Saturday, November 28, 2009

Open House

Open Houses, in the Real Estate Industry are something certain real estate agents swear by whereas the others just want to neglect the term “open” and relate it to a house as they feel it’s too direct to announce.
An open house would naturally get people to have an idea of what the house is like before they purchase it. Not letting potential buyers view the place is like throwing away a good deal!
In fact, on an average quite a high amount of sales occur due to open house sales.
There are various things that need to be taken into account whilst hosting an open house. The art of open house sales. If, I may call it that.

The house that is to be sold must obviously be very reasonable in its pricing. It must be spotless and must give the buyer an immediate boost of relief-thus, not questioning their choice once they enter. The first impression that the house creates will propel the decision of the buyer. Either in the seller’s favour, or on the contrary, might fail to impress the buyer further.

Advertising online would be a smart move. It’s comparatively cheaper than printing out ads in newspapers and magazines. In fact, the web world is a much faster source of imparting information.
The directions and signs to get to the open house must be very clear and easy to find. The directions could start from a relatively busy junction where people are BOUND to look at it while waiting at a traffic signal. The sign must stand out visually among an inevitable crowd of a thousand other signs. To ensure that the buyers reach the destination without any trouble, keeping the sign at every major landmark would be wise.

The feel of the interior should not be dampened by the curtains drawn and the windows shut. The light airy feel will definitely be a hit with the buyers as nobody wants a dungeon for a home.

Since many might not like/be allergic to the smell of air fresheners, a more organic alternative to it would be potpourri placed sufficiently around the house. Thus, keeping the scent light and mellow. Popping in your best soothing jazz CD at just the right volume wouldn’t be a bad idea either. Organizing a spread of munchies and finger food is also a great idea.

Collages of the house complete with its financial details and pictures from various angles and during different seasons would also help the buyer to envision what the house might look all year round. Included with this, the seller must present the various documents which might be necessary after the purchase of the house-warranties, appraisals and inspection reports etc.

Being very presentable in one’s manner and asking the buyer for THEIR opinion matters a lot. Often, realtors only want to rant about what THEY thing about the house and how THEY think it’s a great deal. Getting feedback not only will help the agent gain exposure for further deals but also might just end up getting the present one for being courteous and approachable!

Going Green

With recession coming into play, the economy has taken a huge hit. With it, the energy resources too, have decreased causing the prices to increase. This chain reaction has caused a lot of inconvenience.
Therefore, keeping in mind the multiple wraths of Mother Nature that we all are going to eventually face, “Green Buildings” were introduced. According to surveys conducted, this new trend, is catching up tremendously with an estimate of a 5-10% rise during 2010.A very interesting practice to take up and let’s face it-It doesn’t even make you feel guilty for being one of the leeches that’s the cause of earth’s depleting resources.
So, whilst there are scientists out there striving and slogging to invent technologies that save energy and cut out the hazardous pollutants, there are “Green Building” enthusiasts that are building houses that do not cause harm to land resources. Along with this, they also promote the efficient use of water resources, air and other energy resources that encourage healthy living.

“Green Building” practices include various forms of ideologies that keep construction of houses environment friendly
Low VOC Paint
These paints use water as a solvent instead of petroleum-based ones. These do not emit volatile organic compounds which have been proven to be bad for health if inhaled. These paints have been composed with latex and cost the same as regular paints. The up side is that it isn’t killing you and is promoting a healthy living. All non VOC paints are derived from natural resources like plant dyes, oils, resins etc.

Using Substitutes for Cement
One of the major reasons for our energy resources slowly reducing is the amount of energy that is being used to create cement! Cement, is one of the most important materials to create a building structure. There are by-products of cement that can be used in place of cement. Not only are the levels of toxins low, but they are also durable - Fly ash, slag, silica fume, and rice hull ash are being used in place of cement. Thus, instead of wasting these by-products, we can utilize them and save a lot of energy.

Plumbing Manifolds
These are the control centers which control the flow of hot and cold water. They lead to the supply lines of the main fixtures. Thus, these plastic plumbing manifolds save a lot of water by heating the water instantly and also delivering the flow of water faster.

Bamboo flooring has gained popularity due to it being visually attractive and durable. Bamboo grows really fast and thus can be renewed easily. It also resists to moisture. Another kind of flooring that really caught my attention was recycled metal flooring. The look and feel it gives you is very different. This is for those who don’t care much for wooden flooring anymore and would rather set their house layout to something totally out of the box. Recycled glass tiles too, give a very playful look to the area.

Rainwater Harvesting
Collecting rain water (we seem to have been having a lot of it lately), and using it for personal and industrial purposes would save water.

