Thanks for the replies. I was thinking Condo, but the wife really wants to live in a house. Plus she says you can get a lot more for your money that way. The land is close to utilities etc... Plus I figure she will have to live in it a lot longer than me...
What are your thoughts (Kano's) about house or condo. Saw some interesting points in the "gimme" thread.
Bill there is no right answer that is for everyone. I have been reading forums about the Philippines for many years and read the many problems some guys have had with living in houses and some that I have experienced myself while living with relatives, include many things such as dogs barking, roosters crowing, neighbors burning garbage, the smell of urine and poop coming in our window, loud Karaoke, neighbors and other people walking in at all hours of the day and night, relatives and kids walking in at all hours of the day and night thinking nothing of making noise, break ins when no one is at home or while they are asleep to steal computers etc, money magically disappearing from adults purses, lizards, snakes, roaches, rats and mice etc, and the list goes on and on. Some of those would bother some of us and some may not bother some of us. My suggestion is to do what you feel comfortable with since most Filipinos will want to own a house because that is all they have ever known but is a house right for you, only you will know what is better once you have experienced both. I have always lived in a house growing up but would never live in a house in the Philippines in any area I have been and I have been to quite a few but of course not all, so someday I might sing a different tune but I doubt it. Your mileage may vary and some guys have a wonderful life living in a house in the Philippines and even among family while others are miserable but often stuck where they are and some complain continuously about condo life whereas after living both, I will take a condo every time even with some issues condo life has.
One thing I can suggest is to rent, do not buy anything until you have lived in one just like it and in the same area or in a particular condo building. My wife wanted a house too and after we got a condo she wants nothing but a condo, so your wife may never know until she has experienced condo life but to me the main things are staying safe, happy and healthy, so IMO it is not only what you live in but where it is located in relation to things that are important to YOU, and then to your wife.
edit to add. Condos most often cost more than homes because owners do not own the land they are built on and which is usually in a big city but because we do not own the land, we as foreigners can own the condos in our own names, whereas land would have to be in the new wife's name. The prior alone is an important aspect in all new marriages IMHO. Walk slow before you think about running, the Philippines is not the US so one has to adjust our thinking accordingly.
Edited by Mr. Lee, 09 August 2013 - 07:53 AM.