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Harmonious Living: Five Compelling Reasons to Live Together Before Tying the Knot

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“Marriage is not just about love and living together. It is much more complicated, especially when you are going to be making a family.” –Laura Schlessinger

 

Modern couples are often warned against living together before receiving the sacrament of marriage.

However, this rather archaic belief (and old-fashioned advice) that suggests couples should avoid living in sin with their significant other has been somewhat diminished by the way most people in a relationship behave nowadays. After all, if we were not so intent on holding on to antiquated notions, we would see how living together prior to marriage can actually be very beneficial to couples. In a way, it gives you an insight of what your partner really is like before you tie the knot and would ultimately help you determine whether the both of you would make a good match. Despite what statistics might suggest, there are some merits to living together without the benefit of marriage. So, if you have been thinking of moving in with your significant other—whether in a home in Kasara Urban Resort Residences or elsewhere—here are some of the most convincing reasons why it might be a good idea:

 

It gives you the full idea of what you are signing up for

When you are in a relationship, you tend to put your best foot forward in order to impress your significant other. However, when we are at home, we tend to be in our own element, let our hair down and get comfortable. More often than not, we may often have habits that our significant other might not approve of and they might have quirks which would grate on our nerves. These are all things you would not notice if you only saw each other outside of the home and casually dated. When you are living together, you would see the person for who they really are—quirks and all. In this regard, you would be able to decide whether the both of you would be a good fit or not. After all, those cute little habits might not be that cute to you after all. Best you find out now when you have not officially tied the knot yet then when the both of you are already married.

Divorce is expensive

Domestic issues are often deal breakers when it comes to marriages. Unfortunately, you would not have an idea of what these are until you have lived with a person under one roof. More often than not, they do not come to light until such time that a person lives with you in the same home and you wake up with them every single day. These home issues are rather insidious as there is no way of predicting what they are and yet, it can lead you to break up—even within just the first couple of months. If you are married, this might mean you have to resort to a nasty divorce settlement whereas living together would only mean moving out.

It gives you an idea of what married life will be like

More often than not, couples would hastily get hitched under the premise that marriage is all bliss and euphoria without paying any heed to the potential issues that may arise. Unfortunately, marriages do not always mean happy endings or perfect romances. At times, the truth is harsher and there is really no perfect life after marriage. After all, marriage is mostly about teamwork and working with each other which means moving together towards resolving your issues. Living together gives you a firsthand insight of the kind of partner your significant other would be in the long haul. It keeps your reality in check and gives you an idea whether or not you can survive to live with them forever.

Cheaper cost of living

Living separately means that both of you would be paying higher rent. More importantly, you will have expenses such as gas payments, groceries, insurance, phone and internet bills which when split into two, could really add up by a lot. Living together under one roof means that you can simply split your expenses into two. Furthermore, you would have an easier time budgeting for your needs since more often than not, the both of you would be pooling your finances and figuring out what goes which and the like. In this regard, you would be able to save by a whole lot and the monthly rental payment would be shouldered by the both of you.

It is a test, but a worthwhile one

Most couples are afraid to live together because they are afraid it might be the reason they would break up. We are not going to mince words here and say that living together will test your relationship and at the same time, would test both of you as individuals. It will show you what the boundaries of your relationship are and would let you know the kind of person you are looking to spend a lifetime with. Remember, if you cannot live together, then to simply put it: you should not live together.  After all, would you really want to find out you cannot live with your partner for eternity only after you have tied the knot? Better to know early so that you can save yourself the potential heartbreak as well as the hefty litigation fees.

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New Beginnings: Five Ways to Tell Kids about a Move So That They Do Not Feel Left Out

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“Change can be scary, but you know what is scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving and progressing” –Mandy Hale

 

It is no question that one of the most stressful events you will ever go through.

Unfortunately, moving is not one task you can opt to sit one out because at some point in your life, moving homes is going to be inevitable. Indeed, while the prospect alone would already seem intimidating to adults, what more on your little tots? Yes, moving would be difficult but if you have young children in tow, expect it to be even harder on them. Little children have an affinity for permanence insomuch that the idea of any kind of change would be scary to them. The moment you tell them that you are moving, it would feel as if their world is collapsing around them. Children can often feel uncertain about a move and would resultantly resist it in a myriad of ways.

