Investing in real estate can be daunting, and the decision is made even more difficult if one is made to choose between purchasing a landed house or a condominium unit. Both types of properties have their own pros and cons. However, choosing one over the other really depends on the buyer’s preference and how the property will be used.

Fortunately, investing in any type of property follows a set of tried-and-tested principles. For example, if a person is looking into buying a property for the purpose of financial gain, then a condo is the better choice. Compared with a landed house, the cost for upkeep of a condo apartment is not as exorbitant, and the property is kept contained within a complex it is part of. And depending on location, a condo is easier to lease out, which can be performed through a registered property management company. In addition, if both condo and landed house are located in a prime area, the former is almost always cheaper.

Condos, however, also have disadvantages. One major drawback to condo life is association fees, which are used to building maintenance and amenities, such swimming pool, gym, etc., and the amount of which depends on how big your apartment is. These fees can increase when extra money for maintenance or upkeep is needed. In addition, some buyers do not like homeowners’ rules and restrictions associated with condos, and the noise that comes with having a neighbor living too close to you.

A landed house, meanwhile, provides a private and most often larger place. It also offers the freedom to have the entire place for yourself, to crank up the music when you want to, to have pets, and to remodel or make changes without needing to consult others. However, having the entire place for yourself means that the cost associated with its upkeep is solely your own and utility bills are usually higher because houses have more space. Although improvements may increase a house’s resale value, they also require time and money.

Whether it be a house or condo, investors in Philippine properties need to first figure out what they really want in a property before buying one, including how it will be cared for if the owner is not the permanent occupier. Understanding this condition will help in purchasing the right property versus being stuck with one that ends up becoming a lot of work and expense instead.
Want to own a condo, but don’t want to leave your pet behind? We rounded up a list of pet-friendly condominiums found around Metro Manila to make it easy for you to find the best home.

Before your purchase your own condominium for sale in Metro Manila, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the common pet policies imposed by the property management. Most condo developments only allow specific types of pets, at a certain height and weight plus number.

Be sure you also know how to care for your pet while living in a condo. This will help you settle down properly in your new home without hassle.

Living in Makati offers a lot of perks and advantages, especially for pet lovers. There are several parks such as Salcedo Park and Ayala Triangle where you can play and get active with your pets. You can also meet and greet other pets in these places.

Many shopping malls allow pets in their premises. So if you need to grab a quick bite in Glorietta or shop at Greenbelt, you can bring your pet with you.

1. Amorsolo Square

Developer: Rockwell Land Corp.
Location: Amorsolo Drive, Rockwell Center

2. The Residences at Greenbelt

Developer: Ayala Land Premier
Location: H.V. Dela Costa, Salcedo Village

3. One Lafayette Square

Developer: Megaworld Corporation
Location: L.P. Leviste corner SedeƱo Street, Salcedo Village

Bonifacio Global City in Taguig is one of the most popular havens for many pets and their homeowners living in the city. There are many green and open spaces where you can bring your pet to play and have fun. You can go to Bonifacio High Street and socialize with other people and their pets or schedule a quick run with your furry best friend at Track 30th.

4. 8 Forbes Town Road

Developer: Megaworld
Location: Forbes Town Road, Bonifacio Global City
5. Avant at the Fort

Developer: Vista Land
Location: 26th Street cor 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City

6. Tres Palmas

Developer: Living Spring Communities
Location: Padre Cayetano Boulevard

7. Two Serendra

Developer: Alveo
Location: McKinley Parkway and 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City