Where to Dine in UP Town Center

There are a number of Ayala Malls, but UP Town Center is something special. The idea is that for the students, workers, and residents around the area to have a place which would respond to their needs and wants. The 7.4 hectare UP Diliman East Campus property will be reconstructed to become a hub of opportunities and businesses. Aside from the stores and restaurants in this establishment, there are a lot of events and activities held in UP Town Center. UPTC, as fondly called by their visitors, is open every day, from 10 in the morning until 9 in the evening every Sunday to Thursday, and until 10 pm during Friday and Saturday. Some stores have their own schedule so check them out as well.

To give you a quick food trip in UP Town Center, here are the ten places where you could (and should) try dining in:

Silantro Fil-Mex

Silantro Fil-Mex, Silantro for short, is known for serving Mexican food infused with Filipino taste. You’d get delicious food and fine service with a good price. Since the place is superb, expect a lot of people dining so if possible, get a reservation before you visit.

What you should try: Beef nachos, Beef Quesadillas, Chicken wings, Seafood Paella (and you can order alcoholic beverages too!)

St. Marc Café

If you’re out for a quick snack and some refreshing drinks or desserts, St. Marc Café is your go-to. This specialty bakery and patisserie is a well-known place from Japan. They envision and work towards satisfying the needs of their customers, as well as making them “need” some more.

What you should try: Little Fuji, Kyoto Delight, Mango Fantasy, Nara, Matcha Latte, Freshly Brewed Coffee, Egg Salsa, Chococro, Salmon Cheese Potato, Carbonara

Cold Stone Creamery

Serving the finest, freshest ice creams, cakes, smoothies and shakes for 25 years, Cold Stone Creamery is really something. This international franchise from Arizona has a signature way of delivering ice creams as it’s created on a frozen granite stone.

What you should try: Berry Berry Berry Good, Birthday Cake Remix, OREO Overload, Midnight Delight (and you can also create your own mix)

Pepper Lunch

ペッパーランチ Peppaa-ranchi is a “fast steak” restaurant in Japan and was established in 1994. The customers can cook their food choice of beef, chicken, pork and salmon over an electromagnetic plate which is heated up to 260 degrees Celsius to make sure that your meat is perfectly cooked. You can also pick your seasoning and sauce – Amakuchi or the honey brown sauce, or Karakuchi or the garlic soy sauce.

What you should try: Beef pepper rice, Shimofuri pepper steak, Salmon pepper rice, Beef BBQ Yakiniku with egg

Rodic’s Diner

Since 1949, Rodic’s Diner serves nothing but the best beef tapa and garlic rice. They are known for being a budget-friendly restaurant for classic Filipino food.

What should you try: Tapsilog, Kare-kare, Sisig with egg and rice

Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen

As what the name suggests, Mama Lou’s offer yummy Italian cuisine along with a relaxing ambiance. Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen started in 2010 and still delivering good food which they are known for.

What should you try: Spinach and goat cheese pizza, Italian sardine pasta, Gnocchi, Vesuvio, Take the Cannoli

Backyard Kitchen + Brew

If you are looking for a chill place to eat or grab some drinks alone or with friends, Backyard Kitchen + Brew offers good food, drinks, and company. It also has an artsy interior to add on its ambiance and comfort. The servings are enough for you to share, but you might want to eat it alone because the dishes they give are nothing less than perfect.

What should you try: Slow roasted pork and beef belly, Salted egg chicken skin, Buffalo wings, Tinapa and Quinoa Salad (and alcoholic drinks as well)

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Property Reservations 101

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You’ve been seeing this sophisticated and elegant townhouse Manila for sale. Given that it is near your workplace and your favorite Ayala Mall, you can’t help but purchase this property. What can you do? Reserve!

Reservation is your deposit when you rent a house, apartment, or condominium. You haven’t fully owned the property unless you have paid in full or partial, or depending on the terms agreed upon between you and the seller.

