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Planning to Sell a Condo? Here are Three Things You Need to Know

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“Real estate investment is certainly a vote of confidence on a future activity” -Fiona Sigalla

 

The Philippines has seen a recent boom in the real estate market over the past decade—particularly in the condominium industry. It is no question that one can readily see condominium developments and properties being erected in almost every nook and cranny in most major cities. In fact, business districts such as Ortigas, Taguig, and Makati are premier spots for condominium developments seeing as this is where demand remains the highest. Seeing as condominiums are rife and are growing rapidly in the city, it is almost perfunctory that having a condominium unit to sell makes for a marketable and profitable venture. However, the logistics in the sale condo unit is not like selling a home. There are certain rules you have to consider before you can do so such as consulting the condo management and board for salient information potential buyers might want to see. Furthermore, there are things such as rules for pets, acceptable noise levels and alterations to the unit’s space and appearance may play a crucial role in affecting a potential buyer’s decisions.

So, if you have a BGC condo for sale or any other condominium property to sell elsewhere, here are some things you should consider:

 

1.) Best time to sell your condo

Before you can appropriately select a prime time for selling your condo, it is essential that you have a thorough understanding of how the property cycles move. Knowing so would help you have an idea or at least a rough estimate of how far along the property clock would yield a better profit. Although property cycles are largely erratic, there would be a series of events in which you would see prices rice, fall and eventually stabilize. Apparently, the best time to sell your condo would be during the boom phase or when the prices rise—a market peak that usually lasts up to six months.

2.) Open House strategy

While selling your condo is unlike selling your home, you would still have to stage it well to attract prospective buyers. Take note, a condo that shows well will sell much faster and would yield a better profit. Invest on small cosmetic touch-ups as even these can already make a significant difference. Additionally, if anything should be repaired then get on that immediately. Remember, an open house is an excellent strategy to make an impression—make sure you make a good one and make sure it lasts.

3.) Accentuate Premier features

Not all condominium units are the same; there are some features a unit possesses which others lack and makes it for a salable unit. These are the features you need to emphasize and accentuate to your prospective buyers. More often than not, one of the premier features that make a condo unit so salable is the ease of access that comes with it to everyday life—such is the case of having it in proximity to offices, entertainment hubs, and most offices. Similarly, unique attributes such as the amenities offered—may that be a hot tub by the pool, a fitness center, concierge services and the like should also be considered. Remember, if a prospective buyer is looking to buy a condo, he or she is probably looking for a living experience that is hassle-free and one that they cannot find in a residential house. So, exploit your unit’s best features. In a sense, explain to them what makes it worth it to be living there.

 

While selling a condo might present an avenue for a profitable real estate venture, it would be best if you considered the things above first to be successful in your endeavor. Apart from that, it is imperative to remember that if you want to sell your condo, you must be patient enough to worth through a lot of negotiations before you can successfully close a deal. This means you would spend a lot of time waiting around. However, you will soon find that your patience will reward you once you finally close an excellent deal.

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Where to Settle and Retire in the Philippines

As young as you are, you’ve been already interested in where to settle and retire – if it’s abroad or here in the Philippines. Like what others usually say, life is short, so you got to prepare yet enjoy all the things happening around you. Given that idea, of course, you would want to retire in a place where you are not just “resting” but also have an excellent time.

Here are our top three picks on where to settle and retire (and enjoy life) in the Philippines:

Cebu City

Cebu, dubbed as the “Queen City of the South” ranked fourth as the best place to retire in the country in a survey done last 2016. You can effortlessly find real estate in Cebu for sale and rent as Cebu has a booming economy and a welcoming environment for new inhabitants and investors too. This province is in the Visayas region and comprised of three big islands – Camotes, Bantayan, and Mactan. You’d get the mix of urban and rural vibes in Cebu as there are mountains, hills, and beaches surrounding the City.

The native language is Cebuano, and most locals are also fluent in English. You’d often hear Cebuanos mix their mother tongue with English, not with Filipino words. So if you are a foreigner or more comfortable in the English language, I guess you won’t be having a hard time with the language.

