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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.

5 Worst Decorating Trends Homeowners Should Avoid

“If you wait until you have enough money to decorate and make your own it will never happen. If you wait until you can afford to buy everything new you are missing the point. It is the old, the new, the made, the hand-me-down, the collected, the worn (but loved) things in your home that make it your own.” – Stacy Risenmay

If there’s one thing that completes a home, that would be its interior design. Decorating a home is a great way to give your home a sense of belongingness and comfort. Without such, your house would be as empty as it feels. Whether you are living in a real estate Manila or any other real estate in the Philippines, there’s no reason for you not to decorate your home.

But there’s a caveat, though, homeowners should also be mindful of what and what not to do when it comes to interior or exterior designing. To give you an idea, we list down some worst decorating trends that a homeowner should avoid.

Colored appliances and bathroom fixtures

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Colors are crucial when decorating – it can break or make a home. However, choosing the wrong color would ruin everything. Many homeowners would prefer using neutral colors to make sure that it would look good on your home. Moreover, if you are color blind, make sure to ask help from the professionals to guide you on what color should you use to achieve a desirable outcome.

Plastic furniture covers

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Although plastics may be a convenient thing to clean since you can just wipe the dirt out, it is not attractive to use plastics at home. If you do not want to get your furniture dirty, then you can use a pretty cloth to cover it. Not to mention sofas with plastic covers, it is a turn-off. That means, if you want to cover it, then use something that would also look nice on the sofa.

Artificial plants

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As much as possible, never display fake or silk plants. It is a turn-off when you use such plants. If you want to decorate plants at home, make sure it is fresh. Of course, plants would not just give you the right ambiance at home, but putting them is also beneficial to our health. That means you have to make it fresh to make sure you will get the necessary benefits from the plants.

Matching patterns

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There’s nothing wrong if you try to match patterns. However, if you want to have a stylish home, then make sure to use your creativity to achieve such. For instance, try to avoid matching your drapes with your throw pillows and sofa. Keep in mind that too much of a good thing is also a bad thing for interior decoration. So, try to think of an alternative where you can incorporate each design at home.

Wall-to-wall carpet

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Carpets are a good thing to have at home. A wall-to-wall carpet is even considered as an expensive thing a homeowner could have. However, this may not always be the case. For some people, having a wall-to-wall carpet at home is a no-no since it may be placed for dirt and germs to gather more than anything else, especially when you do not clean your home regularly. This may cause you some health risks due to an unclean carpet.

Leopard print

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It does not matter if you like leopard print or not, but this design is a no-no at home. This trend would only look tacky when applied to home decor. And one thing is for sure; you do not want to ruin the design of your home.
As a homeowner decorating a home may give you so many things in mind for you to consider. Things such as what’s good and what’s not? Or what’s in or what’s out? However, if you know what you want to do with your home, then it would be easier for you to decide the right decoration for your home.

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3 Big Lies You’ve Been Telling Yourself About Renovations

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Whether you like it or not, there will always be a time when you get to decide to have some renovations at home. Perhaps, you get tired of living in a dull and boring place, and you need some inspiration that is why you decide to do some remodeling. Or you’ve even noticed that there are already damages in your home that needs to have some repairs. No matter what the reasons are, there is still a need for you to renovate for the betterment of your home. Who would not like it? Right?

Unfortunately, not all homeowners can achieve the desired outcome of the renovations. Perhaps, they do not have any idea at all on what and what not to do when it comes to home design. As a result, they made some costly renovation mistakes. That means, renovating your home should not be taken light to avoid committing mistakes. Generally, it does not matter if you want to have some renovations in your house and lot in Quezon City or any other real estate property in the Philippines, having a good home is within your reach.

If you are planning to remodel your home, you have to make sure that you are doing the right thing. Of course, you also have to know the basic things when it comes to home renovations. That means you should also not believe the lies most homeowners tend to think. As a result, they regret their decisions on the long run. And I’m sure you do not want to happen to you.

Lie # 1. “Home renovations always pay you back.”

This is one of the many lies most homeowners believe. They tend to believe that improvements will pay them back that is why they do some renovations even if it is not that necessary to have. And mind you, renovating your home without even thinking if it is worth your time, effort and most importantly, your money, then it is not a good idea to have one. Of course, you are all wasting all of it. Before you decide to remodel your home, you have to make sure that it is necessary enough for you to do. If not, then this might not give you a good result in return.

