Archive | July 2015

5 SMS Mistakes Real Estate Professionals Should Stop Doing

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With these advanced technologies, communication is made better, especially with the long distance one. One way to communicate with the other people is through sending some SMS on them. Of course, with just a click away, they will definitely receive what you want to tell to them. Well, credits to these advanced gadgets.

Although most, if not all, homebuyers use the social media as primary means of communication, negotiation and deals are often done via personal messages, or in poor internet hotspots, via text messaging. However, due to the casual nature of doing and sending text messages, some real estate professionals forget to be aware of the communication etiquette when sending a text message to their clients.

Before you send your message, you also have to consider some things. You have to think before you hit the button send for as not to disappoint your clients. Well, here are some of the things that you should never do through sending some SMS to your clients.

1. Forget to introduce one’s self

There are some real estate professionals that they usually forgot to have some introductions of who they are. Even if you have introduced yourself through social media, there is still the need for you to introduce yourself again since you are communicating with your client via SMS already. Moreover, clients would definitely want to know who are they replying to. Of course, they are also careful when it comes to that matter.

2. Assuming your client understands your day

All of us have our own personal reasons whenever there are unexpected circumstances that might happen in the middle of the transaction. However, you also have to consider and know that clients don’t care on the things that you have done all throughout the entire day, for as long as you can still attend to their needs, then they will definitely be fine with that.

3. Using of abbreviations, acronyms and other text slang

Ok let’s face it. Not all of us knows and understand some of the abbreviations, acronyms and other text slang terms that are usually used today. Some of them don’t understand whether an abbreviation or an acronym is a word is simple a typo error. Also, you are doing some real estate transaction with your client, it is your duty to be and act professional towards them. And using an appropriate words for you message is one of the things a real estate professional must do.

4. Not proofreading responses

Sometimes, even if we are in a hurry in replying and/or sending our text messages to our clients, it doesn’t hurt to check your text for misspellings, incorrect word usage, or improper language. The message you will be sending will also reflect on you, of who and what kind of real estate professional are you. Also, if you are not sure whether the usage of your words are correct or not, why not try asking someone who can double check your message. With that, you will most likely not commit any offense to your clients.

5. Not being considerate when saying bad news

As a real estate professional, it is your duty to make your client feel that they need your products. That is why, it is also important for you to inform them that whenever a property that you have advertised has already been bought or reserved, you should be proactive in offering an alternative. After informing to the client that the property is already not available, as much as possible, try to be polite and tell them that you will look around for another property instead.
Even if you and your client communicate via SMS, you also have to be professional in everything you want to say to them. Don’t be too harsh. After all, if there is one thing clients remember, that is you have a great customer service.

Top 5 Real Estate Communication Barriers That Clients Hate Most

Communication is everywhere. It is the heart and soul to everything we do. People communicate to convey what he/she is trying to say. Moreover, a successful transaction of a real estate Manila depends on the communication between the realtor and the client.

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Generally, dealing with clients can also be demanding. Realtors encounter different clients in every transaction. Of course, these clients have their own way of investing. However, crucial as it may seem, there are still a lot of realtors that overlooked the needs of the clients.

Although realtors sometimes may not be able to understand the needs of the client, they still need to be professional in every approach that they make. And in order for them to build rapport, gain their trust and finally close a deal, then they must know the things that clients hate the most when it comes to communication barriers.

1.  Lacking interest with client’s needs

Clients definitely can understand that realtors are busy people. They have a lot of things to attend to aside from dealing with another real estate investment. However, realtors must treat every real estate transaction an important business agreement with the clients. You must show them that you are interested with their transaction even if you are not sure whether they will push through with the investments.

If your client noticed and/or found out that you don’t have any interest with his/her needs, they might get disappointed and find another realtor that can help with the real estate needs.

