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Checklist Before Buying a House or Condo on Pre-Selling Stage

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First published on PropertyAsia.ph

Before putting your money in a house or condo on pre-selling stage, follow this checklist to help you in the buying process.

1. Check first if the house or condo you want to buy is registered with the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) and has been issued a license to sell by the same agency. The HLURB regulates and monitors all real estate developments such as vertical (condos) and horizontal (house and lots) projects.

2. Conduct a site survey to see if the location of the house or condo is acceptable to you and according to your liking and preference. Pay careful attention to its neighborhood and proximity to commercial, recreational, financial, and educational establishments.

3. Do a background check on the property developer and the people behind the company. Your best bet is the developer’s official website, which has a list of past, current, and future projects.

4. Know the terms of sale such as:
Reservation Fee – Know how much and va…

12 Ways to Survive the Hot Summer Without AC

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First published on PropertyAsia.ph 

As the scorching summer heat rises, the more we want to get out of the sun and stick inside our homes. Problem is that heat still penetrates the interior of the house, especially when the air conditioning (AC) is turned off. However, did you know you can still keep your homes cool during the summer even without the AC? Here’s how:

Before the day heats up, close the windows and other coverings; open them at night for cooler air. Keep the sunlight out of your home because that can minimize solar heat gain. Use light-colored curtains to reflect the sun’s heat. Arrange drapes and furniture so they won’t hamper the airflow. Inspect, clean, and replace your filters often because dirty filters may restrict the airflow. Cook, iron, and wash your clothes during the cooler times of the day, i.e. precook rice or meals in the evening. Turn off the lights in the house when not in use. Take note that lights, especially incandescent lights, give off too much heat.…

Smart Business: Choosing the Right Office Space

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First Published on PropertyAsia.ph

Finding the right office space for your business may seem like a daunting task–there are lots of things to consider before making any decisions.

To help you with this dilemma, we’ve listed some of the things you will need to deal with when choosing the right office space.

Location 

The location of your prospective office will be the first determinant of your employees’ convenience. For a business to grow and become successful, it’s vital that everyone is comfortable at work or else the quality of the work output will suffer.

For instance, an office located in an area where traffic is always slow will affect your staff’s level of comfort. Of course, you don’t want them to arrive at the office late and irritated as you know this will affect their performance and, eventually, your business. To save time and ensure convenience, choose a location where traffic is smooth and has easy access to public transportation.

Also, choose a location near the urban…