Thursday, February 16, 2012

things to consider before investing in a condo

A search on google regarding real estate is flooded with results pointing to condominiums. They are being built left, right and centre in the major urban areas of the Philippines. From an investor's point of view, one should consider the merits and disadvantages of investing in a condo unit. I guess the first consideration would have to be the most obvious, why do you want one? Do you plan to live in it? or rent it out and derive income from it, or just use it as a store of value.

Planning to earn from it requires careful research on the prospect of rental income. It would be ideal if the tenant ends up paying for most of the mortgage plus maintenance cost. But again, this scenario requires careful planning and not many condo projects can offer this. As a store of value, I am biased against condos because of two things. First is that buildings depreciate as years go by and secondly, the supply of condo units can increase anytime thereby decreasing its price. Land would be a better store of value.

Another consideration to be made before investing in a condo is the quality of the project. Not all developers are the same; it is best to stick with those who have completed projects previously. Did they deliver on their promises? was it completed on time? are previous clients happy with their units?

Lastly, can you afford it? It is equally important that you do not overstretch your budget. Beware of salespeople telling you to dive in and sign the contract. It is not a limited opportunity. Condo units will always be available so if you aren't entirely comfortable about parting with your money, then don't. Be patient and continue to study the options available. When you find the right deal for you, then that's the time to pounce.

7 comments:

  1. Buying into condominiums is a good way to make a profit on your real estate investment.

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  2. Well said. I especially agree with not getting sales-talked.

    A former co-worker got sales talked into a condo, because of how affordable it was. In the end she had to sell because she could not afford all the fees and charges and other expenses that she was not told about but was required. In the end she just abandoned it, but could not get back any of the money she spent.

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    1. Thank you for pointing this very important consideration in condo investing. I'm sorry to hear about your co-worker.

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  3. Well said. Thanks for sharing wonderful tips here! I'll definitely consider this before buying. :)

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  4. Buying properties for sale in Manila is a great investment. Thanks for the tips!

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  5. How much % do banks like metrobank, bpi & other major banks appraise if we ask for loan from the bank?

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  6. You should think very well before buying condo.
    and the best way to find condo is in www.zonelisting.com.ph . Thank You.

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