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How To Buy A Pre-Construction Townhome

How To Buy A Pre-Construction Townhome

There are benefits of purchasing a pre-construction townhome. It’s an interesting way to be part of a project, like a totally new condo in a residential district, or have the initial claim on the penthouse in the most recent building.  Most times you also have the option of capitalizing on a couple of discounted early phase pricing.

Should I Purchase a Pre-Construction Townhome?

Is the real estate business right for me? This thought may cross your mind a few times. It is sometimes hard to reckon how a Townhome will look just staring at the blueprint. Not to worry, your developer will offer you a computer simulation model that is close to the real thing to aid your decision making. By implication, you won’t be purchasing blindly.

There are strings of benefits you gain when you buy a pre-construction home. The most appealing is the low price you can access when purchasing this property. Often, these pre-construction properties are sold in “buying phases”.  The value is increased after a particular amount of units have been sold. In certain instances, it could be after a 25 percent sale while for properties in high demand, the value may be raised after only 10 percent of the units have been sold

You may ask yourself, how do I buy an apartment that I have neither seen, touched nor even walked through?  Or how do I know what the views from a particular floor would be like?

Let’s guide you:

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1. Let the offering plan guide you

The offering plan is your de facto guide when purchasing. It contains all you need, from the selected appliances, opinions on taxes that tax lawyers have deemed as best after assessment of the completed building by the city. It will also have a “special risks” section, which will include things like whether or not the developer has the right to rent any unsold units.

Be informed that the developer is only bound by law to render the contents within the offering plan, not the content of the brochure or what’s in the offering.

2. Choose an experienced developer

Carefully study the track record and the reputation of the developer. A developer having a strong customer/client base means you will not be disappointed. The presence of issues or other forms of problems may require you to verify before you purchase.

Checking out discussion forums using Google about the developer is not a bad idea, any estate attorney with years of experience can also make recommendations,   on whom or who not to deal with.

Allowing your broker advice you is the best way of finding an experienced developer. Get the counsel of an informed broker on antecedent of the developer, level of past developments, resale history, information on his success in past construction and development.

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3. Make sure you secure Phase 1 pricing

Pre-construction apartments are sold in stages of pricing, buying in the first phase, helps you save 5 to 10 percent off the final listing price. However, the best units are sold last because prices are highest then.

4. Confirm the quality of the materials

Contained in the offering plan are the materials, you must be meticulous when inquiring about them. At times engineered floor is used to mask a light sheet of oak floor. In this way, you have engineered floors in place of the oak floor in contrast to what was originally assured in the offering plan. You will need to get precise details on the type of floor by asking the sponsor, for instance, the percentage of oak used on the floor.

Construction variations seem normal to sponsors and so they are allowed to make changes in everything, from materials to ceiling height contained in the offering plan. For this reason, it is advisable for your attorney to inquire about the standards for variations for the construction company and get details of the contract.

Though sponsors do not like people inspecting the apartment under construction but you should try to negotiate this. It will be less difficult to get them to allow you inspect the apartment if you are purchasing a signature apartment.

Importance of Purchasing Pre-Construction

You can get involved in real estate in numerous ways, however, pre-construction real estate happens to be the fastest growing with some of the quickest and highest returns.

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Pre-construction real estate should be given serious consideration because pre-construction condominiums have the best pre-construction real estate on the market presently. They are found everywhere, but some locations are going through a preconstruction real estate increase because of increased demand for accommodation in these areas.

Lower starting prices are the primary reason why investing pre-construction estate is a sure bet. Buying at the commencement of a sales launch is the best because the builder presents the lowest prices at this time. This is the best time to make appreciable returns on investment.

When you buy early, you purchase a home with better future value at the current price; you also have freedom to choose from different options. There is a wide selection of floor plans to choose from, so you can make changes to your own unit. This makes your home unique because it stands out of the crowd.