You can now have that condo by reserving it under your name. Property reservation is very easy as you only need the following:

  • seller or property specialist

  • Reservation Agreement Form, and

  • reservation fee

Through the seller or property specialist, you will be able to deliberate which property you should buy, depending on different factors and of course, its availability. After considering these details and confirming the property’s availability, you can continue with reserving it online. You may check the developer’s website and look for the “Reserve Now” or similar buttons to proceed. If necessary, you can also contact the developer for clarifications or reserve the property by visiting their office.

photo-1477577314779-8dd53d8e615f.jpgAnother important thing is your Reservation Agreement Form. Carefully fill out the form and check all the details and signatures before passing it. If the Reservation Agreement Form is not available online, the developer or seller will be handing it to you. You can simply mail or fax the form to the developer or seller’s office before you proceed with your reservation. If these options do not appeal to you, you can always visit their office and have this done.

Now you’re finished with choosing the property and submitting the Reservation Agreement Form, you are now to pay the required reservation fee. Reservation fee differs depending on the developer and the type of property you are interested with. It can go as low as ₱5,000 and as high as ₱100,000. Aside from cash payment, you can also pay the reservation fee through the following:

  • bank deposit

  • credit card

  • online bank transferable

  • remittance center

  • and other methods advised to you

You will be asked to send proof of payment so make sure to secure an official receipt. Some only give out acknowledgment receipt so better check with the bank or establishment that you have what you need. Afterward, the developer will confirm your payment by sending welcome letters.

Keep in mind that the validity of your reservation fee for new houses in the Philippines is 30 days. Within this period, you should be able to make a partial or full payment for your property. Better ask your developer with the different payment options that you have.

Lastly, here are some other things that you need to know about property reservations:

1. Is it deductible? Definitely! The reservation fee that you’ve made will be deducted from the total selling price. Others deduct the fee from the downpayment.

2. Is it refundable? Unfortunately, reservation fees are non-refundable. That is why you should be sure with your actions and decisions before you consider reserving a property.

3. Is it transferable? It depends on the policies of the developer or seller. Some won’t let you transfer the fees, and others will charge a transfer fee if it’s permitted.

Be reminded that not all properties in the Philippines require reservation fees so you are to confirm that with your developer or seller. Other developers immediately ask for a downpayment or initial payment. Nevertheless, in whatever reserving and purchasing you will be doing, be sure and secured. Make sure that you will be abiding by the policies you signed for so you can enjoy your property hassle-free!

Philippine Living: 3 Reasons Why Bacolod is the Best Place to Live in The Philippines

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“Namit gid ya!”

“Halong ka meg”

“Maayong Aga”

These are just a few phrases you would commonly hear whenever you find yourself lucky enough to set foot in the City of Smiles or otherwise known as Bacolod City of Negros Occidental. Recently named as the number one place to live in the Philippines, Bacolod City’s charm is not only hinged on the fact that they have the best tasting barbecued chicken also fondly called as the famous chicken inasal. Apart from the delectable food the City of Smiles offers, their friendly locals, affordable coffee and exemplary desserts, there is a lot more to this city which would definitely earn its merit as the Philippines number one city to live in. If you are looking to settle in this charming city of smiles from building a house on and Ayala land lot in Bacolod to opening your very own inasal place, here are some of the reasons why you should consider living in here:

1.) Delectable Food

Without a doubt, Bacolod offers some of the Philippines best dishes. It is no question that the people of Bacolod do love to eat, and it is one of the most thriving businesses in the industry. From the best-tasting chicken inasal to the lechon manok, two of their most scrumptious dishes that made not only Bacolod but Negros famous. Just ask any local from Bacolod, and they would all collectively tell you that nothing compares to their Chicken Bacolod—even the local renditions of Manila and Cebu are no match for Bacolod’s authentic inasal. Apart from the famous inasal, Bacolod is known to serve some of the best-tasting desserts as well. After all, you do not live in the sugar capital of the Philippines without crafting some of the very best sweet treats.

