Are you planning to acquire a new home?

Whether you are purchasing your house as an investment, a lifestyle upgrade or both, one of the most significant decisions you will make is where you require to be.


  1. Location

Your home’s location will help determine not merely the future value of your investment, but also many facets of your daily life.  The location of your new house would certainly depend on your lifestyle. If you desire to remain in your house for a long time, make this decision very carefully, taking into consideration the factors that are most significant to you, like high-priced home area, distance from your workplace, etc. The distance of your daily commute can have a substantial impact on your disposable income and quality of life.  How long of a commute can you go? Nevertheless, If you don’t plan to remain in your current line of work, then this may not be your worry.

  1. City or Rural?

Are you the type of person who wanted to stick around in an active city life? Or you are the type who wanted a beautiful mountain view and peaceful residential area?

  1. Neighborhood

What sort of neighborhood would you wish to be with?  You should choose the one that goes well with your lifestyle and personality – a community where you will be comfortable and where you are likely to come along with your neighbors.


  1. Proximity to School

If you have kids, the distance of the school from your home would be another consideration. For some, of course, this may not be a problem, especially if you have a car to help you with this concern.

  1. Safety and Security

Safety is a major consideration for many people. With the safety factor, most people would want to yield an extra premium in buying houses from a gated subdivision or condominium where security is much controlled.  Of course, you can pay less to live in an area with higher crime, but if you’ll have to be in fear or if you one day will be a victim, then no price discount will be worthwhile.

  1. Proximity to Family and Friends

To some people, the best home may not feel very homey if they dwell too far from their friends and family. On the other hand, your allies and family might end up moving at some time, so make sure this isn’t your only criteria for choosing the location.

  1. Proximity to Leisure Activities

Are you the type of person who wanted to be near some leisure and entertainment area like movie houses, coffee shops, eating houses, etc.?  If you love dining out more often, you might not be happy living somewhere with a few eating places. On the other hand, if your favorite thing to do is just to stay home, then this may not be a big deal for you.

Indeed, buying a new home is not really that easy. This is the time that you will be spending your hard earned money and you cannot afford to make mistakes. Hence,  a help from professional people to help clients get a property that best accommodates their lifestyle, desires, and  budget is a must.  One committed company in Bacolod City that can surely assist you in acquiring your new home is the E. Gatanela Realty Co.


About E. Gatanela Realty Co.

GATANELA REALTY CO. Is a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) -registered real property services company since January 3, 2007, offering a full scope of services to real estate owners and purchasers in the Philippines, especially in Bacolod City and Negros Island Region. As a real estate property specialists based in Bacolod City, E. Gatanela Realty Co.  Provides advice and services for real estate property selling and marketing, appraisal, and real estate laws.

Specifically, E. Gatanela Realty Co.’s  services include:

1). Real Estate Appraisal, to know the fair market value of your property and determine its highest and best use, to maximize your income potentials.

2). Real Estate Brokerage and Marketing, which includes a free listing of your property for sale, promotion, and advertising to find buyers, and actual sales transactions.

3). Legal Counseling and Advisory Services on real estate, which includes settlement of estates, cancellation of liens and encumbrances, including litigation to protect your rights as a property owner.

Gatanela Realty Co. Is composed of a team of experienced real estate professionals.

As such, the company can assist you to protect your property and money and give you peace of mind in your real estate transactions – from finding buyers for your property, or evaluate your property, to closing the deal, sales documentation, to the consolidation of the title.


Clients and Accreditation

Gatanela Realty Co. is an accredited realty broker by many real estate developers in the Philippines, like Ayala Land, Inc., SM Development Corporation, Megaworld, Suntrust, Vista Land (Camella), Sta. Lucia Realty.

In Negros Occidental, the company is also an accredited real estate broker of MLD Realty (AKINA), Ferti Acres, Philippine Diversified Developers, Alunan Realty, Bantug Realty, South Homes Realty, to name a few.

The company is also accredited by banks such as BDO, BPI, Security Bank, China Bank, and Maybank, for their home loans financing.




Atty. Eli and Ma. Elena Gatanela

Realtor Ma. Elena Pineda Gatanela

As a real estate service professional, she is an International REALTOR® Member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) of the United States of America.

She is a PRC-licensed real estate appraiser and licensed real estate broker. She has ten (10) years experience in real estate brokerage and management.

She graduated with a degree in B.S. Enterprise Economics at the University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City.

She also finished an Executive Program in Real Estate Development course at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM).

Elena is a past president of the Negros Occidental Real Estate Board, Inc. (NOREBI) of the Philippine Association of Real Estate Boards, Inc. (PAREB), the first and largest national real estate service organization in the Philippines.

