Archive | August 2015

Brokers: Never Say These Phases

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There will be no successful real estate transaction when there is no good communication between the broker and the client, agree? Of course, a clear and understandable communication is important to achieve smooth and desirable outcomes, especially when it comes to investing in an Amaia Pampanga and/or any other real estate properties. Without it, then it might be hard understanding on our end.

Sometimes, not knowing what to do and/or say is one of the big problems when it comes to communication barriers between the real estate agents and the clients.  It is when both sides don’t understand each other, which leads to misunderstandings. And of course, real estate brokers can’t close the deal with the clients. If not addressed immediately, then perhaps you will lose more and more clients in the long run.

Well, if you are one of those brokers who fail to meet the expectations of the clients and have difficulties when it come of dealing them, then here are some things and/or phases that you need to avoid in order for you to be smart in approaching your clients.

“The home has it all” or “The home has everything”

Telling your clients with this kind of phase is definitely a no-no. Your clients might be dismayed when they know that the house that they purchased is contrary to what you have told to them. Of course, there will also be possibilities that they will look for refunds and/or discounts for making them a fool and/or not telling the real score of the house or property.

As a real estate broker, you should not assume that all the needs of your clients are already there since you do not know what else they needed for their everyday lives. Well, you might get lucky if your clients will not mind the things that you have said to them. Just make sure that what all the things that you have told them are the truth.

“See to appreciate”

There are homebuyers, if not all, will really be irritated and be dismayed whenever you leave them hanging. Unfortunately, telling this kind of phase is definitely not correct, but rather just overused.  Although it is true that the homebuyers will appreciate whenever you let them see the actual property, it is still not an excuse that real estate brokers will have nothing to say about the property that they are selling.

Generally, homebuyers wants their brokers will let them understand the pros and cons of the property if they are going to purchase it. And of course, it is their responsibility to make sure that their client is convince before deciding to buy and/or invest that particular property to avoid any regrets later on.

“Move-in ready”

Telling this kind of phrase to your potential homebuyer is also a no-no. Again, as a real estate broker, you should not assume that the property that you are selling is already a move-in ready. Unless, of course, you made some rounds in expecting the house and making sure that everything is ready before their occupancy, then you will be fine.

However, there are still certain things that you should take into consideration before you let you potential homebuyers move in. You don’t know, there might be hidden cracks of walls, faded wall paints and/or any other minor problems that you have not noticed when you have inspected it. Always make sure and be minded of the safety and the convenience of your clients before you let them move in.

“Family home”

As a real estate broker, you don’t have the right to say this kind of phase to your potential homebuyers, since you don’t know what kind of definition the ‘Family home’ they know. Of course, each family has its own version and definition of a home. That is why, it is not safe for you to assume that a well maintained property is already called a family home. Nope!
However, whatever your clients do, it will always be up to them whether they will call the property that they just purchased a home.

5 Proven Ways to be a Good Neighbor in a Shared Community

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There is no denying that living in a shared community and/or neighbourhood is hard to keep up. Do you agree? Well for some homeowners, this kind of situation is true since they already have experience such. Of course, there are times that we want to do something in our home in Alveo Cebu that might not be appreciated by our neighbours.

Although some of you here might have a hard time keeping up with your neighbours, however, they also pay an important role in making your living experience in your home place a great one. And in order for you to make your living a happy and satisfying one, you also have to do your part as their neighbour.

However, there are really homeowners who have difficulties in dealing such situation. Well, if you are one of those people who are struggling to become a good neighbour to their community, then here are some tips for you to be reminded that you can become a good neighbour to them.

Befriend your neighbours

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Some of you here might have a hard time making friends with the other homeowners. Perhaps, they are not used to making friends and/or mingle with other people. Well, one way or another, it will definitely come naturally with you if you are willing to make an effort. Making friends is not that hard to do and deal with.

Well, you can definitely start with a simple exchange of words like hi or hello. Eventually, even if you start with those simple words, it will become a conversation between you and your neighbour. Of course, you are already building a good rapport with them. Making friends with your neighbour can help you in a lot of things in your life when you needed their help.

Keep the noise down

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There are real estate properties that are only divided by walls. Of course, whatever you do some noises in your home, your neighbour will definitely hear and know what you are doing. Well, if you don’t want your neighbours to get irritated and pissed, you better make sure that everything you do, make it a moderation, especially when it come to playing loud music.

Sometimes, there are neighbours that don’t care and will not expect something from you when it comes to keeping the noise down. However, if you are concerned about their sanity, then you should be aware that your neighbours have their own peaceful environment, and you should respect that.

