Home Selling Success: Four Real Estate Communication Barriers (and How to Deal with Them)

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“Never count on making a good sale. Have the purchase price be so attractive that even a mediocre sale gives good results”-Warren Buffet

 

Anyone who has ever had even the slightest brush with selling real estate properties would be well aware of just how difficult and challenging the endeavor can be.

Even for seasoned professionals in the field such as real estate agents, getting through a client and turning the transaction into a successful sale can be quite a challenging feat. After all, while real estate properties are perpetually in demand, you deal with a variety of acreages and homes that come in a range of asking prices. More importantly, you deal with different clients and how well you communicate with them is pivotal to whether you would successfully make sale or not. Every transaction will be different just as how every client is unique and how successful a particular transaction would be hinged on your ability to convey your offers with your client, how well you can establish rapport with them and gain their trust. Remember, to finally close a deal with your prospective homebuyers and potential clients; there are communication gaps and barriers you would need to overcome and hurdle—some of which would form a complex of communication difficulties of which most real estate agents routinely face.

So, whether you are pitching a deal to your client who is looking for a 1br condo for rent in Makati or elsewhere, you need to be at least aware of what the potential difficulties and impediments you would likely face. This is to ensure that you would be able to address them better. In any case, here is a compilation of typical scenarios and tips that can be helpful in ensuring you bridge the communication gap between you and your client:

 

Lacking interest in the client’s needs

When it comes to a transaction with a client, keep in mind that their needs are paramount. As a real estate agent, it is your responsibility to take time to understand their needs and just how exactly you can give them a deal that would address that. Focusing on making a sale would only drive your client away—especially if you are doing a hard sell. Instead of being so fixated on making a sale, sit down with your client and ask them why they would need to buy a unit first to determine what exactly it is they are looking for. In this way, you prevent the possibility of turning them off on your initial meeting.

 

Lacking knowledge about the projects you are offering

Some may call this a novice mistake, but it is rather surprising how so many real estate agents do not even have the slightest clue about the industry they are or even the projects they are offering. As a real estate agent, you act as the median between your client and the property developer insomuch that you should have sufficient knowledge about what you are trying to sell. When a client asks you questions, you should be able to answer them to their satisfaction. An agent who is unable to address these queries would come off as unprepared and unprofessional and would result in a client losing their trust in them. To ensure that this does not happen, research your product and study as much as much about your industry as you can. Remember, as a real estate agent; you are expected to be somewhat of an expert about what you are selling. So, live up to that expectation by always coming to client meetings prepared.

 

Using real estate jargon

While you are expected to use real estate jargon in your sales spiel, it should only be to a reasonable extent. Keep in mind that your clients have absolutely no idea about what these words probably mean or if they do, they are not fully aware of its connotation. It is only very rare that you can encounter a prospective client who would have an excellent handle on the real estate jargon you would be spewing and would consequently be able to comprehend your spiel. In this regard, you should be able to convey your offer explicitly to the client in such a way that they would be able to understand it completely. Similarly, do not plow through your meeting without stopping every now and then to address your client’s questions. Do not make your spiel sound too over-complicated by peppering it with unfamiliar and technical terms. You may think like you sound professional, but you are not getting anywhere near that sale. To ensure that there is no misunderstanding between you and your clients, take a moment to translate real estate jargons in your spiel. Alternatively, you can offer your spiel as simply as you possibly can. Remember, a client rarely every buys something that they cannot understand. So, remedy that by keeping your pitch straightforward and simple.

 

Failing to focus on what the client is saying

Understandably, you would be handling more than just one client in a single day. In fact, you might have a full schedule filled with client meet-ups daily, and that is reasonable. However, as a real estate agent, you should not let your full schedule distract you from your client meetings insomuch that you would be unable to focus on what a potential homebuyer is trying to tell you in a meeting. Multi-tasking might be something you can expertly execute, but this should be avoided whenever you are with a homebuyer. Concentrate on them and look for tacit and explicit cues in order to give them a better deal. Remember, the client gave you their time, be respectful when they are with you. Stow your phones away and keep it silent. Listen attentively and answer pertinent questions appropriately. By doing so, you would be able to furnish a perfect property deal for your client who would not only appreciate the effort but will likely close the deal with you.

