Luxury Living: Tips for having an all-white space

February 7th, 2013 § 0

White-living-roomWhite spaces appear to be effortlessly clean, romantic, sleek, and very pristine. As plain as it maybe, the perfect white interior is quite hard to achieve.

Different kinds of white

What we see is white is not really just white. It is a whole array of colors with different effects that may depend on the lighting of the room and what furniture and decors you use in the space. There are cool whites that can have the undertone of green, blue, or gray. They can be dull or crisp. On the other side of the palette are the warm whites with tinges of beige, peach, or yellow.

The first decision you need to make is how to choose the right white for your room. You need to ask yourself what look you want to achieve. Are you planning to have a modern look with strong lines and very little clutter? If yes, go for the cool whites and go for furniture with very simple lines and smooth surfaces. You can also add metallic elements, glass, and mirrors to complete the look.

If you are planning to go for the romantic aspect of a white room, go for creamy, warm whites with natural textures and details like marble, wool, lace, and unglazed porcelain.

How to create a great white room

Making an excellent white room will depend on two main principles, texture and elements that will standout against the white background.

Plain white can be boring but your can make this scheme exciting by adding the right textures. You can add rich textures from wood, stone, and fibers like linen, cotton, or wool. You can also combine some sleek surfaces like mirror, high-gloss materials, and glasses.

Make sure that what you will put in the room will standout against the white surroundings. Pick the most striking artworks and accessories. Go or wood sculptures that you come across with during your travels or bold artworks that speak well about you.

If you are really going for white, remember that it also gets dirty quickly. Be prepared to keep your room spotless and that will involve washing the walls and cleaning your furniture regularly.

Property Selling: Getting the price right

November 23rd, 2012 § 0

The most important part of the real estate selling process is the tag price. If you do not price your property home right, potential buyers will skip your listing. So how do you know that you have priced your property reasonably.

The buyers do not care so much about the memories about your home or how much you acquired it for. What is most important for them is if they can afford your house. The property may mean so much to you but remember you are selling your property and not the home you know.

Going on rate

You need to know what are the other houses in your area selling for before you can even put a tag price on your house. You can ask a professional to evaluate and price your house or you can also check out the other listings on websites. Look at other houses in your area with similar features and see how much they are selling for.


The property’s value depends greatly on its location. If you are near a beach or across an earthquake fault line will dictate much about the pricing of your house.

Market trends

You need to look at what is happening in the real estate market. Is the house you are selling for in a country hit by a financial crisis or is it in a place where properties are being put up every week. You need to know the demand for properties so you know if the buyer will bite the offer.


If your property has been on the market for sometime and it has not been sold, then you might want to re-think your pricing. You can try lowering your price and mention it on your listing as a big discount. Buyers love discounts. You can also add furniture to magnet more buyers.

Home style guide: Understanding contemporary architecture

September 20th, 2012 § 0

cottageContemporary architecture points to the building styles of today that make use of various influences.

It is a misconception to equate “modern” architecture to “contemporary” architecture. Modern architecture refers to the style used during the early thru mid-twentieth century that made use of clean lines and gave much importance to function. Over time though, the structures were found to be too cold so the designs evolved to become postmodernist, deconstructive, and to the contemporary style that we know today.

Key elements

  • Sustainable and natural components – Today’s design recognize the need to have natural elements so we are always in touch with nature. It is common to see granite countertops, bamboo floors, and even roofs covered with plants.
  • Natural light – Houses today make use of big skylights and windows to let the sun and moon light in.
  • Recycled, nontoxic materials – Anything that is composite is hot for structural designs today.


In terms of creature comforts, contemporary architecture has a lot of provisions. Much attention though is needed to make sure that the home is very efficient in using energy. The current trends may look nice and all but if not properly done, you may end up with a very high utility bill.


Our homes today are designed for having people around and entertaining them outdoors. The insides might be lavish but outdoor amenities too form a big chunk of the budget. Homes with outdoor kitchens, and outdoor rooms are ideal for casual entertaining. The outdoor is also a nice canvass to promote relaxation and harmony.

Things to consider when buying a vacation home

June 19th, 2012 § 0

ocean-viewBuying a vacation home is a big financial decision you need to ponder well. Here are some things you need to consider if you are planning to purchase a vacation home:


You will ask your self “where is the good place to get a vacation home?”. You need to determine whether you will be using it or will you be renting it out. Most buyers actually get a home which is within driving distance from their home. Proximity is a major factor if you plan to visit the property frequently.

