Neighborhood Living: The Types of Neighbors and How to Deal with Them

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“And good neighbors make a huge difference in the quality of life. I agree.”-Robert Fulghum

Neighbors can either be the bane or boon of your existence.

It all boils down to how you deal and interact with them. Every neighborhood has its fair share of zany and quirky neighbors. Moreover, it also has its fair share of the other kind of neighbors. You know? Those neighbors you do cannot seemingly handle that smiling at each other when you do come across them can seem somewhat forced. Back in the day, almost everyone knew their neighbors or at have at least met them once. However, in this contemporary living setup we have today, it seems like most people would rather keep to themselves considering how perpetually busy their daily routine is. In fact, people would not even be surprised if you have lived in your house for about a decade now and have not had the opportunity to meet your neighbors.

In some cases, this can be a good thing—especially if you are surrounded by oddball and unusual neighbors. However, regardless of what kind of neighbors you have, it is inevitable to have a semblance of a community about you. After all, you are forced to coexist in one neighborhood, so you might as well get along as breezily as you can to ensure optimal residential and neighborhood satisfaction. No matter where you live, how you co-exist with your neighbors can make the difference between a yearly litigious battle and a harmonious coexistence. In any case, whether you live in Avida Asten or elsewhere, it is best to have a thorough understanding of the kind of neighbors you have or might have.

In this regard, you will be able to deal with them better.

1.) The Home Devaluers

While these neighbors are relatively harmless and friendly enough, the same thing cannot be said about how they treat their homes. In fact, they have a specific disregard to how they take care of their homes. Their lawns look like a jungle, and their car is probably left to rusting the front yard. From your perspective, this is more of their problem than yours. Unfortunately, if they live next to or right across you, this can be a significant problem when it comes to the resale of your home. To address this dilemma, communicate with the offending neighbor and get to the root of the cause of their neglect.

2.) The Dangerous Neighbor

Some neighbors are not really worth getting to know at all. However, it would bode you well to be aware what their dislikes and boundaries are so you would never cross them. If you see your neighbor ensuring that his or her lawn is painstakingly spruced up, then you would be wise not to cross that well-manicured lawn. You will never know what might set them off, so it might be best if you just kept to yourself and left them to their own devices.

3.) The Richer than Thou Neighbor

Every neighbor has one. Of course, no one can stop these neighbors from being rich, but the least they could do is stop being so ostentatious and showy about it—at least according to you. It seems to everyone in the neighborhood that they are trying to constantly one-up everyone by buying new things such as the latest cars and latest home improvements just so everyone else can feel inferior. Well, the truth is all you can do is just to cope. Remember, what is sparkly on the outside is not always as glittery on the inside. What you have to keep in mind that every family is dysfunctional to some degree and just because your neighbor is bringing in a new car almost every other month does not mean that trouble is not brewing at home. Chances are, their overindulgence and overspending are both probably trying to compensate for something lacking.

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Healthy Workspaces: How To Determine an Eco-Friendly Workplace

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A healthy lifestyle doesn’t only stem from daily intake of food and alternating activities to sitting and moving around. The environment you frequent also has a lot to do with what goes on with your body.

Adults spend most of their day in an office space. Thus, the environment of the workplace influences their stress levels including their mental and physical states. A serviced office Makati isn’t spared from a toxic or ecologically inefficient workplace. To determine if the development is an advocate of the green movement, refer to the SPACE test.

The SPACE test is useful when gauging real estate properties. You can also refer to it when estimating the value of the office space.

S – Savings

Though eco-friendly workspaces come with pricey details such as panel insulations LED lights with dimming light fixtures and other energy-efficient systems, an environment-friendly office space must encourage you to save. Having an office floor equipped with workstations minimizes the need for furnishing and equipment. Most of all, the area must have maintenance services.

Some features of energy-efficient places include the use of stairs. It also features open spaces and overlooking greeneries to encourage air circulation and cool the area. These features minimize the use of central air-conditioning as well as elevators and escalators.

Since office spaces are available on lease, it’s important to negotiate the upfront costs to save money on monthly fees.

P – Productivity

Working environment significantly impacts well-being. Placing a bunch of plants and incorporating natural light results to fewer sickness-related absences. It also increases employee’s concentration levels as the air becomes cleaner and purified by the plants. Moreover, employees are likely to converge and engage in well-lit and comfortable spaces. Natural light encourages dopamine production, a hormone that regulates the mood. Thus, people will associate the area with happiness.

Besides the highlights of the area, a productive space encourages shared workstations and locations. Flexible office regulations that allow telecommunication from home reduces overhead costs due to minimal floor area per employee.

A – Address

Ideal workplaces are short distances from prospects and clients to reduce their carbon footprint. Most office addresses are located in cities and neighborhoods of Makati CBD, Ortigas, and burgeoning other towns. These prestigious addresses come with a cost.

A highly efficient workplace settle in cheaper settlements with a sense of prestige. The ambiance of the neighborhood and its proximity to social and security services is more important than the label of the address.