One of the things most homebuyers or renters would usually look for a home is not just about how good your home is. Yes, the appearance of the property may be an advantage, but you also have to make sure that the property has a high quality for the people to be interested in buying or investing in your property.

Lie # 2. “You can do it all yourself.”

Whether you like it or not, you definitely cannot do it all by yourself. Of course, you need someone that would help you with the renovation. You also need someone who can hold the other end. And mind you, you will definitely be exhausted when you tend to do the renovation all alone. However, when you have a helping hand, your work will much easier and faster for you to do. You also do not need to put yourself in an awkward situation or position since there is no one who can help you with it. Well, you need 2-3 people for you to be able to accomplish the task as soon as possible.

Lie # 3. “Do it right – no slapdash remodeling allowed.’

Although it is true that we need to follow some measures when it comes to remodeling our home, that is not always the case. When it comes to renovating or remodeling your home, it is a must for you to follow what you really want to have for you to be able to appreciate the outcome of it. Of course, you also have to make sure that you are still doing the right thing when it comes to the dos and don’ts when remodeling your home. With this, it will be much easier for you to make the renovation done since you know what and what not to do with your home.

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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.

Valentine Activities You Probably Didn’t Know You Can Do At Home

Valentine’s Day is one of the most awaited days for most couples or lovers. This is the time when they can express their love for one another than any other ordinary days. But celebrating Valentine’s is not just about going to a fancy restaurant, or book a hotel room. Whether you both live in Abreeza Residences or any other real estate properties, you can still have a wonderful day and night with your partner.

Sad to say, not all of us know what awesome things or activities they can do at home. As a result, they tend to have higher expenses every Valentine’s Day. However, if you are just creative enough when thinking about what you can do to make it a fun and exciting activity, then you definitely can have a memorable day.

Of course, Valentine’s Day should not always be expensive. It’s not about money; it’s the thought that counts. So, whatever you do for as long as you do it by heart, then it’s definitely a good thing. Well, for those couples who are still thinking about what to do, below are some ideas you can get for you to do this upcoming special day.

1. Go half and half on the night

If you’re planning to have a dinner at home, you can go for half and half. That means you can have first the meal on the half of the night, and a dessert for the other half. You don’t have to do it all at once. Moreover, this is also one way to enjoy your dinner.

2. Have an 80’s love movie marathon

Modern day movies are a cliché, but if you are into lovey-dovey, or cheesy and all, then try watching 80’s love movies. It would be a perfect ingredient to set the mode of the night. Of course, it’s not just about all those cheesiness, but you can also get a good moral when it comes to handling love for each other.

3. Cook dinner together

For some, this is one of the most fun parts when preparing for your night. Of course, you’re both cooking for each other. The more hands-on you are, the more you can feel that one is trying and giving their best effort just to make the night a memorable night ever.

4. Have a Valentine’s breakfast

Celebrating Valentine’s Day doesn’t just happen during night time. You can have the celebration as early as the morning. You can cook your love one pancake and tea or coffee, or you can have a meal for breakfast. It’s all up to you. With that, you’re already setting a romantic mode early morning.

5. Game night

 

Of course, Valentine’s Day is also not about romantic mode. You can also have fun first by playing games. Well, it doesn’t have to be a hassle game where you will run and jump. You can have board games or card games. At least with that, you’re setting a fun and exciting mode for both of you.

6. Have an indoor picnic

One of the most exciting parts of the night is the food. Of course, you get to taste the delicious food your partner made just for you. Well, if you don’t know anything about cooking or baking, then you can definitely look at the recipe book for guidance.

7. Have an “I’ve been dying to see this” movie marathon

We all have this thing that we really want to do or see. However, there’s no time or you can’t think of a way to find or do such thing. That is why this is also the chance for you to surprise him/her about the things they really want to see for a long time. With this, they will like you even more.

8. Cocktail Vs. Dessert: Make Both!

If you both can’t decide which of the two you want to have, then why not make a cocktail and a dessert. With that, you don’t have to make some dilemma on which is better. Moreover, you have more choices rather than having just a dessert or a cocktail. Why not enjoy both?!

