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Seller Financed / Pay Monthly RIVERSIDE South BG property

House for sale in
Bulgaria - Yambol

€ 8,200

Seller Financed / Pay Monthly RIVERSIDE South BG property

Next to River, 1 hour Burgas, STONE Outbuilding Pay Monthly

£8,200 @ £300 per month

Buy-It-Now = 10% discount

Immediate transfer of keys, rights and possession. No interest, clear the balance at any time without penalty.

Freehold home & land bordering the river + Huge Stone outbuilding!

Private, secluded setting.

Payment terms are flexible and tailored specifically for your personal budget (min. £180 p.m)

Your new place in the sun in one of the world's best value countries!

50% Lower living costs than Central Europe, 75% cheaper than UK / Norther Europe!

What you see is what you get - available today on Pay Monthly!

Bulgariadirect, est. 2003, are pleased to offer an innovative and affordable new route to home ownership, without the stress and worry of conventional mortgages. A simple, secure and transparent solution offering home ownership, without tying up your all your capital at once.

Your South Bulgarian house & land is surrounded by pristine nature, in the hidden village of Dennitsa.

Bags of living space for all the family and visiting friends, complete with a huge flat, ripe & fertile + buildeable land plot - bordering the river.

A very viable and profitable guest let can be realized by the new owner today after repairs. Full time home abroad or your new holiday pad in the sun! Or how about a good old B&B / Guest Let? As new owner the choice is entirely yours! This one has it all and then some!! Your land plot is all regulated (building permissible!) and home to several fruit trees. Almost anything you care to plant will flourish here in one of Bulgaria's most fertile regions!

As usual for such a low price, repairs will be required throughout solely depending on your own requirements. As you're paying in installments, you can take as long as you need, step by step, without tying up all your capital at once.

There are no requirements / obligations to undertake any repairs today or in the future. Sitting investors can simply leave the property sitting as-is.

The only obligatory ongoing cost is the annual council tax, working out at less than €30 per year! That's just one example of the ridiculously low living costs you can benefit from in Bulgaria today.

Where better to get away from it all? Bulgaria offers you a superb climate and living costs averaging under 1/3 of the UK's. Escape the hassle and stress of every day UK life, the looming uncertainty of Brexit and move to the world's best value, lowest living costs country. Today anyone, even on the tiniest of budgets can enjoy an altogether healthier and wealthier lifestyle.

Where else but Bulgaria do you get so much property to the £? Getting in on the action has never been easier, this entire property is available today on monthly installments.

Keys are ready, awaiting the new owner!

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BARGAIN! Bulgarian studio apartment near Burgas and Sunny Be

Apartment for sale in
Bulgaria - Burgas

€ 12,500

BARGAIN! Bulgarian studio apartment near Burgas and Sunny Be

We are glad to offer you this lovely real estate located in the Sunny Day 6 complex. The Sunny Day 6 complex offers everything that you need. From fitness and 6 outdoor pools to restaurants and shops.
The complex will also provide transport to the Sunny Beach resort near the Black sea which is only 3 km away. The closest airport is in Burgas (25 km away).
Security Is a standard in Sunny Day 6. To ensure your safety there are security systems and guards.
Annual maintenance fees cost 480 euros.

The studio apartment that we offer for sale is situated on the ground floor of the complex. It is fully furnished. The apartment is 28 square meters and has a balcony. It is ready to move in or rent out.

Take a look at this cozy apartment for sale near the coastline. It can be your dream Bulgarian home. Why not enjoying your holiday in your own apartment instead of renting out.

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Plot of land for construction

Site for sale in
Portugal - Aveiro

€ 17,000

Plot of land for construction

Build your dream home abroad, in sunny Portugal.

This land is situated in Costa de Prata (Silver Coast), halfway between the beautiful beach of Costa Nova and the breath-taking mountains of Caramulo in a quiet country side location close to all amenities.
The land has 380 m² and it has outline planning permission to build a two-storey semi-detached house with up to 270 m² (2,900 sq ft).
It is a corner site, 14 metres wide by 27.2 metres long. The new house can be up to 9 metres wide by 15 metres long. The 3D images you can see in this ad are only a sample of what could be built on this site.
The plot is fully serviced; water, electricity, telephone and waste, are all available on site.
The plot is part of an estate recently developed with newly paved streets, footpaths, street lights, car park, rubbish collection points, and a park.
The plot is located at the corner between the boulevard and the park. The new house will have unobstructed view to the park, mostly facing South.
The land is for sale for 15,000 Euro. We also have a site just beside this one for sale for the same price.
The buyer will also be responsible for the purchase related costs which are:
Real estate transfer tax (IMT) €1266
Stamp Duty (IS) €155
Notary fees (Escritura) about €275
Land registration fees (Registo) about €270
We have a lot of experience with planning and building, so we would be glad to help you get full planning permission for the house of your dreams as well as getting it built.
This is a great opportunity to invest in the healthy and growing housing market of sunny Portugal.
If you have any questions, or wish to view this property, please don´t hesitate to contact me on +351 928 034 577 or fill the form below.