Even though we might not adopt all the techniques possible to support the green movement, even the little that we do, would save the environment. If one looks at it from a more financial point of view, the industries that adopt “Green Buildings” are capitalizing and also looking at it as a majorly creative business trend.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Projections on Buildings

Advertisements on billboards and vehicles have now become passé. NuFormer Digital Media, a company in the Netherlands creates such 3D visual effects via projectors.
A visually interesting and innovative technique has been adopted to advertise!

Projection of the brand colours and motive in scintillating patterns and clever visual effects draws the attention of the audience and actually makes them stop and stare.

In the video below, the building has been architecturally projected on the actual building. Thus, the dimensions of the visuals are accurate and the entire thing seems to be in sync.

Projection on Buildings from NuFormer Digital Media on Vimeo.

The size of the building too, plays an important part. The grandeur of the building, determines the guarantee of a visual fiesta.

This 3D effect will draw audiences not only for outdoor advertising, but also for the launch of new products, seminars, concerts, events and festivals!

Such an exposure will definitely leave a lasting impact on the viewers thus, creating a new trend of advertising and publicity.

The second video is the "Galerie der Gegenwart” which is a museum in Germany that deals with contemporary art. It has now been transformed into a building where projection artists show off their skills and put up advertisements. These projection artists wanted to give architecture a new face by envisioning buildings without any texture or charisma to be sveltely overturned with creativity.

Even though some of the visuals do not work as well as the others, the conceptualization and execution of this new trend is very impressive.
Viewing something like this in person would be quite an experience!

555 KUBIK_ extended version from urbanscreen on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Living Large In Small Spaces.

Decorating a small house, can sometimes be quite a task. One tends to be restrained with space and ends up furnishing the house only with essential equipment thus, striving to get the look, feel and theme you desire, takes a backseat.

A small house, however, if designed and decorated wisely with the right sized furniture, can turn one’s small haven into a luxurious living space.
The house, should be decorated and function as a Swiss knife. All the essentials must be in order along with a little space for imagination. Therefore, how YOU use your space and how YOU make a tiny hallway into an elegant transition to a modest yet feverous living room is important.

A Simple vase with abstract art behind gives a very soothing effect when one passes through the hallway.

A living room with a built in bookshelf and two cozy armchairs, can function as a private library as well. To enhance the surroundings and set in the mellow mood for how one feels while reading, colourful carpets or mats also do a lot. Brighter colours uplift the mood.
Large French windows in my opinion are the best type for a living room. They let maximum amount of sunlight to stream in filtered through a thin curtain.

Small compact kitchen cabinets and a chimney installed right near the top shelves, save a lot of space. Most importantly, uses the space wisely. The colours can be mixed and matched to keep it in theme with the rest of the house.

Decorating the bedroom with in- built cabinets that has fitted lights from below save one the space otherwise used for a bedside lamp or the very clichéd tube light. A contemporary table top can be made below the cabinets that can be used for photo frames and other home ornaments.

Monday, November 9, 2009

About TAIN

TAIN is a privately held, globally minded real estate firm whose mission is to provide clients & investors with quality product and services using the best resources available.TAIN follows the approach taken by real estate developers and land owners globally. The process begins with identification of land and resources, conceptualization of a project all the way to the handing over and management of the same. We are leaders in land identification and land development, cutting edge design, construction techniques, project management, communication, facilities management and customer relationship management. As one of the world's few global private real estate developers, TAIN has the financial strength and experience to execute projects of all sizes and virtually unlimited complexity. From the beginning, the firm's management has evolved to adapt to the industry's most fundamental and challenging axiom: that real estate is by nature a local business. Even as the firm crosses continents and cultures, high standards of quality, taste and execution remains steadfast at its core.

TAIN, has a steadfast set of missions and values which has been put into practice for the past 9 years.


"A sense of Direction"

Providing, a "Complete Living Environment" with quality products and services, at an appropriate cost to all our customers globally, through, teamwork, continuous innovation, and integrity, for nurturing a responsible society"

  • Client focus
  • Respect for the individual
  • Teamwork
  • Innovation
  • Responsible Citizenship

    Keeping up with TAIN's "in-depth expertise and cross cultural experience", TAIN is committed to provide design solutions of the highest quality in real estate across the globe. TAIN Partners with some of the best designers from different cultures and backgrounds representing the needs and desires of its clients all over the globe. The look of each TAIN product is the result of a combined creative and functional mission. TAIN architects and designers build up a consistent design philosophy for its building designs around the fastest growing regions of the world. Such a philosophy is the rudder for the boat; it makes it possible for TAIN to continue its course in a meaningful direction.

    TAIN, keeps launching various services and holds events which will be explained in further detail.Look out for them!

    For more detailed information, visit here