Friday, November 27, 2015

Why Paying for a Real Estate Listing Makes a Big Difference

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There will always be a big difference when you go for a paid real estate listing than availing the free one. Yes, a free online listing might sound interesting and appealing to the ears of home sellers, especially when one is not willing to pay for it. However, there are advantages you can get when you go for a paid real estate listing, which you don't want to trade in with the offers from the other free online listings.

When you a home buyer and you decide to invest in a real estate Cebu, there will always be properties you can find through online. Of course, choosing the right property that best suit with your lifestyle is going to be your priority, right? That is why; most home sellers are doing their best and are even willing to pay for a listing since there are also home buyers who are looking for a good and suitable place to live. And if they don't go for the listings, the possibility of noticing their property is thin.

If you are still not convinced on why you should go for a paid real estate listing, then I'll give you an idea of what you can get when you choose the right one.

Your paid ad is not considered as spam

When you think about people these days, it is no wonder why we usually receive a lot of spams in our emails or our social media accounts. Some people tend to send emails that are not related to what you have asked. However, if you choose the paid real estate listings, people won't considered you as spam since it contains a high-level content. Yes, when you have a secured ad, home buyers will not be suspicious on your property whether it is spam or not.

Moreover, when you go for a paid real estate listings, it is usually embedded or linked to a trusted real estate blog.

Your paid listings get more reach due to relevance

When you pay your ad, you will expect that your ad will be in the proper category where it belongs. Of course, since you are selling a property, then your ad will go to be on a real estate category, whereas if you choose the free one, you will not know where you can find your real estate advertisements.

Moreover, you can also make use of the real estate keywords such as "real estate Cebu" or any properties that you want to sell. Of course, with that kind of method, your ad will be noticed when a home buyer searches the selected keywords. And yes, you will have more potential buyer since more and more people notice your ad.

There is a call to action that may lead to a scheduled tripping

When there is a potential buyer, they usually send in their concerns and other inquiries through a call to action feature on a paid real estate listing. There are also some who are interested I taking to the next step in the process. And if you are lucky they might be one who is willing to buy the property that you are selling. However, having a call to action might not be that good in a free real estate listing. Well, if you want to be sure when it comes to the properties that you are selling, then you better avail a paid real estate listing.

You build your referral network

One of the advantages, when you go for a good online listing, is that there are competent real estate brokers who are also helping their client find a home for them. And when you have good details and other information that are included in your ad, a real estate broker might recommend or refer your home to his/her client. Of course, that if you have a trusted content on your advertisement, you will achieve your desired outcome.

There are a lot of ways you can sell your property. However, there will always be a big difference when you choose the paid real estate listings.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

How to Know You and Your Home are a Perfect Match


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Once you are decided to invest in a home, one of the many things you can think of is on the compatibility between you and your home. Agree? Of course, as a homebuyer, it is your responsibility whether investing in Makati condo or any other condo unit in Bonifacio Global City is right for you or not. You definitely will not invest when you don't have any idea about the place, right?

Unfortunately, there are homebuyers who failed to look at the important details of a house. Perhaps, they miss inspecting the damages inside. That is why, some of them are not that happy to live in their house. Well, if you are a kind of person who doesn't want to have any regrets investing in a particular property, then below are some ideas on whether or not you and your home are a perfect match.

It fits your ultimate non-negotiable

In every home, there is this one consideration that we don't want to lose or compromise. There are even homebuyers who won't invest in a particular property when he or she doesn't see that particular thing inside the property. However, if you choose a property that the non-negotiable such as the type of home, the layout space, the policies for pets, the property developer, the design, and the total floor space, I bet, you will buy this kind of property. Of course, you don't have to think of anything else since it is all on the property that you have chosen.

You envision yourself living here

If you think that you cannot image yourself living in that particular place, then that property is not for you. It doesn't suit your personality. And mind you, don't pursue to choose that kind of property for you not to regret later on. You will eventually realize that you are seeing yourself living in the place that you are planning to buy. And of course, you don't want to let go of that feeling, right? Moreover, not just envisioning yourself living, you also enjoying the kind of lifestyle you always have wanted. When you do, then it is going to be a match.

