Category: REAL ESTATE

Objective analysis of upcoming apartment and villa projects.


Do Empty Houses Sell? 7 No-Brainer Tips To Stage A Home Yourself To Sell Faster.

How to stage and style an apartment for saleDo empty homes sell faster?

Or do staged homes sell faster?

According to a survey by National Association of Realtors® (NAR) in 2017,

staging increased the value of a home by 6-20%.
Over 77% of buyers find…



Property Review: Casagrand Royce

Living room

I’m starting the house hunt series with apartments in East Bangalore, primarily around the Whitefield, Hoodi, and Old Madras area. Let’s start with Casagrand Royce, a 277-apartment spread over 6 towers coming up off Hoodi.

Name of the property: Casagrand Royce

Builder: Casagrand

Location: Off Hoodi Junction. Precisely, on Kodigehalli Main Road, KR…



Reviving the House Hunt Series

a bohemian room

There are quite a few of you out there who have written to me recently asking for recommendations of ready-to-move in properties. As a buyer, this “find-a-new-home” project is one that sucks the time, energy and miles out of home chasers, testing their patience and perseverance, and…



Planning to buy a new home? How to plan your finances to afford your dream home

dream home

This post is a slight deviation from the pretty pictures of breathtaking homes you often see here. My day job has been all about investment management and financial education, in general. Both finance and interiors, are close to my…



Review: are you considering buying a row house/villa at Renaissance Nature Walk?

In this post, I analyse if you should consider buying a row house in Renaissance Nature Walk.

garden area

Continuing with the House Hunt series, today I present to you one of our ah! moments.

One where space is the king.

One where light rules, and flows in…



House Hunt: Birla Apple Aroma

 

Continuing with the House Hunt series, today I review Birla Apple Aroma which is in the pre-launch stage. It is interesting to see how innovative builders are getting in the pre-launch phase to make it lucrative for buyers. This one caught my attention as the pre-launch of 48 units is done on auctions on Magicbricks.

About the property:

Name of the property: Birla Apple Aroma

Location: JP Nagar

Possession: 2018

More details…



Bought a new home and losing your sleep over interiors? Plan and budget better with this foolproof checklist.

Averse to planning and budgeting?

Hate numbers?

Don’t fret. Not after you read this post.

One of the oft-asked questions when you approach an interior designer is “What is your budget?” I cannot stress the importance of planning and budgeting for interiors because this is a huge project, one with many variables than buying the house itself. Often, we don’t know how much money we have and are…



20+ potential apartments/villas to buy in Bangalore

This is the concluding part of the House Hunt series I started last year when we were in the market to look for new apartments/villas in East Bangalore. I reviewed a few homes we visited; it sparked a lot of enthusiasm among readers. But, it was taking forever for me to review one by one. So, I figured the easiest way would be to…



How to critique (or appreciate) a house plan

What’s in a house plan, you may ask? It was the make or break point for me. When we were looking at houses, we would insist on seeing the plan before we planned to visit personally. There are certain small changes you can do in any plan such as combining a servant room with the kitchen, or including a balcony, or having two access points…



23 ideas for changes in an under-construction home/apartment

Thank you Sreeraghavi for writing with a practical concern. I’m humbled by your request. Sreeragahavi, a reader of this blog, wrote to me in July with a practical query, something that all of us as home owners at one point or the other grapple with:

We have recently purchased a 1585 sqft apartment and it is in construction phase. I would love…