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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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What You Need to Know When House Hunting

Make things easier with a checklist. Whether you are looking at bungalows in a subdivision in Bulacan or a townhouse in Quezon City, narrowing your options when choosing your next abode will make the selection process easier and quicker.

When house hunting, buyers often focus on the exterior and interior design rather than the functionality of the structure. Others prioritize the price of the house and lot because of the economic and financial aspects. Having a checklist will help balance what’s important and what is necessary.

It’s easy to get swept by the newest trends in architecture and real estate. House agents and brokers can be very persuasive. With a checklist in hand, you can stay right on track. Below are few pointers to guide you in completing the list.

 

Source of electricity

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Electricity and gas should be the first thing on your list. Some important questions to answer are:

  • How many sockets are in each room? Are there conveniently positioned?
  • Do all electrical sockets work?
  • Are there any interferences to electricity sources?
  • What alternative sources can you use in case the main power goes off?

If all of these are answered clearly by the seller or agent then it’s worth to consider the house. But other than the central electricity source, it’s worth noting how gas can be utilized in the space. Where can you store the gas cylinder? Does the house rely on LPG or petroleum to run the central heating? Is the heating system working properly? These things are equally important as they can also save your wallet.

 

Water source and plumbing

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When you are planning to move to an area with a limited supply of water, ask where the water came.

Live in a place that is comfortable, not worry about water rotations and rationing. Do some research and survey the area if their supply is stable. It may not be an issue now, but it can be in the future. Look years ahead before settling in a location.

As soon as you find no interruption with water supply, check the plumbing. Inspect the fixtures and pipes for noises, leaks and weak spots. Rusty pipes and fixtures are more likely to appear in aged houses, so pry the previous homeowner of the house’s history. Consulting a professional plumber for a second opinion is also advisable.

Hot water and bathtubs are additional features in Filipino homes, but newly-built houses often have these. Make sure the water heater still works properly and is connected to all water lines. The bathtub shouldn’t be clogged and the bathroom should be well-ventilated. It better to have a bathroom with a window. If that isn’t the case, choose one with an exhaust fan.

 

Lot and Surrounding Area

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Take into consideration the land area of your property – yard and side gutter included. The house might check everything on the list but if the gutters and drains are clogged, just forget it. It may cost you more because you did not consider the water damages caused by the blocked waterways.

If you’re on the scrimping side, consider the spread of the yard and the garden work. The lot may have a landscape that is high maintenance. The yard may have expensive turf that needs water more than your family does. Do you really need those? Think about it.

When scouring the exteriors, watch out for signs of decay and rot in woodwork.

Consequently, the surrounding area and neighborhood play a huge part in your everyday life. Living close to the places you frequent (school and work place) and facilities like hospitals, banks, and retail stores make life easier.

Communities accessible through different modes of transportation are much ideal than places exclusive for private vehicles. Best of all, choose a location that fits you and your family’s lifestyle.

Remember, a safe community is always a priority.

If you’ve been to a couple of houses visits, take note of the details that fit the details listed above. The next time you view a house, bring the list and compare if they have the potential to be your new home. Buying a property is a decision that should be hastened, so come with an open mind, inspect the structure thoroughly and compare your notes. Do not hesitate to ask questions about the house. Most of all, trust your judgment on deciding the perfect home.

Independent Living Starter Pack

Finally, you’ve been able to move into your newly acclaimed affordable condo in Mandaluyong City. It surely feels great to say that you are free finally. Hooray! But we all know that independent living is not just all about the happiness and perks of living alone. If you are that person, or someone who is planning to live away from parents, relatives or guardians, for fun, here is your solo living starter pack:

I am so glad that I MADE this happen

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Other people have that luxury or blessing to be given a new house or condo unit for his or her use (yes, you are super lucky!). And it’s a different wonderful story for those who had struggled for we-do-not-know-how-many-years before they were able to get their place finally. Since from renting to owning and paying his or her dues are difficult, the return of glee and happiness is priceless. So yes, you are so glad that you made that happen!

You will remember all the hardships you’ve been through to be able to see yourself in your dream home and thinking of all the possible countless things you can do since you are now alone. Yay, excited!

Wait… am I really ready for this?

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So here comes self-doubt and anxiousness creeping in. From being so joyful and ecstatic about imagining yourself living independently, the thoughts of how will you be able to pay everything, have the time and energy to clean and cook, study and work at the same time, and much more kicks into you. This doubting stage is not just for a one moment, but it will get it into you a couple of times; possibly after a bad day, when you are sick, too exhausted or whatnot.

No worries, dear. This thought will not haunt you forever if you claim it yourself that you are really ready and your decision of living independently is nothing but correct.

Got to make my place clean and presentable

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I don’t know if it’s just me or whenever we have something new. We want to make and keep it clean as much as possible. Moreover, you want to see your belongings beautiful and in pristine condition, because you know how precious it is for you and how hard it was before you finally get it into your hands. Same as with your new house, you do countless hours of cleaning and keeping it nice. Yes, hardworking!

