Tessa Prieto-Valdes on finding your dream house: “It's all about proximity.”

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With traffic getting worse everyday, Tessa Prieto-Valdes says the dream is really to find a place closer to everywhere you need to be.


Metro Manila has “the worst traffic on earth,” reported CNN Philippines based on a recent global survey.

We just have to find painless ways to live with it.

Socialite Tessa Prieto-Valdes has an idea, “With crazy traffic now, you really want to be closer to where you are.

“When you buy a property, it’s a lifestyle you have to buy into.

“Like where’s the nearest grocery, where’s the nearest church or school, di ba?

“It’s really the proximity.”

A valid point.

It is probably timely that RE/MAX, a real estate brand with the largest global network of successful brokers, has just been launched in the Philippines.

Finding that right place suddenly gets much easier.

Tessa further relates, “It’s funny because I grew up in U.S., and so I know about RE/MAX… they’ve been around for forever.

“When we were in the States, they would have yard signs.

“It’s called yard signs because it’s a sign that says RE/MAX and the photo of the agent that’s selling.

“And so I wanted to know if they’re going to do that here.

“Somehow, people, when they buy or sell a piece of property, they want to have more of a personalized customer service angle of a sale.

“Aside from, of course, the technology, the professionalism and everything.

“In the end, it’s really a more personal thing that you’re going to sell your house.

“You want to talk to somebody who knows the market, knows that you’re getting the right value.

"Like they said, when you own a piece of property, it’s like you’ve achieved something.”

PROPERTY INVESTMENTS. Tessa reveals she is happy to be living in her dream house.

Her Venice-inspired abode, situated in Makati, was a gift from her parents.

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“I couldn’t ask for a better location.” she says, “And I’m such an optimist, you know.

“I’m the type that when challenges come, I always look at the glass half-full and half-empty.

“I’ve been blessed!”

With four children, Tessa turns her attention to investing on properties.

“So far we have invested in two condos already, so that’s two more kids to go!

“Because, you know, my mom has taught us that inheritance has to be not only money.

“It’s also good to give them property, you help them start out.”

The presence of real estate brokers in the Philippines may help in finding the right kind of investment deals.

Since its brokers are akin to market beats, the brand promises to let you “dream with your eyes open.”

Tessa assures it can be done.

“You know, you don’t really know what’s out there, right?

"And I think with them, they have a whole overview…

“Hopefully, having that here now in the Philippines, it’s good.

“It is also good to professionalize, you know, those bogus sales happening.

“It’s good to get a little inside [knowledge].”


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