September 29, 2015

Modern Construction Techniques - Affordable Homes For All by 2022

The government has gotten its ‘Housing for All by 2022’ scheme approved, where the urban poor have been promised housing by the end of 2022. According to this programme, the government will need to build approximately 11 crore housing units in seven years with an investment of around 128 lakh crores!

This scheme will build up homes in the entire urban area of India including more than 4000 towns. The construction will be implemented in three phases - 100 cities covered in the first phase by March 2017, 200 cities covered in the second phase by March 2019, and the remaining cities covered in the third phase by March 2022.

This construction scheme will involve modern and innovative technologies and building materials to facilitate quicker and good quality homes, with plans and layouts suitable for different climatic zones. All this will require skilled masons, plumbers and electricians along with lower construction costs and better space utilization to be able to deliver affordable homes to the people.


When using traditional methods of construction, it is a big headache to check for the skills of the labours at every juncture - masons, plumbers, electricians and others. But, with modern technologies, the pre-fabricated materials used will be built at factories with pre-defined specifications and under strict supervision. Only then will it be shipped off and exported. Thus, the quality of materials will be thoroughly checked.

Lowered costs

Modern construction techniques include pre-fabricated construction material, which is costly. Then, how would this help in lower costs? This type of construction material will lower the labour, time and transportation costs. Using pre-fabricated material will reduce the wastage and misuse of individual materials like cement, mortar and bricks. Thus, on the whole, costs would be lowered.


There are so many labours seen in India but still, there is a lack of skilled labourmen. The country has always seen a problem of skilled manpower. Pre-fabricated materials will have already been constructed by skilled professionals and are already pre-equipped with electrical and plumbing work. These materials need to only be assembled at the site under construction. Thus, it ensures good quality of building materials and also requires less number of labours at the site. This reduces the labour cost by around 30%.

Time taken

The traditional methods of constructing buildings takes a long time for the completion of a project. But, the use of pre-fabricated materials is surely going to reduce the time taken. Using modern technologies, large structures can be build within a few months only. An analysis says that the time taken for construction will be reduced by around 15% on using modern construction materials and technologies. This will lead to affordable homes being built up in a time frame of around 18 to 24 months to the maximum.

In this polluted environment all over the country, what could be better than a 'green' home? If you reside in Bangalore and are looking for a home that is far away from the noise and pollution of the city, you must check out Adisesh Green City. Located in the non-pollution zone of Narasapura, near Hoskote and spread over 30 acres of land that is expandable to 60 acres, this area is just perfectly close to nature with greenery surrounding the property and giving a healthy and pollution-free atmosphere to live in.

September 28, 2015

Renting VS Buying a House

Would you rather rent or buy a house? This is the most pressing issue nowadays. However, the right answer lies on the particular circumstances of the person such as the current financial situation.

 In making a decision, let's take a look at the pros and cons first. This is the necessary first step so you won't fall into the common renting or buying pitfalls.


Yes, rent now

Renting requires no maintenance. If something needs fixing, you simply need to call the homeowner's attention or the property manager's to arrange with the in-house or local plumber, electrician, etc. Importantly, you need not save for the upkeep fund because the owner is the one to do it.

Moving to another place is easier. If a career-oriented relocation opportunity presents itself, you may grab such opportunity without having second thoughts. Also, you can save yourself from the hassles of selling your home. 

A house can be a depreciating asset. With the subprime crisis of 2008 in mind, it isn't guaranteed that a house will increase in value in the coming years. There are many factors at play including its location. 

No, don't rent

Money rental fees are rising steadily. In many cities across the country, monthly rents are increasing. Negotiating the rent is possible, but you can't count on it. The rent may increase immediately after finishing the current lease.

There's no way to build an equity against the property. The house can only provide you a place to live. Thus, it cannot provide you with a salable asset if in case you want to move out of it.

No tax benefits. Mortgage interest and property taxes are deductible from a homeowner's federal income tax. Renters are not covered by these deductibles.

Limited interior design choices. In making changes to the apartment, you need to obtain the owner's permission first especially if you want the place repainted. Approval may be lengthy too, depending on who are involved in the decision-making process.


Yes, buy now

Building equity. Historically, residential properties rise in value between 4% and 6% annually. Even if your property is not increasing its value, you can still build equity upon paying the monthly amortization.