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Home Buying: Five Reasons You Should Opt to Buy Small Homes

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“Love grows best in little houses, with fewer walls to separate. Where you eat and sleep so close together, you cannot help but communicate. If we had more room between us, think of all we would miss. Love grows best in houses just like this.” –Author Unknown

 

In a world wherein size is almost always important and would matter a lot, people would seldom find themselves preferring tiny things when these same things have bigger counterparts. The same sentiment can be applied in choosing homes—how often do you see homeowners going for a smaller home when the bigger one is within their budget scale? In fact, homeowners with families would even consider expanding their homes to have more spacious rooms and living areas insomuch that it would be a wonder why some prospective homeowners would go for diminutive homes to begin with. However, bigger is not always better and you should not be quick to dismiss the subtle charm of small homes. After all, small does not always have to mean lacking but rather enough while big does not always mean spacious, it can be more than what is necessary.

More importantly, while big homes afford homeowners more in terms of space, they become somewhat of a challenge to decorate and furnish whereas you can opt for a straightforward styling and home decorating approach in smaller homes. Moreover, while mansions are generally looked upon with awe, they tend to keep the dwellers apart insomuch that they might never even see each other in a day unless they deliberately wanted to. Homes of modest sizes would not only encourage but compel family members to interact by bumping into each other. In this regard, it can be inferred that love grows best and relationships are cultivated better in small homes. So, if you have been contemplating whether to move into a sprawling stone mansion or to downsize your homes by going for a unit in Avida Towers Centera or elsewhere, here are some of the reasons why you might want to go for the latter:

 

To spend less time on general maintenance

Bigger homes often need quite a lot of upkeep and cleaning and the more features they have, the more expensive the maintenance would be. If your homes come equipped with a pond, pool or any other facility that require maintenance then that would mean another monthly expense to consider if you wish to keep it in functioning order. Your homes need to be spruced up regularly and without a host of professionals and service people to attend to these cleaning tasks; it can be quite taxing for you to do them all. More importantly, it can demand a lot of time from you which begs the question: Is it really worth the effort?

 

To accumulate fewer things

Homes—regardless of size—will always be a magnet for clutter. Unfortunately, bigger homes tend to attract them so much more than their smaller counterparts. As a result, bigger homes would prove to be more of a challenge to organize than small homes. In fact, de-cluttering can be a potential headache for homeowners with big homes (just think of all the things you have accumulated over the years with a space so big!). Sure, you might dedicate time to organizing your household belongings and everything will look orderly for a while. But over time, you would find yourself organizing everything again; it is a vicious cycle and an endless loop unless you had a limit to what you accumulate. With smaller homes, you are constrained to put a cap on the number of things you can accumulate which means less worries about having too much stuff and cluttered rooms.

 

To live within your means

More often than not, people tend to think that their lifestyle needs an upgrade the moment their salary increases. Unfortunately, this kind of behavior can lead people spiraling down to a spending frenzy that might cause them to live beyond their means. To ensure that you do not go broke trying to upgrade our lifestyles; we should fight the belief that the moment we get an increase, our lifestyle has to move ranks as well. Being content without having to validate it with the appropriate lifestyle for our income would make us fare better. Besides, elevating your lifestyle will not necessarily guarantee your happiness and it pressures you to keep up which can be incredibly stressful. Opting for a smaller home is part of being content as there is less of a need to keep up or fill in the perceived deficit in social prestige with household stuff and personal belongings we do not really need.

 

More purchase satisfaction

Contemplating what house to buy is already somewhat of a challenge itself. Choosing to buy a more expensive home connotes a weighty and more grueling decision to purchase it—regardless of how much you have sitting in the bank. Purchasing a home that meets what you need is pretty much straightforward whereas buying a home that is more than what you initially need would constrain you to make the necessary changes into transforming that property into your ideal home. Spacious areas demand higher investment and more customization which can often lead to disappointment if your expectations remain unmet.