2. Lacking sufficient knowledge about the industry and projects you are offering

Lack of knowledge is a no-no for every realtor. Before you are going to meet with the needs of the client, it is a must for you know what are the dos and don’ts of a real estate transaction. Of course, you will definitely not be called a realtor when you don’t know anything about real estate.

There will always be a risk if you are going to meet with the clients without any knowledge. Not only clients will be disappointed and be dismayed but also, they might sue you for being a fraud.

3.  Using real estate jargon or sales spiel at a hurried pace

There are a lot of real estate words or jargons that regular clients can’t understand. Yes, clients may consider it for as long as you also take time to let them understand what that particular jargon means.

The tendency when you keep on using real estate jargons without even letting them know the meaning of it, it might create misunderstandings between you and the client. Moreover, realtors can’t give the specific need of the client since their client doesn’t even understand what the realtor is trying to say and/or impart to them.

4. Not focusing on what the client is saying

Not focusing on what the client is saying is definitely a no-no! This is one of the signs that you are disrespecting the right of your clients. Moreover, if you don’t focus on what they are trying to say, you cannot get the things that they need. With that, your transaction with the client might take time than the allotted time for every transactions made.

If you are serious in closing the deal in no time, then it is a must for you to listen and focus on what the client is saying. With that, it is easier for both of you to understand each other.

5. Overloading your client with too much, or too little information about a project

The information that you are going to tell your clients is a crucial thing to have. As a realtor, it is your duty and responsibility to inform your clients with the right information about the investment. However, you also have to consider the things that you need to say. You have to make sure that the things that you are trying to impart with your client are important enough for their needs.

Moreover, giving your client with too little information about the project is also a no-no. Don’t leave them hanging without any idea and let them decide on their own. Well, it is also you duty to help the clients decide on what kind of property that they are going to have.
As a realtor, if you can surpass these communication barriers, this might be a breakthrough on your career as a real estate professional.

The Qualities of an Ideal Home

A lot of you here might wonder, what makes a house a home? Or even asked, is there really a difference between a house and a home? Well, yes! I bet, most of you here might already know the answer and some are still confused. Let’s take investing in an Alveo condo Cebu, for example, there are certain qualifications before you can call it a home.

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Sometimes, you can feel that your house is just an ordinary house. Well, for some reasons, a house is just a structure or a building, while a home is where you feel like you truly belong and happy to stay in.

If you are one of those people who feels like you are just staying in a house and not a home, then here are some tips for you to know what are the qualities of an ideal home for you to live in. of course, you can also apply it on your own home.

Know the personality of your home

Every home has its own unique personality. Some homes portray a happy family, some have a professional vibe within the family and some have a simple life to live with.  The personality of your home portrays your feelings about it.

Well, if you still hasn’t find what kind of personality your home has, then you have to know what kind of personality your family has. With that, it will also determine what kind of home you are living.

A sense of place

We all know that a home is where we find a place where we truly belong. Even if homes in different places are similar in style, there must be a sense of place. With that, whenever there is someone who will visit your house, they will feel that they are also belonged even if they are visitors.

Moreover, if you feel like being disconnected from your home, you have to consider and take time to explore your area and seek out good things. With that, you will gain back the feeling and/or the sense of place or belongingness.

Setting in and getting things just right

A home is not just about the feeling or the vibes that you mostly portrayed inside and outside of your home. It is also about the things that you have included in your home as one of your furnitures. Well, if you have some antiques in your home, you are also portraying a vibe where your family likes to collect unique and antiques.

Although it doesn’t just about the things that can be seen inside your home but also, the feeling that you can experience whenever you are going to stay inside.

Clearing the air and dealing with negative mojo

If you  are a kind of person who can sense that the vibe inside your home is already not good, they it is your call to change that feeling into something that you want to feel. Also, you will know that something is not right since there is a strong effect on your feelings and/or emotions.