2.) The city is rife with adventures

Whenever you are in the city, you would not need to go far just to have your fair share of adventures. In fact, Bacolod is the ideal place to raise a child as it is the perfect setting for a child to form memories and experience what childhood truly is without the stifling feel of the city. Just a few kilometers away from the city, you can visit Campuestohan Adventure Park—an excellent place for kids and adults alike. Aside from this famous attraction, you can also see the mountains from the city proper itself, and they are within driving distance. So, if you are looking for a quick getaway from the city, a drive just in the outskirts of town will already transport you to a serene and relaxing place.

3.) The city is a unique blend of urban and provincial life

Though much of Bacolod’s landscapes are still filled with lush greeneries (so much so that you can take a lot of Instagram-worthy photos), this is not to say that the city is not progressive in terms of infrastructures and industries as well. Recently, there have been many developments in the city—real estate and economic alike. From this perspective, it would be readily seen that Bacolod would soon see a surge not only in their economy but job offers as well. With the rise of this new industries, an influx of job openings is to be expected.

In a sense, Bacolod City is what many would call and urbanized province. However, the term province is to no merit seeing as there are plenty of hi-rise condominiums and malls being erected. So, what makes living here so great? Despite being a progressive city, Bacolod has retained its quaint and natural charm. The food is always fresh and affordable, the traffic is almost non-existent, and the locals are always warm and welcoming. All these things when considered are just the things one would want to come home to.

 

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A Simple Guide for Finding a Retirement-Friendly Home

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Let’s admit it! Not all of us would have thought about having a retirement-friendly home, right? Obviously, one thing that would first come up into our minds when we talk about home renovations is the modern way of renovating the house. Well, modern design is not that bad at all. However, if you are living with elders, you also have to think about having a retirement-friendly home whether you are residing in South Park District or any other real estate properties in the Philippines.

But if you are one of those homeowners who just doesn’t have any idea at all on what and what not to do when it comes to home renovations, then you might want to consider these home features that would make up a retirement-friendly home.

Accessible kitchen counters

For some homeowners, just because they are tall, that doesn’t mean they are also going to make high countertops. Of course, you also have to ensure that everyone can access to it, especially when it comes to the elders. Make sure that the edges of the counter are also not pointed that would lead to some accidents. Moreover, choose a home design with kitchen countertops that have the right height.

A ground floor master bedroom

When it comes to elders, you have to treat them in a gentle way. That is why having a ground floor master bedroom is one of the things you can do for them. It is expected that some of them already have arthritis, back problems, and other physical health conditions that could affect their mobility as they age. Of course, this matter should not be taken lightly. Make sure that they will not be struggling when it comes to go to and fro from their bedroom.

Lever-style doorknobs and faucets

This is also one of the many things you should consider before deciding some home renovations. Make sure that the doorknobs and faucets are easier to grab and open or close, especially when both hands are busy handling things. This is also one way to prevent them from hassles, especially for someone with shaky hands.

Open floor plans

Having an open floor plan will be much easier for the elders to navigate and walk around the house. They won’t be worried about tripping off due to the things in front of them. Open floor plans will also give them enough space to move around the house. For family members, this is also one way to keep an eye on your elderly relatives easily.

Removing the walls of your home is one thing that can make a retirement-friendly home. With the spaces provided, this will invite more nature light from your windows to come in and make your living space feel comfortable.

Non-slip, no-trip showers

One of the struggles most elders experience is the shower. Of course, the bathroom would be slippery, especially after using it. Even if it is just a minor accident due to a slippery floor, this can lead to displaced joints, slips and other serious injuries. I’m sure you don’t want that something bad might happen to the elders, right? And God forbid!
That is why it is a must for you to install floor-to-ceiling glass doors and level the bathroom floors to prevent accidental falls. Moreover, you can use non-slip mats, rugs and small tools that would help the elders move without any accidents while using the bathroom.

