10 Quotes on a Twenty-Somethings’ Journey to Finding Home

Home can mean different things. It can be a Lerato for rent condo, a suite in Holiday Inn, or a villa in Quezon City.

Whatever it is, different things make us feel that we are homeSometimes, we feel that home is where we spent our childhood. It can also be where we found our partner or where we forged friendships. But because of time and the winds of change, we are forced to leave the place we love and a new one.

If you’ve been away from home for some time and you don’t know where it is anymore, here are some quotes that describe how it feels to leave home in your twenties and come back again.

 

  1. The moment you left your humble home for a rental.

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“After you leave home, you may find yourself feeling homesick, even if you have a new home that has nicer wallpaper and a more efficient dishwasher than the home in which you grew up.” 

– Lemony Snicket

 

 

  1. When you’re denying you aren’t lonely but deep down want to come back.

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“Home is not where you live but where they understand you.” 

– Christian Morgenstern

 

  1. The inner-battle of self-sacrifice and freedom.

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“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was. Likewise, I never imagined that home might be something I would miss.”

― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

 

  1. When you decided to not return to the place where you don’t have to pay rent and mortgage because you found “home” in your significant other’s arms.

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“Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.”

― Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye

 

  1. But your relationship didn’t last long, and going home feels like the only way to ease your heartache.

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“The desire to go home is the desire to be whole, to know where you are, to be the point of intersection of all the lines drawn through all the stars, to be the constellation-maker and the center of the world, that center called love. To awaken from sleep, to rest from awakening, to tame the animal, to let the soul go wild, to shelter in darkness and blaze with light, to cease to speak and be perfectly understood.”

― Rebecca Solnit, Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics

 

  1. Fortunately, it’s perfectly fine to come back.

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“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

― Maya Angelou, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes

 

  1. Besides the hardships of being a twenty-something from career, dating to finances, don’t lose hope.

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“Home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling.”

― Cecelia Ahern, Love, Rosie

 

  1. You still have your parents, relatives and supportive friends. Chin up and live in the moment. You still have a lot of time ahead of you.

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“Well, sometimes home is a person.”

― Beth Revis, A Million Suns

 

  1. The right person will come to sweep you off your feet and accept you for who you are. This person will make a home out of nothing and will make it seem that every place, as long as you are together, is home.

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“Home is the nicest word there is.”

― Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

  1. He or she will tame your rebel heart and make you see you and your family’s worth in your life. It will make you understand what home really is.

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“I don’t care if we have our house, or a cliff ledge, or a cardboard box. Home is wherever we all are, together,”

― James Patterson

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Real Estate Investment: Three Excellent Reasons Why Your First Home Should be an Investment Property

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“I will forever believe that buying a home is a great investment. Why? Because you cannot live in a stock certificate. You cannot live in a mutual fund.” –Oprah Winfrey

Owning a home has been considered as a keystone of wealth and stability—so much so that finally purchasing your own place to live and renovate as you place has been universally recognized as a milestone. If you are on the market for your first home and are relatively young, it might be wise and more financially prudent to consider turning your first home into an investment property. While most prospective homeowners do not think of investing in real estate until they have acquired and purchased their second or third home, it is actually more financially sound if you started much sooner. Sure, in light of the recent economic climate of the Philippines, one might be skeptical of the profitability in real estate investments and might be a little hesitant in this endeavor—especially considering that this is the first home you buy.

However, to allay your fears of being unable to defray the cost of your first home, know that renting it out is an excellent option for paying it. By transforming your home into an investment property, you can effectively leverage your subpar credit and turn your responsibility into an investment. It requires a bit of shrewdness, good business acumen and a whole lot of patience. So, whether your first property is a condo unit in Verdana or elsewhere, here are excellent reasons why your first home should be an investment property:

1.) You are young

Independence can be quite the fickle thing. Sure, you feel nothing but euphoria once you have realized that you are now finally on your own and to top all that, you are still young and able. Living on your own set of rules, living wherever you want and buying whatever you want might seem like a tempting way to spend your early twenties, but it is not exactly financially sound. If you have other goals in mind, living the life can get old pretty quick—especially when you are living in a downtrodden apartment unit when you know you could do better (you just cannot afford it as you are frivolously spending your money). Cut costs and save money so that you can build credit as you will need this to qualify for a mortgage loan. When you are much older, you will have more significant obligations that would not allow you to cut costs as often as you can do so now.

