Sustainability in Urban Design

It is not enough for a place to be habitable. It also needs to be sustainable.

Urban design is the process, design, and organization of public space, transportation systems, and open space. With half of the Earth’s population crowding in cities, urban design needs to take a hard look at its mechanisms. Each city must commit and choose sustainable development. Philippines, in terms of population and the economy, exponentially grows each year. But, the land areas of its cities remain the same. The same rings true in other cities across the globe. Three (almost four) billion people stay in these urban areas. Therefore, the role of urban design has a significant impact in today’s contemporary way of life.

According to a United Nations’ (UN) report, 60% of the Earth’s population will crowd cities by 2030. This is not good news for various reasons.

Millenials are slow to pick up the traces of needing change concerning their way of living. Thus, it is better for the current millennia to have the collective movement of individuals, industries, and countries to commit to change. The foundation of inhabitation – the Earth, is ruined and its cries are getting louder. The natural structure of planet is sacrificed to have the luxurious comfort of the modern life. The towering skyscrapers, concrete housing units, and asphalt plazas are chosen over the lush greeneries and the natural wonders of the world.

Urban Development

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Urban development is a perennial threat to nature. Fortunately, developers like Ayala Land Inc. (ALI), considers the site’s ecosystem in their planning and design. Bobby Dy coins the term “eco-efficient.” It is a simple yet effective word that summarizes the purpose of their city districts. Natural resources or the natural state of the land area should not be sacrificed because of urban design and development. ALI patterns their design to the area’s original state.

The best example of eco-efficiency is their dynamic suburb in the South, Nuvali. Nuvali has a long stretch of green grass park and open spaces. The structure mixes modern suburban living with green zones and forestry. It also encourages recreation and outdoor activities which are refreshing for the modern dwellers.

Organization and Open Spaces

Although aesthetic plays a major role in urban setting, it is important for a developer to consider general public interest and not be biased towards age and way of living. When the city or structure is open to everyone, the need to have access to additional public infrastructure is removed. The environment becomes inclusive and inclined to only one goal – providing for the years to come.

Ayala Land is best known for their wholesome urban design. The company follows its focus areas as a guide during planning – resilience, pedestrian and transit connectivity, eco-efficiency and local economic development.

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Their latest land developments incorporate wide spaces and parks. Having these spaces encourages time off the digital world and physical activity. It also lessens the dependence on vehicles as these places are conducive to walking. Most importantly, it discourages cul-de-sacs which can be rampant in urban areas. The design also creates low-carbon cities because they become walkable and mass transit-oriented. This is much more sustainable and healthier for the people. It also gives a high quality of life to residents.

Economic Vibrancy

A thing, structure or endeavor that is sustainable is said to solve today’s problems while also providing for the problems of the future. Generations to come should meet their own needs using these structures and environment-friendly solutions. Thus, it should be an enabling environment.

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Rapid urbanization puts pressure on resources. Densely-packed cities can lack sources of fresh water supply and strain the living environment and public health. During planning, local and small-scale businesses are heavily considered. The shops and stores should be strategically placed so they may contribute to poverty reduction. There should also be designated spaces for public utility and health services.

Cloverfield, an ALI development in the North, is an example of a well-planned community that employs living, retail, and health. The development has a residential tower, shopping mall, park and a hospital – all within walking distance.

Well-planned public spaces commune communities and people together. Physical and cultural activities, recreation and play, are also encouraged. The spaces restore a sense of place, identity, and pride in an area, and play a significant part in attracting businesses and jobs. Thus, poverty is reduced.

Technology has picked up speed on constructing mega cities, but it has not made low-carbon cities. Local and international urban development still have a long way to go. Choosing to be sustainable goes back to planning, where all the aspect of the building is considered. When the vision for the future is clear, urban design will manifest through eco-efficient development.

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A Guide to Suburban Neighborhood in the South

There’s a sprouting suburb in the South, and you don’t know if moving there is a good move.