Ensure safety within your space

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one of the reasons why homebuyers usually find real estate property an ideal place to live is because of the safety they can get through securities of the place. However, they still cannot attain that kind of safety if you yourself is not considerate with the things that surrounds you. Throwing your litter outside your windows for example is definitely a no-no. There will be a lot of possibilities if you are going to do such thing in your neighbourhood. Of course, you don’t want to hear some gossips about you being not considerate with the other neighbours in a particular community.

Be a responsible pet owner

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Owning and having a pet is a nice thing to have. Pets are there to make you at ease whenever you have your stressful and long day at work and/or in school. However, you also have to be considerate when it comes to your neighbours. You have to make sure that you put a leash on your pet, carry them, or keep them in a cage when you are bringing them outside your home so they won’t run away.

Moreover, you also have to make sure to train your pets, especially with dogs, so they won’t create noise during ungodly hours. And lastly, you have to make sure that your pet won’t poop outside. But if such incident happens, then you have to make sure to clean it up immediately.

Don’t be a gossip monger

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Every homeowner living in a particular property has their own life to live, and you don’t have anything to do with it or to them. So, you better stay away and respect their life. If you think that they are not living a good and healthy lifestyle, you have to make sure that you will not make any gossip around the community regarding their lives.

Moreover, doing such thing is a sign of unbecoming trait and/or behaviour of a good neighbour, and it may come back to you one way or another. That is why, you have to be careful and be moderate in everything you do.

How Certain Are You In Selling Your Home?

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Are you planning to sell your home? Perhaps you want to move to a better place in the Bonifacio Global City where you can live a comfortable and satisfying lifestyle. Of course, who would not want that to happen?  However, selling a property does not happen overnight.It takes a lot of your time, effort and patience for you to successfully sell your home.

As a home seller, you have to know that there are some pros and cons when it comes to selling your home. Of course, we don’t know what might happen in the long run, especially in the process of the transaction. Although we can’t deny that it might happen, however, we can avoid unexpected circumstances somehow.

If you are one of those people who is still stuck on the thought whether to pursue selling your home or not, then here are some tips for you to determine if you are really ready and certain to put your home in the real estate market list. You might not know, this is not the perfect time to sell your home.

If you are not certain, then you are not ready

There are really times that we make an impulsive decision. Sometimes, we make it without even realizing what that was all about. Perhaps, you were just carried away by the thought that you don’t have enough money or budget to sustain your daily living then finally decide that you are going to sell your home. Sad to say, that may be not the case for you.

If you think that you have some doubts on your mind about selling your home, then it might be a sign that you are still not really to let go of your home. Before you jump into your final decision, you have to ask yourself over and over again whether or not it is necessary for you to really sell your home. If not, then don’t. You might regret your decision later on.

Once you list, the clock starts ticking

Now, if you really are decided to sell your home, then you already can list your property in the real estate market list. However, when you already have listed your home, it is a matter of time whether a particular buyer is interested in your home. Well, if you sell your property in a high price, then you have to expect that there will be chances that your home will still stay in the list for months, still hoping that there will be somebody who will be interested in it.

Sometimes, when your property still stays on the list, the lesser buyers will be interested in it. Of course, homebuyers also have a certain standards and/or qualifications when it comes to choosing the right home for them. However, if you lower the price of your home yet without compromising its interior and exterior quality of the property, then there will be chances that buyers will be interested and flock your home.

You can plan for the market, not time the market

Once your property is already in the market, you can’t do anything but wait for the right buyer to invest in your home. Well, of course, if you think that the home that you are about to sell still needs some renovations and/or improvements, then you have to make sure that all the necessary chance in your home is done by the time that you are ready to sell your home.

It is going to be a no-no if you sell your home even if there are still a lot of things that needs to be done, damages that needs to be fix, and/or debts that needs to be paid. All of it must be don’t prior to the purchase of the new owner of your home.

Staging Strategy: Why Every Room Should Have a Clear Purpose

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It is definitely not ok when a room has no clear purpose – empty and boring! If you think that the room is going to be a dead end for you, then it is time for you to think out of the box; it is either you find a new one or you better know what kind of strategy are you going to use to make it a place where you can stay and be proud of. Well, it will definitely not going to hurt you when you try and do some experimentation when it comes to your room in Condo Makati.

As a homebuyer, you want to make your room a place where you want to stay and spend your free time effectively and satisfyingly. Who wouldn’t, right? That is why, it is a must for you to consider the things that you like and incorporate it in your room. With that, it will have a sense of belongingness.

Well, if you are one of those people who are still stuck on thought of having a hard time deciding on what kind of strategies that are going to use in order for them to have a nice room, then here are some tips for you to know and of course, you can also definitely apply and do it on your own whenever you see an empty room on your home.

