Real estate sector sees bright prospects in Davao


Despite the economic slowdown in the global market, a major real estate player is anticipating bright prospects in Davao next year.

Maryline Lim, general manager of Samantha Homes said there is a large housing need in Davao City saying that the company is targeting the medium level market.

She said the newest Samantha Homes project is at Bago Gallera where they enrolled as Pag-IBIG City of over 800 units. The site she said will include playground and multi-purpose hall that will later be turned over to the homeowners association.

She said their company caters to employees, the overseas Filipino workers and the self-employed.

The subdivision features include water facility sourced out from the Davao City Water District, an overhead transmission lines provided by the Davao Light and Power Company, underground drainage and concrete roads with curbs and gutter.

But Lim said they don’t just build houses because they see to it that they would also introduce some new designs in their projects.

In the pipeline next year she said is the 400 units project in Panabo City.

All in all she said to include the new projects, Samantha Homes house and lot units accounted to 3,120.

Their other projects are found in Matina Aplaya, Barangay Lizada in Toril, Paligue in Padada, Davao del Sur, Catalunan Pequeno, Catalunan Grande.

Lim said they are careful with the supervision of the project because of the “buy back” policy ofPag-IBIG Fund.

She said Pag-IBIG Fund for that matter pay particular attention to project development including the first years of repayments of homebuyers.

She said they do not want also to be remiss of their responsibilities saying that they need to comply what has agreed between them and Pag-IBIG Fund.

“What Pag-IBIG Fund had invested are the funds of the members and we make good of our investment because these are money of the Fund members,” she said.

Lim however stressed that they reach out to their homebuyers in order for them to make good of their repayment record.

She said with the reduced interest rates extended by the Pag-IBIG Fund the rebate extended to homebuyers who are “good payors,” now owning a house is very affordable.

Meanwhile Davao City Investment and Promotion Center head Engr. Roberto Teo expressed good prospects for real estate in 2009.

Teo in a separate interview said real estate will continue to pick up in Davao City next year.

He said a new subdivision project with investment of P120 million will commence next year.

He also said that constructions of two the big investments on real property are on-going while developers of new condominium projects have already shown keen interest for new construction here. These are in addition to the DMCI condominium and that of the Filinvest development

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