Create an Illusion of More Space to Your Living Area

For those who has a challenge of limited space. People who live in the urban area or in the metropolitan often encounter this issue. While larger space does not always translate to a tasteful living room, the illusion of it certainly does. So how can you creatively make your living area larger and better?

Creative Use of Mirrors

Mirror can do so much in helping create the illusion of more space in your room. When used well, it give the illusion a space double the size of what it actually is. Ideally, a wall-height mirror would be used for the whole or a large portion of the wall. However alternatively, you can use multiple vertical or horizontal mirrors lined up on your wall to become a row, or straight up use a wall-sized mirror. To create the desired effect, make sure to use mirrors with little to no frames on them.

Get creative with the lighting and furnitures

The use of both lighting and furnitures help create a focal point to your space. A lot of people think of chandelier when considering light fixtures for a living room. However this does not have to be the case, unless you have enough space for it. Use lamp fixtures that are streamlined and does not make your room feel crowded. Hanging lamp fixtures are great options for this.  

Take advantage of natural light

A bright room is going to look so much larger compared to a dark or poorly-lit room. Poorly lit room would have a large portion of the room cast by shadows and make it smaller than it actually is. Worse yet, make it look smaller than it already is. You can’t afford to sacrifice natural light when it comes to making your living area look more spacey. If there is anywhere in your dwelling that needed to have a large window for sunlight to come in, then it’s your living-dining area. Take advantage of the free resource from nature and let the sunlight penetrate your room.

Don’t use disproportionate furnitures

Having just one large furniture is often big commitment on space. Ditch the huge sofa. When a single furniture takes up a huge portion of your room, it’s a sign that it needs to go. Opt instead for several chairs or smaller sofas that you can arrange creatively to fit your space. The same goes for other furnitures. Unless it is a multipurpose display cabinet that you can use as a storage that you make good use of, then ditch the large furnitures. Smaller ones are easier to coordinate, move around, and arrange to suit your space and even your moods.

Open up your wall

Walls are one of the main culprits that make a room feel cramped. If you can’t afford to tear down the whole wall, then eliminating a portion of it is often sufficient. Take the upper portions off. The function of tearing down walls to create a more fluid space is to free your line of sight. So tear down the restrictions, if it’s well within your capability.

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Misconceptions of Handling Real Estate Business From Home

Handling real estate business at home

Due to modern and advanced technology, the concept of working from traditional office space has been fading. Lots of people involved in business are now more interested to the concept of working from home. This also applies to real estate business. Many companies start considering to let their employees work from home in hope to increase productivity and reduce employee cost.

Misconceptions about working from home for handling Real Estate Business

Comprehensive studies have been conducted to find out benefits of working from home. The result showed that it indeed increased productivity by 13%. It also reduced employee cost about 50%. However, there are still misconceptions going on about working from home. Here are some of them.

  • Some people believe that handling real estate business from home sacrifices security. This misconception is understandable since employer has to let their employees working from home and risk the security of data of the company being sent back and forth. However, it is not as extreme as it sounds since it isn’t substantiated. As mentioned before that technology has advanced which means you can rely on qualified IT team to handle this issue.
  • Another misconception is the productivity will be decreased once you let your employees working from home. As mentioned earlier that even comprehensive study showed that working from home indeed results in significant increase in productivity by 13% compared to employees working from the office. Thus, it is only a type of fear resulted in misconception. By working from home, employees find less distraction instead. Thus, they can focus more on their work.
  • Next misconception is that by letting employees working from home ruins company culture. This is most common issue feared by employers. However, it is important to keep in mind that company culture is founded on respect and how it treats employees. Company culture won’t be ruined only by letting employees work from home. it can grow if managers make conscious efforts to show appreciation as well as maintain positive morale in the team.
  • Another misconception is that working from home will make it hard to maintain contact with remote workers. It is true that remote workers can’t be reached in the office. However, it doesn’t mean they cannot be reached at all. You can rely on technology for this issue. There are many programs and tools which can facilitate constant communication within employees and employer. You can even reach your employees by phone.

Basically, there are no big differences or changes on how you tackle all real estate business work related from office or home. You can do it efficiently and successfully by making clear plan. You can plan list of tasks you need to accomplish.

If you are business owner, you need to encourage and inform your employee to do the same. Making a plan will make the work easier. It is even better when the list include time schedule in details. Then, it is also important to stick to the schedule you have made. Thus, you will accomplish your goal on time.

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Reducing Carbon Footprints in the Property Business

What’s carbon footprints?