Of course, who would want to stay in a house where you don’t feel like staying. If you are experiencing this kind of situation, then you better make things or the vibe lighter like playing your favourite music, clean and scrub every inch of the walls and floors with a pleasant smelling cleaning product, open the window to let fresh air in, cook your favourite meal in the kitchen, paint or decorate your room the way you like it to be and/or any other things that you want to do to refresh and have a good vibe.

Making new and good memories

One of the best things that you can do to have an ideal home is for you to make more and more good and unforgettable memories inside. Well, it doesn’t have to be that much for as long as you are enjoying every moment that you are inside of your home.
Well, if you are one of those people who wish to experience an ideal home that you deserve, then you better make things right and new.

Are You Sure You Want To Sell Your Home?

We’ve all heard about buying and selling a property. There are even homebuyers who make it as one of their source of income – they invest in a particular property then sell it in a reasonable price. Well, it is also their way of earning extra money. Of course, who would not want that when it is on your advantage?

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Selling a home is not like selling your closet online. Well, if you are thinking about selling your home, there are actually a lot of things that you have to consider before deciding to sell it to a potential buyer. Of course, careful planning on what are you going to do with the property that you are about sell is also a must.

Although, you might be decided that you want to sell your property, the real question is – how ready are you to sell your home? Are there any things that you forgot to include before selling it? Well, those are some of the question that you must ask before you decide.

If you are not certain, you are not ready

As we all know that selling is not like selling your stuff online. We are talking about selling your property and it needs to have some of your time for you to think whether or not you want to pursue the selling. However, if you have a second thought on selling it, then don’t.

The tendency when you decide to sell your home without any assurances that you really want to sell it, you might regret your decision later on. Or perhaps, there might be some problems that will arise while in the process of the transactions. If you find yourself struggling with the process, don’t list your home just yet.

Once you list, the clock starts ticking

Selling your property is not that easy. Of course, as a seller, you have to wait until there will be some potential homebuyer who would like to buy your home. It may take you weeks or even months before someone will official buy your home.

Moreover, if you decide to put your property on the list, there are so many potential buyers who want to invest in your property. However, you also have to be keen in observing who is deserving to have your home.

You can plan for the market, not time the market

There are actually a lot of reasons why some homeowners wants to sell his/her property. Some of them might needed some money while some of the homeowners need to move to another home since it is far from their new work and/or school. Either way, they are still decided to sell their property to the market.

However, whatever reasons that you have, you also have to know and consider the market conditions. You have to know that not all that you want to achieve can be get through your target market. Well, not all the time that you can achieve what you want, you also have to consider what kind of property your target market would want to have and/or buy.

Real estate transactions happen all year long

As I’ve said a while ago, selling your property would take time. It can be sold in weeks, months or even years. Well, some of the most successful sales happen when the inventory is low yet there are still buyers who still want to invest.

If you really want to sell your home, you have to have a sales plan months in advance. Never list your home before you (or the home) are ready. Moreover, if you are emotionally attached to your home yet listing it at a high price or not making the necessary improvements can sabotage the ability to sell it.

If you are one of those people who want to sell their homes and/or properties, proper knowledge on how to sell a particular property to your target market is also a must. It is a big no for you to immediately sell it without any proper guidance on how the market works. Also, if you are really decided, might as will hire some real estate professionals for you to have a smooth and successful transaction in selling your home.

6 Effective Hacks to be Water-wise in your Garden

Isn’t it a nice thing to have when you have a garden in your home in Amaia steps Mandaue? Well, it doesn’t need to be that big, for as long as you have something that you can appreciate and be proud of, and gardening is one. Hands up if you are one of those people who are into gardening!

Gardening is one of the healthy habits that you can add to your lifestyle. Moreover, it doesn’t need to be burdensome on your part since you can have it as one of your hobbies. And you will definitely love and enjoy whenever you are going into it.

However, there are instances that we tend to have a waste of water whenever we are going to water the plants. Well, not anymore! With these 5 simple and effective hacks that you can apply, you don’t need to worry about the water that you are going to use.