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Awful Living Room Designs Homeowners Should Avoid

“Designing is a matter of concentration. You go deep into what you want to do. It’s about intensive research, really. The concentration is warm and intimate and like the fire inside the earth-intense but not distorted. You can go to a place, really feel it in your heart. It’s actually a beautiful feeling.” – Petter Zumthor

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Let’s admit; the living room is one of the favorite places in our home. Right? One way or another, it is in the living room where we usually gather and have good moments together with our family and friends. Additionally, it is where we spend our free time to entertain ourselves whenever we feel bored. Whether you live in South Park District or any condo units in the Philippines, the living room is one thing you want to chill at home.

But sad to say, not all of us do realize that they have been arranging their furniture in a way where it ruins the style and beauty of their living room. Keep in mind that not all arrangements would look good in your living room. That means you have to think twice whether the design you choose fits your living room. To give you an idea, we list down some awful living room designs you should and must avoid.

Following trends

There is actually no wrong if you follow home décor trends. But there will also be a danger when you tend to follow different trends – it might not look good in your living room. Just because it is a trend, it doesn’t mean it also suitable for the living room. No, not all. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to know your living room and the kind of ambiance your home has by heart. With that, it is easier for you to determine what design would you like to have for your living room. Give some personal touch to it, not just simply following the trend. This is also one of the many ways to give your home a homey feeling.

The wrong paint color

This is one of the most common mistakes a homeowner can do. They Paint their home with the wrong choice of color. Remember, the color of your home plays a significant role when it comes to beautifications. When you have the wrong color, you will most likely have a hard time finding the right furniture or interior design that would match the color that you choose. Moreover, you might not want that particular color which leads to not having the enthusiast to make some decorations at all in your home.

Uncomfortable furniture

One of the most common misconceptions of most homeowners is that, whenever they see something that looks great, they include it in the arrangements. Just because they look good, it doesn’t mean that it is also fine to add it in your living room. Remember, the things found in your living room are mostly useful. And if you think that that particular thing is not useful at all, then you better find other furniture that can be of use. It is better to find another one than filling your living room with useless things.

The wrong size rug

Whether you realize it or not, there are actually different kinds of a rug, not just the rug we have at our front door. In fact, some rugs are intended for the living room – rugs that are stylish enough for you to include it as one of your furniture. However, if you choose the wrong size of the rug, it might not look good. Before deciding on what rug to buy, you have to think first about the furniture that you have. If the rug that you want to buy would fit or match with the other furniture that you have, then you can definitely have that rug.

 

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Feng Shui 101: 3 Ways to make your Home a haven of good Fortune for the year of the Rooster

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“Feng Shui is the study of the environment and how it affects people. It has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with space that promotes feelings of happiness and well-being”- Cathleen McCandless

“Feng Shui is about reclaiming your life’s energy and directing it towards balance and purpose. The result is greater harmony in your space and life.” -Wahida Young

One of the best ways to usher in the new Chinese New Year is to make certain that your home is auspicious to the designated Chinese Zodiac. According to Chinese Zodiac enthusiasts, 2017 marks the year of the Fire Rooster or alternatively known as the Fire Phoenix. Feng Shui experts have slated this year as an excellent time for transformation. Incidentally, homeowners are known to make some new changes during the start of the year which would make it the perfect opportunity to begin your own home’s transformation. To make it more favorable for this year of the rooster, utilize the tips below so that regardless of whether you are living in Ayala Bacolod or elsewhere, you would invite good fortune in.

1.) Make sure your home is ready

At the start of any year, whether Chinese or Gregorian, it is always best to welcome it by cleaning your home. In fact, a general practice of feng shui is to clear away the clutter in your homes to improve the flow of energy. Without a doubt, a clutter free home makes for less stress and it would be a whole lot easier to arrange and decorate as you wish and make it even more auspicious for the coming new year.
After making your place ready, you can then identify which sectors of your home are considered lucky and unlucky for this year. With a compass, identify which areas of your home are the south, north, east, and west ends.

