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Draghknar2003
5/30/2022 01:12 EST

One thing i will be doing, is going into a partnership with a friend of mine from the southern Philipinnes.
Finding out about actually getting a hold of the people i need to when we build a house on a property that is being looked at (yes, i know i cannot own any property, thusly the partnership) has been VERY difficult, as i cannot seem to access most local resources from canada.
Chamber of commerce for one,
And getting Building code requirements, as well as contractor names and facilities.
I think the Philipinnes is a VERY beautiful place to live out My elder years, even if only for 6 months a year. :)

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draks
5/31/2022 00:50 EST

Don't blindly trust anyone here,. As soon as money is concerned they can change in a flash. Found this out much to my cost. This house will be owned by someone else, if they decide they want it, you won't have a leg to stand on, plus it could be very dangerous position to be in.
This place is not like USA or Europe everything you know as normal, does not apply here.
If I were you I would rent in your selected area for 2 years you may not like the area after a while, you might not like living in the Philippines even.
Yes this is a beautiful country but it's not without some big problems and frustrations.
The people you know online may not have your best interests at heart. Be warned.
Personally I would not trust someone to own my house, it's way too big a temptation for them. Everyone will want to be your best friend, don't forget you are extremely rich with a bottomless pit full of money and you should share your blessings, whether you want to or not.

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surfingcebu
5/31/2022 00:31 EST

Drag- you think home awareness and building is difficult from Canada , wait to you get here . BTW - it’s no partnership- she owns it outright! FULL STOP.

Do your research on her via a PNP or private firm . You are donating a house here ! I’ve seen this movie 130 times….

Be careful,

SURF .

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trappedinhell
5/30/2022 23:53 EST

Get a local contractor from the area you are building your house. An honest and intelligent contractor. If it's import contractor, you'll have to pay more. An architect with a construction company is a plus. Try to look around for better looking houses in your area and ask them who build their homes.

As for building codes, the only thing I know is the setbacks of the house from the property. 2meters from both sides of the property (or a firewall with 6" hollowblocks if building against the side(s) of the property. 4meters minimum setback in front of the property and minimum of 3 meters setback from the rear of the property.

In the subdivision I live, most homes have no setback at all from the rear of the property, which is against the building code. I don't know how the contractor pulled it off. Perhaps they bribed the city's building inspector or didn't get a building permit.

Building permit cost about 15K pesos and up, depending on the location (municipality) and the size of the construction. It will take about 15 days to about 2 months to get a building permit here in PH. The contructor usually takes care of this, but you are the one paying for it.

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