1. Get your soil healthy

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One of the most important things to have when you are into gardening is to have a good and healthy soil. Well, that is really going to be the basic when it comes to gardening. Moreover, having a good soil can make good and healthy plants.

In order for you to have a healthy soil, you have to add some compost every time you plant something. Not only does the organic matter enrich the soil to help nutrient-intensive edibles thrive, it also helps the soil hold water better so you can water it less frequently.

2. Prevent evaporation at the surface

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In order for you to reduce the usage of water, it is important for you to prevent the evaporation at the surface of the soil. Mulching is a common way to do this. Well, you don’t need to put it every time you plant, you can have it once a year.

However, if you already see a bare soil, they can also add some of the mulch on the soil. Planting ground covers can also shade the soil and prevent evaporation immediately after watering.

3. Don’t be afraid to plant close together

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One of the common misconceptions most gardeners have is that, they don’t usually plant in a closer group since the plants might not get enough nutrients than the other. Well, fret not! Biointensive gardening and square foot gardening are great ways to make sure that you are making the best use of your space. Also, it is a good way to prevent pests from eating up your plants.

Moreover, it will be going to be easier for you when it comes to watering the plants. Of course, when you water them, the water that you poured spreads the entire place where your plants are located. You just have to make sure that the plants will not be overcrowded.

4. Get your watering right

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One of the many reasons why you are wasting a lot of water whenever you are watering your plants is that, you are watering it in a wrong way. Of course, there will be a lot of water that will be wasted, and you don’t want that to continue, right?! Especially when you know that you already need to spend thousands when it comes to your water bill, you definitely want to stop wasting water.

Well, you definitely will do when you know how to water the plants in a correct and effective way. Yes. There are ways that you can do it effectively. Drip irrigation reduces water use in all gardens, especially benefit from the routine watering of drip. Professional gardeners usually recommend smart irrigation – some systems tap into real time weather info that can help save on watering.

5. Use grey water or recycled water where you can

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Watering the plants doesn’t need to be a high maintenance since you can use grey water or recycled water when it comes to watering the plants. Laundry to landscape system is the most common and simplest grey water systems to use.

You don’t need a clean and new water. That is why, you must not forget that whenever you are done with your laundry, water your plants with it.

6. Plant in the right place at the right time

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If you are a person who is into gardening, you have to remember that there are factors that you also have to consider before planting. You have to consider the place, on where you should put the plants, if it is ok to plant in the specific area.

Also, you have to determine when you are going to water the plants. It doesn’t need to be every minute. You can have it once a day or even every other day, for as long as you know that the plants already need watering.

4 Hacks on How to Minimize Heat without Using Aircon

Hands up if you are using air conditioner in your homes! We do, right?! Especially whenever we feel the heat and sweat are already running down on our face, we definitely going to use the aircon. Well, whether you are living in Davao apartments and/or any other real estate property here in the Philippines, aircon is one of the things that we have at home.

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Generally, we can count the people that still don’t have aircon in their homes. However, to those people who have at home, it is also one of the biggest problems that they are currently facing due to high bills that they need to pay.

Well, if you are one of those people who are struggle when it comes to the payments of the monthly bills, you can definitely feel relax when you try to do and/or apply these simple hacks below for you to have a cooler home even without using your aircon.

1. Block the sun from reaching your windows

One of the reasons why you feel hot even if you are inside your home, it is because the heat of the sun is still penetrating through your windows. With that, it will create heat inside without having something that can cool the temperature down.

That is why, by blocking the sun from reaching your windows can help you in making your home cooler. Well, you can have a thick curtain which can really block the ray of the sun, or any other things that you can have for you to put on your window. You just have to make sure that the things that you are going to put on your window are nice and stylish enough.

2. Solar-control window films

There are already solar-control window films that are available in stores. It offers UV protection and reduced the amount of heat gained from solar radiation. Compared with the other appliances and/or things that can also help reduce the heat, these window films are cheaper than the others.