When told about the move, they can often throw tantrums and would whine. They would often feel like they are oppressed by the prospect of moving and this is very much understandable. After all, to a kid, the home is their world—one that they associate with love, safety and family insomuch that the thought of leaving it behind can be terrifying. For older children, the prospect of leaving their school, friends, and teachers can be jarring to a routine they are used to. In this regard, it is best to tell them the news about your in an opportune moment. However, do not wait too long as they would also need the time to adjust to the news and make the resultant move go so much smoother.

So, make your move to Pioneer Woodlands or elsewhere go without a hitch by keeping these tips in mind when breaking the news to your children:

 

Tell them early

Once a decision has been reached, gather your family around and get them involved. The sooner you tell them, the better lest they think you are deliberately hiding something important from them. Remember, your older kids will want to know when you decided this the moment you tell them the news. To ensure that they would all equally feel in the loop, let them know that they are the first ones to know about your decision. By doing so, they would feel assured that they matter as well.

Hold a family meeting

After dinner, ask your family to stay behind before quickly going to their rooms or doing any chores. Similarly, you might wish to tell them the news in the family room, but make sure that there are no distractions such as the television or any other gadgets. Be careful not to break the news in public areas such as restaurants or parks as children need to express their feelings freely. Plus, you do not want to have to appease a crying child in the middle of a busy diner. Do it in an environment where everyone feels comfortable. Keep your kids at ease by not announcing the subject of your news until such time that you and your children already get to sit and talk together.

Remain open

Not every single one of your children is going to take your news easily. Understand that your kids might be upset and allow them to express their emotions—whether that may be anger to frustration. Allow them to ask you questions and answer them as honestly as you can. Give them time to process the news and accept that they might not be as receptive to the news as you expected them to be. More importantly, let them talk and listen to them. Let them know they are heard. Being able to talk and air out their frustrations and feelings about the matter would let them know that they matter as well.

Be firm about letting them know that the decision is final

Some children may wheedle out of their way about a possibility they do not like. However, let your kids know that the decision is final and be firm about it. If you wavered in your decision and should you express any doubts or worries, your children would feel uncertain and might even ask you to rethink the move. If you are having second thoughts, express these to your spouse when the two of you are alone or to a trusted confidante. Do not whisper at night or even talk about it when you are in your room. You will never know when little ears might be listening in.

Provide kids only with the information they need

In discussing the move, it is important to disclose everything your kids might want to know. However, you should be careful not to overwhelm them with information. Thing such as when the move would be, where, why and how are all pertinent things to answer when telling them the news. Should they want to know anything more, they would ask. Give them time to adjust to the news and do not bombard them with all the details all at once.

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Tenancy 101: Five Things Renters Look for in Rental Properties

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“Real estate is the closest thing to a proverbial pot of gold.” –Ada Louise Huxtable

Today, with so many rental properties cropping up here and there, attracting tenants can be somewhat of a challenge.

Indeed, tenancy is one of the aspects in real estate investments where the competition is strong. After all, tenancy can be a lucrative venture so it would be understandable why so many individuals would wish to dabble in it. However, no need to fret as there is never a shortage of renters and you can always count on them to come knocking on your door on any given day. However, while this might be true, remember that much of a prospective renter’s decision to STAY with you is hinged on what your rental property has to offer. Sure, they may come and inquire but the amenities you offer and the competitive edge you have over other properties would contribute to their resolve to rent out your property. Bear in mind that there is probably a myriad of rental properties located in your area and at their disposal. You need to give them a compelling reason to stay and rent from you.

