Filipino Consumer Alert

March 8, 2006

“Pre-selling” Robinsons Condominiums for 3 Years

There's a condominium unit in Global City, Taguig by Robinsons that has been pre-selling for a couple of years. There was only about three unsold units and yet it still has not broken ground.

Some buyers have been paying their mortgages for years yet Robinsons Land has not even started building. When you ask their salespeople, they will say that it will start soon. I wonder what Robinsons Land is waiting for? More capital ?

This is another case why you have to beware of "pre-selling" condominiums or houses in the Philippines.

March 7, 2006

Philippine High-Rise Condominiums are High Risk

There are various high-rise condominium units in the Philippines being presented and offered to OFWs.

Imagine if you are occupying a 30th floor unit and there is a fire in your floor or in one of the floors below you. What if the sprinkler system does not work and the fire escape is blocked ? The most likely choice is to rely on the extended ladders of the local fire department, right ? Wrong ! They do not even have a reliable fire/emergency system. Last time I checked, they do not even have a ladder that could reach that high.

Live at those higher floors at your own risk.

March 1, 2006

Philippine Real Estate Cheats

We are now seeing more emails regarding how some people were cheated on real estate transactions. Unfortunately, some of those cheaters were from supposedly reputable and well known companies.

You'll definitely hear more about some of these issues after we get in touch with some of our kababayans to get some clarifications.

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