Then that day of laziness

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It’s not every day that you will choose to pick up the broom and sweep the floor, if it is, good for you and your home. But for those who struggle to get up and cook for themselves, there are times you would rather go lazy than tired. We all deserve a break and pamper ourselves in whatever way we are used to – not cleaning the house, ordering food instead of cooking, lay down and have a movie marathon – yes, whatever!

Your old things are still there

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Your favorite stuffed toy and lovely pillow are still in your bedroom. Your good-old cabinet also moved in with you. Of course, for practicality, you don’t need to have everything brand new. There are things you can leave with your previous home but decided to take it with you. Why? Because you need that sense of comfort, belongingness and companion to a “whole new world” in which you don’t know anyone but your old things. These materials will also give you the vibes of the home of your “faraway previous home” in your “new home.” Nostalgia and tears are coming right up!

And of course, a lot of adventures!

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No explanations needed. It’s for you to discover yourself.

 

So we hope that you were able to see yourself in this basic independent living starter pack. What’s in yours?

Why It’s Advantage to Live in a Walking Distance Community

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There will always be a lot of advantages when you live in a walking distance community. Especially nowadays when vehicles are everywhere, it is better to walk going to and fro from our work or school than being stuck in a heavy traffic, right? And if you have noticed, more and more people are now into investing in a property where all the necessities are a walking distance to where they live. In fact, there are even some homeowners who prefer living in a condo near the airport than any other properties.

Aside from the benefits of not being stuck in a heavy traffic, there are still a lot of benefits you can get when you live in a walking distance community. And to give you some ideas, below are some reasons or advantages you can also get.

Walking promotes a healthy lifestyle

As we all know walking is a form of exercising. Moreover, it is an active activity, and you don’t need to spend more just to become fit since you are performing it everyday. And a constant walk going to and fro on your destination would also promote and improve one’s fitness. Additionally, walking is also one of the many ways you can meet different and potential people on the streets. Who knows? You’ll meet your old friend in the middle of the crowd who are also walking to their respective destinations, right?

Walking helps save the environment

Whether you realize it or not, by walking, you are already saving the environment. Of course, you’re lessening the air pollution caused by an exhaust of a vehicle, or from a noise pollution caused by horns of a car. These pollutions don’t just bring a great impact to our environment, but also on our health. In fact, there are a lot of people who get sick just because of these kinds of pollution every single day. And I’m sure you don’t want to add to that cause, right?

Walking can help save money

Saving money is also one the common advantages of living a walking distance community. And if you are one of those people who are saving for their everyday expenses, then living in such community can help you with that matter. Obviously, you don’t need to pay expensive taxi fare just to get to your destination, right? And mind you, you can really save a lot with this.

Walking promotes people-centred urban planning

Do you know that a true indicator of a progressive city is when people walk or take public transport instead of driving to their destination? Because of its good public infrastructure, people can easily go to wherever places they want to without worrying about how congested the traffic is.

Walking is safer and promotes a sense of community

If you think that walking to and fro to your destination is a dangerous idea, then you better think again. Obviously, there are pedestrian lines that are intended for the people to walk or cross freely and safely and the streets. Sidewalks are also available for safety purposes. Moreover, isn’t it amazing how living in a community where most people are into a healthy lifestyle?

Property values and walking

Through living in a community, people will be oriented about how to value other neighbouring communities, especially areas that are near offices, hospitals, schools, and other places near to people’s home. Moreover, people will also know how to be mindful of when using the spaces for the people to use, such as pedestrians, and sidewalks.

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Top 5 Goals Most Homeowners Doesn’t Tell Anyone

 

 

Believe it or not, each of us here has a list of goals – what to do and what not to do. Right? Who doesn’t have one? If you have a checklist of goals for 2016, homeowners have too! They also have their promises with the high hopes of achieving those goals. It doesn’t matter whether you are one of the homeowners in Amaia Scapes Lipa or any other real estate property; you still have goals you wish to achieve. Right?

And whether you like it or not, homeowners who don’t have any goals for the next year’s resolution doesn’t have a home to be proud of. Yes, homeowners do experience ups and downs when it comes to their homes, but it doesn’t mean that they gave up hoping to have a better home experience. I bet, you too wish to live in a home sweet home. Well, you don’t have to end up merely wishing when you can achieve your desired goals.

 
If you are one of those homeowners who wants to live a satisfying and healthy lifestyle, below are some goals of most homeowners that they aim to accomplish.

1. I will get my home life in order

If you think that your household is the only messy here, then you better think again. There are households that are messier than yours. When it gets down to their things, they tend to put and hang things all over their place. Their clothes, decals, toys, shoes, and other things that keep their place were all messy. Well, you better clear out the clutter or give those old clothes, shoes and toys to charity. With that, it doesn’t just give you a clean and orderly arrangement but also, donating your old things can help people that are in need.