2.) Ward off bad luck

For this year, Chinese Feng Shui master has identified the south, southwest, west and northwest as the unlucky sectors of the home for 2017. Do not place too much emphasis on these areas lest you invite misfortune such as accidents, financial challenges, accidents and even harrowing experiences. To prevent an “activation” of these unlucky sectors, it is best not to linger or sleep in any of these areas. As an added precaution, you can put five stones in a can and place it on the south side of the home. This will aid the metal element to neutralize the earth element which is the bringer of misfortune. Additionally to counteract illness, place a glass of salt or a salt lamp in the northwest area of your home. Prevention of burglary, theft, and betrayal can be done by placing a glass of water in the southwest sector and when placed in the west, it can ward off misunderstandings and anger.

3.) Inviting good fortune

Of course, there are also ways to invite good fortune and luck in the new year—particularly in the north, center, east, southeast and northeast areas of your home. The more time you spend in these areas, the better your chances are of enhancing your luck. Apart from lingering in these areas, you need to make sure that they are well-lit as this is one of the surefire ways to make them more receptive to positive energy. Additionally, colors would play a pivotal role in bringing good fortune to a home all of which would depend on the direction a home is facing. This is incredibly ideal for those with homes who are in need of a fresh coat. So, if you are planning to repaint your home, consider the color that would best enhance the energy that flows around it.

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House Shopping: Four Things to Pay Attention to During A Property Tour

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So you have decided to buy a home and know exactly what you need—from the number of rooms you want down to the square footage and the type of porch it has. Fortunately, the website has provided sufficient photos for you to peruse and examine. However, these photos rarely capture the true essence of your home and though they may say a thousand words, you would never get the proper feel of the home unless you see it for yourself. Whether you choose a home in Ayala land lot in Bacolod or elsewhere, it is always imperative to check the house or lot for yourself. Pictures complemented with flowery and descriptive captions rarely do the actual house justice which is why property and on-site visits are pivotal to every potential homeowner who wishes to buy a home that he or she would love.

Additionally, as a smart homeowner, you would also ask for this to be a part of the process to be safe as you would never know if the photos uploaded online were doctored.
However, to make the most out of your property tour, you need to be critical of several aspects that would significantly affect your decision as to whether to push through the purchase of the home. Initially, you would want to check the bedrooms, the kitchen and the pavement of these prospective homes, but do not neglect to check these other areas as well:

1.) The Neighborhood

Consider that in buying a home, you are not simply buying the house itself, but you are also buying into its neighborhood feel as well. Choosing the appropriate neighborhood is just as important as choosing the right home and more often than not, if the neighborhood does not sit well with you, you would not push through with the purchase of the home situated there. On your visit, take note of how the traffic, the condition of the other homes in general proximity and whether it has convenient access to business districts, schools and amenities your family might need.

2.) The Neighbors

At some point in your stay, you are going to have to make friends with your neighbors. This is inevitable as you are not going to stay holed up in your home for a lifetime. As a wise adage would say, a neighbor can contribute to the value of a property. Consider your potential house and your neighbors as a package deal. Take a general feel of the neighbors and try to decide whether you think you can live with these persons for a considerable number of years.

3.) Privacy

As much as we want to make friends with our neighbors, we do not want them prying into our daily and private lives. On your tour, do a quick scope and see if your bedroom overlooks the neighbor’s bathroom or vice versa. If you are entertaining in your backyard, would your neighbors see what is going on? If you are a very private person, these might be just some of the things you want to consider. They are not necessarily deal breakers though as they are easily remedied by hedges.

4.) Your Garage (Or lack of it for that matter)

Checking out a potential home’s garage is one of the things that is easily overlooked during an on-site inspection. However, this is one of the paramount aspects of a home you should consider. Suppose you have three cars and the potential home you are considering of buying only has room for two with no possible expansion layout schemes, what would you do? You cannot simply park your car in the driveway as this is the quickest way to rub your neighbors in the wrong way and cause traffic. Check the garage and see if it suits you and your needs.

