Working from home? No, working from Paradise!

Working from home has become the new reality for many of us in the past year. Many found themselves in this very new and – no doubt – challenging situation. Depending on the circumstances of each individual it could mean to either be alone at home or to find a quiet corner in your busy family home. Both situations come with their very own set of problems as well as advantages.

I found myself in the second scenario. The bedroom became my office as well as my husbands’. In each video conference we hoped none of our children would storm in to scream out the latest mischief one of her siblings did… To tell a long story short: I believe many of us homeworkers wished for better working conditions.

Buy a covid friendly home

Buying a new home that better suits our needs in this time definitely crossed our mind. Looking at all the complications though, made us soon realize that it does not seem to be a good time for that, not just yet.

I saw many articles popping up about covid friendly homes – meaning it is NOT friendly to the actual covid virus but rather helps people to live with the new situation. There is a lot of speculation going on how such a home would look like.

Others might also suggest that soon there will be a vaccine and everything will be back to normal again – just like the time before the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Another thing to consider is that your house might not be worth what it used to be due to the financial impact the pandemic had on the real estate market.

Therefore, it might be a hasty move to sell your home and get another right now.

What you can do

Many people did not go on their annual holidays abroad this year out of fear or due to complications, such as needing to be quarantined when they return to their home country. But what if you would get the chance to combine your holidays with your new working from home situation?

Speaking with many who worked from home even before the spread of the covid, you can be free to choose where you like to live. This is fantastic. I know some who choose really nice places where real estate is very cheap. They were able to keep their costs of living down and at the same time live in a great location.

If you like to get an idea where it would be very cheap to buy a house have a look at this map:

https://www.propertyunder50k.com/map_view.php?

Paradise Guaranteed

I recently came across the Barbados Welcome Stamp – basically it is a special visa for remote workers who want to work and live in Barbados for 12 months. So, if you are looking for a change and you like to try another country for a year why not have a look?

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Reasons Why You Should opt for Rent to Own Homes in Toronto Programs

Moving into a city that stays awake round the clock is pretty intimidating for many of you. The vibrant city has a lot to offer you starting from its food festival, sports events to everything that you need. You will get to live the life that you always dreamt of. Also, the diverse culture offers you an open book filled with pieces of knowledge from various parts of the world. If you’re planning to move into this city with a population of over 6 million denizens, you should plan it strategically. It’s because if you’re thinking of renting a home there rather than buying one, you should be prepared for spending huge expenses as the city is pretty costly. 

However, there are high-paying job opportunities, and several other advantages but they still require strategic planning to live here stress-free. The ideal solution would be to participate in rent to own homes programs. A rent-to-own program means that you’ll be paying rent per month to the property owner while you’re staying in the house much like a tenant. But, the best part is that a portion of your rent is paid to the landlord and will go towards your property’s down payment. So, you will be the owner of the property on a certain date in the future. 

The amount of rent in the program is decided based on the property’s cost. You can choose an exact date when you want the property to be yours. Depending on that, the rent will be fixed and every month you’ll be getting one step closer to owning the house. It’s the best option that you can consider if you’re planning to move into a city like Toronto. In such expensive places, if you plan to keep on paying rent for the rest of your life, it’s pretty illogical. However, you should be aware of a few things before moving to Toronto

Reasons for Moving to Toronto: 

By owning the property, you can secure your stay in a beautiful city. Buyers can also evade the various financial hassles that are often faced when you buy a home there in the traditional processes. It’s because it involves a lot of procedures which could be an obstacle in buying properties. So, the rent to own homes in Toronto program is the ideal option if you want to buy your dream property in Toronto. If you’re unsure of the reasons why you should own property there, let’s gaze at the following reasons, 

  • Economic Benefits

If you want to enhance your career in culture, arts or media then the city of Toronto has some great opportunities for you. It’s considered one of the powerhouses in terms of economic benefits. People get both the stability and opportunity irrespective of the field they choose in their careers. The place is replete with over 20,000 internet and tech offices including some of the leading international companies. Pretty clearly, you will get the ideal ambiance to grow your career in a brief time. 

  • Wide Variety Of Activities

Toronto is famous for its nightlife. Having a variety of museums, sports events, exhibitions, science centers, night clubs, and the place has a lot to make your life exciting. Every summer there is a national exhibition that takes place in Toronto. Also, the royal fair in the winter will make your Christmas more exciting. These kinds of activities go on for the entire year which makes it one of the busiest cities in Canada. If you have children in your family, this place will be ideal for them to experience life at its best. With the long list of activities, Toronto will never make your weekend boring. 