How do you make sure this happens? By knowing what your renters are looking for, of course! Here are just some of the things a prospective renter might be looking for in your property:

 

1. Good location

One of the most compelling reasons that constrain a prospective tenant to rent is convenience. Convenience would be taken to mean as being in proximity to major areas of interest such as offices, schools and entertainment hubs. You might have a room for rent in Cebu, but where is it specifically located? Is it anywhere near good schools or good places to hang out in? If not, how is the commute and traffic generally? These are questions you need to address if you wish to attract renters. When it comes to tenancy, having a good location should be a paramount consideration. Prospective renters are more likely to compromise on other things you might lack provided that your rental is located somewhere ideal. You can pretty much get away with more if your rental is strategically situated.

2. Closet space

One of the most infuriating things about living in small apartments and rental homes is the obvious lack of storage space. In fact, they might feel even smaller because the closet space is insufficient leaving them to store their other clothes and belongings on makeshift storage areas such as bins and boxes. Know that having adequate storage space is one of the primary things you tenants would be looking for. So, be sure that your rental properties have enough of that.

3. Enough parking space

While some may argue this point, parking is actually a huge selling point for many city properties and apartment rentals. In some cases, this might even make or break a deal. Although this is purely case-to-case basis and it would usually depend on your target market, it is not the kind of aspect you would wish to ignore.

4. New renovations

Anything new would be considered as fresh. Furthermore, adding new renovations to your rental property would give your prospective tenants the impression that you care enough to make the necessary improvements. You do not need to spend a lot just to have a significant impact. Even something as simple as installing a new backslash behind the kitchen sink or fresh new paint in the master bedroom can significantly change how your prospective tenants would see your property. If you are worried about the expenses, then you would be pleased to know that you can recoup the money you spent on those improvements and may even earn more. Should you ever decide to sell, know that these features would usually bring a significantly higher ROI.

5. Cooperative landlord

At the end of the day, the biggest factor that would contribute to a tenant’s decision to rent from you is the kind of landlord you will be to them. As this is not something they can easily determine from your initial meeting, make sure that they know what kind of landlord you are by having them read previous testimonials and comments about you in your page.

 

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For Tenants: Things You Need To Consider Before Renting a Condo For The First Time

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Condo living is one of the things most people want to experience. Who does not want it, right? That is why more and more people who want to invest in a condo. Whether you plan to stay in a condo for rent in Makati, or any other condos in the Philippines, there are just certain things you can experience only if you are living in a condo. But before you decide to invest or rent in a condo, there are also certain things you need to know about renting or living in a condo.

 
Renting a condo unit is not that difficult as you think it is. Yes, there might be certain things you need to follow for you to have a peaceful living, but that don’t mean that you are bound to its rules. Of course, if you just know what and what not to do when it comes to condo living, then you might be able to adapt its environment of it.

What to search for

When we talk about searching, there are different kinds of searches. That depends on what you are looking for. That is why you need to know what kind of condo unit you want to rent for you to save some time and effort when it comes to finding one. Moreover, you should also be clear what you want for a condo. With that, it will be easier for you to find a condo unit that suits your lifestyle.

Where to search

There are a lot of ways you can find condos for rent available. You can find it through online, or some posters given by some real estate agents or you can even find a condo for rent in the newspaper classifieds. It doesn’t matter where you find the property, for as long as it fits on your standard, then that particular condo unit might be for you. Of course, aside from these sources, you can also ask your friends if there are any available condos for you to rent. Who knows, they might know somewhere that is way better and affordable than the other one.

Set a budget

Your budget is important. You cannot rent a particular condo unit when you don’t have any budget for it. Of course, where will you get the money for the down payments, the monthly dues, utility bills, and other expenses that you need to pay? Right? Without any proper financial stability, then you might get into financial trouble later on. That is why, before you decide on where and what condo unit you want to rent, make sure that you can afford any payments that you are obliged to pay. Moreover, there are a lot of condo units that are affordable enough for you to have. So, better choose the ones that you know you can afford.

Know the rules and regulations of the condo

Again, there are certain rules and regulations when it comes to living in a condo. Of course, you are living in a community; you should also expect that there are some policies that you need to abide for you and your neighbors to have a good and satisfying lifestyle in the condo. And if there are certain things or rules that you don’t want to follow in that certain condo, then you better find another one that would also fit your lifestyle. Of course, you don’t want to live in a place where you don’t want to abide any of the rules, right?

