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For Homebuyers: Avoid These Nightmares in Buying a Condo

It is everybody’s dream to have their own condominium. The environment, the lifestyle, and the convenience are one of the things you can experience when you have a condo. Some people will say that if you have a condo, your life will get better. Agree? Perhaps, that is one of the reasons why people are now planning to buy and have one.

There will always be a caveat in buying and choosing a condominium. That is why, whether you’re planning to invest in a condo in Manila or any residential building in the Philippines,  it is important to know and be careful in buying and choosing what’s suits you best. Here are the things that most people had experienced before they own a condo.

Slow processing of documents

Hundreds to thousands of people are buying a condominium every year; it is expected that there are also hundreds to thousands of documents that needs to be processed. Especially when there are a lot of holidays adding up, no work, no processing of documents and more and more documents are piling up. What more would you expect? Well, patience is always a virtue. So, try to enjoy and wait!

Of course, that situation is acceptable and reasonable, you may say. But what if the company you transacted is just way too slow in processing your documents? Wait one month later. One of your documents needs to be reviewed further, wait for another two more weeks. Ugh! I know you hate to wait especially when you already waited long enough.

A friendly advice:

When the company you transacted is way too slow in processing your documents, you have to follow up on the progress of your documents constantly. Do not just wait for their call, because sometimes, they can also forget about it especially when there are also other documents to be processed. And when they do, it will take you more than a month to wait.

Constant follow up on the company may give them a heads-up that your documents need to be processed. And by that, they might make you a priority over the others. Try it, it works! Just don’t be rude.

Scam

This is one of the reasons why we are so afraid of trusting people and companies are especially doing and transacting something with them. We can’t say or pinpoint individuals or companies that are a scam since they persuade and puts up a façade to be more convincing which gets our attention and trust easily. They can also convince you with impressive words and offers you great deals for you to buy their products and accept their offer.

And when we are trapped in their schemes, we feel frustrated and disappointed. Some people do things to the extent where they can just have the refund and bring back what they lost, and other things that can make the situation more hassle and chaotic. As much as possible we want to avoid these things.

A friendly advice:

Before consulting and trusting a company or a person, have a background check. By researching their company background, you will know what kind of company they are. Reading their business reviews or comments will give you an idea whether they are trustworthy enough to help you in choosing and buying a condo.

A little investigation of the company will give you no harm; it is making sure that you are in good hands when you choose and buy a condominium. We all know it is not easy to trust especially when it comes to a lot of money matters.

Hidden add-ons

Most people, if not all, usually avail promos or packages in buying a condominium. It is also one way to save more. The company will give sets of packages that you can choose on. They will also give you the total amount and the breakdown of the payments.

Sometimes when everything is set, later will you know that there will be hidden add-ons that must be paid. Of course, you can’t say no since you already have your full or initial payments.  Situations like this give us headaches and disappointments especially when the budget is tight.

A friendly advice:

When you avail promos or packages, you have to make sure that everything is clear. From the things that are included in the packages to the down payments, there must be a clear and visible written agreement in every transaction.

There is no wrong if you make certain to every transaction that you make. It is just to make sure that there will be no further problems and confusions that will occur later on.

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4 Heartwarming Things to Do to Surprise Your Partner

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Couples all over the world are excited to celebrate that special day with their loved ones. Most of the couples would celebrate Valentines in fine dining restaurants, and others would prefer celebrating it in their condo Philippines.

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There are a lot of things that comes to our mind. What will we both do on that special day? What will I give to him or her? I hope there will be no fights on that very special day. These questions usually bother most couples, especially when they are into a romantic way of showing their love for each other.

With these questions bugging, most couples tend to forget that there will always be surprises even when you do it in a simple and heartwarming way. Your partner will definitely not mind what gift or surprises you give for as long as he or she can feel the love in it.

Now if you really are doing special things to your partner, you might want to apply these simple yet heartwarming tips.

Decorate your walls with pictures of both of you

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We all know couples usually have pictures of their moments together, taking selfies here and there with your partner is one of the things they mostly do.

You might want to make a wall decoration out of those pictures. You just have to select the pictures that you want, gather it and place it on the wall. You can also do some decorations out of it. Be creative. Place it in a way you think your partner will love it.

It is easy for you to do it on your own since all you have to do is to select pictures that are fun, gather, and place it on the wall, and you don’t need to bother about the cost because it’s cheap. And to make it more romantic, you can have some add-ons like candles, etc. Whatever you like.

Give him/her a love letter

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Who says writing a love letter is not an in anymore? Yes, it may be an old school thing but, don’t you know your partners would definitely want to read your letter over and over again?!