  • Minimal Crime Rate

If you want to live without any fear of burglary, thievery, or any kind of crime, Toronto would be the ideal place to live in. The city is the safest place in entire North America with a minimal crime rate. Even with a population of over six million, most of the places have managed to maintain their respectability. That being said, some of the places in the city have some poor reputation. That’s why you should choose a reliable provider to participate in rent to own programs to enjoy the best house listings in popular areas. 

  • Cultural Diversity

Since half of the Toronto population was not born in Canada, it makes the place culturally rich. People from various parts of the world will be there living as your neighbors which opens the doorway to know the various cultures around the world. The people here are friendly in nature when you’re in conversation with them. However, you should be jovial enough to make some good friends in the city to make the place more happening and more fun for you. 

Author: Eernesto T Felder

10 Useful tips in beautifying your small studio apartment

Tired of the old look of your apartment? Well, there are many ways to make a small apartment blossom. All you have to do is do some digging and find the right thing which will suit your place. Though small apartments have space issues, if you utilize everything in the right way decorating your apartment can turn into a fun activity and build something useful yet pretty! Here are a few tips which you can apply when you plan to create your little space even more pretty and beautiful.

  1. Start by defining different areas of your house

There is a possibility that you have a living room, a kitchen clubbed all together. By separating each area with the other, you create more space and the house looks different! You won’t feel that this is one entire portion. A bookshelf or a high rack can separate two different areas well and if not racks then you can add a dining table or some curtains also.

  • Multiple-use furniture

This kind of furniture is one of the most trending items on today’s date. People love to have those things in their house which serve not just one purpose but more. Tables that can serve as an iron table as well as a dining table, Stools which can be used for sitting and can easily be clubbed into a small cubical to save space, a sofa which can also serve as a bed.

  • Choose vertical storage ideas

Choosing to switch to vertical storage than horizontal can help you in two ways, it looks good and more spacious. You will find a lot of space empty when you choose to go vertical and the best part about it is that you won’t even compromise with storage. Vertical storage items can in fact help you gather more storage.

  • Old junk makes the best decoratives

If you are willing to empty your pockets on decorative items, then we want you to know that you already have a lot of them. Old items which are not of any use like old CD’S, jewellery, books, and even furniture can turn into great decorative items. Search for the best DIYs and you will know what wonders you can create.

  • Stay well organized

The organization is the key to success! No one likes a messy house after all. Just make sure that everything is placed after use and most importantly everything has a place of its own. If you do not define your things, then obviously it won’t look pretty and decent. Make sure to keep everything organized and well maintained. Cleaning the dust from your house regularly will also serve as a factor here.

6. Make every space count

When you have a small studio and want to make it pretty and elegant, you have to make sure that you utilize every bit of the space very efficiently. Our main goal is to give the room a beautiful look as well as make it look spacious. We do not have to make the space overcrowded but useful in the best way possible. If you have a fireplace and find it of no use, you can think of an innovative way to decorate it well or even use it for storage! So, start thinking about which corner of your house needs a makeover.

7.  Keep an eye on the color palette

Color combinations and schemes matter a lot when you are trying to bring everything in harmony. Make sure to utilize colors that are complementary with one another especially when you have an open space apartment. You can always go with one family color and follow the shades or go along with colors that are matching with the main shade you choose. Avoid using dark shades in small spaces, as it will make your space even smaller. Using shades that are light can make your room look big and spacious.

8. Put those beautiful coffee tables to use

Coffee tables can be used for a lot more than you think. Those big coffee tables can be used in the living room and also as a bookshelf! Didn’t get it? The best way you can utilize the coffee tables is by piling up the books on it and keeping it aside with your couch or use it as a pretty table for bedside purpose. The best way to use things efficiently is to put everything to work and avoid buying extra clutter which will be useless once you shift to a different place.

9. Use of carpets to define zones

The best way to define zones and make it look different from the other is by using a beautiful carpet or even two to double up! Carpet double can be so much fun, right? Just start with a basic colored carpet and then top it up with some stylish and sturdy smaller carpet. These can be animal print, furry, or even something more classy. You can always use two color combinations to define the space in a better way.

10. The use of mirrors can be very much decorative right?

If you are wondering that you have no space to fit in things in the studio, then we have got you covered. Using mirrors as a decorative item can be one of the best ways to sort things out. There can be pretty DIYs used and also if you wish to buy them, the choice is yours. If you think that you wish to decorate your walls and that art can be difficult to choose upon, then this is something which will help you anyway! You can create a painted frame for your mirror, can rope it up to make it look exquisite, the choice is yours.

