4 Tips to a Stress-free Wedding

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I can’t believe I’m getting married in 3 days! It seems like only yesterday when Jong proposed. A lot of people have been asking me if I’m already stressed out, but honestly, I’m not. What I’m feeling is more of excitement of what’s to come.

Everything is ready. All our suppliers have been booked and the details are in place. Even our house is ready. We just need to move in. Planning this wedding has been fun for us and also a great learning experience. I know that many brides-to-be feel that planning a wedding is a daunting task. And yes, it can be. But you can enjoy the process with your fiance and even become closer together because of it. I’ve learned a lot about myself and my fiance throughout this planning process and I’d like to share 4 tips with you on how you can enjoy a stress free wedding.

Tip no 1: Team work makes the wedding plans work. I find that some brides end up planning their entire wedding on their own and the groom just shows up the day to attend. Girls, you and your fiance are a team. Do it together. It will more fun and much more fulfilling to do it together rather than to go at it on your own. Think of your wedding prep as a test drive for how well you can work with each other once you’re married. When we started planning our wedding, Jong assured me that we would do this together. That he would be with me every step of the way. And so we did. From the venue, to food, right down to booking lights and sounds, we did it as a team.

Tip no 2: Starting preparing early and follow a process for planning the wedding. I don’t like cramming. I always prefer to be prepared. That’s why we started planning our wedding literally hours after Jong proposed. We were still in Cebu at that time and yet we were busy canvassing suppliers already. The trend now is the guy proposes this year, and the wedding is set on the following year. Trust me, 1 year is more than enough time to plan a wedding. The reason why many people fall into this trap of cramming is that they feel that their wedding is still so far away that they can afford to delay preparing for it. Weddings typically involve a lot of details. There are so many suppliers to book. And if you cram everything in one month, you’ll really feel overwhelmed. So we went at it like we were developing a business plan. What we did first was to create a strategy, a process to follow. Second, we set our budget. Third, we listed down all the suppliers we needed to book according to priority. Since we also had work, we couldn’t pour all our time in planning our wedding. So we would allot a few hours each week to discuss about it, meet and then book the suppliers we wanted. Each month, we would book 2 or 3 suppliers. So after 9 months, we finished booking all the major suppliers. Now, all we had to finalize were the details.

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Tip no 3: Choose your suppliers wisely – and trust them to deliver. We booked all our suppliers ourselves. We did our research. We asked people and other suppliers. Then we called and met up with the suppliers we wanted. We chose CDO-based suppliers to avoid additional out-of-town fees and so meet ups would be easier. If you’re based abroad, meeting up with suppliers may be challange. You’ll need someone that you can trust to do this for you. I’m very particular with the suppliers because I wanted the proven and tested ones. Since we were also on a budget, we personally met up/called each supplier so we could stick with our budget. Getting married today is expensive but it doesn’t have to be as expensive as you think. I’ll be posting about How to Get your Dream Wedding on a Budget after the wedding. So once you’ve booked your suppliers, let them do their job. Don’t micromanage. One reason why I’ve been so stress-free is because I booked HM Events to plan our wedding. I’m very hands on with the whole process but I’m not a detail-oriented person. So having Azel (the senior planner assigned to me), to manage all the details for me is awesome. She has a checklist for everything and she reminds of the stuff that I need to do. Yesterday, we met up for our rehearsal and final review of everything and we’re basically done.

Tip no 4: Pray. I cannot over emphasize the power of prayer. Brides, this is our greatest weapon in planning our dream wedding. Prayer can not only move mountains, it can move the hearts of suppliers too. When we started planning for our wedding, we prayed about everything. We prayed for the suppliers we wanted, for the details to be in place and that we would stick to our budget. And by God’s grace, he has really come through (he always has). He sent suppliers and people to help us. Some of the suppliers really gave us huge discounts. It’s just amazing how the Lord can move mountain for you. Just trust Him.

