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These pro tricks will take you from stressed-out novice to moving master.

It’s a known fact that proper organization is the main prerequisite for a successful move. Even seemingly small details, such as labeling boxes, can make a big difference in the final outcome of your relocation adventure.

So, what is the best way to approach labeling moving boxes?

First, make sure you have everything you need. Then, choose a labeling system that works for you. And don’t forget to mark the boxes with your specific handling requirements.

Materials you’ll need
Before you can get down to work, you need to have a few items on hand:

Permanent markers. Get high-quality colored markers to make sure the writing on your moving boxes will be easy to read. Rain or snow on moving day, as well as unfavorable storage conditions, can cause the writing to smudge or run if you don’t use permanent waterproof markers.
Labels. Color labels are your best choice when it comes to easily organizing and identifying your moving boxes. You can purchase pre-made labels from your moving company; download printable labels from the Internet for free; or create custom labels on your computer to perfectly suit your needs.
Quality packing tape. You may need clear packing tape to attach the labels to the packed boxes, and, as an extra step, you can cover labels with clear tape to protect them from dirt and moisture.
Labeling systems
If you’re moving yourself, you can come up with creative ways to label your moving boxes. It doesn’t really matter what kind of labeling system you choose, as long as it makes sense to you and helps you organize your stuff.

If you hired professional movers to help you relocate, however, make sure you use a clear and efficient labeling system that will facilitate their work and prevent confusion and mistakes.

Two labeling methods have proven to yield the best possible results during the hectic moving process:

Color codes. Assign a different color to each room in your home, and use that same color to mark all the boxes that should go into the respective room. If you choose purple for the children’s room, for example, attach purple labels on the boxes that contain your kids’ clothes, toys, and books, and use the purple marker to write your instructions. You can even seal the boxes shut with purple tape for easier identification. Color-code the boxes for each room in the same way, so the movers know exactly where to deliver every individual moving container.
Number codes. Instead of using different colors, you can simply number your moving boxes. This way, you will not only easily organize your items, but will also be able to keep better track of the boxes and immediately notice if any of them are missing upon delivery. If you decide to use number codes, create a comprehensive master list to record the contents of each moving box corresponding to its unique number. It’s a good idea to make several copies of the list, or scan it and email it to yourself.
Don’t forget to label the rooms in your new home as well: attach color cards or number cards on the doors, so that your movers can deliver the right boxes to the correct room.

How to label your moving boxes
When labeling boxes for moving, it’s best to use clear packing tape over the attached labels so they don’t come loose during the transportation. You should also write your instructions directly on the boxes using permanent waterproof markers.

Make sure you label every individual box right after packing it and sealing it. Otherwise, you may forget what exactly you’ve put inside.
You should label a moving box not only on its top, but on two or three of its sides as well. This way, you’ll be able to see all the relevant information (contents and destination room) even when the boxes are stacked together.
When getting a moving box ready for shipping, make sure you mark its destination room (even if you have opted for number codes), the contents of the box (or its unique number), and any necessary handling instructions (such as “Fragile,” “This Side Up,” and “Open First”).
Be as specific as possible when labeling the moving boxes to ensure the safety of your items during transit, and to facilitate the unpacking process once you get to your new home.

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You can’t see into the future, but you can make an informed decision.

Buying or selling a home at the ‘right time’ is tougher than it sounds. People usually take these actions because of a life event or financial issues. The economy and real estate forecasts tend to be secondary considerations. Yet both buyers and sellers often pose the question, “When is the best time to buy or sell?”

If you have the luxury of choosing when you enter the real estate market, here are some points to consider when timing a home purchase or sale.

Every market is different

There’s no longer one national real estate market or forecast like there was 20 years ago. And just because the 24×7 national news outlets tell stories of hot real estate markets with multiple offers and quickly rising prices doesn’t mean that’s happening in your neighborhood.

In fact, real estate activity can vary widely within the same county. One town can see record-breaking activity, while another 10 miles away has a glut of inventory.

If you want to purchase or sell, dig deeper, look around and get as much local information as possible. Meet with a good local agent early and often to stay informed about shifts in the market.

Interest rates fluctuate

Most people need a mortgage to purchase a home, and long-term interest rates are a major factor. For many years, we’ve been living with historically low mortgage rates. But while we might be living in a time of three- or four-percent rates today, remember that in the 1980s rates were 12 percent or higher.

It’s not uncommon for buyers to get off the sidelines and into the real estate market when they hear news of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates. It’s very likely that when rates do start to creep back up again (and they eventually will), would-be buyers will turn into active customers.

Seasons change

Traditionally, spring has been the big real estate selling season. Flowers bloom, the grass is green, pools are open and homes show in their best possible light. Parents with school-aged children also wanted to purchase in the spring or summer so the kids could start a new school in the fall.

