How Homes will change after COVID-19

Homes will change due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We can say this because every pandemic in the past had an impact on our way of living and resulting in a change of the traditional layout of homes.

In this pandemic therefore it is worth to consider how home layouts might change in the future – especially if you are planning to build, renovate or buy a house.

How pandemics have changed house layouts in the past? How pandemics lead to improved living conditions? Let’s look at a few examples.

How homes changed after pandemics

Cholera

Did you know that the Planning for Central Park began in the immediate aftermath of New York’s second cholera outbreak? Frederick Law Olmsted whose first child had died of cholera, was one of its landscape architects. In his writings he often highlights the importance of large open places to allow individuals to breath fresh air, enjoy the sunlight, and in his writings we can read how the air could be ‘disinfected’ by the sun and foliage of the trees. He went on to design more than 100 public parks and recreation grounds all across the US.

The cholera outbreak had an impact in many cities all around the world, especially in the area of developing better sewage systems. By doing so, having an indoor toilet became possible for many households. Yes, you read correctly, the bathroom as we know it today is a fairly recent addition to the traditional home layout.

Tuberculosis

Although Tuberculosis has existed since ancient times it caused widespread public fear in the 19th and early 20th centuries as the illness became common among the city’s poor populations. Many sick people were sent to sanatoriums where – beside a lot of rest, high altitude, and good nutrition – the biggest emphasis was put on a lot of fresh air. Some believe that even modern architecture was inspired by the 20th century obsession with Tuberculosis as the spaces of the sanatorium gave rise to the clean, sleek shapes of modern buildings with big windows for fresh air and sunlight.

Spanish Flu

In the 1918 influenza pandemic the great importance of sunlight and fresh air was also identified. That was the reason why radiator heating became popular in cities after the 1918 pandemic. Especially those that overheat! A lot of emphasis was put on sufficient ventilation to battle disease and this pushed engineers to design steam heating systems – some of them still overheat apartments today – so anybody would still open their windows even on a freezing cold winter day. 

Covid-19

The conclusions we can take from all of the above is that we need to live in a space that is not too big – so we are able to clean it quickly, easy and regularly – at the same time we need sunlight and as much fresh air as possible.

At the same time, we need more space to be able to have a bigger distance between people and to allow enough private space for each individual. Especially if you have children, they need space to play and jump around in case they are not able to go out anymore. A big backyard scores big these days.

How homes will change – What we have seen so far

So far, we can see that buyers look for bigger as well as smaller houses – depending on if they are single people or families. Also, we can see a jump in self-sufficient living – at least partially. People lean more and more in the direction to became a bit less dependent by growing some food in their balconies and backyards, installing solar panels or digging their own well if they can.

Unfortunately, the covid-19 pandemic has complicated our life’s and even traumatised some of us. But it is also a lesson for us to learn how we can improve our way of living. It is thrilling to watch new ways and inventions people come up with to tackle this challenge.

If you are looking for a new home have a look at www.all-real-estate.com. Let us know in the comments below what do you believe would be a great home improvement these days?

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Buy and Sell Digital Property

That’s right, not all properties are made of bricks and mortar, these days, properties can be made with zeros and ones as well.

In many ways digital property is just like real estate, that’s why some even call it digital real estate. You can buy or sell it just like a house a flat or land.

In the light of the pandemic, digital property has skyrocketed in popularity – and it makes perfect sense. With many people either out of work or working from home having an online business seems the obvious solution. But what exactly is digital property and how can you earn money with it?

What is Digital Property

Digital property basically includes all sorts of data– anything you could have in a digital format. Data are the files that are saved on and used by computers – such as text files, pictures, audio files, movies…etc. In most cases those files are saved remotely and accessed over the Internet. Some examples of digital property are: websites, blogs or YouTube channels.

In this article we will focus on digital property that – similar to real property – can generate income for you.