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4 Easy Ways to Save on Your Utility Bill Next Month

Did you know that the United States has increased solar energy use by 22 percent? Undoubtedly, people across the country are looking for ways to reduce their utility bill since the price of traditional energy sources like electricity or gas has skyrocketed in the past years. And one effective way of reducing that cost is by having a home with energy efficiency.

Would you like to reduce your monthly utility bill payment? If so, we invite you to continue reading since we’ll give you some practical home energy efficiency tips.

1. Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water

One of the best ways to lower utility payments is to wash your clothes in cold water rather than hot. As you can imagine, the amount of energy it takes to heat an hour-long wash can amount to several dollars per minute. Moreover, most homeowners recommend using cold water since certain stains can set into fabrics when washed in hot water.

You can also purchase an energy efficient home washer machine that better manages energy consumption. But, the newer models are quite expensive, so don’t expect to find a cheap one!

2. Use Solar Panels

As mentioned in the introduction, many homeowners in the United States have switched to solar energy since it saves them money in the long run. Additionally, solar install cost has dramatically lowered, especially since governments grant tax refunds to homeowners that choose solar energy. On top of that, energy efficient homes with solar panels are worth a lot more, which means you can sell your house for more than it’s worth.

3. Start Using Smart Power Strips

Most people don’t know that power strips continue to use energy even if there’s nothing plugged into it. And while that extra bit of energy that the power strip consumes may seem insignificant, it’ll add up at the end of the year. The good news is that there are plenty of smart power strips that are made for energy efficient homeowners.

These power strips automatically shut off while nothing is plugged into them.

4. Put Your Devices to Sleep

Another way to reduce energy bill payments is to set your devices to sleep mode while not in use. For example, you can put your computer or gaming console to sleep mode if you’re not going to use it for several hours. Moreover, TVs are also known to waste energy, so try to unplug these devices while you sleep.

Reduce Your Utility Bill Payment With These Simple Steps

As you can see, there are several ways you can reduce your utility bill payment. But, of course, it takes time to transform a home into an energy-efficient one, so don’t feel dishearten if you don’t see any results. And don’t forget to bookmark this post so that you can refer to it in the future!

Did you find these tips helpful in having an energy efficient home? If so, our blog features plenty of other home-related articles that you may find helpful, so be sure to check them out! 

Author: Steffy Alen

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The Impact of War in Ukraine on House Prices

The war in Ukraine has had a significant impact on most economies around the globe – therefore it comes as no surprise that it also affects house prices.

Higher House Prices Due to Inflation

Especially, the conflict has led to an increase in inflation rates, you probably already noticed it, no matter which country you live in. In some countries – due to this inflation – prices are increasing faster than wages. As a result, people are getting poorer and possibly can’t afford to buy houses anymore.

Many people already gave up looking for the cheapest property for sale. There still are some out there but usually those are in need of some work and further investment to be able to live in them or rent them out.

The cheap houses for sale, now seems to be those that were just a normal price before. Especially in bigger cities there is a shortage of housing. Also, when it comes to creating new housing, they are usually luxurious expensive stuff – as there is just a lot more money to be made.

How the War in Ukraine Affects House Prices of Newly builds

First the pandemic and now war, those has been major factors in the shortage of building materials. This in turn has led to a considerable increase in the price of new build houses all around the globe.

Also the increase in gas and energy prices have been a great hit in the market. Running machinery on the construction site, having to pay higher wages – all of this contributes to an considerable increase.

This might be felt stronger in some countries than in others.

What are the Effects of War on Housing Markets?

Housing markets are always affected by wars. The effects of war on the housing market depend on a lot of factors, including the duration and intensity of the war, the location of the war, and how it affects other countries and other aspects of life.