Vermosa is a suburban development that features active living. It’s in Cavite, and it perfectly combines residences, retail spots and business hubs in one area, which make it seem like a good place to settle down. But hold your train of thought. Did you consider what you need to know before buying a house? Do you know what kind of neighborhood will be at Vermosa?

Before setting your sights at this new development, read on to find out the standards of what makes a good neighborhood.

There are street walks.

And those streetwalkers are for walking.

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Some residential communities are disorderly, so cyclists pass through pavements instead. A neighborhood with functional road walks prioritizes walking over the use of vehicles. Low-carbon communities have sidewalks wide enough for bicycles and establishments. It gives the cafés liberty to set up tables for outdoor lounging.

A spacious sidewalk also gives room to set up benches – a great feature for relaxation and people watching.

 

There are various transportation modes.

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What a nice feeling to have when travel from work to home is a breeze. Often, an exclusive neighborhood isn’t commute-friendly and is only accessible through private vehicles. An ideal community should be available through different road networks. You can get to Vermosa via Daang Hari Road, SLEX through the MCX exit, and the upcoming Cavite Laguna Expressway (CALAX) Road – which are also the routes of public transportation. The proposed LRT 6 will pass through Daang Hari Road which makes Vermosa accessible to the bulk of passengers. The community is also less than an hour away from Makati, Manila, Muntinlupa and Tagaytay.

 

There is a foundation for education.

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De La Salle Santiago Zobel School (DLSZ), a member of De La Salle Philippines (DLSP), is an established educational institution in the South. It will open its second campus in Vermosa to provide quality basic and secondary education. DLSZ is also an establishment that pronounces spiritual and moral maturity through the teachings of Christ.

The DLSZ-Vermosa Campus will implement the Next Generation Blended Learning Program which will include the latest trend and innovation regarding teaching strategies and educational research.

 

There are high-value residences.

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Property value varies greatly from one development to another. A neighborhood with quality housing options allows people with different financial capability to lead a quiet and comfortable life. When there are lots of people are waitlisted, it is a sign that the particular neighboorhood is hot on the market.

Vermosa will have diverse living options with Ayala Land’s urban residential developers – Alveo, Avida, and Ayala Land Premier. Alveo offers upscale residences while Avida is perfect for compact city living.

Since Vermosa is a new community, most of the people in the neighborhood are homeowners. An area with high rate of homeownership is stable. Renters are mobile and flaky, so they don’t add value to the community. Long-time residents have been there all way. They watch out for their neighbors, which makes the area feel safe and secure.

 

There are communal facilities.

 

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Vermosa has a total of 165 hectares of open space for wellness and recreation, training facilities, and retail shops.

There’s Vermosa Sports and Lifestyle Complex which will have an Olympic-sized pool, a 400-meter track oval, and a Sports Science laboratory that caters to all the training needs of endurance athletes. The MX Track and the Bike Skills Park offer a place to fill the need for speed and thrills for bikers.

There’s Vermosa Midtown, a pedestrian-focused, bike-friendly area with a commercial district. The Ayala Malls Vermosa will be within the limits of Midtown and will complement the active life of Vermosa by housing sports themed retail stores.

A contemporary active living is kept alive in Vermosa with its engaging facilities for its residents. Besides these amenities, a balanced community should have a place of worship. It shows the collective and strength of the community.

There should be a hospital, police and fire station.

Safety first.

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The right neighborhood adds value to the entire community, not just to the houses separately. You can check out if the community is fit for you if it has the qualities on this list besides the things that you want. Your new neighborhood should meet your standards and if you’ve found it in Vermosa, then go ahead. Enjoy the fulfilling life of active lifestyle.

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!

