Here in the U.S we just call it house hunting. But, there in the PI, I noticed you have to say house and lot. I don’t know why that is, maybe it’s for the bahay kubo that can be easily moved from place to place. But, I have yet to see a bahay kubo for sale on the internet, where you need to haul it away. I have, however, seen a house and lot for sale where the bahay kubo is NOT included! I’d like to be there to video them moving it out. 🙂
As you all may know, my wife Joan (a Filipina) and I are planning our move to the PI soon. The sooner the better, but it looks like it will be a while yet. So, where does this leave me? Well, to be honest, it leaves me wanting. Wanting to research and find out how much things cost there. I research everything from vehicles, to toasters, to stand fans, to TVs to house and lots, to farm land. I’ve found a HUGE variation, which is to be expected, based on location. As they say in the real estate business, it’s all about location. But then, is it really? I’d say that here in the U.S. that would be true, but from what I have seen or read on the internet, it’s about more than just location.
Location plays a big part on the cost of property and houses for sale, but I also see a large number of people that state they need money for medical bills, or to start a business, and they are selling at a rate that is, seemingly, much lower than other properties in the area. Granted, I am not there, and don’t know the whole story or layout of the land, and whether there is a waste treatment plant or pig farm right next door that is altering the price either a little or a lot. But I do recognize that other factors definitely have a role in the cost of things.
So, I’ve been spending hours each week, looking for house and lot deals, as well as farm land deals, and trying to find where a good place would be to live. To be honest, MANY of them look good. I read news articles to determine if an area might be an up and coming area, where land value may go up, and think about that. I also think about proximity to my in-laws. I don’t want to be too far away, but I also want to ensure privacy and reduced stress associated with family. I love my in-laws, just like I love my blood family. But, I have always enjoyed being the one to go to their house to visit. I’ve lived far enough away from them that I could pretty much guarantee I would not get a surprise visit. And I like that. That said, my wife loves to be close to town, or at a minimum close to transportation. Easy access to the mall, market, or other things she enjoys.
So, while we haven’t decided on where we will live EXACTLY, we do know we want to have some privacy, but near transportation for my wife. I like to drive and go places, but I hate shopping. So, if she can catch a tricycle or jeepney to the market that will make my life a LOT nicer. 🙂 I can sit back in my chair and maybe actually write an article EVERY week, as requested from our friend Bob… and it could even be on time.
So, what areas are we looking? I get asked that in the comments of MANY of my articles. To be honest, we just don’t know. And each time, I think I have it narrowed down, a friend invites us to check out their area because it is “the best place to live”. I’d really like to travel around a bit to check out as many places as I can prior to making a selection… but I’m not against renting for a while and moving every once in a while to try different places out either. Maybe the first few months could be spent “vacationing” around the PI trying places out.
I’ve rented in the past, and enjoyed NOT being tied down to any one area. The ease of just packing and going to another area sounds good to me right now. And my wife might like seeing new places and doing new things too. Until we get there and figure things out, we are just looking to see what is available, and hoping something nice comes along in the area we decide to try first!
Until next time, paalam, ingat, and God bless!