1. Buyers subconsciously feel lost if they don’t know what to do with a room

One of the things homebuyers usually do whenever they view a particular property is to take a good look at each of the room inside the condo unit. Of course, they don’t want to have any regrets in choosing the right and perfect room for them.

Some of the homebuyers, if not all, whenever they see a particular space, they will immediately imagine where and what kind of things that they are going to put in that particular spot of the room, if they don’t see anything that I can be of use and/or they don’t know what to do with the room that they will going to have, then they will most likely look for another room that will be best fit for their lifestyle.

2. Buyers assume they don’t need a room they can’t see the purpose of

Most homebuyers, especially those who are picky when it comes to the particular kind of room that they want to have, they will definitely make sure that the room that they are going to have will have a purpose and of use. Of course, if they will not see anything that they want to do with it, then they will most likely immediately feel that that particular room is not going to fit for their lifestyle, since they don’t see any purpose in it.

Well, knowing and having a purpose on what you want to do with your room and/or how are you going to use or arrange your furniture inside is one of the reasons why you are searching for the right room for you to use.

3. Buyers don’t have time or energy to figure it out for themselves

Homebuyers are busy people; they have their different appointments here and there. That is why; their time is precious to them. Of course, time is all precious to all of us. However, when it comes to the people who are decided to buy a particular condo unit, they will really find time for them to have an appointment for viewing the particular unit.

Moreover, if they think that the place suits their taste and they like the environment and/or the neighbourhood, they will most likely get the unit right away. Well, if they don’t like it, then they won’t have any second thoughts in continuing to invest in that particular property.

All of us want to have a room that wecan emotionally connect with it. Of course, it is where we usually spend our precious time resting and gaining some of our energy for the next day. That is why; all rooms should have a clear view and/or purpose for them to be of use.

Challenge: Finding the Right Person for Home Service

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Finding the right person to do home service is like finding a kid in the middle of the crowd. Yes, there are a lot of people that are capable in doing the things that you want them to do for your home. But the real question is, are you really sure that that particular person that you have chosen is the right person that is suitable for the task that you are going to give?

When it comes to the renovation of your home in Alveo land Cebu, you definitely don’t want to make things complicated and disastrous, right? Of course, you want to make your home a perfect place to live. That is why, whenever there is something that you need to repair, you call for a particular person that really knows what to do when it comes to any repairs on your home.

Well, if you are one of those people who are planning to hire one, then you have to make sure that you are finding and/searching for the right person. And if you are still stuck in choosing one, then here are some tips for you to effectively pick the right person.

Do your due diligence

When hiring, it is a must for you to ask potential service providers for copies of their license, insurance and bonding capacity, the make sure the information is current. Yes, there are people who call themselves as professionals yet they don’t have proof that they are one. Of course, you don’t want to be scammed by those kinds of people, right? That is why, it is a must for you to make sure that they really are one of the professionals that is suited for the job that you want to give to them.

Be wary of bargain bids

When it comes to closing a particular deal in choosing the right person, when the bid that come in substantially lower than the competition aren’t necessarily one of the best deals that you will have. Of course, there will always be an explanation why the bargain bids is very low; perhaps the low bid doesn’t account for the same installation, materials and features. Or, it could be that the low bid is a sight that you are going to receive a lower level or service. Well, you definitely have to think again and again before deciding to hire that kind of person.

Communication is the key

We all know that things will definitely not going to work when there is not good communication between the homeowner and the service provider. If you think that you will not have a proper understanding in a particular task, then you better find another person that is really capable and/or suitable of the work that you want to give to them. Also, you have to make sure that whenever you plan something, that particular person will immediately catch up to what you are trying to imply. With that, it is easier for you to communicate and understand each other. Moreover, the work that you have given to the service provider will be done in no time.

Minimize upfront payments

As a homeowner, you have to be careful if the service provider that you are going to choose wants to be paid in full advance. In some cases, a contractor may need a down payment to cover for the materials that they are going to use. However, you have to make sure that they money that you have to pay in full amount should be given to them until the work is completed and you are satisfied with the results. When it comes to money, you have to be wise and think twice before giving it to them.

5 Reasons Why Living With Roommates is an Advantage than Living Alone

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We all have our own reasons that make it hard for us to live with someone else, or other people to live with us. Perhaps, we are used to living alone since we don’t have any siblings and/or any other relatives who live with us. With that, living with someone in Alveo condo Makati is definitely another adjustment that we should make to cope with the environment that we currently have.

There are just times that it is great to have your time alone. However, there are also times that all you want is to feel like you are not alone and wanting to have someone to be with. Of course, if you are not used to it, then you will definitely learn how to accommodate them in your own ways. Well, it might also involve caring and letting someone be in your living space.

Well, if you are one of those people who is living alone yet you want to have someone with you. Then having a roommate might be one of the best choices that you will make in life since there are also advantages living with them that living your life alone.