Debunking Misguided Beliefs and Notions Regarding Condominium Ownership

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Quite a number of potential homebuyers are rather uncertain when it comes to investing in a condo Philippines whether it is located in BGC, Mandaluyong or Quezon City. They may either be having second thoughts over the ownership of a condominium unit than a residential home or find investing a condominium hedging in comparison to having their residential lot. Whatever reservations they may have, the final decision of purchase is left up to them.

However, it becomes rather disappointing and discouraging when potential homebuyers would forgo buying a condo unit all together because they may be possibly misled and would solely take some misguided notions and beliefs as verifiable facts.

The propagation of such misinformation limits potential homebuyers from truly seeing the advantages of condominium ownership and would otherwise relinquish what could be a beneficial investment for them.

Albeit, a bit tight on the space, condo spaces are relatively cheaper compared to owning a house and lot that are built on land are easily sustainable compared to residential homes. Much of the concern and ambivalence in purchasing a unit is attached to the idea that these condominium towers and buildings are only good for about fifty years—after which, they would be demolished completely. Apart from that concern is also directed as to the ownership set up of units between homeowners and condominium developers.

These two concerns would cause much trepidation and doubt among potential purchasers as to whether obtaining a condo unit would be a wise investment or not. To address this issue, this article gathered some of the core and usual concerns when it comes to condominium investment, so you would be making an informed choice.

MISGUIDED NOTION: Condominium buildings are only good for fifty years.

This is a fallacy.

No provision in the law would state that condominium units are strictly good for fifty years only. In context, the law says that aside from being more than fifty years old, condominiums must be uneconomical and obsolete complemented with the majority of unit owners who are against its repair and restoration. There is nothing stated or otherwise implied in Republic Act 4726 or the Condominium Act of the Philippines that would allude to the fifty-year lifespan of condominium towers.

Many would argue that it may be implied from a provision under Section 8C. It states in verbatim “That project has been in existence more than 50 years; that it is obsolete and uneconomical, and that condominium owners holding in aggregate more than 50 percent interest in the common areas are opposed to repair or restoration or remodeling or modernizing of the project.”

However, a thorough and intelligent reading of the law would tell us that three factors or elements must be present to deem a condominium building uninhabitable. This would mean that the building has been 1.) in existence over fifty years; 2.) obsolete and uneconomical and that 3.) owners holding in aggregate more than fifty percent interest in the common areas are opposed to repairing or restoration or remodeling or modernizing the project. Succinctly said, if any of these three factors is missing then a condominium building or tower would not necessarily be declared uninhabitable immediately.

MISGUIDED NOTION: Condominium ownership terminates after fifty years.

Again, this is a fallacy.

A careful reading of the law would tell us that what it refers to in the fifty-year rule is the lifespan of a corporation that essentially is the same to unit owners who make up the condominium project. But, it must be taken into consideration that the condominium corporations can be renewed for another fifty years so the ownership would not necessarily end.

Additionally, this is based on the past practice of real estate developers leasing land to condominium developers where they would build their condo structures. The leasing period is limited to fifty years, but nowadays, developers no longer do this and would buy the land where the leasing rule would no longer apply.

MISGUIDED NOTION: Condominiums are not a worthy investment

Though it has been argued that although some condos might outlast fifty years, nothing beats investing in your house and lot that would be more advantageous for investment. But before disregarding the purchase of a condominium, one should carefully examine the various factors that would aid in potential purchaser in arriving at a decision.

Firstly, financial capability is of utmost importance—owning a condominium unit is so much more attainable if you earn less compared to waiting years and years just to save up for the purchase of a house and lot. Additionally, the property taxes on a condo unit are cheaper compared to residential homes.

Secondly, owning a home would have to mean forking out cash when it comes to renovations. For instance, the structure is still exposed to various elements. And if you think about it the funds and time you could save are rather substantial considering that it would not be necessary for you to travel and commute far every day as your residential area is in proximity to your workplace. This is because most condominium towers are strategically positioned around business districts.

So, now that we have enlisted a few of the common misguided beliefs and notions regarding the purchase of condominium units weigh your options well and consider the pros and cons of condo living and see for yourself if it fits your lifestyle as well as your family’s. With all this considered, you can now get started in making a more informed choice when it comes to a condominium or residential home investment.