Real Estate Investment 101: Strategies to Use in Selling Your Condo in the Philippines

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“Real estate is an imperishable asset, ever increasing in value. It is the most solid security that human ingenuity had devised. It is the basis of all security and about the only indestructible security.” -Russel Sage

With the condo housing market at an all-time high, it would be readily apparent that condominium towers would be proliferating almost every corner in any major city in the Philippines. After all, condo living affords a unique lifestyle option that allows for convenience and maximum accessibility. Most real estate developers would build their condominium towers in proximity to major offices, schools, and entertainment hubs–making it a premier housing option for young professionals, newlyweds and families.

Considering how competitive the housing market for condominiums is, it would be no question that selling your condo unit might be a bit difficult—even in places where the demand for them is the highest such as in Arbor Lanes. However, there are a few tips and techniques to help you sell your condo a bit faster and to make your transactions a lot easier. Do not be mistaken though, the logistics in the sale of a condo unit would involve a great deal of patience (Do not expect to a close a deal right away). Do your research, be prepared to compromise and negotiate, otherwise here are some useful tips to make your condo selling endeavor a smooth-sailing one.

1.) Know when the best time to sell your condo is

When it comes to selling any kind of real estate, timing is a pivotal factor that contributes to the quickness or delay of a sale. Additionally, it would also play a crucial factor in how much you could actually profit from selling your property. Before selling your unit, have an understanding of how property cycles move. In this way, you can determine how far along the property clock would yield more and much better profit. Recurrent events such as rising prices (also known as the boom phase), fall of prices which is the (slump phase) and stabilization phase (essentially known as the recovery period) would comprise a property cycle. Familiarize yourself with this and put your condo up for sale during the market peak where the boom phase occurs.

2.) Determine your property’s market value

Apart from knowing how to time your sale, it is also vital that you know how to price your condo unit appropriately. If you price it too low and you may end up losing profit, and if you price it too high, it will take you longer to close a deal. Consult a professional and have them give you advice as regards the price of your property, or you can try a different tack by looking at online listings that are similar to your property.

3.) Look for potential buyers

More often than not, the sale of a real estate property would be significantly faster with the assistance of a professional such as a real estate broker who would serve as the middle person between you and the buyers. However, this would come at an added cost, and if you do not wish to make that monetary expense, you can always put your condo up in the housing market in online listings. There are websites that would offer free listing where you can list your property. However, do not limit yourself there, advertise wherever you can and go beyond free listing websites. Put up your listings on social media platforms and encourage your friends to share it themselves too.

4.) Secure the necessary documents

Before finally putting your condo up for sale, make sure you are in possession of all the legal documents required to sell it. This will expedite the process of ownership transfer and would make the transaction a lot smoother. Some of the documents you would need are as listed below:

*Certified True Copy of Condominium Certificate of Title from the Register of Deeds
*Certified True Copy of Tax Declaration and Real Estate Tax Clearance for the present year from the City Assessor Office
*Certificate Authorizing Registration and Tax Clearance from the Bureau of Internal Revenue

 

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6 Things To Do Before Hiring A Mover

 

 

What comes to your mind when we talk about moving out? Perhaps, a lot of you will think about what to do to make sure that there will be no damages while moving the things.

That is why most people would prefer hiring some professional movers to make sure that their things are still intact after the transfer. You may be moving into your new condo in Quezon City or any other real estate properties in the Philippines, hiring a mover is a good choice. However, you also have to know that not all movers are professional enough to do their job properly.

There are actually a lot of things you need to consider before deciding what moving company you should choose. And if you are one of those people who are first timers in hiring a mover, you might as well refer to these tips below on how you can effectively hire a mover.

1. Get recommendation

One of the things you might want to consider is the recommendations from your family and friends. Since they suggested that particular moving company, that means they trusted them when it comes to handling the things of their clients. Obviously, they will not recommend it to you when they know that mover is not that trustworthy enough to do the job properly.

 2. Do an initial screening

When choosing the right moving company, don’t just stick to one option. You must have a list of the companies you may want to hire. And for you to know if they are good enough, do some initial screening on them. Well, you can base your judgments on the reviews from their clients on whether they have a good service or not. And if they don’t have high ratings when it comes to the services they gave, then you might as well find another one.