Your loved ones approve of your choice

As a homebuyer, you have to remember that you also have to consider that opinion of your love ones. If you have your family, it is your duty to ask the opinions of your husband or wife and children before you can decide to purchase that particular property. Of course, it is for you to prevent any disappointments from you're the people that you love. Moreover, if your parents or relatives appreciate and approve your decision on investing in that particular property, then it might be a sign that the property for you.

You feel at home in the community

Before you can decide to invest in a particular property, one of the many things you also consider is its community. Agree? Of course, if you are planning to live in that particular place, you also have to make sure that you don't feel that you are an outsider; you want to belong in the community. Moreover, when you feel at ease and safe with your community, it is also one of the many ways you can live a healthy lifestyle without worry about neighbours who don't like you at all.

Nothing compares to it

When you do house hunting, you will go to a lot of houses before you can decide that that particular property is going to be the one. If you think that you already find the property of your dreams, then comparing it to the others will give you a feeling of satisfaction that any other properties that you have been. And I bet, your heart is already set to have that particular property even if there are still a lot of other options you can have.

You feel positive when you are inside

Being positive about the place is one of the things you will know that you and your home is a match. Of course, there will always be something in common between you and the property. You feel a good vibe that inspires you to stay.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Going Green and Eco-Friendly? Try These Tips!

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A well rounded and balanced house and lot in Sta. Rosa Laguna, Philippines, or any other properties in other parts of the country, is pretty similar to how you envision your dream lover: As beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside.

To be more concrete regarding this metaphor, the outer facade of a house entices your neighbors to get in into your abode while the inner fa├žade of your home would give them a subtle hint of what kind of neighbor you are. As it is, the aesthetic value should be present in the exterior part of our homes as well as the interior.

However, with today’s modern design, most people are under the erroneous impression that sustainable and aesthetic design is synonymous to high-tech design elements and engineering processes that they would incorporate into their homes.

However, this is a major misconception. Although high-tech elements offer an edgier and intricate design that would enhance the overall look of your homes with its intricate design, they hardly ever come cheap. Additionally, these techy modern designs may add aesthetic value, but it would give your home a stuffy and unwelcome feeling—almost as if toddlers and kids are unwelcome.

Choose to go green and be eco-friendly! By doing so you are not only adding to the aesthetic value of your homes, you are doing Mother Nature and yourself a huge favor as well. Opt to decorate with tangible sustainability in mind. Use less energy, less water, and less renewable resources while still managing to make your home look beautiful.

Here are some ways you can start.

Utilize eco-friendly floors 


A popular choice for ecological design is Bamboo material. Utilizing this as the flooring for your homes gives the entire house an overall cooler feeling. Additionally, this flooring material is as durable as oak, and since it is actually a grass, it is rather quick to grow, renewable and very sustainable thereby any qualms of hurting the environment on your part should be disregarded. Instead of traditional hardwood flooring, choose this as your flooring as your eco-friendly home design option.

Go green with your plumbing 


Harmful chemicals are present in plastic that is a compound present in PVC. To avoid a potentially dangerous health issue, opt for utilizing clay as an option for your underground pipes.  For green alternatives in piping above ground, using aluminum and galvanized steel is a great start.

Make use of natural paints in coloring walls 


Most paints contain VOC (volatile organic compounds) which is anything but eco-friendly. Green paints are natural paints whose composition consists of all natural components such as plant extracts and oils and miners. These are not only eco-friendly but safe as well. Look for paint that is low-VOC or zero-VOC.

For heating and air-condition, use renewable energy


Although quite pricey, installing solar panels is actually a worthy and smart investment. They augment the resale value of your home and would substantially decrease the amount of your monthly electric bill. This green home design became rather popular as it reduces energy consumption and actually creates and stores energy for use. For heating and air-conditioning, utilize natural gas.

For sidings, choose materials that are environmentally friendly 


Wood, stucco or aluminum sidings are just some of the choices you have for a green home design option. They will instantly make your home feel cooler and cozier. Do not use PVC vinyl siding—this releases toxins and is not reusable nor biodegradable.

Use tankless system or solar energy


Utilize energy efficient heaters which are a feature present in solar and tankless water heaters. Your energy bill will thank you for it, and hot water is always available at your disposal.

Invest in furniture made from recyclable or renewable materials 


Choose organic cotton bedding, curtains made of recycled polyester and maybe sheets that are made of hemp. Your living room could feature couches made from bamboo, recycled wood or teak. There are a lot of green options to choose from.