Read before you sign

This is one of the most important things for you to consider. Of course, you don’t want to experience headaches when you rent a particular condo, right? That is why, before you agree to any conditions the condo has, then you have to read and go over with it again and again before you sign it. Making sure that everything is in your likings is one of the things that prevent you from having a bad experience when you rent a condo.

 

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Top 6 Important People To Notify Before Moving Out

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Moving into a better home is inevitable. Who wouldn’t want to have a sweet and satisfying home, right? That’s why we tend to move out for a better lifestyle. However, whether you decide to move into a Makati condo for rent, there is still a need for you to notify somebody about your move. Of course, that is to avoid confusions and troubles later on.

 
Some of you here might not think about it, but notifying is a crucial thing for you to do. Yes, we want to have some privacy when it comes to our personal information. But at least, you should also give a heads up to the people who are important to you. If you don’t, they might have a hard time keeping in touch with you. Telling these people below will ensure that there will be a smooth moving process, which also prevents various hassles and problems in the long run.

1. Family and friends

I’m sure your family and friends are not strangers, right? That means you have to notify them when you move out. At least, if they are planning to visit you in your home, they know where your new home is. Tell them the right address for you to be guided properly without any signs of being lost in the place.

2. Landlord

If you live before in a rental home, then you also have the need to notify your landlord before moving out. Of course, you also have to know if you have some pending monthly payments which you forgot to pay. You don’t want you and your landlord to settle your accounts in the court, right? Yes, some landlords are strict enough when it comes to the paying of bills. Well, you’re lucky if you have a landlord who tolerates with that matter.

3. Current employer

Unless you are just moving into a condo where it is near to your office, then notifying your employer about your move is a must. This is one way your boss can send relevant paper works through delivering it to your doorsteps without any hassles at all. Or if not, there are also possibilities that you need to resign since your place is way far from the office, and there’s no way you can be on time at work. At least, your employer will have an ample time finding a new person for your position.

4. Utilities

Aside from making sure that you have paid your monthly rentals, you also have to make sure you also have paid your utility bills before moving out. Of course, that is to prevent lapses and other past-due bills you have before. Also, you have to inform your service providers that you are moving out. With that, they can disconnect the services you avail if you decide to. Moreover, notifying utility companies that you are moving will give them a head up when it comes to your electricity, water, telephone, cable, internet, domestic waste collection, etc.

5. Financial institutions

Informing that you have a new address to your financial company that you have can save you from having problems when it comes to keeping your finances in order. You have to keep the company updated on your personal information to avoid any financial confusions later on.

6. Government agencies

This is one of the people you should never forget to notify. Of course, you don’t want to have some problems when it comes to your documents, right? Moreover, if you forget to notify them, this might be the reason why you can’t have and avail advantages since you are registered in the other government agency. Make sure to tell them your full information for as not to avoid complications later on.

 

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4 Reason Why Moving To Quezon City Is A Good Choice

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“Of all place, why to choose to move in Quezon City?” Perhaps, some of you here might be wondering and asking about such matter. Right? You can be one of them too! Well generally, Quezon City was once the seat of power of Metro Manila. Nowadays, vestiges of the city’s old grandeur are still there. That means, there are still a lot of different establishments for the people to use and enjoy.

If you are planning to invest a property, there are actually a lot of affordable condo for sale in Quezon City available for you. It basically doesn’t matter what condo unit you want to purchase, for as long as you are satisfied with the property, then you will definitely achieve what you want in life. However, if you are one of those people who just don’t have any idea why to choose Quezon City as their new home. Here’s why:

1. MRT-7 is now in the works

For most commuters, this is one of the things they tend to look forward. Of course, it is definitely hard for them to go to their work when there is no enough transportation for them to use. Well, fret no! San Miguel Corporation (SMC) recently broke ground for the Metro Rail Transit Line 7. This will connect to MRT-3 which runs from North Avenue Station until Taft station in Pasay City. MRT-7 will serve 28,000 per house, per direction during peak hours. It also aims to cut down the travel time for most commuters who take the congested Commonwealth Avenue.

