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Ideal Home Buying Experience

Ideal Home uying

Ideal Home Buying Experience

Is there rhqdefaulteally an “Ideal Buying”? You can say one thing that is ideal when someone set the rules and who sets the rules anyway? When you are looking for a home or a property, everything you wanted is perfection. However, there is no such thing as perfect in this world! You will be the one who are setting up standards and make it to perfection according to your taste. It will also depend on how you are going to use the property that you will be buying. Will it be used as a personal for your family or for business purposes? This is the first thing you should be sure about. That’s where the “Ideal Property Buying Standards” comes in.

Home buying could be stressful especially when you don’t have any experience or if you are a first time home buyer. Don’t put yourself on that situation where you’ll be ended up spending much time and money wherein you can just do it simply on your way. (For First Time Home buyer tips, Please see link:

What are we going to do to experience a better or ideal buying experience? We can transform this industry from imagination to reality by our action and it started from YOU. Yes, you play the most important role in this Free-clip-art-thinkingprocess like the main actor in the movie.  Therefore, you have to be certain 100% on every decision that you will make and be prepared to the outcome whether it is good or bad. To be able to do this, you have to plan. Make a list of every details comes to your mind on what are your needs to buy this property, When do you need it, Where would you want it to be located, How big a property you would wanted it to be, how much would be your minimum to maximum budget. I read somewhere about a “short pencil is always better than a sharper mind.” It’s better if you write it down so that you can visualize things.

Those are only examples of question you should be asking to yourself before getting in to a real process of home buying. In this step, it could be easier to your agent to understand what property is right for you. I read somewhere about a “short pencil is always better than a sharper mind.”

Getting the right agent is a smart idea. These agents are trained in dealing with seller and they will lessen the burden of your workload instead of you doing it. They can also explain agentto you everything on how the process will be. Remember always ask question. If you are confuse or don’t know about a paper or something just feel free to ask. It is their job to assist you to this process. If you will watch “The Neighbors 2, Sorority Rising”, the agent there explained to the homeowners on how the escrow process would be and they did not listen. What happened was they caught up already on an agreement that they can’t pull back. You don’t want it happen to you. Again, always ask.

Finally, if you nail this pre-buying home tips, the process of the real home/property buying will go smooth and can lessen the time you will spend. Goodluck to your new home/property!




Listing Photo Matters for Real Estate

Listing Photo Matters for Real Estate

Have you ever wonder why Listing photo is important to Real Estate Industry? Let’s say, if you shop online what is the first thing will you look for? The answer is the pictures. Yes, correct! We fell in loved and would like to buy an item because of how it looks. The details, description or the text of an item is the second thing that we check. It means that the impression of a good photo is really important, especially when you are listing a property. You don’t want your property to stay on the list for a long time. It is proven that those who have better photos can sell their property faster than those are not. The question is how can you have better photos? Or Can I list a property without photos? Here are some tips that might answer those questions.

1.       Do not list your property without photos. This is a waste of time. It’s like your selling product without having any visual illustration at all. In real estate sales visual of what you are selling is important. This how the buyer determine if it’s within her/his their preference or interest. Photos of the property are the first thing that they look at and the other details of the property listings are the next part that they read on. Besides no buyer will be interested on looking to your listings if there were no photos. 

2.       Having a Listing Photo is not enough. Having a good photo tells all. Sometimes the buyer is much more interested on the photo than the details of the property. I t means that your photo should be high quality and taken by a good camera.  

3.       Leave it to the professional. Sometimes we think that having a good camera is enough to take a picture of the property. No! You don’t want your property to look awful on those MLS sites where you are listing your property. A professional photographer knows better. They know the right angle, lighting, contrast and even the editing of those photos that have been taken.        

4.       First Impression Last. Your property listing will not be complete without a good photo. Buyer will look on the actual property first before they read the details. They can only do that through the photos online. It will give them a good impression if you have a good photo and it will invite them to get in touch with you. This will be the first step to a successful sale. 

5.       Virtual Tour. Listing your property online can reach millions of potential buyer. Some buyers live faraway and looking for a good property that will suit for their needs. While other buyers doesn’t want to waste their time and money going out looking for a property. Make sure that the photos included in your listing will give them a virtual tour experience that will entice them to contact you or buy the property.

 See below the example photos taken by professional and amateur. See the difference for yourself:

Photos taken by professional: credit to the owner of photos




Other photos: credit to the owner of photos

amateur 2

amateur 1


City vs. suburbs – Pros and Cons

Living in a City or a Suburb will be a big deal in your life, especially to your pocket. It could be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on everyone’s lifestyle and situation.  What I mean here is that, all of us are not the same. It will be our choice if we wanted to live the way we wanted but it is important to know the pros and cons of your options so that you can weigh what is the best for you. I have listed the pros and cons of living in a city or suburbs, this might help you decide where you wanted to settle.


