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Platapus
10/18/2017 12:42 EST

Hey Guys n Girls im going to be building a house in Baler with my wife who is from there as a semi retirement home. Will be spending 6 months a year there. Anyone live there who has any advice? I hear its a very safe place and one of the surfing capitals of the phillipines.

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Spruik
10/18/2017 17:54 EST

You mean a semi retirement home shared with the inlaws?

If rented out the other 6 months you might drop a few tears,,,

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raygeode
10/18/2017 18:01 EST

Hello and welcome. It certainly is a surfing Mecca, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

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draks
10/19/2017 01:48 EST

No way would I build a house here for 6 months and leave empty for 6 months, rent it for 6 months and you will spend the next few months cleaning repairing etc. Move a family member in, when you go back in 6 months do you throw them out for 6 months? Leave it empty and the cockroaches and termites move in. I have seen so many do this and it's always been a problem. My friend is going through it right now. His sister in law is there but the house needs a lot of work doing now.
I would just rent for 6 months even pay the rent 6 months in advance

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Platapus
10/19/2017 15:53 EST

Its all good lol, the mother in law will watch the place while we are back in Oz and very trustworthy. My wifes family are fairly well of and dont require any money at all and all have there own 2 storey houses. It will not be nor ever rented out.

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Platapus
10/19/2017 15:53 EST

Its all good lol, the mother in law will watch the place while we are back in Oz and very trustworthy. My wifes family are fairly well of and dont require any money at all and all have there own 2 storey houses. It will not be nor ever rented out.

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nick66786
10/20/2017 03:46 EST

if all her family live there and u seem to trust them, then what advice are u looking for?
i have a house here in baler now for 8 years, just me and my wife live in the house and 2 rotweilers outside,
i have been retired more than 8 years, very few expats here, very little english spoken or understood, we go to angeles city for a few days each month, many many expats there and good restaurants as well,
very few good restaurants in baler, my opinon anyway,
where would u build a house? in the city of baler or where?
u have pass by our house as u are entering baler, we are right on the corner where u have to turn left toward baler or turn right to san luis, house with green roof and grenn wall wrapped around 800 square meters, very quiet spot, i like it
any questions, feel free to ask
have a good one----good luck
most expats come over for beers on sunday at my place

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raygeode
10/21/2017 07:30 EST

We travelled to baler about 3 years ago. Long 3 hour journey. I remember the pretty green palm trees appearing closer to the coast. We couldn't find a place to eat. It seems they preferred us to go buy from the fishermen, then bring it back and it could be cooked for us. Good road right up to a fenced area by the water, but no sign of a sandy beach.

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Platapus
10/24/2017 18:39 EST

Thanks Nick beers sounds so good lol. Ill be in baler next June doing a lotof research as my wife owns land there but were looking for a block at least 1000m squared. It will mainly be for our retirement in a couple of years time and as for the lifestyle there it sounds like it will be peaceful and quiet. Do you get any trouble there and i will be having 2 dogs as well to keep the peace. My wife says she has never really experienced any trouble there.

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celticwarrior
11/3/2017 22:29 EST

Hi Guys,

My wife and i have just moved to 15 mins from Baler this October. Im regularly visit Baler. Glad a few expats around I hadn't noticed any so far. I agree frequent trips to Angeles, Subic, or manila are required as it can get quite boring here. I have to supplement my income here as I am only 39. So ill be busy rolling the dice on trying to make a living here- I'm sure better men have tried and failed!

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