Home Living: Four Reasons Why You SHOULD NOT Live Together Before Marriage

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“I am not a big advocate of living together before marriage. It can be the right thing, but it can also leave two people stuck together who have not figured out what they really want out of a relationship.”-Emily Yoffe

 

Today, most modern couples are shacking up together and have started living their lives under one roof.

After all, there is no point in living separately when rental fees or real estate is priced at a premium. However, it is also highly likely that we have been told that we should never try living under one roof with our significant other without the benefit of marriage. Coming from a deeply religious family, shacking up before I have tied the knot was always something my own mother warned me about. The usual story goes that I would be living in sin and that the longer I live with someone, the less likely they are going to marry me.

After all, as the saying goes: why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? However, antiquated and rather archaic beliefs aside, there are a few reasons why you should not jump into the idea of living with your significant other just yet. Sure, the idea might seem romantic—exciting even as who would not love waking up and sleeping next to their partners day after day? However, before you start building on the idea and scouring for properties in One Roxas Triangle or elsewhere, it is best to be aware of what you are getting into.

So, before testing the strength of your relationship or the enduring resilience of your love by moving in together, here are some of the things you ought to know about and why you should decide against the idea:

 

Solitude should be embraced

When you are on your own, you have your own space. You have a designated room where you can be as you are. However, all these are pretty much extinguished when you are living with a significant other. Once you are sharing a room, the both of you would be compromising on the color of the duvets or what kind of pillows you should use. Furthermore, you might be constrained to sacrifice some of your belongings. After all, space would be limited and you cannot realistically expect to stuff your shared room with all of your belongings. Compromising would be something the both of you would be doing quite often. So, enjoy your solitude while you still have it.

It gives you a way out should you need it

More often than not, couples live under one roof in order to mitigate rental costs and other expenses. However, this is not a good idea until both of you have already had all the difficult and rather unpleasant conversations. This includes what your plans in life for together, if and when you would get married and the like. With this in mind, you should not share a residential property with someone you are not even legally tied to—lest it would cost problems. Admittedly, breaking a rental contract would be a lot easier than getting a divorce or annulment, but you should still think twice about getting into a rental contract with someone if you do not even see yourself with them for the long haul.

You get to live on your own schedule (and terms)

Living with someone means that both of you would have to adapt to each other’s habits. And like stated above, the both of you would need to do a lot of compromising. Living alone means that you can come and go as you please. You have your own schedule without bothering anyone and can work late into the night without the compelling need to stay quiet so as not to disturb others. This is not the case when you are living together as you need to be flexible with each other’s schedules. When it is just you, it would be far easier.

Convenience is not romance

Rental, regardless of where you choose to live which is why most couples would attribute shacking up together to the high rental cost. Living together saves them a significant amount of money and would allow them to split the monthly rental cost. However, if you put it that way, is it romantic at all? Remember, deciding to move in together is a big step and is a rather huge deal. In one way or another, it is one step closer to getting married. So, if you have decided to live together for practical reasons, would it not effectively extinguish the romance and excitement in asking you to take your relationship to the next level? Much like a marriage proposal, most individuals would want it to come from a place of sincere and genuine love instead of lackluster convenience. Take note: this is a decision that would affect the both of you. Incidentally, it would also bind the both of you together. So, if your reason is simply to save some money, would it not defeat the romance in your relationship?

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Home Selling 101: Three Indispensable Tips in Writing Compelling Real Estate Facebook Ads

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“If you are selling real estate and you are awake, you are doing well.”-Brad Inman

 

It is a known fact that most individuals are on Facebook nowadays, as a real estate agent, you should know how to capitalize on that phenomenon.

As a real estate agent, you should be aware that success is not only hinged on selling properties. Know that to be an effective realtor, you need to develop other key areas in your job description such as the ability to generate leads and create captivating marketing campaigns. In fact, it has been shown that riveting and catchy marketing campaigns are paramount when it comes to a successful sale—particularly in a competitive industry such as real estate. After all, how can you reasonably sell a house if you cannot generate a lead to sell it to?

With the internet giving everyone the ease of access to perhaps everything under the sun, know that it would be a very much heavily-relied tool in generating leads. Decades ago, real estate agents had virtually nothing like the internet and had to rely on networking around the town and posting ads wherever possible to generate a lead. Today, this strategy is rendered obsolete and ineffective. With social networking juggernauts in the equation, this kind of strategy does not just quite make the cut. After all, most people would be glued to their phones 24/7, do you really expect them to notice the print ads you would be posting all over town?

