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Residential Lettings Software – Adding A New Dimension In Property Management

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

If you are a letting agent and planning to expand your business, you need a good lettings software to manage the increasing number of properties. As your business expands and you take more and more business spread over different geographical locations, it’s a must to have good residential lettings software capable of handling all stages within the tenancy lifecycle efficiently and accurately.

There are a number of software available in the market each claiming to be the best leaving you wondering which software to choose. It can be a difficult decision especially if you don’t know what you don’t know. There is one software that can make that decision very easy, PropCo Enterprise, web based residential lettings software .

It’s a complete one-stop solution which takes advantage of the latest technologies and set of features that are specifically designed to add value to your business!
It is an advanced web based property, management client accounting and residential lettings software all rolled into one.

It has the flexibility to cater to the needs from a multi user/office to single user/office letting agents, from the largest to the smallest. It can handle the full tenancy life-cycle right from the initial landlord enquiry, marketing, applicant matching, viewings, property reservation, safety inspections, tenant check-ins to rent collection, maintenance and move out. This residential lettings software has key features as Property management, Marketing, Property Maintenance, Client Accounting, Document Management, Work flow Automation and many more.

Along with our core product i.e. residential lettings software PropCo Enterprise, TBL also offers PropCo Web which is aimed toward enhancing the web presence of our clients. PropCo web can be integrated with PropCo Enterprise or used as a stand-alone website. When coupled with PropCo Enterprise as the back-end software, it offers some special features such as the ability for prospective tenants to request a viewing on a property. Landlords can login and view or download historical statements, copy invoices, check their account status, leave messages etc. Tenants can check their account status, submit a change of contact details, log a maintenance request, check when the next inspection is due etc etc. Real-time Interactive mapping between the website and the back-end software improves the web-presence and greatly enhances the chances of converting applicants into tenants.

Our client-base includes some of the most prestigious names in the Lettings Industry and spread throughout the country, from London to Edinburgh, Countrywide Residential Lettings are the largest of our clients who selected our residential lettings software PropCo Enterprise after a rigorous tender process in 2008. The system has now been successfully implemented at their Accounts, Management, Legal and Admin’ centres and across the country to over 100 offices and over 1000 users.

popular types of mortgage loan

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Currently in the market there are three most important types of mortgage loans.

Are you in search of mortgage loan? If yes is what you have answered then it is wise for you to know the types of mortgage loans that are presently popular in the market. Most of the times, you might get confused which type of loan is suitable to you. Thus it is vital for you to all the three types of loans in brief so that you can take the right decision.

Below mentioned are the three types of loans that most of the banks and lenders lend people. Take some time out and know about them in brief so that you can be sure which one suits your requirements the most.

Type #1

Fixed interest rate mortgage loan:

This is one type of mortgage loan that is very popular and most of the people prefer taking this kind of loan due to a number of benefits. As the name says, the interest rate in the mortgage loan is finding in this type. This means that you know how money you have to keep aside for paying the interest plus the principal amount for the loan. This is the main reason as well as the benefit why people prefer this kind of loan. In this type of loan, the term of the loan usually is 30 years. Thus you know much money you need to pay monthly for 30 years for the loan.

Type #2

Convertible loans:

This is the type of loan is becoming more and more popular these days because of the flexibility that it offers. This kind of loan keeps all the loan options open for the borrowers. This is considered to be one of the most important benefits as well as reasons why this type of loan is becoming popular.

In case you find that the interest rates are too high, then you have an option in convertible loans. You can convert the loan into fixed interest rate mortgage loan. If you find that the interest rate is low, then you can convert the, loan into ARM based loan.

Type #3

Special mortgage loan:

This is a type of mortgage loans that are offered only to a group of people. For instance, the FHA type of mortgage loan is only offered to people who are buying homes for the first time or even people having bad credit.

The above mentioned are the popular types of mortgage loans in the market. Choose the one that suits your needs and budget as well.

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An Initial Introduction To Interior Architecture

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Interior architecture can be seen as different from architecture in that the interior rooms, halls, doorways + stairs can be re designed once the initial design for the architecture of the building as a whole is in place. Interior architecture can be used to completely re design, for example a room such as a kitchen, bathroom in a family home which is quite common or a meeting room or office layout in a business environment or modify the existing design based on original architecture.

The interior architecture of a building can be changed for many reasons, either practical, where the interior of a building is going to be used for a new purpose or due to changing fashions or updated technologies. Examples of this are very common in many towns and cities where the exterior of a building is in a style of when it was built, say in the late 19th century but it’s interior has been completely re vamped incorporating modern design fashions and the latest technology.