How digital property is generating income

There are many different ways to earn money with your online business. The most common and easiest ways is to earn money from ads that are displayed on your website, blog or YouTube channel. In this case you would allow a third party to display ads on your website, blog or in between movies that you have in your YouTube channel. Usually you will be paid every time a visitor clicks on these ads.

It is very easy to apply for it, but some advertiser would only agree to display ads once your online business has a certain “popularity” or better if it has more than a specific number of visitors per month. The most popular “Pay Per Click” Advertising is through Google AdSense.

Other ways of monetizing your website/blog/channel would be the following.

Affiliate marketing/links

You recommend a service or product to your audience and provide a link where they can purchase it. Once they do so you get a share of the sale.

Sell your own product, ad space or service

Of course, you can sell advertising space directly to brands if you like. Or you could have your own online shop or sell a digital product… there are many possibilities.

Flip your website

You can create an income generating website and then sell it.

How to get a digital property

There are two ways to get your hands on a digital property: you either create it yourself (maybe with some help of a programmer, web designer or a nerdy friend) or you can buy it.

There are great marketplaces out there where you can snoop around to find a good deal.

The value of an online businesses has its own way to be calculated. Depending on the monthly income, age and how stable the income is, as well as how many visitors you have. The average monthly income will be multiplied by 12, 24 or maybe even 36. Best is to leave this to the experts who can also verify the information given by the seller. This again can be compared to buying or selling real estate. There are agents out there that will guide you through the entire buying/selling digital property process.

These agents have the means to verify if all the numbers ad up and if the digital property you are interested in is genuinely what is being advertised. They will also help you to pick the right digital property within your budget, expertise and amount of time you can dedicate to it.

From our own experience, one of the best digital property Marketplaces out there is Trustiu – if you want to buy or sell a website, blog or YouTube channel this is a great place to start. They have a dedicated team of experts ready to help you buy or sell your digital property.

Conclusion

Earning money with your own online business is a great way to support yourself from the comfort of your own home. It is not as difficult as it seems – anyone can do it.

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10 Things to Know About House Painting

Painting is one of the most enjoyable activities when you know how to do it properly. Most homeowners have been living with white walls for decades because they dread painting. You can easily improve the look and feel of your home by simply painting a new color. And this doesn’t take much effort.

Paint colors make a statement of the homeowner. You can use bold to mute colors depending on your preference. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to paint your house. Here are ten things that you should keep in mind when painting your house to make the task easier. You’ll probably enjoy painting after knowing these ten things. Let’s get started!

1.     Preparing a room makes a huge difference

All great painters know that painting is easy when there are no objects in the way. Emptying your room as much as you can save you a lot of time and money in the long run. If you are painting your bedroom, remove the beddings and move your bed and other furniture pieces to the center. And cover them with an old sheet.

While it may seem unnecessary to wipe down walls, it is a critical step. Whether you see it or not, there is a buildup of dust, dirt, and oil that will affect the quality of your work. Remove the debris before painting to allow the paint to stick to the walls.

You should also fill the cracks and nail holes and tape off the window trims, adjacent walls, and light switches. Cover the floor using newspapers, old clothes, or a roll of paper. Prepping the room before painting is a critical step that shouldn’t be ignored.

2.     Test the color

It’s quite difficult to know how a particular color will look on your walls before painting it. If you’ve been thinking of painting a new color, it’s important to buy a sample. Let the paint dry and observe its color during the day and at night.

This will give you a clear picture of how the color will look like after the paint job. If you are not sure about a particular color, buy a few samples, and test them. You’ll be amazed at the colors you’ll fall in love with. And even more surprised at how your favorite color looks in your home. Testing out colors before committing will save you precious time in the long run.

3.     Color your world

Choosing and mixing colors can be frustrating for some. However, you shouldn’t allow the fear of mixing colors to make you choose plain colors like white, beige, or off-white. Trying out different colors will help you evoke different emotions while in the room.