 

Use every room in your house

Large homes have more rooms than average homes. These rooms will rarely get used unless you are hosting a number of guests but other than that spare rooms in big houses remain unoccupied. Small homes ensure that each room is being used to its fullest extent which in part, means you are using resources wisely as well.

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Home Ownership 101: Overt Signs You Are Ready for Your Own Home

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“Owning your own home is one of the best feelings ever. It cannot be described in words, it cannot be quantified in money. Home ownership is a feeling that makes life’s daily grind worth facing. It reassures you that after all the ups and downs, you have a place to go to…a place that will never judge you and will always invite you with open arms”-Author Unknown

For a while, you have noticed yourself perusing real estate listings such as fliers for 1br condos for rent in bgc or elsewhere. At times, you have noticed yourself looking for the latest real estate deals and observing the noticeable changes in real estate market trends. In fact, for some time now, you have contemplated of owning your very own piece of real estate—a property to your name if you may. However, you are quite unsure whether you are ready for the enormity of this responsibility or not.

After all, owning your very first piece of real estate might seem like a glamorous dream realized but it is still first and foremost a financial responsibility and if you do not happen to be financially mature and independent yet, maybe this is not the best time for home ownership just yet. However, if buying real estate property is something you really want to do, then check out these common signs below to see if you are ready and capable of having your very own property:

 

You are ready to stay in one place for a few years

If an impermanent lifestyle no longer appeals to you then you might just be ready to settle down and buy your own piece of real estate property. More importantly, if the allure of having a place to go home to outweighs your wanderlust and urge for discovering new places, then it might be the right time for home ownership. Sure, leading a nomadic lifestyle might sound fun and whimsical. But once you age, you would realize that you need to have a sense of permanence in one place. Trying out different neighborhoods might be fun at the time until such time you can your calling but eventually, you would realize that this is not a sustainable way to live—especially if you intend to have a family.

 

You wish to have better leverage over your own place

Renting means you are subjected to the rules and regulations of your landlord. You would be constrained to follow only pre-approved modifications by the owner insomuch that your unit can feel largely generic. If you wish to make significant changes that do not limit your creative potential, then home ownership might be a good idea to try it out. However, remember that when you are striking out on your own, you would already be responsible for everything—from paying the utility bills down to making the necessary repairs.)

 

Job Security

First and foremost, you need to be secure in your job and what you earn before you can let the allure of having your very own piece of property entice you into pushing through with a real estate deal. Remember, mortgage loan approvals would require a steady regular income. In this regard, you should realistically ask yourself if you have a secure enough employment that would allow you to commit to buying a home? Remember, once you purchase a home, you still have other expenses to think about such as the utility bills and other necessities you might need. More importantly, you need to have a secure employment. Having no work and stable income would already be bad enough but being out of work with a mortgage above your head would be so much worse.

 

You need more room

This one is pretty much understandable (and inevitable) for individuals with growing families. However, single individuals with kids would eventually need to think about moving into bigger spaces—especially when their kids reach an age wherein they would need their own rooms. Sure, you might think that a two-bedroom apartment would be sufficient enough for you but eventually, this space would hardly even feel spacious. There is a myriad of factors that would motivate one to opt for a bigger home or their own piece of real estate property—from the number of kids to an expanding business. Regardless of what your reasons might be, if you are in need of more space, you might want to invest in your own property instead of looking for a rental flat that is bigger and would accommodate all of you. In this way, you are technically investing in a property that is really yours instead of defraying someone else’s mortgage through their monthly  rental fees.