1.  You always have someone to come home to

After a long and tiring day at work or in school, or even having a terrible date with a weirdo who just don’t fit with the norm, all you ever want to do is go home, rest and crawl into your beloved bed. However, if you have and live with your roommate, things will be getting exciting since you have a friend that you can share your terrible day with. How awful your date was, and/or how tiring your work or school was – this will give way to a fun conversation with your roommate.

2. You get to split the cost of necessities

Of course, if you have a roommate, you are most likely to share almost all of the necessities inside your house. the water, the toothpaste, the paper towels, the electricity, and/or any other things that you usually share. The costs of the household items like cleaning supplies are halved when you live with a roommate, and if you are lucky, so are the chores. With that, you will be spending less than buying all the things alone.

3.  You have someone to hold your hair when you are throwing up

Admit it! There are times that you just want to drink to your heart’s content until you are totally drunk. Well, you don’t have to worry too much about throwing up for as long as you have your roommate with you. You can guarantee that he/she will help you to hold your hair back while your face is buried in the toilet and you feel like you are going to die. Credits to your roommate who is willing to help you with that, you better make good friends with them for you to have such a friend living with you.

4.  At least one of you will know how to fix any given problem

There are just times that we don’t know what to do on a particular thing and/or problem that we faced. Sometimes, we need someone who can guide and help us when things don’t go with our own plan. When you live alone, you rely on your own limited set of skills to figure out the things that should be done in order to address a particular problem.
However, if you have and/or living with a roommate, then it is easier for you to ask what and how things should supposed to work out – what and what not to do when things are getting worst. They will definitely help you come up with a good and practical solution.

5.  You double your network of friends

Each of us has different kind and set of friends. Even if you and your roommate have been friends since elementary or for years, both of you will have a new set of friends that you will probably met in your respective school or work place. And when you meet up all together, you will definitely have a whole new group of people to meet and get along and close with.

Checklist: What to do Before Leaving your Apartment for Vacay

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One of the best things when you travel is that you will have the time to get away from home on vacation. Whatever place that you want to go and relax, there will always be a plan for you not to regret the things that you should and should not do. Of course, when everything is planned, there will be thin possibilities for worries.

Yes, you go on a vacation alone, and/or with your families and friends. That means, you are going to leave your apartment in Cebu behind. But what happens to your apartment when you leave? There will be hundreds to thousands of possibilities leaving your apartment behind.

If you are one of those people who just have concerns when it comes to their security at home, then here are some tips for you to guide you on what to do to insure that you home will be safe. With that, you will have no worries when you leave your apartment. Also, you will have a chance to enjoy more with your vacation.

1. Water your plants

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If you have plants at home, or even if it is just a small pot with plants in it, then you have to water it before you leave your apartment. Of course, you also have to make sure that the plants that you are taking good care of will not wilt while you are away. Also, you have to make sure that the plants will not be in the direct heat of the sunlight, you have to put the plants in a safe place where it will be safe from hazard things.

2. Unplug everything

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This is definitely a must! If you don’t want that your house will be burn into ashes, then you have to think wise. Unplug all the electricity that you have in your apartment. You have to make sure that the wires are placed in a good place and condition for as to be away from danger. Also, this is also one way to save more energy and/or electricity while you are away. You definitely don’t have to worry about anything since you are safe with the fire.

3. Change the thermostat

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If you have a thermostat at your apartment, you have to make sure to turn it up or turn it off altogether. I’m sure you don’t want to come back home with super hot apartment. Also, it shouldn’t take long to cool off and there’s no point in wasting money cooling and empty apartment. Well, you also have to make a wise decision for as not to regret what you did and/or did not do before leaving your apartment.

4. Turn off all the lights, check for candles, and don’t leave the washer or dishwasher running

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This is also definitely a must thing for you to do and remember. Before you leave your apartment, you have to make sure that all of the electricity are turned off. you have to make sure that all the lights, the washing machine, the dishwasher, the AC, the electric fan, the TV, and/or any other appliances that you have at home. You better turn it all off before you leave.

Also, don’t ever forget the candles if you are lighting it, you have to turn it off for as not to start a fire. This is also one way to be safe in the fire. Well, you better not forget all of it.

5. Take out the trash

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If you don’t want that your apartment will be smelly, then you have to take out all of your trash outside. This will also keep the bugs and stinks away while you are gone. Of course, you have to make sure that you throw it properly outside.

6. Lock up

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This is very important thing for you to remember. If you don’t want that your belongings will be all gone, then you better lock your apartment up. You have to double check whether all of the windows, the doors are all lock up. Well, you have to make sure that there will be no person that can go inside your house. Also, as much as possible, do not ever leave your key outside for securities sake.