4 things OFWs need to know before buying property

There are still overseas foreign workers (OFWs) are buying property, although the number is less than it had been in previous years. Attractive investment returns coupled with affordable real estate prices in the Philippines have seen OFWs become increasingly active in the country’s property market. And with prices falling and discounts widely available, OFWs with cash in hand may be able to take advantage of some favorable deals.

However, preparing for the property buying process isn’t always easy if you’re an OFW. Burning vacation days flying home to search for and purchase a property isn’t ideal. That is valuable time you could be spending with friends and family. But if you’re prepared, buying real estate in the Philippines from overseas doesn’t have to be troublesome. Here are five things OFWs need to know before buying property.

1) Start your search

If you are living outside the Philippines, there are a number of websites where you can search for properties back home. For example, Dot Property Philippines – the very website you’re on – has the country’s best selection of real estate spanning the entire country. You can search for a property based on your budget, location and multiple other factors making easier to find the right condo or house no matter where in the world you happen to be.

2) Pick the right seller

These days, some property developers and real estate agents specialize in working with OFWs. If you want a smooth process, it is best to find one of these sellers. Not only can they advise you on common issues OFWs must deal with, but they may also be able to facilitate a deal that doesn’t require to be in the Philippines.

3) Get your documents ready

Don’t procrastinate getting all the necessary paperwork ready. If you want to buy a property, you will need to have all of these documents:

  • Signed and consularized Special Power of Attorney (SPA)
  • Photocopy of important IDs (passport, driver’s licenses, etc.)
  • Proof of billing of utility bills
  • Proof of income
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN)
  • Certificate of employment

4) Understand how the property will generate income

Chances are, you want your property to generate income while you are overseas. Maybe you are planning to have family live there and this isn’t a concern for you. But if that isn’t the plan, someone will have to manage your property in order for it the generate rental income. It’s important to understand how this will work before you buy.

A number of condo developers now offer property management services meaning they will find someone to rent your unit and take care of it for a percentage of the revenue generated. Alternatively, the are several companies who can do this as well. Whatever you decide, make sure you have done your research ahead of time to ensure you aren’t stuck with an empty property.

lifted from: https://www.dotproperty.com.ph/blog/4-things-ofws-need-know-buying-property?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=4+Things+OFWs+Need+To+Know+Before+Buying+Property&utm_campaign=DP+Philippines+Newsletter+24FEB2021&vgo_ee=jwsNAJBEZx3iDwqabbNmVdSYFmrMikCwlKFARSZoYAo%3D

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4 Tips to help you get the Best Price during real estate negotiations

Getting the best price during real estate negotiations doesn’t have to be a painful process. In fact, it can be a very hands-off affair if you hire the right real estate agent. The key is knowing what to do and when to do it.

There are two important things you should note. First, don’t take things personally. This is about getting the best price during real estate negotiations, not making new friends. Second, you should have an idea of what is acceptable regarding terms before starting any negotiation. This will ensure you can reach a positive result.

Tips to help you get the best price during real estate negotiations

1) Let your real estate agent do the heavy lifting

Unless you like negotiations or are good at them, you don’t really need to be involved with much of this process. Your real estate agent is more than capable of fighting to get you the best possible deal. A lot of buyers end up costing themselves money by being in the room. That’s because they either give away just how much they like the property or are afraid to drive hard bargain.

2) Respond quickly

If a seller names a price or gets back to you with a counteroffer, respond as soon as possible. The more time you take allows them to field other offers from potential buyers. You don’t need to get back to them right away, but you can lose the upper hand in a negotiation if it takes weeks to respond.

3) Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

You have no idea how negotiations will play out. It is vital you keep your options open or at least appear to be doing so. Failing to do this allows the seller to negotiate from a position of strength since you don’t have any backup plans.

4) Walk away and let the seller come back to you

If you really want to get the best price during real estate negotiations, sometimes it pays to walk away. If the process has reached a standstill where no progress is being made on a deal, stepping away from the table may be a way to break the deadlock.

This is risky and it is a strategy you need to discuss with your real estate agent beforehand. Some sellers may not come back, especially if they have other offers out there. However, those serious about selling and without other buyers will likely return willing to negotiate.

lifted from: https://www.dotproperty.com.ph/blog/4-tips-help-get-best-price-real-estate-negotiations?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=4+Tips+To+Help+You+Get+The+Best+Price+During+Real+Estate+Negotiations&utm_campaign=DP+Philippines+Newsletter+24MAR2021&vgo_ee=jwsNAJBEZx3iDwqabbNmVdSYFmrMikCwlKFARSZoYAo%3D

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Why Real Estate Is The Best Investment For Retiring OFWs

by Silingan, a Primary Homes blog

Being an Overseas Filipino Worker is not easy. It takes a lot of sacrifices and you can only imagine how difficult it must be to work in a foreign land away from your loved ones. OFWs endure the loneliness and hardships just to give their families a better future.

As the years go by, you realize that you cannot be an OFW forever. You eventually want to rest and retire but of course, you need to make sure you have enough funds to do this. Saving is most people do but is it enough? Here are the reasons why investing in real estate is the best way to go:

  1. Real estate is a safe investment. The value of land always keeps appreciating. With the volatility of the stock market these days, you would want to invest your money into something that is tangible and real.
  2. Can be used as leverage. Say there is an emergency and you need to get a loan as soon as possible. Owning a property means you can use it as leverage to get a loan. Lenders usually check your credit history, income, debt, and credit score to verify if you could pay back the money you loaned. By owning a property, you can secure the loan by having your property as collateral so that you can surely get that loan approved.
  3. Can be monetized. You can earn a passive income by having your property rented. Many applications in this digital world can help you earn money by allowing guests to stay in your place for a limited period of time. This is perfect because you can still use your place any time but if when nobody is using it, at least there’s money that goes in which you working extra hard to make it happen.
  4. You can use it. You don’t need to worry if you too tired to go home after a long day with the kids. By owning a property in a prime location, you can rest easy knowing that you are not wasting your precious time being stuck in traffic on your way home!
  5. Legacy Investment. Real estate is one of the common things passed down from generation to generation. Bypassing it on to your kids you can assure them that no matter what happens in life whether the economy is booming or not, they will be assured that there will always be roofs on their heads and they have a place to call home.

The original article is lifted from this site, all credits are yours: https://silingan.com.ph/why-real-estate-is-the-best-investment-for-retiring-ofws/

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