Because people demand condos in hot locations, you won’t wait long to see a return on your investment compared to if you bought a home or property before construction, which yields faster returns. Selling or renting a never lived in condominium or home is much easier to sell than an older one.

The opportunity of instant equity provides the best perk of investing into pre-construction real estate. Meaning you don’t wait for investment return to come up in years, it does so right away as soon as you sign the agreement of purchase & sale.

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Numerous incentives come with a pre-construction real estate investment market. Developers offer extras because they want to retain investors or woo investors initially. These benefits often increase the worth of the real estate that you are looking to invest in immensely. Examples of these benefits include upgrades, appliances, furnish or direct credits off the purchase price. Every benefit increases the worth of the property.

After making a purchase and investing now comes the waiting game. It will take years to close out, moreover construction setbacks is fairly common. The condo’s worth will still, appreciate at a higher than average rate, giving you a handsome income on your 15-20% down payment.

Presently, preconstruction condos are the in-thing in the real estate market. If you have been thinking of investing in a pre-construction condo or home, then feel free to contact us. We provide free research to help you make that decision, define your investment goals and bring you to the pre-construction project of you dream.

Featured photo credit: Pre-construction Home via pre-constructionhomes.com

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Published on January 17, 2020

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget (The Definitive Guide)

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget (The Definitive Guide)

Have you ever looked at health gurus and wondered how on earth they can afford all that health food? Or maybe you’ve tried multiple times to start eating healthy only to find the $600 monthly budget overwhelming?

If you’re anything like me, you know exactly what I’m talking about! I absolutely understand the sinking feeling of looking back over a grocery budget and finding you went way over what you intended. And besides that, it can be hard to justify buying a tiny $5 bag of carrot chips while a $1 mound of potato chips is sitting right next door.

My husband and I recently ran into that struggle. We got married this past year and soon found ourselves trying to balance 12 hour work-days with keeping our relationship strong and trying to keep our personal businesses afloat. Granted, our budget was the one thing that took a hit! After we started tracking our spending, we were shocked to see we were spending over $1000 a month just on food! A little planning cleared that right up.

So, how to eat healthy on a budget?

Here’re the top tips I learned that helped us shave over $600 monthly off of our food budget so we could reinvest that in the areas that really mattered to us![1]

1. Meal Plan

You’ve probably heard the saying “Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail” right? Well, this saying couldn’t be any more true than in the area of healthy budgeting! The fact is, most healthy foods don’t actually cost that much… the pre-made time saving ones do!

If you go about creating a healthy meal plan within your budget, you could easily cut costs down to around the same price you are paying for junk food.

Meal planning is as simple as working in foods you already have in your fridge/freezer, adding in several meals with simple ingredients and seasonal veggies, and breaking it down into a shopping list.

Often, finding a few meals to make in big batches will save you the most money in the long run, which leads me to my next point.

2. Cook in Bulk

Not only will cooking in bulk save you a whole lot of time, it will save you a whole lot of money too! Believe it or not, if you find meals to make with similar ingredients, you can easily save more money than when you were eating unhealthy.

Don’t believe me? Just look at a $4 frozen pasta dinner. Now, sub that with a veggie pasta dinner. 5 zuchinni ($3), Pasta sauce ($2.50), and chicken ($5) could last you a full 5 meals which adds up to a whopping total of just over $1 per meal!

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That’s not even digging in to all the money you will save from fast-food. Trust me, a little $10 spent here and there add up! You’ll be saving a whopping amount from all the meal prep you will do!

3. Cook all Your Meals in One Day

The science behind this is 2-fold.

Number one, if you have lots of meals to grab and go, you will be far less likely to binge on pricier food when you get hungry. Let’s be real, you’re not going to spend 1 hour cooking when hub-n’-grub is at your bekon-call!

