Important Factors When Buying a Condo in the Philippines

Everywhere you look in the metro these days, there’s a high-rise residential tower being constructed and promising to open soon. If you are a buyer, you could be overwhelmed by these options, hence, no matter what, you should always consider the following.

1. Location The three most important factors when choosing real estate, as they say, is location, location, location. This is even truer for residential condos since that is their true unique value proposition. It’s more expensive and the space is tighter, but you’re just a short walk or commute away from work and play.

You may limit your search for Metro Manila based properties as most condominium developments is located here. There are condos that are recently ready for occupancy (RFo), under construction, and pre-selling.

Interestingly, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig has the m ost number of condos in development. Not far behind are Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, and Quezon City. There are also a good number of properties in Alabang in Muntinlupa, Ortigas Center in Pasig, and Paranaque City.


2. Cost per square meter What exactly is a “mid-priced” condo? Experts place the range between P2.5million to P5million. Perhads on an absolute selling price basis, that makes sense. But we can use a different basis.

Property consultants like Colliers International Philippines peg the average land capital value now at Bonifacio Global City, like the Makati CBD, stands at PHP103, 000 to PHP120,000 per sq. m., and is expected to increase between 3% and 4% after a year as of end of 2011.

So PHP103, 000 is the floor for a luxury condo. Mid-price condos there have to sell for less than PHP103, 000 per sqm. For their biggest unit. Anything beyond that is already luxury.

Which location you choose, of course, depends on where you work. The closer you are to the Makati central business district, the more expensive it gets. So Makati and Bonifacio Global City condos, in general, are handsdown the priciest. If you want more affordable digs, try Pasig, Mandaluyong, Alabang, Manila, Paranaque, and Quezon City.


3. Floor Area Space is often a trade-off for location when it comes to condo living, but we still believe the sacrifice shouldn’t be that great. Living in 24sqm unit may be fine for a young single professional, but for a couple or, worse, a family, we think a floor area of at least 80sqm should be a requirement. Anything less than that, regardless of the number of bedrooms and selling price, is too tight for our taste. So you can set as another criterion when choosing a condo a 80sqm and above as the available floor area to be considered a best value condo.

The number of bedrooms is a secondary factor, since you can have a three-bedroom unit and be packed like sardines. We think floor area is a more critical concern. But you can use the number of bedrooms when comparing apples to apples. How much space do youget and for how much for a 2bedroom condo ? One property may have bigger space but a higher selling price. Another may seem cheap but is a lot tighter. The bargains are, of course, the spacious area with a reasonable price.


4. Availability We like to know when a condo property is ready for occupancy (the jargon is RFO). A lot of people got burned after the Asian financial crisis in the late 90′s when pre-selling condos ended up unfinished (some even up to today). and they were left holding an empty bag.

Properties already or soon to be RFO are most likely sold out. That means you can no longer buy a unit. Sure, there is the secondaly market, but you’ll be paying higher prices. You don’t want that.

You want to buy at pre-selling prices, since they are lower. You also want to take advantage of rising property values by buying early. If you’re getting a unit as an investment, you can sell with a fatter profit later on, since you’re working on a lower purchase price. If you plan to rent it out, you also get a lower mortgage and are able to cover more of your monthly amortization from rent. You also build equity faster since your’e starting at a lower cost.

Sure, there’s always a risk with buying during pre-selling. The economy nowadays is slowing, and we don’t know how things will turn out with the impending recessions worldwide and our national elections next year. But that’s why we have another criterion.


5. Developer There are fly-by-night property developers or this with a track record that we wouldn’t consider yet to be impressive or reliable. But there are those with a reputation that is impeccable. They’ve been through boom and bust real estate cycles and they’re not just standing, they’re flourishing.

You may also consider a few relatively new comers if only because of the people behind them, whose busines acumen has been proven.


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Happy Condo Hunting!

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Avida vs DMCI vs SMDC

This infograph is a brief comparison between the three giants (Avida, DMCI, SMDC) in the mid-range condo real estate market. To give buyers a quick insight on the value of their money.

Read on and happy condo hunting!



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Ways to Decorate your Condo

When you are challenged with a limited space, here are some useful tips on how you can decorate a small space like a condo.

