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You Don’t Have to Skip The Mall When You’re Broke

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It’s easy to get in a financial rut once in a while when you’re starting your career or launching a new business. When you’re young, you can get sucked into the vortex of the capitalist culture. You have to buy stuff to fill your home or be identified. It’s no wonder that people get into debt or end up with no money because they’ve spent it in buying stuff they don’t need.

You might think that the solution to your problem is to skip the mall altogether. However, there are other things you can do so you won’t end up losing all your money in shopping. Exercising control or finding an alternative activity are few of the things you can do to fill your day besides visiting the shops at Vertis North.

Find out how you can spend a day at the mall without going broke. The tips below will be the solution to manage your money properly.

  1. Opt for experiences and not add-ons

Don’t go to the mall with the mindset of “wanting to have something.” Instead, think about what you wish to achieve or experience while there. Consider all the things you and your friends can do when you’re together. You can window shop and create a mental list of all the stores with high-quality swimwear. That way, you don’t have to worry about getting your next summer outfit. You can also visit cafeterias and ice cream parlors to find which has the best tasting iced coffee or gelato. If you’re with kids, you can visit the arcade and children’s booths. Some booths offer free trial or admission to activities.

  1. Put your needs first

If you think about it, you can take care of your needs by shopping. You have to drop by the grocery store to get fruits, veggies and other produce. You need to visit boutiques and stores to get new clothes whenever what you have are too worn out or ill-fitting. But, there are other needs you’re neglecting when you only think about these things. You forget about your emotional well-being. You also need to breathe and think clearly. Shopping sprees won’t help you achieve that. A day at the spa, a hike, or time at a local shelter are some things you can substitute for shopping.

  1. Don’t stop walking

Use your time at the mall to exercise. Walking helps you burn calories while straying your mind away from buying something you don’t need. Whenever you feel the urge to enter a store to purchase an item, you should walk towards the next floor. It’ll change the view and help you think about other stuff besides shopping.

  1. Choose the right shopping partners

If your weaning on shopping or plan to change your spending habits, then you should also think about the people who shop with you. There’s a phenomenon called “group-level consideration” that happens when you are with others. The people you spend time with or are with you at the moment of buying can influence your decisions. If you’re friends or mom doesn’t have a grasp of your financial health, you can end up with a credit card bill you can’t afford to pay especially if they’re reckless shoppers.

  1. Skip freebies

Malls are fond of selling items in bulk or offering gift certificates to their customers. However, it comes with a price. You have to buy a regular priced item or reach a certain amount to avail the freebie. Don’t fall these seemingly money-saving tactics. They only encourage you to spend more or increase the quantity of the items you have in your cart. The next you face a similar situation, always think of your choices. You always have the option to walk away.

  1. Be confident

Shopping can be a form of therapy. Some people even get a confidence boost after a day of shopping. That’s because they think they bought the right items that makes them smarter, sexier, or much prettier than they are. Unfortunately, feeling bad about yourself can only drown you in shopping bags. Once the glamour of shopping fades, you are left with yourself. It’s time you acknowledge yourself for who you are. Learn to love your strengths and weakness as clothes, makeup and makeovers can change the way you see yourself.

  1. Survey the aisles

Before you settle on a can of tuna or a loaf of bread, you should first look for alternatives. You might find a less expensive tuna with the same size or a can that’s is more costly but weighs more. Furthermore, it can feature better quality than the product you’re used to buying. Always look at each aisle to see if you’re getting the best deal out of your shopping trip.

  1. Don’t fall into a store’s trap

Marketers and business owners set up stores to encourage mall goers to linger to the store and spend more. They trick your senses to remain enchanted with the products on display. Clothing stores blast feel-good music, makeup and skin care shops have a good-looking staff to show the effectivity of their products, and jewelry stores install high-wattage halogen lights to bring out more sparkle to their watches and other displays.

  1. Wait for sale season

The easiest way to maintain money in your wallet is to sit out the spending sprees you have during ordinary days and wait for sale season to come. Don’t worry about items going out of stock. The store is sure to go all out during the end of the season. You’ll still be able to see that pair of boots or oversized sweater and get them half the price during a sale.

  1. Look for items at the back of the store

Most stores, including high-end ones, place their new releases and pricy items in the middle of the store. These stores aren’t thrilled to put out the things on sale so they usually stash them at the back. Be patient and always watch out for major steals placed at the sides or the back of the store.

The mall is an exciting place to be but not so much when you’re broke. It can make you feel small and insignificant because you don’t have enough cash to buy the things you want or eat at the latest food joint. Fortunately, you don’t have to skip the mall altogether when your balance is running low. These tips show you how to survive a day at the mall without cashing out.

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Better Home Sales: Four Pitfalls that Cost You a Home Sale

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“For the seller, they are giving up their home, where they have all these attachments. And for the buyer, it is about painting a picture of their new lives and then carrying them through the whole process to a positive result.” –Sarry Forster Jones

 

There is no doubt that one of the most difficult endeavors one can ever come across is to try and sell real estate.

Although real estate is one commodity that is certainly most in demand and remains to be so until today, it is not exactly easy to sell it—particularly since the market is constantly experiencing sporadic highs and lows. Resultantly, prices will fluctuate leaving buyers and sellers alike with unpredictable real estate market trends and variable housing prices. Much like any industry, there is, selling a home comes with its own fair share of challenges.

Just ask any real estate investor and they would tell you just how difficult it is to sell a home in this time and age.  It could be that your prospective buyers already found a better deal elsewhere or were offered a competitive price that was just too hard to resist. Oftentimes, it could be that your competing property has a slightly better living quarters or maybe values have started to drop a bit. Or maybe, just maybe, the reason why the condominium for sale in Quezon City is not getting any offers or any leads might not be any of these things but is actually because of your own doing.