Homeowners receive tax breaks. Deductions from federal income taxes can be used in offsetting the monthly repayments.

Monthly repayments are relatively stable. For fixed-rate mortgages, monthly amortizations stay the same throughout the loan tenure. Only the property tax and home insurance are changing from time to time. 

Settling in a community. Homeownership may also mean deeper involvement in your community because you'd know that you will be staying there for many years. Your actions are often geared toward at making your community a better place for everybody.

Decorating as to your heart's content. Basically, you have the freedom to style your house any way you please. 

No, not too fast

Paying for own maintenance. Costs of upkeep are all yours to shoulder. Also, you need to save money to cover unexpected repairs. 

Home as illiquid assets. If faced with the need to relocate due to an unexpected change in circumstances, selling your home is not that easy. Even if you sell it, you won't be able to rake in as much money as you want. 

Buying requires upfront payment. Definitely, you cannot buy a house without down payment. There are other related costs such as closing costs, documentation, etc. 

Home insurance is required. For mortgaged properties, an insurance is mandatory. The majority of lenders in the US requires that the borrower to insure the property. Paying monthly amortization along with monthly premiums is rather difficult. 

Evidently, there is value in renting or buying a property. Homeownership is a long-term commitment hence, it is not for everyone. Renting, on the other hand, is more lenient to short-term goals. As such, it is a matter of decision depending on which can provide you with a more cost-effective solution. 

Author Bio:

Harry Neal is a blogger and a freelance writer. He writes about insurance, and different investments like condominiums in Bonifacio Global City in the Philippines.

September 27, 2015

Organic Gardening for Beginners

Amongst many other useful things, rise of the overall environmental awareness helped us to see that the way of gardening which worked for our ancestors for centuries, is, actually, the only legit way. So, if growing spice in pots inspired you to up the antics a bit, and dedicate one corner of your yard to organic gardening, you are on your way to do something great. You must agree that the idea of picking a tomato from your own backyard is more than inspiring. Still, establishing your organic garden demands some basic preparation, so we will try to give you everything you need to know in one place.

Planning Your Garden

Before doing anything concrete, you should have some general idea what, where, and when do you want it. In other words, it is time to start thinking like a gardener. For example, raised bed gardening is very popular amongst people who don’t want to dig their backyard soil and need better control over the soil where plants will grow in. Container gardening, vertical gardening, and square foot gardening are, on the other side, very popular in urban areas, where the space for traditional gardening is lacking.

 Preparing the Soil

Whatever your choice may be, you will have to make sure that that the soil where plants will grow in is properly conditioned, because good and healthy soil builds up healthy and productive plants. It is advised to test soil’s current condition so you could have better insight of what you have to do next. The best season for testing should be fall. If your soil doesn’t need some kind of special treatment, make sure that it has plenty of humus, and mix in compost, grass clippings, manure, and leaf.

Choose the Right Plants

Not every plant may work for every spot in the garden. Choose plants that are adjusted to each intended spot in terms of moisture, drainage, light, and soil quality. If you want to buy seedlings, you should look for the plants which are raised without any trace of pesticides, and chemical fertilizers. You should also try to find stocky seedlings with very few blooms, and roots which are not too overcrowded. There are, on the other side, some plants like sunflowers, which are better grown from seeds, so be sure to check this too before spending any money.

It is Time for Planting

Yes, you will finally get your hands dirty. If you want to do your plants a favor, make sure that they are tightly grouped in their beds. That will significantly lower the weeding and water waste. It will also help you to easier target nutrients and compost. Furthermore, easier path maintenance will lead to healthier soil, while ample space between rows will promote better air distribution, thus repelling fungal attacks. You should take notice of one more thing while designing the garden layout. Your seedlings won’t stay of that size for too long. Place them in the manner which will reduce overshadowing as much as possible.

Keep the Plants Satisfied

All you have to do now is to wait and make sure that plants are not thirsty. Establish a routine which will allow you to water the plants daily, or event the twice per day, during some more hot periods devoid of rain. Watering your plants in the early morning is the best way to go. In addition to this, you will also have to apply plant food or organic fertilizers, all according to package direction. After the plants are start to grow, consider protecting them against pests using pump sprayers and similar agricultural equipment.