1. Use Dual Function Furtnitures.

These dual function furnitures give you the best of both worlds. Simplifying your life and saving you the space


2. Use Your Walls

Take advantage of your walls by hanging floating shelves. You can put any decor on your floating shelves to adapt to the ambience of your room.

floating shelves

3. Hang Long Curtains.

Hang long curtains close to the ceiling to give the illusion of tall windows – this will make the room look larger.


4. Paint Your Furniture.

A creative solution to bring color into your condo if you can’t paint your walls is to paint your some of your furnitures.


5. Use Rugs.

Use rugs to add some style to your place.


6. Finally, Hang Mirrors.

Create the illusion of a larger place by hanging mirrors.

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These tips will surely inspire you to decorate your small space.

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Avida Towers Asten

Are you independent? Do you have a fast-paced, career oriented lifestyle?

Then the Avida Towers Asten in Makati is a place for you. Perfect for the millennial generation’s young savvy achievers

Avida Towers Asten is the newest condominium project of Avida Land. It is located in Makati, bounded by the streets of Malugay and Yakal. Just a few meters away from its first condominium project in Makati, Avida Towers Makati West. Avida Towers Asten will be a three tower condominium, with retail units at the ground floor. It will boast of a sleek and modern design.

Avida Land’s high-rise residential development which will soon emerge in the thriving business and cultural district of West Makati.

AvidaAstenPeople who would love to live near their workplace will enjoy the world class features of Avida Asten such as the clubhouse, gym, game room, pool lounge, kids playroom and the sky garden (image below).


Typical Units: Studio (ave are of 22 sqm), 1 BR (ave area 34.54 sqm), 2 BR (ave area 61.64 sqm)

Avida Asten also has special units:

  • 2 BR Bi-Level Units (ave area 97.45 sqm)
  • 3BR Bi-level units (ave area 114.72 sqm)
  • 1BR with Balcony units (ave area 40.04 sqm – balcony 11.89 sqm)
  • Pop out units

Be the first to own a unit in Avida Asten.

For inquiries:
email: | mobile: +63 9228894166 / +63 9178605786| phone: +632 3819013

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Tali Beach House in Batangas for Sale | For Rent

frontview-wideTali Beach House, Nasugbu Batangas, Philipines -For SALE

Would it be nice if you will always have a place to spend the most quality time with your friends, your family and espacially with yourself?

Would it be nice to have a retirement home where you’d most want to spend the temperate days and nights in of your future?

Or would it just be simply nice to own an income generating vacation home that earns an avarage of Php 200,000 each month from rentals?

Then there is no place to grab that opportunity for tranquility than to have this luxuriously peaceful vacation home in Tali Beach, Nasugbu Batangas, Philippines, for yourself and family.

1500 sqm in lot area with  a huge (4ft – 8ft) swimming pool at the backyard. It is a pefect place for outdoor gatherings like barbeque, chilling out with friends, drinking sodas or beer, or just medidating, do your yoga or just lay down and enjoy the breeze of fresh air.

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If you are not satisfied with the backyard, there is a spacious veranda at the second floor.

That’s just the backyard, when you get to see what’s inside, you will even love this house more and more.
Starting with the three huge bedrooms – the master’s bedroom is large enough to fit 15 to 20 people in it. The four-pillar bed is very exquisite – makes me feel like a princess everytime I am there. Not to mention, a woman’s favorite part of the house - the walk-in closet and the bathroom.

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The 2 other bedrooms are just as elegant as the master’s bedroom, each has their own walk-in closet and bathroom as well.

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The living room has a huge flat screen TV with satellite cable, DVD and surround sound system. The secondary living room is also a cozy little area where you can have coffee, tea, or have a short meeting with your business partners or associates.

The whole first floor of the house is equipped with centralized airconditioning.

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The kitchen and dining rooms are not to miss as well.

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Plus the details of the house are to die for :) the spiral staircase, the chandeliers, paintings, furnitures.

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Owning this house also gives you the benefit of having a 24/7 security, get access and rub elbows with some of the country’s elite people, and just play and swim in the private beach shore areas.

Interested? Own it now (or just rent it) What to see this house personally?

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