In any case, if you want to capture leads in this technologically fixated and advanced world, you need to adapt. How do you do this? Take your business to social media, of course! Of the social media trifecta, Facebook is the most versatile and the most widely used which means that you might be able to generate better leads using this medium. However, you cannot just rely on peppering your followers’ news feeds with ads, you need to create ads that tick, captivate and create interest. As Facebook is primarily a visual tool, your targeting options are rather linear insomuch that it would allow you to delineate the kind of market you want to reach—whether that may be prospective homebuyers looking for a 1br condo for rent in Makati to a unit in Avida Towers Centera. Now that we have illustrated all that, how do you create an attractive Facebook ad? Read on below to find out

 

Use Targeting Option

It is an established fact that among all social networks, Facebook remains to be the most popular. But apart from its widespread use, Facebook is the perfect adverting medium as it allows you to get extremely detailed in targeting your audience. If you have already delineated the goals of your campaign, you can then use Facebook’s targeting options to refine your audience. Be precise about your targeting so that you are guaranteed to show your ads to the appropriate audience.

Utilize Video

With the unparalleled prowess of technology nowadays, you can even stage a home tour without requiring your target audience to be in your property for the showing. Simply use a video recorder and give a guided tour of your house. Taking videos of your property is definitely an excellent way to get the upper hand in the real estate game considering that this technique is rather underutilized. Moreover, most prospective homebuyers would be more receptive to ads with videos as pictures are known to be deceiving. In this regard, you ought to start catching up as well and utilize videos in your ads.

Be transparent

An effective real estate agent, as well as a successful one, knows that they should capitalize on building trust. In this regard, you ought to be transparent with your leads and potential clients. Remember, people who are making a potentially huge financial decision (as well as a personal one) would want to transact business only with a trustworthy individual. While trust can be rather difficult to establish nowadays, know that you can make a good start by being transparent with your ads. In this regard, your potential homebuyers would know that what they see is what they would get and they would never feel like they are being deceived. In the creation of a Facebook ad, be realistic about the imagery and direct in your ad copy. Let the prospective buyer know what they would be getting into and exactly what is included in the deal. Be detailed about your listing and include pertinent information from the price down to the number of bedrooms.

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Home Buying: Five Things to Know As a First Time Homebuyer

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“The ache for a home lives in all of us, the safe place where we go as we are and not be questioned.”-Maya Angelou

 

The prospect of buying your first home can be rather exciting, albeit a little daunting.

However, this endeavor is often fraught with difficulties if you are unaware of what it entails and what you should prepare for. Undoubtedly, the process will likely be overwhelming, however, when done right, you would not only be putting your money down on an excellent investment but you would also end up with a home you will be happy to live in for quite a long while. Furthermore, knowing what you want mitigates the likelihood of buyer’s remorse which is why it is always wise to review your options before pushing through with a deal.

In any case, if you are prepared to find the home of your dreams—whether that may be a unit in the East Gallery Place or a residential place elsewhere, here are some of the things you ought to know to minimize the likelihood of surprises when you do finally affix your signature on that contract:

 

Make sure to have room in your budget for transitional costs

Before you even shop around for homes, it is recommended that you set a budget of how much you are willing to pay for in a home. However, apart from budgeting for the property itself, you would also need to prepare for the transitional costs it entails. Remember, you still have expenses to cover on top of your mortgage so you need to adequately budget for that as well. Set a budget for the unexpected and have a plan for the allocation of the same. The earlier you plan, the less likely you will have any financial snags on top of your big investment so if you are already planning on shopping for homes, start creating your budget plan today.

Working with a good agent is paramount

Many homeowners think that home buying is an endeavor they can pull off by themselves. While they are right, going on about the house hunt and deal by yourself tends to slow down your pace and would take you a lot longer to find a place of your own at the price you can afford. Working with an agent who would be able to assist and guide you throughout the entire process would ensure that not only would you find the property you want but at the right price as well. In this time and age, the internet is at your disposal so use it to your advantage and find an agent who you think can work best to fit your needs. However, do not just arbitrarily go with anyone. Do not risk it and only select the best agent who has the expertise and comes highly recommended as well.

