By Hannah De Castro-Abinuman
AppleOne Properties successfully culminated their US Road Show on November 19, 2014 at the Sheraton Hotel in Cerritos, CA. The road show focused in three key areas in the US – New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Numerous Filipinos, mostly Cebuanos, flocked the said events looking for the perfect property investment in their homeland. The property road show highlighted AppleOne’s most recent project – The AppleOne Banawa Heights in Cebu City, which derives inspiration from the vibrant spirit and colorful living of the San Francisco Bay area, with charming Victorian-themed facades. Situated right at the heart of Metro Cebu, AppleOne Banawa Heights is the first distinctly-themed gated residential condominium subdivision in the city.
During the event in Sheraton Hotel, Cerritos, Yvet Andalis, Executive Vice President of AppleOne properties, candidly started the program with an anecdote. “In my last visit to Qatar, I asked our kababayans, how many of you have Louis Vuitton bags? Ang dami pong nagtaas ng kamay. How about Hermes? May nagtaas din. Then I asked, how many of you actually own properties?”
It is a sad truth that not all of us are fortunate enough to have financial literacy. In fact, most people work very hard for their families but retire without really saving a dime or making the right investments.
Andalis then said, “Put your money in solid investments. A solid investment is a good retirement plan. Don’t waste your money on fleeting luxuries like gadgets and status symbol items. As soon as you’re making money, plan for your retirement. Real Estate has always been a solid investment and it appreciates in value.”
Through their road show, AppleOne, provided the Cebuanos living abroad with nuggets of wisdom regarding making the right investments for their hard-earned money. AppleOne takes pride in their sense of innovation which is apparent in their property designs.
The Banawa Heights has three different residential concepts: The Mansionettes, the Villas and the Towers, which are divided into private clusters. On each floor, a home-owner will only have 1 to 5 neighbors maximum. And sprawling on a 2.8-hectare property, the developers allocated 70% of the entire development to open landscaped spaces, with walkways, jogging trails, pocket gardens, parks and playgrounds.
The residents will not be living in tight, congested spaces that is typical of condo living. The property also provides enhanced privacy and security with its Keyless Access Control (the first of its kind in Cebu).
AppleOne also offers our kababayans ways to make property purchasing easier. Since AppleOne also has a construction company, they are able to sell their units at a more affordable price, without sacrificing the quality and beauty of the development.
They have also tied up with Banco De Oro (BDO) Philippines to provide potential buyers financial loans in acquiring the units in the Banawa Heights. And for those who are interested in having their space rented, AppleOne is also affiliated with Rent.Ph, who will aid in looking for possible tenants for your property.
For the Cebuano attendees of the event, it was just logical for their hearts to be tied to their home town. But for our other kababayans who are not homegrown in Cebu, the place still boasts of a prolific and enchanting appeal. Cebu provides the best of both worlds – you are in the urban scene, and yet the beaches and other vacation hot spots are only a few minutes away.
Cebu is a thriving community, and due to the rise of BPO industry in the city, there is also an economy boom, which is a good sign for real estate investments.