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In an article by Les Christie, CNNMoney.com staff writer, I learned that Designer influence is seeping into condo housing.

The Armani brand, in this case, was chosen for its muscular values. According to Arthur Gallego, the publicist for the marketer SHVO. “We knew it would attract a primarily male clientele,” he says, “and Armani’s very masculine palette was a good match.”

As a single lady, I love condo living. I own the inside. Everything on the outside is the responsibility of the Condo Association, and I’m part of that too. For a nominal monthly fee, snow is shoveled, grass is cut, and exterior maintenance is shared by 28 units. Read the rest of this entry »

Condo Living Is Not Meant To Be Hassle-Free

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Shocked by the prospects of having to pay as much as $11,000 each in a special assessment, owners of units in a Farmington condominium complex have banded together to find a solution to their million-dollar problem.

Normally, few of the unit owners attend condominium board meetings, but about 60 residents of the Greenbriar complex showed up at last Monday’s special meeting to figure out what to do about their wooden siding, which is rotting in many places and needs to be replaced.

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Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Condo (Part 1)

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“A growing number of people in the real estate market are looking to buy a condo rather than to purchase a home or to rent an apartment. But, why are condos so hot in the real estate world? Here are the top five reasons why so many are looking to buy condos rather than other forms of real estate.

Reason #1: Condos Do Not Require Upkeep

One of the biggest reasons that so many people are looking to buy a condo is the fact that they do not require the same type of upkeep as owning a house. For those that hate mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, repainting the house, or doing other chores associated with homeownership, it simply makes more sense to buy a condo. In addition, many people simply do not have the time to maintain a home because of their careers. Therefore, a condo provides a practical solution.

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Chic Condo Decor

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Furnishing a new condo is really difficult specially if you have no experience to begin with. Most people worry that because they do not know what to do or where to start, they will end up spending a lot of money. It might be a smart idea to hire an interior designer but if you have limited budget then you can do it yourself too.

First thing to do is to sit down and visualize what you want in your place. What colors would you like to use? What furniture will you want in the room? What is your taste in decors? List these things all down before you get started.

If you’re already satisfied with the color on your walls, then no need to worry about having it painted or putting up wall papers. Now it’s time for business. Go online and look for furniture on different websites that offer classified ads. There are also yard or garage sales that have a lot of wonderful pieces.

Remember to get not just beautiful pieces but also functional ones. It’s important to make use of space well. Overloading on furniture can make a room look small and cluttered.

Buy the Right Sized Appliances

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Condo units are small compared to houses, therefore don’t think about putting the same appliances in them. So that large fridge will need to be sold off and that big closet needs to go before you move in. Hopefully, you’ll have enough money to buy new, smaller appliances.

Condo unit owners or renters cannot place large appliances and furnitures in these tight places. They also require them to be as silent as possible, since they’ll be sleeping next to it. Besides, bigger is not always better.

“People are not equating space with luxury anymore. It’s becoming more about convenience and comfort – that’s why you are seeing quieter dishwashers, even in the lower-end condos, so people can run them and also watch TV or go to bed and not be bothered by the noise.”

With the increase of condo users, manufacturers have decided to make appliances that will fit in a condo unit. The challenge is how to make them as effective as their large counterparts but smaller.

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Fabric Play

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fabricsCurtains and other coverings can be easily made for old sofa’s that would give them a new light making them more interesting seemingly changing with the times as it passes by. Scraps from yard sales and thrift shops where odds and ends can be sewn together cheaply making them look as if they were quilts or purpose made covers. Have the measurements made by a professional seamstress if you don’t have the necessary skills or simply wing it and get it on to find that creative side of you that’s been hidden for a long time. Sill can’t find your groove Read the rest of this entry »

Condo vs House

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Why choose a condo more than a house for investment? Condos make immense rental properties. Whether this is your very first real estate acquisition or not. Condo purchase makes a remarkable investment. Say that one day, you make a decision to get married. You can always put it up for rent if you cannot find a good deal on selling it. From time to time, people would buy and sell units time and again before the paint was even dried up or worn out on the new construction. As a result, condominium values are depressed and ripe for savvy buyers.

Transforming Beds

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Styling a condo is more challenging because of the limited space. But that doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to living with functional but ugly furniture. There are a lot of new designs that are suitable for condos (compact!), but are still chic and stylish. I especially love ingenious transforming furniture such as this:

The Doc sofa/bunk bed unit by Bonbon Trading is a single couch that swings easily into two separate beds. Now that’s what I call a real space saver!

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Making your condo chic looking can actually be easy and cheap. All you have to do is pick the right furniture to have in your apartment. You can have a small or large space and it won’t make a difference. Shabby chic is a style that exudes class and elegance. Think rustic decorative style that is oh so French! (Refer to photo above)

This style has the vintage vibe and is normally in a light color (white, pastels) You can create this look easily if you are patient. “Make do and Mend!” If you can not afford antique furniture you can still make it look like one! First step is to choose a classic style furniture. Apply two coats* of Chalk Paint – painting with a big brush in all directions. Then wax and use sand paper to take off paint to reveal old color. Then apply another coat of paint (preferably of the same color but thicker coating now)  Then sand with fine or medium sandpaper. This will now look like it’s rustic and vintage. Voila – you’ve now created Chic!

Gables by the Sea

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Gables by the Sea is located within the City of Coral Gables at the point where Red Road and scenic Old Cutler Road diverge. This well established waterfront community features a series of canals which provide direct access to Biscayne Bay. A private gated community with 24-hour guarded house, located just minutes from Miami International Airport and the business districts of Coral Gables, Coconut Grove and Brickell. Gables by the Sea is a community near public and private schools in the south Coral Gables area including Pinecrest Elementary, Gulliver Academy, Ransom-Everglades, Palmer Trinity, Carrolton, University of Miami and Florida International University. Consisting of only 19 streets, Gables by the Sea is the perfect description of paradise in this unique and special place in the sun where you can enjoy a lifestyle of sailing, water sports and fishing right from your own back yard.

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