Going green and eco-friendly is a smart choice. It exemplifies your conscious effort in keeping the environment at the forefront of designing and decorating your home. And that, in itself, is already doing your part in keeping Mother Nature healthy.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

6 Things you Probably don't Know about Making more Money from Real Estate

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If you are thinking about increasing your income, one of the things we usually do is having our own business and/or any other marketing strategies, for as long as we can make money out from it.  While other people are just curious about joining the real estate industry, for some, they feel sick and tired of having the same job without increasing their income. Why's that? Maybe because you are not serious on the things that you do or maybe you just don't know the right approach for a particular thing. Guilty? We all do, actually! 

When you invest, there is no guarantee that every transaction that you make is a sure thing to have. And there is also no certainty whether you are going to achieve the desired outcome that you want. However, if there's just a careful plan and a wise decision, then it is a going to be a smart investment. Now if you are serious about making the most out of it, then you might want to try applying these things for the betterment of your future.

1. Stop making debt a cycle

Basically, when you want to invest, there will always be debts involved. Of course, not all of us can fully pay the property that we want to have, that is why we tend to have a loan. However, if you are making another debt even if you know that you already have a hard time paying the previous debts, it is also not a good thing to do. Because when you do, you are basically forced to have another debt just to pay your previous debt – and it's a cycle. Unless you change your routine, you will definitely have a financial crisis.

2. Buy your first home

Have you ever wondered how and where your money went? Have your ever realize that you're making money yet you don't know how you spent it? It's frustrating, isn't it? And we are all guilty of this. If you are serious in making and saving more money, then you have to buy your first home. It is better than renting. Yes, it is definitely going to be our challenge, since it requires our willingness and determination to achieve that particular goal. Although you are spending your income for your home, this is still a wise investment for your future.

3. Be patient and do your research

If you are a person who wants to do things in a rush, then real estate is not for you. Investing in a real estate is going to be a long-term investment. It needs your patience, willingness and determination to pursue what you want to have. Moreover, no matter how tempting a particular property is, you have to make sure that you patiently done your tasks with local landlords, agents, and residents to ensure that you are indeed investing on a property that will prove a visible and profitable in the future.

4. Work with knowledgeable people

If you want to succeed in the real estate investments, you have to make sure that you are surrounded with knowledgeable people. Of course, they are the one who will help you with the concern that you have. And if you have anything in particular that you don't understand, then it is easier for you to ask since you are with the people who knows better. There's a caveat though, it is a must for you to make sure that these people who are with you are trustworthy enough for you to learn from them. It is important that you build trust between you and your agent/client.

5. Diversify your strategies

As an investor, you have to know where and what, in particular, you are sure that you can certainly make money out from it. When it comes to real estate, you should not stick to one strategy, you have to know what else you can do to increase your income. Moreover, it is also the time for you to be creative and resourceful enough to think about the things that can make a bigger income.

6. Always aim to add value

One of the things that can add value to a property is its beautification. If you think that you are selling a property that is old, then it is your call to renovate, improve and decorate the necessary things that will add beauty to the property. The more you take good care of the property that you are investing, the higher chances that you are going to make money out of it.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Organized Home: The Qualities All Organized People Have

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Because people are busy with their work or school, arranging and organizing things in their home can eat up their precious time. There are even times that we tend to leave our messy things as it is since there is still no time for organizing them. Well, whether you are maintaining a 1BR condo in Shaw Blvd Mandaluyong or a bungalow house and lot in Laguna, it is sad news to hear. You definitely don’t want to live in a place where all you see is messy and chaotic things around your house. Do you? I’m sure, NOT!

Hypothetically speaking, do you believe that most people who are into organizing things every time they see messy things around them, is a somewhat kind of a lazy person? Well, perhaps, they just don’t want to spend too much of their time arranging things, or sitting through things just to find what they are looking for – it is definitely a waste of time and energy.

For them to avoid these tiring situations, they came up a brilliant idea where they can lessen the overall time they would have to use just to organize a particular thing. Well, if you want to know their little secret, then below are the qualities most organized people usually have and/or do.

