Market Value

June 26th, 2015

a4.jpgWhen buying a condominium property, you’ll also need to consider your local real estate market familiarity. Of course, during slow periods, asking prices for single-family homes decreases, making it possible for many hopeful homebuyers who beforehand thought a condominium was the last thing they could afford to move up to a single-family home, instead.

Mountable cabinet tips.

June 19th, 2015


If you are having problems where to put your books and other important documents (I’m not referring to money! You can put that in a bank or a safe.), and it seems like all your vacant spaces are occupied, then why don’t you try those mountable high cabinets? You can put those on top of a middle rise cabinet and stuff your books and other folders there. It’s actually better if your choose something that has a lot of segregators so that you could actually put lots of different documents (portion 1 is for cook books, 2nd is for work folders etc.).

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Monarch on the Merrimack

June 12th, 2015


Monarch on the Merrimack spells ecoluxury in the Victorian riverside city of Lawrence in New England. The development transforms the huge Wood Mill into 600 eco-friendly residences. Using geothermal heating and cooling, Monarch saves energy for what was once the largest building of its kind in the world. The historic mill was converted into modern lofts with 16-foot ceilings and oversized windows. Units come in studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and mezzanine lofts, or garden lofts and terraced penthouses that can be combined to make spacious residences. A number of unique residences, including duplexes and triplexes, are also available.

What’s Your Protection

June 5th, 2015

a5.jpgApartment communities often pick up the phone and call a leasing office or an on-call security staff to report excessive noise. With condominium owners they don’t have such facility unless it is included in their amenities. Condo owners are sometimes faced with this dilemma of going downstairs, upstairs or next door.

Before buying a condo… (part III)

May 29th, 2015


Aside from the previous mentioned guidelines before buying a condo, you should also consider the name of the condo you are buying. The name of the developers is the key here. Have you heard of the man named Donald Trump? Oh yes, the ever so famous Donald Trump. Just before he ventured show business, he was a very successful real estate developer. He has this Trump International Hotel & Towers, a first class condominium with branches located in some of the high-end cities in the United States such as New York, Chicago and Las Vegas. His condominiums tend to attract foreign, and local investors as well, because of his name in the real estate world.

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On Buying

May 22nd, 2015

a10.jpgKnow up front what your monthly expenses are expected to be. When buying for a condominium property, shop around to know the prices. Ask your realtor. They are well-experience on this matter. First-hand reports are very useful tools during your home search process, and you’d be wise to take them to heart.

Moroccan Inspired Condo

May 15th, 2015

If you are lucky enough to have been to Morocco, then you would have possibly been taken by the beautiful interior of the homes, hotels and restaurants around. There is a certain rich and sensual appeal to Moroccan decors. If you want the same in your own home, it is possible. Do not worry, it is easy. Here are the instructions on how to transform a regular unit to a Moroccan inspired room!

1. Paint the walls in Jewel tones. This will make a big contrast to the rich colors that will fill your room.

2. Shop for colorful saris. This is easily done either online or thrifts stores of the closest India town in your area.

3. Make use of these saris as curtains, pillow covers or seat covers. Don’t be afraid to go crazy on colors. Moroccan rooms are all about that! Use a lot of pillows! They love big stuffy pillows. It can also be used as a seat.

4. Morocco is a warm country, therefore, try to give off a vibe of warmth by playing with your lights. Make use of  low wattage sconces and lanterns rather than harsh overhead lighting.

5. To finish, add a beautiful chandelier in the middle of the room.

Kitchen magic.

May 8th, 2015


As we all know, dark colors tend to make the room look smaller. If you have light colored wallpapers or white paint on your walls, then congratulations, you just made your condo look bigger. However, when look at your unit, there seems to be something wrong. Oh, those kitchen counters! If you have counters with black granite tops, better call your contractor now and have those removed. Even if you have a large kitchen, the black tops tend to make your kitchen look smaller than its real size. Try to go for a lighter shade of granite if you really want granite for your countertops. Also, you can have Maple wood finishing for your countertops. This light colored wood can surely make your kitchen look bigger.

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Before buying a condo… (part IV)

May 1st, 2015


Fourth, is for you to weigh in the pros and cons of buying an old one and a new one. Not all old condos are bad; in fact a lot of them are maintained well. Make sure to give the condo you are about to buy an ocular. Photos of the unit on the internet are not enough. Remember, photo editing today is evolving every minute. The condo in the picture might be the same condo you are about to buy, but who knows? Maybe the owner did some color retouches of the photos. Before buying an old condo, make sure that it is well maintained and the environment of the condo building is nice.

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The Cost of Condo Living

April 23rd, 2015

If you’ve just bought a condo, or are planning to buy one, you might have overlooked the cost of your monthly dues. These, in addition to your mortgage, are major costs you cannot afford to miscalculate. Monthly dues can vary according to the amenities and services a condominium has. It’s usually calculated per square foot or meter. Think of these as fees as membership fees you need to pay to use the amenities your building has. After all, you have a pool, gym, jogging track, tennis courts, etc, amenities you would usually need to pay a country club for. Also, these fees will go toward building security, maintenance, disposal, gardening & landscaping, etc., all services you would normally have to do in a regular home, but is now being handled by a property manager. You’ll need to consider this part of your monthly expenses, remember too that these dues can’t be taken off, even if you’re not using the condo or it’s amenities.