Tokyo exhibition presents a vision for the future of housing

Modern society is not short of complex social, economic and environmental problems to overcome. Curator and designer Kenya Hara believes “housing is one of the best mediums for exploring the most pressing challenges we face”. That’s why he came up with House Vision, an exhibition in Tokyo this month that brings together some of the nation’s leading companies (Muji, Panasonic and Toto among them) and partners them with some of the country’s best-known young and...

A golfer’s retreat in Chiang Mai – great setting, small rooms

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What is it? Having soft opened in October, the launch festivities for the 42-room North Hill City Resort, aimed at golfers, other golfers and the families of golfers, were put on hold following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. Set on former rice paddies about 30 minutes south of town by speedy tuk-tuk (the driver of which will probably have to be shown the way), the hotel has a fantastic view of Doi Suthep (the revered mountain Chiang Mai sits at the foot of). The...


Real Estate Madness: How to Navigate Your Way to Your Future Home

Searching for a home should not be taken lightly. Keep in mind that approximately one out of four homeowners is unhappy with their homes—don’t join that group! Increase your chances of real estate happiness with the following tips.

Use Your Smartphone
One issue that can get in the way of appreciating a possible house is if you cannot see how renovations or furniture might look in the home. There are several smartphone applications that can help you by using a 3D image, taken by you. This will allow you to place furniture or renovations in the space to see how it may change the property—a great way to see if the house is really meant for you.

Hire Help
You may think that finding the right house is as simple as perusing real estate listings online or jumping in a car and visiting homes with a for sale sign on them. This could work, but it might take a long time to find a house. Finding the right home among thousands can get tedious. That is, of course, unless you have access to a REALTOR® who can help you narrow down your options. Narrowing down choices can be as simple as saying that you need a house with two or three bedrooms to something as small as making sure it has a fireplace.

Do Your Research
There are a number of sites that can help you find out the type of neighborhood that might be right for you to live in. Some crime rate and report sites will let you see the crime rate in the area of your possible home. This is valuable real estate information. You should also make sure that the house is in your budget, because mortgage payments are one of the reasons some homeowners are unhappy with their choices.

Location Is Negotiable
Some homeowners who regret buying their homes feel like they were pressured into purchasing. Do not let yourself feel pressured. Take your time, and be sure to consider areas out of town, as well. Remember that finding the right house is a magical experience, because the right place will speak to you. Having your REALTOR® expand your options gives you more real estate choices—some homes might even be cheaper in certain areas.

Keep these tips in mind as you search for your home. When you find the right house, be sure not to stall, because someone might snatch it off the market!

This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Visit the blog daily for housing and real estate tips and trends. Like Housecall on Facebook and follow @HousecallBlog on Twitter.

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Prepping for a Move: Should You Hire a Pro or DIY?

Let’s face it: We all know moving is a pain. And according to the American Moving & Storage Association, the average move in the U.S. costs a shocking $5,630.

Of course, costs will vary greatly upon family size, house size and location. However, it’s safe to say that moving is often more expensive than expected. This brings many to the question: should you hire a pro mover, or enlist the help of a few friends and DIY?

To help you come to a conclusion about your move, New York-based Roadway Moving pulled together a list of the top moving costs, and a comparison of what you’ll spend if you do it yourself or hire out. Now keep in mind a moving company curated this breakdown, so it may be a teeny bit biased. Do your own research to determine what will be most cost-effective for you.

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Zoe Eisenberg is RISMedia’s senior content editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at zoe@rismedia.com.

This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Visit the blog daily for housing and real estate tips and trends. Like Housecall on Facebook and follow @HousecallBlog on Twitter.

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Six outdoor lights that will make a great first impression

Ice Queen LED chandelier, by Young & Battaglia for Mineheart, £1,212/HK$12,415, from Culture Label. Asteroid, from HK$2,170, from Innermost. Balad, by Tristan Lohner for Fermob, HK$2,150 (large) and HK$1,100 (small), from Everything Under the Sun. Vibia Meridiano, HK$22,550, from Zodiac Lighting. Campanone Pouf by Paolo Grasselli for ModoLuce, HK$8,500, from Zzue Creation. Vertigo, by Petite Friture, from HK$6,900, from SeventhirtyAM.

Creating Retirement Wealth Through Real Estate

Real estate has long been favoured as an investment strategy for setting yourself up for a financially free retirement. So what are the best ways to get started in building your portfolio – and what are investors doing today to ensure their property wealth continues to grow in the future?