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SMDC Grace Residences Lily Turnover Updates(3-min read)

The past few days, I’ve been seeing increased views and clicks on previous posts about Grace Residences, the latest of which you can read here. Perhaps dear readers are eager to hear about the good news as well. You are not alone.

From this June 5 article, I also commented that as of Dec 16 call to customer service, we were advised that turnover calls for residents of Lily (Tower 2) are about to start by mid-Dec2016. Tower 2 is scheduled for turnover by Dec2016. The customer service further mentioned that the calls and emails will start for lower floors first, upwards, but there is no guarantee that all floors will be turned over by Dec 31. 🙁

December 2016 came and went, we are now 4 days into Jan 2017, and yours truly and the charitable Ilocana are still waiting for our own call and email. Our units are located in the middle floors of the midrise building and we are eagerly waiting for the call as we want to move in as soon as possible, to significantly lessen travel time, avoid daily traffic, and be able to pursue other worthwhile things (sleep, exercise, grow businesses, study stocks, blog, cuddle (eew)) instead of travel for hours just to get home. My Excel-based countdown, shown below, now features #VALUE and computation errors, originally based on counting down to Dec 31, 2016. It’s now negative 4 days haha!

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Naturally we called SMDC customer service a couple of times to bug them about our units and pressure them, after all we are already done with our down payment, and actually paying a few months amortization already with our bank loans. Don’t get me wrong, we are not irate or complaining. Not yet. Impatiently excited yes. A few days or weeks delay is bearable, since we’ve been waiting for 4 years now, but with the right amount of pressure, hopefully the wait until 31Jan2017 won’t be necessary. We’re still okay given the horror stories we heard about other developers that were many years delayed in starting construction, worse in turnover, as the unit-owners already lost hope in seeing and using the units they invested in.

As of 03Jan2017 call to customer service, the latest advise is that indeed, turnover of lower floors have started. As for our units located in 9th to 12th floors, the units are already queued in Engineering department already for final unit inspections, after which will be immediately queued for customer service outbound calls and emails. The target, pegged on their system, for our units at least, is 31 Jan 2017.

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So we wait again, but hopefully not until 31 Jan 2017. Still hoping to get that call within a few hours, days or a week from now. They say, the marathon (I don’t run by the way) gets hardest when Juan can already see the finish line. Psychological perhaps. Or that it is darkest just a few moments before dawn (this one I believe since it makes sense, physics-wise). So maybe the waiting gets a bit agitating when you can already sense Grace is coming in a while. Below is now the revised countdown, hopefully the last revision:

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How about your unit? Still waiting or turned-over already? Let me know!

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126 thoughts on “SMDC Grace Residences Lily Turnover Updates(3-min read)

  1. My son is leaving sa Tower 1 Orchid. His unit was turned over last June 2016 pa. But the parking was only turned over this year. I haven’t seen his condo kasi overseas kami pero as per my son yun nga daw kitchen counter hindi maganda and ang cabinet sa baba lang wala daw cabinet sa taas unlike sa Shell Residences nung itinurn over sa amin may hood na, may cabinet na rin baba and sa taas sa kitchen. Then, I am not sure kasi sabi ng son ko pag may ipapagawa daw sabi sa kanya we need to pay 20,000 for bond bago ka magpagawa, even hindi naman major na pagawa. Gawa na raw basketball court and isang swimming pool pero hindi pa pede gamitin dahil nga sa mga towers na ginagawa pa.

    Sa parking naman sa Tower 1, wala pa daw mga cctv and medyo madilim pa. Mga receptionist nila sa office is accommodating daw.

    1. We are planning to have cabinets built in the unit since wala ngang inclusion ng cabinets sa turned over unit. So meaning to say, if we are to build a cabinet, we have to pay 20,000?

      1. Im not representing smdc, im also a unit owner and based on how we were briefed, the 20k is for minor renovations as construction bond (in case a public place is damaged during construction). This is refundable if there are no damages incurred. Installation of a cabinet is NOT considered a minor construction so installation per se, the 20k is not needed. Notw though that we cannot build the cabinet or bed inside the unit. It must be constructed elsewhere then just delivered or installed in the unit. Within the unit it should just be drilling and installation.