Determine if the price is right

More often than not, the prospect of living in our dream homes can cloud our judgment insomuch that we are willing to go beyond our budget because we are very much taken by a beautiful home. However, take the sparkles off of your eyes and check if your finances are in order before making an offer. Calculate your debt to income ratio and make sure that is manageable and is within rich. At the time, you might feel like you can make it work and that buying a home out of your budget would ultimately pay off. But, remember, paying a mortgage that is too high might end up being a financial encumbrance and would ruin your overall satisfaction and happiness in your investment. After all, just because you can borrow a certain amount to buy a more expensive home does not mean that you should.

Know the potential

First-time home buyers tend to go into the endeavor without managing their expectations which means they would likely disqualify homes that do not tick off all the boxes in their needs and wants list. However, these unrealistic expectations can deter you in the long run as demanding too much of your first home would often mean missing out on the subtle charms it already has as well as its hidden potential. For the littlest and tiniest imperfections, look for ways on how you can improve it instead of dismissing it right away.

Research the neighborhood

More often than not, a home’s location is so much more important than the home itself. In this regard, you ought to find a home that is located in a safe neighborhood that is in proximity to educational institutions as well as commercial establishments and shopping centers. Do not zero your focus on the home alone and look for one that is located in a great neighborhood as well. Choose a neighborhood with a strong sense of community and is safe and secure.

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Smart Home Buying: Negotiating Tips and Techniques Every Homebuyer Must Know

 

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“In business as in life—you do not get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate” –Chester L. Karrass

 

It has never been any question whether real estate is a good investment, it has long been considered a given.

However, considering that real estate property might be one of the biggest investments you would probably make in life, it is imperative that you go approach the endeavor with much contemplation and shrewdness. In this regard, selecting a property is in by no means a task you should treat arbitrarily—you need to weight your options insomuch that you can find a property that is not only suitable to your lifestyle but comes at the best price and terms as well. After all, an old adage in real estate is that everything is negotiable. But, just how much is your prospective willing to compromise? Furthermore, do you possess the necessary skills to bring the agreement equally in your and the seller’s favor?

Buying a home does not only mean scoring the best property available, but it also means getting it at the best price possible as well. However, negotiating is a rather tricky skill that is refined over years of experience. Furthermore, it requires a great deal of knowing when to start the negotiations, how to push for more and when you should stop. In conjunction with all those, you would need to possess a shrewd skill in researching the real estate market plus a commitment to being familiar with your prospective property’s neighborhood. Take note: The more properties there are than people who want them, the better your chances in a successful negotiation are. And in this case, homebuyers have more leverage over the home prices which would then create an excellent avenue for negotiation on some homes.

Unfortunately, most homebuyers are unaware of their haggling options. Consequently, opportunities for negotiations are left unexplored when they should have been capitalized. To ensure you get the best deal possible for the prospective homes you are considering—whether that may be a condo for sale in Quezon City or elsewhere—take a gander at your options for negotiating. In any case, here are some of the techniques and tips you should never miss as a homebuyer:

 

Get an agent

As a buyer, you may have a little breathing room when it comes to the purchase of real estate property. But, that does not automatically mean that you are in the driver’s seat and can dictate the terms of how the sale would go. Unfortunately, with property listings available online, many homebuyers fall into a false sense of security and would think that real estate agents are unnecessary. Sure, you might find a house online but that does not guarantee you can actually get that offer to close.

Put your finances in order

Your offer would be so much more persuasive if it holds more weight. In this regard, you should get yourself pre-approved for a home loan. To highlight its importance, take note that some home sellers would not even consider prospective buyers who do not have a mortgage preapproval making it a paramount requirement not only in negotiations but in buying homes as well.

Do the math before getting hung up on small price differences

More often than not, homebuyers—especially first-time homebuyers—tend to be a little myopic about their prospective real estate property insomuch that they would only look at the price without considering other factors. Sometimes, you need to consider every aspect of the deal before you even consider closing on it or overlooking it. There might be instances wherein small differences would actually mean you get a better property or a more flexible payment rate. In any case, you should do the math and consider the deal from all angles before accepting or rejecting an offer.

Base your offer on the home value and not the list price

Before pitching an offer for a prospective property, take a look at the recent sales in the neighborhood first. From there, you would get the necessary information to arm you in your negotiation endeavor. Keep in mind that homes priced at or below the market value are highly unlikely to budge on their asking price whereas those priced at above market value and have been in the market for a while would be more receptive to lower offers. However, do not immediately jump the gun on the negotiations and accompany your negotiation pitch with a market analysis first.