In short, a small apartment needs to be simple yet pretty. Keeping things organized and clean will help you the most. You can add a few details and decorations to make it look perfect. Adding a few lighting items will not only illuminate your house but also make it look exquisite.

About the Author: Natasha Blackford is a content writing specialist who writes articles for SpeedHome and also a food blogger who is trying different things and sharing her recipes through youtube.

How to avoid Real Estate Scams

Our real estate portal can be a great way to find somewhere to rent, to buy a cheap property or to sell your house. But with any online space there’s always a risk of hoaxers being active and attempting to trick you.

With thousands of live ads at any given time, it’s hard for our real estate websites to stop every fake ad or block every fake user instantly. Therefore, being aware of what to look out for is a big help to avoid real estate scams.

What does a Real Estate Scam look like?

Real Estate scams trick potential buyers or home sellers into thinking they are dealing with a legitimate contact but it is actually a scammer.

Unfortunately, there isn’t just one method that fraudsters use.

For Sellers

So far, the only known scam on our website are fake enquiries. This means someone sends a message to the advertiser through the contact form on our website.

Once the advertiser replies to the enquiry the scammer can use his email contact to spam him with emails.

He might tell a story of “being a soldier in Iraq that likes to invest in your country” or “being the widow of president so and so who likes to move to your country with all her millions”. Stories like that definitely ring a warning bell.

We also recommend that you discontinue communications with the enquirer if he/she:

  • doesn’t want to travel to see the property or asks you to come and see him
  • wants to buy the property for a higher price than asked
  • likes to know your bank details or to wire funds via money transfer services
  • wants to pay in advance

For Buyers

As we have no way to check the authenticity of an advertised real estate, we recommend caution before giving sensible information to anyone you don’t know. This is standard online practise.

Scammers will usually pose as genuine sellers and post fake ads. That’s why they are very difficult to spot.

The ad can be for anything, rental properties or real estate for sale. Most probable, it will even include pictures and other details – maybe copied from a genuine seller’s ad.

We recommend that you discontinue communications with the seller/landlord if he/she:

  • asks for rent payments or deposits in advance
  • seller claims to be unavailable and insists on payment before you can inspect the property
  • seller is very interested to get all your personal data

Also, if you are still not sure, you can do an internet search using the exact wording in the ad, many well-known cheats can be found this way. If the advertiser is a real estate agent you can also look up his business information to see if he is legitimate.

How to protect yourself from Real Estate Scams

Being informed about possible dangers in itself is already a protection. It helps you to be cautious and to look out for warning signs.

We all heard this many times, if something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

We focus on advertising cheap properties for sale our website, therefore many times it looks too good to be true. But of course, that does not mean they are fake ads.

A good indicator is to search for similar properties for sale in the same location. Also see if the real estate needs major works. You might be looking at a fixer-upper. Only if the price seems far lower than the competition you may question its authenticity. Often the reason for one real estate being cheaper than others is its condition, location or legal problems.

Use a safe legal procedure to buy Real Estate

Fortunately, most countries have a certain procedure in place when it comes to buying properties.

This makes it almost impossible to go through with a Real Estate Scam until the end. For example, in many countries it is mandatory to use a notary or lawyer to deal with the sale. Even if the seller requests a deposit as a down payment before the sale, this can already be handled through a trust account of a notary.

Sticking to the official process is a simple and very effective way to safeguard yourself against real estate scams.

How to report a Real Estate Scam

Have you spotted a fake ad on our site? Please, drop us a quick message in our contact form.

Do you like to report a scam? Depending on the country you are from there might be different places that are best for you to report the scam.

Here are just a few

Australiahttps://www.scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam

UKhttps://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/scams/reporting-a-scam/

USAhttps://www.usa.gov/stop-scams-frauds

A cheap pool for your home

Summer means pool time. For many of us, a pool is the epitome of having a good time. Especially in summer holidays a pool is one of the things we don’t want to miss.

But if you usually visit a public pool or leisure centre, that might not be an option right now. On the other hand, building your own pool at your home is a big and expensive venture.

As we have around 39ºC (102ºF) right now, I happen to find myself desperately searching for a cheap pool solution. Little did I know I would find the hot trend of the summer.

What about a stock tank pool at your home?

What is it, you may ask. Well, it happens that these inexpensive farm items were originally designed to water livestock. Now, it seems people have discovered them for their own pleasure. They are appearing in gardens across the world.

It’s a great idea, inexpensive and has a certain charm to it. How can you get one?

Choose a “pool” size

First step would be to find your local farm item supplier and see what options are available. In most areas the biggest round troughs are the most popular. Naturally, they would offer the best swimming experience.

