Entries by Maricel Yasona

Is 2020 the right time to buy property or should you wait?

COVID-19 has upended economies, businesses and personal finances around the world, but opportunities remain in a few sectors. Real estate heads point out that ‘those who choose to take an early position will have a better investment portfolio.’ One of the lessons the 2007-2008 global financial crisis taught investors is that those who panic-sold were […]

Ayala Malls reopen with safe shopping as a priority

After the prolonged period when everyone had to stay at home as a health precaution, Ayala Malls nationwide gradually welcomed back the community to a safe shopping experience, with stringent sanitation measures and safety precautions in place for its shops, merchants, and customers. As the country transitions to the new normal, Ayala Malls reopened its […]

Megaworld reopens lifestyle malls today with stringent safety measures  

Megaworld is reopening its lifestyle malls and commercial centers today, May 16, with more stringent safety measures to ensure a “safer and happier” experience for all its guests and to protect retail partners, store personnel and employees against COVID-19. “The safety and well-being of our guests, employees and retail partners remain our topmost priority and […]

Ayuda: How generous is your barangay?

The less people have, the more help they need, but geographic metrics alone don’t give a complete picture of residents within barangays. So we did a survey of 17 cities to see the kind of relief people have received. Not all cities are created equal; barangays, even less so. You can be living in an […]

Buying property in the time of Covid-19

With Covid-19, there’s going to be a need to tweak the way things are built. Even existing buildings will have to have a sanitation area, a foot bath, and people will have to exercise distance.’ You’re about to demolish a giant bag of popcorn while binging on Netflix movies in bed. So, how else are […]

Resilience of real estate in the face of a pandemic

“It should be business as usual for property investors,” said Professor Enrique Soriano III, Wong + Bernstein Advisory Group’s executive director, in a recent interview on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to the real estate industry. For those interested in investing in property, “managing the risk as a result […]

Lockdown Law  

Several incidents of conflict between law enforcement officers and private citizens have become viral in the past weeks while Metro Manila is under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) or lockdown due to COVID-19. Legal opinions have been posted on social media condemning or defending the actions of both sides. As far as these opinions are concerned, […]

How real estate heads are making WFH work

It’s been five weeks since the Metro Manila lockdown and three for Cebu. Offices are shuttered, the streets are all but empty — and companies still need to keep running despite the restrictions in movement. Real estate is one industry that needs people for projects to move forward and construction has literally come to a […]