Be prepared to move fast

Most properties that go in the market tend to disappear as soon as they hit the listings—especially if they are in ideal neighborhoods and are priced reasonably. In a competitive market, keep in mind that your first offer SHOULD BE your best offer. You might never get another chance, so ensure what you offer would not only be persuasive but enticing enough as well.

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Four Things You Should Know About Your Partner before Moving in Together

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“Marriage is a framework to preserve friendship. It is valuable because it gives much more room to develop than just living together. It provides a base from which a person can work at understanding himself and another person.” –Robertson Davies

 

Moving in together is a relationship milestone only second to marriage.

With this in mind, it would be no wonder why so many long-term couples would quickly adapt to the idea and start living together under one roof. After all, sleeping and waking up next to your partner would certainly present a myriad of romantic possibilities. However, quixotic fantasies aside, living together would also solve a myriad of pecuniary difficulties through the unified defrayment of mortgage, rent and utility bills. Unfortunately, just because living together presents fantastic opportunities for the both of you (both practical and idealistic) does not mean that you should.

Arguably, you can view living together as a trial run for what your life would be like when you do become a married couple and see what your long-term partner is really like. But you also have to consider the possibility that moving in together might strain your relationship and cause it to progressively deteriorate. After all, there is much truth to the maxim that says “familiarity breeds contempt”. This is not to say that you should never live together before marriage, but it does encourage you to weigh your options and give your decision a little forethought. Do not go into this possibility without exploring all the outcomes and possibilities. Contemplate and consult with your partner and see if this is the right move for you. Furthermore, try to find out if you and your partner are in sync and if your lifestyles match as this would be a paramount consideration when it comes to deciding whether or not you should live together. Ask yourself if you truly know your partner and if you can see yourself living with them for the long haul as sharing an address is a significant decision to make.

So, before you start scouring for condominium units in the East Gallery Place or elsewhere, here are some of the things you should definitely know about your partner before moving in with them:

 

 

How they maintain their space

More often than not, the primary cause of outbursts and domestic arguments would stem from one partner’s refusal to clean up after himself or herself. While you were still living separately, these might seem like a fun quirk about them. However, if you have to deal with it daily, your partner’s inability to clean up after themselves would quickly escalate into an infuriating trait insomuch that you might find yourselves rubbing each other the wrong way. It might be that your partner has an affinity for clutter while you wish for the place to be as immaculate and pristine as possible. In any case, your lifestyles should match and you would need to iron out any deal-breakers before you decide to move in with them.

Their oddities and pet peeves

Everyone has their own fair share of idiosyncrasies and your partner will likely have them too. In this regard, you should know what their pet peeves are as they should with yours. Cohabitation means that you would be living in proximity to each other for most of the time and they might have little peculiarities that send you into a blind rage. Having your partner know what they are would enable them to manage their behavior in the same way you would do yours. Settle it before you move in together so that pet peeves would not become a cause for arguments in the future.

What their routine is like

Most individuals have a daily morning routine without even realizing it. Being a night owl or a morning person contributes to how you go about your day. In this regard, know how your partner generally behaves in the morning before you even consider living under one room. Know what their sleeping habits are and what their daily morning routine is. They might expect you to adapt to your schedule or they might choose to adapt to yours. In any case, this should be discussed so that you can have a lifestyle that would match.

How they handle money

Money is a sensitive issue that calls for difficult discussions when it comes to relationships. How your partner handles his or her finances would ultimately contribute to how well they would settle monthly bills. When you move in together, you would likely share your finances which is why it would be a wise move to know whether your partner has a blasé attitude as regards their finances or not. Furthermore, while it might be awkward, it is vital to have a heart-to-heart talk about how you intend to share the living and household expenses and how you can save for the future. Remember, these are pivotal things that need to be discussed in order to avoid snarky arguments about money in the long haul.

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Shopping in the City: How to Take Advantage of Weekend Markets in Manila

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You’ll discover a lot of things when you visit different organic, outdoors in Manila. From homegrown vegetables to grass-fed meat and a selection of food kiosks for the health conscious, you’ll find that it’s not difficult to stay healthy. All you need is to find a place to shop.

