Archive for February, 2013

A Risk with a Touch of Chance

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

To get ahead in lives, or simply to make progressive changes in the way we interact and view the world, it’s important that we take risks, chances and challenges in order to pit us against something that we have to struggle to overcome. When I found a sennett residence location in Singapore, I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to turn this challenge down! It was cheap and right in the price range I was looking elsewhere for; sure, I had never been to Singapore in my entire life or anywhere near Asia but – why not? What else did I have to do with my time that was so interesting I should feel the need to keep myself pinned to one place like some poor bug carcass used for a scientists collection. With such thoughts driving from inaction to action, I couldn’t stay any longer. Within a couple of weeks, I was already boarding my plane and heading out to wider adventures to be found elsewhere.

It was an adventure, that is for sure. My first days wandering Singapore were incredible; I tried to live as much as possible on the streets as I could, doing some work here and there before I decided to go and purchase my condo. I needed to live as they did, to experience their world from the bottom up. That, to me, is how a city – a people, a culture is truly defined. You can’t just look at the rich, the corporations or the landmarks. You have to know the people, to see what motivates them and encourages them to continue on with their lives. You learn, too, a language much more quickly if you immerse yourself constantly into it. Language can seem difficult until its the only one you hear daily.


Ready to Become a Homeowner? Here’s What You Need to Know!

Monday, February 25th, 2013

If you are looking to buy a piece of east manhattan beach real estate, you may be a little overwhelmed with the process. However, the good news is that it is still a buyer’s market; in general, prices are about 25% below their peak and mortgage rates are lower than they have been in a long time. The following tips will help you find the property that is right for you, while still making a sound financial investment.

If you find a home you love, do your research. Make sure it is priced competitively. Go into the neighborhood and see if you can talk to other homeowners to find out insider information. Buying a home is a big decision, and it isn’t one that you should rush into. Get all the facts before you proceed.

If you are ready to start the mortgage process, get a free credit report first. Look over it carefully and see if there are any errors. If there are, you need to get them addressed before you proceed any further.

Apply for pre-approval.