For instance, dark colors add depth and texture to your space. This is especially true if the room is enormous with high ceilings. On the other hand, if your room is small with little or no natural light, bright colors can open up space. Don’t be afraid to mix colors. You’ll be surprised by the result. Colors are fun. Don’t be afraid to add them to your rooms.

4.     Choose your finish wisely

While the color matters, the finishing does as well. High gloss paint finishes are easy to clean and durable. However, they usually highlight the imperfections on your walls. On the other hand, a flat paint finish hides these imperfections. However, it is more susceptible to damage. The egg shell finish hides imperfections, provides some gloss, easy to clean, and prevents damage. Choosing the correct finish will improve the look of your house.

5.     You can change the paint

After painting a small area of the wall and observing it, you may discover that it doesn’t look great once the walls are completed. Fortunately, the paint is usually cheap. And you can change it easily. If you discover that a particular color doesn’t look great, you can simply paint over it. If the colors are too overwhelming, you can consider leaving one wall painted your preferred color. Always know that you can change the paint whenever you want to. So don’t be afraid to try them out.

6.     Determine the amount of paint you’ll require

The last thing you want to happen is run out of paint while working on your project. Also, you don’t want to buy too much paint. You need to calculate the amount of paint you’ll need before going to the hardware store. You can do this easily by knowing the square footage of the room. You also have to think about the number of coats of paint that you want. If your walls are not primed, you’ll need two coats. Calculate the size of your room in advance to avoid buying too little or too much paint.

7.     Priming is crucial

Priming is a critical step during the preparation period. Primer enables the paint to stick to by sealing the walls. After filling in the cracks and holes, primer becomes more essential. Even if you’ll use primer, it’s still important to clean the walls. Primer improves the look of your room while minimizing the amount of paint that you use.

8.     Use the right brush

The use of a natural bristle brush with water-based latex paint will result in limp bristles that cannot absorb water thus making it harder for the paint to spread out. If you’ll be using water-based latex paint, always go for artificial brushes made from nylon or polyester.

9.     Roll after brushing

The idea of brushing corners before rolling your walls can be confusing. However, it’s essential for you to brush before rolling. Invest in a high-quality brush and paint out an inch from the ceiling, corners, and baseboard. These are common areas that rollers don’t reach. Use the roller afterward to flatten the brush marks and smoothen the surface. Brushing the corners and edges can be a tedious activity but it’s essential when painting.

10. Invest in quality supplies

All your supplies need to be in top shape before getting started. This includes your ladder, rollers, and paintbrushes. Investing in high-quality tools will save you time and reduce the risk of injury.

Conclusion

These are some of the essential tips that you should keep in mind when painting your house. By following these ten tips, you’ll end up with perfect walls. And you’ll enjoy the work of your hands. Taking the time to prep your walls will pay off in spades in the long run.

Author Bio:

Leon Collier is a blogger and writer at assignment help UK, professional essay writers and custom essay service from the UK. He loves to write about everything: pop-culture, history, travel, self-development, education, marketing. When not writing, you can find him behind a book or playing tabletop games with his friends. Follow him on Twitter @LeonCollier12

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Top Neighborhoods To Visit In Cairo

The capital city of the beautiful country of Egypt is Cairo, as well as it is well known around the globe, it is also very crowded and busy throughout the year regarding tourism, business ventures and future developments among the Arab region. When speaking about Egypt, Cairo is well known for its ancient history and artifacts around the city but there is more to see in Egypt than the capital but definitely it is a place to be noticed and visited as well not to mention, one of the top cities to live in when it comes to living in Egypt whether it is short term or long term stay. When considering the top places that you can choose from in the city of Cairo, there are actually very few places that arouse the interest of newcomers/expats or people trying to conduct their business within the country and they are included below in the article and worth reading if visiting Cairo is part of your future plans. Before booking a hotel, hostel or apartment, be sure that you have an idea of the area around it first so that you don’t spend most of your time commuting regardless the activity that you have in mind.

