Buying a condo in the Philippines
I am by far no expert but my wife and I bought a condo in Cebu and there are some things that a person might wish to look for when buying one. These are just my opinions and members are not only welcome to give theirs but I too would appreciate them.
How is the buildings upkeep.
Buy away from the elevator or stairs to keep the noise down. Try to buy at the end of a hall so less people will go by your door.
Buy the best view you can get, since you will be looking at it daily, so for me sitting out on our balcony is so relaxing that I would not own a condo without a balcony and a view.
Don't buy near a garbage chute unless you like bugs in your unit. Although bugs are a fact of life in the Philippines, the garbage attracts them and possibly even rats, so the farther away the better. Yes there are rats all over the Philippines.
Look for value but also understand the Philippines, so while one building may look better than another, know the monthly costs and what you get for the extra monthly expenses and extra cost to buy.
Cross breeze is very important, so if you can find a unit with the same size windows or sliding doors on the opposite sides, then you will need less aircon. A corner unit would be ideal. I have found two large sliding doors on one side does us no good to get breeze through our unit unless we open an exit equal to the volume of air coming in.
Where the sun rises and sets is important to the amount of electric it will cost you too cool your unit.
Anyone else like to add their tips?
Happily married since 1994 & live part of the year in the PHL
My goal is to help others.