While the spring is still a strong selling season, today’s buyers are looking online and searching on their phones every day, no matter the season, and transactions happen from New Year’s Day to Christmas Eve.

If you have a home to sell and aren’t in a rush, consider doing so at a traditionally “off” time. There will be fewer homes for sale, which means less competition.

Don’t try to time the market based on antiquated assumptions about seasons. It’s more important that you show your home in its best possible condition and choose the right list price. If it’s priced right and shows well, it will sell anytime.

Money isn’t everything

If a real estate purchase were purely financial, then we would see every renter who has money saved up and a solid job getting in the market. But there are practical and emotional considerations. I’ve worked with buyers for months, sometimes years. They were always qualified to purchase, but never pulled the trigger.

Why were they gun shy? Because it doesn’t make sense to put down 20 percent and take on a mortgage if their job with an hour commute isn’t steady, their marriage is on the rocks, or their aging parents live across the country.

Renting and keeping with the status quo is totally acceptable if there is any uncertainty in your future. While these buyers are free to shop and learn the market, they may not make a move.

Since the financial crisis, many buyers have been hesitant to get back into the real estate market. And for good reason: some of those buyers probably were never qualified to be in the market.

But in many parts of the country, we’ve seen a comeback. Some markets are better than others. If you think home buying is in your future, do your research. Take your time, get your ducks in a row and start to feel the market.

Just know that nobody can predict when the right house will come along, and you can’t time a real estate market.

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It can be all too easy for over-eager shoppers to waste a well-intentioned agent’s time. Here’s what both sides should know.

Searching for a home and engaging with a real estate agent today is not the same as it was a generation ago. The space (both physical and virtual) between the buyer and the real estate agent was much larger, and coming together was slower and more methodical.

If a buyer saw a For Sale sign or an ad in the paper, they might call the real estate agency’s office, get some information, and move on. Or they could walk into an open house solo. They could be rather anonymous.

But today’s home buyers live online. They can click, text or email with agents, and seriously engage within hours. But does that mean they are active and serious buyers ready to transact? Not necessarily.

The real estate agent’s experience
Meanwhile, real estate agents, who are commission-only independent contractors, will sometimes drive around for hours showing homes. They may take these buyers around for days or weeks, thinking they have a live client they can help. They might make an offer or two on behalf of the customer, even be present at a two- to three-hour-long home inspection … all before the buyer decides to back out. They may buy a different house from the agent, or they may not.

Well-intentioned, hardworking agents can end up feeling like their time isn’t valued — particularly when they never hear from that buyer again.

Who’s responsible?
Is it incumbent on the agent to be better at time management and qualifying their potential buyer clients? Or should the buyer be clear with the agent early on if they aren’t serious just yet?

I think that the consumer comes first, and it’s up to the agent to better qualify — as best they can. But it’s also part of the business, and par for the course. Agents sign up for a sales job, and they can’t win every deal. They need to ask lots of questions of their new “client” before offering up their time and cashing a paycheck that doesn’t exist.

Some consumers relish the attention they receive from this new “friend” who will drive them places, show them around, and teach them something new about the world of real estate. If the buyer isn’t paying for the agent’s time, the reasoning often goes, why not take a few rides and see some great houses?

But soon-to-be homeowners should be mindful of their intentions, and considerate of the resources the agent is delivering.

So what’s a buyer to do?
Should everyone stop looking online or clicking the “Contact Agent” button? No way. Consumers should always feel free to click away, ask questions and gather information.

But they should be mindful of how things work once they start seriously engaging. Most buyers don’t realize that there is a process to buying a home, and that it rarely happens overnight. From the time they first click on the photo of the killer master bathroom until they get the keys, it might be one year and three dozen (or more) house tours.

And if things don’t feel right with the agent with whom you engage early on, move on. Keep researching independently, or get a referral for a good local agent. Or, better yet, just go with the flow and the right agent will come along organically.

And what about agents?
Real estate professionals need to understand that one text, click or email does not make an active buyer. A good agent has a handle on the sales process, and asks buyers lots of questions to get a read on them. A good agent fills their sales funnel with a mix of folks in all parts of the home buying process.

Early on, an agent needs to be a guiding light, resourceful and ready to answer questions. As some of their buyers get more serious, smart real estate pros know where to direct their attention.

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Home shopping can be an intense, emotional process. Here’s how to make sure you don’t get caught up in it.

Ever bought something special and later realized you didn’t need it or like it after all? Usually, returning it is as simple as boxing it back up, locating the receipt, and taking it back to the store for a full refund.

But unlike store merchandise or even a car, you can’t return a home with a receipt, which makes the decision to buy even more stressful. You also don’t get a chance to “try before you buy” the home. You need to do as much homework ahead of time as possible, because in real estate “All Sales are Final.”

