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4 Ways to Make Your Living Room Pop

The living room is where most interactions happen. It acts as a reception for guests. It’s where we relax after a long day at work and watch TV. It is therefore undoubtedly the most important room to consider when decorating a house. Decorating your living room should display who you are as a person or as a family. Here are 5 simple ways to make your living room stand out.

choose a color scheme

A color scheme cannot be chosen using a formula. What emotions do you want to elicit? Warm colors like orange and yellow trigger feelings of happiness, optimism, and energy. Cool colors (green, blue, and purple) evoke feelings of calmness, security, and trust.  Black symbolizes power, luxury, and mystery, whereas white denotes minimalism and simplicity. Consider colors that reflect your personality. Make certain that the colors you choose complement one another. You can find free color wheels on the internet. Do your research, use apps like Pinterest, and come up with the best color scheme.

Choosing furniture

Furniture is also an important aspect of the living room. It takes up the most room. The furniture should not only fit your home but also allow for movement. Before buying, make sure you have the correct measurements. When it comes to quality, don’t compromise. Set a budget and make sure to shop around for the best deal. Choose a color that complements your color scheme. I would suggest using neutral colors and choosing a material that is also easy to maintain. Above all, choose furniture that is warm and welcoming.


We have natural and artificial lighting. They are both significant. In a living room, lighting not only improves mood but also increases safety. Lighting also brightens up dark rooms. Always measure to ensure that lighting fixtures fit properly. Consider the weight as well. Designer Billy Ceglia suggests that if it’s light and airy, it’s best to size up, whereas if it’s dark and massive, sizing down is a better option.  Lighting can be a focal point in your living room too. Chandeliers, for example, can serve this purpose. Experiment with what works best in your living room.

decorative items

These are esthetically pleasing items you can add to your house to make it look exquisite. The items you choose should fit and blend in with the space in terms of color and texture. Choose unique and quality items to bring that elegant aura. Décor items include:

  • Mirrors
  • Rugs
  • Plants
  • Wall art
  • Clock
  • Books

The bottom line

When it comes to the living room, collect items that are unique to you, and your home will become a story. A house’s items should communicate with one another, as well as respond to and balance one another. Above all, let your living space mirror your style and taste. For more information contact us on 0711082929 or email us on homes@mintvillas.co.ke.Let us know what you think on the comment box below.












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Am i eligible for a mortgage loan?

Kenyans Earning Less than KSh 150k Eligible for KSh 549 Million Mortgage Loans from Co-op Bank

The Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company (KMRC) has given Co-operative Bank a KSh 549.8 million for onward lending. Co-operative Bank will lend the amount to home buyers, thus boosting its mortgage availability and loan accounts Pay attention.

The bank received a KSh 549.8 million loan from KMRC in June 2021 to finance affordable housing mortgage loans. Under the deal, Cooperative bank will lend the money to home buyers earning less than KSh 150,000 per month at single-digit interest rates.

The lender will see mortgage loans increase to KSh 749.8 million upon lending the whole amount received to home buyers.

The move by the lender will boost mortgage availability and loan accounts, which recorded a 3.7% decline to 26,971 in December 2020 from 27,993 in December 2019. The loan from KMRC represents 1.3% of the bank’s total borrowed funds worth KSh 42.9 billion as of December 2021.

The deal between the two parties would increase mortgage uptake and boost homeownership rates in Kenya, which currently stands at 21.3% in urban areas as of 2020, compared to other African countries such as South Africa and Ghana at 53.0% and 47.2%.

The move is also in addition to KMRC’s aggressive efforts to provide affordable home loans to Kenyans through various strategies such as debt sourcing and corporate bonds.


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Investing In Real-Estate

Did you know that the Diaspora remittance inflows by June 2021, amounted to USD 305.9 million? This, in comparison to a study done by Central Bank in 2017 where the remittance was USD 143.9 shows a remarkable increase in investment. Most funds are sent to relatives with real estate, food, education, and health. If you currently live and work abroad one of the best ways to put your money to good use is to invest in real estate. But before you do, here are 5 key things you need to ponder:

What is your plan?

  If you don’t plan, you plan to fail. Having clear strategies in place will deter you from making mistakes that could result in financial loss. Looking forward to investing? Reflect on  the following questions to determine your goal:

  • What is Your Financial Goal?
  • What type of property do you wish to invest in?
  • Which is the best location to invest in?
  • Are you looking to buy a house to live in or rent out?

Should You Seek Finance or Invest Your Own Money?