ZAMALEK

The well-known beautiful island in the middle of the Nile River, Zamalek is the home to some of the most beautiful sights and views within the outstanding city of Cairo. Among the many points of interests, Zamalek also hosts most of the city’s embassies as well as plenty of places and activities around the neighborhood that can be enjoyed regardless if you are alone or with beloved family or friends. Zamalek is Cairo’s nightlife hub, with plenty of bars, restaurants and shisha cafés, it is most of the local’s or expat’s favorite neighborhoods to visit because you simply can’t go wrong when it comes to this place specifically for all those who love the outdoor life and common activities among the society. Zamalek also includes many art galleries that can be seen as dynamic as well as interesting stores that can carry everything from antiques to the latest fashion trend. Last but not least, one of the main neighborhoods known for its security, which makes it great for walking around and feeling secure at all times during the day. If you are choosing to live in Zamalek, the view among the Nile will take your breath away by enjoying the scenery of cars and boats crossing the river all day/night long. Gezira Club is in the center of the island as it one of the many places that you can actually enjoy fresh air among the city avoiding all its polluted areas and negative causes that one’s health, the club has many sporting courts, a running track and an outstanding gym.

MAADI

Better known as Cairo’s natural greenery oasis, where you will find most of the locals speaking mostly about the parks, trees, and grass and adoring sights among one of the favored neighborhoods of locals and expats alike. Maadi is well known for its foreign influence among the area which doesn’t always mean that it is the best place for nightlife spots as much as Zamalek, but it is definitely noticed by its hotspot areas such as Road 9 which is full of stunning restaurants, shops, cafes and possibly a bar or two around the area. Old Maadi, Maadi Sarayat and Degla are the top areas known among Maadi for being the best walking neighborhoods in the capital city of Egypt. 

NEW CAIRO (5th Settlement or Tagamoa’ El Khames)

This newly modern area in Cairo, just built over a decade ago is among the very few places that many people can choose from when it comes to living or staying in the country especially because all of the hotspot locations as well as being close to all the important places as well within the city. This eastern suburb in Cairo isn’t known for the usual sightseeing visits as well as it is a calmer and openly spacious when regarding traffic unlike central Cairo, and it is known for being closer to the airport which is less of a hassle for those who are staying for a short stay and trying to enjoy their trip as much as possible.

You will find all the best international brands, restaurants, and shisha cafés and last but not least, Cairo Festival City which is known now as one of the best malls that Egypt has to offer. One of the greatest aspects of living in New Cairo is actually the many amazing compounds included within the properties and having the luxury to reside in such tremendous locations within these secured compounds. Road 90 is the well-known destination among locals and expats both for a great lunch/dinner and even shopping experience. New Cairo is also amazing when it comes to all the needed educational needs that most families may need when choosing to reside in the city, but don’t worry New Cairo has you covered with all the best schools around the area such as Chouifat, American International School in Egypt, Narmer American College and the new campus of the American University in Cairo. It is better to stay within the area of New Cairo to enjoy its modern atmosphere if you aren’t too interested in the greenery of Maadi or the historical yet loud scene that Zamalek can offer.

6TH OF OCTOBER CITY

The city of 6th of October is the western equivalent of the 5th Settlement also known as New Cairo. This suburb located in Cairo is the home to many commercial centers full of restaurants, stores and many popular malls such as Mall of Egypt, Mall of Arabia and much more. 6th of October City might be the best place to stay if you are choosing to stay close to all the historical artifacts in Cairo such as the Great Pyramids of Giza and/or the Saqqara pyramids. When it comes to traffic, it is one of the most recommended places regarding that issue however it is the furthest neighborhood in Cairo from the airport. One of the few flaws of this neighborhood is that there must be a car/cab needed most of the time as it is another place that will be hard to get around on foot unless you like to walk long distances to the requested places.