There will always be the perks of writing a love letter. There are couples who are not that showy enough on their love for each other; and that they prefer writing it down. Writing love letters to your partner is also helpful, especially when you want to be cheesy in telling him or her about what you feel in which you find it awkward telling it in person.

Be sweet. Even though he or she already knows that you love him or her, tell them again. Write it down and tell them again and again how much you love them. It is ok to be cheesy.

Let me just remind you, communication is always important. Even though you usually write love letters to him or her, there will be no better understanding through good communication. You can do both actually, impress your partner. Make and effort and they will surely love and appreciate it.

A surprise bouquet of flowers and chocolates

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Saying “I love you”, and giving of a bouquet of flowers and chocolates are one of the sweetest things one can give and receive. It will never be old enough to give these sweetest things to your partner. Like giving a love letter, your partner will also love to receive these simple gifts of yours.

Well, you must also be careful about the things she likes for you to impress her more. Like, what kind of flower she particularly wants, the color, the smell and the taste of the chocolate. If you are on a budget tight, a simple flower will do. And another thing is knowing her dislikes to avoid giving or doing the things that she hates.

Actually, you don’t need to buy her costly things, impress her with your effort. Remember Jennifer Lopez’s song, “My Love Don’t cost a Thing”? That is the beauty of the true meaning of love.

Simply be with him or her

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There is no more comforting thing to have than to be with your partner’s side. Sometimes, you don’t need to do something just to impress your partner, they just want to be with you for a day or two is already enough for them. Letting them feel that you are always there beside them whenever they need you is enough to make them feel loved.

You can both do a lot of things together; helping in the kitchen is one. You can also have wine and spend the time chatting, or one can massage his or her back. It is just a simple act, but it means a lot to your partner.

5 Things Every Condo Buyer Must Consider

Hands up if you are one of the people who are planning to buy a condo in Philippines

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Buying a condo is not as easy as buying a piece of cake at the store, there are things that you need to consider and reconsider in buying one. Being meticulous in choosing the right condo is also an important thing to do for you not to regret later.

The Budget

Ask this to yourself, do I have enough money to buy a condo?

It is the right of the buyer to know the price of the condo whether they can afford it or not. If the condo you really want to stay is expensive enough for you to pay, do not force yourself to buy that particular condo. Even though you have a stable job, there are still a lot of things that needs to be prioritized. 

You also have to consider the budget for the electricity bill, the water bill and other bills that you have to pay. Being wise is a must when it comes to your budget or money matters for you to avoid any problems in your future stay in the condo.

The Accessibility

Ask this to yourself, is it convenient for me living in that place?

Do not choose a condo that is far from your workplace, from the malls, from the markets and from the other places where you mostly go. It will really be difficult for you when you want to go somewhere, especially when it is an emergency yet you are too far from the place where you need to go. You have to consider whether it is easy to go to the different places from the condo where you want to stay.

Easy transportation is also one of the things you have to consider in choosing a condo. Especially when you are a commuter, you have to know whether the transportation in going to the places from the condo is accessible and hassle free on your part.

The environment

Ask this to yourself, do I like the settings of the condo and the people who are also living in there? Or am I safe to live in that condo?

When you think safety is compromised, don’t pursue to buy that particular condo. Even though you think that you want to live in that condo because it is nice, yet you are not sure whether if it is safe for you and for your families, and especially when you have kids to stay in that condo, do not compromise your safety and for them as well.

You have to consider the settings of the condo, whether the condo is properly constructed and not easily be destroy when an earthquake happens or is it along the highway where crossing the streets is dangerous. You have to think of the safety for you and for your families.

The service

Ask this to yourself, do I like the treatment they give to me to whatever I’m concern with? Or are they just treating me or other buyers like a crap?

Admit it! We are persuaded when the agents of the condo treat us as buyers or customers in a friendly and nicely way. We like it when they are approachable when we need their help. Of course, who would like to be treated like a crap by someone you barely know?

When you meet or notice that the services from the agents or the staffs of the condo give to you is rude, you have to reconsider their offer on buying their condo. You don’t want to be rude and create a heated argument with them in the future since you don’t like the way they treat you.

Well, you can just ignore rude agents or staffs and treat them back nicely instead. That if you really want to buy and live in that particular condo.

The level of Satisfactory

Ask this to yourself, am I satisfied with the overall quality the condo have? Or will I feel happy and contented if I’m going to buy that condo?

Assessing and assuring yourself whether you’re satisfied or not can sometimes be critical. Sometimes, it will be your dilemma whether to pursue the buying of the condo or not. Well, it is really up to you to decide on that matter.