All of this may seem somewhat intimidating, but only at the first glance. When you start preparing the garden you will see that it is much easier than it looks, and once the harvest kicks in, you will be very satisfied knowing that you have done something useful, and worthwhile.

Real estate industry identifies the top three ideal destinations in Pune city

One of the most important criteria of the real estate investment is ascertaining the location that suits and benefits the investors, specially the buyers. Investment of a home does not only prioritize on the project or the individual residential units; the location is also taken under consideration as it is the key ingredient for the comfortable livelihood and also the prospective investment return. The major deciding factors for the location while investing for the properties in Pune are:

The proximity to the workplaces
The connectivity of the locale with the other parts of the city
The abundance of civic amenities available at the neighborhood
The ambience of the location
The expected investment return from the locality.

The real estate investors in Pune have identified the locales of Moshi, Waholi and Undri which resolves all the above concerns to the optimum level.


Moshi is one of the favored neighborhoods of Pimpri-Chinchwad area. The most important factor for the real estate prosperity of the area is its proximity to the workplaces. The industrial belt of Chakan, Pimpri Chinchwad, Talawde and Talegaon in the vicinity has motivated the real estate detonation of the area. Secondly, the area enjoys superior road infrastructure that makes it easily accessible and connectable to the other prime locations of the city. According to the local inhabitants, the area is perfect choice for residences for the working class of the adjoining industrial hub.

The superlative civic amenities especially prestigious educational institutions, hospitals, banks market places personify the convenient livelihood. Moshi exhibits a tranquil ambience as it is located at a distance from the buzzing city limits. Due to its affordable rates, several enthusiast buyers consider locale as their alternate property assets and rent it to the professional of the MIDC’s around.  Considering all the plusses, flats in Moshi are likely to generate high investment returns.


Wagholi decorates the eastern province of Pune city. It has been the hotspot residential options for the techies of Magarpatta City, Kharadi and Viman Nagar. The locale has been in limelight as the uprising property rates and the trafficking of the enthusiast buyers at the mentioned destination left lesser option for residential development.  The region is closely located to the Pune International Airport.

Wagholi is strategically located at Pune Ahmednagar Highway. Thus, the locale enjoys upscale connectivity from all the prime regions of the city. Flats in Wagholi serves the purpose of luxurious asset investments majorly for the IT fraternity from the adjoining workplaces. Additionally, the region boasts superior infrastructure and proximity to opulent shopping plazas like Phoenix Market city, Inobit in Pune Nagar Highway and Amanora Town Centre, Seasons Mall near Magarpatta city. The prestigious schools and hospitals are enlisted as the supreme advantages of the locality.


The pristine locale of Undri has gained alluring attention for its vicinage of IT/ITES corridors of Magarpatta City, Kharadi and Hadapsar. The region relished the benefits for being closely located to the posh locales of Wanowrie, NiBM and Kondhwa. Undri has an appealing proximity to NH- 4. Undri also is easily accessible from the Central Business Destination of Pune majorly Pune Camp and MG Road.

Undri enjoys a decent peaceful ambience as compared to the adjoining prestigious localities. Moreover, the lavish urban commodities boasted by the area gives an up market convenience to the owners of the flats in Undri. The locale enjoys advanced infrastructural facilities and peaceful surroundings. Nevertheless, the property rates of the neighborhood are within the budget of the generic mass. The locale enjoys benchmark real estate ventures by the ace builders of the city. The luxurious variety of contemporary homes is the ideal investment options for the professionals from the Magarpatta city, S P Infocity and EON IT park.

Summary: The three neighborhoods of Moshi, Wagholi and Undri are the ever flourishing real estate destinations of Pune. The proximity to the workplaces and sumptuous infrastructure facilities blended with superior civic commodities and blissful surroundings have allured the property investors to consider location trio. Flats in Pune from these three neighborhoods are achievable at decent market rate with beneficial investment return.

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Best Places to Buy Property in India

Buying a property is not only just a basic need anymore as it is also an investment for the future. It also instils a sense of pride and achievement to the buyer as it is one of the biggest steps that one takes in life. But investing in a property is not a walk in the park; you have to make a detailed research of the location where you are investing, the property value and how the rates of appreciation are going to be in the future before making any decisions regarding this matter. This article will aim to throw some light on the current scenario of the real estate market and which are the best destination to buy properties to settle down and as a first-time buyer.