In a busier real estate market, with competitive bidding and limited inventory, you may feel compelled to go the extra mile to “win” a home. And then, it’s entirely possible that, within hours or days of getting the deal, you cool off and second guess yourself about any part of the home or the transaction. You decide you want to pull out of the contract.

Thinking it through
How do you avoid getting into this situation? To avoid buyer’s remorse, stay grounded by asking yourself the following questions throughout the home-buying process.

Must I ‘own’ this house or must I ‘win’ this house?

Often, in a competitive situation, a buyer just wants to win. If you’re competing and forced into a multiple-offer situation, step back and ask yourself: Is this the home I really want, or do I just want to beat out the other buyers?

Also, has the potential purchase price exceeded the list price? Putting an offer on a home at 475,000 € is one thing. But a few rounds of counter offers may bring the price up over 500,000 €. A price 25,000 € higher can create an entirely different set of circumstances, and the home may no longer be right for you.

Have I seen the home more than once?

There are hundreds of buyers who saw a house only once. Some international customers even purchase sight unseen. But this is the exception, not the norm.

No matter how much you think you love a home, if you’ve only seen it once, you could be heading for buyer’s remorse. Going back in the evening or a different time of day provides another perspective.

Also, you may see things differently the second time around. Often, you miss something in your first pass that stands out the second time around.

Have I seen the home from every angle and spent time in every room?

A quick tour of the home provides a basic understanding of the floor plan, condition, and size. But to really know a home, dig deep.

Walk to the end of the lot and look at the back of the home. Open every closet and go in the attic, basement, and garage (park your car in there, if you can). And look at the neighboring houses, too.

Have I seen a floor plan?

Reviewing an architectural floor plan provides an opportunity to see the home in a different context. It’s possible you’ll pick up on things you might have otherwise missed.

Have I reviewed the photos after seeing the home?

Going back to the listing photos helps jog your memory. Seeing the pictures, which are snapshots in time, will give you a different perspective.

Was the shade closed in the picture, and if so, why? Did you ever look out that window?

Does the photo remind you that the bedrooms are small because there are only twin or queen-sized beds without any nightstands?

These types of questions are a great way to evaluate if a home will work for you.

Have I toured the home privately?

Visiting a home with other buyers isn’t the best way to see it. You may feel cramped or rushed. You might want to sit in one of the rooms in silence for a few minutes, but it’s often not possible to do so at an open house. You may just want the time and attention of the listing agent, or maybe you don’t want anyone there but your agent.

If you’re serious about a home, go back for a private showing, because it reveals more when you have time alone there.

Have I done due diligence?

If you haven’t seen or heard about any disclosures before making an offer, it could be a red flag. In many markets, disclosure packages are available before making an offer. If not, a good listing agent will reveal the major disclosure items verbally.

Make sure the town sees the home as it is being presented to you, that all the rooms and renovations are legal and permitted. If you’re too busy to review the disclosures, you shouldn’t make an offer.

Also, find out if there have been previous contractor’s inspection, termite, or other reports you haven’t seen yet.

Is this home what I set out to look for in the first place?

Sometimes your path changes once you’re in the market. You realize that another area will give you more for your money. Or a home that’s in the school district you want needs a lot of renovation, which you hadn’t counted on doing. You may discover that with lower rates and being open to a new or emerging area, you can afford a better home.

When buyers are in the throes of a competitive home market, it’s easy to settle for a home that “kind of” works, or to lapse into autopilot mode. You may just be ready to buy and be done with it. You don’t think about things like the commute from the new neighborhood to your job, that you aren’t the renovating type, or that you never signed up for the lawn mowing and maintenance issues associated with homeownership.

A good agent will bring you back to your original plan before you sign a contract. You and your agent should review all the reasons why the home isn’t the right option. It’s better to flesh that out in advance than to ignore the warning signs and cancel. If your agent tries to talk you out of a house, that’s a sign of a good agent.

The contingency safety net
To help protect you from buyer’s remorse, always have an inspection contingency in your purchase agreement. Reserve the inspection contingency for something serious about the property you didn’t know before signing on the dotted line. Some agents call it the “cold feet” or “buyer’s remorse” contingency. It allows you to exit the agreement if something comes up.

If you think you’ve found the home of your dreams but have the littlest doubt, or you can’t answer all of the above questions, think twice about accepting that final counter or even making the offer. Ultimately, never sign an agreement if you aren’t completely convinced this is the home for you.

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Urb. Guadalmina Baja, Marbella

Spacious and unique residence, only 200 meters from the beach. Big and mature garden with over 100 Palm trees, south to west facing. Quiet and fully private. Rustic style with full specs, several living areas, 10 bedrooms and staff quarters. Bali House with chill-out area, hammam, sauna and fitness.

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Marbella beachfront villa

Urb. Benamara, New Golden Mile, Estepona

One of the last frontline beach villa plots on the Coast, 61 meter wide.

