Top 5 Reasons to Invest in the Philippines

WHEN I WAS beginning to write this article, all I could ask myself was whether I was the most qualified person to talk about this since I am the only one left in my group of friends who has yet to invest in a property in the Philippines. Considering the economic stability of our country in the last three years and the countless constructions of condominiums in our capital of Manila, I have yet to budge out of my ‘reluctant’ rut. See, I grew up in Riyadh all my life so I hardly envisioned myself to be living in the Philippines any time soon. My mother has always been whispering to my ear about this ever since I started working and yet, seven years later here I am, with nothing (tangible and even a wee-bit of majestic) to show for in all of my years of being an official OFW.

That is why I realized that I should take this topic head on; an exercise to convince myself to finally take that next ‘adult’ step. If you are anything like me (young, fabulous and “home-less”, LOL), or if owning a property in the Philippines is your long time dream and OFW-life’s purpose, then I present to you the Top 5 Reasons to Invest in the Philippines!

1.     It’s profitable.

Did you know that real estate investments are second to gold in appreciation value? If you buy a piece of land today, it can only be worth more than it is a year later. In 2013, the cost of a residential condo unit in Makati rose to almost 13% from its previous price. The worth of real estate always increases and hardly ever decreases. A unit that was bought in 2010 can be worth twice its price in this present day. That shows a high return of your investment (if you were to sell it, that is). Other than selling your properties, you can also choose to have them rented out. The rent business is one of the easiest avenues for you to become an entrepreneur even if you have very minimal background on business management. You just need to be knowledgeable in local BIR and municipal policies, basic property management and have your capital on hand and you’re good to go! I’ve known a couple of people who have bought condominiums in the University Belt in the Philippines, not for their own personal use, but to be able to rent them out to students who would want to reside nearby.

Condominiums on the rise!

Condominiums on the rise!

 2. Have Something To Show For Yourself. Literally and permanently.

The fruits of your years’-worth of hard labor (at least not all of them) shouldn’t be splurged on a daily dose of Starbucks, the latest iPhone or a Louis Vuitton bag. These things are a mere trend and eventually, their value wears off. Just think if you have allotted your money into investing in a property instead, then you could easily and proudly say that you have something you have worked hard for and it’s not going to be replaced that easily. Just imagine that satisfaction of standing and staring at your fully-paid housing unit. Owning your own place is simply, a symbol of stability.

3. It’s affordable. And manageable.

Acquiring your own piece of real estate is more budget-friendly now than it was in the past because of the payment schemes offered by developers. They give you the opportunity to pay off your down payment (usually 30% of the total price) within a time period at ZERO interest mind you, while the construction is already taking place. For example, a unit in Century Properties’ Commonwealth towers can let you pay its down payment in five years. By then, it’ll be turned over to you to handle the rest of the 70% payment but it’s already furnished and livable. And with very comprehensive financing services from private banks and even government support like the PAG-IBIG fund, the payment options that are currently available virtually allows anyone to be able to fully pay off his own home within his own budget.

4. You need it for retirement.

As OFWs, we’re all genetically engineered to go back home in the Philippines sooner or later. Whether we want to or not, we are Filipinos and the Philippines is our country. Majority of the senior OFWs I know here talk about retiring in the Philippines where they can enjoy the rest of their lives in a free and normal environment. At some point, we just have to simply stop working and RELAX. Live comfortably with our immediate needs and leisure activities just within your reach (and with all the time in the world). If you’ve seen the man-made beach property in Paranaque called Azure, man oh man, wouldn’t I love to wake up to have a view of the city on one side and enjoy the feel of the beach bum’s life on the other. And I wouldn’t even have to commute!

5. If not now, when?

I know most of our money here abroad are meant for something back home. Whether its for a relative you are helping to put through school or for medical bills for your elders, I know it’s important. But for me, now that I’ve gotten older, I have quite the simmering regret of not investing as early as my other friends have. I don’t want to reach the 10-year mark of my career and still live in my parent’s or relative’s house in the Philippines. And besides, what if something unexpected happened to my job? (God forbid). Perhaps making that firm decision to help yourself as well is integral variable in investing. I’m beginning to see that security is something you have to build yourself. And as the question postulates, if not now, when?

Overall, every property expert advises that you only invest as soon as you are ready (mentally and financially). And just don’t forget to do your homework on your developer and their track record before embarking on a deal. Choose wisely and choose what suits your needs the most.

As for me, the peer pressure is kicking in. Not to mention the simple rationale of it all (especially after researching and writing for this topic). Hmmm, the Black Eyed Peas’ catchy lyric of “I’ve got a feeling!” is playing through my head right now. 😛 Does this mean I’ll be investing in real estate soon? Well, just like I’ve said earlier: If not now, when? You should consider it too.

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Reina
Reina

The Communications Editor loves rock n' roll, food trips and is a self-proclaimed, arbiter of taste.

9 Comments

  1. Avatar Mike Glynn Reply

    Hi Reina,
    I am a vivid buyer of properties since I started working abroad just for one reason, i don’t like my money to be in the bank.
    And I do believe and agree with your 5 points except for one thing, you’ve mentioned that when you buy a condominium in the year 2010, you would simply double the price just let’s say after a range of 3 to 5 years. The reason is, I’ve tried to resell to buy on new tempting properties but selling condominiums does not even make you profitable at all, selling at a purchased price is even difficult to achieve. To be able to sell them had to be below your purchased price. So where is the profit in it. But I do agree in buying a lot of land in it, you will surely be profitable but not much if you want it sold immediately also depending on the location.
    It’s all I can say for now.