One of the Big Four auditors, KPMG, has estimated that the value of the real estate market in India is around 121 billion dollars in 2013. The real estate boom is largely due to the growth of the big cities in the country in terms of employment and easy living. Much of the factors are rooted to the expansion of the IT and commercial industries in these cities. People from all parts of the country come to the big cities because of the employment opportunities and the quality of the education that are being provided here. This has led to the steep increase in the demand for residential properties.

Each city in India has its own characteristic advantages when it comes to realty market that makes them different from each other. When you are investing in a property or buying to settle down there, it all comes down to the place. Investing in a property is usually a good choice when the place has show signs of good returns in the past years and there is scope for further increase in the capital value. For those who want to settle down the location is all about accessibility and condition of living.

Here we have mentioned the best places to buy property for a first-time buyer, as an investment and as a place to live.

Best Place for a First-time Buyer

Buying a house is a difficult decision to make when you are a first-time buyer. Usually the factors that hold back buyers from investing in a property are the high prices of property and financial readiness. It is true that without being financially ready, the thought about buying a house is not easy as the EMIs may be higher than paying rent. Also, as the first buyers are usually young professionals who want to make their first property purchase, the connectivity to office is also important. 

After looking at the two most important points for first-time buyers, the best place can be said to be Bangalore. Bangalore has diverse properties having different price ranges and provides good connectivity to major IT hubs. According to the recent price trends, the rates of properties cater to various income groups from the low to high. The connectivity of Bangalore is also well-laid out and all the areas have provide easy accessibility to the commercial and business centres of the city. 

Best Place for Investment

Buying a property as an investment depends on the rate of appreciation of the capital value. If the property does not provide good return of investment in the future it is not worth investing in. There are lot of places in India that is developing at a fast pace and a developing city is the best place to invest in properties. Some of the big cities like Mumbai, even though are providing good return in currently, there might be possibility of the market appreciation rate being saturated in the future. 

Thus the best places for investing in a property are Pune, Bangalore and Noida. Out of these cities, Pune would be the better option for a number of reasons. First of all being in proximity to the financial capital of India, Mumbai, Pune is preferred destination for a number of multinational companies. Thus there will be high demand for residential properties in the future and as the property prices are still reasonable, Pune is a safe bet for investors. Another major reason that the capital value of the properties is expected to increase is the proposed new international airport in the region. 
The October-December 2014 quarter has seen a 7 percent growth in the real estate market of Pune, with a capital appreciation of 2 percent. The figures below show the significant price movements in the city. 

Price trends of properties in some of the prominent areas in Pune:

Best Place to Buy a Property to Live

What defines the quality of living of a place? There are a lot of factors like political stability, social environment, natural environment and development from business and commercial point of view. IF you are buying a property for living, it is not an investment from which you will get return but it will be one of the most important life events of your life. That might be the place where you are going to spend the rest of your life. People in India usually buy properties in places they are originally from or from nearby places, but this trend is changing fast. They now want to settle down in big cities with the future of their family in mind. 

According to a survey by Mercer, a global consulting company, the best city in India in terms of quality of living is Hyderabad. According to the survey the usual big names like Delhi and Mumbai are ranked below due to the high rate of pollution, and population and traffic congestion. Hyderabad is ranked higher due to the good natural environment, political stability, medical care, reputed international schools and affordable cost of living. The climate of the city is also favourable to the decision as it is temperate throughout the year and also scores higher in the safety index. 
Choosing a place for a property is not an easy thing. First of all you need to check out your priorities and make decisions based upon that. As the real estate market has evolved into a big industry, there are a lot of options to choose from for your investment, first home or your dream property to settle down.

Author Bio

Hasib is a foodie and an avid reader with the same voracious appetite. His writings are related to the current real estate scenario and guidelines on choosing the perfect property. Reach him @ twitter, Google+, LinkedIn

Common mistakes committed by first time home buyers

Buying a home can be both exciting and frightening at the same time especially if it’s your first home. It’s not as if you saw a nice pair of shoes and instantly purchase it; buying a house is a major decision that should be well-thought of before finally taking the plunge.