Some people find it a challenge to shop in other places besides the grocery store. Unfortunately, supermarkets don’t have the things you can see at a weekend market Manila. For instance, some groceries don’t have fresh fruits and vegetables. Most of their stock is outsourced from other regions and states. Supermarkets also have limited options of fresh produce. Some groceries only offer a specific type of meat or fish. Lastly, shoppers won’t get to experience the art of bargaining.

With all of these in mind, it might be better for you to take advantage of what farmers markets offer. If it’s your first time to visit one, here’s how you can make the most of your experience.

1. Get the vegetables as they are

Some produce especially root vegetables come with their greens or some roots. If you have the option to pick what to get, always those that are in their natural form. For one, they last longer when they’re not trimmed. Next, you get to have free food. You can use the greens to make pesto or cook the radish and beets the same way you prepare chard or kale.

2. Consider what’s in season

Most weekend markets only offer fruits and vegetables that are in season. Once you decide on a date to visit a market, you should first research what farmers grow during that time of the year. That way, you can avoid apples that lack texture or bland oranges. It’ll also help you look for substitutes and avoid having your expectation thrown out of the window.

3. Think of the market’s location

Besides what’s in season, the market’s location can also influence what’s on the stores. Some weekend markets only have fresh produce while others have food stalls or sellers that feature locally sourced clothing, accessories, and other items. Markets that are near plantations and backyard farms are likely to have fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat while those near the seaside have a greater chance of selling seafood.

4. Be an early bird

Since weekend markets are sparse in Manila, the stock quickly runs out. Most people want to get their hands on the best products, so they get their early. If you don’t want to get the scraps, then you should be an early bird. You have a chance to pick the best items in the stalls when you make time for your shopping. If you’re after perishables such as meat and seafood, then you should visit the market in the morning.

5. Know how to pick your produce

Fruits and vegetables can look odd or feature a different shape, but that doesn’t mean they won’t taste great. Before you shop for greens and colorful crops, you must first know how to pick the best tasting ones from those that aren’t. You can always ask the farmer or the seller to pick them for you, but it’s much better to know you got the things you need by yourself.

6. Pick your purchases

An organic market is not always the best place to get your goods. You can get bread at a local bakery or jams and sauces at the grocery store near your home. Of course, you’ll be helping farmers when you choose their stuff over commercially produced ones. If you are already a patron of a brand or a store, then you shouldn’t trade your favorite over what you saw at the market. Pick your purchases and only choose those that interest you and those you need.

7. Look around

Don’t stick to the same store to get everything off your shopping list. Remember, several stalls are selling the same item. However, their goods can have different quality and prices. You should look around before getting your stuff. Try their samples, look at the prices and talk with the farmers. Learn how they grow their produce or what are the ingredients they use for their creations. You’ll end up with more options than when you first came to the market in choosing your goods.

8. Try the unusual

An organic market is a great place to find items that aren’t on the shelves of grocery stores. You can find irregular shapes vegetables, exotic fruits, and other homemade creations. Don’t be afraid to try all of them. If you’re not sure how to use them for your recipes, you can ask the farmer or seller for ideas. You can also search the Internet on how to prepare them or come up with unique meals for your family.

Each market has a specific structure. Knowing how the market works and its different characteristics can help you prepare accordingly. But, you don’t have to worry so much. These tips can back you up and help you have a great time shopping. With these tips, you won’t have a problem navigating a weekend market.

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12 Life Tips to Help You Fake It Till You Make It

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It’s not fun to be broke. Hell, no one wants the feeling of being broke. No one relishes in the fact that they don’t have money. No one wants to admit they can’t afford to go clubbing every Friday night, go shop for designer clothes at the 30th Mall or grab some bite at the fancy organic restaurant that opened last week. It’s sad, but it’s the truth. Not everyone has a six-figure paycheck or something like that.

These people are regular people. They are the hard-workers in the office who don’t get as much as they’d hope to have. They might have manicured lawns, by they don’t have anything on their savings account. These people are the kind of people who need to save up to celebrate the holidays.

If you are one of those people, there’s no shame in admitting it. Most of the population belong to this economic bracket. In reality, they fake it. They fake it until they make it. You can do the same too, and this is how to do it.

1. Don’t quit your job

If you don’t have a backup plan, you shouldn’t pass a resignation letter. You shouldn’t leave your job when you don’t have a fallback. It’s risky. There isn’t any assurance you’ll get a source of income as soon as you leave your company.