You also have to weigh the risks of renting it out. Do you really need to make an income out of it? Buyers of vacation home also need to foresee if the property will fit into their lifestyle in the future.


Dreaming where to buy a vacation property is one thing, but doing the math and seeing if you can afford it is another. You need to crunch the numbers and see where will another home purchase put your finances. You need to think of the financing for the vacation home, insurance you need for it, and the cost of maintaining another property.


A lot of people see a vacation home as a form of investment. Due diligence is key so you can maintain the value of the property in the long-term. If you cannot afford your dream vacation home right away, you can go for a rental property nearby and make it a financial nest to build your funds, until you can afford the vacation home of your dreams.


You need to consider the effects of your second property to your taxes. This may vary where you are and where you are buying. Just make sure that you are familiar with the tax laws and your responsibilities as an owner to avoid any hassles.

Custom building the luxury home of your dreams

March 9th, 2012 § 0

When your budget for building a home amounts to millions of dollars, you want It to be as perfect as it can be. It is different when you purchase an existing property, and you might be more satisfied when you customize every detail possible. Here are some tips if you are planning to build a luxury home:

Choosing the location and the builder

The most important factor when building a luxury home is its location. You need to think of a possible resell and the area must be attractive enough for potential luxury home buyers.

You may want to interview several builders and see how you will get along with the company. Choose someone who has a good personality that matches yours, someone who has confidence, and someone who has a good track record.

Calculating expenses

If you want to custom built a luxury home, you can expect the budget to go sky high. You need to create a budget and be sure that you cover the details. Discuss well with your builder how much you want to spend for the details that you want to put in. Make sure you have options that will satisfy your taste in case some plans do not work out budget wise.

Function and Protection

You should build a luxury home that is very functional. Aside from looking great, the house must be comfortable for your family, has enough space for entertaining people, and also eco-friendly. You also need to detail things that will make your property secure, thinking of potential threats and solutions to counter this so the whole family will always feel safe.

Looking at your options when buying a luxury property

November 18th, 2011 § 0

Are you looking to buy a luxury property? The choices are myriad. Read on to see our list of options for your bank account:

Mountain Home

When the days get too tiring, wouldn’t it be nice when you have a luxury home up the mountains surrounded by lush green? These properties come with big acreage. You may enjoy hiking trails around the area, keep some livestock, and of course enjoy the picturesque landscape. The house is often setup with a nice kitchen, saunas, great fireplaces, whirlpools and all the works to help you forget about the city and relax.

Equestrian Estate

If you have horses or plan to have horses, an equestrian estate will give you the big acreage you will need. You will have a nice space to build a comfortable home for your family but you will have enough space to build barns for your horses. You will also have enough space to build a track, training ground, and open fields where the animals can roam or graze.

Golf Community

When you take a golf community property, it will not be all about having the greens right out of your doorstep. It will be about access to the social events and exclusive clubs. The country club comes with world class dining, saps, salons, and other recreational facilities.

Lakefront Property

What you will get when you buy a lakefront property is privacy. The beautiful scenery comes with the seclusion and silence which can serve as a perfect retreat from your everyday busy life. A lot of these properties come with large decks, patios by the water, boat slip, heated pool, and outdoor kitchen.

An important part of buying a home is getting it insured. I've insured all my properties with Farmers, as their home insurance is known to be one of the best and most affordable options on the market throughout the nation!

Real estate tips: Buying a luxury home

September 15th, 2011 § 0

The real estate market continues to be gloomy today but there are still opportunities for buying a home particularly in the luxury home market. If you are planning to buy a luxury home, here are some tips which may come handy:

Look at your finances carefully

Even if you can pay for a luxury home in cash today, you still need to make sure that you are getting something that will be of great value and have a good return of investment. Also make sure that you are ready for all the costs which may involve the maintenance of the property when you live in it. You need to consider your potential income in the future.


Buyers of luxury homes declare their net worth based on the combination of their investments and sources. A luxury home purchase amid an economy that is struggling will often require pre-qualification so make sure you have all documentation of your finances in order.

See to believe

Do easily fall for really big square footage, great views, or sprawling property. It is not very easy to judge by only seeing videos and photos so make sure that you see the property for yourself and see if it really lives up to what you imagined it to be.