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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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New Beginnings: Four Things to Do for Individuals Moving Out for the First Time

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“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you are not going to stay where you are.” –Author Unknown

One of the most daunting prospects you will probably face in your life is to move out especially if this is your first time. After all, if you have spent a significant number of years in one home, the idea of finding another one and venturing out of your comfort zone might be a little unsettling. However, change is inevitable and at times, necessary. And if you endeavor to pursue a life independent from your parents and make your mark in the world away from the family nest, you would need to do it on your own and
not in the confines of your childhood bedroom. Sure, envisioning life without having to rely on your parents can be somewhat intimidating. But you will soon find that a lifestyle unimpeded by your parents’ house rules is an excellent avenue to establish your independence. Furthermore, it fosters liberty and autonomy which would consequently allow you to explore your capabilities beyond your comfort zone. Indeed, it can be very rewarding but only if you take that initial step of deciding to move out. At a certain point, we would need to move out and although we might not be able to evade it, there are ways to make sure that the experience would be as smooth-sailing as possible.

One of the ways to ensure a headache on moving day will be mitigated is to plan way before you are scheduled to move. In any case, whether your prospect of moving is to a 1br condo for rent in Makati or elsewhere, here are some of the ways to ensure stress is alleviated or altogether eliminated:

1.) Get your finances in order

Living with your parents guarantees that you can always rely on them whenever you are in a pecuniary bind. In a sense, having them around meant you had a financial safety net. However, when you are striking out on your own, you cannot realistically expect to continuously ask them for monetary help if you ever need it. Your parents are not at your financial behest after all. In this regard, it would be best if you had an idea how to budget. Assess how much you take home each month and tally that against your average expenses. Evaluate what expenses are non- negotiable payments and come up with a total of how much you can afford for monthly rent.

2.) Look for a stable job

Your epic journey towards the real world will commence the moment you nail down a steady job. Apart from ensuring you would have enough money to finance your daily living, it can teach you a lot about being an adult. Start small and work your way to the top and by then, you would be earning fat paychecks. Showcase your skills and creativity and plan strategically. Resultantly, you will be on your way to success. Just keep in mind that the job you choose should be enough to cover your rent as well as your monthly expenses.

3.) Scour for a suitable place to live

Looking for a suitable place to live might take you a bit of time, but it is best if you do not rush it. With this in mind, it would definitely pay off if you took your time to find a rental property that would accommodate all of your needs as well as fall within your monthly budget. Do not immediately go for the cheapest rental property you find online. Remember, you have a wealth of options online, so take some time to explore them. Start with social media pages as today; they function as ads as well with several of your friends posting their respective listings online. Furthermore, take this time to determine whether or not you wish to have a roommate and split the monthly rent. Lastly, look for an ideal and safe location that is in proximity to your office. In this way, you can walk to and from your office which would effectively cut back on your monthly commute expense.

4.) Hire a moving company

While you can rely on mom and dad to give you a lift when you move out, it is best to hire a professional moving company to take care of all the hassle and stress of moving. You already have a lot on your plate, so at the very least, you can delegate this to them. Get a quote in advance and factor that into your budget way before you are scheduled to move.

 

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8 Add-Ons to Upgrade Pre-Installed Kitchen Islands

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They aren’t there to occupy most of the kitchen floor space. The island offers extra surface during rigorous food prep, storage for cooking items and utensils, and a block keeping hungry guests at bay. Some homeowners aren’t used to the concept of islands and counters. They prefer the traditional dining set.

Contemporary house and lot and condo units have kitchen islands. The structure of these homes undertakes the importance of storage units and maximizing the floor layout. However, the style and form of pre-installed kitchen islands don’t overlap with the homeowner’s acquired taste. A condo at Bonifacio High Street requires a modern piece. It may be something unique and grounded to match the city’s energy.

Try not to fret if the kitchen counter doesn’t fit your style. There are several ways to upgrade pre-installed kitchen islands. These items will elevate and bring the kitchen island to life.

1. Bars

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Towel bars offer the best solutions for organization hacks. Kitchen with limited space will benefit from the smart and efficient uses of these thin bars. Install a long bar to hold or store lids when cooking. It also prevents them getting lost in the back of cabinets. It is also perfect for displaying sets of pans and collection of mugs. Other than hand towels, it solves storage problems by providing *an anchor for baskets.

