Best Ramzan Home Decoration Ideas in 2021

Best Ramzan Home Decoration Ideas in 2021

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In the holy month of Ramzan, as we focus on our connection with God, we cannot neglect our adobe. The spirit of Ramzan is manifested in charity, forgiveness, prayer and celebrations with family. Loved ones are invited to our homes and quality time is spent in our living spaces. The coming together of family coupled with the spirit of Ramzan makes it a memorable time of the year. 

People have numerous memories attached to it. Maybe it’s your first Ramzan after wedding, your child’s first roza, your father’s first Ramzan after coming from off-station or your first Ramzan in your new home, it is a special occasion that will stay with you forever. To get into the Ramzan feels, organise your home and decorate it with things you like to mark this occasion. 

Graana.com highlights several ways you can decorate your home in Ramzan. 

Spice up your living room 

Where do you have your iftar or suhoor? Or which place in your house receives the most traffic? Ideally, the living room or the lounge is a favourite spot during Ramzan where all family members enjoy quality time. It is best to start your Ramzan decor with the living room

Put out a Ramzan banner on a wall to make the space feel a bit festive. Add a few Ramzan themed lanterns near the sofa or fireplace to add that cosiness. If you have time on your hands or want a Ramzan activity with your kids, you can make paper lanterns and display them on the dining table or the console table. This will really transform your living area and mould it according to the Ramzan theme. 

Ramzan Corner 

Ramzan is usually associated with working on one’s relationship with their creator. Every year this month people vow to take measures to improve that relationship. Every person has different goals. 

It is important to create a separate corner for Ramzan to inspire you to achieve your goals. It will remind you of the promises you made with yourself at the beginning of the month. You can simply lay down the prayer mat and place the Holy Book on a table for easy access. You can even make a list of all the education videos or verses you have to listen to and set it up in the room on a TV or laptop for your ease. 

Eid Countdown 

Different people attach different meanings to the month of Ramzan. For some it is the month of worship while for others it is the month of charity. Some may even consider it a month of building family relationships.  

One way to achieve your Ramzan goals is through setting up an Eid Countdown. Not only will help you track the number of fasts but it will also tell you the number of fasts left till Eid

The Eid Countdown planner will help you keep track of your religious goals. It will aid in the documentation of the number of verses you have to cover within a day and then help keep track of your successful tasks. 

This countdown can further provide you with an opportunity to get creative. It is also a good opportunity to get crafty with your kids and create a fun countdown calendar. 

Put up Ramadan Ornaments 

A good way to prepare your house for any occasion is to take out a few ornaments and put them on display. You don’t have to purchase new ornaments and can easily re-purpose or reorganise your home to create a fresh ambience. 

Ramzan neon signs or marquee lighted letters are an excellent choice to get into that festive mood. They are attention grabbing and putting them in a spotlight can really change the mood of the place. Together with some stars and lanterns, the whole look is going to be inviting 

Create Ramzan Traditions 

What is that childhood tradition that you are fond of? What kind of feelings does it invoke? Does the memory of it involve friends and family? Ramzan is a great opportunity to create new traditions with your loved ones to be repeated every year as means to connect with your special ones. 

The options are plenty. It can be as simple as making a dish every weekend with your family members or visiting the mosque with your friends followed by a cricket match. If you are thinking of doing something with your kids, you can visit an orphanage every weekend to connect with the kids or you can arrange food drives for the needy. If you want to do something within the confines of your home, then you can decorate the Eidi Envelopes or make cards for Eid party celebrations. Either way, you can get as creative as you want! 


Real Estate Trends to Watch in 2021


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The world is changing. And with it is changing the real estate arena. There are several contributing factors but certain developments are noteworthy. Researchers have conducted surveys that show that people are increasingly preferring to live in secondary and tertiary cities and valuing quality of life over material gains. Consumer preferences have also changed owing to technological advancements where people now prefer modern day amenities in their real estate property

Graana.com gives you an overview of the changes in macro trends within the real estate sector as shown in the graph below: 

Shift in Location Preferences

There is a shift in the preference of location for residential purposes among citizens. The aching memory of the financial crisis and the uncertainty that followed have made people nervous. The current COVID-19 crisis has further added fuel to the worries. The subsequent retrenchment have raised eyebrows among the populace regarding the sustainability of expensive high-end developments in skyrocketing properties. Thus, people are increasingly preferring second and third tier cities for investment purposes.