Number 2, meal prepping ahead of time will help you stick to your meal plan better when you’re not in the mood. Let’s face it, we’re all going to have days when protein and veggies doesn’t exactly sound appealing. But, if you have a full meal that’s quick to grab in the fridge, it will be easier for you to fill up on the good stuff rather than spending money on what you don’t really need.

4. Cut Back on Snacks and Specialty Items

I can almost hear you from across the screen. “But, I thought snacks were good for me!” Here’s the deal: Snacks are expensive! And healthy snacks, oh my goodness, say goodbye to your paycheck!

Look, I’m definitely not saying that healthy snacks are bad. Quite frankly, I would much rather you chow down on Halo Top than a triple-butterfinger-fudge sundae. It’s just that… healthy snacks are why eating healthy gets a bad rap for being expensive.

Look at it this way: You could either buy a week’s worth of groceries full of chicken, fish, beans, veggies, and fruits for $30. Or, you can spend that $30 on six snacks that will leave you hungry for more.

What’s more, the ingredients for gluten-free baked goods, sugar free substitutes, or protein powders alone will add up to you eating a full week’s budget in one sitting. By all means, if you want to work some yummy items into your budget, do it! But don’t confuse that extra monthly $300 of delicacies as a necessity. Your body and budget will thank you!

5. Satisfy Yourself with Your Favorite Subs

We all have an emotional tie to food. Maybe pasta reminds you of home! Or maybe a fresh-baked pizza is what gives you a feeling of comfort. Whatever you favorite food, find a way to work it into your budget in the best way.

We’re only human, and depriving ourselves of what we love will never end well. More often than not actually, it ends in take-out or a pricey-premade substitute.

Instead of finding yourself in this situation, find a way to make your favorite foods fit your budget. Zuchinni noodle pasta might just give you that feeling of home without breaking the bank. Or maybe you could google a healthy pizza alternative you would like that you could make at home. Often, something similar to your craving will be enough to give you a sense of satisfaction.

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Or, just buy your cheat meal and save it for a special day. That’s okay too!

6. Stick to the Cheaper Proteins

Okay, I know we all love steak. Unfortunately, buying pre-cooked or expensive cuts of meat are one of the easiest ways to drain a budget.

Instead of purchasing those, try buying frozen chicken or eggs. A 5 lb bag of frozen chicken can be as cheap as $5, and you can buy a whole weeks worth of eggs for just over $1. You could even try going vegetarian for a few meals if you really want to cut down on costs!

7. Buy Frozen Fruits and Veggies

I know, we all love our fresh fruits and veggies! However, sometimes frozen might be the way to go if you’re looking to cut costs!

Fruits and veggies are easiest to ship when frozen, making them a much cheaper option. Contrary to popular belief, scientists have actually found that frozen might be better for you too![2]

The reason is, frozen produce is picked at its prime and shipped immediately. Fresh fruit tends to be picked much earlier so it will ripen while being shipped. Not only does this make it less nutrient dense, but sometimes the fruits are actually pumped with artificial flavors to make up for the lack of real nutrients.

While I’m all for fresh fruits and veggies, don’t feel guilty if you opt for frozen foods due to a budget.

8. Bump up the Calories with Rice and Beans

The problem some people find when trying to eat healthy is that it can be hard to get the amount of calories you need without relying on expensive “specialty” items. Instead of stocking up on pricey gluten-free breads and pasta, I say stick to simple rice and beans as the bulk of your meals.

Brown Rice is very cheap and easy to use as a base for bowls and dishes. Likewise, beans can add a bit of fiber making you feel full and satisfied without having to spend a lot of money.

If you are trying to cut on body fat, use extra veggies as the bulk of your meal and add in rice and beans as a filler.

9. Try Acai Bowls

Acai Bowls can be a really cheap and satisfying meal as long as you do it right.

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You can find cheap fruits at most stores or just freeze your fresh fruits before it goes bad.

Making your own granola can save you a lot of money as well. The total cost for this delicious meal should only add up to a few dollars compared to triple that price if you were to buy one pre-made.