Sometimes, in our fervent desire to sell our properties quickly, we often tend to overlook the things we are doing wrong—which is a major oversight as it could potentially cost us a sale. In any case, some of the things you do or do not do would contribute to the success or failure of a prospective property sale. To be sure that you are always on the safe side, never do any of the things listed below:

 

Do not take your own photos

When it comes to real estate listings whether online or not, taking photos is paramount. More often than not, a buyer would not even give a property a second glass if the listing does not contain any photos of the property. Unfortunately, simply peppering your ad with photos just would not cut it with today’s very discriminating market. Today, poorly taken photos would not fare well and would not do your homes any justice at the same time. With this in mind, ensure that the photos you do use for your online ads are ones with aesthetic appeal insomuch that it beckons a prospective homebuyer to take a closer look. In this regard, it might be best if you availed of the services of a professional photographer.

 

Partner up with an agent or a realtor

Unless you already have prior experience to selling a home, you should never try to sell your home by yourself. Even then, you would still fare better if you availed of the professional services of a real estate agent. Not only would your home sell faster, but there is a likely chance you would be able to sell it at a competitive price. Remember, most homes sold with a realtor can get a higher sales price and would typically sell faster than those sold solely by their owners.

 

Do not argue with your agent about the price

Inevitably, you and your real estate agent will have a very different idea of how much your home should sell for. However, take into account that your agent can probably give you a better and more accurate pricing for your home as their evaluation would not be clouded or influenced by sentiment or anything else. They are unbiased in their findings and would give you a competitive price based on facts alone and not on sentiment or what you currently owe in home mortgage. After all, it is their job to research the area thoroughly and study the market. In this regard, they can come up with the best price possible and get your properties sold.

 

Do not shadow your prospective buyers when they are checking out your property

Buyers do not like home sellers who hover over them. They are best left to their own devices and should not be bothered. They want to be free to make their own judgments and findings without your watchful eye on them at all times. Shadowing them while they are touring their home would make them feel ill at ease, uncomfortable and would hardly translate into a sale. Just keep still, and wait for them to approach you if they have questions instead of the other way around.

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10 Signs It’s The Right Condo For You

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It’s not always about the price. A condo unit that is right for you and your family depends on other factors as well. For one, you might find a condo that you can afford. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the style you are want to have. You might find a stylish unit but it can’t fit all of your furniture and home decorations.

However, these are merely physical aspects of a property. You need a condo that offers security and opportunity to grow your family. A property at Avida Towers Sola can give you that. But if you don’t feel at home with the property, then it isn’t the right one for you.

Signs can help you determine if you’ve found a property you should keep. Below are ten signs you’ve found the right condo to grow your roots.

1. You want to go inside

Condo units often look the same. For some reason, you found one that excites you. You can’t wait to find out what is inside it. If it’s a fully furnished condo, then you can pin it down to the interior design. Still, the place looks appealing and makes you feel giddy.

2. You feel warm

You feel warm not because of the temperature outside. You can sense the area is comforting and welcoming. There is an aura that is inviting you the explore the whole unit. Even if the condo unit is bare, it almost feels like home.

3. You are happy with the bathroom

A lot of homebuyers are picky when it comes to bathrooms. They are looking for a certain style or an extra sink. Others are uncomfortable with visiting other’s bathroom. They won’t walk into the room barefoot. They would rather stand outside and only poke their heads to get a view of the room.

If you can walk into the bathroom and feel like checking out everything in the room, then you’ve found your home. You are compelled to open the shower, open cabinets, and try the flush. Not to mention, you are excited about the gleaming fixtures.

4. You think of the house as yours

Love at first sight rings true especially when your looking at your future home. Whenever the agent point out a flaw in the unit, you feel as if you need to defend it. You choose to defend every flaw your partner or your parents mention because you are falling in love with the place.

5. You set up decorations in your mind

Upon walking into the living room, your mind begins to wander. It starts envisioning what type of sofa goes with your marble coffee table. Your ecstatic just thinking about the time you need to research on prints and textures you can incorporate in the room. You already have the perfect spot for your Christmas tree.

6. You think of your favorite color on the wall

You’re starting to think of the perfect palette for the master bedroom. You’re deciding whether pastel or greige encourages the natural light in the room. You already have a paint color set for each room of the condo. That’s how thrilled you are to move into a place in Quezon City.

7. The unit covers your basic needs

It might not have a swimming pool, a concierge or a laundromat but it provides the basic requirements of a home. You have all the rooms you need. There’s a gym on the ground floor and an open space where you can spend your afternoons in peace. It also has a playpen for your pets. What more could you ask?

8. You brag about the property to your friends

You look forward to posting the photos you captured to your social media accounts. You take several photos as you explore the other areas of your condo unit. Then, you capture more as you tour around the complex. There’s so much to show and tell your friends.

9. You begin to settle

You decide to stop your house hunting. The other places you looked into are no longer appealing. The list you created seems to fade away. At the same time, the properties you gave a thumbs up are no longer on top of your list. It seems like you’re betraying your new found love if you would continue your house hunting.

10. Your thoughts drift back to the house

Most of the time your thoughts go back to the house. It keeps on insisting it’s the perfect house for you. You can’t think of anything else other than owning the house.

If these actions and thoughts are manifesting in your daily life, then you definitely have to buy the property. Still, be logical and consider your needs and resources. Your feelings and instinct might get you in trouble in the future.