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Who would you want watching your back?

It seems im part of a small section of Trinidad society that is fast becoming a dying breed. You see, I live in a community that I’ve been a part of all my life. I briefly relocated for a year or so, but ultimately, returned to my hometown. Over the years tho, I have noticed two distinct things, the first is the natural progression of persons growing up in one location, and then eventually moving on to a new location to begin their own lives. Putting down roots in new communities, or developments, opting for townhouse living rather than having to clean a 3000 square foot yard in a family home, has become a bit of the norm these days.

The second thing that I’ve noticed is the less obvious but growing change of the communities that were left behind by these, aspiring persons seeking their own new place. The change being that the communities that were once all composed of owned properties had a certain pride and sense of community. The sense of family and neighborly conversation was commonplace and kids of the area would all play together, shop at the corner store and we would all meet at Church on Sunday Morning. Assuming we got up in time. Today, these homes may have been passed on to these kids, now all grown up, and in an effort to leverage these properties as assets,  are now being rented, or outright sold, sometimes to persons seeking Investment Properties, to yes, rent .

To my estimation, this trend has impacted most of what I spoke of in the previous paragraphs, the feeling of a neighborhood and community is slowly being replaced by automatic gates and shared grounds on rented homes converted into duplex. Now, this is not a bad thing, just a new thing, and the old feelings of course, will go out with …. well, the old. Now there is a more individual sense of space and less of the community life that defined previous generations. But then again, this is progress and I’m sure that argument can be made in may other aspects of T&T living as well. But here, in the community, the imagery is evident, at least to those that slow down to watch. The corner store? Now a bar and night club. The street games, football, cricket, are no more, instead we stay glued screens to watch european teams playing in games far away from the streets of our small communities.

Of course, the next question becomes, as it always seems to these days, How does this impact on the security of the neighborhood. Well, in my humble estimation, (and without a shred of actual statistical evidence to back me up) it does feel less of a safe lifestyle because the question of “neighbors watching out for each other” seems to be also going the way of the birds. Please note, Im writing this a day after the tragic shooting of Akesh Sooklal, a 14 year old boy that was shot by robbers in Kelly Village, Central Trinidad, while trying to raise an alarm that his uncle was being car-jacked at their home.

So, Maybe the comfort of familiar faces might have added to my story having weight a few weeks ago when I started this post. Naively, I thought that would have made a difference, instead, I’m just left to wonder, and venture a question……… an unfamiliar face of a new renter, or the known one of a lifetime resident, the feeling of community ultimately lies in the gesture of every individual to be “their neighbors’ keeper”, if you grew up in the area, or are just passing through.

 

Selling your home? Tips to get more from your sale!

By Rhea-Simone Auguste

(c) Moon Light Rental Ltd.

 

If you have decided to sell or rent your home, one of the first things you should do is walk the perimeter of your premises and critique your property. Imagine you are a prospective buyer/renter looking at the place for the first time. Is your property clean, well-maintained and free from defects? Is the yard clear of “junk” and debris and inviting to buyers who may have children and want the yard clutter-free?

Sometimes it may be difficult to see your home as anything but your home. It has been your sanctuary and all of the quirks and eccentricities that you added gave it the personal touches. However, prospective buyers/renters are less interested in personal touches and more interested in getting the best property for their money. They are looking for a perfect solution to their housing problem or an investment in a property that will yield a profit in years to come. The less problems they see with the property upfront – the better.

Most sellers are not interested in spending pre-sale of a house because they think it would cost too much to do so. But there are untold benefits of sprucing up your property before prospective buyers see it and topping the list of benefits is – your property can be soldfaster with minor improvements.

Here are some quick and inexpensive tips to improve the look of your home for prospective buyers/renters courtesy Moon Light Rental Ltd:

  1. De-clutter your yard! The first thing prospective customers see is your yard. If you have a lawn, have it trimmed before showings and ensure all walkways, drains and concrete areas are free of mould and dirt by power-washing or scrubbing with a solution of bleach and water. A clean yard is an inviting yard.
  2. Front porches/galleries should also be cleaned and made to look inviting to people who enjoy entertaining. If you have a nice patio set or simple chairs and an outside mat – arrange them as though you were expecting company. If the house is being sold/rented unfurnished – consider touch-painting so all surfaces look fresh and new.
  3. Inside the house: Two areas of a house can make/break a potential sale/rental – the kitchen and the bathroom(s). These areas MUST be cleaned thoroughly and the kitchen cupboards should be inspected pre-showing to ensure no insects have made your cupboards their home. The last thing a prospective customer wants is to open a cupboard and have a cockroach jump out and greet them. If your home has had problems with ants, invest in a simple TERRO liquid ant bait solution and place baits a few days before showings. Remember to remove all baits and dead insects before you show your place.
  4. Check your bathrooms and toilets thoroughly before you let prospective customers see your place. Make sure toilets are scrubbed clean and bathroom surfaces look clean to touch. Essentially your prospective customers should feel like the house is in move-in condition immediately.

