Cebu Real Estate continues to stand proud of its booming real estate development which great success by leaps and bounds as compared to any city or area in the Philippines today. While Cebu continues to enjoy a robust real estate industry, it is important that buyers need to be well educated in order to make the most out of the real estate market.
These top ten tips to buying real estate will help you enter into your next real estate transaction with confidence.
TIP #1: Contact the right Agent or Real Estate Broker
Contacting the right Real Estate Agent or broker is invaluable. In Cebu or even in the Philippines, you need not hire an agent or broker but just contact them and they are more than willing to help you find the property your are looking for in a manner as if you are hiring and paying for them. The small percentage of income from sellers/developers is already substantial for them that they no longer impose commissions from buyers.
If you are unfamiliar with the area, the realtor you choose is your link to important information regarding schools, zoning, city and county regulations, neighborhood trends, building and remodeling and rental restrictions, and property values.
Every city has different laws governing what can and can’t be done with a property.
You can find an agent or broker from friends or associates, directories, housing exhibits on shopping malls and nonetheless, the internet. It is important that you have a background of your prospective agent or broker and seek initial contact to find out if he can possibly do business with you in helping you find the property best suited for you.
TIP #2: Pre-qualify for Financing
Pre-qualifying for a loan may not seem that important until you find your perfect paradise property. When a property is priced to sell, it will usually attract more than one buyer. Once a seller receives an offer, the two most important things they consider are …the price, and the contingencies. For some sellers, a contract contingent on the buyer obtaining financing makes them uncomfortable with the offer.
Eliminate any doubt in the mind of a seller, by pre-qualifying for the amount you may spend on the purchase of any property.
This is especially important if your dream property suddenly has a price reduction.
When this occurs other buyers might come into the picture, that didn’t look at that property before it went “On Sale”! Often times a seller will take a financially sold contract over a higher offer. Be ready to put a deal together!
TIP #3: Consider the “best location” suited to your needs and situation.
“Location, location, location”, while overused as a real estate phrase, is still and always should be a huge consideration to you as the buyer.
If something about the location of a property bothers you, be aware that the same location drawback will bother any buyer you hope to attract when and if you need to resell the property. It’s important to ask a lot of questions, but often times it is difficult to know the right questions to ask if you are unfamiliar with the community.
This is why it is so valuable to choose and hire the right real estate agent to represent your interests when buying a property.
You will have to consider the areas that you need to be frequent such as your place of work, the school of the children, distance to malls for your groceries, and consideration also for churches and contingencies such as hospitals in times of emergencies.
More often, the desired location commands a higher price and the less desired are almost always affordable.
The important thing is to strike a balance between affordability and location as it is most of the time extremely difficult to get the best of both worlds.
TIP #4: Get a Home Inspection
Obtaining an inspection report performed by a licensed professional building inspector of your choice, can protect you from many defects that are hidden from view.
Why gamble with such a large financial investment?
Let a professional building inspector point out areas to be fixed or replaced that aren’t obvious.
A good inspector will give you a lengthy report covering all systems in the home from electrical, to plumbing, to roof conditions, and structural concerns.
Once you receive a report you may begin negotiations again concerning repairs.
Often a seller will agree to make necessary repairs up to a specified financial amount. When a seller lists their property “as is” they are letting you know that they are not willing to fix or replace any part of the property.
If you are interested in an “as is” property and aren’t going to level the structure and build new, it is still in your best interest to obtain an inspection report.
Don’t rely on the building inspector to look for termites and other harmful pest problems. Although an inspector will see pest damage, it is best to have a separate termite inspection conducted by a licensed company that understands pests and can eliminate them.
TIP #5: Obtain a Survey
Surveys will show easements, encroachments, and boundary lines of a property.
By surveying a home in an established neighborhood you are assured that the property boundary lines have been maintained.
As homeowners add on the their properties over time with fences, sheds, docks, garages, and other structures, boundary lines can be crossed placing part of their structure on your property, or vice versa. Surveying vacant land is also important for same reasons as a home, plus a survey will help determine the size home, or amount of coverage the lot will allow.