2. Hooks

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Whether its adhesive hooks, anchors or plain old nails, hooks are organizing superstars. They camouflage wires, conceal plastic trash bags, distribute measure cups, hang kitchen wraps and pot lids, and basket for extra storage. Hooks are smaller than bars so they won’t get in the way of work and existing kitchen design.

3. Stools

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Think of height, style, and comfort when finding the right kitchen stool. First, measure the height of island’s surface. There must be 9 to 13 inches between the seat and the counter. Chair stools are 18 inches high from the floor to the seat. It works with surfaces 28 to 30 inches in height. Counter stools are 24 to 26 inches while bar stools are 28 to 30 from floor to the seat. Counter stools go with tables 36 to 39 inches in height while bar stools require 40 to 42 inches.

The space between each stool is critical for comfort and people’s movement. There’s no problem with style as several materials are complementing various kitchen aesthetics. The island can have a backless, casual or swivel seating.

4. Countertop

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Good news! It is possible to swap existing kitchen counter with something luxe or low-maintenance. The right countertop follows the home’s overall decorating scheme. A concrete countertop provides a variety of looks depending on its color pigmentation and the amount of aggregate in the mix. Stainless steel has a reflective quality making it perfect for small spaces. The reflection gives a beautiful and elegant look. Copper is pliable and ideal to produce countertops with interesting edges. Moreover, it gives off a warm glow to any kitchen. Other materials like marble, granite, and zinc are viable options as a countertop surface. Adding a glass top is also a game changer.

5. Knobs and Pull

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Changing cabinet handles is a non-committal way to enhance the look of an area. Having knobs and pulls prevents stains on cabinet surfaces and lengthens its lifespan. Hardware also provides ease of access to drawers. It must fit inside your hand and feel right to the touch. There must be no sharp edges and ridges. It must be comfortable for your fingers. Knobs and pulls are the jewelry of the kitchen. They must blend into the area, coordinate the pieces of furniture in it and enhance the design. Before purchasing for the entire kitchen, test it out to get the perfect fit.

6. Appliances

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Instead of placing the oven, dishwasher or dryer in a different spot, have it built on the kitchen island. It will give you additional floor area for cabinets, cooking ranges, refrigerator, oven, extra seating or the sink. Installing it on the isle conceals wiring and unalluring backside of the appliance. Most of all, the setup saves the item from damage.

7. Shelves

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Open shelves offer freedom to store and take cooking ingredients and utensils anytime you need them. It also prevents accidents and ruckus from bumping into cabinet doors and handles. If aiming for aesthetic, fret not. Open shelving is charming and classy as it displays food stock and baking ingredients in fancy jars and pretty containers. Customizing the stackables on the shelf uplifts repurposed old bookshelves of drilled wood from a previous project. However, beware of low-lying shelves if there are children at home. Place a glass casing to prevent them from grabbing stuff on display.

8. Trim

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Adding trim to the surface of your kitchen island changes the look and vibe of the kitchen. Uniform scallops produce a vintage, laid-back beach house vibe. Irregularly shaped waves transform the room into a modern and playful dining area. Explore different trimming designs before settling on one to find the best fit for the house.

The kitchen is a small and messy area, but it’s no excuse to make it a work of art. The kitchen island can be the star of the room with the right add-on, finishes, and trim. When this happens, family members and guests can have an enjoyable dining experience.

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.

Home Design: Five Things that Make Your Home Look Dated

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“The magic thing about a home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back” –Wendy Wunder

 

We all love incorporating design elements into our homes.

After all, it is the highest form of personalization and it effectively gives character into your homes. In this regard, we tend to buy decors; furniture and other home treatments that would help improve the overall aesthetic of our space. Unfortunately, if we do not update our home decors often or simply have a thing for trendy home treatments, our homes can look incredibly dated. True, your enthusiasm for interior decorating might be commendable but you need to have the right eye for it. After all, you would not want your guests to walk into the front door and think they have gone back in time or gotten a blast from the past with your extensive dated home décor collection.

