Category Archives: Buying a Home

Infographics: Real Estate in Real Time

“In any market, in any country, there are developers who make money. So I say all of this doom and gloom, but there will always be people who make money, because people always want homes.” – Sarah Beeny

There are many ways to promote your real estate. Market demand will always be there but it is always a good idea to know your market. Are they on social media? Do they prefer email delivery? If you are aware of your market, it is easy to know which tools to use. This infographic shows the essentials of email marketing, the advantage of virtual tours, promotion through videos and going social. It would be great if we use all of these tools in order to sell our real estate.

The content has to be compelling enough for buyers to be excited about. You should be able to connect with your customers through social media because most of them are using social networks.

What tools do you use?

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Five Reasons to Invest in Santierra Nuvali

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Nuvali, Ayala Land’s latest development in the south, will soon be selling lots in the phase Santierra. With tree-lined roads and master-planned layouts, residents of Santierra will experience an orchestrated interplay between natural and suburban living. Aside from the pride of ownership that comes from owning a beautiful home from a premiere Ayala development, there are five other reasons why you should invest in Santierra Nuvali.

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Avida Land Promo


Avida, the affordable housing arm of Ayala Land, offers a choice of five residential condominiums in Metro Manila and a number of residential subdivisions in six provinces. This month, however, Avida just launched a new promo for big discounts to buyers. The “Be ahead, Avina na” promo enables buyers to save as much as P35,000 when they reserve a unit. Aside from that, those who purchase property before December 25 have a chance to win a Manila-Sydney-Manila trip for three, including a two night stay and $1,000 pocket money. Second prize is a Manila-Hongkong-Manila trip for two inclusive of accommodation for two nights. Balikbayans who reserve units are entitled to additional gift cheques from Ayala Malls and still another set of Ayala Malls gift cheques upon signing a contract to purchase a unit. They simply need to present their passports.

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Buying Your First Condo: What to Look Out for

Is this your first time buying a condo? Unlike a pair of heels or a stylish dress, buying property should never be done on impulse – especially if it’s your first. Of course, the first thing you should consider is the cost of the unit and the payment schemes; the affordable monthly fee is what made me decide to get a one-bedroom unit at Gateway Regency. But other than cost, there are a number of other details to look out for. Here’s what made me decide to choose mine:

  • Location. I don’t intend to buy or own a car, which is why accessibility to public transport is high on my list. Gateway Regency within walking distance of an MRT station, not to mention that there are many cabs that pass by the area. The development is also located on a fairly hilly neighborhood, which means that I won’t have to worry about getting trapped should another typhoon like Ondoy hit the Philippines. One other factor that made me decide to invest in Gateway Regency is that it’s in a fairly busy neighborhood – there are office buildings and a mall nearby, plus Ortigas is only at the next stop. Finally, the area is fairly secure and the reputation of the neighborhood is good.
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    Real Estate Investment Seminar

    The best time to buy real estate is now. With reasonable prices, motivated sellers, and willing lenders, those in search of a better investment should look no further than real estate. However, investing in real estate requires some technical knowledge in order to make sound decisions and to avoid misfortune.

    With this regard, Urban Institute will be holding a lecture called “Investing in Real Estate: Opportunities, Techniques and What are Needed to be Learned” on November 16, 1:30 – 6:00 pm at the Maximo Function Room, Max’s Restaurant Glorietta, G2 Park, Theater Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City. The four hour lecture will cover the following topics:

  • Review of the different investment motivations
  • Advantages of investing in real estate
  • Pitfalls and traps in real estate investment
  • Why real estate appreciates
  • Pros and cons of investing in vacant land
  • Areas of opportunity
  • How to’s of real estate investment
  • Rehabilitating foreclosed properties
  • Converting apartments to townhouses or condominiums
  • An overview of the need-to-learn knowledge before investing
  • In the succeeding weeks, the same venue will also host a series of important real estate topics:

  • November 18 – How to Maximize Income of Rental Properties
  • November 23 – How to’s of INvesting in Condominium Leasing
  • November 25 – Legal Aspects of Sale, Mortgage, and Lease Documentations
  • December 2 – Joint Ventures and Syndications for Real Estate Projects
  • December 4 – Property Valuation: How to do it Yourself
  • December 7 – How to’s of Property Development with HLURB Rules
  • December 9 – Taxation of Real Estate Transactions
  • For other details or advance registration, Urban Institute may be reached at 796-8019 or 570-0973 or CP# 0916-426-9174 or 0921-683-9431 or by email at [email protected] or [email protected] or visit

    How to Buy a Flood-Proof House

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    Did you know that the rainy season is the best time to look for properties in the city or the province? Unpredictable weather reveals a lot of things that you wouldn’t have found out in the dry season, such as damaging floods and landslides. Avoid being a casualty of another typhoon like Ondoy by following these tips on buying a flood-proof house.

    Ask for the disclosure statement

    A disclosure statement contains all the relevant details about the property – the description of the land, the type of soil, geological and development history (e.g. is it reclaimed land?), etc. Disclosure agreements are a mandatory practice in United States real estate but in the Philippines, you’ll only receive a disclosure statement if you ask for it. Before signing your lease or contract, make sure the seller reads the disclosure statement to you.

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