War can lift housing markets in some cases. For example, during World War II there was a shortage in construction materials like steel and timber. This led to higher prices for these materials and an increase in demand for homes as people wanted to buy houses before they became too expensive.

However, most wars have negative effects on housing markets. For example, during World War I there was an economic depression that led to lower demand for homes because people were not earning enough money to afford them.

Conclusion: The Impact of War on House Prices

The conflict has led to a significant shortage of houses and higher prices for those that are available. This is due to the increased cost of construction materials, as well as the number of refugees fleeing from the conflict zone. These people need housing but there is not enough supply, leading to higher prices and shortages.

If you have a house for sale, now is a good time to get a good price for us.

List your house for free.

Retirement Villages vs Nursing Homes

We all get old, that is just a fact. How do we imagine our future as an old person? Where do we like to live? Here we will look at two options: independent living such as in a retirement village and living in a nursing home.

What is a Retirement Village?

Retirement villages are a type of retirement home that provide accommodation and communal activities. For example, they offer meals, social activities, medical care and other services to the residents.

Retirement villages were originally designed for elderly people who wanted to live with others in their age group. But nowadays, there are many different types of retirement homes that cater to various needs. Some even offer houses for sale, that they buy back again if you don’t need it anymore.

What is a Nursing Home?

A nursing home is a residential institution for the care of elderly people. It provides medical and social assistance to those who, because of age or infirmity, are unable to live independently.

Nursing homes are also often called “retirement homes.” The term “nursing home” is not just a euphemism for an old-age home or rest home. It refers to the fact that many residents require nursing care.

What are the Benefits of Living in a Retirement Village?

Retirement villages offer a variety of benefits for those who are looking to live independently but still have a sense of community.

One of the benefits is that they provide on-site or nearby medical care. Retirement villages also provide socialization opportunities for their residents and also offer activities for them to do during the day.

What are the Benefits of Living in a Retirement Village?

Living in a retirement village is a great way to enjoy your golden years. Not only is it good for your mental and physical health, but it also offers many other benefits.

Some of the most popular benefits of living in a retirement village are:

-You don’t have to worry about maintaining your property

-You can live with other people who are at the same stage as you are and share advice, experiences, and knowledge

-You have access to amenities such as swimming pools, spas, gyms, etc.

What are the Benefits of Living in a Nursing Home?

Living in a nursing home can be a great option for seniors who are unable to live on their own. Here are some of the benefits of living in a nursing home:

1. A nursing home is an environment that is designed to help people with disabilities, illnesses or injuries live as comfortably and safely as possible.

2. Nursing homes provide 24-hour medical care, which can be difficult to find at other types of housing.

3. The staff at a nursing home is specifically trained to care for people with special needs and works around the clock to meet those needs.

4. Living in a nursing home allows seniors to remain connected with their loved ones because they are surrounded by friends and family members who visit often and share meals together on weekends or holidays.

What are the Drawbacks of Living in a Retirement Village?

The main drawback of living in a retirement village is that it is not for everyone. For example, if you are a person who likes to travel and explore the world, then this might not be the best choice for you. Retirement villages are usually located in a remote area with limited access to public transportation.

What are the Drawbacks of Living in a Nursing Home?

There are many drawbacks to living in a nursing home.

Some of the drawbacks that people find most difficult are the lack of privacy, the lack of independence, and being unable to control your own life.

Nursing homes have strict rules about what you can do and when you can do it.

Conclusion: Which is Better for You?

The answer to this question is not an easy one. It greatly depends on your needs and what you are looking for.

I believe most of us would choose the independent living option and enjoy a more independent life as long as possible. But what if you start needing a little extra help? Or maybe it is not you but your spouse who will need more professional care. Unfortunately, there is a lot of uncertainty about what exactly your needs will be when you are old. Will you wish for more company, help around the house, or a more intensive medical help? When planning your future, it would be good to keep all of this in mind.

A great idea is also those retirement villages that have a small nursing home on site just in case.

Some find this to be a very good investment for the future.

Sell Land to a Builder – How Does it Work?

Why Would I Want to Sell Land to a Builder?

If you are looking to sell land, you might be wondering what the benefits of selling it to a builder are. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of selling land to builders.

Instead of just listing your property for sale you are offering it directly to the person who might be interested.

Selling your land to a builder can be beneficial for a number of reasons. The first and most obvious reason is that you will get more money than if you sold it on your own. Builders have more money and resources than individuals, so they can offer more cash for your property than an individual could. This means that they’re able to pay higher prices for the property and make better offers on price.