The use of interior architecture means that for many buildings over a hundred years old the development of the look and design of their interior and exterior could often be the work of many different architects or teams of architects. This has meant for many of our towns and cities the architecture on view can be widely varied and reflect many different periods of time, design fashions and architecture styles. Some of which can be seen as timeless whilst others from certain eras can be seen as garish and bad taste 20 – 30 years down the line.

However no matter what a buildings exterior may look like with the help of interior architects, refurbishment and fit out specialists the interior look and feel of many buildings can be totally transformed with enough time and money bringing them up to date, that is until the latest style, fashion and technologies need integrating a few years down the line.

The main thing to differentiate architecture + interior architecture is that an architect is concerned with the concept of designing a new building the interior architect is concerned with the modification of existing buildings, some of which the design can be seen as timeless and look good for centuries whilst other will be an eye saw and look dated within 10 – 30 years.

This is quite a large and interesting topic, for further reading would advise looking at books + articles, online, in bookshops, news agents or in libraries on architecture, design + interior design.
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Spanish Colonial Revival Style Architecture

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Spanish revival architecture is hugely popular in California, and increasingly across the nation. The mission revival style and colonial revival styles grew in popularity at the beginning of the 20th century, but people today still chose to emulate the Spanish style when building their homes and public establishments. Why do people continue to use this Spanish style? I argue that the Spanish colonial style represents the very beginnings of the United States on the west coast, and this time in the US history continues to spark peoples imaginations. The aesthetic elements are iconic, and people still commission architects to create the homes of their dreams in this style.

The Spanish Colonial Revival style was created in the United States in the 20th century, and it was sparked after the opening of the Panama Canal. The novel Ramona also had a great influence on the popularity of this architectural style. The early Spanish colonies of North and South America had their particular style of architecture brought from the homeland, and this style was them updated to accommodate the new century in the US. Between 1915 and 1931 this style was all the rage, and movie stars in Hollywood clamored to get their Hollywood hills homes built in this style. Mostly the single-level detached home saw this style. On a personal note, my own grandmother has one of these homes in California, and its pink!

The Spanish Colonial Revival style is very similar to the Spanish Mission Revival style, but with a few key differences. Its also similar to the pueblo styles of the west and southwest, and influenced as well by the arts and crafts movement that was the foundation of these architectural styles. The iconic use of smooth plaster, stucco walls, and chimney finishes, clay tile roofs, terra cotta and concrete ornaments is still a highly noticeable, recognizable style. Other elements include porches and balconies, and Roman arcades and fountains. Youll also see canvas awnings. The most important Spanish Revival architect in California was George Washington Smith who practiced during 1920s and 1930s. Perhaps his most famous house is the Steedman House in Montecito, CA, now a museum called the Casa del Herrero.

But there are other architects who took this Spanish style across the globe. Take for example a lovely Spanish Revival building in St. Louis, by the architect T.P. Barnett, son of George I. Barnett; another famous architect in St. Louis. The T.P. Barnett building is particularly interesting because it also has Art Deco influences, making it one of the most unique buildings in the Grand Center region of St. Louis. Certainly the next time youre in St. Louis, you need to visit this Spanish Revival building on Washington Avenue.

Storytelling through Architecture

Friday, October 27th, 2017

By Marina Correa Photography: Philippe Ruault; courtesy the architects

The Giraffe Childcare Centre designed by Hondelatte Laporte Architects introduces a dollop of fantasy into the routine lives of suburban Parisian townsfolk-

Niched between a towering structure, next to a neighbourhood built in the 70s and a newly constructed area, it was imperative that the healthcare centre did not -get lost’ within the urban landscape – hence the building is composed of three tiers and each is identified by a unique concrete animal sculpture.

The facades of the building are made out of white corrugated iron that provides a minimal background to the animal sculptures.

Interestingly, each of the south-facing playgrounds is in continuity with the interior spaces; while the urban landscape is animated using a child’s imagination. The wild animal sculptures appropriate a space: a giraffe appears to be peacefully eating the leaves of the trees from the neighbouring park; a polar bear tries to clamber up the steps, while a family of ladybirds climbs the faade in an attempt to reach the interior patio.

Architecture turns into storytelling. The building changes its identity and becomes a landscape in its own right; a metaphor for the urban jungle. The animals and the trees link the building to nature and motion.

Besides infusing a playful and poetic element, this building has also been awarded a green, zero energy efficiency label, making it not just aesthetically appeasing but also one that respects its environment.

Becoming a prominent landmark for the nursery, the affable animal forms transport us to a make-believe world. When pondered upon, definitely a project that goes way beyond the surface to attribute human characteristics and ethos to the emotional, functional routine of a child daycare centre.