Fret not if you don’t know anything about window films since these films are easy to install. You can do it on your own or you can ask someone that can help you with the installation on your window. Just make sure that it is properly installed in your window to make it smooth and nice to look at.

3. Add interior drapes, blinds or shades

Once the heat from the sun rays passes through the glass of a window, it is harder to cool it down, especially when there is not ventilation available.  There are actually a lot of ways on how you can have a good block on the heat of the sun. Well, if you still want your home to be stylish, you can still have it the way you wanted it to be.

Sheer drapes are a nice way to mitigate direct sun rays to the floor, since it maintains a soft, natural daylight. Moreover, having it helps add another layer of protection between the window and the main thermal mass of your home.

4. Get the air circulating

If you already feel that the temperature of your home is getting hot, you have to find a way to have it cooled down. Of course, having good ventilation is an important factor for you to have. Well, if you just want it to have it natural, then you can go with an open air.

Air will flow in and out of your house if you have a good circulation of the air. Moreover, night cooling is also a great way to naturally decrease the temperature in your house and exchange hot interior air for a cooler outdoor air.

Well, these are just some simple tips you can do make your home cooler even without using your aircon. of course, if you lessen in using your aircon, it will be lessen burden for you, especially when it comes to paying your monthly bills.

5 Key Points to Have a Stylish Home

One of the great ways to live a satisfying life is when you have a home where you can be proud of. A home where you can be at ease whenever you want to stay and relax. We all do dream that kind of situations, right? Especially when you are living in a condominium Manila, you wanted it to be a homey place.

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There are actually a lot of things that you can do to make a stylish home. You can seek help and/or hire some professionals when it comes to the interior design of your home. Of course, you will definitely expect a good outcome when you hire people who are capable enough in transforming your home.

However, there are also homeowners who prefer doing the renovations on their own. Well, you can be one of those people. If you are planning in doing some renovations on your home on your own, here are some tips you can apply for you to have a successful beautifications on your home.

1. One statement piece

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Most of us, if not all, want to have a lot of fancy furnitures that we want to include in our home. We place it here and there without knowing that it eats up the space in our home already. That is why, you have to know what are the things that are important and stylish enough for you to include in your home.

If you want something that is simple yet elegant to look at, you can have a beautiful painting or sculpture that you can place on the corner of the living room and/or any other place in your home that you want it to be.

2. Turn photos into art

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One of the typical arrangements of our picture frames is having it placed on the top of our cabinet or on the table in our living room. Well, if you are a kind of person who is not contented with the simple and boring arrangements, you can definitely have it on your own style.

You can make a collage on your pictures and put it in a nice and stylish frame. Some of you might also like having a caricature on your picture. Well, that is one of the things that you can do to make your picture be on the next level.

3. Change the cabinet door handles

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One thing that can make a home nice and stylish is when, you know how to make simple things become an extraordinary one. Let’s take your cabinet’s door handles for example, even if it is just a small and simple thing to have, when you change it into a new and stylish door handles, it will create a nice furniture that you can have in your home.

4. Upgrade your curtains

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Your curtains are one of the things in your home that are easily be noticed. Most of your visitors, if not all, will definitely notice what kind of style your curtains have and how it match the design of you home. That is why, if you want to have a stylish home, you also have to know whether your curtains are also nice to look at.

In choosing the right curtains, you have to identify what kind of style does your interior have and from there, you also have to incorporate the design of your home with your curtains.

5. Play with the light

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The design of your lighting also matters. If you want to make your home an elegant one, you also have to choose the right light that suits for your home. Chandeliers for example, you can have it in your home. You can have it simple yet elegant enough to look at whenever you include it in your home.

Also, you have to make sure that the design of your lights suit the style of the design in your home. Aside from other things that you need to consider, having a good light can also make your home a stylish one.

There are actually a lot of things that you can do to make your home a stylish one. These tips above are easy for you to apply. Well, of course, you can also add your own style on your home. Your home, your style!