For first-time home buyers, you should be knowledgeable that purchasing your own house isn’t a one day process nor inexpensive. You have to know and understand how long the process is before getting your keys to it. To help you with your journey, here are a few things you should remember to avoid the common mistakes first time home buyers are guilty of and have every penny well spent:

Not getting pre-approved for a home loan. Don’t go house shopping until you’re qualified for a mortgage. Applying for a home loan is a stressful process. In addition, why would you start looking for a home without even knowing how much you can afford.

You don’t want to be heartbroken when you finally found the perfect home but fail to show a proof of a pre-approved home loan to the seller. Before you go check in the market, get qualified for a mortgage first to know how much your budget is -- it could be lower or higher than you expected.

Relying on verbal agreements. Your seller offered you a 5% less in downpayment or a cat? Okay, sure. But remember to have it written down as validation that you in fact, agreed on it. To put it simply, don’t trust in verbal accordances. The seller or agent may promise you this and that but do they keep their word on it? Are they honest?

Worst case scenario for these instances would be when it comes down to finalization and you bring up whatever it you have agreed upon verbally, they may deny it and insist on it was never the agreement. When you encounter this, make sure to write it down and have them sign it for references.

Disregarding home inspection. If the seller is completely honest in disclosing the issues of the house, less work for you. Home inspection isn’t required but it is equally important as to when you’re just spotting a perfect place to live.

Skipping the inspection then eventually finding out you have electrical wire problems, plumbing issues and the likes, you’ll be financially responsible for it all. Unlike when conducting the inspection before closing the deal, you can still ask the seller to fix the issues.

Underestimating the overall costs. Don’t think that you will only be covering the mortgage, there are other fees to consider such as home inspection cost, loan organization fee, appraisals, property taxes, homeowners insurance fees and the likes.

To further educate yourself about this, consult your real estate agent and ask the necessary fees you’re responsible for to give you an idea of how much you should budget and save.

Overspending. When looking for a home, be practical and realistic. Do not spend beyond your means. Yes, the money you borrowed may be just enough to buy the house you’ve been visiting multiple times but have you thought about how will you cover for the property taxes, maintenance and repairs, renovations and other bills you will be covering?

Create a budget and list down the expenses you cover for monthly aside from the monthly mortgage payment -- list down your utility bills, luxury expenses such as; movies, restaurants and the likes, gas and other bills you will have to pay for every month. It’s safe to conduct a high estimate so you’ll know you have a breathing room.

Underspending. Spending too little is as bad as spending too much. How come? Well, have you checked the plumbing and have it repaired yet?

If you ignore these situations thinking you could save more if you let it be, it will only be more costly in the future if anything goes out of hand. Also, when buying a house, don’t allot a small budget if you’re planning on having a huge family that will only led you to outgrowing the house you’ve been eyeing on -- stretch your finances. Moving into another home might be your last resort when you have come to outgrown a house.

About Chie Suarez

Chie Suarez is a resident writer for RealPro, a licensed Real Estate and Business Agency. Chie usually finds herself accidentally stepping inside a home department store and open-house models.

Clever bedroom options for your tiny home/apartment

Finding yourself living in a studio or tiny apartment and having no idea on how to maximize each and every corner in an open space abode can be a challenge -- living room, dining room, kitchen and bedroom squeezed into one room. Let’s test your smart space living.

The major dilemma for people in this situation is the bed space -- how to impose privacy. Why is this important? What if your family or friends come over but you only feel like lying in bed all day? Or perhaps a house guest fell ill and needs to take a rest. You don’t want others to watch you sleep or your guest rest, do you?

To fix your dilemma and prevent interior chaos, here are creative ways you could live big in a tiny apartment/home: 

Use a divider. It could be bookshelves, a piece of plywood, cabinets or your TV stand -- whichever you prefer that goes along well with the layout and design of your space will work just fine. Using a divider separates your bed from the other aspects of your apartment. Plus, you don’t have to spend a dime for this, you could just rearrange your furniture the way it would constitute distinction from other areas of the house.

Use curtains. If you’re not into dividers and prefer something that would provide you more privacy, perhaps your best option are curtains. Mountain a curtain in a track as your divider, you could also DIY it with strings and hooks on the wall and in the ceiling if you want. Not only are curtains convenient for your privacy and disconnect the spaces but you could also slide it back and join the spaces together whenever you want to. 