Builders also have connections with other developers who may be interested in buying or leasing the same property from them in order to build something new on it.

What is the Process Behind Selling a Land to a Builder?

Selling a land to a builder is a process that may take time and effort. The first step is to do research on the builder. You should know about their construction quality, project management, and customer service.

The next step is to find the right person of contact in the company. You can do this by looking at their website or by doing an internet search. You can also ask your friends who have worked with builders in the past for recommendations.

Once you have found the right person, it’s time to set up a meeting with them. This meeting should be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance so that they will be able to give you their full attention and answer all of your questions without feeling rushed or distracted.

How Do Builders Evaluate the Property and what are their Needs?

Builders evaluate the property in various ways. They may not be looking for the same things as a home buyer. For example, they are interested in how long it will take to build on the property, how much it will cost to build on the property, and whether or not there is enough space for their desired number of units.

The builder’s needs are different than a home buyer’s needs because they want to know what it takes to develop and build on the land. Like this they can see if it makes sense for them financially.

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Preliminary Investigation – What is “Due Diligence”?

Conducting preliminary investigation is the first step in the site selection process. Due diligence is the process of investigating a property before purchasing it. This is to make sure that the property the builder is buying is in good condition and free from any potential problems.

The due diligence process starts with a physical inspection of the property. This is done to check for any possible issues or safety hazards. The next step would be to check the title of the property and ensure that there are no liens on it. They will also need to do some research on the current market conditions and prices of similar sites.

The last step in this process would be to have an environmental assessment done. This will uncover any potential environmental hazards that may exist on or near the land you are looking at buying.

The preliminary investigation should not be too long because you want to start negotiating as soon as possible. In fact, some investors will not even bother with a site visit if they are satisfied with what they can find out about it through their due diligence process.

What are Some of the Documents Needed for this Transaction?

The offer letter is a document for the seller of the property. It contains all the conditions, terms and specifications of the offer.

The offer letter includes information such as:

– The name and address of the buyer

– The price and date for which the property will be sold

– The date by which a response from the seller must be received

– Any other conditions that are agreed upon between both parties

Conclusion

The process of selling land to builders is not as daunting as it might seem. It is a logical step for those who are looking to sell their land and also want the best return on their investment.

This article has outlined the process of selling your land to builders and what you need to do in order to make a successful sale.

Are you a Secret Real Estate Agent?

The expression “Secret Real Estate Agent” almost looks like it was borrowed from some action movie. In reality it is a little bit less spectacular but, without a doubt, equally exciting.

What is a Secret Real Estate Agent?

“Secret Real Estate Agent” – does not mean you do this profession without being registered. Of course, also a secret (real estate) agent has to be registered and fulfil everything that is required by law. By “secret” we mean, that the agent is not publicly advertising a specific property he or she was asked to sell. He/she may not even have a website or advertise the business and in many cases the main profession is another real estate related profession, such as architect or engineer.

They are usually approached by a client who asks if they may know someone who would be interested to buy one of their properties. And that’s the only way there are allowed to sell it, by offering it directly to someone.

This might seem strange at first, but among certain groups that is exactly what they want. The best to explain this is by giving an example.

Seller doesn’t want to look like he needs money

In many cases the properties in question are from rich families. Having a certain popularity and their place in society they like to give no reasons for gossiping.

Huge estates can cost a lot of money in maintenance, tax and so on… If they actually don’t use it anymore it makes sense to let it go. This is regardless of their financial situation – nobody likes to throw money out of the window, no matter how rich you are.

Of course, if people see the big family estate for sale, the first thing they may conclude is that the family is in financial difficulties – that’s how people start talking…

That’s why it is better to sell it secretly – through a secret real estate agent of course.

Or in another case, the seller might be having an apartment block for sale and he doesn’t want his tenants to find out. Also, he would approach such agent, who will then go and talk directly to investors who may be interested to buy.

How does a Secret Real Estate Agent sell?

The only way you are allowed to sell it, is by offering it directly to someone. Or in some cases you are allowed by the seller to advertise it in another country. Like this you can get a foreign buyer.

It is a far more difficult job than a regular agent. You need a pool of good contacts, including millionaires, investors … etc. But of course, it pays off big time as the properties that are sold this way usually have a high value. You can find foreign buyers by listing real estate internationally.