  2. My son is leaving sa Tower 1 Orchid. His unit was turned over last June 2016 pa. But the parking was only turned over this year. I haven’t seen his condo kasi overseas kami pero as per my son yun nga daw kitchen counter hindi maganda and ang cabinet sa baba lang wala daw cabinet sa taas unlike sa Shell Residences nung itinurn over sa amin may hood na, may cabinet na rin baba and sa taas sa kitchen. Then, I am not sure kasi sabi ng son ko pag may ipapagawa daw sabi sa kanya we need to pay 20,000 for bond bago ka magpagawa, even hindi naman major na pagawa. Gawa na raw basketball court and isang swimming pool pero hindi pa pede gamitin dahil nga sa mga towers na ginagawa pa.

    Sa parking naman sa Tower 1, wala pa daw mga cctv and medyo madilim pa. Mga receptionist nila sa office is accommodating daw.

  3. Must be nice to already have your unit. We are still waiting on 2 units on the 10th floor, both paid in full. Carl, did you get yours yet?

  4. Along c5 lang ako nakatira at nakikita ko everyday ang grace. Pag gabi na umuuwi ako dipa kumpleto lahat ng ilaw sa 2nd tower. Di pa siguro talaga tapos ang tower 2. Im also a unit owner kaso sa last tower pa ako na ang turnover eh 2nd quarter ata ng 2018. Pagkatapos ba ng 20% DP eh start agad ng Bank Loan kahit dipa naturnover ang bahay? Nasa magkano po inaabot ng montly nyo sa bank?

    1. We’re living now in tower 2 pero 60 residents pa lng ata as of last weekend. Marami pa di naturnover if turned over na may pinapa improve pa may ari kaya wala pa nakatira. Bank amort depends sa balance mo and ilang years and interest rate sir. Iniksian ko yung akin 10 yrs to pay kaya medyo malaki amort.

      1. @Geri

        Sir saan side po kayo ng grace nakatira? Diba masyado mainit sa amenities view sir? Yong nakuha ko kasi is last tower pa facing amenities

    1. Geri, your posts are precious information for us. Thank you. I am also interested in contractors for slight renovations needed upon turnover. Any suggestions received?

      1. Im talking to 2 contractors in FB. Hannah Banana and Kurtzacharybaui. A friend also suggested to check th roads leading to Tagaytay.

    2. I am also a unit owner set to move in this March. I know a company which specializes in making cabinets for small size condos. They also do glass shower enclosures and mirrors. Let me if you’re interested so I can have the taking of measurements scheduled the same date as mine.

      Will you also be so kind to share your overall review of the unit you got? How’s the feel of the materials used and the environment? Thank you, sir!

      1. Will get in touch with you. As for the review, ill try if i find time. The only feedback i heard is the quality of countertop. As for the rest they’re fine with me.

  5. Hi All! I’m also a unit owner in Lily Tower. I got a snail mail from them on the first week of January saying that my unit is ready for inspection and turnover on January 30. Lucky for me, they fulfilled their promise and I got my unit last Monday. Yey!

    I’m bit disappointed lang na bare pala talaga — kasi walang cabinet sa bedroom. And the kitchen counter looks like its made up of paper mache (haha) because of its texture and quality. Though they said para raw mas madali gibain pag papa-installan ng lutuan. It doesn’t seem (for me) usable as it is, so mukhang kelangan talaga iparenovate bago magamit. On a positive note, I was glad to hear na walang membership fee sa gym ang owner and listed occupants. Lol

    My friend pala who has a unit on 15th floor has just received the email notif from SM. Sa Feb6 daw yung turnover ng sa kanya. I’ll try to ask pagbalik ko kung pano yung scheme nila ng turnover. I’ll update you when I can.

  6. Hi All! I’m also a unit owner in Lily Tower. I got a snail mail from them on the first week of January saying that my unit is ready for inspection and turnover on January 30. Lucky for me, they fulfilled their promise and I got my unit last Monday. Yey! I’m bit disappointed na bare pala talaga — kasi walang cabinet sa bedroom. And the kitchen counter looks like its made up of paper mache (haha) because of its texture and quality. Though they said para raw mas madali gibain pag papa-installan ng lutuan. It doesn’t seem (for me) usable as it is, so mukhang kelangan talaga iparenovate bago magamit. On a positive note, I was glad to hear na walang membership fee sa gym yung owner and listed occupants. Hehe
    My friend pala who has a unit on 15th floor has just received the email notif from SM. Sa Feb6 daw yung turnover ng sa kanya. I’ll try to ask pagbalik ko kung pano yung scheme nila ng turnover. I’ll update you when I can.

