Bicol Express: An Island To Call Home

As the largest island in the Philippine archipelago, Bicol is all about living large. Its abundance of volcanoes, mountains, cliffs, and white-sand beaches has attracted plenty of thrill-seekers for decades. But aside from being an outdoorsman’s paradise, it has quietly had one of the most progressive economies in the country in each of the past three years. As the complications brought about by the pandemic start to waver, Bicol is poised to attract more real estate investors and homebuyers in the near future.

Bicol’s four provinces of Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Sorsogon, as well as its two island provinces of Catanduanes and Masbate, are each spoiled with picturesque landscapes and beautiful blue waters. Yes, the tourism industry has been instrumental in Bicol’s popularity over the years, but it is its infrastructure development, smart social services, and economic stability that have sustained its success.

Home seekers should pay close attention to Bicol in the post-pandemic era, considering that the region has adopted a regional recovery program that will only increase its local socio-economic development. More potential investment opportunities are lurking just around the corner.

Tropical Living at Its Finest

With an average temperature of  27°C to 30°C all year round, Bicolano life is the definition of island living.

Surfers worldwide have raved about Catanduanes and Daet for quite some time now. Catanduanes Island also possesses some pretty great waterfalls and lagoons. Some popular activities enjoyed by residents and tourists alike include whale shark spotting, island-hopping, and snorkeling in Donsol, Sorsogon and areas around Caramoan and its surrounding islands.

Mayon Volcano in Albay is a cultural pillar that has been synonymous with Bicolano life, too. It is one of the many active volcanoes in the Bicol Volcanic Arc. There is a wide range of hot springs and crater lakes, as well.

Of course, one of Bicol’s defining characteristics is its spicy food. Chili pepper plantations, a Mexican influence, cover a lot of ground in the area. Dishes like Bicol Express, Laing, and other local specialties are staples, as well.

One of the Fastest-Growing Economies in the Philippines

Back in 2018, the economy of Bicol was recognized as the fastest-growing economy among the 17 regions in the nation. Subsidized government education programs, Bicol’s mining sector, and public infrastructure buildup all contributed to its rapid growth, as well. The following year, it ranked first yet again. While the region was also hit by the effects of COVID-19, Bicol still ranked 10th in terms of economic performance in 2020.

A large segment of the Bicol region’s economy relies on agriculture, fisheries, and its local crops. These include coconuts, abaca, coffee, and more. There are also around 13 major fishing grounds that supply local markets that extend all the way to Metro Manila. Construction, storage, and transportation have also been key to its sustained growth.  

As the economy reopens and as the region rebounds from its economic losses, Bicol remains in a good position to reclaim some of its old standing.

Investing in a Property in Bicol

The cities of Naga and Legazpi in Albay are two of its most urbanized areas in all of Bicol, together with the municipalities of Camaligan in Camarines Sur and Daet in Camarines Norte.

Developments like Camella Provence and Lumina Legazpi are ideal communities for family life. These projects are situated near leading malls like SM Legazpi and schools like the University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi and Bicol University. Home seekers are looking at a price range between P1.6 million and P5.6 million in these locations, depending on the model.

In addition, Bria Iriga, Bria Naga, and Lessandra Pili offer great, low-cost housing options in the Camarines Sur area. These quality developments provide families with safe and convenient living spaces at affordable prices. Meanwhile, Lumina Camarines Norte and Lessandra Sorsogon offer generous house and lot packages, too. These two are also located nearby major commercial establishments and roadways.

Ultimately, investing in Bicol means investing in a tropical lifestyle and economic efficiency. With its Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan set in place, Bicol looks forward to welcoming back tourists and potential investors alike. And it will be more than happy to welcome new residents, as well.

To learn more about your affordable home and home loan options, and receive expert assistance throughout the entire buying process, connect with an Ohmyhome agent today.

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Ohmyhome was launched in the Philippines in September 2020, following the company’s establishment of a tech team in the country in 2017. Ohmyhome was originally founded in 2016, and subsequently rose in Singapore as a leading PropTech solution and licensed real estate agency.

Ohmyhome expanded into the Philippines so that Filipino home seekers can have a real estate partner that they can trust to have their best interests at heart and can be relied upon to provide exceptional services throughout the entire property journey. 

Featuring thousands of properties across many of the Philippines’ major real estate brands, Ohmyhome differs from other local platforms by going the extra mile and extensively helping buyers narrow down the choices and find the property that best suits their budgets, home needs, and lifestyle preferences.