3. You should end up with at least three or four companies to call for an in-home estimate

After narrowing down your options, make sure to end up with at least three or four companies on your list. Well, that is for you to make sure that if one is not available at that moment, then you still have the other three options for you to call. Just make sure that those remaining companies in your list are all trustworthy and professional enough on their field of work.

4. When an estimator comes to your home, show home everything

When you hire a mover, you should also expect that there will be estimators that will come to your home. Of course, they have to know how many moves will it takes to transfer all of your belongings to your new home. From the things in your closet, backyard, basement, and even in the attic, you have to show them everything. This will also give the estimator an idea on how much you should pay for the overall moving package.

5. When you’ve gotten all your estimates in, compare the bids

Whether you realize it or not, each moving company has their own way to estimate your things. That is why it is a must for you to know which company offers a lower price than the other. Moreover, don’t forget to make sure if there are any add-ons on the overall cost of the moving process.

6. Make sure your moving company has the license and insurance it needs to move your things legally

For you to avoid any complications later on, you need to make sure that the company you choose is legally enough to do the job. At least, if there will be some problems later on, at least you know where to complain. Moreover, this is also to ensure that they are not any scammers who will trick you will a higher price yet with a lower quality of moving services.

4 Etiquette Rules Every Landlord Should Observe

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When it comes to home investments, it is up to the owner on what they want to do with the property. They can either live in it or have it as a generated income. Perhaps, there are even some of you here invested in Davao apartments and have it rented out, right? But before deciding to have it as your source of extra income, there are things you should know about what and what not to do when you are a landlord.

As a landlord, there are also a lot of responsibilities that you need to observe to avoid any misunderstandings between you and the tenant. Generally, being a landlord is not that hard as you think it is. For as long as you are you’re doing the duties of being a landlord properly, then there will be no problems at all. But if you’re planning to have that kind of investment yet you don’t have any idea of being a landlord at all, then you might want to refer these things you should observe.

1. Find good tenants

This is one of the most important things you must consider if you want to have a peaceful investment. You better find a good tenant to avoid headaches in the long run. Moreover, if you think that that particular tenant can’t be trusted when it comes to written or verbal agreement, don’t waste your time entertaining and welcoming them into your apartment. There are still a lot of people out there who can be a good tenant. Be patient and carefully select a good one.

2. Give proper notice

Aside from the written agreement that you made, you should also not forget to notify your tenant whenever there are changes you want to make. Notifying your tenants will prevent you from a heated argument with them. Of course, if there are changes that your tenants would like to complain, at least you heard their side of the story. Perhaps, there are circumstances that prevent them from doing such. And giving a proper notice will give both parties the chance to understand both sides. This is also important when you want to terminate a tenant, at least they will have enough time to find another apartment space to rent.

3. Make timely repairs

One way or another, there will be times that your tenant would request for a repair. Perhaps, a leak in the bathroom needs some repair. And a good landlord would attend to the request of their tenant immediately. Of course, this is also one way you can show to them that you care and value their stay. Additionally, if there are things you want your tenants to clarify when it comes to the damages in the apartment, you should both come up with an agreement to make sure it is going to be a win-win situation.

4. Respect your tenants

Of course, this goes without saying. If you want your tenants to respect you too, then you should respect your tenants. If they have a different culture, then you have to respect them for who and what they are. In this way, you tenants would love to stay longer in your apartment. And if both parties value respect with one another, there will be no problem at all.

Advice for the tenants

If you are a tenant, there are also responsibilities that you need to observe. One is to follow the policies your landlord gave to avoid misunderstandings on both sides. Moreover, if you want to have a peaceful living in the apartment, then you better follow the guidelines provided. And if you have some confusion about the agreement especially when it comes to the monthly dues, then don’t hesitate to ask your landlord about it. With this, you will be able to stay and live without something to worry about.