Batanes City

This is an unpopular choice, but if you are looking for a peaceful and scenic place to settle for the long run, you should go for Batanes City. Another well-known tourist destination, Batanes is rich in history and culture as well. The ancestors of the Ivatans, the natives of Batanes, came from Austronesians who migrated to the archipelago 4,000 years ago. Their ancestors are seafarers, boat-builders, and farmers too. Until now, about 75% of Ivatans are farmers and fisherfolks.

The province is vast in hills and mountains, given such beautiful landscape, prolonged flooding is most likely not going to happen. Given its incredible landscape, there has been a study which confirms the need for a national park in the province to keep safe and nurture Batanes’ protected landscapes and seascapes, proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The proposal was submitted on August 15, 1993 and they are eyeing to declare the whole province as a Heritage Site by the end of 2020.

The people there are accommodating and very honest. You’d actually spot some honesty stores where there are no sales person or tindera to take your payment, and you just get what you want to buy and leave your money there. The primary languages are Ivatan, spoken in the islands of Batan and Sabtang, Itbayaten on the island of Itbayat, and Ilocano. You’d probably need to make some adjustments with the language, but it would surely be worth it.

Baguio City

The world-renowned summer capital of the Philippines or “The City of Pines” is another place to consider for retirement. Baguio is located within Benguet but has been administered independently from the province and known as a separate entity. As of 2015, the population of Baguio is 345, 366. You’d see a lot of local and foreign tourists visiting and residing for good, in the City.

Aside from the cold climate, you would also have healthier food options as the province’s environment is suitable for cultivating vegetables and fruits. Living there might be similar to getting used to a field trip in a great region like Baguio. About the transportation, jeepneys are also widely present as well as taxis. Cabs are way cheaper in Baguio, and the drivers always give you the change, and they don’t ask you for “extra” payment because of “traffic” and “place is hard to find” (the things we usually here in the Metro Manila!). Indeed, another people-friendly city to consider.

Things You Can Do at Home That Help Reduce Electricity Bills

 

 

 

Most of us, if not all, paying our monthly electricity bills is just so frustrating, especially when our budget is on tight. We sometimes even have a hard time looking for money just to pay the said bills. Well of course, wherever you live—may it be in a condo Philippines, Makati area or not, you still have the need to pay your monthly electricity bills.

There are many things you can do to lessen the consumption of your electricity bills. Well, you do not need to totally cut off your appliances for you to have no electricity bills to pay. However, you can still use it in a moderate way.

Now, here are some simple and common things found in our house that can add up to your electricity consumptions when you don’t know what to do with these things.

Aircon

We all want to use aircon, especially when we feel that no wind can reduce the heat of our room. Using of aircon is our first thing in mind when we need to cool ourselves down. We even use aircon in our house, even if it is still in the afternoon. We can’t help it, right? We just need to use it.

Of course, even if we are reducing the consumption of the electricity bills, we can also contribute to reducing and or minimize the consumption by lessening the use of it. Like what you did for the fridge, you can also do it with your aircon. When you feel like you are already cool down or the room or the place is already cold enough, then you can turn the aircon off. In that way, you can the use of aircon is minimized since you had it turned off when you think that you are already satisfied with the coldness of the place.

Of course, as much a possible, try not to leave the aircon on when there is no one around in the room or the place.

Clothes dryer

Did you know that the clothes dryer is also one of the things that can add up to the consumption of the electricity bills? When you do laundry, if you feel like the heat can dry up your clothes, then as much a possible, try using the natural heat of the sun in drying your clothes. Also, make sure that you do laundry in the morning, or in the early afternoon for you to be able to use the heat of the sun still.

And as much as possible, use only the clothes dryer when you are in a hurry, and you need to wear or pack the clothes that you just washed. In that way, saving electricity bills can never be this convenient.