Jenna Gerstenlauer, CEO of Sound Mark Partners, says that her firm is focusing on developing Class A projects in secondary markets. While explaining her perspective, she said, “investors favor these sorts of projects over luxury condos priced at the top of the market that might not be able to command the same rents in a downturn.”

The concerns are valid. The property prices in urban areas are increasing exponentially. The price of a small apartment in a developed area is equivalent to the entire year’s salary of a middle-class individual. All major cities have witnessed this trend over time. Karachi, Pakistan has seen an unprecedented spike in property prices from 50% to 100% in a span of over five years (2015-2021) making it a distant dream for people to own a house in the metropolis. This lack of affordability is the dictating factor behind the change in behaviour and preference for suburban areas. 

 

Value of Better Quality of Life

People are moving back to the suburbs for a better quality of life. All these areas do not possess the same potential from an investors point of view; some places have more prospects of growth while some places still need attention. But the underlying notion remains the same. People are shifting to the suburbs because of the benefits they provide. The houses are cheaper which means for someone who enjoys gardens or swimming pools, they can afford a house with these amenities in the suburbs. Moreover, they can be away from the hustle and bustle of the city and lead a simpler life. These areas also have potential for growth which means there are developments with regards to the provision of universities, hospitals, schools etc. With the installation of these infrastructures, there is also potential for employment and economic growth. 

A senior official at one of the world’s top 10 sovereign wealth funds highlighted their residential property development strategy. He stated that their ideal location was one where there was “focus on university towns where there are space constraints, an educated workforce and potential for innovative micro-hubs.”

 

Rental Revival 

Research states that there is increasing interest in rental properties as opposed to home ownership. This is because of the greater emphasis among the millennial for a life of freedom and mobility. They want the possibility of being able to travel and explore their options in comparison to their ancestors who preferred stability. The millennial are less risk-averse in this regard. 

 

Maurice Malfatti, Managing Partner at Blue Heron Asset Management, states that, “the move away from home ownership to renters, and a focus on experience over ownership, is permeating all age groups, not just millennials.” This stance is corroborated by the census data of the United States. It states that interest by people aged 60 or older in renting properties increased by 32% over the last ten years. 

 

Likeness for Shared Spaces 

There have been many social, cultural and technological developments happening and as a result behavioural changes are occurring. The nature of jobs are also changing due to advances in technology which enables people to work remotely through a small device to achieve their deliverables. Technology has also made it easier for people to access things required for daily use. With just a click, people can now order groceries or food to their doorsteps. This has made it easier for people to survive for days without being glued to a specific location. 

In addition, more and more women are joining the workforce which is bringing acceptance for flexible working environments. The increasing traffic woes and pollution has also reinforced the trend of work from home. The incidence of a global pandemic (COVID-19) has further accelerated the trend by forcing people to work from home. 

Furthermore, the house-sharing model is popular in the urban areas of the Asian countries where the population density is high and people are flocking into cities in high numbers in search of employment. To accommodate the population influx, new buildings are designed specifically in order to accommodate them in a smart way. Hence, the new designs show purpose-built buildings which have separate rooms and a shared lounge or living space for entertainment. The kitchens are also usually shared. This shared model is suited to the millennial who are increasingly looking for cost-effective and sustainable ways of living and also for older populations who are more accepting of the notion due to its affordability.  

All these behaviour changes in Asia are due to a move towards digitisation, connectivity and mobility. The situation is different in the North American market but it is expected that acceptance for co-living will take place in the future. 

 

Digital Expectations

These are times of technology. Things are constantly changing around us. It means that even property owners are expected to update their skills and provide facilities and modern day services. The availability of the internet is essential to get work done. This is not only a millennial requirement but older generations also prefer basic facilities as the dynamics of the world have changed the working dynamics.  

In addition, the house owners are also making use of technology to attract more tenets. The world of technology makes it easy to buy, rent and sell with just a click. Several apps have been developed for this purpose. Graana, Pakistan’s 1st online real estate marketplace, is one such initiative that makes it easier and convenient for property owners to manage their properties. The Graana app is trustworthy and reliable. One can make use of their user-friendly portal to add details and leave the hard work for the experts. The app will find a suitable solution according to one’s preferences. This has surely made life easier and revolutionised the real estate sector.