And there you have it! My 4 tips to a stress-free wedding. If you have any questions, feel free to call or email me. I’d be glad to help out. Especially since so many people have helped us out with our wedding – this is just me returning the favor. Blessed to bless.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Real Estate Broker Alex Zeta

It’s a Happy Ending After All – Why Honesty Pays Off

Last January, I made a blog post about how clients of mine did not push through in renting a listing I had in Morning Mist Village because at the time, they did not have Fiber connection yet. Read full post on “Honesty is Still Always the Best Policy” HERE. They ended up reserving another house in Xavier Estates. But for some reason, the deal did not go through and so they came back to me. I had another opportunity to serve them. This time, I was able to offer them a corner lot house in Ventura Residences. Now, they are happily living there. Plus, their fiber optic connection just got activated this morning. It’s a happy ending after all! :)

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It pays to be honest, even if you can potentially lose a deal. Because if you behave with integrity in a consistent manner, people will always come back to you. Trust is an integral part of any relationship – whether personal or business-wise. Money, achievement, a great physique – these things won’t last. But you can leave a legacy with the relationships that you build. And without trust, there can be no relationship. Without relationships, you won’t have a business.

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Integrity means doing the right thing simply because it’s the right thing to do. It means staying true to your word. It means keeping your promises. This is why honest people give promises carefully – because one they’ve given a promise, they’ll follow through no matter what. This why Jon Snow refused to swear allegiance to Cersei Lannister because he had already sworn fealty to Daenerys, telling her “I cannot serve two queens.” 

When enough people make false promises, words stop meaning anything, and there are no more answers — only better and better lies.”

-Jon Snow, Game of Thrones

What about you?

How honest are you to yourself and to others? Do you mean what you say? Do you keep your word?

With honesty you can move towards your dreams without fear or hesitation. Because you know that no matter what happens, you’ve made the commitment to stay true to yourself and to others.

Decide to be honest. Live with integrity.

Go live a Truly Wealthy Life.

Alex Zeta
Real Estate Broker
Phone: 0917 851 2752
Email: TrulyWealthyAlex@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Real Estate Broker Alex Zeta x Mercedes Giveaway

A few weeks ago, I launched my Pre-Valentines Promo. Those who could give interesting and unique answers to my question: “What do you like best about my newest listing in Hillsborough Pointe?” would win 1 dozen chookies from Mercedes Bakery! Today, I awarded the 3 lucky winners  – Carmela, Bryan and Kyle. They got to try 3 different flavors of Mercedes’ delicious chookies – classic, red velvet and double chocolate. Yum!

Here are some of the photos of my newest Hillsborough Point listing.

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Congratulations! It’s a super sweet valentines for our winners :)

Watch out for my next promo!

Who is a person you know who is selling their property? Please send me an email with their name and situation. I promise they’ll get the excellent service they deserve.

Alex Zeta
Real Estate Broker, Truly Wealthy Realty

Call: 0917 851 2752
Email: TrulyWealthyAlex@gmail.com

Honesty is Still Always the Best Policy

One thing that I value most in my relationships – whether it’s in business, family or my love life – is honesty. When you know you can trust someone, even when the going gets tough, you’re able to continue on. I believe that trust is the foundation of a great relationship. That is why when my partners and I started Truly Wealthy Realty 6 years ago, we decided that the core value of our realty would be Integrity.

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Integrity is one of the most important qualities you can ever develop.It is the key to living a happy and fulfilling life. Your commitment to being totally honest with yourself and others will bring you freedom and happiness. To live a life of integrity, you must determine your core values and live according to those values – no excuses.

Integrity is a personal choice to hold yourself accountable to ethical and moral standards. It can be measured by one thing – consistency. It’s easy enough to be honest one time. But it takes discipline and commitment to behave with integrity in a consistent manner. Integrity is not about taking the easier road. It’s about doing the right thing simply because it’s the right thing to do. It’s about keeping your promises. It’s about telling the truth even if it means you won’t make that sale.

There are no moral shortcuts in the game of business or life. There are, basically, three kinds of people, the unsuccessful, the temporarily successful, and those who become and remain successful. The difference is character.
-Jon Huntsman, Sr. , Billionaire

Integrity is the backbone of any successful business. It’s simple. People will not do business with someone they can’t trust. Jon Huntsman said it best. Everyday you have a choice. Would you rather be temporarily successful or would you prefer to remain eternally successful?

Last week Ms Jenny contacted me looking for a house to rent in Uptown, Cagayan de Oro City. Since she’s based in the US, it was her sister that I accompanied to view my listings. Out of the houses I offered her, she liked one house in Morning Mist Village. It was a newly renovated corner lot property, right beside the park. Their only condition was that there had to be fiber connection available in the subdivision because her husband needed fast internet to work. After asking some of our clients who lived in Morning Mist Village, we found that fiber connection still was not available in Morning Mist Village.

