INDIVIDUAL HOMES VS. PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
A home buyer often has to make a choice whether he goes for an individual home offered by individual owners or take the
project development instead. There are pros and cons on this. With individual homes, ready for occupancy is the primary advantage
but in most cases a big cash out is necessary and prices are generally higher than project developments. While project developments
usually take time to build by about 6 to 12 months depending on the developer concerned, the base price is relatively low
and so designed to allow buyers to be a part investor of the project development rather than a mere user of the property.
In our experience in Cebu project developments, a developer starts earth moving and as soon as it secures a license to sell,
it offers the slots for sale at an attractive investor’s price of say, P2 million. Usually, 6 months after, it increases
its price by 15% and after another 6 months, another 15% increase, and so on, so that by the end of one year and a half, which
is the average time to complete a project, the price, of 2 million would become 3 million. Those who are too cautious by buying
only when units are completed are deprived of this investment and will be forced to pay the bigger price.
In contrast to individual homes, project development offers the advantage of a one year warranty from the developer to
correct any construction defect such as cracks, etc., to the satisfaction of the buyer. This is usually not existing in buying
individual homes, and if it does, adherence to contract is usually difficult to implement. Developers especially those belonging
to the top corporation have a name and reputation to protect giving buyers added assurance and protection.
But the most benefit one can get in project development is the quality of living that has far improved from the developers
of yesteryears. Gone are the days when developers merely build subdivision roads, security, facilities and that’s
it. The trend has come for a master planned community wherein every part of the subdivision is put to optimum use such as
landscaped gardens, playground, clubhouses, tennis and basketball courts, open spaces, water treatment facility, and for high
end development, underground electrical, telephone and cable wires, swimming pool, landscaped entrance, exquisite clubhouse,
jogging trail, and many more which may reflect the quality of life one truly deserves
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