    God bless,
    Mike

    • Good point Mike, cos reselling has several factors to get optimum appreciation profit. Location, location, location would always be one of major points. But what others dont recognize is the management of the property. Some properties have a very poor management of their investment and price and does not monitor pricing resell. This is what major developers are closely overseeing, that is why all leasing and resell are coordinated with the property management group. In addition, these companies would highly recommend if your looking at resell not to flip it before the project is completed.

  2. Avatar Diego Reply

    I totally agree with Conrad and Mike and would like to add that another reason why unit owners don’t usually get the price they want when they resell their unit is because most owners tend to “offer ” their unit to public, thinking that when they do that they will get a lot of inquiries thus a greater chance of selling it fast versus offering it to its specific target market. But that’s the dilemma of us investors, speedy return or optimal return. Great points Pink Tarha !!

  3. Avatar Shaider Reply

    Miss Reyna;

    Ito ang Sagot ko (Ewan ko lang kung i-post ninyo ito…. Sana huwag maging bias for the sake of “Journalism News Reporting Etiquette”)

    1.) Profitable – Whoa ladies:-)! become an entrepreneur?! Do you have any idea of what you are saying?! Para sa aking OPINYON, HINDI mo need ng “Entrepreneur Skills” ang PAUPAHAN….kase kung Magbi-busines ka sa Pinas, Don’t you know that PHILIPPINE OLIGARCHS (Ayala, MVP, Tan, Gokongwei, Sy, Lopez etc.) CONTROLS the Prices of everything even BAWANG and MANTIKA in the market:-)…Let’s see that even if an ordinary carinderia or pandesal bakery can survive in that scenario…Maybe if we in the Philippines will have a NUCLEAR POWER PLANT that produces CHEAPER ELECTRICITY (Rather than Making Gazillion Tons of Babies) rather than the Lopez’s Meralco, then i can have my Entrepreneur Business……Goodluck with that:-)

    2.) Have Something To Show For Yourself. Literally and permanently- Yes! I agree with you on HOUSE AND LOT, we should own our place first! Pero, Mas OK yung Bahay at Lupa kahit na Low Cost housing like Camella Homes kesa Condo, Why? Because MAY LUPA wherein even the Property is Masunog, MAY LUPA NA HINDI NAWAWALA pa din not unlike condo wherein kapag nasunog eh wala na……Got my point:-)

    3.) It’s affordable. And manageable – Yes! But its better Miss Reyna, to get a House and Lot (MAY LUPA HA as i’ve said in No. 2) na NAILIT ng Bangko para may Land Title agad, Mas maganda na COMPANYA kausap mo kesa sa Tao Personal Broker lang and Mostly get the Property ng COLD CASH to avoid those interest and Professional Broker Talent fees…

    4) You need it for retirement – Yes! The BEST thing for OFW retirement is a PAUPAHAN (na may LUPA as as i’ve said above in No.2) rather than those perky business wherein as as said above in No. 1, That Philippine Oligarch controls the PH Market (Eh controlado ba ng mga oligarch ang paupahan sa Pinas?)

    5.) If not now, when? – While i have a PAUPAHAN naman ako sa Pinas (na HINDI nananakaw at Hindi Nalulugi at walang pakialam sa Philippine Oligarch Stock Exchange) I will migrate to AUSTRALIA when i get OLD so that MEDICARE FACILITIES will be good rather than Phil health and PGH:-) so no problem for me even if i always eat lechon and crispy pata and drink Gallons of Chivas and Bollinger while i’m young, NO problem and not afraid of stroke if i will migrate sa mga countries like Australia for their good medical insurances…..

    These are just my 2cents for the Author, Maybe I think she just forgot the PHILIPPINE OLIGARCHS (Spaniards and Filipino Chinese) wherein akala ng ibang OFW na maganda ang “become an entrepreneur” phrase in the Republic of the Philippines:-)

    SHAIDER NEXT GENERATION

    About the commentator, Shaider Next Generation:
    – A Telecom Engineer/Consultant at Dammam Saudi, 101% Single (both Saudi and Philippines), 35 years Old, A Certified Family Computer 90’s Kid, Loves 90’s OPM Rock Music (e.g. Introvoys), Loves 80’s ITALO DISCO PARTIES (Brian Ice, Ken Laszlo, Joy Peters), A Hard Rock Cafe goer, An “Air Force One KTV – Flight 168 Massage Parlor” goer if vacation in the Philippines, Always like James Bond 007 Gadgets, Loves Bollinger Champagne, Loves Chivas Regal Whisky and always Looking for a Blonde Deep Blue Eyes ala-Gwyneth Paltrow ideal “Soulmate” Wife to get married in Bahrain and Dubai to be brought in the Philippines for life:-)….. (FYI: Combat Suit “Plasma Blue Energy” Transformation Completed in .003 Seconds rather than Ironman)

    • Janelle Janelle Reply

      You are free to express your own opinion. If that’s what you think then so be it.

      • Avatar Shaider Next Generation Reply

        Janelle,

        Your friend Reina said on the No. 2 topic that:

        “it’ll be turned over to you to handle the rest of the 70% payment”

        What is that 70% Payment? Ano yun UTANG:-)….Bukod sa walang lupa nga, eh dun lang din ako medyo napa-iling ang noo:-)

        Pink Tarha Guys, I Hope i can invite you for a Crispy Pata Dinner and some sip of Bollinger Champagne at Hard Rock Cafe-Manama BH or Hard Rock Cafe-Salmiyah KW

        Peace!

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