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Why buy when you can rent

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The common sales pitch of the real estate seller is “why rent when you can buy.” For all practical intents and purposes, there are indeed situations where renting is the wiser choice. Perhaps the Germans know something we don’t, being one of the few developed countries where almost half of the homes are rented and […]

Posted: June 23rd, 2015 in Property Views | Read More »

4 ways HLURB is professionalizing the real estate industry

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HLURB

A foreigner once told me that 80% of Filipinos are real estate brokers, from the taxi driver at the airport, to the front desk manager of a hotel, to the relative of a girl friend. True enough, everyone is into real estate selling even if they do not have any knowledge about laws, requirements, technicalities, […]

Posted: June 15th, 2015 in Property Views | Read More »

An alternative to long term contracts for rental units

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Rental

Do you have problems looking for renters for your unit on a long term basis, or at least renting it out at your desired price? There is actually a viable alternative. Try daily rental Instead of targeting the long term renters, try doing daily, weekly, or monthly rentals. The truth is, the limited purchasing power […]

Posted: March 11th, 2015 in Property Views | Read More »

5 reasons why more home owners are contracting interior design professionals

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interior design

Perception is everything and it changes everything, even your idea of space, time, reason, reputation, value, and the like. As trained professionals, interior designers should know how to manipulate the environment to play on various perceptions to the advantage of the owners. Herein lies some of the major aspects in home design for which more […]

Posted: February 10th, 2015 in Property Views | Read More »

9 Reasons Why Office Sharing Is Becoming More Popular

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As Cebu enters another year of phenomenal growth, more and more businesses are opening here, either as startups or branches from head offices elsewhere in the Philippines or other countries. Many of these offices often come to our realty telling us their need to set up quickly and start operations promptly with as minimal capital […]

Posted: January 23rd, 2015 in Property Views | Read More »

5 Top reasons why you need a property manager for your rental unit

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A significant portion of the buyers fueling the real estate boom in Cebu are investors. They buy either to sell later at a higher price or rent out. In some cases, even those who plan to eventually use their units, perhaps after retirement, opt to have their properties rented in the meantime while they still […]

Posted: January 23rd, 2015 in Property Views | Read More »

6 secrets how Ayala drives prices of their properties

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Alveo

Ayala is one of the best known brands in the Philippines, recognizable even by foreigners who come to the country looking for sound real estate investments. They are known for quality, reliability, and value for money. But how do they really drive prices of their properties up which Avida (a mid range condominium brand), one […]

Posted: January 23rd, 2015 in Property Views | Read More »

Most Common Complaints of Real Estate Buyers upon Turnover

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Are you purchasing your dream home or a property for investment? Before that, here's what you need to know.

For many, buying a property is the single most expensive purchase one makes in his or her lifetime. Do you know that not all expectations are met when buying a property? Here are some of them: 1. Hidden charges upon turnover Some buyers get a surprise of their lives when, nearing turnover, developer’s representative calls […]

Posted: October 22nd, 2014 in Property Views | Read More »

10 Important Housing Loan Basics

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home loan

Very few of us are fortunate enough to buy our desired property on a cash basis. Most will inevitably have to deal with a lending institution like a bank, PAGIBIG, GSIS, or a coop. Here are some basic information to start you on your road to accessing a housing loan. 1. Income Requirement First off, […]

Posted: September 9th, 2014 in Property Views | Read More »

4 Important Truths about House or Condo Amortization Rates

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4 Important Truths about House or Condo Amortization Rates

We often see advertized rates of properties in flyers, websites, and other marketing materials declaring that payments are, for example, “as low as P5,000/month.” Assuming that outdated tarps or flyers are not used, advertised rates are a good way to gauge the lowest possible monthly pay out you may avail for certain house and lot, […]

Posted: August 26th, 2014 in Property Views | Read More »