Couch which doubles as a bed. If you live in a really small space that a bed would take up so much more, a couch which you can also transform as a bed is perfect for you and the practical-minded persons alike. If you can find a sofa bed or couch bed in home department stores, good for you. However if you don’t want to damage your wallet, you can just make one for yourself and see how to make one here.
A loft bed. Why don’t you think outside the box and stir some creativity in your imagination? Show some layering in your interior. A loft bed would solve your tiny room situation. Your couch under and your bed above it, put a ladder and you’re good to go. This fits for college students living in a dorm room and for young professionals. 

The living cube. If you want a solution that not only divides your space but is also multifunctional, check out this living cube. Everything you need can be stored and found here -- closet for clothes and shoes, TV cabinet and books. You might want to contact a professional if you want a customized living cube to optimize its efficiency and meet your home structure’s requirements and of course, your needs. Nonetheless, this is a great idea for those who can only squeeze a little space.

Build walls around your bed. If you’re renting and don’t want to tweak the structure of your rental, you could build a wall that will serve as a ‘nook’ for your bed. With this, you’ll feel as if you have your own bedroom and not just separated or divided from the other areas of your home. 

About Chie Suarez

Chie Suarez is a passionate writer/blogger for PAAL Kit Homes, a company that manufactures and supplies steel-framed kit homes that help Australian families build their dream home. Chie likes watching TV series and movies, is inclined to music and has a deep interest in home design and decoration. 

September 19, 2015

Things You Should Not Forget When You Move To a New City

When you are moving into a new city, you are bound to face thousands of different things alongside your varied emotions, which are going to play havoc on your lifestyle. The following are some of the things that you should remember when moving into a new city.

Breakdowns are normal, don’t stop them

When you suddenly hear that you have to leave your beloved home and move to another city for better job opportunities, it is normal to have a breakdown. There is no reason to grip your emotions especially if you are moving for the first time and that too, to a faraway place. Having breakdowns are not signs of weaknesses, they are signs that you are going to miss this place and all the emotions that you have built here for so long.

Don’t run back home when feeling lonely

You have seen the flats on rent in Mumbai, selected one, and have been staying there alone. However, at your moments of weakness, you think about running back home. It is best to remember that once you are successful in reaching home, you will never be able to come back. So sit back, relax and meet up with some friends if possible. New cities do look lonely at times, but there are also thousands of things to do when moved into a new city. Work on them and you will see that loneliness doesn’t bother you so much.

Make new friends, go outside 

New cities needs to be explored. Don’t be cooped up in an apartment. Take the time to figure out short vacations to nearby places. If that is not feasible, develop a routine, meet new people and mix with them. Find out more about the place. This is not only necessary but it would also give you time to reflect on your life.

If new friends are not a possibility, be your own friend. Take the time to do something for yourself something that you have been meaning to do but have always been putting it off. Maybe go for a stroll, the fresh air would do wonders for both your health and your mindset.

Avoid having free time

Once the flat has been selected from the few flats on rent in Indian metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai that has been viewed, don’t sit back and relax. Free time would make you think and miss the old life. The best way is to keep yourself busy with your new life, even if that means finding out new hobbies that would entertain you for the time being. Once you think that the available free time doesn’t make you sad and doesn’t make you yearn to go back to your old life, then it’s time for you to move out and meet your parents and family members whenever possible.

Find a place to relax

If it’s a new city, there will be plenty of places where you can visit and spend your time. However, ensure that even if you are alone in that place, it doesn’t make you feel lonely. The place should be beaming with people for it would help you connect and understand the culture of the city in better way.

Living In Granny Flats – Australia Interior Decorators Share Tips for Furnishing Small Homes

Smaller homes like granny flats can present some interior decorating challenges. Many claim that it’s difficult to make all necessary pieces of furniture fit in quite a small space and at times, even if they are able to fit everything in, comfortable movement inside the home gets compromised. 

When it comes to living in small granny flats, Australia interior decorators say, the right integrations can ensure comfort and function, so they have shared some furnishing tips below that can yield such a result.

1. Always go for sliding doors, be they for actual home entryways or cabinets and closets — Sliding doors do not take up space and they cause less accidents than swinging doors. Likewise, they are able to maintain the same amount of space whether they are open or closed.