They purge often and ruthlessly

Whenever an organized person noticed and saw an unwanted thing that is in a particular place, they will immediately get it and put it in their proper place. For instance, if they see any T-shirts placed on the couch in the living, they will immediately put those particular clothes in their closet and/or in their laundry area. With that, it will help reduce spending too much of their time putting things back in their proper place and in order.

They make or designate a spot for everything

Ok, let admit! Not all things we have at home are used every day, right? So, what organized people usually do is, they make and/or designate a spot for everything. For instance, if you are using closed shoes for work or for school every day, then your high heels are occasionally pushed back. For you not to have any hassles of finding a particular thing, especially when it is most likely to be used all the time, then you have to put is somewhere where it is easier for you to spot.
They embrace labels

One of the easiest ways to spot and identify your belongings is to have labeled it. There are just times that we tend to forget where we put a particular thing in our home. And when we do, this may cause us to have some serious problems, especially when that particular thing is important. Putting or having some labels on your stuff may not be a bad idea at all. In fact, it will be a convenience on your part.

They look for organizational storages

Aside from putting a label on your things, one of the quickest and easiest things for you to do is to place an organizational storage in everything that you have. If you have unused clothes or any other items that are not already in use, then it is better for you to put it in a particular place or storage where it will not be messy for you to have. Moreover, this will help you identify and immediately find a particular thing whenever you want to use it again.

They start and finish projects right away

One of the things that add up the mess in your home is having an unfinished project. Of course, there will be a lot of stuff that will be in your room, and if that isn’t immediately finished and place to its proper place, then it will going to be your hassles later on.

If you are one of those people who have a hard time finding a time for organizing things in their home, then you better apply these qualities above for you to lessen the burden that you have. Of course, this definitely works!

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Downside of an Impulse Buying

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Let’s admit! Most of us here have experience buying in a rush. Sometimes, we just tend to get the things that we see and then put them on our grocery cart, and/or immediately decide to buy that particular thing without even thinking whether if it is useful or not. With that sense, we tend to end up regretting what we have just bought.

Generally, this situation also happens to most homeowners, especially when they have to move to another property yet still don’t have any furniture and other things that are needed for the house, they tend to buy the things they know that might be useful to them when in fact it doesn’t.

Impulsive buying doesn’t just waste your money but also, you are adding some unimportant things which also eat up the space in your home. Well, if you are one of those homeowners who tend to be impulsive when it comes to buying furniture and other things, then you might want to change that kind of habit when you know the down sides of it. At least, you will realize that it is not advisable for you to continuously doing it.

It compromises the art

The tendency when you buy a particular thing without any second thoughts, you might end up not liking the style of the furniture that you have just bought. Yes, there are times that what you think is beautiful to have might not be applicable in your home. The design might not compliment with the other things inside your home – and if you force to have it in your rooms, it might be weird to look at.

Well, if you are a kind of person who is particular when it comes to the art and/or design of your furniture, then you better think twice whether you really like the design and if it can be complimented with the other things inside your house or not.

Large-scale furniture

Unless you know that the property that you will be moving is big enough, then buying large-scale furniture is a no-no. The downside in buying large furniture, it might not be fitted inside your house, and you might not be able to use it since it is too big for you to have it.

Before buying one, you have to make sure that you know the size of your house. Moreover, try to estimate or measure the space that you have inside in order for you to know what kind of things that will be fitted in that particular space.

It compromises the paint

We all know that not all things that are being sold inside the mall are durable enough for you to use. There are times that the quality of that particular thing that you have just bought is not good. Of course, if you will buy such thing, you will definitely regret it later on, since the thing that you have is not going to last.

Moreover, you might not know that the paint will easily get off from the furniture. With that, you might paint it all over again on your own and spend some money for it.

Anything you don’t truly love

When you do impulsive buying, you tend to get the things that you think might help you without thinking whether you like that particular thing or not. And in the long run, you will end up regretting buying and having it on your house.

Also, some of you here might not be contented of the things that they have just bought and plan to buy another thing that they like – which makes you spend more money that the usual expense that you have for the things you need in your home.


To sum it up, impulsive buying might be one of your nightmares. Before you are going to shop, you have to make sure that you have enough time for you to think and buy the things that are necessary for you to have, and of course, things that you like to have. Moreover, you have to keep your shopping habit in check for you to avoid any regrets later on. So, enjoy your shopping and make sure that you choose the things that you really like!