Basic tips for selling your house

Although the real estate market had been quite stagnant in recent years, it has recently picked up and has grown at a pace not seen for more than a decade. However, doing so is not as simple as you think. There are sellers who believe that their house is perfect and that the buyers will want it just as they see it in their day to day, when this is not the case. Buyers will detail every room of the house and will want to be reflected in it. So that you do not make this and other mistakes, we bring you the following tips to sell your house.

Repair, organize and clean!

You must bear in mind that if your house has damaged pipes, the air conditioning or heating does not work or the carpet is old and worn, it decreases its value considerably. If you want to obtain a good profit from the sale of your property, it is recommended that you start repairing the things that you think may revalue it three or six months before. Among the tasks you must take into account are: paint the house, repair the furniture, improve lighting, both natural and artificial, etc.

The next step is to organize, collect and clean. You have to keep in mind that your property will go unknown because they want to live in it, they want to see themselves there. So, collect all personal items, photos, pictures, books, diplomas, among others. Organize the clothes in the cabinets, the kitchen cabinets, because the buyers will want to see all the parts of the house. Particularly in the kitchen and bathrooms you should do a deeper cleaning.

Advise yourself

A real estate agent has the contacts that can buy your house. It will help you to establish the real price of the house, since it has access to the information of many houses for sale (maybe similar to yours). It will be who shows your house and deals with customers, highlighting with great expertise the positive aspects of the place. If you are someone who does not have time to receive and assist each of the potential buyers, this type of advice will come in handy. With the assistance of a real estate agent you will not even have to deal with difficult visitors (if there are any), as this will take care of them all, always watching over your interests. In addition, you can also lend a hand in any legal aspect of the sale.

Buying an apartment, what do you have to pay attention to

This will prevent you from choosing an apartment that is not to your liking. It is also possible to visit several apartments during the open houses day. Therefore always keep in mind the following points in advance.

View what you share

If you become the owner of an apartment, you will also become a member of the Association of Owners. When buying an apartment you have your own spaces in addition to certain spaces you share with other people.

See if the apartment is suitable

Of course buying an apartment is certainly important that you choose an apartment that suits you, that is affordable but that is also big enough. Buying an apartment is very similar to buying a house and you want it to be fun. If you do not like it yourself, turn to an apartment buying the help of a good online broker.

How is the building?

View not only how the state of the apartment is but also how the entire building is up to it. You cannot buy a perfect apartment in a building that is not good. If there is overdue maintenance in public areas, buying such an apartment can sometimes become a major expense for every owner to pay for.

Look at the financial picture

Just like with the purchase of your own home, you also look at buying an apartment or paying off the mortgage. Not all apartments are equally expensive but there are those that cost as much as a complete house with more floors. If the mortgage is too high you can better look for something else. Always make sure you are well informed in advance how everything is arranged and then buying an apartment can be a good option for you. Certain costs that you share with other residents can be advantageous, but always take it into account. At your own home you are the sole owner and you only pay for it, when buying an apartment this is shared.

What you should know that not to be tricked into buying a house

Roadmap to sign a mortgage, meet the associated costs and information they need to have before and after contract

The housing market continues to decline and still has not recovered from the excesses of the past. Experts agree that until demand picks and financing facilities is risky to speak, properly, recovery.

However, in recent months signs of recovery are seen, but still not influence the creation of ho gales. Several international investment funds are bidding for asset portfolios, mortgage debt or social housing for rent. When is reflected in the demand for property for residential use?

It’s early venture, but if you are of what you are about to buy a flat, you can use these tips offered by the General Council of Notaries , which primarily recommended ” not to sign any documents without the right advice, especially before giving money, albeit in the form of sign. “

Rents, news and comments

With the kick-off to the tax office gives to submit early drafts and fiscal data, a new income campaign starts. Another year “touch” focuses on these dates in the declaration to be submitted before June 30.