2. It is eyed to be the next gaming and leisure hub

If you are a kind of person who usually go for gaming and leisure hub, then investing in a property in Quezon City might be on your taste. In there, you will definitely have fun and enjoy the game you are playing. Quezon City is planning to have a mixed-use development that will be similar to Solaire resort and Casino in Paranaque, Bloomberry’s first venture into the gaming industry. Moreover, when boredom strikes, you need not worry since there are actually a lot and different games for you to try and enjoy.

3. More residential projects are coming in

This is one of the common reasons why people tend to choose to live or invest a property in Quezon City. Because of the vast variety of properties that are developed in that particular place, you will also get the chance to choose what kind of property you want to invest. Of course, you can definitely have the property of your choice. Moreover, real estate developers have foreseen Quezon City’s resurgence. That means, there will be more residential projects are on the horizon which will provide homeowners a wide range of real estate options.

4. Tech and BPO firms are looking alternative locations

It is undeniable that more and more business establishments that are already developed for people to have their jobs. And one factor that most people consider is the location of their work. That is why Quezon City is becoming a sought-after location for technology and business process outsourcing companies. That means, there will be more and more people who can have the chance to have their job in their desired location. Moreover, this is also one way that people would not have to worry about going to their work since residences in Quezon City are just near their working place.

Generally, there are actually a lot of advantages when you invest in a property in Quezon City. Of course, for as long as you know what and what not to do when it comes to real estate investments, then you will definitely achieve and have the property or condo unit that you wanted.

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5 Signs You Need To Find A New Home

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As we all know, there is no permanent in this place – we all change. How much more when we feel that we are already outgrowing our previous home? Naturally, we want to find some other place that satisfies and fits our lifestyle. We don’t want to be stuck in one place where we are already not happy living with it. Right? That is why some of us here are planning to move into their new home in real estate Cebu or any other real estate properties in the Philippines that can make them feel contented.

However, not all people are able to identify the signs that they have already outgrown their first home. And if you are one of those people who feel the same way, then you better check these 5 signs below. Who know? This can help you decide to find a better place for you to live life to its fullest.

You don’t see the point in cleaning the place anymore

Whether you realize it or not, you feel like you don’t want to do some household chore anymore. You feel like being lazy cleaning your rooms and the entire place of your home. You already don’t care if your home is already messy enough for you to live. And if you do not see the point in cleaning your place anymore, then this is one of the signs that you need to move out and find a better place to stay.

You notice every little fault

Have you ever noticed that even a slightest fault or damage on our home, you get irritated and feel like you don’t want to live in that particular house? There are also times that even a small cracked on the wall, you feel like you don’t want to repair it since you don’t care about it at all. When you feel like this, then this is also the time for you to move out. If you are still going to stay in that particular place, then this might not be a good thing to continue with the journey of your life. You also have to remember that if you are happy with your home, it will also reflect who we are inside and out. That is why, if you are not happy with the current place you are in, then find a better place for you.

You constantly stalk real estate online listings

This is one of the most common signs you should not ignore. If you tend to search other properties online, then this is the chance for you to find a better place for you to stay. Moreover, the more you search real estate properties online, the more you really want to move out and be in your new home. Of course, finding a new place to stay is one step you should make before you can decide on what and where you want to live next.

You desperately long to host get-together, but you can’t

Whether you realize it or not, there are just times that we feel like we can’t host a get-together in your home, even if you want to. Perhaps, you are not that proud of having that particular place as your home. Or you are not just comfortable hosting get-together especially when it is held at your home. This is one of the common signs that you are already outgrowing your home and you need to find another place for you to live a satisfying life. Of course, you also have to make sure that you like your new home for as not to regret later on.

You’d much rather spend time away from home

If you are not happy with your home already, you will notice that you don’t like staying at home for too long. You rather spend your quality time or spare time in some other places than your home. And if you feel like this way, you better find a place where you can call it as your home and you can be proud to live with it.

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