2.) You will have another source of income

You might think that your salary is enough, but the extra money is always welcome right? By purchasing property that you intend on renting out, you are effectively creating another source of funds. With time and good marketing strategy, you would then be able to profit from your investments the moment you find tenants. You can then use the cash you earn in defraying other debts and bills or reinvest it in your property. Indeed, renting out your property creates positive cash flow for you, and it would always serve as a contingency whenever you do need extra funds or would lose your job.

3.) Having tenants is not so bad

Most prospective homeowners balk at the idea of turning their properties into investment ones as they are under the misguided notion that having tenants in your property would equate to stress and disarray. This is not always the case—after all, one isolated case of a nightmare tenant should not cause you to lump them all together as bad renters. You might be surprised how awesome living with a tenant can be most especially if you start establishing a friendship with them. In these cases, tenants are more likely to treat their units with better care and would even help with the maintenance and look after it whenever you are not around.

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Moving 101: Five Easy Steps for a Speedy and Safe Long Distance Move

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“Around here, we do not look backward for very long…we keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we are curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths” –Walt Disney

It is no question that the moving process can be a tad bit stressful. However, while it might be a challenging task, the prospect of integrating yourself into a new neighborhood, acclimating well to your environment and meeting neighbors can be somewhat exhilarating. This new chapter in your life marks progress yet somehow; you cannot get rid of that nagging feeling that you are venturing towards the unknown. However, if you have weighed your options and decided the move is probably a good thing then go for it, pack up and drive.

Do note however that if you are moving a to a location of significant distance whether it is from Lipa, Batangas to a condo unit in Avida Towers Centera or elsewhere, you might want to brush up on tips to expedite the trip and make it easier.

1.) Calculate the amount of cash you are going to need

If you are going to make a move yourself (and not hire a moving company to facilitate your move), you are inevitably going to need cash—lots of it. Moreover, you need to make sure that you secure more than enough of it so that you can pay not only for the gas you would need but for the food as well. Furthermore, you also need to be prepared for emergencies, so it would be best if you had extra cash as well.

2.) Have a Road-Side Assistance plan

Whenever you are attempting a long drive, it is always a good idea to have a road-side assistance contingency plan in case something untoward happens. After all, in the middle of a move, you cannot afford to have your car dying on you. Fluid leaks, busted tires, faulty engines—these are things you need to have checked before attempting that long move. However, as you cannot always prepare for every situation, it is best if you had a road-side assistance plan. It would at least put your mind at ease that you would be in safe hands if your car breaks down on the road.

3.) Download a navigating app on your phone

In this time and age, whether you are traveling a short distance or not, it is always handy to have a navigation app installed on your phone. In small distances, you would even use a navigation app to outsmart traffic, what more when you are traveling a significant distance? To ensure you do not get lost as well as take the shortest route possible, download a navigation app on your phone for good measure.

4.) Schedule a tune-up and oil change before leaving

One integral consideration you should make before your long distance move is to ensure that your car does not break down on you on the way there. In this regard, your car should be in top shape. Before going on that trip, schedule a car tune-up and oil change and have the mechanics change and check every aspect of the car from the vehicle lights down to the battery.

5.) Clean your car

You will be inevitably packing a lot of stuff for the move, so it is wise to get rid of your car’s clutter and throw anything unnecessary you might have. You need to make room for things to get rid of all the junk such as empty water bottles, drive-thru bags and the like. Finish it up by having the car washed, serviced and vacuumed at your nearest car wash shop.

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Home Maintenance: Five General Home Upkeep Tasks You Should Do Once a Year

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“A marriage is like home maintenance. When the smoke detector starts and keeps beeping without fire, you fix it. You do not buy a new house”-Author Unknown

To start the brand new year right, you might as well get started on that list of resolutions you have committed to doing all-year round. If one of the items included in your list entails doing a better job in the maintenance of your home, there is no better time to begin this task than at the start of the year. In doing so, you would be coming home to a fresh, organized and functional home all-year round. Moreover, it is that time of the year where you can expect to have an influx of clutter. After all, if you had decorated for the holiday season, there is a likely chance that you have purchased and accumulated more décor items. Furthermore, this is the time of the year where you will be entertaining fewer guests seeing as the holiday season just ended.

