Friday, January 8, 2016

Why Should You Invest in a Condo?


The condominium market in the Philippines came into full swing in 2005. Since then, top developers have begun to duke out condominium projects every year. To date, they make up a robust sector of the industry, spelling out opportunities for many an enterprising individual. Several key factors make them a lucrative investment, mainly:


1. Their strategic location
Developers count on their condominium projects to generate maximum profit. And in real estate, it is all about -- as they say -- "location, location, location." Developers need their condominium projects in coveted locations, often in urban centers, where residents have access to a bevy of business, lifestyle, and retail establishments. Top developers often raise their condo projects in mixed-use, masterplanned townships that attract a lot of commercial activity. Investing in a strategically-located condominium brings with it a market eager to live with conveniences and amenities on hand.

2. Pre-selling incentives
Condominiums are often marketed before completion. During this pre-selling stage, developers provide huge discounts, flexible payment terms, and options to choose the location of your unit and modify it to suit your preferences. With these incentives, buying during the pre-selling stage means that you can raise your investment returns significantly.

3. Affordability
Nowadays, even the young upstart can afford a condominium. Due to their popularity, developers have begun to roll out condominium projects for every income segment on the spectrum. There are luxury condominiums from which upmarket investors can rake in huge profits. Likewise, there are affordable projects that offer prime rates, flexible payment terms, and in-house financing, among a number of other benefits. Compared to buying a house and lot, investors can find better deals and lower rates in the condominium sector. Additionally, you can choose which income segment to cater to, with plenty of options on the market.

4. Minimal upkeep
Condominium owners benefit from sharing the cost of upkeep among fellow homeowners in the building. Some condominiums, in fact, offer in-house maintenance and repair. Additionally, because most condominiums on the market are fairly new, there's often little by way of repair to be attended to.

5. Resale and renting value
Several economic factors have churned out a prime market for condominiums. There’s the burgeoning middle class; the continuing growth of OFW remittances, paving the way for OFWs with the spending power to buy real estate; and foreign investors who come to the Philippines to take advantage of the growing economy. Condominiums in key locations, therefore, have high resale value among these market segments. They also prove to be prime rental spaces, thanks to the recent influx of workers opting to relocate from provinces to urban centers, where they can be closer to their place of business. 


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