Funny increasingly perceived as the years get shorter and arrive earlier than the year before and the year before the previous (and so on) to these months of work emerging analysis, review and preparation of income tax returns year. In fact, I fear get to have the perception that is the deadline for filing a year and the day starts again the deadline for filing the return the following year. Hopefully, if actually happens, is just a bad dream it easy to wake up.

Well this time is to review the developments of this statement for the year 2013, so we would not miss anything (or at least nothing serious as an avid inspector blood is likely to determine that got away something that you did not count, even with the law, consultations and books you could check to avoid it).

I am focusing on what’s new for this year 2013, the most important feature, without attempting to be comprehensive and not limited to:

  • Removal of the exemption to lottery prizes and establishing a special tax on such awards (except for the lower amount to 2,500 $ to remain exempt): If you are in this situation, firstly, congratulations. It will be one of the few joys that will be taken in this environment of urgent crisis. Second, as in the payment of the prize and they will make the retention of 20% coinciding with the final tax, you will have now nothing to do (and that unless the award has been organized by an entity established outside US) .
  • Removal of the exemption on dividends and capital gains from shares SOCIMIs: the SOCIMIs constitute a new (or not so new) investment vehicle in real estate for rent. 2013 has been reversed its taxation so that the final tax is passed on making partner, this is based on the income tax, rather than society, as usual. For its specialty and exceptionality (SOCIMI successful is almost comparable with the cash basis VAT), nothing in this section tells.
  • Total exemption for unemployment benefits in the form of lump sum: removed the limit that existed until $ 15,500 so that the entire service is free for rent.
  • Extension of the exemption for training employees to use new communication technologies: is not new but a mere extension of a measure longer applicable in 2012 and with a trivial importance in the tax.

• New valuation rule of retribution in kind of work derived from the sale of housing: this rule makes sense to adjust the amount of remuneration in kind attributable to the actual cost to the employee for the employer so that if housing is not property of the payer, the payment in kind is valued by the cost of the lease for the payer including taxes levied on the transaction (and not by reference to a value as far from reality as the cadastral).

  • Allocation of certain compulsory tax premiums insurance contracts instrumented pension commitments: new assumption for tax purposes when the annual amount of all premiums paid by the same employer from the same contributor to such insurance contracts exceeding $ 100,000 per year. In this case must necessarily be charged the excess.
  • New limit to 40% reduction in cases of terminations of employment or business relations: that limitation only applies where the amount realized by the taxpayer for the termination of employment or business relationship over 700,000 $, i.e., “science a fiction “for ordinary mortals so I avoid, for hygiene affect this measure.
  • Extension of the reduction for creation or maintenance of employment in economic activities: again a mere extension of a temporal extent applicable and in the declaration of 2012.
  • New tax incentive for economic activity onset: possibility of reducing by 20% the positive net income declared in direct estimate in the first year in which it is positive and the following year. Invest in new economic activity for…
  • System of gains and losses in the short term: maybe this is the most important and far more prevalent. As of January 1, 2013, gains and losses within one year are included in the general tax base (and not in the savings and considering coming since 2007). I reiterate that this change is very substantial as we return to the situation prior to 2007 where the integration of a gain (or loss) equity in the general or special tax base dependent on the passage of time between the purchase and sale (sales to more or less than 1 year). This situation requires more planning of sales transactions, one burdensome for those who, for example, are engaged in “playing” in the stock market investing and disinvesting with few days of dispute. There are other situations that need to keep in mind since not conceptualize such a clear way in a short sale, for example, when someone inherits a well immediately sold since taxation in fiscal 2013 and will exceed taxation until such time based on this policy change.
  • Elimination of the deduction for home purchase: another star measures. Anyone who has purchased your home after the January 1, 2013 will no longer apply so ingrained in the public as the deduction for home purchase. In this regard, there is a transitional regime by which what they bought before that date, continue to apply the deduction as at present, although it is equally true that it is not ruled out that the government take a medium-term measure that violates, once again, he desired legal certainty by preventing from one point to the rest of the citizens that this measure does not affect current (i.e., those who bought before 2013) apply such deduction.