Before we go to the details of carbon footprints’ relations to the real estate industry, let’s take a look at what is exactly “carbon footprint”. The term generally refers to the emission produced by anyone; whether it’s a company, an individual, or products, or its productions process that translates to equivalent of carbon dioxide. Companies have been known the biggest culprits producing carbon footprints in great amounts in a relatively short period of time. The concept of carbon footprints become important across any industries because of its harmful effects to the earth as well as its inhabitants.

Reducing Carbon Footprints in the Property Business

Not surprisingly, the property business is known as one of those industries that contributed a significant amount of carbon footprints on earth. It’s more than just important for real estate dealers and investors to care about the impact of carbon footprints. It’s an integral part of keeping the business sustainable and not harm the environment further.

Embodied energy in a building

You’ve probably heard the term tossed around whenever you’re reading up stuff about environmentally friendly properties. Embodied energy means the total of energy needed in order for a building to stand. This includes the whole process from its extraction, construction, and delivery. It’s been said that built environment contributed to at least half of the carbon emissions in the world. Taking care of the embodied energy is extremely important as it is the indication of how much carbon equivalent went through the process of getting a building to complete. The higher the number of embodied energy, the higher the impact to the environment.

Locally-sourced materials

One of the biggest culprits in contributing to carbon footprint in the property and real estate business is the fact that the materials are transported from halfway across the world. This should be able to be remedied through ordering materials that come from the local sources. The carbon emissions from produced by the materials that needed to be transported through flights and other long-distance journey is significant. Ideally, there should be little energy in order to transport a material to its designated place. It may not seem like such a significant move, but the transportation process contributed to a great deal of carbon emission in the production of buildings.

Why is it important to care about carbon footprint?

It’s important to ask yourself why is it important for you. As people have their very own reasons for believing in reducing carbon footprint in the property business.  Those reasons can very well include an indirect one such as the bottom line. Are you interested in the eco-friendly business and the cause of reducing carbon footprint because you’ll be able to reach a certain target market? Are you genuinely concerned with the environment? It’s important to ask yourself all of these questions It’s also essential to remember that caring for the environment and wanting profit can co-exist. Sometimes you may want to have a choice to sacrifice on or the other. But once you’re sure where you stand, you may be able to make a better, informed decision.

 

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How to Determine Whether a Location is Ideal for Your Residence?

The real estate mantra repeats “location” tirelessly. To some, location is probably even more important compared to the physique of the house itself. While you may have a general idea on what consist of a good location, having a clearer criteria of your own that cater to your needs is not just essential; it’s necessary.

Ideal location for residence

Afterall, you can’t move your house. So what are some of the basics to lookout for?

Know what you want: planning is the first step

Note down what you already have in mind. Do some brainstorming and draw a mind map, it could help in doing visual information extracting. By having your thoughts down on a paper (or its digital counterpart), you give a form to your thoughts, and you’ll have a clearer direction. If you need somewhere close to work but want a quiet neighborhood, write or type it down.

Research and narrow down your list of potential locations or neighborhood. You can go from there while keeping in mind the process of recording your progress.

Accessibility

Accessibility is an important key in finding a good location for your house. Access to commute, access to public transportations, access to major economic hubs, such things are to be taken into account according to your needs. If you’re buying a home for investment, think ahead.

The generations who are starting to own houses are millennials. Some of the key findings conducted in a study by Apta shows that Millennials are multimodal, and compared to previous generations, millennials are less likely to drive or have a valid driver’s license.

They use public transportations a lot more compared to the older generations. Taking this into account, housings with a good public transportation system is bound to be more in demand.

Basic services

This is an important aspect that often gets overlooked. How is the waste management? Is the trash picked up everyday? One of the best ways to find out that the practice is actually implemented well is by asking the neighbors.

Economic sectors

One of the signs a place has a good economic growth is the existence or the potential growth of economic diversity. While regions dominated by one industry does not mean that it does not possess economic growth, regions with a diverse economic sector is generally more sustainable. Another factor to take notice of is the growth in employment. This factor may play an important role in the resale value and rental yield of your house.

Safety and general feel of the neighborhood

Feeling safe in your own neighborhood is a precondition to comfort. Before making up your mind, make sure that you visit the neighborhood several times. Try to visit the place at a different time of day.

Visit the neighborhood during the night as well. Observe the environment during those visits. Are people out on the streets? Walking their dogs, parents walking with their children, people out in the parks, etc. These everyday activities are mundane but is an important indication in gauging whether people who lived in the place feel safe.

