a house in Cebu
Our not so good experiences with
Crown Communities Cebu,
alias Crown Asia,
alias Communities Philippines,
alias Crown Residences,
update October 2010
and paid on the spot in April 2006.
STILL No Title
yet. (over 4 years and counting ...)
Crown Communities Cebu :
Building No. 72 Escario Street, Cebu City
is a corporation owned by Senator Manny Villar.
Communities Philippines, a subsidiary of VISTA Land and Lifescapes, Inc.
Maybe the address has changed ? The name is always changing ...
They say in
long years of
experience in building flourishing lived-in communities, have helped us
master the art of listening to customers and paying attention to their
the moment this could not be
further from the truth.
a "mini blog" so
that people checking Crown Communities on the
web hear the story from a customer side.
happened so far:
(2006) my wife and I
went to Cebu and part of our agenda was to maybe
find or build a house. After some looking around we decided for a house
with Crown Communities in their Vittoria community located on Mactan
Island. We got a corner lot and decided for a Amalie design. Right from
the start we had a good idea of what we wanted and made it quite clear
to Crown. As we were in a hurry we did our best to pay for the house
there and then, I got the money in less than a day and the payment went
ahead. We hoped that Crown would be just as efficient in finding a
contractor for us but it took several days to find a contractor. We
agreed on all modifications including our wish for a terrace. I flew
home as I had to earn money and my wife stayed to see things get
started. From this point on everything started going more and more
three weeks and
only days before my wife's departure Crown
announced that all was null and void
as the contractor was not going ahead with us!
In a big
rush a new
contractor was found and he was willing to build
our house. Due to the mishap Crown assured us the terrace could go
ahead and be build at the same time, we only had to wait for a permit.
Up to now this contractor has been excellent and has not let
us down but it seems Crown is
playing a strange game. We have paid them the whole house in a lump sum
and now they seem not to care. A simple wish to have the concrete of
the terrace floor and the second floor of the house poured at the same
time is being upheld due to bureaucratic rules. As an engineer it is
clear that pouring the terrace at the same time as the house has only
advantages. When this issue was pushed further this is what
engineer told us:
I'm very sorry for the inconveniences we have made. Due
passed to our office regarding provisions
contractors and buyers, our production
to let this
provisions be done after house completion
parties wouldn't arrived at an
costing,which causes delays on the house
satisfied with the contractors work and
be done after house completion so that you
choose your own
that is not one of ours, so their manpowers
of houses and they can't have opportunities
commitments to our buyers and target dates are
I'll appeal your
concerns to sir jocon and update you as
Until then I remain..
a letter sent
end of May and the house is due November. Obviously they are not very
trusting towards their costumers. Our
contractor has assured us that the terrace would not delay the project
and has already received a substantial amount of money for the
This problem which has raised would however mean that I would have to
travel twice around the
world, once to accept the house and later to accept a weaker
story does not end here. After we got the contractor to pour the
concrete in one go we thought all would be well.
December 2006 I took 6
weeks vacation to see "the finished product" and have a relaxing
vacation. When I arrived the house was less than an empty shell! I
spent 6 weeks trying to get the house finished and just about did it.
The contractor had severe financial problems and Crown was not helpful
at all as we had "too many revisions" and therefor the delays were our
fault. Feeling pity on the contractor as I saw how much crown paid him
to build the house (ca600k) I forwarded him an extra 120k. During the 6
weeks I helped the workers as best as I could to finish the house and
felt real pity on them as both their boss Tony and the workers were
working hard all the way through Christmas to get the house finished.
going back to Cebu in
February 2008 and hope that I will have a wall around the house by
then. With a huge amount of luck I should get the last problems sorted
Status as of March 2008:
One positive thing, our house at least has no cracks and is looking
good. Thanks to Toni, after all the trouble, you were a blessing in
disguise. I can't believe the bad quality of the houses here.
Still no title, maybe Crown has not yet paid the full amount for the
lot, see forum post below. Promised for next year (again).
As no titles, no personal electricity supply. We have been having many
outages now (Several
times a day). There as probably 25 families living here
now. The electricity arrives though a single 100 Amp fuse at the guard
house and the sold to us via Crown!
Needless to say at 100 Amps, the fuse is always running red hot, I'm
just waiting for the guard house to burn down.
The guards have no phone line or cell phones. How are we to call them
when we suspect something.
Water pressure is falling on each yearly return. Will install a pump
(against our ageements) if I find nothing is being done.
No PLDT, see situation with electricity above. So we went to Globe and
they were quick and effective. Note to PLDT: you do not wait for a
given number of interested custumers to come, you should go towards
them (Sorry, we don't wait, we go to the competition).
keep you posted ...
Status as of 2009
Got real electricity (YES!). MECO has connected us up to the grid.
Still no title ...
Will keep you posted ...
Status as of October 2010
guessed it. No Title. Last promise was for April 2010 but as you can
imagine, no news, not even informing us of a further delay, just nothing, as always
with Crown Asia:
I get the impression Crown Asia
is telling google to remove negative links as they disappear on google
after some time.
personal info on our house
building on this link.