2. Become productive

Don’t spend your time on trivial things. Spend it on things that help you grow as a person and thrive as a professional. Take online classes. Most of them are free and readily available. Learn a new skill. You can find a lot of tutorials and instructions on the Internet. Find something to do that helps you earn money.

3. Don’t be a time waster

Don’t ever waste someone’s time. Time is a valuable resource. It’s also something no one can ever take back. If you’re running late, give them a call or leave a message. If there’s a conflict of interest, you should inform them ahead of time.

4. Be honest about your finances

It pays to be truthful to yourself and those around you. Don’t keep secrets to your partner. Don’t cover up your spending habits or mistakes. Most couples end up in divorce because they choose to keep things to themselves. Open up about the thing you do to build trust.

5. Save up for rainy days

You never know when you’ll run into emergencies. Eventually, someone gets sick. Other times, it’s your home that needs repairs. You should always be prepared for the things that might come your way.

6. Don’t waste water and electricity

If you’re low on budget, then you must consider how you consume these two. Remember, you have control over how you use these two things. Don’t leave the tap running. Limit turning on the water heater. You should also think about using surge protectors. You can save a lot of money when you become cautious about how you use water and electricity.

7. Limit expenses

Try not to undertake new financial responsibilities especially when you can’t handle them anymore. It only attracts problems in the household. It also places additional pressure on you.

8. Walk

Use your feet. Don’t drive the car when you can walk towards the place you need to be. It helps you save money on gas. Moreover, it reduces traffic and pollution. Last but not least, you get fresh air and exercise.

9. Don’t go on expensive dates

There are plenty of cheap date ideas you should try. Instead of ordering a salad and a steak, you should try visiting the library or the local museum. You can also set up tables and tents in each other’s backyard instead of going to the movies and consuming overpriced popcorn. Being picky about your activities doesn’t mean you’re a cheapskate. It only shows you’re being smart about your choices.

10. Do the cleaning yourself

Don’t be lazy. Don’t hire a housekeeper to wash the dishes or scrub your bathroom tiles. Teach yourself to do them. It can some work, but you’ll manage as long as you have patience. You should also try cleaning the car and tending the grass yourself. You’ll learn to take better care of your things when you tidy up by yourself.

11. Don’t shop for expensive gifts

Holidays, birthdays and special occasions often call for gifts. But, it doesn’t mean you have to purchase the most expensive ones on the shelf. Before you go shopping, you should put your budget to mind. You shouldn’t get things that go beyond your limit.

12. Don’t take frequent trips to the salon and spa

It feels nice to pamper yourself, but you don’t need someone else to do it for you. You do your nails at home or try DIY facial treatments without heading to the spa. Frequent pampering sessions are a must, but they bloat your expenses.

Faking it doesn’t mean you’re trying to be someone else. It just means you’re doing your best to get by when your income isn’t enough to cover your needs. These are the things that can help you do it. Practice them until they become part of your routine. That way, it feels natural and fits your life like a glove.

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Home Selling Ventures: Four Signs a Home Buyer is Not Serious About Purchasing

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“If I were asked to name the chief benefit of a house, I should say: the house shelters daydreaming, the house protects the dreamer and the house allows one to dream in peace.” -Gaston Bachelard

 

Selling your home can be a lengthy and exhausting process.

Although it is a worthy endeavor (and a lucrative one depending on how well you can inveigle your buyers in negotiations), it can often be frustrating and just a tad bit disappointing. This is particularly true if your real estate properties have been sitting for quite some time now without any real leads or prospects. Although the market will always have a stream of interested prospective homebuyers, the market is fraught with unreliable home buyers who have no intention of pushing through a sale. Regardless of robust the real estate market might be, if you are entertaining a potential buyer who has no real intention of pushing through a sale, you will inevitably be running headfirst into a wall. The venture itself is already a challenging one, add one potential homebuyer whose purchasing intent is rather ambiguous to that equation and you would have a recipe for disappointment.

As a home seller whose main goal is to succeed in selling your property, getting your hopes up to no avail can be pretty frustrating. Unfortunately, just because one prospective buyer showed enthusiasm and expressed their excitement about your property does not automatically mean that they would right away proceed with the deal with you. In every industry, there will always be a handful of so-called prospects who would do no more than raise your hopes up only to waste your time. Your job as a home seller is to sift them from potential buyers who are genuinely interested in your property. So, how do you determine whether the prospective buyer milling about in your Avida Towers Centera has a genuine intent in buying your property or not?

