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Old 29th June 2013, 06:45 PM
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I am an expat currently living him Thailand and having visited Philippines many, many times I am seriously considering a move to Manila. However, I am not exactly sure where to start looking for a condo / apartment.

I am thinking of Makati, as I am a single guy and want to make friends and possibly meet a lady. I work offshore so am away quite a lot, so when I am home I like to be close to amenities. Budget is around Php40k month for a fully furnished place with a plan to start with a year rental. Would I get a decent single bedroom 70sqm for this do you think?

Am I right in thinking Makati would be the right place, near the CBD? If so, what apartment complexes would you recommend? As I am away a lot, would it be better to go through an estate agent so they could pay bills for me when I am away? If so, what estate agents would you recommend?

Any other advice would be greatly appreciated guy's.

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If you plan on staying here and living in the city, you should be able to purchase a condo or make payments with that kind of a budget, as a foreigner you can own a Condo but were not allowed to own homes.

I would really check out the area you plan on staying in, possibly stay in a motel so you don't have to worry about apartment contracts and do your apartment or Condo search, I wouldn't trust talking to any Realtors here, that includes emailing them, everyone here is an oppurtunist, some can make big money from our hard-earned Euro's or dollars, hopefully another expat has more city and location information, if you do decide to buy a condo I would also get some sort of help, you don't want to walk in as a Westerner and buy a condo, pay someone to do this for you, it could save you some big money or you could get some extra's thrown in, someone trustworthy, hopefully a friend, good luck with that endeavor also.

If you decide to rent, watch out because they also like to mess with your electrical lines, another opportunity, lol.
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Thanks mcalley. I'm planning a jaunt over in July as soon as I get back onshore, so I'll have a look around then. Any further advice from anyone else regarding my questions would be appreciated before then
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Good advise from McCalley boy. Watch your back.

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Yep, good advice from McCalley.

You have to be very careful here and not trust anyone to be decent and honest. As was said, they are very opportunistic when it comes to money and you will instantly notice prices going up and 'additional costs' being introduced once they know you are foreign.

Also, had first hand experience with 'jumpers' on our electricity line. We were paying our electric and about three other homes. You are still held responsible for the bill even if you can prove there are jumpers on your line, well i was anyway. Meralco (the electric company) simply didnt care, removed them and expected me to pay the bill.

Meralco being the only electricity provider in the region can simply get away with anything and it is a like it or you don't have any electricity attitude.
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I did live in Boracay years ago and have experienced the water and leccy getting stolen, but I would have tough that in a secure condominium development that this wouldn't be possible?

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Can't say I've had any of these problems. Had a good agent, good landlady, landed a good house in a good area at a good price. All is good with the World So yes, keep your eyes out but no, not everyone is a thief and shouldn't be treated as such.

As a single Makati is a good choice, partly because of the bars & restaurants but mainly because many other singles I know have moved there. I know expat girls & guys from Ortigas & Malate who have moved to Makati simply as it has a exponentially greater singles scene. So good choice.

Anywhere from Rockwell through to San Lorenzo should be fine as everything is within walking distance unless you are a rather rotund individual.

Mcalleyboy's advice is sound though, come for a little while and check the place out before settling as everyone seems to like something different.

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Thanks bill. So when I visit I should just rock up at the condo complexes and see if there is anything available? Cheers.

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Thanks bill. So when I visit I should just rock up at the condo complexes and see if there is anything available? Cheers.
Find a serviced apartment for a couple of months; you can do that online. After that either use a reputable agent or check out some places yourself (or both). There is also a fair bit of information online that should give you an idea of costs and locations. Most of it is around the mark price-wise.

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HI, new to the forum. I have a girlfriend here in Australia who is missing home and wants to return, so really interested to read these views. thanks.

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