Tuesday, July 31, 2012

do not invest in Philippine pre-selling condos

I would rather shoot myself in the head than invest in pre-selling condos in the Philippines. My brother and I were interested on getting a condo unit not really as an investment but as a vacation home. However, when I read a contract to sell from one of the Philippines' top developers, I was shocked at how skewed it is on the developer's favor. There is very little protection, if any, on the buyer's side. I think you would have to be either really stupid or overly trusting to sign one of those contracts. The first issue I had was that they require the full post dated checks even before providing the contract to sell. What the hell? They should give the CTS when the buyer has paid 10% downpayment. Next, if they failed to deliver the unit as scheduled, there is no compensation to the buyer. They can practically construct the condo as slow as they can. Then they are also free to alter the floorplan as they please. So if you expect 10 units per floor, you might be surprised that they have increased it to 20 units per floor upon turnover. These are just a few of my concerns and when I brought this up to their agent, they said they are a reputable developer. Hmmmmm...... I think the contract speaks a lot more than any developers' reputation, regardless of how well deserved it is.
Buyers, beware! Happy investing.

Monday, July 30, 2012

from little things, big things grow

Most of us know this is true with investing but it takes discipline and a lot of patience to see this through. From little things, big things grow.  As investors, we need to realize that small amounts do matter and nothing should go to waste. We see pocket change, but the real value of those coins is many times over if it were invested and given time to grow.Yes, a few coins would not buy you much now but if invested well, it can grow to such that it can actually buy more in the future than what it can today. So if you see a coin, pick it up. It may only buy a piece of candy now but if invested well, it could pay for a decent meal 30 years later. Happy investing!