Well, here are some of the signs that a homebuyer is not serious about purchasing your property:

 

1.) They have just begun their search

The search for a perfect and ideal home is a long arduous press. In this regard, it is incredibly rare for a potential buyer to go with the first property they see. In fact, it typically takes a home buyer at least three months to buy a home or even just decide to take a look at it. Of course, as real estate property is a significant investment, they would most probably look at several houses before they even decide to buy. So, if they just started their search, it is hardly likely that you will get an offer.

2.)  They do not have agents

If a buyer comes knocking to your home without a real estate agent, they are not serious about buying a home just yet. Typically, the services of a real estate agent cost that buyer virtually nothing as their commissions are shouldered by the home seller. If a prospective buyer cannot even make the effort of enlisting the free service and expertise of a professional, then they are not motivated enough to buy a home.

3.) You meet them in open houses

It is  very unlikely for you to receive an offer from a buyer who you have picked out at an open house. While some of these prospective buyers are indeed looking for a home to buy, a majority of them are there with plans of buying a home still in the horizon–which means that they are not looking to buy anytime soon (or even in that year for that matter). Serious buyers would often commence their search online and if they are interested in a property, they would request for a private showing.

4.) Looking for homes sans a pre-approval from a lender

There is no need to elaborate this as it is very clear. You do not need to read between the lines when it comes to this sign. After all, a pre-approval would be the single and most reliable way to show a home seller that a buyer can afford to buy real estate property. Without one, they would not have any real indication and concrete proof that they can.

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8 Movie Theater Secrets That Affects Your Movie Experience

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A trip to the movie theater is exciting especially when you’re favorite movies are on the silver screen. Buying your tickets days before the movie screening is a life hack everyone is well aware. However, a lot of people are still in the dark of the secrets of movie theaters. For one, some people aren’t aware that cinema schedules are available online. They also don’t know that ticket reservation is possible. Sureseats, for instance, allows you to purchase and reserve seats on selected movie theaters.

Get your ticket early can affect your overall experience. But that’s only one part of your movie trip. There are also other things that can affect your movie experience and movie theaters are hiding them from you.

Below are the movie theater secrets that can affect your movie experience.

1. The best seat in the house

If you want the best sound and wish to enjoy the film, then you should choose a seat somewhere way back. Your seat must be two-thirds of the back seat. This is the same spot where engineers sit to fix the sound system. The best seat in the house is in the center of the screen.

2. Dirty floors

If you drop your food, don’t pick it up. Ever. Workers do not properly clean the movie halls. The tight time shifts between movies don’t give them enough time to go through the whole theater. With a few minutes to spare, they can only sweep the floor or pick up discarded trash. If someone spilled their Coke earlier, you are sure to find the floor sticky.

3. Trash

Wrappers and other trash is not always the movie theater’s fault. This one goes to the moviegoers. It’s best to throw out the garbage yourself. But if you decide to leave them on your seat, do not leave them on the floor. It’s better if you place them on your seat. That way, cleaners can quickly collect your popcorn box, bottles, cans or empty cans.

4. Volume

Movie theaters must follow an audio system standard and volume requirements. However, they often neglect to follow these and regulate the volume levels that suit themselves. High volume levels are dangerous to hearing. Bombings and actions scenes can exceed the approved level so beware of them.

5. Snack prices and secret ingredients

Popcorn prices sold at theaters costs twice as much as those sold in supermarkets and popcorn stands. Incidentally, popcorns sold in theaters smell great for a reason. They have a secret recipe to create to create an alluring scent. Some popcorn makers mix coconut and canola oil to cook their popcorn. Others add food additives to enhance the flavor.

The prices of combo deals are also more expensive compared to individually bought food and drink. If you check the individual prices of the combo components and add them up, you will see that the amount you saved is not all that big. You will save more when you order the small variant.

6. Popcorn freshness

Popcorn doesn’t get spoiled or rotten even when you store it for days. Movie theater workers pack up leftovers at night and store them in plastic bags. They heat them and sell them again the next day. It might take two days before management decides to throw it out.

7. Cameras

Theaters are equipped with cameras to catch those who illegally record the movie. If you plan to cuddle and make out in the dark, you should be aware that cameras capture your action even in the dark. Once a worker catches you, they can give you a warning or kick you out of the theater. It’s best to cuddle in at home to prevent embarrassing yourselves and the people around you.

