Essential Vaastu Tips for a Positively Charged Kitchen

Essential Vaastu Tips for a Positively Charged Kitchen

Whistling of cooker, thumping of pestles and sputtering of mustard seeds, the kitchen is tireless in brewing familiar aromas and supplying nourishment’s throughout the day.

Indeed its importance in relation to your home can only be compared to that of the ever-active heart with the body.

Have you ever thought about the common attributes of kitchens across the globe?

An eye-closed speculation might reveal them to be the hot cooking flame, the cool running taps and the fumes from tempering.

In fact, kitchen is the only living space where elemental forces of fire, water and air are in constant contact, often causing imbalance of energies. To prevent such elemental disharmony from occurring Vaastu should be taken into consideration while organizing the kitchen space.

Just as you protect your heart with a set of health rules, the cosmic health of kitchen can be safeguarded with instructions of Vaastu Shastra. Here is how.

Which Part of Your Home is Ideal for Cooking?

Vaastu Shastra reveals the lords of every direction and helps us synchronize our activities in accordance with these deities. Let’s find out which direction is ideal for cooking at home.

The South-East:According to Vaastu Shastra the South-east part of every home is ideally suited for positioning the kitchen, channeling positive energies all around.

The North-West:In case, the South-East is unavailable for cooking, you should turn your gastronomic attentions to the second perfect direction, the North-West. Yes, next to the South-East, the North-West is the best choice for positioning the kitchen without inviting cosmic discord.

Placement of Dining Area: If you are planning toconverta part of your kitchen as a dining area, then ensure that you use the area at the North-West or West side.

Where should You Place the Appliances?

Even if the direction of your kitchen is Vaastu perfect, misplacing the multitude of kitchen appliances can land you in cosmic uproar. To aid the flow of benevolent energies, you must give the placement of appliances a Vaastu guided thought.

1. South-East is the best direction for placing your gas stove.

2. However, facing the east while cooking is considered favourable for both the person in charge and the head of the family.

3. On contrary, facing west for cooking can be injurious to health, bringing misery to the household.

4. Please don’t be nervous if you cannot keep the gas stove at the South-East of the kitchen. Pasting a Venus Crystal above gas stoves placed in other directions will successfully drive off the ensuing negative energies.

5. Always keep few inches of space between the wall and the gas stove.

6. The south adjacent section of L-shaped kitchen platforms is best suited for placing your electronic appliances like microwave, sandwich-maker, mixer-grinder, coffee maker and toasters.

7. If your kitchen nests the electronic pantry aka refrigerator, placing it on the west or south-west direction will be advantageous.

8. When you keep the fridge in the south-west make sure there are a gap between the wall and the machine.

9. Suppose the south-west or west of your kitchen is blocked, place the refrigerator in the north but make sure to avoid the north-east.

10. Chimneys should be fixed right atop the gas-oven in east or south-east corner and exhausts on the southern walls, balancing the air element.

11. The best place for placing the wash-basin and all other water elements of your kitchen including the water filter is the Ishan or north-east.

12. Water bottles and glasses should also be kept in the north-east corner of the kitchen.

Where should You Store?

  1. Spacious storage is crucial for a functional kitchen. Vaastu Shastra advises to build storage cupboards along the southern or western walls of the kitchen.
  2. Never build your storage units on the northern or eastern walls of kitchen.

What should be Your Kitchen’s Color Scheme?

1. Green: May it be the hue of apple skins or banana leaves, green is the color of abundance, prosperity and positivity Vaastu highly recommends this color for kitchens. East facing kitchens or kitchens with eastward openings will do especially well in choosing shades of Green.

2. Yellow: Being the color favored by goddess Lakshmi, yellow is another excellent color option for modern kitchens. Yellow paint or laminates in the kitchen leads to prosperity and good health.

3. Orange: The color that stands for health and vitality, orange laminates can add vibrancy and positivity to the kitchen space.

4. Other Color Options: Among the array of other colors red, rose and chocolate colored laminates are also congenial to the kitchen.

5. Colors to Steer Clear of: As per Vaastu black, blue and indigo are incompatible with kitchens.

When the energies exuded by natural elements work in synergy inside the kitchen, VaastuShastra of your entire home thrives with positive lub dubs.

