compared to other parts of the Philippines, real estate properties in Baguio city are different. Baguio is located at cordillera autonomous Region where you can find buildings, condominiums, subdivision, malls and other establishments on top of the mountain. Because of its mountainous appearance, terrains of lands usually have different angles, soil also has more unstable properties reason for the city to be very strict in issuance of house, condominium, subdivision construction permit.
when you are looking for a property to buy in Baguio city, you have to consider the following:
1. safety- there are many parts of Baguio city that are sinking. Factors are the drainage system of Baguio City and man made holes from mines. you should be very vigilant not to choose your lot, house and lot or condominium building on top of these holes to avoid finding your home under the ground 20 years from now. Signs of the sinking areas are cracks that are visible on the roads. It would also be very helpful to ask for the maps from the city government to locate the major fault lines of the city. Aside from the sink holes, you should also consider land slide prone area. Usually these areas are the dumped soil. For sure the seller you are transacting with will not tell you whether the lot you are buying is a dumped or natural that's why its important for you to see the physical appearance of the place. usually, trees should be upright when on the edge of the mountains this indicates good soil quality. numerous trees in the surrounding also helps to stabilize the place. it's very important for you to undergo soil testing to reliable soil testing team, this is the best you can do. Buying from big real estate companies whether subdivisions single detached house and lot or condominium units are safer because they for sure they underwent these testings.
2.location-there are huge number of Filipino dreaming of having property in Baguio city whether condominium unit or house and lot. For this reason, the small land area of Baguio is now becoming so crowded at the same time running out of lots that are possible for construction of real estate. You will notice that most of the big establishments like schools, commercials are now going far from the city. It's now becoming typical to find properties outside Baguio proper. If you found a property that is 1 kilometer away from the city proper with a good price, then you should grab that.
3. Price- if you are looking for a place purposely for vacation and does not have very much budget then i will advise you to look for a good subdivision or condo-vision (condominium in a subdivision) away from the city. in this case, you will find a very reasonable price in a quite, naturally preserved places away from the pollution and noise of the city. However, if you are looking for a property in the heart of the city, i will advise you to look for a condominium- its so impossible fro you to find a house and lot single detached in the town proper.
4. real estate company- you should find a stable and reliable realty. You should ask for its previous developments and its standing. You should also check the background of its owner. Local people (company owner) in the area has advantage because they really know what they are selling especially big companies.
5.Real estate agent- when you are buying a real estate property from a big realty where pricelist is released by the company itself, then it's best for you to have an agent. in this case, whether you have an agent or not have one, the price of the property is the same. but make sure you have the best agent to help you out on your purchase.