Refrigerator

We all have refrigerators, right?! Especially when we feel thirsty and we have the need to drink cold water to satisfy our thirst, our refrigerator helps us a lot when it comes to it. Of course, not just for storing cold water, we can also store some foods and other things that need to be refrigerated.

But to lessen the consumption of your refrigerator, if you think that your fridge is already too cold, which makes the food be frozen, you have to turn it off. And if you believe that there is a need to turn it again, then you have to do it. Also, if you think that there is a need to defrost, then you have to defrost it. With that, you can reduce the consumption of your electricity through minimizing the use of the fridge.

Four Survival Tips for House Hunting

 

 

House hunting is easy. It is the catching it part that is difficult. ~Susan Gale

One of the major milestones you encounter in life whether you are a newlywed couple, a couple with kids, or an individual seeking to be more independent is finding the perfect home to live in and begin a new life.

And this milestone in life entails a very exciting and fun activity known as house hunting. The prospect of looking at new beautiful places whether it is a condo in Cebu City or a house and lot in Davao and envisioning what it would be like to finally live in them can be enthralling, and for a while, it can be.

But then again, this is before reality creeps in on you. This is before you realize that you would want to move out of your current residence right away. And you might have the reasons (overbearing in-laws, a new job that requires your move immediately, etc.) for doing so. It seems like the budget you have is not adequate enough for the kind of wish list you have for your home.

When you do find a house that is at the right price, a lot of logistics seem to be involved such as the mountain of paperwork and as it is this kind of pressure can really stress you out. To make sure you do not let the stress of house hunting get to you, here are tips on how to survive it.

1.) Know the difference between your needs and desires

If you are buying a house from a bottomless cash coffer, then your home can come equipped with all the necessities and all the features you would want in a house. However, if you are scouting for homes on a budget, then certain compromises must be made. Know the distinction between your wants and needs and ask yourself some questions when you are doing so. Is it absolutely necessary to have a backyard pool? Or can you use the community’s pool instead? Though location may be a crucial factor in making your final decision, certain extraneous features can be compromised. Do not get too caught up checking off every item on your wish list or you would end up disappointed.

2.) Do not let aesthetics get in the way

The hackneyed phrase, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is not only right for individuals, but for choosing homes as well. Remember to look beyond the visual aspect of your home. Although everyone may want a beautiful home, it is equally important to consider the location and structure as well are far more important if you can get the house at the right price.

3.) Brace yourself for anything unexpected

No matter how meticulously you have planned your house hunting strategy, the reality is there are certain things that you can never plan for. An example of this is perhaps when you are buying a foreclosure. Just as you are about to seal the deal, you would find out that there is another existing mortgage on the house with a second bank causing it to decline on your offer.

Maybe you will discover your new condo is peppered with termites. Should the worst occur, stay calm and collected. Be ready for anything to come up and just welcome that as an opportunity to look for a better home.

4.) Prioritize

Know that the most important step when it comes to house hunting is to set priorities. Determine what is essential to you and know which aspects you can try to compromise on. In the same vein, this is where you distinguish your wants from your needs and come up with a list that would help you look for houses with a realistic mindset.

House hunting can be a fun and thrilling experience, but as it is, it could be stressful to potential home buyers as well. So, when you are browsing homes in, keep these tips in mind to make your experience in finding that one perfect home truly rewarding.

5 Hacks to Visually Enlarge Your Small Space

Hands up if you are one of those people who live in small spaces! Have you ever feel that your walls are already closing in on you? Like you don’t have any space available for you to freely roam around your home? Well, fret not! You are not alone! Yes, there are actually a lot of homeowners who share the same sentiments as you do.

However, just because you have a small home, you can’t do anything about it anymore. Generally, it doesn’t matter if you live in house and lot for sale Philippines (Cavite specifically) visually enlarging your small space is within your reach.

Thinking about what and what not to do when it comes to improving the interior design of your home can sometimes be daunting and challenging. Of course, you need to think about the things you need to do for you to achieve a desirable outcome of your home. And to give you some ideas, below are the top five hacks to visually enlarge your small spaces at home.