4 Things an NRI Should Know Before Investing in Real Estate in India

4 Things an NRI Should Know Before Investing in Real Estate in India

You may have gone out of India, but Mother India will not go out of you. Her pull and power will gravitate you back, and what better landing can you have than acquiring your own piece of real estate?

Yet, buying real estate is a major decision and necessitates expert advice. You need to consider many critical points before you finally close a deal, which this article will highlight.

This will enable you to buy your property with confidence.

1. Know your dream before investing in it

Before you look out to buy a property there are some questions that you need to ask yourself .

  • Is this a pure investment ?
  • Is it a Home for your old age like a retirement home ?
  • Is it a back up in case anything goes wrong at the current location?

Once you have an answer for the above questions you will have an idea that if its for investment you can opt for a plot in an upcoming and well connected location, as it will be easier to sell them with profit.

While buying just for the future sale of the property, you must also consider the time factor for sale of it. How fast you could sell the property would determine the amount of investment.

You would never like to invest for a very lengthy span or on a property that would take time to be sold off.Another smart decision you might consider in this context is to buy more than one property of smaller value, so that it would be easier to exit with handsome profit .

You may also invest in a property for merely personal use and future stay. This requires proper consideration of the apartment if you need—decide if it is to be a 2 BHK or 3 BHK.

An in-depth understanding of this need would help you decide on the monetary factor you are going to engage in the purchase. You should remember that every extra sq. ft. is also an additional cost/investment.

2. Know your preference: Branded or Non Branded?

When you are proposing to invest considerable share of your earnings, then you must be sure that your money gets the best bang for the buck. Paying a little more for a branded property is always a smart choice because they come with assurances of legal clarity, construction quality and all the approvals. Such properties get better rents or in case of plotted developments, easier to resell.

3. Know your Proximity Preferences

Investing in a property normally happens once in a lifetime. So you should be completely aware of all your preferences, before deciding on the location where you wish to settle.

Is it a popular residential area or is close to your friends and family? How well you are familiar with the locations and its prospects?

Are there plans for a metro or shopping mall or an educational institution which will push up the price in future? Investing some time and effort to understand and analyse Government’s plans for the area would do wonders for your ROI.

In case you are considering retirement options, you may choose a location that has all the necessary amenities close by.

4. Know your Budget

Your budget is one of very key determinant of your purchase. What to buy, where to buy and when to buy would be decided by the budget you intend to invest in the purchase. However, if you find a property that is likely to give you a better ROI, you might want to reconsider your budget. Your local contact is the best guide for advising you on this.

Self-Awareness is the Key

The main thing that you must keep in mind above all others is never to get carried away by emotions—real estate is a hardheaded business—all head and no heart.

Informed decisions are the key to safe investments and profits. The hands that indulge in congratulatory handshakes cannot afford to be burnt.

So, take time out to think, research and analyse before you take the leap to your property in India.

 

Should you buy your dream home now or wait for RERA to be implemented ?

Should you buy your dream home now or wait for RERA to be implemented ?

RERA – or the Real Estate Regulation Act – is finally becoming a reality. Though it is yet to be notified in Karnataka, and plenty of hiccups can be expected in its implementation, it should be kept in mind that RERA is a process, not an event.

Meanwhile, the foremost question in property buyers’ minds is – should they wait until the RERA process is streamlined, or can they go in for home purchase now? This is very fair and valid question.

And to address these questions we had a conversation with Mr. Ramesh Kumar, GM Customer Care & Marketing who shares his perspective on whether one should buy their home now or wait for RERA to be implemented.

Here’s a video which will help you make the right decision . Do not miss watching this.

 

 

5 Ways to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse.

5 Ways to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse.

1843924Buying a home is a dream for most people. It’s what we aspire to, sometimes all our lives.

Yet, when the booking has been done, it’s common for most people to feel buyer’s remorse.

This is actually a well-known phenomenon, resulting from human nature to over-think decisions once they’ve been made.

Buyer’s Remorse is Real

For instance, a buyer might feel that maybe they rushed through the buying process. Sometimes, talking to friends and family who are experienced in these matters can also create doubts.

A buyer might begin to feel that maybe they paid more for the property. Maybe they could have got it for less if they’d bargained a little more or better.