Pros living in the City

  • Accessibility –  if you are the type of person who loves to have fun especially at night, there are a lot of entertainment, activities nearby your area. Your work area also might be 10 minutes away from your home so you don’t have to rush going to work. After an 8 hour tiring work, you can take a rest without driving 30 minutes going home to suburb. Transportation also is a lot easier than living in suburb. There are subway, bus and cabs accessible to your place.
  • Save Money From Gas – Since you are living near your work site you can save a lot of money in gas or for your transportation.
  • Career Opportunities – Living in the city has much more to offer than living in suburb. If you are a type of person aiming for a successful career, then living in the city is for you.

Cons living in the City


  • Area – When you live in the city, your space is not too big. Most likely, you’ll live in apartment and no backyard with trees and lawn, unlike in suburb.
  • Price – Buying or renting house, apartment or condominium in the city are way too expensive than living in suburb.
  • Noise – this is expected, because the city is always busy with people coming to work and the vehicles all over the place unlike in suburb it is more peaceful and quiet.
  • Traffic – yes, sometimes you have to deal with the noise and the traffic jam going places.
  • Air – if you are raising kids, you may think that suburb is better place for them especially babies. Because the air is fresh. Well, this is still depends on your choice and condition.


Pros living in Suburb


  • Affordable – Living in Suburb is more affordable than buying or renting property in the city. Most people choose to live in suburb to settle down with families especially those who have kids or bigger families.
  • Bigger space – you can enjoy outdoor activities with kids. You can do gardening, set up swing or trampoline at the backyard where your kids can enjoy.
  • More rooms – typically, houses in suburb are more rooms than in the city.
  • Peaceful – You can relax smelling the fresh air. Mostly suburb has low crime rate. No noise from the fast-paced roads and people rushing. You can sleep peacefully without getting disturbed by the noise of a busy street.


Cons living in Suburb


  • Gas – price might be a little bit higher than the city. This also includes the usage. If you are working in the city and will be driving like 30 minutes from home, you’ll be spending too much money of it.
  • Public transportation – If you don’t have a car, this will be hard for you especially when you need to go to grocery store or work. Not all suburb has a good public transportation.
  • Entertainment – Since  you are away in the city, most of entertainment area are there like theatre, shopping centre, amusement park, bars and many more.


Moving Tips

Moving Tips

Moving a home surely is a lot of work to do. It could be stressful especially when you ran out of time. Besides of the excitement of moving to a new home, It could be also painful to your pocket. Here are some smart tips that can help you when you are moving a home:

  1. Make a List. There’s a saying that “a short pencil is always better than sharper mind”. When you are pre-occupied with all moving stuffs there will be a tendency to forget some important matters to do. Making a list of what you need to do when moving will help you focus and be organized. With this hack it can save you from wasting a lot of time.



  1. Plan ahead, pack ahead. Well, the early bird catches the worm is still effective as it is.  Once you have set the date for a house move, it’s time to pack the things that you use seldom. Just leave few kitchen wares, clothes toiletries and etc. that you can use for several days before the move.



  1. Hire a Moving Company. This will save you a lot of money, time and effort. Instead of thinking friends and families that will help you in your move let the moving company do it for you. If you are going to ask friends and families to do that for you it will cost you more. Like you have to pay for rent or gas. You have to think of preparing snacks too. So be smart and save yourself from stress by hiring moving company to do this for you.




  1. Forget the cardboard boxes. When I saw this I found this very amazing, because it is eco-friendly and more organized. This company will let you rent their plastic box in affordable price. They will deliver it to you and pick it up after you use them, then how good is that? Instead of buying that traditional boxes, why not try to rent a box instead? It is more safe for your stuff from being soiled or damaged plus you’re helping the environment. I found this more affordable too than buying cardboard boxes. (









  1. Sort em’, Label em’. It is better to pack your things in group so that when you unpack them it would be easier for you. It is also important that you label them, why? Because you cannot finish unpacking things in just one day. You can’t just open and dig all those boxes and look for the things you’ll need. It’ll be harder for you to organize it unlike labelling them you’ll know where to find them, and when you know where to find them, you’ll also know what to unpack first.










  1. Let it go.  When you started packing, check all unnecessary things that you don’t need. You don’t want to bring them in your new home. It will be added load to your move. If you’re not using it for a long time maybe it’s time to sell or recycle those.








  1. Size matters. If you are moving to a smaller or bigger house maybe you might want to consider checking the sizes of your furniture. You may want to sell them and buy brand new from the money you got form selling the old one.