If there are several things in your home that leave you scratching your head or else have you contemplating what you were thinking, there is a likely chance you are using dated designs. In any case, take a gander at your condo unit in Avida Centera or elsewhere and see if any of the things listed below are present:

 

DIY Pallet Furniture

At some point, pallet projects were all the rage and it is easy enough to understand the appeal. However, they key word here is “were” as nowadays there is such a thing as too much pallet. One or a couple pallet pieces are generally okay but if your home is dominated by wooden weekend projects, it is time to reevaluate your design options.

Too much iron

Wrought iron staircases were once considered beautiful and elegant. In fact, having one in a home was heavily regarded as the height of wealth and sophistication—an epitome of elegance, if you may. Although there is nothing wrong with them, you have to ensure that they are making the right kind of statement. If you are unsure, it is best to skip it altogether and opt for something more contemporary and timeless.

Overwhelmed by copper

Once upon a time copper was a thing, but make no mistake the copper trend is officially over now. If you think decking your homes in copper accents and treatments would make it look rustic, you are very much mistaken. However, if you have a long-standing love affair with copper, ensure that it stays in the kitchen and just use authentic copper cookware instead. Metallic and matte finishes such as silver knobs, black picture frames and brass candlesticks are great as well.

White appliances

White appliances are just not aesthetic—especially the stark white ones. They give your home a post-apocalyptic feel or would make it look reminiscent of the fifties were most of the kitchen appliance were colored in white. Today, it is all about chrome and stainless steel or sleek slate and matte black finishes. Sure, they look far more technical and industrial than your average kitchenware, but it gives your kitchen that streamlined and contemporary look. Moreover, it gives your space that touch of luxe and sophistication. Another added bonus is that they are far easier to keep clean, so maintenance and upkeep would not be so much of a hassle.

Blackboard walls

For quite some time, they were trendy and they looked great and apt for kids’ rooms—where they should stay. You might think having a chalkboard wall in your kitchen would make a great statement, but all it would do is effectively add more chaos to your everyday life by inevitably adding more chalk clouds. Let us face it, chalk residue is not exactly hygienic and should go nowhere near your food. In any case, swap out the kitchen chalkboards and replace them with a diminutive but impactful message board on the kitchen counter.

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Five Signs You Are Not Ready to Move in Together

“A couple who go on living together merely because that was how they began without any other reason: was that what we were turning into?” –Simone de Beauvoir

So you and your partner have been together for quite some time now. You have both been contemplating the next big step, but are not yet ready to tie the knot just yet. Instead of marriage, you and your partner wish to try and test out the waters first by choosing to live in one house for the meantime. Sure, moving in together sounds like a blissful idea—a milestone in your relationship if you may. Unfortunately, while sleeping and waking up next to your partner sounds like a quixotic and dreamy scenario, if you are doing it for the wrong reasons, you and your partner could potentially face issues and complications down the road.

In any case, if you and your partner are looking for a place to move in together—such as in Avida Towers Centera perhaps or elsewhere, it might be wise to revisit and reevaluate the reasons why you are both doing this. If you find any of your reasons listed below, it might be best if you waited a little longer until you moved into a single residence together.

1.) You are doing it because it is financially easier

Romantic and cheesy scenarios aside, you and your partner are thinking of moving in together because it seems like the practical approach. Living together with your partner means that you would have to pool your resources together to defray day-to-day expenses and from your standpoint, it seems like a financially sound idea. However, no matter how counterintuitive this might sound, you should never commingle funds unless you are both legally tied down. After all, you would not want to develop a consumer-based framework for your relationship that basically relies on economic ease.

2.) You have a volatile relationship

Sure, it is healthy for couples to have disputes now and then—after all, it encourages relationship growth. However, if you and your partner are constantly fighting day after day, it might not be a good idea to live under one roof. If you think that living together would magically put an end to your disagreements and wrangles, you are in for a rude awakening.

