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blaze pontaine

- ayosdito, sulit, cebuclassifieds, and craigslist are good places to start but most of the stuff online is expensive. 

- Read this forum, get a hotel for the first week and hire a driver to take you around areas you want to live looking for gates that have a "for rent" sign. 

- Lots of expensive places that have been vacant for months/years and will continue to be because owners refuse to lower the price. 

- Rents seem to be higher the closer to Ayala mall.

- Expect difficulties getting your deposit back.

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Rocketman

Very hard to "see" what's available.  Many web-sites have old or bad information.  If you use a Realtor, they only take you to the units they are involved in.  There is no MLS listing, so other units in a given complex may be available and you'll never know.  It's hard work.  I used many Realtors, read the want-ads, checked at the office of the complex I wanted and asked around.  Prepare for an "interesting" adventure!

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passingby

Perhaps if you indicated what area you are interested in and the type of apartment you might get more information.  Some of us may know of units in areas where we live but NOT through out the city. 

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Headshot

I know of a two-bedroom townhouse in Rajah Townhomes in Mandaue that is vacant right now. The previous renter was renting for 8,000 pesos a month. Utilities are not included. The development has a pool, a pavilion and a basketball court...all of which may be used if you pay the homeowners association dues (300+ pesos a month for pool use).

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Thanks everyone, I would love to be in or near Cebu City and I plan on moving there very soon but think I'll take a month to check things out do some ground work and go from there. I live in Brazil now and prices are so high here now so I'm ready to move.

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If you want the best way to find an apartment, do not visit ANY site. All are going to be over priced.

 

Get a newspaper in town. Call up Danny Noy's Taxi Service. Have them drive you around to various apartment listings you have chosen in the newspaper. 

 

Trust me. That will be a damned sight cheaper than websites. 

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Headshot

Most apartment rentals are not listed either on the internet or in newspapers. You just have to drive the back streets in the areas you are considering and look for "For Rent" signs. Call the phone numbers listed, and have somebody show you the apartment. When they quote you a price, always ask if that is their "best" price, and tell them their price seems a little high. Owners will often try to sock you with a Kano price, but they will often back the price down if you seem like you understand how things work here and question the price. Even if they don't back the price down, if the price seems high to you, make them an offer at what you consider a reasonable price for the unit you are looking at. If they have been trying to rent the apartment for a while unsuccessfully, they may accept your offer.

 

If you want to rent in a condominium complex, go to the building and ask the security desk and maintenance people if they know of any units for rent. The same holds true for gated townhome subdivisions...go to the gate. You may not be able to go in unattended, but they will likely know what's available and maybe even escort you. Remember though...they may get a commission if they rent an apartment, so always deal only with the owner before discussing prices unless you want the rent jacked up. We actually found the townhome we are temporarily renting by looking at a different townhome in the same subdivision (we had already looked at many apartments in other parts of town before this). Then, when the owner of the townhome we came to see left, we asked the grounds maintenance guy if there were any other units available that might be closer to what we were looking for. He showed us the outside of the townhome we ended up renting, and the owner's contact information was taped to the front window. We contacted the owner, and she came over to show us the unit. We rented it on the spot after seeing the inside.

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A_Simple_Man

 

You just have to drive the back streets in the areas you are considering and look for "For Rent" signs. Call the phone numbers listed, and have somebody show you the apartment.

 

Been there, tried that, in many (most?) cases the sign is not taken down for years (they may have another vacancy?) and often the cell number has changed or just no-one returns your calls.  My favorite way is to walk through neighborhoods I would want to live and look for empty places.  Then I ask the neighbors who owns it and how to contact them and if they know what the previous tenant was paying.   That and referrals from other expats who are moving out of a place that they recommend has got me 5 decent places in 6 years.

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Past month we have done a quite a bit of searching for new place away from condo living. Mainly tru adds out on Sun Star , online AyosD ito,
Graiglist. Locanto and Sulit. As well as here. 

There is number of properties available all the time. All depends what kind of place you looking for. Condo , Townhouse, Apartment or a house. Furnished or not. 

 

Parking area?

 

If someone here knows of furnished, suitable, secure, flood free 1-2  bed apartment, or town home under 20K / mth with undercover parking anywhere between Labangon, Tisa  to  Lahug, Mabolo.  Plz let me know.   Need to find something with in next two weeks as my lease comes to end.

 

Did take note of place Headshot mentioned and will follow this up tomorrow ,  thanks.

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The guy who just moved out of that townhouse was from Belgium. The maintenance guy (Kokoi) usually hangs around close to the gate area, so ask him if he has any information on the townhome where the Belgian guy just moved out of. He has the pulse of the whole subdivision, so it's a good bet he knows how to contact the owner or can at least find out that information for you. The townhouse is two floors with two bedrooms upstairs.

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rainymike

Agree with the others. Forget the websites. Very over priced. 

 

When I first got here, I used an agent who helped me look. Advantage was it saved time and covered a lot of ground. Disadvantage is she got a commission from my deposit (at least mine did) and it wasn't in her interest to find me the best deal possible. This might be a reasonable bet if you don't know anyone here.

 

Now, I use a neighborhood strategy. I do it myself and try to find a neighborhood that I like and feel safe in. I'll take a rental in a neighborhood that I like. Over time, I look for a house/apartment that I like that's priced right, have the best amenities, and move around the neighborhood whenever opportunities arise. It's a better strategy for me to find a good area as a first priority than to find the best unit from the start. When you know the neighborhood, you then have a better feel for good areas/good deals, local pricing, etc.

 

Things I look for within a neighborhood. Transportation - I like to be far from the main road, and take a trike to the main road or a taxi terminal. Services - sari stores, bakery, dental/medical, bottled water, barber, massage, elementary school, recreational places (beach, park), church. Street lighting - a reasonable deterrent to crime in my choice of neighborhoods. Drainage - I prefer areas without open drainage systems. Safe streets, slow moving traffic. Middle class upwardly mobile working residents - less likely to get all night karaoke, parties, etc.

 

Things I look for near the neighborhood. A small local mall, large open market, shopping center, restaurants, hospital, private schools, police station, post office, LBC, Western Union, local type hardware stores.

 

Things I try to avoid near the neighborhood. Squatter settlements. Presence of gangs. Beggar hang outs.

 

My requirements are tied to raising a family here. The requirements are high so its easier to look for a neighborhood first rather than an ideal unit. It's a different strategy, but might be worth considering in the long run.

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