So, whether you are billeted in a Makati condo or elsewhere, commit to doing these home maintenance tasks once a year (preferably at the start of the year) and give yourselves and your home a fresh start for 2018:

1.) Clean your roof

A great start to having a fresh home that feels just like new is to get your roof clean. Apart from being the first observable thing your neighbors would notice, it is also one of the things your visitors will take note of when they are visiting. In this regard, you certainly would not want an unattractive roof. As cleaning the roof would not exactly be the easiest task, it is best if you took care of it at the beginning of the year. Check your roofs for algae or for any signs of disrepair and if the damage is beyond what you can manage, it is best to call in the professionals.

2.) Keep your documents sorted

If you have important files (such as deeds and titles), it is best to store them in a safe place and in an organized matter. Moreover, sensitive and personal documents such as passports, credit card statements and the like should be kept in order as well. If you have them cluttered in your study, then commit to having them organized. In this way, should you need them, you would be able to easily find them. Discard those that you do not need immediately.

3.) Clean out your drawers

Organize every drawer and shelf you have in your homes and clean every single one of them. Get rid of the unnecessary clutter and organize the things in them. If you have not gotten around to sorting the items out, it is best if you start now. Remember not to lump all kinds of items together and ensure that every shelf or drawer has a designated purpose.

4.) Service the air conditioner

There is a good and likely chance that after a year of running, your air-conditioning’s filter would probably need cleaning. If your unit is particularly old, it would be a good idea to have it fixed at least every season. Ask for the assistance of a service crew and have it cleaned and if you are quite adept at it, you may choose to clean the filters yourself. Be sure to check the drainage for any clogging and have the coils cleaning if you have the unit serviced.

5.) Inspect the fire extinguishers

If your home does not have a fire extinguisher, then it is high time that you buy one now. However, if you do already possess one, ensure that you check the fire extinguishers routinely. Check for the expiry date and if it has any war on it. Ensure that it is placed in an area that is easily accessible so that it is within reach should there be an emergency. Always remember to have your fire extinguisher checked as the last thing you would want in the event of a fire would be a faulty one.

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Home Buying: What Kind of Homebuyer are You?

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“If I were asked to name the benefit of the house, I should say the house shelters daydreaming, the house protects the dreamer, and the house allows one to dream in peace.”-Gaston Bachelard

Just as there are different types of houses, so is there a diverse set of homebuyers one would encounter in their lives—especially when you are in the real estate industry wherein you deal with these sorts of clients every single day. However, determining what kind of home buyer you are, should not be the job of your real estate agent but yours as well. After all, identifying the type of home buyer you are would significantly narrow down your options when it comes to choosing homes and would make the entire process a lot easier, simpler, more streamlined and straightforward. Furthermore, having an awareness of the sort of buyer you are would enable you to find out not only what you need and suits you, but what befits your budget as well.

So, before you zero in on a Makati Condo for sale, try to assess what kind of buyer you are first. In any case, below is a list of descriptions about homebuyers out there. Take a gander at them and see if any of them best describe you before you take that plunge in buying real estate:

1.) Move-in Ready

At a moment’s notice, you can move in. As a consequence, it is only natural for you to wish to move in as soon as possible. You are dead set on an immediate move-in—so much so that you do not really have the luxury of time to wait. In fact, you would much rather look for a home that is already built than wait several months to have it erected and built from the ground. If you find yourself relating to this kind of buyer, check full-furnished properties where all you would really need to do is move-in sans the shopping (or shipping) of furniture. Before deciding to move out, prepare a list of what you must have in your home so that have an idea where you will commence your search.

2.) Fixer-upper lover

You are the type of homeowner who has an ardent proclivity for making dilapidated properties look fresh and new again. In fact, you are never deterred by any renovation, reconstruction, and maintenance work. If anything, they challenge and motivate you to try out some new ideas. If you have a penchant for home improvement projects and find that kind of work ensnaring, then you would most likely fall for a fixer-upper kind of house. If you can relate to these, scour your location for some foreclosed properties that might appeal to you. However, do not forget to create a grand master plan to aid you in creating the final look for your home.

3.) Tiny House Hunter

You love adopting a minimalist lifestyle that you are hardly bothered by houses of diminutive size. In fact, you find them subtly charming and a lot easier to decorate and style. You do not wish to spend so much money on extra space you probably will never need and merely make do with what available space you can. Moreover, you love redecorating now and then and you find it easier to do when you are living in a tiny home. If you are this type of homebuyer, perhaps finding a studio-type condo would be your best choice. After all, you have everything you need just in a single room.