Also note are there people walking during the night? What do you feel in the neighborhood while you’re walking in the area during nighttime? You can even journal down these small things to help you better decide.

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Things to Boost Your Real Estate Business

Building real estate business is challenging especially for new investor. There are many things to pay attention to and to learn. Work hard is one thing but making it productive and efficient is another level you should reach in order to make positive progress to your business. There is not enough time to reach your target in one day. What you can do is not to longer the time but to make it efficient and productive. One big enemy is procrastination. This is what makes people failed in building their real estate business. Wasting too much time doing unnecessary task will only make your business keep lagging. Procrastinating will just make it worse. There is no benefit to procrastinate a task you can do now.

Things to Boost Your Real Estate Business

How to boost your real estate business

There are different reasons on why people procrastinate their task. Some people do it out of habit. Some others do it due to inability to make decision. There are several factors which can help you building your real estate business progressively:

Time management

Time management skill is important factor you need to have in your attempt to build your business. it is not easy to gain this skill. It needs commitment and discipline so that it becomes a habit. The first step to do it right is by making a to-do list. When you make a to-do list for your daily schedule, you have clear tasks of what to do based on its level of urgency. Thus, you do the task which has big impact to your business first. To make you stay motivated, you can reward yourself when you have accomplished all the tasks completely.

Productive environment

Set yourself in productive environment. When you work surrounded by people who have great discipline at work will help you to do the same. In one way or another, you will be influenced by the positivity of your work environment. When your work environment is less distractive, you will be able to work efficiently. You won’t find any excuse to procrastinate anymore.

Setting your goal

One of the reasons why you keep delaying to finish your task is because your goal is impossible to reach. Thus, it is highly recommended to be realistic in setting your goal. With reasonable goals, you can achieve it in short amount of time. If you set unreasonable goal, you will discourage yourself to reach it. In the end, you will get stuck in the same place.

Stay positive

Make sure to stay positive in every way. Remember that criticizing yourself too harsh will do nothing but harm. You won’t be able to move forward. Thus, make sure to recognize when you are doing a good job. By giving yourself positive feedback, you will stay motivated and get rid of negative thoughts. When you are too hard on yourself, you will only give space for procrastination. Give yourself a break when you can’t stay focus on your task. It is also possible to ask for help from your team so you can have a different view of your task.

 

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Considering an Open Plan Layout to Design Your Properties?

You’ve probably heard of the term “open-plan” a lot through reality tv shows or even through adverts. The open plan was originally a solution to the limited space of a house. However today, it has become somewhat of a preferred living. A lot of houses are built with the open plan layout. A lot of renovations of older houses are also done with the open-plan layout in mind.

The most common rooms to be “merged” in an open plan layout are holy trinity that consists of the living room, kitchen, as well as dining room. The open-plan room is potentially gorgeous and even luxurious when designed and done right. The design allows for hosts to entertain their guests easily. Open plan layouts also gave the opportunity for the residents to socialize more freely.

The popularity of open plan is well-earned because of its effective use in space. The “broadening” visual effect that resulted from the elimination of visual limitation makes open-floor plan highly desirable by homebuyers.

Walls limit your visual. It makes your house appear claustrophobic, especially if you already have a limited amount of space to begin. It’s also an option to proceed with open-plan rooms by taking off only a portion of the wall for the purpose of freeing your visual. A more solid feel of separate rooms.

If you like to have a lot of storage spaces, then open-floor plan might pose some challenges for you. You’d probably need to purchase more furnitures for dedicated storage space instead of say, doing a slight modification to your wall to house your books. Simply adding a vertical catchalls, hooks, wall rack, hanging organizer, wall cabinet, and the likes is often enough. However it won’t be possible because, well, you don’t have a wall.

The open plan layout is also especially beneficial for apartments located in the heart of the city, or even a metropolitan, where the rent price per square meter is insanely high. Affording a dwelling in such locations prove to be difficult, much less one that has a tasteful interior and design. Incorporating the open plan layout in such apartment is a solution many developers had taken. It allows for many types of apartment to be presented at their best.

You need to remember that with open-floor plan, your wall paint, furnitures, and decors need to be planned and arranged in such a way that they don’t make your room feel bare, soulless, or even unpleasantly mis-matched. The coordination of furnitures ideally would have a unified feel to them. That does not mean you need to use monotonous decor throughout the room. You should be creative when dealing with open-plan houses. Take advantage of the sheer size of the room and the number of possibilities that you can play with.

