Showing posts with label home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label home. Show all posts

Sunday, January 22, 2012

finding a good real estate agent

Whether you’re buying or selling homes or properties, real estate agents are very important for any profitable and secure real estate transaction. In many cases, property agents are only known through word of mouth. Perhaps you know these agents because they are recommended by your family and friends who are satisfied with their services in past transactions. You can also find real estate professionals through advertisements in classified ads or through the Internet.

From the moment that you advertise your intention to buy or sell a home, it would usually mean that you will be opening your door to property agents. These agents will be very persistent in trying to represent you; after all, they make a living through buying and selling properties. They are also willing to do the extra mile just to help you achieve your dreams and goals.

A good agent is known for his credibility, so don't be shy to ask questions. You can ask and get yourself educated on the many aspects of buying and selling property. Every agent has a responsibility. Expect him to do more than just driving clients to various homes and properties that are for sale. Helping his clients with negotiations, inspections, contracts, and closing processes are the major parts of his job. The best property agent must continue to educate himself in order to keep up with the laws involved in buying and selling property. Moreover, he needs to be knowledgeable about the market trend.

When choosing an agent, you need to choose a licensed one because he is legally required to stand by the Code of Ethics. With a licensed agent, you can be sure about his qualification, capability and dedication to sell and to help in the buying of properties. Of course, it is also important to verify that this agent has a good reputation and a proven track record.

If you have plans of buying a good home, contact real estate agents who are within the community first since they are likely to know the price range of the property that you intend to buy. It should also be the same way if you intend to sell your property in the same community. An agent who is in the community should be knowledgeable enough on how to properly price and market the property you are selling.

Finally, don’t forget to look at how well the agent represents all his clients. It is never a bad idea to visit some of the open houses that he has organized. You can snoop around and check whether he is able to explain everything about a client's property with confidence. This is a good way to gauge his ability and skills which will help you decide if you can trust him to represent you in front of sellers or buyers.

Friday, April 29, 2011

buying a good home

For those who are still renting an apartment, it is time to consider buying and owning a house. It is a waste of money if you spend for a place of dwelling that you can never own even in the long run. For this reason, it is practical to invest in a good house where you won’t think about having to look for another place to stay later on when landlords or apartment owners would already decide they no longer want to have the place rented. Indeed, renting a home will not provide you with the security that you will always have a place to go home to for many years. It is time to decide on buying a good home now rather than in the future because the price of homes will surely increase in the future.



Below are some important things to consider when buying a good home for the family:

1. Location. If your purpose is to have a house for the family that you can all go home to every single day, you need a location that is in close proximity to where you are working. You don’t have to live nearest to the place if you enjoy a long drive everyday before and after going to work. However, if you have children or intend to have children later on, you may want a home location that should be nearer to some of the best schools especially if you don't want to put them on a home school.

2. Size of Family. If you have a large family or are planning to have one, you need to consider purchasing a bigger house with a lot of rooms in it. However, if it is a small family you have, you may find it practical to buy only a home that should be good enough to house a small number of people.

3. Security. An ideal home should be secure enough for the whole family. This is somehow connected to your location of choice. If you are thinking of building and moving to another place, you need to be assured that your family will be safe and secure in that place. If you are aware that peace and quiet is something that you cannot always look forward to have in that certain place, then it is best to go find another house that will not endanger your household.

4. Cost. There are many homes now that are already built and should be ready for occupancy. Depending on your budget, you can choose to buy a brand new home or you can choose to buy one of those foreclosed homes. Consider the price of a particular home before deciding. Making price comparisons should not be that hard since a lot of the best homes being sold in the market today are already advertised online.