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For Homeowners: Morning Rituals You Should Try To Become A Winner

 

 

One way or another, our home plays a big role in achieving our goals in life. And whether you realize it or not, the activities we do at home can also affect our attitude for the entire day. That only means, your day will always start and ends at home. But let’s face it! It is not all the times we encounter happy moments at home. Sometimes, we need to reevaluate the things that caused a gap or tension around our home.

Although problems may be around the corner, successful people won’t allow such unwanted situation to ruin their day. It doesn’t matter if you are living in a condo in BGC, Taguig, you too can have a good morning vibes. But the real question is – HOW?

Basically, starting your day right at home is not that hard as you think it is. Although there are times that you need to adjust to adapt the situation you are in, then you must also know that there are also certain ways where you can follow to make sure that you can achieve the desired outcome. And to give you some ideas, below are some morning rituals or things most successful people do at home.

They wake up before or just after the sun rises with ease

Always remember that mornings are important. It can either break or make your day. If you are not keen enough in doing the right thing every morning, then you might not like the way you start your day. However, successful people avoid such unwanted situations by getting up early before or just after the sun rises. Just so you know that you can always get good vibes and other benefits when you wake up early since it put your mind at ease and prevents you from panicking when it comes to time management.

They revisit their to-do list made the night before

One of the nature humans have is being forgetful. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t mend it, right? That is why having a to-do list is one of the important things you need to have. It’s not just about taking down notes, but it also helps you to remember the things you need to do for the day. And revisiting it the night before makes sure that you don’t forget important things or tasks. Moreover, for you not to be confused, you better check the tasks that you have finished working with.

They get active

Successful people don’t just settle for a norm. They tend to seek constant change in everything they do. That is why engaging in physical activities makes them feel energetic and productive to the every task they do. Moreover, engaging in an active lifestyle would also mean they are physically and mentally fit to do the everyday tasks. Well, there are actually a lot of activities you can engage with. You can do some exercise such as running, a 7-minute full body workout, 20-minute yoga session or a 30-minute jog around your neighborhood. This will keep your body fit for the day.

They do something that reminds them of their goals

One thing that most successful people never forget is to set their focus on their goals. And one thing that helps them remember such is doing something that would keep them in mind that they have something to reach and that is their aim. The more they are focused on their goal, the more chances they will be most likely to get what they want in life. That is why they tend to start their mornings with activities that would draw them closer to their goals.

They update their knowledge bank

Every day is a learning day. Yes, cliché as it may seem, but this holds dear and true to every successful people. Although they may have a lot of experience already, they still strive to learn something new each day from the people around them. Moreover, they also tend to read books that would help them gain more knowledge on a particular topic. That is why they will always find a way to learn something out from everything they observed.

Common Decorating Mistakes Most Homeowners are Still Doing

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Decorating your home is one of the things that excite us the most. Although there are times home decorating can also be challenging and frustrating, but the end results would pay it off. Of course, that if you are doing the right home decorating techniques. However, there are just some homeowners who just didn’t realize that they are repeating the same home decorating mistakes all over again. And mind you, this is not a good habit to start with.

Generally, committing mistakes when it comes to home decorating is normal. In fact, it is in mistakes you will learn what and what not to do when it comes to the designs of your home. However, committing the same mistakes all over again and again is a reflection that you don’t care about the appearance of your home, especially when it comes to the lifestyle you are in.

It doesn’t matter where or what kind of home you live; be it in Manila properties or any other properties in the Philippines, there is no reason for you to commit the same mistakes again. And if you are one of those homeowners who don’t have any idea what mistakes they are making, then below are some common decorating mistakes most homeowners are still doing.

Not considering your lifestyle

Just because the interior or exterior home design is a trend, that doesn’t mean it is also good for you. Nope, not all! Obviously, you are not going to do some renovations to your home if you don’t even need it, right? But if you still continue to follow the trend without any knowledge on whether or not it fits into your home, then you might regret your decision later on.