It’s important to note that open-plan layout for houses are born out of necessity. However today it cannot be denied that open-floor plans are gorgeous and highly desirable. It has gone past the stage of being merely a trend. The open-floor plan is clearly here to stay.

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Recognise the Most Valuable Assets of Your Property Business

When it comes to real estate business or property investing, there are many types of asset you should recognise. Thus, you will be able to maximise them to the fullest for your benefits.

Running real estate business sounds and looks simple for some people. However, it doesn’t mean easy. Simple and easy are two different words which you should distinguish especially when it comes to your business.

Lots of investors focus more on how to find potentials leads to close the deals. However, it is also important to recognise any little things since they are also a foundation for your business to stand in a long term.

What are your most valuable assets in business?

To achieve goals, investor must have different approach and strategy. One approach may not work when it is used by other investors. Thus, it is also the matter of how one can successfully recognise their most valuable asset even for the little things and how to maximise them to earn the benefits.

Here are most valuable asset in property business you should expect!

Budget is one of the most valuable aspects when it comes to business. it is not about how much money you can earn but how to have something left over when you close the deals. Thus, if you think closing the deal is your only goal then you need to think twice.

Recognise most valuable assets in property business - Budget

Remember that property business is a number game. Budget is valuable asset you need to maximise to the fullest by using number as your guide and stay within your budget plan.

Your name and reputation is one of the most valuable assets you should keep and build. It is not easy to build positive reputation in this business. It is even easier to spread bad reputation. It may take months or even years to make your name and reputation recognised by others both customers and colleagues.

It is important to make the right and quick decision. It is also important to associate with people which can help you build positive reputation.

Your logic is your valuable asset in property business. You need to make decision based on quick wits and careful thinking. Emotional decisions often results in bad paths. When emotion involves, it is easy to lose focus. Your judgment will be clouded with uncertainty.

That is why it better to use your logic in making decision and let the number guide your paths. It may sound simple but it is challenging for emotional investors. Therefore, detaching emotional feelings from business related stuffs need self-conscious and persistence.

Networking is also your most valuable asset when it comes to property business. Networking may not affect your business overnight. However, you will need it when the time comes. You need to build your networking in any chance you get.

You can go to local seminar where like-minded people gather and discuss or share information or join local group. One contact can help you make the right decision when you need it.

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Knowing More about Low Cost Properties

There are many ways for you to get started with property business. You may have seen plenty of successful investors in this industry. However, you need to remember that they have their own way to reach the place where they are now.

Each of them may use different strategy that work well with their plan. However, it doesn’t mean you will be as successful as they are when you try the same strategy.

As an investor, you also may have heard that the lower the purchase price of property, the bigger deal it is. However, it is not always like that. You still have risk to buy property that can cost you money.

Know more about low cost properties

Therefore, it is more likely about what kind of property you are going to invest in, what your goal is, and how you will handle them.

What about low cost properties?

Many investors show interest to invest in low cost properties, considering it has higher chance to gain more profit. You can buy a low cost property if you are interested but it is also highly recommended to find out more about it before making any purchase:

  • Low cost property usually cost under 50,000 dollars. Sometimes, it is in a form of a property with severe discount. However, it is also mean that the property needs more work or need to be located in undesirable location for the price to be that low. Thing you need to consider of low cost property is the location. This will help you to find out if you can do anything about it. You can make your own research about the market, listings, etc. If you cannot find anything promising, it is better not to purchase it.
  • Low cost properties are usually in need of repairs which cost a lot. It is because this type of property is usually a decade old or under maintenance for years. You need to calculate how much work needed to resurrect the property. You may need to do major repairs which honestly cost amount of money. If you find that the cost is too high to handle then it is better not to purchase it since it won’t earn you benefits anyway. Or, you can also choose another alternative in which you sell for a small profit. However, you need to check and calculate thoroughly before deciding to purchase this type of property.
  • The next thing you need when it comes to investing in low cost properties is exit strategy. You need to decide what kind of strategy you will use to make them more valuable. However, adding too much value on the updates might cost you the amount of money with no guarantee that it will pay back. You can also choose to rent or sell it after updating here and there. The point is, no matter what plan you make, you need to make sure you make thorough calculation so you can make multiple exit strategies. Therefore, you can avoid severe loss.
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Introduction to the Basics of Stones for Your Properties

Stone is largely timeless in appearance as well as in its usage. Stones come in a variety of colors, textures, as well as density. What exactly caused this? Stones are also categorized into several class or types, but how do people categorize stones? Beyond the familiar names that you can distinguish, for example, granites, soapstone and et cetera, how are those stones categorized?