C – Clauses

Office rentals come with stipulations. It’s best to read the details of the print before signing the contract. Be sure to understand the aspects of the clause to avoid unexpected fees along the way.

The leasing contract of the office space entails the rent due, limitations of use, and maintenance obligations. At the same time, it relays when the location of the office comes with an advantage. PEZA zones or Philippine Economic Zone Authority areas, for instance, are subject to tax exemptions. Moreover, some areas include environmental tax or fees depending on the nature of service of the company.

E – Expansion

Make sure to choose areas with provisions for expansion in case the business or company wishes to expand the office space. If you want to downsize, the office rental management must allow sub-leasing or sharing of extra spaces with others.

The SPACE method is highly efficient in considering the economic aspects of a workplace. Lots of spaces are available. All of them have the potential to house a growing business with a sizeable number of employees. Unfortunately, not all of them have the salient details of an environmentally conscious working space.

9 Home Decorating Finds To Score This 2018

Shopping for home decoration is similar to buying clothing.

You must take note of the measurements, quality, color, and material among other things. A lot goes on with interior decoration. Visiting the right store on top of scouring the pieces you wish to include in your home proves to be a source of a headache when you are at a loss for ideas.

A new condo for sale in Makati is in dire need of decorating. Luckily, luxury malls like Glorietta and Greenbelt are just around the corner to provide you with your decorating needs. If you plan to go for a haul or just redecorate, you must add these ten items on your list to score during your shopping trip.

1. Contrasting palettes

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Fusing bright and unexpected colors such as oranges and blues or purples with earth tones complement audacious personalities. These color combinations can work on small items and trinkets as well as pieces of furniture. Ashley Home Store at Glorietta 3 has signature home furniture, accessories, and mattresses.

2. Dark paint

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Rooms with enough light from windows can take on a dark color. Midnight blue, charcoal or terracotta are some hues you can try for a bold interior. True Value at Glorietta 1 offers a wide selection of paint colors

3. Decorated fireplace

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A standard feature on top of chimneys is the mantel-piece design. It makes the area feel outdated. Covering the outer walls of the fireplace with wallpaper or paint is more tasteful.

4. Disco ball

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Adding a disco ball in the living room or entertainment area makes an instant party place. The ball doesn’t provide illumination, but it’s an excellent reflector. Contemporary home stores like Dimensione may have one lying around their showroom.

5. Geometric shelving

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Irregularly shaped storages double in form and function. They are highly useful in keeping the space organized while adding design.You can opt for a standee that is a work of art in itself, or you can install some storages on an empty wall. Paint its inner part with bright hue to make the items out. A store like Home Bound has stunning pieces of functional furniture.

5. Lampshades

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An efficient way to change your home without spending too much, you start with the small items. Changing your lamps shades with bolder patterns and brighter colors improve the aura of the room. Try exploring A Touch of Elegance at Glorietta 4 for lighting inspiration.

6. Patterned flooring

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For the bold and loud characters, you can place your focus on the floor. Stencils or printed details like Moroccan-inspired or paisley patterns effortlessly brightens the area. Paint splats over solid colors is a simple way to include design while giving life in the space. Handyman has every decorator’s needs in store.

7. Oversized pendant lights

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Pendant lights or enormous chandelier changes the ambiance of the room. The oversized item dictates the personality of the area. To keep the balance of the room, ensure that the size of the light pendant is within the size of the table underneath it. Decor, a lighting boutique at Glorietta 4 has a variety of overhead lighting options.

8. Upholstery

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Another way to include patterns in your home is by installing brightly printed fabric on your chairs. If covering the whole things seems overboard, keep one side in a solid hue. The remaining side works with loud prints or patterns. The pieces at Victoria Mondiale combines comfort and aesthetic.

9. Unpredictable side table

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You can try a different surface instead of the usual four corners. A table with unexpected features – wooden vine-like legs or animal-shaped body – are ideal conversation pieces. Some surfaces can stand alone while others need support like a glass topper. Muebles Italiano has furniture pieces inspired by generations of culture and artistry.

Indeed, the malls of Makati CBD solves decorating woes. Glorietta guarantees to fill your condo unit with class and style. Most of all, it will amplify the color your life has to offer. These pieces will make you look forward to your time at home.

The Top Four Mistakes First-Time Homebuyers Make

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“You cannot have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you.” –Marissa Mayer

 

Buying a first home in today’s real estate market should be relatively easy. However, for those who are going into the venture sans the experience, it can be rather confusing and a tad bit frustrating at times. As of recent times, the housing market is showing no signs of declining and slowing down—in this regard, many prospective homeowners would feel incredibly confident about the timeliness of their purchase should they choose to buy a house now. However, if one travels through the unchartered  (in the case of first-time homebuyers at least) paths of buying and acquiring homes, mistakes and oversights are easily made. If you are a budget or have saved up for this monumental milestone (as is the case with most first-time homebuyers), you cannot really afford to make any error that would inevitably lead to a financial blunder.

