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Decorating Ideas to Give Your Home a Farmhouse Feel
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Beyond Banners – Real Estate as a Career
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How to Make the Most of a Tiny Office
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Tactful Tips for First-Time Tenants and Landlords
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2016 Outlook on Lagos Housing Development
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How To Avoid Fraudsters When Buying or Renting a Property
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Richard’s Court, an Elegant Development in the Heart of Maryland
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Things You Should Know Before Renting Your First Apartment
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Lagos State Unveils Urban Development Projects for Megacity Initiative
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Opulence and Elegance at G.C.C, Gbagada

Decorating Ideas to Give Your Home a Farmhouse Feel

Farmhouses carry a certain feeling of nostalgia, even for those of us who didn’t grow up in the village or country-side. If you are fortunate to have had first-hand experience staying or living in a farmhouse, you’ll agree that modern farmhouses are such a beauty to behold and something begging to be experienced again. To bring some of that cozy comfort into your own home, try these design tips:

Sliding Barn Doors

What’s a farm without a barn? You may not have space in your home to put in a loft or ladder, but you can certainly add a sliding barn door to make a bold statement. The door can go on any interior doorway if there is enough space to put runners off to the side. Because visible hardware will look totally natural with a barn door, it doesn’t need to be a “pocket” sliding door. This is good news for you, because it makes it much easier to install. Read More

Beyond Banners – Real Estate as a Career

This article was written by Chinwe Ajene Sagna and it first appeared on JLL’s blog.

There is a general misconception on careers in real estate. I recently spoke to a group of young people who spoke derisively about the profession, describing it as “hustlers who don’t even know the landlords and are going from house to house looking to make small change.” There are a number of these informal estate agents who at best have tenuous relationships with property owners and for the most part act as go-betweens between tenants and principal agents.

These agents interact with many people and end up serving as the public face of the industry, but this is not a true representation of our profession. When you go just below the surface, you find that there is more to a real estate career than hanging banners advertising a property “To Let” or “For Sale”. Read More

How to Make the Most of a Tiny Office

The higher you rise in the company ranks, the larger and nicer your office will be. And if you’re just getting your foot in the door and establishing yourself in your chosen industry, you are probably sharing elbow room with a number of other coworkers, renting an office the size of a closet or sitting in a cramped cubicle all day. If you barely have space to put your coffee, you’re not alone. Here’s how to make the most of a tiny office.

Take Stock

To get started, you need to take stock of your office in its current form. Be thorough in evaluating what can stay and what needs to go. If you inherited a desk with the office, maybe that desk is more trouble than it’s worth (too big, namely). Is the chair hard and comfortable, or difficult to scoot back away from the desk? If you have trouble moving around the office in any way, it will seem more cramped. Get a smaller desk and a simple swivel chair for starters. Read More

Tactful Tips for First-Time Tenants and Landlords

Renting your first apartment or house is an exciting turning point in your life. It can also be stressful, since the huge yearly rent (we envy climes where tenants pay on a monthly basis!) often uses up the bulk of your paycheck. And then there’s the fact that you need to adhere to certain rules and policies, as well as seek out your landlord whenever something goes wrong with the property.

You’ve probably heard worrying stories about absentee landlords. However, most aren’t there to scam tenants. Like any business, they’ll only succeed by providing a quality service. You can do your part by being a model tenant. Here are some ways to do just that: Read More

2016 Outlook on Lagos Housing Development

The real estate industry across Nigeria in Q1 of 2016 has performed generally below market expectations. Some attribute this to the prevailing economic conditions in the country especially the continued fall of the Naira against the Dollar, the limitation on access to forex placed by the government and the yet-to-be signed 2016 budget.

Download the ReportNotwithstanding the gloomy result of Q1 2016, Lagos, due to its sheer size, demands and economic leverage, will experience growth in 2016.

In this report, prepared by Residential Actions Company (RAC), the author focused on the Lagos real estate market and put pieces together than can be of great use to the real estate investor.

Download the report here: Spotlight On Lagos Housing Development Market [PDF]

How To Avoid Fraudsters When Buying or Renting a Property

Fraudsters are everywhere. They have been in virtually all field of human endeavour since Adam. The goal isn’t to retire them from their stock in trade. It isn’t to get rid of them in the real estate sector either. The goal is to arm as many as possible with information that will put them on the safe side. To put them in the know of the tell-tale signs they should be on the lookout for whenever they want to buy or rent a property. So how can you avoid fraudsters when buying or renting a property?

Do Your Due Diligence

The world has gone digital. Most estate agents now have websites. Property websites like Hutbay make finding an agent and knowing more about each of them a breeze. With few clicks, the legitimacy of a broker can be easily verified. All thanks to technology. Read More

Richard’s Court, an Elegant Development in the Heart of Maryland

There are a number of luxurious apartments around Lagos, but their prices can be very expensive, far above what most middle class can afford. The property location is also important. Richards Court, a new development in Mende Maryland, Lagos, however, is an exception. It is a luxurious apartment, located in one of the most developed areas in Lagos and it is quiet affordable.

Developed by Richards Brainsworth Limited, one of the most prolific developers in Lagos. Richards Court is a fantastic and competitive piece of modern building. It is a gated and fully-serviced residential estate with all the features and amenities you would expect from a standard estate. Read More

Things You Should Know Before Renting Your First Apartment

So, you are finally ready to rent your very first apartment? You feel you are now ready to take on that responsibility? This will make you earn the respect of many, especially your friends who are still putting up with friends, colleagues or staying with relatives or parents and come across as mature to all. Before donning this maturity, here are a few things you need to know about renting your first apartment:

All Landlords Are Not The Same

As humans, we come in different shapes, sizes, complexion, and temperaments. As our faces are different, so are our character, personalities and biases. The fact that you’ve seen brash and uncompassionate landlords doesn’t mean all landlords are brash and uncompassionate. Read More

Lagos State Unveils Urban Development Projects for Megacity Initiative

In a communique released on March 15th 2016, the Lagos State Government (LASG) unveiled plans to partner with suitable entities on a Public Private Partnership basis for the development of shopping malls, hotels, recreation parks, Zoos, theme parks and residential apartments. The LASG requested that entities with track record express interest in specific sites across the city, which are now available for development.

The effort is part of a Megacity Initiative where Lagos State is pushing to provide infrastructure and facilities that will enable the city cope with its large population. Read More

Opulence and Elegance at G.C.C, Gbagada

There is a new development in downtown Gbagada, Lagos. It’s being developed by Godmade Group and the development is aptly named Godmade Connect Courts (GCC). Located at Alhaja Ganiyat Daodu Street, Harmony Estate, Ifako, Gbagada, the developer said it is a first of its kind in the sense that it is a gated community within a gated community.

Gbagada is noted for its tranquil middle-class lifestyle. The Godmade Group have taken it upon themselves to create luxurious communal living while still holding its lavish and cozy feel by using the highest quality Italian and Spanish materials, keeping in mind the need for environmental preservation and restoration, all at an affordable price. Read More

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