Are you one of those agents? Then drop us a line and let us know how did you get started? Do you have any advice?

travel with passive income

How to Make Full-Time Travel a Reality with Passive Income

All year long most of us are looking forward for the few weeks when we can go on vacation and finally embrace our true passion: travel. If we could prolong this to a few months it would be a dream come true. If you can’t work while travelling another way to be able to do this is through passive income.

The pursuit of passive income has become increasingly popular these days. No wonder, because it gives people the freedom to pursue their passions without relying on their salary for sustenance. So now, you can start a travel blog or create content for another website where you can share your experiences with others and make money at the same time! Writing about you experiences in a travel blog is top of the list on how to generate some passive income while you travel. Another big one is to rent out your home while you are away.

The Wealth of Experiences that can be Achieved on Full-Time Travel

A full-time traveller can visit one of the best places in the world. He can go to an exotic location and enjoy the culture. He can also go to places which are more offbeat and less visited.

The world is a very large place, and it is imperative that you make sure that you take time out for your own self-discovery. This will give you valuable life experiences which you will never forget.

Making Your Travel Dreams a Reality

The steps to make your dream a reality is about goal setting, investing, and the mindset shift.

First you need to set goals that are achievable in the next one, three, five or ten years. The rule is simple, if you don’t have goals, you will not achieve them.

Then you need to invest in yourself by learning new skills or strategies. And lastly you need to change your mindset because there is no such thing as “too late”. You can achieve anything!

Creating Your Own Path in Life while Embracing Every Moment Along the Way

You have to create your own path in life while at the same time embracing every moment along the way.

It’s time to take control of your life and start making choices that will define who you are. You have to be making decisions on a daily basis about what you want for yourself and for others. It’s also important to set goals for yourself so that you can move forward with your life instead of just drifting around aimlessly.

Full-Time Travel with Passive Income as the Ultimate Goal

Making full-time travel a reality is not everyone’s ultimate goal. This might be your goal if you’re an avid world traveller or if you like to explore new cultures and experience different lifestyles. Many people, though, want to do it because it seems so awesome and romantic. They might be retirees who want to spend their days doing what they enjoy the most after working for 40+ years and saving up for their retirement.

Achieving this ultimate goal will take a lot of time, effort, and money. Some people do it by saving up money while they’re still working and then quitting their jobs to travel the world while others work hard until they quit their jobs at 65 or 67 or whatever age that is in your country.

Of course, wasting all your life and energy to only achieve this goal at an advanced age seems a bit sad. That’s why some came up with a way of making this work before – with passive income.

Make Your Maths – How much passive income is needed?

The first thing to do would probably be to get your numbers right. How much money do you need every month to support yourself during your trips (food, accommodation, transport, travel insurance…)? How much money do you need to keep things back home?

The next thing would be to look at how much money you could possibly generate through passive income, such as renting out your home, having a travel blog etc. if the numbers don’t add up you might need some money and more time to build up more ways to generate passive income. On the other hand, you can also explore ways to save money on your travels, such as living in a van.

How Does the Van Life Work and How to Make it Work for You?

“Van life” is a popular lifestyle choice for those who are looking for a simpler life. You can find people living in vans all around the world. They are called “Van Dwellers.”

Van Dwellers choose this lifestyle not because they have no other choice, but because it best suits their needs. Living in a van lets them travel the world, be mobile and do what they want to do without having to answer to anyone else. The idea of living in a van is not only about the freedom and adventure, but also about saving money and enjoying sustainable living with minimal impact on environment.

Every summer, we can see hundreds of vans parked along the beaches where there are public toilets and showers. There is hardly any cheaper way to live.

How to Live in a Van and Travel Full-time on Low Budget

Some van dwellers will spend hours each day on Instagram and Facebook to document their adventures and share tips with others interested in joining the community. Of course, having an internet connection is a must.

If they have enough followers, they can also enjoy the financial benefit that comes with it. But what if you are not good at writing at all? Some choose to make certain investments that will give them passive income.

Investments You Can Make on a Low Budget

When you think of investing, you might think, “wow! That’s a lot of money.” But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, there are many low budget investments that can make a difference in your life.

The key to making the most out of your limited budget is to know what will give you the best return on your investment. You may be able to make a low investment and with your own work turn it into a big one. For example, if you are a handyman, you could look out for a cheap house. By putting in your own work you probably are able to sell it for a lot more later or even rent it out for good money, giving you a regular income to finance your travels.