10. Make Your Own Meal Kits

Do you like your meals freshly cooked? Sending meal kits to your doorstep is an easy way to drain your budget. Instead, try making your meal kit at home! Not only is it fun, you will easily get a delicious taste.

Simply find a few simple meal cards or print some out and fill a ziplock with the ingredients for each specific day. Don’t know what recipe to make? Another option is to order one month of meal kits and recycle the recipe into ingredients for the upcoming months with ingredients you picked up from the store.

11. Don’t Drink Your Calories

A few dollars spent here and there can really add up! Just as with specialty items, healthy drinks can be a blackhole for you. An energy drink and kombucha and coffee each day could easily have you spending and extra $300 each month!

I you really need a special drink fix, try making your favorites at home. Bring a coffee in, make kombucha, or even try making lemonade with stevia or a healthy soda. You’ll be surprised w hat a big difference such a small change can make on your budget!

12. Buy Cheap Online

Just like anything else, it pays to be prepared. Buying foods from online retailers can be a really affordable way to save money as long as you’re prepared.

Plan ahead for those more expensive specialty items you can’t live without. It will save you tons of money compared to having to buy food from a specialty store.

13. Don’t Fret about the Clean Fifteen

One of the huge things that can mess with a person’s budget is eating organic. For the record, I am 110% all for eating organic whenever you can. However, for some people, it can be hard to make organic food fit into a budget.

Instead of scratching healthy eating for a smaller budget, try to buy meat and the dirty dozen organic, and don’t go crazy about the rest. The clean fifteen are the fifteen safest foods to buy that aren’t organic! Meanwhile, the dirty dozen is the most worthwhile avoiding. According to Produce Retailer, these are the dirty dozens:[3]

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes

14. Pay Attention to Storage

Keeping the food you have is just as important as how much food is in the first place. Try to stay on top of how much produce you can actually use before it goes bad. It might not be a bad idea to pencil an extra shopping trip in the middle of the week to keep food fresh.

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Investing in good food storage containers could go a long way in saving you in the long run as well.

15. Freeze Food Before it Goes Bad

Instead of getting mad at yourself at the end of the week for all the wilted produce you need to throw out, try freezing it before you get to that point.

Most frozen veggies will taste delicious in stir fries and soups. You can freeze fruits to make sorbet or smoothies. Frozen greens can be chopped up and tossed into just about anything for a nutrient boost!

16. Consider Ditching Most Supplements and Powders

I have nothing against superfood powders and supplements. However, if your budget is tight, it can be hard to fit supplements and powders in.

Instead of adding in powders, add extra nutrients to you food. Add lots of greens and veggies to all your meals to meet your nutrient needs. If you need a specific supplement, you can find great deals online as well!

17. Use Budget App

There are so many great apps you can download for free. One of my current favorite is HoneyDue because you can track your budget easily with your spouse. There are many options available, just find the one that you’re most likely to use. The ones that download your spendings automatically are often the easiest and will give you a more accurate number.

My husband and I use the same app, but have a separate budget for each of our weekly food plan and for our additional snacks. Keeping things separate can often be helpful to know exactly where your money is going. Plus, it can help hold you accountable if you have a significant other you are sharing money with.

18. Use What you Have

Most people have unused protein powders lying around in their cabinets. Instead of letting that go to waste, work them into your meal plan. Protein powders can make amazing doughnuts, pastries, or pancakes!

19. Enjoy the Process!

Finding ways to enjoy your new lifestyle will be helpful in sticking to it long term. Find fun in seeing how much you can save each month. Make a competition with someone to see who can stick to the lowest budget and create something fun to do for the winner with some of the money saved! Blast some music in the kitchen while cooking your new recipes.

Budgeting and health doesn’t have to be a drag. Make it fun and you’ll enjoy your new lifestyle long-term!

Featured photo credit: kevin laminto via unsplash.com

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