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Tips on Preparing for a Stress-Free Moving
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What Type of Wood Should You Choose for Your Floor?
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A Real Estate Agent Encounter with 419 Scammers
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Things to Know About Home Finance and Real Estate Investing
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Few Ideas for Customized Office Fit-Outs
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Why Coworking Space are the Next Best Thing For Entrepreneurs In Lagos
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Plan Floating Floors for Your Home to Get Unique Look
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Photos From The Sogenal Tower Launch
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Seven Tips About Home Finance and Real Estate Investing
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Beyond Banners – Real Estate as a Career

Tips on Preparing for a Stress-Free Moving

Whether you are moving to a new country or city, because of work or college, the process itself is usually very stressful. It’s draining both physically and emotionally, due to the amount of work that needs to be done and to the fact you are leaving the place where you have spent a certain amount of time and possibly grown roots. Temporarily, your life becomes chaotic and reduced to countless boxes and lists, and you can’t help but worry all the time if anything will be lost, damaged, misplaced or mishandled.

Indeed, packing and moving is an overwhelming process, but there are things you can do to prepare and try to go through it all with as little stress as possible. Read More

What Type of Wood Should You Choose for Your Floor?

At first, choosing a flooring option seems straightforward: you love the luxurious look of a hardwood floor and want to put it in your dining room, living room and maybe a bedroom or two. But which type of wood should you choose?

In reality, not all hardwood flooring is the same. Some species of hardwoods are lighter or darker than others, for example. Most hardwoods are durable, but others are particularly susceptible to dings and scratches. Also consider the “character” of the wood: do you want each slab to have a uniform grain, or are knots and growth rings welcome additions?

Here’s a nifty list to help you quickly compare and contrast common species of hardwood. Read More

A Real Estate Agent Encounter with 419 Scammers

This is a new twist to real estate 419 scams used against unsuspecting real estate agent. In this case, the agent  is a high profile, highly professional estate firm.

In the early hours of Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at about 7:17am, this writer received a call from someone who said his name is Gbenro, and that he is very interested to buy our fully furnished 5 bedroom detached duplex at Chevy View Estate, Chevron, Lekki, Lagos going for N88million. He assured during the telephone conversation that if he can view the property, and he likes what he sees, he will like to pay immediately.

With this assurance, we quickly arranged for the immediate inspection of the property at about 10:00am the same day. The current owners/vendors of the property – Mr. & Mrs. Augustine (not their real name, to protect their identity) are still living there; Mr. Augustine has just been transferred to the Abuja branch of his company, hence the need for relocation and sale of the property. Read More

Things to Know About Home Finance and Real Estate Investing

Home loans are the top home financing options for enabling people to fulfill the dream of owning a home. While financial institutions are willing to lend, you need to be aware of how this type of home finance works to avoid disappointment. Familiarizing yourself with a financial product is essential before committing to a transaction or signing a legally binding document. The following are basic things you need to put in mind before applying for a mortgage:

Loan Eligibility

It is important to find out what the specific lending criteria is. Factors that affect your eligibility generally depend on the terms and conditions of particular lenders. Some lenders are more stringent than others and factors range from existing liabilities to your financial capability. Read More

Few Ideas for Customized Office Fit-Outs

Your office needs to be designed and decorated in such a manner that all your requirements are served. It is not just about beautification when decorating the interior of your office, but at the same time you also need to make sure that maximum utility is derived. That is the reason why it is important to plan the design properly before you implement it. Talking about designing the interior of the office, it is very important to take the fit-outs into consideration. The office fit-outs are the most essential elements when it comes to decorating the office. Read More

Why Coworking Space are the Next Best Thing For Entrepreneurs In Lagos

The journey of an entrepreneur is a daunting process and funding can be very difficult especially in a developing country like Nigeria. Ever since the increase of Internet users in Lagos and Nigeria as whole, more and more online businesses have sprung up with a lot of entrepreneurs exploring the digital space to solve hands-on problems. Most of these online businesses would need basic infrastructure to stay alive, even if they are cash-flow positive from day one.

An office space is a basic need for every entrepreneur, either you are working from home, a shared office space, or your own office. When you’re bootstrapping everything from the ground up by yourself with just little cash in the bank, the best would be to opt for a co-working space. Read More

Plan Floating Floors for Your Home to Get Unique Look

Many homeowners think that concrete floor is the only flooring option that is available for their homes. However, they can have floating floors for home if they want to have a unique design in their homes. Apart from glue-down floors, these floating floors have grown quite popular in the recent years, as these improve the appearance of your home from ordinary to extraordinary. They are no doubt a beautiful addition to your living place. This will make you feel proud of your house.

What is a Floating Floor?

A floating floor is a type of floor that is not required to be glued or nailed to the subfloor. This is where it is different from the concrete floors that we see in traditional homes. It is basically used to refer an installation method through which you can get a new floor quickly. It will make your home cozy and appealing and provide more warmth to the whole décor. Read More

Photos From The Sogenal Tower Launch

Sogenal Group and Eris Property Group on July 14th launched the Sogenal Tower Development in Lagos at the first of many events to be held in key cities across Africa and Europe.

The development, which will be located on the corner of Cameron and Kingsway (Alfred Rewane) Road, will offer 11,560sqm of Grade A leasable space spread out over 14 floors. Read More

Seven Tips About Home Finance and Real Estate Investing

Home loans are the top home financing options for enabling people to fulfill the dream of owning a home. While financial institutions are willing to lend, you need to be aware of how this type of home finance works to avoid disappointment. Familiarizing yourself with a financial product is essential before committing to a transaction or signing a legally binding document.

1. Loan Eligibility

It is important to find out what the specific lending criteria is. Factors that affect your eligibility generally depend on the terms and conditions of particular lenders. Some lenders are more stringent than others and factors range from existing liabilities to your financial capability. 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

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