  7. 30Jan Update
    Sorry been busy past few days with the move in. Lots of errands and expenses. We’re officially residing in tower 2 since last week. Prepare 3 months worth of condo dues and prepare to buy fire extinguisher and range hood as these are required

    +
    Unit lived up to expectations overall, size is bigger than what is seen in showroom
    Got my parking space together with unit turnover
    Staff are courteous and still strict with the regulations and paperwork since there’s very few of us still in tower 2, around 30 units occupied i think.
    Temperature is cold at night, hope it stays that way until summer
    Contractors of hanging cabinet say countertop is slightly longer than in other smdc condos
    Fixtures, flooring, bedroom door, kitchen cabinet lived up to expectations
    Not much residents yet so elevators are fast and not yet crowded


    Airplane noise every 10mins! Even if balcony door and windows are closed. Daanan pala ng plane yung place ni Grace!
    Medyo malamok sa gabi.
    Poor Smart mobile internet signal but that’s not SMDC’s fault, that’s why im practically disconnected when in the condo
    Aside from gym, other amenities not yet open for use such as swimming pools and basketball court.

    Overall we’re happy with it. Guess we managed our expectations well enough. As for pictures ill try to write another post assuming i get internet connection from the condo. Otherwise will need to squeeze it in during work hours! Lol!

    1. Hi, Any update when the amenities and internet service providers will be available?
      Was the airplane noise too loud? Would it wake you in the middle of the night?

      1. No timelines yet on when swimming pool will be available but it looks almost finished. Internet provider is PLDT but i think they’re still doing wire works. Airplane noise is loud esp if window and balcony door is open. But I’m a deep sleeper so I don’t hear it while sleeping

      1. Wow. I did not know that the association dues was this expensive. I am currently living in Flair Towers(DMCI) and we are paying around 1930 pesos for 52sqm and then additional payment for the common areas’ electricity and water which is around 500 pesos. So we pay around 2500 association dues for a 52Sqm unit.

      2. Yes. But the unit we are currently living in flair is actually owned by a friend. We are set to move to Grace when we receive the turnover mail. Is the insurance and RPT (Common areas) included in the assoc fee or we are to expect a bill for insurance and RPT separately?

    1. Hi Sir, are you planning to have post your actual turned over unit? We bought a unit at Tower 4, and we’re just excited to see how the unit looks like. 🙂

  8. 10th floor. Fully paid last July. Have called customer service three times and they just keep telling me “we have already started turnovers, yours will be “soon””. I am becoming very impatient as this has a huge impact on me and my ability to work.

        1. Thanks Geri. Originally, 2Q this year and we’re flying in mid Oct. Hopefully done by that time. Any updates will be much appreciated.

      1. Thank sir geri…kinulit ko talaga sila…i said im paying for the hotel due to their delay. Thank God they considered my case.

  9. got info from. the. construction site. nagstop ung construction ng tower2 at kumuh ng bagong contractor… and now. mas mabilis na sya…. sana magamit na yung. pool at playground…

    1. alam ko kasi magkakaibang construction companies ang nakaassign per tower and per component. Most likely iba talaga ang nakaassign s structural, interior, tsaka amenities.

  10. Jan 12 update.
    Hi all, got 2 SMDC letters from snail mail today. Our unit in 12F will be ready for inspection by 4th week of Jan. The other one in 9F will be ready for inspection by end of Jan. I guess the 12th floor came out first because it was fully paid first. They said they will send another email for the details.

    Wishing for it to be sooner but o well at least there is progress and slightly clearer timelines. Hope you get yours too soon!

  11. I got a mail thru AIR21 from SMDC today syaing that my unit is ready for inspection by February (so baka march ko pa nga sya magagamit). They will send daw another letter for the exact details of the turnover procedures. I have that letter na but honestly, im still not happy with the way things are progressing. At least, may update n ako.

    1. Di ako tumatawag sa cust service nila. Ineemail ko sila kasi i know that scripted lang sasabihin nila sakin. And besides email provides me transcript ng mga correspondences namin.
      I think rhey receive the bank guarantee around end of feb last year. Pero i think narelease ung funds s knila around early march kasi un ung date n nklagay s final o.r. ko.