8. Commercials and previews

Movie theaters are raking their revenue from previews advertising. Revenue from ads increases from ten to fifteen percent per year as it becomes common and popular. The commercials push the movies behind their schedule.

Meanwhile, some movie theater can show the wrong previews. Since the rise of automated digital projectors, there’s rarely anyone on the projection booth.

Now that you know the things that can affect your movie experience, you will know how to act and decide accordingly. You become aware of what movie theaters are hiding from you and choose if it’s still worth to purchase a ticket. If you do, be sure to get them early and keep these details in mind to get the best viewing experience.

Bath and Beyond: Four Definitive Signs It is Time to Remodel Your Bathroom

 

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” There must be quite a few things that a hot bath will not cure, but I do not know many of them.” -Sylvia Plath

To many of us, the bathroom is a place of ultimate comfort. It is that one place in our homes wherein we can relax after a long day and just let go of our stress and worries. In our bathrooms, we are afforded a unique kind of privacy that is not found anywhere else in the home, and with that, we indulge ourselves in the form of a hot soothing shower or pander our penchant for hot bubble baths. For this reason, it was assigned its most apt moniker yet, the comfort room. Today, comfort rooms are no longer regarded as simple and straightforward rooms intended for bathing and cleaning ourselves; rather they have transformed into places paramount to our relaxation. In this regard, our bathrooms should have the semblance of a sanctuary–an optimal environment not only for getting ready to face the day but for a soothing soak as well.

Inevitably, part of your day is going to be spent in the bathroom so you might as well create an ambiance that is not only satisfactorily comforting but one that actually encourages you to spend time in it insomuch that it could become a favorite time of yours in your daily routine. So, if you find yourself dreading morning showers or evening baths, you might want to attribute that to the poor condition or subpar layout of your bathroom. If any of these signs are present in your unit in Avida Towers Cebu or elsewhere, it might be time for a bathroom upgrade or total bath overhaul:

1.) The layout does not make any sense

Do you wonder why the door gets soaked every single time you take a shower? Is the sink placed way too close to the toilet? Are there features that made you wonder why they are set the way that they are? If any of these pertain to your comfort room, it might be that the plan was substandard from the get-go insomuch that you have a resulting illogical layout. While you can choose to bear the burden of a speciously designed bathroom, at some point in your life, it is going to be inconvenient. After a while, taking a shower will feel like a chore if you have to wipe the door routinely and soon enough, what was once a minor inconvenience would now be considered a major annoyance in your daily routine. If you cannot live with a badly planned bathroom, it is time to renovate it.

2.) Storage space is inadequate

Of course, having enough storage is always a pivotal aspect when it comes to choosing a place to live in. Unfortunately, most homeowners are of the erroneous belief that the same sentiment should be applied in creating their bathrooms. Sure, it might not be the first on your list when it comes to having enough storage space in, but if you are dealing with a bathroom that has virtually no storage of any kind then finding a place for your toiletries is going to be a nightmare. You cannot reasonably expect to keep all of your bathroom essentials on the floor at all times and at some point, stacking your towels on the back of the toilet would no longer cut it. Sure, you can hoard as many bathroom caddies you wish in order to store everything you need, but eventually, they would crowd your bathroom and make it feel cluttered and stifled. In lieu of purchasing innumerable caddies, take this chance to upgrade the storage space in your bathroom.

3.) The space no longer feels enough

Over time, your family will grow and what was once considered a charming little bath would now become a cramped area with all of your families’ bathroom essentials. Incidentally, this once cozy place would now feel like a warzone wherein everyone would constantly be fighting for their turn just to use it. Sharing your bathroom with just one other person can already feel like someone is impinging on your private space. Now, imagine sharing one bathroom with your entire family–it does not exactly paint a pretty picture, does it? Apart from affording everyone their own private space, having an extra bathroom would significantly reduce the time needed to get everyone ready and out of the door. Plus, it mitigates the likelihood of any of your family members falling behind their morning schedules.

4.) You are thinking of selling your property in the future

A bathroom remodel is one of the prized features most prospective homeowners would look for. Apart from guaranteeing a boost in your asking price, having an upgraded bathroom can also contribute to a faster sale. So, if selling your home is in your plans, you might want to consider renovating and improving that bathroom today.

 

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