You can easily purchase a good home via a housing loan or mortgage. Even if your purchase is covered via a housing loan or mortgage, you can always get a reasonable price for a good home. The earlier you decide to do that housing loan or mortgage, the more time you have in paying it back and then owning it officially. This should be a whole lot better than renting.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

home improvement ideas with toddler in the house

I told my husband maybe it is about time that we would agree to a home makeover because the house looked almost too boring already. It’s been three years now since we moved here but it seems like we still haven’t done much to get past its vintage look. :-)

Anyway, it’s not like I am insisting for a total makeover all at once. I just want to make a few little changes at least twice a year. It probably wouldn't hurt our budget if we would just spare some amount every payday for a home improvement project. Perhaps, we can start painting those vintage looking walls with odorless paint. Then we can probably add hanging cabinets so we can already have proper place of storage for some of the wedding gifts we have received three years ago. Most of our gifts were just collecting dusts in storage boxes and these boxes are just simply eating up a lot of space in the other room upstairs. I’m really all about saving some spaces in the house and put them to good use. In fact, I’d like to be able to put our picture frames and some of our collectibles in one organized place - in one corner of our living room, perhaps. I thought it would be great to have one of those beautifully designed etagere corner shelves. With a toddler around the house, though, I’m not sure if adding such piece of furniture to place all our neat stuff is a grand idea. My little girl always wants to grab anything that's within her reach. Somehow, aside from budget, child-proofing can sometimes get in the way with implementing home improvement ideas.

Monday, April 25, 2011

time cannot erase good memories

Last week, I found myself looking back on my childhood and younger days as a sort of reflection during the Holy Week. Flashbacks! My thoughts suddenly returned to my birthplace – the place and the home where I grew up. This is a part of my life where I will always cherish the most because those days were my carefree, innocent, and free-spirited days.  Aside from the wonderful upbringing of my parents, the challenges I have encountered during my childhood have made me a stronger person – someone strong enough to face life's challenges as I moved forward towards adulthood.

an old photo from my childhood...
another old photo with classmates...

Today, even though I already have a family of my own and living far from my first home already, I am still happy that I am connected to my classmates, friends, and neighbors in the past. Thanks to technology and social networking sites, we are now able to keep in touch. Just even seeing pictures of old acquaintances from my hometown brings me back to those childhood moments. Oh, I can still remember those fun times just playing traditional games with our contemporaries, back when computer games and the Internet are still not in existence. As time goes by, I realized that so much has changed already. So much of the place has changed since we left. Almost everything and everyone has changed. I think I have changed as well but there’s still one important part of myself that has never changed – it’s my heart! There is a large compartment in my heart that beats for my birthplace and all the people that are connected to it.

the road that almost didn't look familiar anymore :-(
I never meant to sound a little emotional like this. It’s funny how it got me to think and write this far. I remembered only a few minutes ago, I was merely looking at large wall clocks online. One pendulum wall clock I saw there looked familiar. It looked like my grandmother’s (from my father’s side of the family) antique wall clock. I used to hate how it sounded before each time the clock would strike at twelve midnight. It reminded me of horror movies I have watched back then. Ah, useless frights! Now, I already want to own something like that in my own home. I also realized how much time has already passed. Grandmother had been gone for ages. Then I remembered other significant people in my life that have also left this world. Grandfather, mom, and other relatives - they are already gone but they are definitely never forgotten. Recalling my childhood brings happy memories of them back alive.

Certainly, time cannot erase good memories, can they? :-)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

the home with an office feel

Even though I'm already at home, the home still feels like the office to me. Me and my husband are still working full-time. We still have to report and sit in front of our computers for eight hours a day; the only difference is that we are doing our jobs in the convenience of our home. If both of us have deadlines to meet, we even forget to talk to each other. It's funny because when he's not talking to me, I feel like sending him a message via YM even when our computers are only a few steps apart.

Somehow, the home still has that office feel. Occasionally, we would also receive business letters with some really attractive address stamps on them. My husband was even surprised how these companies learned about our home address. How did they know we have a credit card to begin with? Why would they offer to lend us such a large amount? Don't they know that we are not what we call traditional employees? The offers look really enticing but we both agreed to dismiss them in order to avoid being burdened with heavy debts later on. Anyway, we are still keeping those business letters. It feels really special to have our names on the envelopes!

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