Real estate Investments are one of the best ways to generate a regular passive income. Some people for example have looked up apartment blocks for sale as it is a lot easier to manage a whole block than to have apartments scattered around the country. Also, there are some management companies that can handle all issues that might come up with the tenants. By getting someone to look after your building you have a lot more time to enjoy your next travel adventures.

6 Other Ways You Can Get Passive Income

No matter if you want to travel the world or just like to have some more time with your loved ones. We all like to have a bit more money in our lives and there is a lot of opportunity these days with the rise of e-commerce and e-business. There are so many ways to make money from your home or van! Here are six ways that have been proven as lucrative by those who have tried them out:

1) Rent your property on Airbnb

2) Sell old clothes

3) Sell online courses

4) Invest in the stock market

5) Create an app or website that people use often and continue to pay for it with ads or subscriptions

6) Become a freelancer

Ways to Make Your Home Modernized on a Budget

If you’re like most people, you spend a lot of time in your home, especially during the colder months. Unfortunately, not everyone has an eye for design, so our houses don’t always keep up with the times. If you’ve ever watched a show about house flipping or browsed local listings, then you might have noticed your house looks a little outdated. While it’s common to believe that renovations and home improvement will be expensive, you can modernize your house on a budget. Here’s how. 

Check Your Exterior

Front doors that are chipped or peeling can make your home look old. Consider repainting your door a modern color or getting a new one altogether. You should also look at your windows and opt for hardwood or steel frames. If that’s not in your budget, you can repaint your windows with a modern shade, such as a soft gray or blue. 

You should also pressure wash the outside of your home to get rid of dirt and stains that can make for bad curb appeal. Pressure washing your house can give it a facelift and make it look brand new. 

Modernize Your Kitchen

If you don’t have the budget to renovate your entire house, consider just redoing the kitchen. The good news is you don’t have to start knocking down walls to make your kitchen look new. Instead, repaint your cabinets and replace the hardware and handles to make the heart of the home feel clean and fresh. 

Refacing your cabinets can also make your kitchen look more modern without replacing or adding new cabinetry. 

Focus on the Bathroom

Other than the kitchen, homebuyers will be looking at your master bathroom when determining whether or not to buy your home. Unfortunately, too many homeowners leave the bathroom for last when making improvements. Without a full renovation, you might feel like there’s not much you can change. Luckily, there are many ways you can modernize your bathroom without breaking the bank. 

The first thing you should do is deep clean your bathroom, especially the grout and tiles. Also, remove limescale and hard water stains from the tub, sink, and toilet. Next, you’ll need to replace accessories, including towels and shower curtains. 

Once your bathroom is completely clean, take a look at the walls. You might find they’re stained or the wallpaper is dated. If that’s the case, consider taking down your wallpaper and painting your bathroom walls a more modern color. Modern bathrooms are typically white with white or light-colored tile. Consider painting your cabinets a light gray and adding new handles. 

Get Rid of Clutter

Clutter can make your home feel outdated. Not only that, but it also gathers dust, which will make your entire home look much older than it is. Modern home design is all about minimizing clutter. 

If you’re not sure what to do to declutter your home, consider starting with the living room furnishings. Big, fluffy sofas might be comfortable, but they take up a lot of space in your home and don’t provide you with the modern, minimalistic feel. If possible, consider taking out the furniture you don’t use to give your living room the appearance of space. 

Paint Your Walls

If you painted your walls based on your preferences many years ago, then it’s time to repaint your entire home. While bright colors may have been trendy once upon a time, the modern look includes lighter, calming hues, such as grays, blues, and whites. You can also find modern wallpaper to add a feature wall to your living room. 

Remember, dark shades make a room feel smaller, but bright whites can make a room feel unwelcoming. You can choose from many neutral and soft tones to add warmth to your home while giving you the appearance of more space. 

Add a Home Office

Modern homes have home offices because more and more people are working from home. If your house doesn’t have a workspace, consider adding a minimalistic workspace you can fit anywhere in your home. By turning a spare bedroom into a home office, you show modern buyers there is a space for them to work without worrying about distractions. Don’t worry, though; you can still list your home to include the bedroom you’ve turned into an office. 

If your house doesn’t have room to spare, you can still set up a work-from-home workspace to show homebuyers they can still work from home if they purchase the house. Make sure the workspace doesn’t add clutter to the room, though. If possible, put the workspace in a corner with natural light. 

