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  1. Unfortunately quality of so many houses in PI are pretty average at best, yet they expect premium rent prices. Quality of construction, services etc so lagging in PI. The kitchens and bathrooms especially leave a lot to be desired.
    Could imagine the blazing heat being on the top floor of a condo building as you mentioned… they are just concrete monoliths… no insulation anywhere! And then bang a couple of innefficient box ACs into the walls (i had a condo in Paranaque exactly like that). Definitely get a condo that is not getting all the midday/afternoon sun.

  2. In the last 4 years that I’ve been going to the phil I’ve seen prices go up dramatically. And it appears dumaguete is way more then Cebu where I spend most of my time

  3. A few observations …
    Anyone can ask any price. It’s only worth what someone is willing to pay. I don’t know what motivations are in play with some of the asking prices, but if you’re expecting continuity in how they’re determined, it isn’t happening here. I suspect all it takes is for one person to tell another of his/her high monthly rate and the thought becomes, “Yeah, I have a house too. I’ll charge that much also.”, regardless of the differences. Two days ago I had someone ask me where I was from, and as soon as I said the U.S., his immediate response was, “So, you’re rich.” That’s a perception that very well may be a serious consideration when determining rental prices.
    Size seems to be more a factor than quality or maintenance. Furnishings run the gamut and can significantly affect the rate. Location can be a factor, but as Ned’s eye rolling can attest to, neighbors are fluid, and karaoke carries a long distance in the late night/early more still air. It’s going to happen. Accept it.
    Above all, be creative if the property is to your liking but the price is not. There is room for negotiation without being a hard ass.

  4. But you saying this is very cheap that’s very cheap you are corrupting the Philippina mentality you need to talk like you are a Filipino a local person that way they don’t get ideas

  5. You may have to move away to get ocean front maybe search Siquijor 30 min away by ocean jet….There is a vlogger name Tim K he has ocean front on Leyte I think he is paying 450 per month with beautiful house and views….

  6. As a smaller landlord in the USA I don’t find the prices in Dumaguete very cheap. The amenities, infrastructure, and quality are lacking. My 1 rental in the USA is rented out at 27k, its one-bedroom, but is as big as a two-bedroom here. The pool is literally within 100 ft. For everyone grounds and outside maintained well etc… The cheaper cities in the Philippines are crapholes compared to Duma. So I guess it all depends on what ya want.

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