No worries! These tips or hacks are easy for you to use in your own home.

1. Lighten up

Choosing the right color for your home is one of the most important things you must consider. Of course, the color of walls can help visually expand your space. Well, you can go for a white color for your walls. Although some of you here might think that white is just a plain color, but never underestimate it since it can do wonders when it comes to expanding your space. But you can also go for pastel colors if not for white.

2. Use vertical stripe patterns

Just like wearing vertical stripes clothing, you can also go for vertical stripe patterns for your walls, or even with the floors. You can trick the eye into making an object appear taller or longer. Of course, this is also one way you can maximize the effect in your home. well, before deciding to use vertical stripes pattern, just make sure that you get a permission from your landlord. With this, you don’t have to worry about putting some vertical designs for your home.

3. Use mirrors strategically

Mirrors are not just for your own purposes. You can also use mirrors to trick that you have a bigger space at home. Moreover, mirrors can also help maximize the effect by placing a big mirror directly across the room from the window. With this, it will create an illusion of an endless space. However, you should also be careful when it comes to the installation of it. Make sure to avoid placing mirrors to reflect objects that are not easy on the eyes, since it can create an illusion of a cluttered home.

4. Utilize the vertical space on your walls

Aside from using vertical stripes pattern for your walls, you can also use the vertical spaces available at home. Well, you can place some bookshelves in an empty space. Or you can also buy rails to hang pots, pans, and spices, especially when you have a vertical space in your kitchen. And yes, it does not just give you an illusion of having a bigger space; this will also help draws the eyes upwards making your small space larger.

5. Buy proportioned furniture that does double duty

One of the many reasons why your home feels like there is no space available is because you have so many things that are cluttered inside your home. And in order for you to avoid such, why don’t you buy proportioned furniture that does double duty? With this, you will not be worried about what and where you should put your furniture since you have already some space or storage available for it.

See? Having an illusion that you have a bigger space at home is not that hard as you think it is. Of course, you just have to make sure that you are doing the right thing when it comes to what and what not to do when decorating your home.

How to Maintain a Good Relationship with your Helper

Regardless of his/her background, your helper is still a person who deserves respect. However, there are just times that we tend to forget to show the right attitude towards our helper. Of course, I know that not all of us have this kind of character, but needless to say, treating your domestic helper with respect is still a must for you to do, even if you are his/her boss. And that is, whether you like it or not.

First and foremost, you should not hire a helper when you don’t know how to treat them nicely. Don’t you know that you can get a lot of benefits when you treat them well? You can have your helper as your friend. You can make a good and satisfying day with your household help, especially when you feel bored. They can also be one of your lifesavers when something’s not right. Second, changing your helper frequently means you are not a good person to deal with. And I’m sure you don’t want that labeled on you, right?

Yes, treating your helper nicely seems easy to do on our part, but there are also some guidelines that we need to know, for us to maintain a long lasting relationship between our helper. With these guidelines, we would know our limitations as to how we should approach our helper.

Set reasonable expectations

One of the reasons why we usually feel dismayed on our helper is that we tend to set high expectations on them. And sometimes, we even have high standards on what kind of house staff that you want to have. Remember, your helpers are there to help you with the chores at home where you are living in a small condo unit or a big house and lot in Cavite. As their boss, you have to know that your helpers are not your slaves where you can let them do the things beyond their capability. You have to expect that they also have their own limits. Of course, we are all humans. Don’t put your hopes too high on them.

Proper training

Even if knowing what to do when it comes to household chores, there is still a need for you to properly train them on the things you particular want them to do. Tell your helpers the things that you like and don’t like when it comes to the arrangements of your stuff, and/or if you have anything in particular where there should be a special care when handling or cleaning. You have to make sure that you have explained it to them properly, for them to know and understand as to why there should be a proper care.

Set terms and conditions

Yes, we want to have a good relationship with our helper. But there are also certain rules that they need to abide. If you don’t want them to enter your room, for example, you have to tell them that it is beyond their boundaries and they should not enter without your permission. And if there is a particular thing that you don’t want them to touch, tell them in advance for them to know what and why.