Understanding the types of stones will give you a more fundamental understanding on how the materials are best used in building your properties. Having a more thorough understanding of these highly durable and classic material would prove to be more than just useful in determining the value of your house. A good grasp of the concept could even lead you to better marketing and even narrowing down your target market to those who matter to you; those interested in the specifics that you offered. A knowledge can only benefit you, and even though you consider yourself a casual house builder, it could still go a long way.

Stones are commonly categorized according to how they are formed. There are generally three types of stones, which are igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. How exactly are they formed and what differentiate them?

Igneous stones

The cooling of magma or molten rock created what is known as igneous stones. This happened both deep inside the earth as well as on the earth surface. All of the stones categorized into igneous rocks began as magma that went through the process of being cooled, and as a result, crystalized. Igneous rocks have a diverse appearance according to the crystal compositions, as well as the way the magma is cooled. Examples of igneous stones include Dacite, Granite, Obsidian, Basalt, Pegmatite, etc. Granite, for instance, is a common material that is both plentiful and gorgeous. It is able to be cut and polished in such a way that it achieved a sleek finish, and it’s one of the favorites when it comes to the materials for countertops for its durability and gorgeous look.

Sedimentary stones

The formation of sedimentary stones are formed generally through three methods. It’s formed through the sediments accumulation. There are organic sedimentary rocks, the example is coal, and certain limestones from the crystallization of animals and plants remnants. Chemical sedimentary rocks include iron ore, flint, rock salt as well as some limestones, in which the materials dissolve and precipitate. Lastly, Clastic sedimentary rocks include breccia, sandstone, conglomerate, and more, and they are formed through the weathering process through the exposure of water, wind, and ice. Sandstone is one of the most commonly used sedimentary rocks for constructions. It’s often used as exterior of houses; walls, patio, and many others.

Metamorphic stones

These stones have gone through heat, chemical process, as well as pressure, and most commonly occurred deep below the earth’s surface. These are the types of rocks that have been exposed to the most extreme conditions that even altered the mineral compositions as well as the chemical compositions. Examples of these rocks are Marble, Quartzite, Lapis Lazuli, Soapstone, Novaculite, Slate, etc. One of the examples, marbles, have been used a lot in luxury establishments. The affordability of marbles vary according to the appearance of the stones. Brighter marbles sometimes tend to be higher in price compared to its grayer counterpart.

 

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Strategy To Get Bali Real Estate For Sale Cheap

When your finances are sufficient or more than enough, investment is the right one. There are many investments and certain risks that can occur. A safe and very profitable investment is real estate. Of course, choosing real estate requires carefulness and care. Location, building area, land area, conditions around real estate, building status, certificates, and others are factors that must be overlooked. If your investment can bring double profits why should you think long to buy real estate?

Bali Real Estate For Sale Cheap

Tourist destinations like Bali which are currently skyrocketing. Both increase in tourist visits or economic growth. The high construction of 5-star accommodation and luxury is due to increasing demand for accommodation. Not infrequently with such high business and investment competition, some investors choose to leave Bali.

Bali real estate is very possible. There are still many areas in Bali whose growth has not been completely perfect. For example in the area of Uluwatu and its surroundings. Lets you get Bali real estate for sale cheap for short-term or long-term investments. When faced with a choice, what you always have to pay attention to is your financial condition.

It is possible to invest anywhere in the Bali area. The value of Bali real estate for sale cheap continues to increase along with reduced land due to continuous development. Seminyak is one of the strategic locations, both for business and investment. Tourist activities are currently piled up in the Seminyak area. The investment value is 10 times greater than in other areas. But are you ready to compete with large-scale investors?

When it’s time for investment, you have to think about how to benefit from your investment.

  • The initial strategy is to find Bali real estate for cheap sale. Although Bali is the destination of investors, there are still many owners who want to sell who intend to sell a property for various reasons.
  • Be careful when you find offers of Bali real estate for sale cheap. Land disputes often occur. This will be detrimental to your time and finances for the legal process.
  • Pay attention to the condition of the building to the availability of water, plumbing, termite inspection or damage to buildings. If you need to hire a building expert to see the value of Bali real estate for sale cheap offers.
  • Make offers as much as possible, for you to use finance to improve real estate.
  • Search for trusted property agents who can help process documents and other legal processes.
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