What is your budget? How much can I afford? Am I going to take out a loan? How much do I have saved for a down payment? The answer to these questions depends on your goals. While cash is King and may land you the best deal, a mortgage gives you flexibility. There is a variety of financing options in the Kenyan market that are tailored to different customers ranging from banks to Saccos. The choice is yours.

What professionals do I need onboard?

Real estate investment is a complex project that requires you to sign contracts and go through procedures. You may need a lawyer to run you through that. To get value for your money you may also bee need to hire a quantity surveyor to determine the real value of a property if the property meets quality standards and the estimated maintenance cost of the property. Lastly, a real estate agent will save you the hustle of finding a house of your preference.

Are you working with a Legitimate Real Estate Agency?

Because real estate investments are risky, do your homework. How do you know you are dealing with a legit real estate company? Consider the following

  • Can someone view the site? Can they hand you a copy of the title to do a title search? Do they have a physical office? Where?
  • What’s the company’s portfolio. Do they have previous successful projects?
  • Do they have a lawyer that oversees the signing of legal documents?
  • What are the customer reviews concerning the company? Can they be trusted?


Real estate is a long-term investment. Take your time, and analyze before investing. Ask friends, consult professionals and grow your network to get more information. Remember, it’s normal to have uncertainties: the process becomes easier once you understand your goal and get the right partners.

Get in touch with Mintvilla today to make this dream a success. Call 0711082929  or email us at homes@mintvillas.co.ke









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Amenities around Savanna Greens Estate

Amenities to look for before buying a home

Amenities are the link between the quality of social infrastructure and the wellbeing of residents. They add value and could potentially create a better return on investment. An amenity is a feature or benefit of a spacious property. Amenities are features such as schools, hospitals churches swimming pools and hotels.

Nowadays due to transitions in living spaces and lifestyles, people are accustomed and aspired to live in gated communities.  The primary reason for this is the availability of a gamut of facilities at one stop. New home buyers are giving priority to homes with modernity accompanied by the absolute conveniences of luxury apartments. Though most of the gated communities offer the necessities and comfort facilities, not all of them offer you all the facilities. So while you’re checking the amenities, make sure that every penny invested is beneficial.  If you’re thinking to buy a home in a gated community, the following are indispensable for your comfortable living.

Below is a list of Amenities around our Gated estate, Savanna Greens Estate:

  1. Schools

A home that’s a walking distance of your children is a blessing. You can drop off tour kids on your way to work, and you don’t have to worry about paying bus fare. By walking to and from school your kids become more alert, street smart. Lastly, since the school is nearly your children get more time and energy to do other things play. Learn a hobby do homework study etc.

  • St Peter’s ACK Church
  • Malaa Academy
  • Hillside Junior
  • Thomas Acquires Koma ranch high school
  • St consolata Academy Malaa
  • Brookshine School
  1. Hotels
  • Eastern Ark Hotel
  • The Last Village
  • Katani Resort
  • Wonderland Resort, Koma Hill
  • Mathi Holiday Resort
  • Zaburi Conference and Retreat Nairobi
  • The Rustic Residence
  • Soipogh Getaway Resort
  • The Isabella
  1. Hospitals

When we are young and healthy, we do not think about the health facilities around us. But, as we age, we face a natural decline in health and start thinking about the health facilities around us.  Your health may decline due to lifestyle factors, or you may face health issues just randomly. So, it is essential to living near a hospital so that you can access premium healthcare facilities.

Keeping in mind the same reason, nowadays people look for properties near hospitals, and they are willing to relocate. They like to choose areas where they can easily access hospitals, medical specialists, and other significant infrastructures. There are many benefits of living close to healthcare facilities. Let us look into some of them.

  • Bahati Hospital
  • Ruai Family Hospital
  • Kangundo Level 4
  • Bristol Park Hospital
  • Aga Khan University Medical Center
  1. Churches

For most of us, it’s easier to be a meaningful part of the church gathered—and to partner with the rest of the church scattered—when we live in the same community where our church’s building is located. There are several churches available around Savanna Greens Estate.

  • SDA KBC Church Malaa
  • PCEA Malaa
  • Vessels of honour CCI Malaa
  • Mosque Masjid Hidaa Malaa
  • St Tobias Catholic Church
  • Revival Missions Church
  • Male Covenant Renewal
  • Royal Life Ministry Church

If you are searching for the best and convenient gated community, your scroll ends here! The above mentioned essential and fancy amenities are waiting for you in Savanna Greens Estate.