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Vasathi Housing celebrates International Women’s Day

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Women employees of Vasathi Housing spent a day with the underprivileged children to make their day special Vasathi Housing celebrated Women’s Day with the children of the construction workers at the crche facility -Bricks to Books-, the CSR initiative of Vasathi. The unique initiative -Adwitiya – You Are the One- was aimed at reaching out to the underprivileged children and bringing streaks of joy to their day through various activities- song and dance sessions, painting competition, theatrical frolics and recitations.

P. V. Ravindra Kumar, CEO, Vasathi Housing Ltd., said, -Vasathi Housing has 40 % women employees and their contribution to the growth of the company is invaluable. They chose this day to spread their love and knowledge with the underprivileged children and bring smiles to their faces.-

In words of Sravani, one of the kids at Bricks to Books, -We had a great time today. We got toys, chocolates, picture books, crayons and played games. All of us sang songs and recited poems together. We also had a drawing competition where all of us were declared winners at the end!-

More about Vasathi Anandi:

Vasathi Anandi is a premium gated community with high end amenities spanning a generous 5 acres of land area. With all modern amenities and recreation facilities of a self-contained green residency, the project is located just 2 km from APPA Junction on Outer Ring Road. With Gachibowli -13 km, Banjara Hills -12 km, Mehdipatnam -7 km and Shamshabad International Airport only 14 km away, the key areas are well within reach. Vasathi Anandi has 483 Studio/1/2/2+Study/3 BHK apartments that are aesthetically designed, spacious and Vastu compliant.

About Vasathi:

Vasathi Housing Limited is an ISO 9001:2008 certified organization that is committed to excellence and on time delivery. Established in the year 2009, Vasathi has acquired a prominent position in a short span of time through building energy efficient and environment friendly residential projects. Vasathi Housing offers lasting value, with an emphasis on contemporary designs, optimized layouts and cutting-edge technologies.

Vasathi is one of the few players in South India that offers third party quality inspection by BUREAU VERITAS to ensure highest quality standards. Dedicated to be green compliant, Vasathi homes are designed as per LEED*guidelines.

Vasathi strongly believes in honoring its commitments. The company is committed to deliver all its projects on time as it understands the financial impact of delay on the customer.

*LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

For more information please visit: www.vasathihousing.com

Media Contact: Srinivas Bangaru Deputy Manager – Corporate Communications Vasathi Housing Ltd. 8297001228/994908274 srinivas.

Architecture A Brief Introduction and Marketing Tips

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Architecture is an art and science that marries the building and design of structures. In some ways one can say that, along with engineering, it is the sign of civilization. Once man was able to settle down and fashion his own dwelling, even by primitive means, this was the start of the first civilizations.

Originally, these structures were purely functional serving to keep people safe from bad weather and wild animals, and to give them privacy. But as modern construction procedures were developed, along with more advanced materials, architecture and engineering began to take a more artistic leaning.

The earliest treatise on the subject, De Architectura, was written by Vitruvius, dates back to the 1st Century CE. In it, the Roman architect says that a building has to have form, function, and durability. To this day, most architects still conform to those three tenets. It is probably even safe to say that some are more successful at adhering to those dogmas than others.

A few examples of these people are Frank Lloyd Wright, a major proponent of organic architecture who is often touted to be the greatest American architect of all time (famous for the house called Fallingwater and for the Guggenheim Museum in New York City); I.M. Pei, a master of modern architecture who created the pyramid at the Louvre and the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong; Frank Gehry, who designed the Dancing House in Prague; and the landscape architect and artist, Isamu Noguchi, among many others.

If these names sound familiar to you, it’s probably because their works are admired the world for being beautiful while being both functional and enduring. You’re likely to see their buildings mentioned in architectural texts, art books and even featured in architecture postcard designs. These, by the way, are not only proof of how respected the geniuses mentioned above are but, also function as a way to market their work. Like a portfolio, one might say.

In fact, some people in the business might publish high quality books that double as coffee table books and company profiles. Or, perhaps, they might have architecture postcard designs and construction postcard designs printed on elegant cards to send to potential clients. Others still, might support these efforts with their own websites.