You would be surprised to know the value of your property could go up by simply painting, power-washing and preparing it prior to a valuation or a sale.

Thinking about selling/renting your property? Give us a call at 221-8550 or 773-5468. Looking for a place to buy/rent, give us a call and let’s see if we could match you to your dream home.

Got Junk? Real Spaces launches our free classifieds for persons selling or seeking stuff!

If your moving into or out of, most likely you will be on either side of the argument, but most times a person just moving out of an apartment, office or other location, is bound to have stuff that another person just moving into one will need. Enter the Real Spaces Classifieds. This is a free feature for all our visitors to reach out to persons that are pretty much going through the same drama you are, moving! So, its a great place to hawk your items that kept you company since you signed the lease, a year or two, or more ago!

You know what im talking about, If your moving from an apartment with a lawn that warranted your getting a plug in little trimmer for the 6 x 9 plot you so adored when it was yours to manicure, what are you going to do with it if your heading to a third floor apartment?

Sell, rent, or just give the stuff away, we don’t really need to know…….just know this! we will be screening images and ads posted, so keep your adult books and other items of your secret stash……secret! No one is gonna wanna buy  it any way.

Categories like kids and baby, appliances, gardening and plants, gaming and musical supplies are all there and if you need us to add a section or two, please feel free to drop us a line and we’ll be happy to add it. 🙂

http://www.realspacestt.com/classifieds/

Real Spaces Television Series to appear on ADNET screens at HILO stores nationwide

Real Spaces, the real estate television production of T&T that features scores of properties for rent and sale on the Trinidad and Tobago market will be making its debut on screens at the popular supermarket chain HILO by the end of June 2012. This, as a working relationship with the owners of the network of closet circuit LCD screens ADNET, has entered into an agreement to carry up-to-date content of the series.

Executive Producers Basil Lai Entertainment, will also be offering advertisers and sponsors, spot placement into the content and a specially developed on-screen interface is being produced for exclusive use through this portal.

Shoppers will be able to see listings immediately on screen while shopping for groceries or waiting in the check out line, with all querries being directed to the website developed for the series, www.realspacestt.com

Selling your home? Tips to get more from your sale!

By Rhea-Simone Auguste

(c) Moon Light Rental Ltd.

If you have decided to sell or rent your home, one of the first things you should do is walk the perimeter of your premises and critique your property. Imagine you are a prospective buyer/renter looking at the place for the first time. Is your property clean, well-maintained and free from defects? Is the yard clear of “junk” and debris and inviting to buyers who may have children and want the yard clutter-free?

Sometimes it may be difficult to see your home as anything but your home. It has been your sanctuary and all of the quirks and eccentricities that you added gave it the personal touches. However, prospective buyers/renters are less interested in personal touches and more interested in getting the best property for their money. They are looking for a perfect solution to their housing problem or an investment in a property that will yield a profit in years to come. The less problems they see with the property upfront – the better.

Most sellers are not interested in spending pre-sale of a house because they think it would cost too much to do so. But there are untold benefits of sprucing up your property before prospective buyers see it and topping the list of benefits is – your property can be soldfaster with minor improvements.

Here are some quick and inexpensive tips to improve the look of your home for prospective buyers/renters courtesy Moon Light Rental Ltd:

  1. De-clutter your yard! The first thing prospective customers see is your yard. If you have a lawn, have it trimmed before showings and ensure all walkways, drains and concrete areas are free of mould and dirt by power-washing or scrubbing with a solution of bleach and water. A clean yard is an inviting yard.
  2. Front porches/galleries should also be cleaned and made to look inviting to people who enjoy entertaining. If you have a nice patio set or simple chairs and an outside mat – arrange them as though you were expecting company. If the house is being sold/rented unfurnished – consider touch-painting so all surfaces look fresh and new.
  3. Inside the house: Two areas of a house can make/break a potential sale/rental – the kitchen and the bathroom(s). These areas MUST be cleaned thoroughly and the kitchen cupboards should be inspected pre-showing to ensure no insects have made your cupboards their home. The last thing a prospective customer wants is to open a cupboard and have a cockroach jump out and greet them. If your home has had problems with ants, invest in a simple TERRO liquid ant bait solution and place baits a few days before showings. Remember to remove all baits and dead insects before you show your place.
  4. Check your bathrooms and toilets thoroughly before you let prospective customers see your place. Make sure toilets are scrubbed clean and bathroom surfaces look clean to touch. Essentially your prospective customers should feel like the house is in move-in condition immediately.

You would be surprised to know the value of your property could go up by simply painting, power-washing and preparing it prior to a valuation or a sale.

Thinking about selling/renting your property? Give us a call at 221-8550 or 773-5468. Looking for a place to buy/rent, give us a call and let’s see if we could match you to your dream home.