 

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Major Qualities that Determine the Market Value of Your Home

Identifying the future market value of a real estate property can be tricky. After all, there’s no foolproof means of identifying how much home properties will cost years from now.

Experts could lay out predictions based on our country’s current economic growth. However, this still has its own considerable margin of error. This is why we bring our attention to the notable factors that have helped shaped the market value of the current homes for sale.  Take a quick look at the list below.

Craftsmanship

This has something to do with the artistic design of your place. Detailed and great-looking houses are favorite properties of clients who pay priority to the aesthetic appeal of a home. This is exactly why a lot of current homeowners are looking for the chance to renovate their places.

Those who have plans on selling their properties in the near future are likely to invest in the beautification of their homes to make sure that it would look attractive on prospect buyers even after years of usage.

Amenities

Many house for sale at present lack the basic furniture needed by residents to settle down. However, there are units, like the Ayala land properties that are already full furnished and ready to house buyers. All the properties inside the house such as sofa set, music component and furnished bedrooms can all contribute to its overall pricing.

Location

Strategic location has always been a crucial factor in any real estate business. It is an unspoken rule that the more accessible the property is, the higher is its price.

Therefore, homes that are located near schools, malls and train stations or major highways will have the advantage in pricing. After all, buyers are likely to favor homes that are accessible and convenient for their work.

Safety and Security

This doesn’t come as obvious as the first three but it’s one vital consideration that affects the estate’s market value. Houses that are located on a safe neighborhood is more sought after compared to those situated in areas with high crime rates.

In fact, many buyers are now using this factor as a determining factor in choosing their home. This is also why subdivisions and villages are highly salable. Given the area’s tight and advanced security, homeowners feel confident of their safety.

Comparable sales

This is otherwise known as the market data. It refers to the current selling prices of synonymous estates at the time of purchase. As we’ve said, this can be tricky. The real estate industry is fluid and there is no guarantee that the current prediction will give you a hundred percent accuracy in the future.

If similar properties are priced low during the time when you decide to sell the property, there is a good chance that you will receive a low offer too.


Owning a house is a dream by many. However, recent records have shown that more homeowners are now selling their properties at a lower price. While the current cost is subject to change, one could say that boosting the first four factors in our list could at least give you an edge against the competition.

Before selling your home, it’s best to consult experts who can assist you in the whole process and could advise you on the best way to optimize the sell. Their expertise in the technicalities of real estate can also come in handy when you cannot decide which the best buying offer is.

As early as now, it’s good to start evaluating the good points in your property as well as those that need improvement.  Take care of your real estate property and boost its market value!

Smart Things to Know About Philippine Real Estate

Over the years, lots of businesses have taken on the spotlight for being the next big thing in the industry. With the onset of digitalization, this trend has gone on invading not only the first world countries but basically any place around the world with a healthy market potential.

Among the most prolific industries at present is that of real estate. With many people now wanting to own their own properties across major cities, it’s no longer a surprise to see a surge of companies offering land properties at different cost.

Same trend can be observed in the Philippines.

As of 2015, reports of the country’s growing GDP and foreseen good potential has gained the attention of lots of foreign investors from different countries. With this increase in investment comes the growing need to put out establishments for each company branch.

Here, we see a domino effect affecting not only the big company owners but even those regular workers who are encouraged to secure their own space in the city just near the company they work for.

This drastic increase of real estate demand can be considered as good news both for local and foreign investors. By investing some of your assets to the venture, you have a high potential of growing your money in line with the increased sales in land too!

To get an overview of how these land selling is paving, here are few vital information provided by Rappler.