New vibrant area, only 5 minutes from Puerto Banus. New 6* hotel/apartment development nearby.

Existing villa of 700m2 with 5 bedrooms suite all on one floor. Possible to move in as is.

South to southwest facing with captivating views to Gibraltar and the African Coast and amazing sunsets.

New built villa project available total 2.300m2. More information to follow soon!

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Villas for sale Marbella

Lovely fully renovated charming villa/finca on a big plot, with nice views to the sea and the mountains, south to west facing, very quiet and private. Close to Estepona town centre and the beach (1,5 km).

All on one floor, large living and dining area, open plan fully fitted kitchen, master bedroom suite and 3 guest bedrooms with 2 bathrooms. Direct access to the covered and open terraces, the pool area and the garden.

Fully renovated with a lot of extras. Solar panels, airco in each room individual, fireplace, wooden floors, alarm, automatic gate, double glazing.

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Villa for sale Voltocado


















This stunning large private 5 bedroom villa sits in the sought after mountain pueblo urbanisation of Voltocado. Its modern and country style feel makes it a lovely home and yet still has a slight rustic Ibizan type feel, sitting on a lovely flat plot of 2,000 m2 south facing with breathtaking views. Large private pool with lots of terraces and outdoor relaxing areas,set amongst Ibizan style gardens. Only minutes drive away form the stunning whitewashed Village of Mijas Pueblo. Turnkey property, genuinely reduced for a quick sale.

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Luxury Villa for sale La Cala

A unique opportunity to purchase a contemporary villa just 2 minute walk to the beach and to La cala town. built size 471 m2 plot size 667m2 terrace area 191,5 m2

This breathtaking and exclusive contemporary villa located in the prestigious urbanization of Torrenueva, 200 metres from the beach and a few minutes walk to the centre of La Cala.
The villa will be finished to a high specification with top quality materials and a modern contemporary feeling.
This will be the first villa in la cala de mijas to have a roof top swimming pool and chill out area, in an elevated position so you can enjoy the Panoramic sea views.

Plot size of 667 m2 facing south west, with a very sunny spot.
Built over 3 floors with a total of
662,95 m2 of which 191,5m2 are for terrace areas. on the roof top the pool has a surface of of 23,75 m2.

Located in the sought after area of, “La Cala de Mijas, a coastal paradise in Southern Spain just 15km to the east of the famous town of Marbella this beautiful town offers shops, golf courses, quality restaurants and bars, including the famous and recently opened Olivia´s restaurant with amazing beaches to enjoy the Mediterranean sea.

37 km from Malaga airport
18 km from Marbella

Actualmente este proyecto de encuentra ejecutado al 40% (movimiento de tierras, saneamiento, cimentación y estructura) el plazo que se estima de finalización es de 6 meses desde que arranque la construcción.

La forma de pago es flexible, se arranca con:
*20.000,00 € Reserva
*30% – Reserva a la firma del contrato de compraventa
*30% a la entrega de la carpintería de PVC.
*40% a la firma de escritura pública.

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Other than President Obama’s White House, the Playboy Mansion is the most famous home in the United States. The dream home for millions of teen boys, their fathers and grandfathers is now for sale at $200 million.

Chicago native and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner bought the 20,000-square-foot Los Angeles mansion on five acres in 1971 for $1.05 million and relocated full time from the original Playboy Mansion in Chicago in 1974. Built in 1927 for the son of Arthur Letts, who was the founder of Los Angeles department stores The Broadway and Bullocks, the home is located in the ritzy Holmby Hills neighborhood, an area that Letts kick-started in 1919 when he bought 400 acres of the Wolfskill Ranch. Neighbors include the Los Angels Country Club, UCLA and Beverly Hills.

Over the years, Hefner and Playboy Enterprises have spent millions of dollars to renovate, update and expand the estate which includes the 29-room mansion with six bedrooms and baths, a four-bedroom guest house, pool, tennis court, koi pond, catering kitchen, wine cellar with a secret door, gym, zoo facilities, theater with a built-in pipe organ, waterfall, four hot tubs, bathhouse and a grotto. Famous for years of celebrity parties, the home was a frequent star for television and movies including “Sex and the City,” “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Entourage” and “ESPN Friday Night Fights.”

While the mansion may soon have a new owner, Hefner isn’t going anywhere as it is being sold as a life estate meaning that Hef, age 89, will be able to continue living at the home for the rest of his life. According to the official listing, “The Playboy Mansion has been a creative center for Hef as his residence and workplace for the past 40 years, as it will continue to be if the property is sold.”

Hef’s home has replaced the South Florida mansion Le Palais Royal asking $159 million as the most expensive listed single-family home in the United States. The Playboy Mansion selling agents are Mauricio Umansky of The Agency and Drew Fenton and Gary Gold of Hilton & Hyland.