Set a working schedule

When it comes to working, your helper must also work. Of course, you also have to make sure that they have enough sleep for them to work efficiently. Also, give them time to rest, and a good food to keep him/her fit and healthy. Setting a working schedule can help your helper have enough energy to do a better performance on the tasks you have assigned to them.

Communicate

Proper communication is one of the important things you should do with your helper. Without this, it is impossible for you to understand your helper, and for your helper to obey you. If you want your relationship to work out, you both should have a two-way communication to do and have a better outcome.

In sum, building a good relationship with your helper is not as bad and hard thing as you think. You just have to make sure that you possess the right approach towards them. Know his/her limitations and strength. With that, you will know as to where they excel in the household chores.

5 Most Effective Eco-friendly Home Cleaners

If there is one thing that can make our home sparkling clean, that is when we use a home cleaning material. Agree? When we talk about cleaning our home in condo Cebu City, there will always be home cleaning materials that will be used. Everybody uses a home cleaner, right? Who wouldn’t? Of course, how can we make our home clean enough when we don’t use any cleaning materials?

Cleaning our home has already been part of our daily routine in our lives. It is also one way to keep our environment clean and in order. We clean our homes for us to live a healthful lifestyle and also to avoid diseases that may cause when the surroundings are not healthy enough to live in.

There are actually a lot of home cleaning materials that we can use which keeps our home away from any unhealthy things. However, there are also cleaning materials that are not advisable for us to use at home. It contains chemicals that are already harmful whenever we tend to breathe or touch it. Well, if you are a kind of person who really cares about his/her health, then you can definitely use some of these eco-friendly home cleaners at home.

1. Carbonated sodas

A lot of you here might wonder and ask, “Soda? Seriously?” Well, you are not alone wondering whether these drinks can really help clean your homes since all we know that sodas are the beverage that we drink. Yes. Soda is one of the cleaning materials that can make your home sparkling clean. It contains ingredients that are harmless to you and of course also to the children. So, you don’t have to worry if you want to let your kids help you with some cleaning chores.

2. Baking soda

Baking sodas are only used for cooking? Then you have to think again. Using of baking sodas can also help you in cleaning your home. It is a powder that contains minerals that neutralize acids to increase the cleaning power of detergents by balancing the pH level of the water. All you need to do is add the baking soda into the vinegar to create a foaming reaction, then it is all set for cleaning. You can also make your kids help you with it since it is also harmless and they can also enjoy watching the foam that was created by the baking soda.

3. Vinegar

This kind of cleaning ingredient is the cheapest cleaning material that you can use. Of course, you can definitely find and/or get the vinegar from your kitchen. Vinegar has an ingredient that cleans off grease and stains. You can definitely use vinegar to clean off your mirrors, glass, wood floors and any other things that you want to clean. All you have to do is just mix the vinegar with water and spray it on that particular thing.  Using of vinegar is also gentle and harmless, yet it can clean anything including stagnant odor.

4. Vodka

Yes, vodka should not only be your favorite alcoholic drink but one of your cleaning materials as well. Vodka has an alcohol ingredient that can also help dissolve and eliminate odor in your home. It can also make your things and/or pieces of furniture sparkling clean. All you have to do is spray a little vodka on your windows and/or any other parts of your home then the dirt will come off.

5. Soap

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The soap is one of the most common cleaning materials most people used in their homes. Since it is cheap and is available in your laundry area and/or in the stores nearby, you can definitely use it immediately. Using of soap can also make your home clean enough since it has an ingredient that can take off the dirt and the grease of a particular furniture.

Cleaning your home doesn’t need to be that hassle, you also don’t need to use harmful chemicals just to make your home sparkling clean. Now discovering and with the help of eco-friendly cleaning materials for your home, you can definitely clean your home without compromising your health. Also, you can now enjoy cleaning with your kids since they can also help you with the cleaning chores.