Available Best Residential Apartments at New Residential Projects in Mumbai

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

With the increasing population most of the locations of Mumbai are becoming congested and in this present moment people are facing lots of complication on finding specious residential project in this Mumbai.New Projects In Mumbai To meet this demand of the Mumbai people several renowned realtors are developing attractive residential projects at the cool and peaceful suburbs of this city.Mhada New Projects In Mumbai 2012 So if you need a best residential apartment at affordable price then you can get best choice at new residential projects in Mumbai. Let’s take a look on the following and get best points of the new residential projects of this city. First of all those projects are developing at the best suburbs of Mumbai like; Goregaon, Andhery, Powai, Borivali, Juhu etc. and the most important part of those locations is that; at those locations you can easily avoid the clumsiness and the cacophony of Mumbai. But that does not mean that at those locations you never have any special points of a city; actually all the suburbs of Mumbai have all the elements of modern city from world class schools to world class heath center. Again having all those things if you think that you need to keep in touch with the prime part of Mumbai then also you can get best mode or transport communication with the help of different railway and roadway transport system. So as per locations you can easily get best specialty at the new projects in Mumbai. Now come to another part of the residential projects in Mumbai that is amenities of those projects. Actually with the best locations those projects are developing with all best onsite amenities.New Residential Projects Mumbai For example; at those projects you can have the amenities like; world class gym, swimming pool, ample parking zone, high speed elevators, specious play area for children, special area for senior citizen, landscape garden, 3 tier security, power back up, jogging track, party lawn, rain water harvesting, water supply for 24 hrs and so forth. At those projects you not only get different sizes of premium apartments but also you can get different styles of duplex, pent house and bungalows apartments. In addition special features of those apartments is that; all of them are full with modern interior decoration from Italian marble flooring to branded CP fittings on the utility rooms.New Projects In Mumbai Moreover most attractive part of those projects is that; if at present moment you invest on the new projects in Mumbai then you can get best apartment at affordable price.

Tips For First Time Property Investors

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

If you are like many people you may have heard that there is the potential to make a lot of money through property investment. It is possible to do this but if you are a first time property investor there are things that you need to know and to keep in mind so that you dont end up taking a loss your first time out. While there are no guarantees and it is possible for experienced investors to get stung from time to time the following tips can help you minimize your risk and find great properties to invest in.

Be Specific
You need to be specific about the kinds of properties you want to invest in. Do you want to purchase residential or commercial properties? It is important to be specific about the kind of properties you are interested in investing in as it can help you narrow your search and refine the kinds of research that you will be doing on each of the properties you are considering. It can also help you find the right kind of realtor to deal with.

Do your research
You want to make sure you are doing your research before you invest in any properties. The kinds of research you will do will vary depending on whether you are purchasing a residential or commercial property. You need to look at property values and how they have changed recently, which types of properties are the most popular and even what comparable property values are like if you plan to make an offer to purchase.

A good realtor will be able to help you with much of this research. They will have an idea of which properties are likely to appreciate most in value and give you information on zoning, comparables and other data that can help you make the right choice and potentially maximize your profits.

Make sure your finances are in order
Although this may seem obvious, it is a mistake that many people make when they are investing in properties for the first time. They may not realize the importance of having their finances in order before they begin looking. If you have purchased a residential property before but have never purchased a commercial property you may not realize the differences in interest rates and down payments that may exist.

By having your finances in line before you begin looking you will be able to refine your budget and will be in a much better position to make an offer on a property when you find one you like.

Noida – An Excellent Option Residential Homes Investment

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Noida as a potential residential home location is actually quite a good choice considering its strategic location. Noida is definitely an excellent option for those who are looking to settle down close to Delhi, the national capital. Delhi, being the capital city is quite important from both commercial as well as cultural point of view. And to stay in touch with all major events going on or coming up in Delhi, you better settle down close to NCR.

Noida is well connected to every important location in NCR either through road, or through Metro. The DND flyover reduces the distance from Noida to Delhi quite significantly hence reducing the traveling time for the commuters and making life much easier for them. The metro facility is quite a boon for office goers who travel to far off distances from their homes for their daily jobs. Greater Noida is also quite close thanks to the Yamuna Expressway which has wide and clean roads. The city’s infrastructure is quite well planned by its well managed city administration.

Considering all the positives of settlement in Noida, it has now become a preferred city where one can book their own residential properties in Noida and settle down. Even for people having a budget constraint, there are quite a good number of options in Noida as well as Noida extension. Residential apartments in Noida are quite affordable as compared to similar properties in Delhi. Since the beginning of the real estate development in the Noida city, a number of developers have initiated residential projects with a view to meet the growing demands for the affordable homes by people in all class. A number of organized housing societies have been planned to bring an overall improvement in living style along with the improved comfort levels. Developing a well planned township is quite a challenge while causing minimum damage to the environment. Using latest techniques of construction as designing earthquake resistant structures have proved to be quite a significant achievement in effective disaster prevention and management.

For low budget options, there are a number of projects offering 1,2 and 3 BHK flats in Noida Extension which are quite a deal considering Noida Extension is also quite close to Noida and the living environment is much cleaner and greener which most of the home buyers would prefer as one of their priorities in the list of must haves in a property. Residential plots in Noida Extension are another option for settlement plans. You can book your own plots here and start construction as and when you wish to. In fact, this has emerged as a popular option for people who cannot invest a big amount immediately.

There are a lot of positives in Noida real estate market, all you have to do is identify the right option and make a suitable decision which would benefit your coming generations.