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How Does RENT-TO-OWN Work?

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First published on PropertyAsia.ph 

While purchasing a home is a great investment, sometimes, it takes time before you’re financially ready for it. That’s why some people prefer to wait, save more money before finally buying a house. 

However, you can still own a home even if you don’t have the means now through rent-to-own.

But what exactly is rent-to-own?

To learn more about this housing opportunity, here are some basic facts about rent-to-own; how it works; its benefits; and some considerations you need to take into account.

How It Works 

Basically, rent-to-own is the process in which the potential buyer rents a home and after a certain period of time, the owner gives the buyer the opportunity to purchase the house. Typically, the length of agreement between the owner and buyer lasts one to three years. The buyer pays the rent, an option fee, and a rent premium, which can later minimize the downpayment for the house.

In some ways, rent-to-own works like a car lease: you give a dow…

Top 5 Laundry Tips For Homeowners (Or Practically Everyone)

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First published on PropertyAsia.ph

Most homeowners prefer to take their laundry to local laundromats, especially those who are too busy to wash their clothes at home. Nonetheless the trip to the laundromats, even though convenient, can cost a lot of money. That’s why some still choose to do their laundry at home. Though washing clothes at home can add up to your monthly bills, there are cost-efficient ways to save energy, water, and time.

Wash Clothes in Cold Water 
One of the most helpful ways to save energy and water is to use cold water instead of hot water, which takes up more energy, thus increasing your electricity and water bills. For dirty clothes, a 30°C cycle is enough. Additionally, washing clothes in cold water can actually make them last longer.

Always Do Full Loads 
When doing the laundry, it’s not practical to wash a few pieces of clothes in one go. Always do full loads to save water and energy. Doing full loads can save you 3,400 gallons of water each year; it also…

Must-See Eco-Friendly Condos in the Philippines

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First published on PropertyAsia.ph

The Philippines is now home to many real estate developments, especially high-rise condos. However, the proliferation of tall buildings has negative impact on the environment; that’s why most real estate developers and building contractors have started incorporating eco-friendly structure designs in their projects.

Basically, what makes a building eco-friendly is its energy efficiency and sustainability. According to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), to make a condo environment friendly, it has to maximize the use of natural resources, which promotes minimum waste of water, energy, and other natural resources. It also has to use construction materials that are recyclable and cost-efficient.

Below are three examples of eco-friendly condos in the country:


Paseo Verde, Las Pinas City

Though located along the busy Real Street, Paseo Verde still offers its residents a serene and green environment. Registered with the Philippine …

3 Ways Real Estate in the Philippines Will Benefit from the ASEAN Integration

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First published on PropertyAsia.ph 

In response to the increasing role of Southeast Asian countries in the global community, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders—11 of them, including the Philippines—signed the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) blueprint in November 2007 and officially formed the AEC earlier this year, in anticipation of a regional economic integration by year-end.

The main purpose of the ASEAN Integration is to create more jobs and income, and boost investments among member countries by creating a single market with free flow of goods, services, investments, and skilled workers.

With the ASEAN Integration just around the corner, expect a more robust economy and business environment, which can lead the way for an even healthier local real estate market.

The ASEAN Integration anticipates the following:

Increased Infrastructures 

The ASEAN Integration is expected to encourage highly-urbanized cities in the region to build more infrastructures—mostly c…