  • 12% of the entire real estate project is devoted to socialized housing. These are properties owned by the government intended for the less privileged citizens of a particular community. Those housing programs you hear about are part of this category.
  • 16% belongs to the low-cost housing category. These are those properties that most of the working Filipinos can afford. A lot of them can be seen in urban areas where the center of the country’s workforce is mostly located.
  • 9% is part of the middle-income housing. These are those houses or properties that are bigger and more conveniently situated than the low-cost properties. People who have higher salaries can afford these properties.
  • 23% are part of the so-called high-rise residential condominium. You see a lot of this in Manila, though Cebu is catching up well. These are those condo units usually sold out to businessmen and even foreigners who wish to stay in the country for a certain period of time. The place doesn’t need to be sold out. Some owners prefer having their properties leased.
  • 40% of the real estate business is those land masses that do not fall under the previous categories. These could include lands that are not yet developed. Those that are vacant and are yet to be sold out could fall on this category too.

Judging from the good performance of the Philippines in terms of its overall economy, we see why there are many business owners who prefer to setup their companies here. For aspiring real estate investors, this could mean a lot of things.

Just make sure that before jumping into any kind of investment, you have first verified the credibility of the company you wish to invest upon. There are several huge real estate magnates in the country and they’re very much open for investors.

However, the challenge comes on how you could get in touch with the right agents to have your money invested on the right project.

Needless to say, you’ll have to learn about the risks and benefits of these projects too. You must understand that at the end of the day, investing is a risk and there’s a huge potential of losing money. Weigh your options well and go for those who can offer a credible opportunity.

Four Advantages of Living with Extended Family

 

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“It is through our extended family that we first learn to compromise and come to an understanding that even if we do not always agree about things we can still love and look out for each other.” –Sara Sheridan

 

Close family ties and tight-knit relationships are two characteristics that are definitive of Filipino culture.

The typical family home of a Filipino does not only consist of the parents and the kids; but it also extends well beyond to the other relatives such as the grandparents, the aunts, and uncles (and in some cases, even the niece and nephews). It is for this reason that Filipinos foster a great relationship with their relatives as they have been known to see their formative years with them in the home. In fact, save for a different few, Filipino children are known to live in the family home until the day get married, and even then, there would be couples who would choose to continue to living with their parents or several in-laws. Well-meaning friends and relatives may offer some unsolicited advice about living independently and would regale you with stories as regards the wide liberty afforded by independent living.

True enough, there are a lot of benefits when it comes to living alone (no one to boss you around, free to make your own choices without anyone’s interference or disapproval, etc.—truly an ideal setup for a millennial to live. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to afford to live on their own and may have to continue seeking board and shelter under the roof of the very home they spent their childhood in. Here are some of the very great reasons for living with extended family in one home:

 

1.)    LESSER BILLS TO PAY

When you are billeted under one roof, regardless of whether it is a residential home such as anvaya cove or a condominium unit in east gallery place, the reality is you have to earn your keep. You cannot expect to keep on mooching off from your parents or relatives and in a sense; it would give you some semblance of financial responsibility by taking the initiative of paying a fraction of the bills. Sharing economic responsibilities would reduce the family’s money strain and would grant you a wider leverage over where your money goes.

2.)    YOU WOULD NOT NEED ANY HIRED HELP

Considering that there are more heads in one home, the division of household tasks would be incredibly easy. Additionally, parents would not have to worry about leaving kids with nannies or hired help as the grandparents can do it—a better alternative as these are people you actually trust. Similarly, young adults can take care of their older family members who might have special needs.

3.)    LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER

One of the many perks of living in a multi-generational family is hearing the many anecdotes our grandparents would tell us about their time during the Second World War, or even how the times were vastly different than it is today. In the same vein, younger kids would be able to teach them how to use the personal computer, social media, and other modern technology. This is also the type of relationship that would foster strong bonds.

4.)    THERE IS ALWAYS A FAMILY SUPPORT STRUCTURE

Living with extended family means that the adults can share their burdens, worries, and responsibilities to the other adults,  they can also ask for advice from older family members. Likewise, kids would have a closer relationship with their cousins as they would be able to routinely play with them while they are at home just as siblings would do. As a result, a cultivation of various values and shared principles will ensue and naturally, it would form a close family support.

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