A frequent theme here, but: Anyone had quotes for any type of house building work recently? I am looking for 4 to 5 competent (the word that unfortunately often makes people fall over with laughter) builders - I have two in mind so far. Does anyone have any concrete (unintended pun!) evidence of the effect of the pandemic on house building costs in the Philippines (I read that worldwide material prices are in short supply and prices are escalating)? If people are not instigating new build then supply/demand should mean builders are willing to cut their margins - but if material prices are escalating then they may have no scope to do so. So, is this a good time to build or a better time to buy used? Anyone who has opinions but prefer to be discreet then I am happy to correspond by PM.