Pick the right spot

Next or at the same time you need to decide where to set it up. You will need a spot with a level foundation. This means it needs a solid, level base free of any rocks or sharp edges.

Add pumps and chlorine

Of course, you like to enjoy your pool for as long as possible. Therefore, you will need to add a few things to keep it clean and safe. I found a very detailed description on how to do it (it has very nice pictures of stock tank pools as well that might give you some ideas). Check it out at Hey Wanderer blog

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Smart Home – what does it mean?

We encounter the expression “smart home” everywhere today. But it means much more than clever refrigerators and intelligent lighting. Smart home is when your house “thinks” and makes your everyday life as easy, safe and pleasant as possible. Thanks to a smart home, you save precious time. Smart devices organise annoying routine tasks for you. The goal is comfort, entertainment, energy saving and security.

Smart Home how does it work?

The principle can be summed up in the following; Various electrical devices and sensors are interacting and communicating with each other. Often, you can control Individual devices and even entire systems remotely. In this way, a simple and complex process can be automated.

How does the communication work?

Lying by the pool and starting the oven with a roast for dinner? Or making a coffee while still in bed with your smartphone? With Smart Home, such comforts have long ceased to be a vision of the future. At home, the devices communicate using standards such as WLAN, Bluetooth, KNX data cables or even directly via the power line.

All are proven standards and almost all current smart home devices and systems can be installed and operated very easily today – via an integrated display, smartphone, tablet or even a voice control.

Which devices can be controlled in a smart home?

In principle, every electrical device and system can be controlled smartly. Therefore, it is often possible to optimize comfort, safety or efficiency at once. Lighting, heating and air conditioning systems are typical areas of application for smart homes such as controlling canopies, blinds and shutters. Entire lighting concepts can be conveniently controlled and automated.

A message on your smartphone as soon as your laundry is finished?

Thanks to Smart Home, this is not a problem.

But it gets even better, entire home security systems can be controlled as well. While you are away, it is very easy to check that everything is fine at home using your smartphone. If someone rings at your door you can even see who it is and answer at the intercom. You simply access your intercom and cameras at home via the Internet.

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Keep your home covid-19 free

Many things changed since the arrival of the Covid-19. This is also true when it comes to your home. Many took measures to make it easier to keep the house clean. Most important of all, many changed their behaviour of what they do first when they come home.

There are some basic procedures you should do to protect your home.

In order to do that, you need to organize the entrance of your home and observe a few guidelines. Traditionally, in some countries people already do this for many centuries.

It doesn’t need to be a big space, only large enough to be organized in a “dirty zone”, an “in-between zone” and a “clean zone”.

The “dirty zone”

There should be a space right at the front door, where we can take off your coat, leave your bag and keys, take off and put away your shoes. Ideally, you would clean the soles of your shoes with disinfectant.

In this area you always keep a rug on the floor, a hanger to hang your bag and coat, a trash can with pedal, a bottle of disinfectant or diluted bleach and a disposable paper roll (to clean/disinfect your shoes). If you like to add some comfort and you have some additional space you can put a chair as well.

The floor and the rug should be washed regularly.

The “in-between zone”

In the “in-between zone”, always keep some alcoholic gel. Here you disinfect your hands or even better, if you have the possibility, wash your hands with soap here.

The “clean zone”

In the “clean zone” you put on your slippers and maybe other comfortable clothes you only use at home. Now you are all ready to use the rest of your home.

What if you have a dog?

If you come home with your dog, you should also clean the animal’s paws every time.

Do not use alcohol or bleach to sanitize the dog’s paws as he might lick it.

Did you create different areas at your home? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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Make some space for microgreens

Microgreens are the new star that was born out of the covid-19 situation. They have been around for a while but got really popular now as a fresh food source that you can produce from the comfort of your own home. But what is it and how does it work? Here comes a short overview.

What are microgreens?

Basically, microgreens are baby plants, they are young vegetable greens that you can harvest 7–21 days after sprouting depending on what you were growing. Once the plant’s first true leaves arise, they are ready. You can cut them and enjoy the tender stems and leaves.

Best of all, they have a rich flavour and concentrated nutrients – some call them super food as often they contain higher nutrient levels than more mature vegetable greens.

Why should I grow microgreens at my home?

Not only are they cheaper if you grow them yourself but also a lot more convenient. Depending on the microgreen you decide to grow in your home you can really streamline the process.

Also, you have full control of the seeds, soil and water you use, you will know it’s 100% organic.

Why are microgreens so popular now?

Many people have limited their grocery shopping due to the COVID. Meaning they only shop once every one or two weeks.