4.) Life-time Buyer

Starter homes are a thing of the past, and you no longer feel like it is something you should be investing in—especially since you are starting to grow out your family. You want a home that would last you—not only for years but until your retirement and when your hair eventually turns grey. If you are this kind of buyer, check for properties that are strategically situated near business districts, entertainment hubs and schools as well to ensure the optimal growth and development of your family.

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Home Living: Four Reasons You Need Homeowners Insurance

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“It is a privilege to wake up in this house that existed before us, and will exist after us.”-Tim Cuppett (homeowner)

Without a doubt, our homes are bastions against outward elements—a place we can call our sanctuary, if you may. It is universally considered as a protective shelter and more often than not, it is symbolic of all the years of hard work we have done in order to erect such a place. Moreover, it also happens to be one of the most significant investments we would probably make in our lives. In this regard, it would only make sense to protect it adequately and ensure that should anything untoward occur, you and your family would not be left without a roof over your head. And the best way to sufficiently protect your homes is to have it insured with homeowner’s insurance.

Yes, you might have thought that this is another recurring expense on top of the exorbitant amount you have already paid for the home itself. But the truth of the matter is, if you cannot afford home insurance then you cannot afford a home. You could never tell what might happen, and if a fire razes your homes, you would be left without a shelter and without your belongings which are a scenario rendering you close to destitute. Your home is precious, and for that reason alone you should protect it. Any damage done could leave lasting financial and emotional consequences—let home insurance mitigate it. In any case, if you have been hoping to buy a condo in Avida Towers Centera or elsewhere, it is best to review the reasons why you should insure your home:

1.) Natural disasters are a dangerous reality

Just four years ago, Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, particularly in the Visayas area. The aftermath of the hurricane left many Filipinos homeless, and as such, most of them were not able to rebuild their homes until much later. We would never know when a natural disaster could occur—whether that may be an earthquake, fire, typhoon or anything similar. Should this be the case, we should ensure that our homes are protected so as not to leave ourselves and our families homeless.

2.) Man-made risks can cause a lot of damage

Much like natural disasters, manmade risks are fortuitous events. Although you may have armed your homes to the teeth with security cameras, surveillance systems and the like, manmade risks such as thefts, terrorism, riots, arson, etc. still pose a threat to the security and protection of your home. Home insurance, albeit only some of them, provides you with the assurance that reparation would be provided should any of manmade untoward events occur. However, should your insurer not provide this benefit, you can always add an additional fee for this benefit.

3.) Everything has value

Depending on your insurer, home insurance usually provides coverage for two things: the construction of the home itself and the contents within. Unfortunately, some items might not fall into the category of essential items that would need to be insured. Many of us would have items that have sentimental value, jewelry or maybe even some art installations and paintings that might have had cost us a fortune. To ensure you have everything you wish covered, read your policy and coverage and opt for a rider or two.

4.) It gives you peace of mind

Last, but certainly not the least having insurance gives you peace of mind. In this regard, you would be able to sleep well at night knowing that should any unforeseen circumstance occur that might cause you to lose your home, you and your family will be able to ride the tide with insurance. Remember, peace of mind is priceless, and so is your home. You should regard it as more than a structure of four walls and selected paint—it is a sanctuary that cultivates relationships and offers its inhabitants utmost protection.

 

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Three Things You Wish You Knew Before Getting Your Own Rental Apartment

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“Being able to own yourself is a blessing. When dependent on other beings for survival your chances to breathe slims, own yourself.”-Author Unknown

If you have lived by yourself for a significant amount of time, there are lessons and realizations you will inevitably develop. More often than not, it is these very same insights that would make you a little warier the next time you choose a rental apartment. From predicaments with your bills to unreasonable landlords and neighbors, living in a rental unit by itself is already a host for a myriad of problems that can potentially catch you unaware. However, while there is no certain way for you to be prepared for every possible dilemma that might arise, there are a few things you might wish to know before signing your very first rental or lease contract.

Although the prospect of living by yourself for the very first time—away from family and friends can be incredibly thrilling, this rush of euphoria would not last very long—especially when you become overwhelmed by obligations and responsibilities. As the last vestiges of newfound ecstasy fade, you would soon come to heavy burden that is entailed with living alone. However, this is not to deter you—but rather to prepare you of what life is like when you are on your own. So, whether you are looking forward to being billeted in a swanky address such as Avida Asten or elsewhere, as long as you are going to be living alone here are some things you should keep in mind:

1.) You cannot pick your landlord

Regardless of what anyone says, when it comes to rental units, the most important relationship you develop is the one with your landlord. This means that you can get into a really tight snag if you have a landlord that is quite difficult to deal with. Unfortunately for you, while you might be able to select the apartment you wish to rent, the same cannot be said for the owner who is renting it to you. Should you decide to move in, you will inevitably have to deal with them. Choose wisely and carefully. Know that whatever apartment you choose, the landlord comes with it too.