• Deduction for investment in start-ups or: the purpose is to encourage the uptake by start-ups and financing by investors willing to provide capital and / or professional or business knowledge. The state, by doing this, I try to give the “final push” to investors or patrons to gamble and invest in new companies that bring a better future for the country, allowing the application of a deduction in fee of 20% of the amount contributed, with a limit of $ 50,000 contribution. Such investors abound outside our borders but in Spain directly there is this mentality (except rare cases), that is, I think few people they “attract” to money (people “magnet”) is the ” play “to expose for good and common, basic development for a better future grounded in new companies and new ideas to retain talent in our country.



Trends in the humanization design office

New trends in office design speak of open, welcoming, far more humane and flexible spaces and increasingly similar to households. They are spacesbased on communication, innovation, creativity and emotions; spaces that encourage the spirit, which facilitate the exchange of ideas and access to information, which provide the necessary privacy.

In essence one can speak five clear trends: 

Open spaces

The corporate culture of organizations and their leadership styles are changing. Today prevail horizontal structures, without hierarchies, and open-door policies, without barriers that impede communication between people. Currently, the trend is to minimize the prevailing indoor and open areas and areas designed for communication, in which free-flowing talent, creativity and ideas of the people.


Different tendencies like project work, makes flexibility a top priority. Flexibility that allows the office to be alive, they change teams, which vary according to the project space. These are spaces that allow continuous and adaptive changes to the formations of new equipment, new structures, new forms of work and changing technologies.


To facilitate communication, teamwork, the sharing of ideas and knowledge and creativity of people, offices head towards open spaces, so work environments tend to socialize either with spaces shared by teams or common areas.

In that sense, a typology is booming informal spaces: areas like club executive airport lounges, cafes, billiards, rest areas, etc. Its purpose is to foster relationships between employees, offices humane, foster creativity and enhance the quality of life at work.

Moreover, the increased flexibility and mobility, and greater teamwork, make more and more people spend less time in a specific job (whether or not in the office), questioning sometimes traditional 1 ratio worker = 1 job.

For this reason, more and more companies are turning to alternatives to personally assigned work stations. These new solutions enable a more rational use of space, which is designed and distributed based on the real presence of workers, and not its absolute number.

In that vein, the “desk-sharing” (a job is shared by several people working on different shifts) is one of the most widespread alternatives. It is, for example, the system generally used in the “call centers”.

But the trend is towards flexible office systems in which employees do not have a position in the office, but are assigned one when they come to it . It is the system of non-territoriality: no personally assigned, but an elaborate spaces offer different jobs that can better adapt our spaces work processes and dynamics.

More Human Spaces

The office is humanized and workspaces are customized to suit individual tastes and needs: the need for privacy and comfort, archive, functional … Today, the office is to serve the employees, providing the ideal environment to develop fully. The new working environment should be functional, aesthetically pleasing, comfortable and healthy for people who work in them.


Socialization of workplace and flexibility, based on the constant changes has led, first, to the design of mobile elements. But mobility goes beyond the elements, and as technological developments will allow work from anywhere, office acquires a more portable connotation.

Other trends

In any case, there are other trends away from the same five blocks, although they are always related to or derived own:

  • L as offices is designed around processes, ways of working and functions, not hierarchies as in the traditional office.
  • Required by companies to their location surface is reduced, and the space allocated to each worker.
  • The space is no longer owned by each worker, because the worker and not always occupies the same space.
  • Decreases by about 10% the number of firms in the companies and open jobs are increased.
  • Significantly increases the acreage meeting.
  • The area under files is reduced.
  • Increase the space devoted to services (cafeterias, office …) and rest areas or leisure, considered as areas of relationship / communication.