The company’s Real Estate Agents not only help in the shortlisting of options but also provide professional services through the entire purchasing process. These include assistance in property inspections, negotiations, the finalization of the Conditions of Sale, deposit collection, the submission of property documents, as well as providing buyers regular updates.

Ohmyhome helps Filipinos find their dream homes, all while making sure each real estate transaction is complete and is an efficient and enjoyable experience.

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Am I Overpaying for a Property? An Expert Weighs In

So, you’ve decided that you want to buy a house. Great! But how can you be sure that you’re getting the best deal out of it? Overpaying for a property is something that a lot of home seekers can easily fall into. Getting a little too eager to purchase that dream home can lead you to make an ill-timed, ill-advised decision.

Ohmyhome Sales Head Cristy Ajero has been in the industry for more than 20 years now. She’s worked with top-tier real estate developers like Ayala Premiere, Century Properties, and more in the past. During her career, she admits that she’s seen her fair share of clients spending too much on properties, as well.

With that said, Cristy has a few tips of her own that she’s willing to share with prospective buyers like you. Here are some key factors you should consider before settling on a property, according to a real estate sales veteran.

Learn About the Prevailing Market Value

“The most effective way to avoid overpaying for a property you invest in is to canvas and check prevailing market value within the area,” Cristy claims.

Easier said than done, of course. This is one common mistake you don’t want to make. Don’t commit to a property until you’ve done the proper research. Compare property prices and look into local market trends. Your knowledge of the history of the property matters, as well.

Apart from this, remember to ask how long the property has been in the market and why. If possible, talk to other homeowners in the area, too.

“At Ohmyhome, as part of our service, we provide market analysis to the seller clients,” adds Cristy. “So, they are aware of the market price in their areas, be it house and lot, condominium, or commercial units.”

This means that when a buyer chooses to invest in one of Ohmyhome’s many property listings, they can be assured that they’re only getting the appropriate market value.

Inspect the Property Yourself

“It’s best to really check or make an ocular visit to see the entire property, so you can see if there are renovations needed that could add to the costs of the property,” the Ohmyhome sales head says.

Renovations can add up quickly, to say the least. Before purchasing a home, closely inspect the interior and exterior first. See if there are any structural damages, maintenance issues, and repair work that need to be resolved. You should also find out what kind of maintenance the property demands even after you purchase it.

Keep in mind that a home is an investment, as well. This makes it all the more important that you know how to take care of the property, just in case you decide to resell in the future.

Check the Papers

It sounds simple enough. But what exactly should you be looking at? Cristy chimes in.

“Is it still under bank loan? Is the property tax updated? How about the utilities, is it paid, as well?” These should be clear to you before you commit to any property. After all, you don’t want to be left with previously unknown extra fees and tedious paperwork. Make sure the property also meets standard housing regulations.

In addition, Cristy states: “It should also be clear to the buyer who pays for the certain taxes like capital gains tax, documentary stamps, and other charges.”

Most importantly, bear in mind that you don’t have to do it by yourself. A good agent who has your best interests at heart will be honest with you. They make sure that you’re well-informed about the property you’re choosing.

These tips are only a handful of the many lessons Cristy has picked up over the years. There’s certainly a lot more to the property transaction process than these things, just ask any expert sales agent. Industry knowledge and experience are something you just can’t replicate.

When it comes to house hunting, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.

Free Consultation

Are you interested in what Ohmyhome’s sales agents can do for you? Get in touch with an Ohmyhome agent today to start your property journey with a free property consultation. We offer services for buyers and renters, as well as landlords and tenants.

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Ohmyhome was launched in the Philippines in September 2020, following the company’s establishment of a tech team in the country in 2017. Ohmyhome was originally founded in 2016, and subsequently rose in Singapore as a leading PropTech solution and licensed real estate agency.

Ohmyhome expanded into the Philippines so that Filipino home seekers can have a real estate partner that they can trust to have their best interests at heart and can be relied upon to provide exceptional services throughout the entire property journey.

Featuring thousands of properties across many of the Philippines’ major real estate brands, Ohmyhome differs from other local platforms by going the extra mile and extensively helping buyers narrow down the choices and find the property that best suits their budgets, home needs, and lifestyle preferences.

The company’s Real Estate Agents not only help in the shortlisting of options but also provide professional services through the entire purchasing process. These include assistance in property inspections, negotiations, the finalization of the Conditions of Sale, deposit collection, the submission of property documents, as well as providing buyers regular updates.

Ohmyhome helps Filipinos find their dream homes, all while making sure each real estate transaction is complete and is an efficient and enjoyable experience.