Unfortunately, this means you might be running out of some fresh salads and vegetables. Growing your greens seems to be the obvious solution to this problem. Once you see how delicious they are it’s easy to get addicted.

A corner ready to grow your microgreens

You don’t need much space to grow your microgreens. You can grow them outdoors or indoors – where ever you have some space for a tray and some sunlight. Please make sure to use trays that are food safe.

There are many types to choose from

Lentils are one of the healthiest microgreens you can grow.

If you are also one of those who gets hooked on those microgreens, you better prepare a nice bright corner to grow them in larger amounts. You can get a shelve in order to have several trays in the same space.

Just give them a try

But before remodelling your house, or starting a big microgreens production – why not to grow a few different ones on your windowsill to see if you like them?

Happy growing.

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How to handle a multiple offer situation

With real estate markets heating up again after the COVID lockdown, many find themselves in a multiple offer situation. What is it and how can you as buyer or seller handle it the best way? Here is a short overview.

What is a multiple offer situation?

A multiple offer situation happens when several people make an offer on a property.

This often happens in a seller’s market when competition is high – meaning there are more buyers than there is real estate for sale. However, it can happen in any market and especially for houses within a reasonable price range or those that are a good deal for another reason.

multiple offer situation as seller

If you are a seller, multiple offers are great news. You are in a situation everybody dreams of.

Your real estate agent will probably explain various negotiating tactics for you to think about. For example, you could just accept the best offer. Or you could notify all buyers that there have been other offers to give them the chance to make a better offer.

Image by Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay

multiple offer situation as buyer

As a buyer, how can you make sure your proposal wins when there are multiple offers on the table? Here are a few tips.

The best tactic would be to find out what the seller is hoping for. Is he looking for a quick sale, sell for the highest price or maybe he even prefers to get some more time before moving out…? Maybe he has a personal attachment to the house and is looking for someone who really appreciates it. There can be many different situations that made the homeowner put his house on the market.

Making an offer

When making an offer try to make it attractive, best a little above listing price to show that you see its value. You can also offer to pay a deposit as a down payment. Like this you show the seller that you’re really serious about closing the sale.

Some even suggest to write a personal letter to the seller.

A word of caution

Please note, it has happened that buyers were told by agents that there are other offers on a house in order to get a better price, when in fact this was not true. It has to be stated that there are severe consequences for agents who do this.

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Real Estate Market heating up

After many weeks of heavy speculations, we finally have some proper numbers to work with. This is certainly good news for real estate agents and home sellers. More and more real estate news popping up declaring that the real estate market recovered and best of all, it seems some place even have a higher rate of competition than before. This means that due to high interest a home for sale receives multiple offers. That is a scenario every home seller is dreaming of!

For buyer its not so good news – but hold on, this all depends on where you are looking to buy. Situations vary depending on the location. Some markets are still low due to the covid-19 and have not come out of their historic price drop yet. Those would definitely be perfect grounds for bargain hunters.

Where are the hot spots?

In general, most locations that were in high demand before the covid-19 pandemic are heating up again, some are even described as being on fire.  This is the case for the

Toronto Real Estate Market

reported here: https://torontostoreys.com/toronto-real-estate-market-hot-june-2020/

Another report talks about “Bidding Wars” in several states of the USA with

Boston metro area

having the highest rate of competition.

Locations with a bidding-war rate above 50% are Salt Lake City, Denver, Seattle, Austin, TX, San Francisco/San Jose, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Portland, OR. This information was found at https://www.redfin.com/blog/competition-increases-homebuyers-coronavirus-drives-housing-shortage/

It is also noteworthy to mention that offers for single-family homes faced higher competition than before the pandemic. To have your own place means more right now than ever, we can see this among all the new buyers who are trying to find a home with more privacy.

Also, the

Allegheny housing market

is picking up where it left off before the pandemic. It was part of only a few locations in the United States where real estate services were considered non­essential. Since the restrictions were lifted prices are back to where they were before with even a shortage in the housing market. This was reported here

Where are prices still low?

Some locations that were hit especially hard by the pandemic are still at a price low.

For example, this is the case for

Spain Real Estate Market

Although too early to make a certain prediction, there have been reports that are not sounding promising. As reported by ‘Bloomberg’ at https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-12/spanish-real-estate-is-heading-for-its-second-crash-in-a-decade

it looks like Spain’s home market is heading toward another crash. Experts who study the property market reported that the hit to housing prices in 2020 could range from 6.5% to 15%.

If you were thinking to buy a home in Spain this seems like a good time.

Do you know of any other locations where we can find cheap real estate? Please leave a comment below and let us know.