DOWNTOWN (TAHRIR)

When it comes to living in a crowded as much as it is touristic, it can be chaotic for most but it is highly recommended for those who are looking forward to being adventurous and looking to get the real experience within the beautiful capital of Egypt. You can tell that this area is well known throughout the history of places such as the apartments that were built many years ago, shop after shop, and restaurant after restaurant you will recognize all the old streets and night sidewalks that dominate the landscape alongside the countless displays of historical sites along the location. Its known for being crowded but it is definitely a place that you won’t need a cab/car to commute around as it is easier to use public transportation or even walk the distances as it is definitely worth the experience to witness some of Cairo’s notable places such as the Cairo Museum, Khan El Khalili and the Islamic and Coptic Cairo that be adored when first seen.

HELIOPOLIS

When choosing the best place closest to the airport, Heliopolis is the best place to reside in Cairo as well as it also includes one of Cairo’s biggest malls which is City Stars, where it is nearby and you can shop for everything that you want in case you are under pressure with time. There is also the well-known place of “Korba” which is a nice yet unique place to enjoy walking as Heliopolis has it’s fair share of fancy restaurants and bars. One of the flaws of living in Heliopolis would be the usual Cairo traffic and congestion through prime hours as well as it will take quite some time to reach the center of the city and even longer distance to get to the Great Pyramids of Giza.

GARDEN CITY

Located on the right bank of the Nile River, Garden City used to be the home to the many elites living in Egypt as some of the beautiful architecture still stands until this present day. Garden City hosts some of the many best restaurants and bars, it is also walking distance towards the area of Zamalek which is convenient to all those willing to visit or enjoy the nightlife and the best that the area of Zamalek has to offer. Garden City is the best place to reside if you are looking for a spectacular view of the Nile River as well as delightful walks towards the fascinating places nearby that can be enjoyed by any local or expat.

OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS NOT INCLUDED:

HARAM (THE AREA OF THE PYRAMIDS)

While it is considered the best place and closest place to the Great Pyramids of Giza, it is also not the favored place when regarding safety and distance from other well-known attractions in Cairo. It is also not the closest to central Cairo as well as the airport.

MOHANDISEEN

When speaking about crowded and a place being super hectic, Mohandiseen is one of the top places to be remembered when it comes to these aspects.

MANIAL

While it does have some amazing Nile River views, it doesn’t have much else to offer regarding amazing sights or experiences, which can be seen as not so pleasant for most tourists and expats.

NASR CITY

One of the top crowded and congested areas in the city of Cairo, as it does have few touristic attractions, it is definitely not worth staying whether for short or long term and would be better to reside or a book a hotel in closer areas if you are choosing to visit Nasr City often.

If you are looking to stay in a hotel, then it would be best to aim for one around the Zamalek or Garden City area; If you are looking for a hostel then it would be best to go to the Downtown area and if you are looking to rent, purchase/sell properties within the beautiful capital city of Egypt, then you can check out our full recommended properties list right here housesolutionegypt.com/

Author Bio

Mohamed El Zaafarany is a digital marketing consultant with interests in the travel and real estate industries who loves to connect businesses with their target audiences.

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5 simple ways to invest in real estate

Investment is not an easy way to do with 100% surety whether you would profit. However, if you plan to invest in real estate, it could be a great way to make money with less amount. Even if you are lack money, you can simply take loans and pay them off on installments. Real estate investing is beneficial if it is being invested in the right way. Nevertheless, if you are deciding to invest in real estate for the first time, yet you are confused about where and how to invest in this business, there are plenty of ways to invest in real estate and get profited.

I would let you know about these tactics and approaches through which you can build enough money. When you start investing in real estate, it helps in expanding your investment portfolio and can be a suitable means of earning enough. Moreover, a decent investment in real estate grants you tax benefits through devaluation, which may help you increase your returns. Thus, you are requested to stay here and start your business with low investment though get high profit.