Overall, the idea and process of buying a home can be overwhelming on many levels. It is undoubted, the biggest decision you will be making for a long time. It also involves big money and the idea of meeting loan requirements and making EMI payments can be daunting as well. All these thoughts become more prominent once you’ve booked your home.

All these factors add up to creating buyer’s remorse which can lead to a huge sense of dissatisfaction. Don’t let it reduce your happiness.

If you’ve recently bought a home, and you’re feeling the first twinges of buyer’s remorse, here’s how you can deal with it.

1. Make a list

1489316Sometimes, nothing works as well as the good old pen and paper list. Sit down and make a list of all the reasons that had attracted you to this home.

 Was it the affordability? The location?  Was it an offer that would have gone away soon?

Whatever the reason, this was why you felt that pull towards the home.

These same features are still valid. Unless of course, you’ve made some big compromises with what you want and what you bought.

Sit back and think of what you wanted in your dream home. Compare it with the list in your hand. If they match more or less, then buyer’s remorse will dissipate once you settle in the home.

2. Stop looking at more homes

1334318A home is a lifetime commitment. Once you’ve made your choice, then stick with it. The more you keep looking at other homes, you will continue feeling dissatisfied with what you have.

Undoubtedly, there will be another home out there which might have better features. But there is also a good possibility that there will be yet another which is even more exciting. The best option would be to stop looking at more homes.

3. Understand the process
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Most often, people are overwhelmed by the very idea of buying a home. Ideally, they should educate themselves about the different processes involved before they start considering their options.

They can do this by talking to a reputed realtor or doing their due diligence. By doing this, they will have a clearer picture of the process of buying a home.

This will help them make a wise and informed decision eventually. When buyers are aware of how things work, there’s no place for remorse because they know they have made the right decision.

4. Don’t overshoot your budget

1397297Suppose you want to buy a phone. You look up your favorite model online and then just as you’re about to buy, you see a phone with better features for a higher price. What do you do?

You might decide to skip your budget and buy the more expensive phone. Mostly because your pocket can handle it.

But in the case of real estate, if you extend your budget, you’re looking at a lifetime of EMIs that you have to shell out. EMIs that are much higher than you had anticipated or planned for.

Overshooting your budget is the easiest way for buyer’s remorse to kick in. Don’t give in to temptation. Stick to your original budget.

5. Get your life back

1561384Often when people want to buy a home, they put their life on hold. Everything that is considered normal goes out of the window.

Everywhere they turn, there is something related to real estate.It could be in their email or in the conversations they have with people.

Once they do buy the home, it becomes almost anti-climactic.You can stop this from happening to you by going back to your routine from before.

Pick up your hobbies where you left them.Go on morning walks. Have conversations with your family. Get your life back. Once you do this, there’s no time for buyer’s remorse to creep in.

Buyer’s remorse has led to several people trying to undo the work of a lifetime so they can assuage their doubts. But in the end, it’s their loss if they are not satisfied. Don’t let buyer’s remorse wreck your happiness. Work your way through it and enjoy your hard earned haven. 

 

Vastu for Investors – Here’s Why It’s Important.

Vastu for Investors – Here’s Why It’s Important.

VastuAs a property investor, your primary concern is to make money from your investment. It could either be in the form of regular cash flow or property appreciation.

In either case, you must know that Vastu is an important element to consider. Whether you subscribe to Vastu as a concept or not, most prospective buyers or renters will.

This definitely affects their decisions and will affect you in the long run.

Let’s consider two scenarios – one where you want to rent out your property and one where you want to sell it. Here’s what could happen if your property is not Vastu compliant in either scenario.

1825850Scenario 1 : Investors looking to Rent out their Property

These are investors who are looking to increase their cash flow. They want to ensure that they get their rent regularly and ideally want it to continue without interruptions. If their property is not Vastu compliant, here are the problems they could face.

Narrows the list of good tenants

Finding good tenants is a problem for most people, irrespective of Vastu issues. Nevertheless, finding good tenants who do not care about Vastu is a bigger hurdle. If your property is not Vastu compliant, you are narrowing the list of people who would be interested in renting your property.

Property could get stigma attached to it

Let’s suppose a tenant who does not care about Vastu moves in. If something unfortunate or bad happens, even such skeptics can easily be converted to believers by ‘well-meaning’ friends and acquaintances. They will convince them that it is the fault of the home they have recently moved into and your tenant might decide to leave.