Regardless of how small a financial mistake might be, making the wrong move in a saturated market would often lead to pecuniary remorse and inevitably, home buying misery. Unfortunately, first-time homebuyers are predisposed to committing these errors if they are left to their own devices and are armed with insufficient information. In any case, you can mitigate the chances of committing these lapses if you are equipped with prior knowledge prior to making your first purchase. Whether you are eyeing your first home to be in Avida Towers Cebu or elsewhere, here are some common first-time homebuyer mistakes you ought to avoid:

 

Buying a home that is too expensive

What is expensive and cheap is relative to how much the homebuyer actually earns. However, regardless of what kind of home you are looking to purchase, you should always remember to stay within your budget. How much you can afford largely varies but it depends on your debt to income ratio. Remember, you are not only going to be spending for the home alone, you would also have to take into account your monthly utility bills, groceries, insurance, etc.

Not hiring a realtor

As this is your initial venture into buying a home, it would bode you well if you worked with a professional whose expertise is in how real estate works. More often than not, homebuyers would rather forego the assistance of a real estate agent thinking that this is just another expense. Sure, it might be another aspect to pay for but think of it as a worthy investment. After all, you would stand to spend more should you purchase a home without the aid of an agent.

Not leaving room in the budget for other expenses

Unlike renting, owning a home would mean that if something breaks, you have to fix it. However, most first-time homebuyers do not seem to realize this. As a result, they would often not leave any room in the budget for any other expense. Your budget should not only comprise of what you pay for the initial down payment of your first home. In fact, it should cover a myriad of things. In this regard, you should also ensure that you leave enough to have extra money each month should you ever have the need for it.

Putting too much or too little down

Coming up with the down payment is already a major challenge when it comes to buying your first home, so defraying most of your home’s total price should be a good thing, right? Not necessarily. Putting up too much money for the down payment would cause a severe imbalance on your money savings and as a result, you may end up bungling your monthly budget. In this regard, you should not be overeager about paying up majority of your first home’s total price. Instead, pay just enough that you would still have a little legroom in your monthly budget to ensure you can cover any other expenses should you need it. Remember, you cannot always plan for every contingency, so should an emergency happen, you want to be adequately prepared financially.

 

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Rental Investments: Five Excellent Tips to Prepare for A Rental

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“To stand out, you just need to do a few things others are not willing to do.” –Michael Hyatt

There has been no question that renting out one of your unused properties is an excellent avenue for real estate investment. However, with a myriad of rental properties in almost every nook and cranny in the city (from condo units in Avida Towers Centera to apartment units elsewhere), how do you ensure that your rental property makes the cut and gets selected? Remember, every single day that you have a vacancy at your rental property is considered a loss of potential profits. However, while tenancy is mostly a hit or miss thing and has more to do with your luck in finding tenants than anything else, there are ways of ensuring that your rental properties would entice tenants to rent it out.

Apart from being situated in proximity to schools, offices and entertainment hubs, it pays to prepare your rental properties for occupancy by tenants. So, if you have been thinking of renting out any of your properties, here are some tips that would not only help you navigate through the process but make it a bit easier as well.

1.) Start the process at least six weeks out

Of course, if you are getting ready for tenancy, a little work goes a long way to ensure that the home is ready for occupants. Apart from ensuring that the home is rental-ready, you would also want to present it at its best before you even start giving your prospective tenants a tour of the home. Take note; most tenants start scouring the neighborhood for potential homes at least a month prior to their move. So, start at the earliest possible time.

2.) Spruce it up

Of course, part of beautifying your rental properties as well as making an excellent first impression on your prospective tenants is to make sure that the unit you are presenting to them is clean. Apart from cleanliness, you should also invest a little in giving it a little touch-up. Spend some time and money in applying a fresh coat of paint on the walls, incorporate fresh flowers into the home, get rid of the clutter and organize. Remember, tenants, are more inclined to rent a unit that is not only well-prepared but clean as well.

3.) Change your insurance

Whatever existing policy you have might not be sufficient enough to cover you should you become a landlord. So, before signing a lease, it is best if you find time to down with your insurance agent and discuss what available coverage options you have. Ask them about their landlord’s policy which is also known as a dwelling policy and update your existing coverage.

4.) Do not overlook legal technicalities

Before drafting your lease contract, research the existing laws of your area first. Chances are you would be required to obtain licenses and permits. Furthermore, you would also need to undergo an inspection. In most areas, tenancy is considered a business which would inevitably require a license from you—regardless of whether it is only for a single property or a series of properties. Learn the requirements of being a landlord and tenancy before renting out your home to mitigate the risk of getting into legal snarls.

5.) Decide if you will accept pets

Know that even though you will have more prospective clients should you accept their furry friends as well, there will also be some tenants who would not be so receptive to sharing a roof with four-footed creatures. However, ensure that you and your tenant are on the same page when it comes to pet policies. It would not hurt to make sure that he or she is a responsible pet owner as well. Your pet policies should be in place in order to prevent costly damage, noise and other pet-related problems. Moreover, you can then decide whether you will charge pet rent or fees.

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