3.) You do not see them as your potential spouse

If you, as an individual, are a firm believer in marriage and cannot see your partner as someone you might potentially tie the knot with, moving in together would be pointless. Although marriage is no prerequisite for moving in together, it is a prospect or a foregone conclusion for individuals who do want to get married. If you do not see yourself sharing his name, or see yourself giving her your name, then what is the point of moving in together?

4.) You are doing it under the impression that it would strengthen your relationship

Before moving in, you should already feel strongly about your significant other. If you are doing it purely because you think it will strengthen your relationship ties and make you a stronger couple, then you are doing it for all the wrong reasons. If you think you and your partner are not quite there yet, there is no reason to force yourself (and your relationship for that matter) into a space that you are not quite ready for.

5.) You are too shy of your basic bodily functions whenever you are around your partner

When you live under one roof, some bodily functions such as burping, farting and even pooping are inevitable things that would happen to your partner. If these are things you are still shy about, you might want to put a hold on the whole moving in together phase. In any case, your relationship might not even be mature enough for that phase yet.

 

Home Selling: Four Ingenious Home Selling Tactics You Should Try

“I still think buying a home is the best investment any individual can make.” -John Paulson

 

In today’s present and competitive real estate market, where the demand remains erratic, and there are sporadic changes in housing prices, it would take more than just an affordable price to attract prospective buyers. Back in the day, it seems like all it would take to land a potential buyer is to have enough refreshments for them and to spruce up the house to make an excellent first impression. Unfortunately, modern buyers are unfazed by these, and although appreciated, these gestures would not be enough for them to negotiate a deal with you. As a result, more and more home sellers would resort to rather unusual, and at times, unorthodox methods in order to have their homes noticed and potentially sold. There is no guarantee that the same set of tactics would work for you, but there are innumerable cases where they have been tremendously effective. The key here is to find out what sticks and what makes your house get noticed. It matters not whether you have a condo for sale in Fort Bonifacio Global City or elsewhere, if you wish to sell your homes faster and easier, you might as well try these ingenious techniques.

From the clever and creative tips to the downright bizarre ones, here are four of the most uncommon ways to get your house noticed:

1.) Take home staging to the extreme

Back in the day, home staging used to be an optional task home sellers would take in order to attract prospective buyers. Today, however, not only is it recommended, but it is necessary if you want your home to sell faster. However, instead of simply beautifying some certain areas and aspects of your home, take it up a notch by utilizing the ancient art of Chinese philosophy. Use Feng shui to your advantage and rearrange the elements of your home to enhance its chi. As a result, your home will have a more receptive feel to visitors and potential buyers would feel more at ease and welcome.

2.) Hold an open house party

What’s an excellent way to drive more prospective buyers into attending your open house? Well, host a party in lieu of just a simple open house. Offer refreshments and if the budget fits, have some catered food and live music for your guests. It might not necessarily find you, buyers, right away, but it would generate enough buzz to make your home memorable. Furthermore, your guests will no doubt regale their friends with their experience at your open house, and you might just find your prospective buyer from there.

3.) Get Web Savvy

If you are relying on obsolete and outdated methods such as having your home selling ads printed on newspaper, then you might find yourself losing to your competition. In the era of social media, more and more users would be logging into their profiles every single day. As a result, there is an untapped market in social media platforms which you can exploit. Selling your home through the Internet and social media are excellent avenues for getting it noticed. This alternative method would not only get the attention of many potential buyers, but it would cost relatively cheaper as well.

4.) Let buyers sleep on it

If you already have prospective buyers, do not pressure them as to when they will make an offer—especially when they are on the fence as to whether they will buy your home or not. Do not immediately pester them as if they have already made their minds. Instead, try this alternate route of letting them sleep on it—literally and figuratively. Let them spend the night in your home in order to give them an idea of what it would be like to truly live in there. You might not know it, but it might exactly be what they are missing to finally convince them to make you an offer.