2.) You cannot pick your neighbors

Much like you cannot pick your landlord, it is virtually impossible for you to be selective with your neighbors either. Regardless of whether you scout the place thoroughly and select an apartment based on the neighbors you are going to be rubbing shoulders with, you can never be meticulous enough with who they are. After all, it is not up to you who rents out the apartment but the landlord. So, if you only have a wall separating you from your neighbor, you will inevitably be subjected to the caprices of your neighbors—and the noise would be the least of your worries.

3.) Pretend you are buying a home

Apartment renters often overlook even the most significant stuff in a rental unit in their jubilation of finally finding one that caters to their need. Unfortunately, this creates a myriad of problems that the renter could have prevented just by asking in the first place. A majority of apartment renters do not even think of asking whether the water heater was replaced in the last 6-8 years if there any mold problems or when the building was re-roofed and the like. Although this queries sound like they are best asked by potential home buyers, it would not hurt to ask these things—especially if you intend on renting for a significant amount of time. If you want a unit that is in good condition, it is best if you asked questions.

 

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Buying a Condo? Here are Five Things to Consider

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“Every person who invests in well-selected real estate in a growing section of a prosperous community adopts the surest and safest method of becoming independent, for real estate is the basis of wealth.”

Condominium living has been somewhat of a trend in the Philippines wherein you can find one in almost every nook and cranny of the major cities. Indeed, there are a lot of merits to living in condominiums—especially for perpetually busy Filipinos who long for a more convenient lifestyle. After all, it is a well-known fact that condominium projects and developments pride themselves upon the expedient living they offer to their residents. Living in condos has been associated with an ease of access to most establishments, offices, and entertainment hubs. However, what encourages a prospective condominium buyer to close a deal apart from the practical lifestyle it affords? Well, for most condominium unit buyers, the price would either be a driving factor or a major concern. Unfortunately, if buying a condo unit is in your plans, this should not be the sole consideration you have to make.

A condo unit’s price, albeit a paramount consideration to most condominium buyers, should not be the only consideration. Focusing on this aspect alone might lead you to make bad investments that you would regret soon after. In any case, if you have been eyeing a condominium unit in Avida Asten or wherever, here are some of the other things you should consider:

1.) Location

What good would a condominium unit be if it is located smack dab in the middle of nowhere? If this is the case, it would likely defeat its purpose of being an alternate residency considering living on the outskirts of the city does not offer many conveniences. Apart from that, you should also consider the general safety of the area where your condo is located. Moreover, the location of your condo unit significantly affects the potential price appreciation. So, if you are looking to sell your condo anytime in the future, the location would be a pivotal aspect.

2.) Track record and reputation of the developer

Today, most condominium developers offer their condos at the pre-selling stage in order to sufficiently finance the completion of the project. If you have thought of buying a condo at its pre-selling stage, it would be best if you took a look at the reputation of the developer. This will ensure whether the finished property would be of good quality and if it would be turned over as scheduled.

3.) Parking

Contrary to what most condo buyers believe, parking lots do not come with the unit. You buy them separately, and they can be quite expensive. Condo units by themselves are already expensive, and if you added the price of a parking space with that, it could easily set you back by at least 500K pesos more. If you require parking space, then this should be a primary concern. Furthermore, parking lots appreciate in value and should you not be using them; they can be used to generate extra income.

4.) Population density and amenities sharing

One of the features a condominium has that would entice buyers to close a deal with them is their array of amenities. The more amenities a condo has, the pricier it would be. Basic amenities would include a swimming pool, function rooms, children’s playground, and the gym among others. Before deciding on which condominium to buy, you should assess whether the number of amenities offered corresponds to the price you would pay. Apart from this, you should consider if you would be able to take advantage of the facilities adequately while having to share it with a significant number of neighbors.

5.) Rules and Regulations

Not all condos have the same set of rules. For example, one condominium development might be rigidly strict about having no pets allowed in the units while there are some that can be a bit more flexible. Apart from this, some condos impose strict regulations on what you can modify and alter inside your unit. These are all things you have to consider especially if you intend on making the unit your primary residence as you have to ensure the rules imposed would sit well with you.

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