Following the trend when it comes to home design is not a bad thing at all. In fact, it is one of the many things you can upgrade your home design into something new. However, before deciding to follow such design, you also have to think again and again if you need it, or if it is worth it. Think and then decide. With that, you will know what and what not to do when it comes to the design of your home. Of course, this will also prevent you from committing costly mistakes all over again.

Having more than one focal point

Having a focal point at home is used to feel more inviting and offer a more comfortable place to stay. This feature can be your picture, mirror, or dramatic piece of furniture that catches every person’s eyes. But there’s a caveat, though, a good focal point can only do once. If you tend to have more than one focal point at home, this might not be a good idea, since it can make the room feel disjointed and leaves a person’s eye without any rest.

In order for you to be comfortable, you have to choose one focal point that would complement the place. Don’t be overwhelmed with the spaces you have at home and just choose one to make a good and satisfying focal point.

Too many throw pillows

Throw pillows are one thing that gives beauty to our home. Obviously, it doesn’t just add beauty, it also gives us the feeling of comfort whenever we want to relax at home. Throw pillows can also give a homey feeling or ambiance on the place. However, having too many throw pillows at home is also not nice to look at. Instead of giving us the comfortable that we want, it gives us the feeling of annoyance since we don’t know where to seat already.

When it comes to adding throw pillows on the couch, you have to make sure that there will be a space where you can still seat. Perhaps, 2-3 pillows on a couch are enough.

Not testing your paint color

Colors are important. The color of your home doesn’t just add beauty, but it can also create a mood or ambiance at home. And if you are not careful enough when choosing the right color paint for your walls, then you might not like the end result of the interior and exterior design. Before anything else, you should not forget to test the color before choosing and buying a particular paint. If you think that the color of the paint is a little bit dry to look at on your walls, then it is better for you to find another paint that would match or complete the design of your home.

Moreover, you also have to make sure that the paint is durable enough to last longer than any other paints. Yes, there are paints that can easily be torn off especially when it rains. So, you have to choose the right color paint for you home.

 

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Interior Design Hacks for Hands-on Moms

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What comes into your mind when we talk about interior designs? Perhaps, some of you here might think about class and elegance. While for some, it doesn’t matter what designs for as long as it looks great. Right?  However, most people believe that a mom can create a homey feeling when she’s hands-on with the interior design of the house. They know what to include to create an appealing and livable home.

That simply means moms don’t settle for less. They hate boring and lifeless interior design for their home. Hands down to hands-on moms! But let’s admit! Not all moms have their extra time to figure out what and what not to do to achieve a desirable outcome.  As a result, not all of them appreciate their home. But fret not! Although some of you here don’t have enough time for it, you can definitely achieve the right interior design for your home whether you are living in Amaia Scapes or any other real estate properties in the Philippines.

Well, if you are one of those moms who want to take interior design to the next level, below are some things you might want to consider and apply it to your home. Of course, these things are simple yet nice to have.

DIY Pompom Rug

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A pompom rug is easy to make. You just have to follow a guide or step on how to make one. Yarns with different colors, scissors, toilet paper rolls and strings are the main materials you need. With this project, it doesn’t just save you a lot of money, you will also enjoy making it for your family.

Hanging Mirrors

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Mirrors that are typically installed on your wall can be boring, which it shouldn’t be. To make it more appealing, why don’t you hang your mirror by using of ropes instead? Well, you that the rope and the mirror are properly installed to avoid falling down.

DIY Family Hand Print Tree

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Having picture frames on your wall is nice, but it would be more appealing when you also include DIY family hand print tree in it. Make it a variety. Kids would definitely love to join you on this project. Isn’t it nice to look at when you have the hand print of your kids, yours, and your husband’s into one frame?

Decorate A Vase With Pennies

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Unless you request the maker to personally make it, you cannot find vases in stores that are decorated with real pennies. If you like to collect old coins, why don’t you use those coins to decorate a vase? The materials you basically need are the vase, glue, and your coins. This DIY project may be simple but it would definitely add beauty to your home.

