by Zaldy Cabrera
Generational wealth and financial leverage are the top reasons why most people invest in real estate properties compared to other investment vehicles. For starters, you can put your money into affordable house and lot properties or pre-selling condo units because of their low selling price.
There’s a common misconception that house and lot or condominium units should be the last choice of investment for Filipinos due to its pricey amortization. You’ll be more ready and at peace if you are a young professional or starting entrepreneur and have secured your property investment.
As real estate properties are tangible and can be legally owned, house-and-lot and condominiums are perfect assets for inheritance to your children. It can also be mortgaged as collateral if you need additional funds.
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For seasoned investors, part of their portfolio are investment vehicles offered by the government, large corporations, and banks. These are government and corporate bonds, mutual and trusts funds, and stocks to mention a few. Foreign currency, oil, antique collections, and gold trading are also another set of investment options.
Filipino investors scrutinize the volatility and risk level of every investment and periodically monitor it to make sure that their funds are consistently growing.
Most Filipino investors also put up a business to make a profit from their hard-earned money. Some consider selling products via networking as a business investment. But since most of us novice investors aren't like the professionals who have more experience and knowledge about business operations, tend to easily give up. New business players are not capable of the maintenance of a business that we thrive to establish.
Some aspiring young and starting investors can’t easily maintain a start-up business since their finances are not yet ready for a substantial amount of expenses and possible losses. If you don’t have other sources of income and you plan on paying your expenses from your daily profit, your business might eventually run out of funds. This dilemma is evident since the pandemic greatly affected different kinds of businesses all over the Philippines.
Due to the health protocol and the government's community quarantine policies, most non-essential businesses can’t operate regularly. Food and restaurant businesses are limited for deliveries, take-out orders, and alfresco or dine-in in an open area. That is why most entrepreneurs shut down their business and divert into online selling to keep up with their expenses.
Real estate investors who started early have already gained so much. Those who started investing 10 years ago have already earned their profit. Those who invested 20 years ago doubled or tripled their investment capital. There is no magic or secret in real estate investing. Both house and lot and condominiums have this growth potential component if done correctly.
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One of the most prominent advantages of real estate is it’s physical characteristics. Unlike other investment vehicles, house and lot investment and condominiums are tangible and visible. You can see and touch the property and you can also declare ownership over it. Real estate investments are issued a certificate of title from the government written with your name and or your spouse. The description is also annotated in the title to verify the authenticity of your ownership.
You can have the property improved, furnished, or simply leave it as is. You can assign a caretaker to look over it and you can make it rented or leased if you want to enjoy a passive income. The good thing about real estate investment is you have control over whatever you’d like to do with your property as part of your rights as an investor.
Aside from return on investments and liquidity, the main purpose of starting investments is to grow your financial capacity. Real estate investments have the multi-income potential for your gain. Before, affordable house and lot units in Rizal were priced at half a million pesos. Today, a 36 square meter bungalow home is priced at two million pesos. Starting prices for condominiums for sale in Manila before were at 1.6 million. Today, with the rapid growth of condo developments in the Philippines, a studio condo unit for sale is priced at least 4 million.
Value appreciation of real estate is continuous. Once a subdivision development is established in one area, it means another opportunity for other developers. Industrial, commercial, and residential growth is one of the important bases of property appraisal. Improvement or development in the area means an increase in the appraisal of property value. That is why developers increase their unit price for every milestone of their project.