Upgrade the Lighting

Lighting can transform the feel of any room; it can make a room feel cold or outdated, or it can make a room feel cozy and relaxing. There are many different types of lighting available, including modern lamps or antiques that can make your house feel cozy even with a minimalistic interior design

Swap Out Your Bedding

Most bedrooms don’t require a renovation to modernize them. Instead, it’s how you design the room. Since your bed is the main piece of furniture in your room, it will often attract the most attention. 

Updating your bedding and pillows allows you to modernize the room without doing anything else, except for maybe adding a coat of paint. 

Depending on your style, you can choose from light quilts to big fluffy comforters that can add texture to even the most boring bedrooms. 

Modernizing Your Home

The most important thing when it comes to the design of your home should be whether or not you’re happy and comfortable in it. If you want to paint your walls red, feel free to go ahead. However, if you’re planning on selling your house soon, consider repainting and staging your house in a modern way that can attract new homeowners. 

Remember, your house may not be what everyone is looking for. Take feedback from buyers so you can learn what you can change in your home to make it more attractive. 

Matt Casadona

Matt Casadona has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. Matt is passionate about marketing and business strategy and enjoys San Diego life, traveling, and music.

sell your home

Is Now The Time To Sell Your Home?

You may choose to sell your home for several reasons, from wanting to downsize to moving somewhere new for an adventure. No matter the reasons you’re thinking about selling, you must ask yourself if now is the right time for you. In this article, we’ll discuss several factors to consider to determine if now is the right time to sell your home. 

The Right Time to Sell Your Home

Deciding on the right time to sell your home isn’t easy. Homeowners have big decisions to make and many things to consider before they decide to list their homes. Many people have a gut feeling when it’s time to sell their homes, but here are other factors that might mean you’re ready. 

You Have a Plan 

Selling your house requires a plan, including where you’ll live after your house is sold. Many homeowners choose to start looking for homes where they want to live as soon as their house goes on the market, while others become renters after their homes are sold so they can continue to look for the right house for them. 

Having a plan means you’ll be prepared for anything, including lowering your asking price and the challenges that come with simultaneously buying and selling.

The House is in Good Shape

Before you can sell a house, you’ll need to ensure it’s in good enough condition to compete with the other homes on the market. If you’ve taken care of your home or recently fixed up your home, then now might be a good time to sell. However, if your home isn’t ready, there are minor projects you can take on, such as painting or easy lawn care, to ensure you ask for a fair price. 

It’s a Seller’s Market

As a homeowner, you know it’s best to sell during a seller’s market and purchase a house during a buyer’s market. When it’s a seller’s market, there are more buyers than sellers, which means buyers have to compete for the homes they want. Ultimately, if your house is the only one available for miles, you can expect buyers to engage in bidding wars, which means you could receive an offer for more than the asking price. 

Do your research if you believe the market has demonstrated that now is a good time to sell your home. Check to see what other similar houses in the area are selling for and how fast they’re selling to determine if now is the right time for you. 

You’re Financially Ready

If you’ve paid down your mortgage, then you have equity, but it’s also important to consider other areas of your financial health. For example, suppose you’re not in significant debt and you’re planning to purchase a home that’s less expensive than your current home. In that case, you’ll be putting yourself in a good financial situation to help you continue to save for retirement or use that money for other things. 

Before you decide to sell your house, make sure you can purchase another one and weigh your options. For example, you might be able to use the money you get from selling your home to buy another one. However, there might be time between those situations where you don’t own a house, which means you might have to rent a home until you officially buy another. 

You should also plan to put a down payment on your next home before yours has sold. While it can be beneficial to rely on the sale of your home for money to buy a new one, you can’t always predict how fast your home will sell. In most cases, it’s best to save up for a down payment and keep your financial and job situations healthy so you can qualify to buy a home with the money you have instead of relying on the money you will have once your current house sells. 

You’re Bored

Everyone needs a change of scenery now and again. If you’ve lived in the same house for years, it might be time for you to get out and experience a city or at least a new neighborhood. Change can be motivating and allow you to get a fresh start. There are several reasons why someone would want a change, including outgrowing their current home. 

You Got a New Job

If you’ve recently received a job offer for a great opportunity that’s farther away from your home, then it might be time to sell your house. Many people choose to move closer to their jobs to shorten the commute. Not only that, but a new job can be a great excuse to get out of your current home and move somewhere that has greater opportunities for everyone in the family, including a better school system for children. 

No Longer Emotionally Attached

Many people feel attached to their homes because it’s where they’ve lived for many years and built memories. However, many parents sell their homes after their children have grown up and moved away because they no longer feel as emotionally attached to the home. Once the house becomes empty, it can make people feel sad because they’re alone in a big, empty home that still contains a lot of stuff from their children. 