DIY Tape Wall

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Aside from the wallpaper and the paint you have on your wall, you can also do a DIY tape wall. As simple as 123, you can already decorate your empty wall with tapes. How? Just simply stick the tape on the wall with the designs you want to have. Of course, you also have to make sure that it is nice and stylish to look at.

Fresh Plants 

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As a mom, you have to know that plants don’t just add beauty to your home. It is also beneficial for you and for your family’s health. Just don’t include plastic flowers, though, make it fresh to make it more appealing.

Beautify Your Shower Supplies

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Taking your show supplies to the next level would definitely be nice. Instead of having your shower supplies in their original bottles, you can transfer it to stylish ones. This will give your bathroom a more cohesive and organized one. Of course, mark your bottles with what’s what for you not be confused.

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5 Simple and Effective Tips to Have a Successful Real Estate Career

 

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Everyday people strive to achieve their goals in their career. They give their best effort to make sure they don’t fail. Of course, nobody wants to fail, right? That means, in order for you not to fail, you also have to know the basic dos and don’ts when it comes to the tasks you are handling. And if you are one of the real estate agents who invest in the Philippines, there are certain rules and responsibilities for you to achieve the desired outcome of your career.

Whether you like it or not, not all people are successful in their real estate career. Perhaps, they don’t have enough knowledge to pursue and do things accordingly. Yes, you just can’t do whatever you want. There are also ways or strategies on how you can convince clients to purchase a property that you are selling. And if you are not good and knowledgeable enough to know at least the basics, then it is going to be a hard thing for you to do.

However, if you are determined enough to pursue your desire to have a successful real estate career, then below are some things you should know before anything else. Moreover, this is also one way to succeed in the real estate industry.

1. Determine your long-term career goal to know where are you at this stage

If you think that choosing the right career is just a piece of cake, then you better think again. There are people who chose the wrong career that leads them to regret on the later part. You have to know that choosing the right career for you may be daunting. And if you think that being a realtor is going to work for you, then you have to make sure that you have the qualities and skills that a realtor should have. And if you don’t have it, then this path may not be for you.

2. Set specific career objectives that’s well above your usual, and plan your way to reaching it

It will definitely be hard on your part if you don’t have any objectives in your career at all. Having objectives is one of the most important factors that contribute to the success of your career. Without those, you may not have a proper focus on the things you need to do to achieve your desired outcome. Your objectives will serve as a guide on what you should do for you to achieve such goal. Of course, there will not be a success if there are no plans made. If you are determined and motivated enough to achieve your goal, then have a good and effective plan ahead of time.

3. Develop a system that’s comfortable for you to do to make your day more productive and manageable

In this modern world, there are already apps or websites that help you track down all the things you did. It’s an ideal tool to use especially if you are one of those people who get easily distracted and tend to forget things. With this, you will be able to monitor which task you are now doing and which tasks that are also pending. You can also track your time on how long have you been working on a particular task. Of course, there are a lot of tools that are available online that are also useful in keeping track on your work.

4. Build a recognizable professional brand

Do you know that realtors are also advisable to create a recognizable professional brand? Yes, you may be a good realtor, but potential people didn’t know you. It’s is going to be a waste since only a few knows you, right? That means, the more popular you are online, the more clients want to invest in your products. That is why having a professional brand name is going to be a great help on your part.

5. Explore alternative selling tools or platforms that offer more value over cost to supplement or replace your traditional tools

As a realtor, it is a must for you to know that as the time goes by, there will also be changes in selling methods. Observing the traditional way of selling may be good, but it doesn’t always be the case. It is also a must for you to adapt and adjust to the things that are changing.

However, if you still tend to do such, then clients may not have a satisfying experience in their real estate investments. And I’m sure you don’t want to disappoint your clients, right? Of course, you have the give them the best services you can offer. And exploring alternatives when selling can be a great help for that matter.

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