Think of the future

You need to weigh your decision and see if your luxury home purchase will lead to a good return of investment. Be realistic and see how your purchase may affect your finances in the future. See if you will be happy enjoying the luxury home or if you are thinking of financial gain by flipping the property. Selling luxury homes in today’s market is not very easy given the volatile condition of the economy.

Tips on investing on foreclosed properties

January 20th, 2011 § 0

Investing in foreclosed properties is not very easy to do since this involves a good deal of footwork plus putting into consideration the risk involved. You need to get your hands dirty and try to know the ins and outs of the real estate market, know the legal issues you need to deal with, and know the math how to make your investment move profitable.

Money + Hard work

The risk in foreclosure investing is higher than what you see on the TV or print ads. Profits might be attractive when you think of the end goal but  the steps to get there is pretty challenging.

When you buy a foreclosed property, this means that you are acquiring a property that was ill-maintained  because of financial difficulties mishandled by former owners. If you are planning to resell the property, there is a ton of repairs and cosmetic upgrades that you need to spend on. You can work on them yourself but if you are planning to hire contractors, they do not come cheap.

Financing your foreclosure investment

You need to prepare for the spending you will make through the repair process. The easier route will not to shoulder this alone and have some financial backers. Be sure to prepare a business plan for your project which will have projections and an exit plan when things don’t go as expected.

Studying the market

You may get lucky once if you buy a foreclosed property without really looking into current market conditions. The risk is too high and you can end up losing a good amount of money if you do not have the know how. You need to have an understanding of the market, tax implications, sales indicators, costs, and the list goes on.

A Guide to Buying Luxury Homes in Miami

June 9th, 2010 § 0

p59 MiamiIt’s true that there are only too many luxury homes for sale in Miami. This doesn’t mean, though, that choosing the right home is effortless. On the contrary, if you want to find a home that’s perfect for your needs and desires, you should follow these guidelines.

Right Approach

There are many ways to look for the perfect Miami luxury home, but aside from the traditional ways of home-searching (through the newspapers and MLS), the internet is also a handy source. Just make sure that the real website you’re joining gives you credible information. For a good selection of luxury homes, select websites focusing on high-end properties.

Lightening the load

When you’re presented with too many choices, there’s a huge chance that you’ll lose track of what you actually need from a home. You don’t want to spend millions of dollars for something that only came as an afterthought. To prevent yourself from getting drowned with too many proposals, make a list of what you need from your home—from the landscape to the interiors. This way, you’ll be able to weed out the homes that you don’t really want.

Pre-shopping preps

Another thing you should consider before actually buying a home is your finances. You don’t want to waste your time looking at homes you can’t actually afford. Take the time to sit down with your accountant and discuss your purchasing capacity. Even if you’re offered generous loans, you don’t want to spend the rest of your life paying a debt because you chose a luxury home that’s actually out of your league.

Small improvements for your home that payback

March 30th, 2010 § 0

There are minor improvements that you can do for your home that you seem to ignore. These things will cost you some money but looking at the long haul, they will pay you back a few folds. We listed some tips that you can consider doing for your own home:

Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat can save you a lot of money in a year. Imagine all you have to do is really program it. Let us say you want to make the house cooler while your family sleeps and start to increase the temperature when you are about to prepare for work or school. These gadgets are very easy to operate and you can get one for less than $100.


CFL’s are those compact fluorescents that you see in the home store. These white twirled light bulbs which may cost less than $2 can actually save you about $60 in its lifetime. Imagine if you have 40 bulbs at home. That spells big savings.

Low-Flow Showerheads

We consume a lot of water when we turn that shower on. You can still have a great, relaxing shower when you use low-flow showerheads which can save trim 40% of your water consumption. When you use these showerheads in your household, you can actually help the planet by saving about 8,000 gallons of H20 every year.



Low-Flow Toilet

Getting a low-flow toilet will not involve draining your bank account. A set that gulps less than 2 gallons of water per flush will cost you less than $400. Buy one and you will be seeing your water bill plunging down as well.


A major portion of heat or cooling loss will be through your ceiling, walls, or floors. About 45% of the energy is lost because of a poorly insulated house. The easiest one to address will be your attic. It can be a weekend project that you can do by yourself. You can buy insulation materials and get some tax credits for doing so.