Here’s a virtual tour of the Morning Mist House for Rent:

Today, Ms Jenny informed me that her sister already found another house for her. Even though I wasn’t her broker for that deal, I was still happy for her, and so I congratulated her. To my surprise, she sent me this reply.

Thank you! I really appreciate imong positive behavior! You will go far sa imong field tungod ana. God will bless you even more! 😊Actually na-appreciate jud nako imong honesty bahin sa MMV nga house. Coz kung lahi pa nga realtor, you could have easily said nga yeah pwd mataoran fiber optic pero dili diay & then we will be stuck bitaw kay pag-abot namo diha wala naman mi mahimo kay nakabayad naman. Ana bitaw. God blesses people jud nga honest! So I just want you to know nga high kaayo akong regard sa imong pagkatawo because of that.
-Jenny

 

I was really touched by her messaged and was also a little surprised that she noticed. Most people don’t seem to mind things like this. They just expect you to be honest and that’s it. Even though I didn’t close this deal, I’m still happy because my client was able to appreciate her experience with me as a real estate broker. I’m in this industry because I love assisting people with their real estate needs. My primary intention is to help people; to serve them to the best of my ability. My clients needs come first.

Honesty and integrity are by far the most important assets of an entrepreneur.
-Zig Ziglar

Behaving with integrity is a commitment. It’s not easy but every time you make that choice, your self-respect will increase with every honest decision you make. As your respect for yourself grows, this will positively impact all the other areas in your life.

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionable integrity. Without it no real success is possible, whether it is on a section gang, football field, in an army, or in the office.
-Dwight Eisenhower

I’m far from perfect. It is only by God’s grace that I am able to do what’s right. It’s his strength and not mine. It’s my desire to live my life in such as way so that when people look at my life, they will see Christ in it. This includes behaving with integrity.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
-1 Corinthians 10:31

What about you? Is there an area in your life where you struggle in being true to yourself? Perhaps it’s time to look beyond your fears and insecurities and be true to yourself. It’s only when you’re able to be honest with yourself that you can be honest with others. And only then can you behave with integrity.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

Alex Zeta
Real Estate Broker
Phone: 0917 851 2752
Email: TrulyWealthyAlex@gmail.com

 

The One Thing I’m Most Grateful for in 2017

Looking back at the past year, there are so many things that I’m grateful for. So many blessings that I thank the Lord for. My mom came home after years of living in the US, the wedding of Alec (my brother) and Anj, our family reunion, Jong’s marriage proposal, we put up our 2nd branch of Gamers Enclave, our growing Truly Wealthy Team, our expanded Truly Wealthy office (we now take up an entire floor)… And the list goes on.

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And yet, if there’s one thing I thank the Lord for most in 2017, it was my mom’s total acceptance of Christ as her Lord and Savior. You see, although we come from a Catholic background and we knew of Jesus. We didn’t really “know” him. Not in the real sense of the word. My mom is a worrier. She worries about all sorts of things – even things that she doesn’t really even need to worry about. And because of that she gets stressed out.

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Being a Christian is not about religion. It simply means that you are a follower of Christ. Being a Christian means trusting Him fully and surrendering everything in you – all your worries and fears – to Him.

And so I stared to pray that my mom would fully surrender her life to Christ and join a Discipleship group. Being part of a D-Group would allow her to have a spiritual family to grow with and be accountable to.

When she came back home in Iligan, I tried to encourage her to join a D Group at CCF but she was resistant at first, saying that she wasn’t ready and that I shouldn’t “force” her. It’s ironic, but it’s often easier to invite other people to join a bible study group. So I stopped encouraging her but continued to pray about it instead. Then one day, during church service, we met Tita Susan. She was very friendly and after finding out that mom didn’t have a D Group yet, she asked for her number and continuously texted and called her. After months of non-stop texting/calling, my mom finally relented and agreed to have coffee with her. And the rest is history.

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Now my mom regularly attends her discipleship group meetings once a week. We actually have the same Dgroup schedule which is every Thursday. She also started doing daily quiet time. I can see how she has grown spiritually. She doesn’t get worried as much anymore and is now more dependent on God for guidance and strength.

When you truly know the Lord, you really don’t need to worry about anything. Your future is in his hands and he has promised to take care of it. The bible has so many promises that you can hold on to.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition and thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
-Philippians 4:6-7

I have acknowledged that Christ is the source of everything and He is all that I need. Everything else is just a bonus.