Becomes increasingly difficult to rent out property

It’s easy to destroy the reputation of a home with just a few well chosen words. If previous renters advertise to others about problems they may have supposedly faced in your property, it will become increasingly difficult to rent it out.

If you’re unable to rent out your property, you’re sitting with a dead investment, something that is not yielding any cash flow to you. No investor wants this to happen. Meanwhile, let’s look at the other scenario.

 

1824976Scenario 2 : Investors Looking to Sell their Property

Many investors today buy property with the hope that it will appreciate favorably. They want to ensure that they get good profits. However, if their property is not Vastu compliant here’s what they could undergo.

 

Buyers become astute negotiators

Once a prospective buyer finds out that the property is not Vastu compliant, they could use it as leverage to negotiate a better price for themselves. This could significantly lower the value of your property and you could stand to suffer a loss.

Reluctant buyers find fault easily

Once a buyer learns the Vastu issues with your property, they’re going to become reluctant to buy. Either they may completely reject the property or find other things to fault in it. Word of mouth by such buyers could portray your property in a negative light. Eventually, you will be left with property that does not get sold.

You don’t have to believe in Vastu yourself but seeing as others might, you might have to make your property Vastu ready before you start looking for buyers or renters.

There are a few elements that you would need to take care of, particularly the house entrance along with location of kitchen, master bedroom and the toilets.

In our earlier blog posts there are many tips through which you can incorporate several prominent Vastu elements in your property.

It bears repeating that Vastu is one of the primary concerns for most buyers and renters before they make their big decision. Whether you like it or not, you have to understand that Vastu is here to stay.

The sooner you incorporate it into your property, the better your profits will be.

 

5 Reasons Why Investing in Real Estate is Better Than Investing in Stocks

5 Reasons Why Investing in Real Estate is Better Than Investing in Stocks

house graph reFor every investor, the bottom line is extremely important. At the end, what is the payoff and was it worth all the hassle?

No one can predict the future but investors who have given great consideration to the matter know which is better.

The fact is that when it comes to investment, there are some who firmly believe in the stock market and others who will swear by real estate.

As investment opportunities, both have their advantages. However, there are a few reasons why real estate is better than the stock market.

As an investor whose hard earned money is at stake, here’s why you should invest in real estate instead of stocks.

1. Stock Market is Volatile and Uncertain

 

1966179Most investors find the stock market to be extremely volatile. The highs can be exhilarating, but the lows can be devastating.

Why it behaves thus cannot be quantified or understood and this irrational aspect of it makes it extremely unpredictable as an investment opportunity.

Changes in the stock market resonate across the whole market, affecting everyone directly or indirectly. Avid stock market watchers will claim that the constant spikes in the stock market can provide great tidings but there’s no saying when the tide will turn.

This is not the case with real estate which is comparatively much more stable.

2. Real Estate Powers Higher Returns

 

1950033Returns are of primary importance for every investor. A comparison of returns between real estate and stock market definitely shows in favor of the former.

In fact, returns are phenomenally higher for real estate, making it far more suitable and attractive for investors.

The reason for this is that property often appreciates better than stock and this has been proven historically as well. Even across a ten year period, real estate has been known to perform better than stocks in terms of appreciation.

The wise investor will of course want to choose an option that gives them more returns for the same amount of money.

3. Property Ownership comes at far lesser cost

 

1874548One of the advantages of investing in real estate is that you can own the property by just paying 5% to 20% of the whole value.

Obviously, this cannot be done with stocks. Real estate offers investors higher leverage with this option.

The sense of ownership is real and tangible in the case of real estate and this gives the buyer a psychological satisfaction as well.

4. Real Estate Allows for a Proactive Approach to Appreciation

 

1397297Most people choose to enhance their property’s appreciation by making it more attractive to buyers or renters by doing interiors or increasing amenities.

These elements help in appreciating the property value considerably.

But there’s nothing of the sort that you can do with stocks where you are at the mercy of the market.

5. Greater Tax Benefits with Real Estate

 

1251870The wise investor will always look for investment options that will save money and if it comes with tax benefits, then it’s even better.

People take loans while buying real estate and often, they get tax rebates on principal and tax exemption as well.

These advantages are missing in the stock market.