Elena is also active in civic organizations, like in the Rotary Club of Bacolod South, where she is the President-nominee for the Rotary Year 2017-2018.

Realtor Elias “Eli” Gatanela, Jr.

Atty. Gatanela is a Realtor and a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) of the United States of America.

He is a practicing lawyer specializing in real estate and a PRC-licensed real estate broker. He has fifteen (15) years experience in real estate laws and transactions and in property management. He holds A.B. Economics, M.B.A. and Law degrees from the University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City.

As a real estate professional, he is a Director and Vice-President of the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Association (CREBA) Negros Occidental Chapter, Inc. CREBA is the largest umbrella organization in the country’s real estate and housing industry.

Atty. Gatanela was a Legal Adviser / Consultant in the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (U.N. Habitat), for its Achieving Sustainable Urban Development (ASUD) program involved in the Planned City Extensions for assisted Philippine cities.


Mary Lolie W. Te

Mary Lolie Te is the Manager of E. Gatanela Realty Co. She is a licensed Real Estate Broker.

She finished Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Marketing Management and Bachelor of Laws (Ll.B.) from the University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City.

Mary Lolie formerly worked as a Property Manager with Center Properties in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Offices and Contact Details:

Gatanela Realty Co. offices is located Suite 4, 2nd Floor, LD Centre, 7th-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City, above Chowking-Lacson, in front of Capitol lagoon.

E- mail us at: gatanela.realty@yahoo.com. Telephone: (6334) 468-0314.






  1. Great house hunting tips. I think it’s also important to consider property value and if it’s expected to appreciate or depreciate over time! Which can influenced but some of the factors you talked about here.

  2. I’m considering the distance to leisurely activity, the kind of neighborhood, and safety and security the most. In any case, I’ll consider these when I move out someday (or purchase property in a similar area).

  3. jaya llamera

    Worth buying for even it’s expensive.#sales

  4. Ray Bart Egalin

    this article reminds us that we should plan to bought a house #sales

  5. christian brady

    This really helps about making decisions of buying homes #sales

  6. honey grace gonzaga

    Someday im going to have my own house and i will consider all these tips in buying a new shelter. Good thing there’s this article i can look on to

  7. Ma. Recel T. Decena

    This article is really helpful… for this one really educates a person about proper decision making. I wish I can decide things like this soon.


  8. Shelomae Jay Magbanua

    well organized and suitable for family comfort.

  9. Ethel Trisha Padilangao

    These are helpful tips since it considers the factors of buying a new home. We also should include the price if we plan to buy one. #sales

  10. Mary jonette bedaure

    This would be great tips to buy a new a home and it is important to consider the location and security. #sales

  11. Edelyn S. Inson

    This is very expensive home and location but it is worth it, the important is to stay safety

  12. Sylvia Maye Rose V. Barrato

    Investing in a new home is a serious thing so all that is said here should be considered.

  13. Leny Rose Jordan

    This is a must read to those who are planning to buy a new home. All the helpfull tips are here!

  14. Anne Feny P. Veloso

    There are a lot to consider before buying a new home and location is one, for me. #sales

  15. April Grace H.Alustor

    Thank you for this helpful tips in choosing/buying a home. The 3 most important factors I considered are location, security and price( Is the location are safe and accessible? And does the price is worth enough for the quality).

  16. Ma. Rosita T. Gonora

    Great tips for those who are looking for a great home. I’d be looking one comfy home for my family on the future using this tips !


  17. Rodelyn Rotina

    These are all a must do’s before buying a home. Thank you for these wonderful ideas. #sales

  18. Jholina B. Indac

    In buying a home we should always be practical and wise enough. Choose what is comfortable to you and your family. #sales

  19. Esther Marie Vargas

    Before buying a new home, it is really important to consider the location and security. This information is so helpful and educational. Thank you.


  20. John ramil patriarca

    this would the guidelines and tips acquiring or buying a new home, it can help everyone to strategize of having a comfortable home.

  21. Jefferson O. Alarba

    I hope I can reach my goal to purchase/to have this kind of House that being showed when I become an entrepreneur in the future.:)

  22. Julie Ann G. Martir

    With this the strategy made it persuades the public to at least think twice think thrice before choosing the best alternative


  23. Georgia Khrysh C. Regonel

    It is very helpful and must be consider before purchasing a home.


  24. We’re now living in a small condo unit near my son’s school and my husband’s workplace and also near malls, and it suits us well, at least for now. But we’re also in the process of building a bigger home for when our son is all grown up. We’ll keep these things in mind when we’re ready to do that. Thanks!

  25. We just bought a new home so these are helpful tips.

  26. Elizabeth O.

    These are all definitely important when you’re looking to buy a new home. Safety, location, and the price are mostly my concerns. But I’ve been living in the same place for the longest time.

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