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First time home buying tips at a glance

2-day real estate online conference gave inspiring tips and recommendations

Last weekend Arch. Romolo Nati, Chairman and CEO of Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) had the opportunity to talk about the various aspects that make IDC’s developments different from others. In this 2-day real estate online conference hosted by TGFI he explained how the company is using very distinct passive green design features, integration begins during the conceptualization process and is then developed into the design, construction, and building maintenance.

The process is created using performance-based design strategies that make use of parametric and generative architectural software that analyze the existing data of natural weather conditions of the site location, optimizing the use of natural elements to shape the design of the building—the same “thinking model” used by nature.

The use of passive green features such as increased natural ventilation and shaded facades, together with the production of renewable energy through the use of photovoltaic panels and water recycling, make it possible to deliver to the end-user greater comfort and a lighter energy and water consumption without a substantial cost increase.

Architect Nati added that these passive green design features, contrary to common belief, are not making the construction more expensive because these are inspired by nature and not by the use of technology which is the costly element in modern “green” building.

His feature bore the title “Going beyond green: future proofing the real estate market” and underlined the importance of keeping sustainability in mind when planning and building any development. Projects like Primavera Residences, Primavera City in Cagayan de Oro and Miramonti in Sto Tomas, Batangas are already a landmark on their own fully reflecting the ‘green’ philosophy of IDC.

The event title was “building and investing in your first home” and featured about 20 very prominent speakers discussing what happens when buying a home. Many very interesting insights were given on the steps and processes of buying a home: from the financial wisdom of the decision itself, the personal finance options available to potential buyers, the potential locations to consider, tips on how to maximize and organize interior spaces, the potential issues with titles and intricacies of sales contracts as well as the ever haunting taxation aspects.

Among others, Pag-Ibig were able to illustrate their forthcoming financing options, Filipino Homes’ founder Anthony Leuterio explained the fast and nationwide rise of their company, Lamudi’s country CEO Kenneth Stern gave an insight on the statistics and data of website visitor’s search behavior, other speakers of the event like real estate authority Alejandro Manalac was very exhaustive on what you need to know when building a home and how his company helps landowners and foreign developers to handle the development and construction process.

Ultimately viewers were able to take away a great set of wisdom, recommendations and advice about real estate buying in the Philippines with the added value of receiving this information directly from the nobility of the industry. 

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