Also, assessing the condo from the accessibility, the price, the environment and the services they give to you as a buyer can help you decide something for the future.

7 DIY Decorations that Brightens up Your Wall

Hands up if you are sick and tired of having a dull, lifeless and boring room with no decorations at all. How do you like having that? Well, if you just have a house and lot, condo in the Philippines or even just a space, as long as it has a wall that you can decorate on, do some transformations – and then you’re set.

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Thinking of what wall decorations that fit your style or your personality can make our head hurt. There are actually a lot of wall decorations that we can choose, but the problem is – if we like the style of the wall décor. Here are some styles of wall décor that you might like to do it on your own and apply it to your room.

Colored pencils as wall décor

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This is one of the unique styles of decorating your room. If you have a collection of colored pencils, you might consider decorating this kind of DIY wall décor. Simply arrange the colored pencils into its color to make a beautiful arrangement. If you want this kind of wall décor yet you don’t have a collection of colored pencils, you can buy cheaper colored pencils for you to make it as a wall décor.

Frames as wall décor

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Having frames as a wall décor is a typical decoration people usually have. To make it more stunningly beautiful and pleasant to the eyes of the person watching it, you might also have frames as a wall décor with a twist. You can arrange it like a clock, a pyramid shape, a tree or any forms that you like.

Inspirational Messages as wall décor

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Waking up in the morning and the first thing you see are the inspirational messages on your wall can energize your day. Of course, it is always up to you whether you replace it with another inspirational message every day. It can inspire you to do better each day plus it is also pleasant to the eyes.

Masking tapes as wall decor

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It is a cheap and easy to do wall décor. You can use masking tapes and cut it into the shapes whatever you like. If you want to have it uniformly made, make sure that the size and the distance are all equal. But if you like it abstract, you can have it whatever size and shape you like just make sure that it is not that messy to look at.

Colored papers as wall decor

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Like colored pencils, you also need a lot of colored papers to make it a wall décor. You can cut and form it into shapes you want and stick it to your wall. It is colorful and lively to look at. If you are a girl, you make it more girly and use bright colors. And if you are a guy, you can make shapes that suit you or your hobby. Cut it, style it and paste it.

You can also hang the colored papers that were cut into shapes in the strings. You can make it a wall décor or curtain.

Posters of Anime as wall decor

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If you are an avid fan of anime, you can customize your wall by putting up a poster of your favorite anime character. You can put the poster on the canvas to make it like a customized canvas, you can also put the posters in frame for a nice and neat look, or you can simply put the poster in your wall. You will definitely be inspired just by looking at your favorite anime character.

Wallpapers as wall decor

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This is the easiest way to decorate you wall. If you like something that is more stylish yet complicated to make, wallpapers are the one you need. There are a lot of wallpaper styles that you can choose. All you have to do is have the wallpaper that you like and then glue it on the wall – and then you’re done.

Tips For Condo Living With A Baby

Living with a baby is both a joy and a challenge. Such a small creature can bring about a total change in how you live your life. Aside from the major changes in your life, your living space will be invaded by baby stuff.

kids condoNo matter what kind of Philippine property you live in, you will feel the huge change in your living space. Even if you live in a house in its own lot and at least semi-detached from the neighbor’s house, you will surely feel this invasion of space; and so much more if you live in a place that has limited space such as a condo in the Philippines.

Below are some tips for living in a condo with a baby.

  • Prioritize. If you have settled in your condo unit for many years already before the baby arrives, chances are you will have to dispose of some of your stuff. You will definitely need to create space for a lot of baby stuff such as the crib or bassinet, clothes drawers, and other baby stuff you might want. The key is to prioritize which ones you will definitely need and make use of the most.
  • Rotate toys. Toys can be everywhere in most houses that have babies and kids living in them. However, a little clutter of toys can make a huge mess in a space-challenged condo unit. Do not bring out all the toys for the baby to use. Put some of them in storage and then keep them in rotation.
  • Look for a playgroup or start one. Most babies and kids will inevitably crave for space to explore. Address this need by going out with your baby as much as you can. You may also look for a playgroup that you can join regularly. If you cannot find any, consider starting one yourself and looking for a soft playground where you can meet other parents and babies.
  • Soundproof. Since units in condominium buildings are only separated by not-so-thick walls, the noise that a baby makes is one of the first concerns. Try to soundproof your unit as much as possible. You can use rubber mats on the walls or along spaces in the doors and windows. No need to soundproof your whole unit, just choose an area or room where you can bring your baby when he or she is fussy and making a lot of noise.