No longer feeling emotionally attached to your home gives you the freedom to easily sell your home because you won’t base your decisions on emotions. It also allows you to find a new home to build new memories. Downsizing to a smaller home doesn’t mean you’re letting go of any memories you made in your home. Instead, consider putting old items you want to keep into storage containers until you find space for them in a new home. 

You’ve Outgrown It

Many people outgrow their homes, especially if they bought their current house as a starter home. However, as your family grows and you adopt a few pets, your home can start to feel small. After all, growing families need more space. 

Final Thoughts

Any number of factors on this list might mean that now is a great time to sell your home. However, just because one or more of these factors applies to your current situation doesn’t mean now is the right time for you to sell. 

There are many things to consider, including your financial situation and emotional attachment to the home. Before you decide to sell your home, weigh the pros and cons of selling your home now. If you’re still unsure whether now is the right time, continue to do your research until you feel confident in your decision. 

Marné Amoguis

Marné Amoguis holds a B.A. in International Business from UC San Diego. She is a contributing writer at 365businesstips.com where she loves sharing her passion for digital marketing. Outside of writing, she loves traveling, playing music, and hiking.

Architect vs Real Estate Agent

Architect vs Real Estate Agent – who gains more?

If you are deciding your career and you like to know what’s the deal with architects vs real estate agents – maybe to decide whether you should be an agent now or study to become an architect than this article is for you.

Architects design buildings and carry a lot of responsibility – therefore one might think that an architect would gain more money. But this might not necessarily be the case. Of course, it depends on a few factors, such as the country you are working, how famous you are as an architect or how many social connections you have as an agent.

Who Gains More – The Architect or the Real Estate Agent?

Architects gain less on a house than real estate agents, and this is because they don’t get a commission on the sale of the house. They instead get paid by the hour or for their design.

Therefore, there is a sense of fairness in paying architects less than they would pay to an agent. Architects are rewarded for their creative skills that they put into the design of the house, whereas an agent may just be rewarded for negotiating skills.

In some cases, it might be that the architect gets as little as 1% of the house worth for his work whereas a real estate agent might get 3% or more to sell a property. Also, one house might be sold a few times over the years, giving more chances for agents to make money. If that’s the case it seems obvious that it is more profitable to be an agent rather than an architect.

You have to keep in mind though, that agents don’t sell all houses that they have on offer. This means they might be putting a lot of time and effort into some deals that will never give them anything in return.

Architect vs Real Estate Agent

An architect is the one who designs the building. They are responsible for the construction of buildings, buildings layouts, and more.

An agent is a person who sells real-estate property on behalf of the owner. They are also called property agents or estate agents. Their main job is to find clients and help them buy or sell their property.

Architects who are famous are more likely to make more money. They are the ones who design the big building, and they need to be paid for their expertise. On the other hand, real estate agents will always be needed in the process of selling and buying a property.

The Difficulty for Architects in Marketing Their Own Product

Architects face a lot of difficulty when marketing their own work. The architecture profession already suffers from low status and low pay, so it is increasingly difficult to get into marketing your work as well.

They must take on the role of artist, developer, manager, and marketer in order to market their work well. They must become a jack-of-all-trades in order to succeed in this industry.

What Are the Best Countries for Architects?

Architects are one of the most well-travelled professions in the world. They visit different countries for various reasons; such as to get inspiration, to network with other professionals, or even to find a better work environment.

While this is true for all architects, it is especially true for freelancers who have more flexibility in their schedule. Freelance architects often rely on connections with local firms abroad because they can’t afford to work without income for too long.

What is the Difference Between the Two Jobs?

Real estate agents are professionals who are responsible for the sale of properties. They market the property, show it to prospective buyers and negotiate the price of the property.

Architects are professionally trained in disciplines like design, construction, and engineering. They take up careers in building construction and design.

If you work as a real estate agent you would interact with clients on a daily basis who want to buy or sell their house or land. It is possible to work as an agent without any formal education. Although most people prefer experience over qualifications which is why it’s always better to start by working at another agency before branching out on your own.

Architects usually have graduate degrees in architecture from accredited schools/universities that take three years or more to complete.

Conclusion

Do real estate agents make more money than architects? Yes! While architects need to go to university and carry a lot of responsibility, real estate agents don’t need to go to university, and they make more money with less responsibility.