they will not be struggling when it comes to going to and fro from their bedroom.

Lever-style doorknobs and faucets


This is also one of the many things you should consider before deciding some home renovations. Make sure that the doorknobs and faucets are easier to grab and open or close, especially when both hands are busy handling things. This is also one way to prevent them from hassles, especially for someone with shaky hands.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Simple Ways to Split the Bills with Your Roommates


Whether you like it or not, you will definitely receive monthly bills. Obviously, it is one of your obligations for you to pay. And if you are living solo, this might be a challenge for you especially when you are on a tight budget. That is why more and more people now prefer to live with a roommate. They even like it when they have a lot of roommates for them to have big saving when it comes to splitting the bills.

However, this is also one of the things why most roommates would misunderstand each other since they don't understand how and what to do when it comes to the splitting of the bills. Yes, it is not just about paying your monthly dues, you also have to make sure that you know how to divide or split the amount fairly for you to avoid any misunderstandings later on. And if you are one of those people who are living with a roommate in Park Point Residences or any other real estate properties, then you might want to refer to these tips below on how to split the bills with your roommate effectively.

Rent


When it comes to the bills, the rent is one of the top priority lists you should not take for granted. And this is also one of the things most people tend to be confused on how they are going to split the bills. For some, they would divide the rent by the number of individuals renting the place. While others, they would split the rent through the size of their rooms. If you have a bigger room, then you are going to pay more than the other. However, there are also some people who would split the bills regardless of who has the bigger space than the other. Well, it will definitely be up to you on how you decide when it comes to paying the rent.

Utilities

Obviously, you and your roommates used the same electricity every time they want to use it. Right? Of course, it is not just about the electricity but also the internet connection and other appliance you have at home. You can't basically count how much electricity you used each month unless you are keen on it. That is why they will most likely split the bills through the number of roommates they have at home.

Other shared expenses

There are actually a lot of other shared expenses you usually share at home – things such as the cleaning materials, laundry, paper products and other things that you share at home. Perhaps, one of the things most people do is to have an alternate payment of each week. For instance, you are going to pay for those things for this week, and the others are for the following week. But of course, you can also go for a fair split. Whoever will use that particular thing, then he or she will also take part when it comes to the payments of it.

Groceries

Groceries are one of the things that you should know how to split the bills with it. Of course, you don't want to have a shortage of food since you don't have any budget left for having a grocery, Right? That is why it is best for you if you know how to be keen when it comes to money budgeting. Make sure that the money that is allocated for the grocery will be enough for all of the roommates.

Keeping track of bills

This is one of the most important things for you to do – to keep track on the bills. Of course, you don't want to be shocked when it comes to receiving the monthly bills that you have to pay. Well, you can make sure through keeping the track on the previous payments that you had before. And if you think that there is something wrong with it, at least you have the proof for you to show to them.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Top 8 Things to Have When Living In a Small Condo Unit


There will always be challenges living in a condominium. Agree? And whether you like it or not, you'll realize it when you need to consider a lot of things just to fit your lifestyle. How much more when you are living in a small and unfurnished condo unit? You don't just think about being a good homeowner to your neighbour, but you also have to consider the things necessary to use and would fit in the small space available.

Generally, just because you have a small space in your condo unit, that doesn't mean you can't do anything about it, or you can't purchase anything since you have a small space. Having a good home will always depend on how good and creative are you when it comes to thinking on what and what not to do when it comes to home renovations. But let's face it! Considering our busy schedules at work or at school, we tend to settle for less. As a result, we don't feel satisfied living our life in our respective condominiums.

The most important thing when it comes to home improvement is the creativity of the homeowner. It doesn't matter if you are living in Alveo condominium in Tagaytay or any other condo units, having a good and satisfying home is within your reach. And to give you some ideas, below are the things you should have when living in a small condo unit.

1. Locks



Locks are the very important thing you should have. Of course, this is one way you can be safe living at home. Remember, you have neighbours who also live in the same community as you do. You might not know, having good locks at home will save you from any possible intrusions.

2. Fire extinguisher



Fire can spread quickly if there's no action taken immediately. And if you are concerned about possible fire incidents from your kitchen or from your neighbour, then you better have a functional fire extinguisher at home.

3. First aid kit



Whether you like it or not, there will be times accidents happen unexpectedly. You may have a cut due to a kitchen knife, or having a burn from a hot cooking oil, or having some flue. And if you have the first kit at home, you don't need to go to the nearest clinic or pharmacy just to buy the essentials that you need. Having a first aid kit hat home is handy when in times of emergencies.

 4. Basic tools



Although condominiums have a high maintenance, you still need to have the basic tools at home. Tools are important especially when you want to do some DIY projects for your home improvement or decorations. Obviously, you don't have the need to go to a maintenance personnel just to borrow their tools, right?

5. Cleaning and office supplies

When it comes to home living, it is just a norm to have cleaning materials at home. Of course, what will you use when you want to clean your home, right? Moreover, you should also not forget to have some office supplies at homes such as pens, paper, scissors and other useful things you might need later on. I'm sure you don't want to knock on your neighbour's door just to borrow some pens and papers, right? You should have your own.

6. Extension cords, adapters, and plugs



Some homeowners don't need these things since they don't have any gadgets or appliances at home. But for those homeowners who have a lot of things at home, then you definitely need to have you own extension cords, adapters, and plugs. This will help accommodate all of your appliances and any other gadgets.

7. Sofa-bed


The sofa-bed is best when you want to save a lot of space at home. This is also useful especially when you have a guest who wants to spend a night on your condo unit. it doesn't just give you a soft and comfy sofa, but also a good bed.

8. LED Lights



As we all know there are actually different kinds of lights, and LED lights are one of those. However, using of LED lights for your home can save a lot of your electricity bills. Moreover, it doesn't just save you a lot, but it will also improve the brightness and the spaciousness of a condo.


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