2. Use walls to their fullest extent – Attach shelves even to the space just right below the ceiling; freeing your floors of standing elements will provide you more walking space. For example, you have a big collection of plates; instead of placing the dinnerware in cabinets, display them on shelves in various areas of the house. Not only do you get free wall décor, but the storage issue is solved, too.

3. Invest in multipurpose furniture – These pieces are abundant nowadays so you won’t have any trouble finding what you need. If storage is one of your concerns, there are couches, benches and beds that double as trunks where everything from clothes, tools, and extra mattresses can be kept inside. If you like to have extra beds for when you have guests for the night, there are couches that can be turned into comfy single beds just by shifting the pillows.

4. Look into origami furniture – These are well-designed home items that can fold out of sight and create more space, or can be adjusted to take on new functions. Some origami furniture pieces are relatively cheap and they are some of the most useful for small homes such as ironing boards, coffee tables, study tables, chairs, and lighting.

5. Use stackable pieces – People like to call these Lego furniture because all you really have to do is pile them on top of each other to alter their appearance and function. But, overall, however you manipulate these pieces, you can maximise space. There are stackable washing machines and driers, stools and tables that when stacked create a modular shelving unit, beds, living room set, etc.

About the Author: 

Oliver Finney is a real estate enthusiast and a writer. He frequently writes are articles about real estate which can help home owners, buyers and sellers to find the ideal home solution they need. He shares this resource for granny flats in Australia.

September 3, 2015

13 Quick Tips for Picking a Good Real Estate Agent

Real estate agents are essential in helping you find and pick the right property to ensure you find what you need and in the right area of preference. In this, it I best that you work with the best as you look to find what property best suits you. The real estate market is large and it is best that you receive a professional’s opinion and expertise to ensure you are not scammed off your property or off your money. A real estate agent will offer professional assistance and guidance. The following are 13 quick tips for picking a good real estate agent.

What to Avoid  

1. An agent who will list the highest price for your property
These agents are looking to benefit themselves and not the client in question. No one who has no interest that is related to you should serve your objectives.Pricing a property too high will take you a longer time to sell as individual know the current market values.
2. A part time real estate agent
Part time agents are not dedicated to understanding the market fully as they are occupied by other things thus their attention is diverted.
3. Relatives in the field
Relatives are great in every way but it is not advisable to work with them as agents. Family and business does not mix unless your relative is a full time agent who has built a reputation in the real estate field.
4. An agent who relies on referrals from others
An agent who does not understand the serenity of the surrounding area of your property will always be referring to others for help and will not offer professional expertise to aid your concern.
5. Questionable commissions
Questionable commissions are either too high or too low. On the average, commissions are between 5 and 7 per cent. When they surpass these commissions, someone is pulling a first one on you.
How to Identify a Good Real Estate Agent
6. Carry out research
Research is very important in providing the necessary information about an agent. This way, you will not be relying on other people’s opinion to make the right judgment
7. Ask questions
The questions you ask are valid as they help you to identify the knowledge of your real estate agent. In this, you will be able to ensure that you are working with the best in the market and they are knowledgeable.
8. Seek for clientele reviews and ratings
Client reviews and ratings provide information on the expertise and experience of real estate agents. In this, you will be able to find out their previous works and how they were delivered.
9. Look through several offers in the market
Shop around and identify the worth of the different agents in your area are willing to offer you. While you should consider the commissions or pricing, it is best that you do not compromise of quality of delivery.
10. Look to see if your preferred agent addresses your needs or his
When approaching an agent, it is best that you identify if he is working for you or making your needs second to him meeting his personal objectives. Only work with one who desires to meet your objective.
11. Is he knowledgeable in the specific area of question?
Some agents are great but only within their jurisdiction. In this, they are good with what they know and are not as great with areas that are not known to them.
12. Their ability to deliver as desired and on time
This is a good deed as they will be able to meet your needs. To identify this, work with referrals they have worked with to see their work.
13. Professionalism
This is easy to identify if they are certified by the state to carry out their objectives as real estate agents. Do not work with cheap but unprofessional personnel.

Author’s Bio:
Simplicity is beauty is Kelly Miller, who works at Corona Home Sellers. She also is a yoga addict and loves going to the beach a lot.