2. I will be eco-friendly (and save on expenses)

One of the responsibilities of being a homeowner is that you should know how to be an eco-friendly homeowner. Being eco-friendly comes in many ways. You can start by conserving water and electricity at home, segregating biodegradable and non-biodegradable trash, minimizing pollution such as your noise, and other responsible actions that you need to consider and abide. Mind you, it doesn’t just be to your advantage, other homeowners will also follow you if they notice that you are doing what is right for the good of the environment. The change starts with you.

3. I will pay my bills on time

You are not worthy to be called a homeowner if you don’t know how to pay your bills on time. Yes, we all do understand that you have a lot of financial priorities in life –they are even lining up. However, you should also not forget that paying your bills is also one of your responsibilities that you need to abide. Unless you have a tolerant landlord, missing your payments may not be a good way to establish a good image on your neighbors and landlords. Well, setting aside a budget that is intended for the rentals is a must for you to do.

4. I will create a better cleaning system

If you are one of those homeowners who don’t have any time to clean his/her home, then you better create and have a better cleaning system. Well, you have can achieve this when you enlist family members to help with the division of household chores. With that, tasks are already divided, which makes it easier and faster to do. Well, if you are living alone in an apartment, then you better know your schedule and make sure to make time for it. If you don’t, then you better expect for a lot of cleaning to do later on.

5. I will think about home maintenance and security

One of the many reasons why most houses won’t last long is because, homeowners don’t have the time to make sure that their home is still in good condition. They don’t even have the time to have a regular home inspection to make sure that there will be no cracks and holes that can ruin the foundation of your home.

Moreover, making sure that you are living in a safe place is the thing that a homeowner should prioritize. You better find a better property if you think that you’re living in a place where your safety is being compromised. Your safety is always your top priority in life.

To Brokers: Watch Your Move! You’re killing the Deal!

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Yes, you have great products and offers, and all. So, why is it that your clients still reject the offer? How come they were not convinced enough for them to be engaged in your products? Have you ever asked these questions to yourself: What do you usually do when you negotiate with your clients? What kind of gestures, you show to them? Do you keep your body language still? Does it ring a bell? Well, perhaps, it is because of how and the way you approach your clients is definitely wrong.

One way or another, your potential clients are observant. They are keen to every single detail of their transaction for them to have an assurance. And aside from the conversation that you have with them, they also observe your body language, whether if it is convincing or not. Yes, some of you here are good at sales talk, but they lack the right etiquette – which makes the client decide to turn the offer down.

Fortunately, we can now determine which of your body language can cause your deal at risk. Credits to some psychologists who studied on how to identify gestures that are not applicable when it comes to transacting and negotiating potential clients! And as a broker, you must know your move!

Did you keep your body language still?

If you are a real estate broker, one of the things you should NEVER do is to show your mannerisms and/or do some unnecessary movements to your clients. Showing it to them is a sign of unprofessionalism, and that might be the reason why your clients will not trust you to continue the business transaction. However, if you keep your body still (just don’t be too stiff though), your clients will sense that you are calm and in control of the situation.

Did you appear weak?

If you think you are weak, then being a broker is not going to be the right career for you. Weak in a way you stand and sit is uncertain. These are both weak poses that suggest you lack confidence in dealing the business. And clients will never trust brokers who don’t have any confidence in their work at all. Well, if you are this kind of person, then you have to break yourself of these habits by practicing your breathing. Inhaling and exhaling can help you calm your nerves and reduces nervous fidgeting.

The ‘power poses’

Generally, most clients usually want brokers who know the things that they are doing. They wanted that brokers are sure of every single step when it comes to the process of the transaction. Of course, they will not give their trust to the people who don’t have the assurance that they can give the things that they want for their future. And if they notice that you can be a kind of broker who can be trusted, your client will feel more confident in achieving what they want. Yes, being authoritative might sound aggressive. However, using it in a right way can give your confidence a boost.

Did you make direct eye contact?

Having some eye contact with your clients can be the most intimidating and challenging things to do, agree? Well, perhaps, you will know whether the person is sincere or not just by looking through their eyes. However, in the real estate industry, making some eye contact is definitely a must to gain your clients’ trust. Avoiding your clients’ eyes is a sign of weakness and lack of confidence. You definitely don’t want to lose your clients’ trust, do you?

Did you intimidate or try to control your clients?

Just because you have the authority over the matter and have confidence in it, it doesn’t mean you can already intimidate your clients. Yes, intimidating in a way that your clients will feel uncomfortable talking and doing their business with you. However, if you keep a friendly tone and atmosphere, then your clients will definitely feel at ease and confident when it comes to transacting their business with you.

There is no definite rule on how you can let your potential clients engage with your products. It will always be depends on your selling and/or marketing skill. Moreover, it is a matter on the convincing and persuading technique that you are going to use on them. There is a caveat though, although there is no definite rule, as a broker, it is still a must for you to know and understand the ins and outs of the real estate industry, especially when negotiating with your clients. Well, if you can pull it off, then the deal is yours!