3 Things You Need to Turn Your House into a Wonderful Hangout Place

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When I was in college, our classes schedule usually goes from 8am to 7pm where 3 to 5 hour breaks are usually in between. 5 hours are long which make my friends think of going somewhere else’s house near our school. This is a good time to study and also to bond with your friends. Since, our house is the nearest one in our school it became the official hangout place of the group and because of this experience, I thought that it’s good to write an article about it.

So, to make your house the best hangout place ever, here are the things that you should consider:

Recreational Areas

A good long hour break would never be complete without recreational areas. For me, the best part of this time while I was in school is playing basketball under the sun. For a 3 hour break, we usually play for an hour and rest the remaining two hours before going back to school.

For recreational activities, since I love sports, I think choosing your house near a basketball or tennis court would be good. Or at least, if you do not have an option, you can buy a table tennis table, a pair of racket and a ball for small spaced areas.  

Good Seating/Resting Areas

If you want your classmates to have the best stay for long hour breaks, you should consider putting up good seating areas for the group. This is vital to this list because one of the reasons why you are going to your classmates house is to rest or sometimes it is the time where friends bond, exchange good stories and also review  about the past lessons that they need to study.

As for my experience, a good resting area is a house with a landscaped garden with a “Nippa hut” or “bahay kubo” on it. There, some of us sleep, study or just sit and relax telling stories about our day.


If you will invite your friends to stay on your house, you should have ample amount of food that can be eaten for long hours of waiting. For food, I usually prepare them simple meals like “Pancit Canton” complemented with bread good for 10. For our drinks, they enjoyed a pitcher of iced tea or even just cold water would do.

So, this is it! I hope you liked this post!



5 Simple Ways on How to Buy a House and Lot in the Philippines

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Upon graduation, my plan is to land a job in the Philippines, gain some experience and find a job outside of the country that gives a bigger compensation. Well, that was my plan 4 years ago, I’m still working here in the Philippines I have saved a few money and I was thinking to buy an affordable house and lot in thePhilippines that will serve as an investment and an output of my hard work. Me and my office buddy are thinking the same and I would like to share to you some of the learning I gained from this house and lot buying experience.

Ways on how to buy affordable house and lot in the Philippines:

Set up your Criteria in Buying

Why are you buying the property? Who is it for? Is it for commercial or for residential use? What do you prefer a condo or a house and lot? Where do you plan to buy a property? How much is your budget?
Answer all of these questions seriously. After answering all of these, I think you will now be ready to get on the next step. It will narrow down all your choices suitable for your specifications.

Go on a Window Shopping

Now that you already know what you need to look for in a house, search for developers that are already constructing houses in your area. Create a list which states the property developer, location, the house and lot model, specifications of the house and its contact number.

Inspect the property with a Real Estate Agent

 After creating the list, rank the top properties that you prefer to buy and have an inspection. If you have a contact person or an agent that can accompany you while you are having a tour on their house models, do contact them and tell them when are you planning to have a visit. Create a checklist of questions that you wanted to ask about the property.

In your questions, you might want to include the following:

  • How much will be down payment?
  • Is the DP will be paid little by little or is it required to pay it in full?
  •  How much is the monthly amortization?
  • What are the modes of payment? (Bank, in-house or PAGIBIG)
  • When will the house be available for occupancy?
  • Ask a computation sample.

Pay the Reservation Fee

If you already have a breakdown of expenses which includes the total contract price, down payment, reservation, monthly deposit, transfer and miscellaneous fees which are all clear to you, you can now pay for a reservation fee.

Complete the Requirements

The requirements will depend on your chosen payment scheme.

For PAGIBIG, these are the minimum requirements:

  • Fully accomplished home loan application form
  • Photocopy of government issued IDs
  • Community Tax Certificate
  • Tax Identification Number
  • Certificate of Employment
  • Latest 3 month payslips

These are the 5 simple ways of buying a house in the Philippines. Thanks for reading my post!



4 Amazing House and Lot Renovations to Increase Property Value

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 If you are looking for a business that earns big profits instantly, buying and selling house and lot is worth a try. I know some individuals who started to accumulate their fortune by doing this business that’s why it has been my dream to be involved in this business someday. Though it’s a very expensive business to start, having the right attitude, proper mindset and proper planning can still get the job done.

So if you are like me, who wants to start to buy and sell house and lot in the Philippines, here are the things that you can do to increase the value of your property:

Basic Updates/Renovations

This is the most important upgrade to start with. Typically, as a buyer one of your main questions are the basic things like: Is the roof leaking? Does the house look good? Is it properly painted? Is the wood still sturdy enough? Does it need replacement? Are there termites that should be treated? Are the pipes in a good condition? Are the wiring still safe for use? We all know that buyers want a healthy, safe home that can be lived with the most minimal maintenance. Addressing these problems earlier, will help you increase or at least maintain your house’s value over time and save money.

Create Space

Houses with a wide open floor plan are attractive for buyers. Maximize the current space that you have to add additional space inside the house. If you have an attic, present it as an additional work area, study room, bed room, family room or even a library.
Also, under-utilized spaces like under stairways spaces can be converted into storage spaces for shoes, bags or even kitchen supplies.

Upgrade your Bathroom and Kitchen

In the US, almost all brokers agree that enhancing your kitchen and bathroom is good way of increasing your house’s value.
For the bathroom, replace old, dripping and rust faucets, clean the grout, change the seat cover, replace or repair the non-working flush, paint the cabinets and clean everything as if it would look as new as possible.
For the kitchen, repaint or re-varnish kitchen cabinets, clean or paint the walls, replace old faucets and make sure that the pipes do not have leaks.  

Outdoor Upgrades
The façade of a house is the most important upgrade here. If you will put yourself on a buyer’s position, the front door or the façade is the first thing that you will notice. Before putting your house on sale, make sure that everything outside the house looks good and ready for selling. Make it look like that the house looks vibrant and inviting.

For a vibrant and inviting house, you can do the following:

  1.  Replace the front door if needed, if not repaint or re-varnish it. You can also consider repaint jobs on your front gate.
  2.  Make sure that the lights and door bell outside the house is working.
  3.   Invest on landscape. If you have a garden outside, make sure that the trees, plants, mini pond looks desirable.
  4. Doing these things will greatly increase the appeal of your house to potential buyers. With a properly maintained house, everything will be in place. You will sell your house instantly at a high reasonable price. 

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