May you live a Truly Wealthy life.

Alex Zeta

PS.
If you want to join a discipleship group, feel free to contact me. I promise that you won’t regret it.

Alexander’s Truly Wealthy Story: Lot Sold in Less than 2 Months

Real estate is quite a noble profession. As a realtor you have the opportunity to help hundreds of people, not only with their real estate needs, but with their other needs as well. Alexander is an old schoolmate of mine. He reached out to me in November last year to list his lot in Vista Verde. Like me, he was getting married this year, and he wanted to use the proceeds of the sale for his wedding.

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The challenge here was that Alex was based in the UK so I had to communicate with him mainly online. I explained the whole selling process as well as the taxes and fees to be paid. The good thing was he was able to come home briefly for the Holidays so I was able to advice him to get an SPA done authorizing his mom to transact on his behalf in the event that the lot would get sold. You see, if a seller is based abroad, then the SPA has to be consularized. This can be a bit of a hassle on the part of the seller especially if the embassy is a long way from where he/she lives. If the seller, however, is in the Philippines at the time the SPA is made, then he can have it notarized – it’s easier and more convenient.

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Sure enough, just a few weeks after his return to UK, I was able to show his lot to a buyer (Sir Jess) and after a brief negotiation, the deal was closed. Now Sir Jess’ son (Jet) owns a lot in Vista Verde Village for his future family and Alexander has the funds he needs for his wedding. It’s a win-win. I believe true success comes from finding win-win solutions and making everybody happy.

5 star all the way.
-Alexander

Alexander was able to sell his lot less than 2 months after listing it with Truly Wealthy Realty because of the following formula: Right pricing + right marketing + competent real estate broker.

Successful negotiation is not about getting to “yes”; it’s about mastering “no” and understanding what the path to an agreement is.
– Christopher Voss

So how do you know if your price is right? Set a meeting with the best real estate broker you know and avail of a Property Market Analysis. In setting a selling price, you can’t just pick a number out of thin air (some owners seem to do this). There has to be a basis for your pricing. A good broker will run you through the process on how to set a fair selling price.

What about you?

Who is a person you know who is selling their property but hasn’t had any inquiries yet?

Please send me an email with their name and situation. I promise they’ll get the excellent service they deserve.

Alex Zeta
Real Estate Broker
Phone: 0917 851 2752
Email: TrulyWealthyAlex@gmail.com

Jess’ Truly Wealthy Story: New Lot Owner in Vista Verde

What I love about being a real estate broker is the time freedom and flexibility it gives me. Even though I’m not in CDO, I can still talk to clients and work on deals. I was first able to talk to Sir Jess when I was back home in Iligan City for the Holidays. It was December 30 and we were busy preparing for the new year when Sir Jess called to inquire about a listing I had in Vista Verde. He wanted check out the lot then but since I was still in Iligan, we agreed to meet instead on January 3.

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It was my first site tour for 2018. I had been in Iligan since Dec 23 and I was itching to get back to work. I really enjoy my work as a real estate broker and so as much as I loved the holiday break, I was excited to get back into the swing on things.

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I showed Sir Jess the lot and he liked it immediately. His son was actually the buyer but he would be helping out with the payment. I walked him through the sales process, explained the taxes and that was when he decided to put in an offer for the lot. He reached an agreement with the seller and the deal was closed.

Alex is a great advisor, open minded, quick to entertain and make suggestions, a diligent worker and very patient with us. 
– Jess

Now his son, who is only in his 20’s, is a proud lot owner in Vista Verde Village. I’m happy to have been able to help them acquire this lot at a good deal. The best reward in being a real estate broker is the happiness of the client with his or her purchase.

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. 
-Mahatma Gandhi

Who is a person you know buying their first home – could be a renter or a son/daughter of a friend?

Please send me an email with their name and situation. I promise they’ll get the excellent service they deserve.

Alex Zeta
Real Estate Broker
Phone: 0917 851 2752
Email: TrulyWealthyAlex@gmail.com

VLOG: How to Buy a House in 5 Steps

The common misconception that many buyers have is that buying a home is a long and complicated process. I’ve been a real estate broker for over 5 years now and I can say that it doesnt need to be. Investing in real estate is a simple process. Here’s a vlog on how to buy a house in 5 steps. Enjoy!

 

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