1.      Purchase a leasing property

Buying a rental property is the excellent and most common option to invest in real estate and build money. You can purchase any real estate property, residential or commercial property to lease to renters and earn the lease income every month. This way is beneficial in several manners; you have the authority to get your renters out, or you may use the property for your personal use. Anyhow, you would get a handsome amount of income every month regularly. On the other hand, where there are such benefits, owning a rental property may cause some downfalls as follow.

  • When you invest in real estate through renting properties, you may get less income from the renter.
  • Besides, obtaining a rental property can be a time-consuming task since it is difficult to find an ideal tenant.
  • When you buy your first property to lease it, it could be costly for you. Since this is your first investment, you could get further by keeping the profit once you bought your first property.

Warning!

Mortgage discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, or marital status is illegal. If you find such things happening with anyone, one can report a complaint against that person.

2.      Flip a property

Flipping property is another approach to invest in real estate. It uses the term fix and flips the house, which means that you purchase a house for your personal use and renovate it. Once you discover that the house is increasing its worth, you may sell it out at a decent rate. However, the flipping house is a task that requires much patience and endurance because it takes time to get a suitable client who would buy the renovated house in a great amount. 

Nonetheless, there are a few things that you need to bear in mind while flipping a house.

  • Try not to waste your time by focusing on little details while lipping a house. In the case of a flipping house, you should consume your time watchfully and make a schedule about how much time would you give in renovating the house. Also, focus more on the selling of the house, since it is an essential part of house flipping.
  • When you buy a property for flipping, you should watch your budget out. Try to buy a less expensive house that needs fewer renovation to save your maximum money. However, when it comes to the selling of the house, you should exceed 70% of the cost of what you expect; otherwise, you would be in loss.
  • While renovating the house, you must know the market scope; what trends and styles are in. Remember, if you renovate the house in a trendy way, it will increase the worth of the house.

3.      Rent out a part of existing property

This strategy does not need much investment; you can invest your own home where you are living already. If you decide to leave your house, however, don’t want to sell it out, you can lease your whole house and get income every month. On the other hand, if you live in a house and one portion is empty, upper or lower floor, you can give that part on rent and earn every month. This approach of real estate investment can be beneficial in numerous ways.

  • You can watch your renters closely about their living styles in your home.
  • You don’t need to visit every month for rent (if you rent out a far distant house).
  • No investment for spare property is needed.

4.      Purchase REITs

If you do not want to invest in real estate traditionally, you can choose to invest in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). In this approach, you only need to invest money and not be required to purchase or sell the property. When you invest in any organization, it is their concern or purchase and sale property. This corporation has to pay you 90% of the profit while avoiding paying business income tax and divide the money amongst all the investors. Nevertheless, REITs are a substantial investment for the stock market and are perfect for those who want a regular income.

Notification:

You are not applicable to invest in REITs if you are accompanying Traditional Rental Real Estate.

5.      Use real estate online platforms

You use some online real estate investment platforms to invest in this business if you are looking for a partner. It is usually used for investing in large commercial or residential properties. You can visit numerous online real estate platforms and link with the investors seeking partners for financial investment in real estate. If you find a decent partner with which u think you can associate, can contact and start a business. However, you need to pay the fee of using a certain online platform. This approach is beneficial in terrestrial divergence, and the profit would be divided according to the number of partners.

Upshot 

These were five simple ways to invest in real estate business; although, the most common and organic ways to earn a high profit are the first two. Besides, you can adopt multiple approaches to invest in real estate. Thus there is no rule to pick only one strategy; this thing would provide you higher profit. For instance, you can purchase multiple REITs and, at the same time, rent out your house for regular incomes. Anyhow, you invest in real estate through any means, there is all the profit you would get. So, initiate your real setae business and plan for a world tour.

Author: Jason Miles

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?

Looking to buy, sell rent real estate? Visit www.all-real-estate.com

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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