      1. Wow. So almost one year na nga. Among those who commented here you’re the first one to provide bank financing. Yet Feb pa daw yung sa’yo? Or maybe because you’re on a higher floor? Also makes me wonder why send via airmail saying Feb pa inspection. Why kaya can’t we inspect now…. I hope somebody from SMDC CS can read our discussion here haha!

      2. Im on the 17th floor. Our friendly neighbor baseboard installer told us na nasa 16th floor n daw sila nagaayos. So it actually makes sense n feb nila ako inesched for punchlisting. Sabi p nya may mga residents n daw up to 7th floor.

        I was a bit feisty with my last email kasi. I questioned their restructuring fee considering na delayed nga ung turnover. I told them n bkit pag ang client nagparestructure kelangan magbayad considering that they delay was on their part. Then i also told them na what if i charge them a similar fee for turning over my unit at a later date. Di p sila sumasgot s email n un. Then i got that airmail today. I will tell them in my next email kung pwede maexpedite ung turnover kasi nakakainis na or else i will bring this matter sa media or HLURB. Bahala n sila. We also applied for a slot s commercial area nila. Nagpasapasahan lang ng leasing manager the next thing we know naaward n ung slot nmin s iba by a new leasing manager. Dont we have right of first offer and first refusal as unit owners? Kaya i learned to always communicate with them via email para black and white lahat ng usapan.

        1. At least we have insider info care of your neighbor. Actually dapat nga we have the right dun sa commercial spaces unless nakalagay yan sa fineprint na pinirmahan natin. I think ung delay sa turnover nandun sa pinirmahan natin eh. But at least you have clearer timelines na

    2. Hi guys,
      I called them today of the same issue, that i wanted my unit this coming friday (my arrival in the philippines). As usual they did the checking (i wish its true) and told me that my request already forwarded to the Admin Property Management (they are responsible daw to inform unit owners regarding turn over so i should wait for their call). I asked for a reference and he gave it (2017-04-892 control # maybe) but when i asked for contact# he could not give me 🙁

      1. I hope they make it to your deadline! I feel for their CS dept being the frontliners to the irate clients but I do hope they pressure the responsible depts to hasten the turnover instead of giving us their spiels…

  12. have a unit in tower B as well, 18th floor. Called customer service today and they said they expect the turnover to happen in March pa daw.

    1. Thanks for the update Mobb. May i know when you fully paid / availed of bank financing? Just want to see if there is a pattern since timeline of yours is too far….

      1. no worries Geri. Actually still paying off my first 20% with SMDC. Maybe that’s why my turnover will be on March pa. Still frustrating though because I did not expect a developer like SMDC to be that much delayed. Is this normal for SMDC condo projects?

        1. Hi Mobb. Delays are actually common in all developers some even take more than 1 year in starting construction/ unit turnover. Have a friend who has SMDC unit in Ortigas, turnover was delayed from original timeline (2Q16 in our case) but was actually on time with the revised timeline (4Q16 in our case). Upon launch in 3Q12, I did not really expect a 2Q16 turnover so I expected the revision to 4Q16. Just hope we won’t reach 2Q17…. 20 days to go before January ends..

  13. Hi I also have a unit on tower B.
    I just called their customer service today. They told me that the new estimated time is Feb 15.
    And I will receive an email at the end of February.
    Last December, they said that the turnover will happen before 2017 but it never did.
    My unit is on the 25th floor. I guess it will be later than Feb 15. 🙁

  14. This info naman is more legit: we actually live near the area, so we have a neighbor who works as an installer of baseboard in tower 2 of grace. Sabi nya bawal na daw sila gumamit ng elevator–they have to use the fire exit to go up and down the bldg. So i guess may mga nagtuturnover n tlga. May i know kung kelan nagfully paid si owner ng 2nd floor unit?

    1. If they are still installing baseboards, then there are still units undergoing finishing touches. Hopefully not ours. Pau didnt say when s/he fully paid the unit…

      1. My dp amort has ended feb2016 but due to their delay in construction i opted to continue paying same amort until nov.2016 then i settled the balance dec.2016 since they have promised it will be the the same month. So unfair for an ofw like me who has a commitment to avail a vacation.

      2. Hi guys! I’m in the 9th end unit tower B. My unit turn over is later part of this month of march. But I’m a bit of sad bcos I wont be there upon the turn over date. But I am hoping to see you guys in the future.

  15. Just did call today and even called many times but they keep on promising they will rush it. Hope they can make it on the day of my arrival or else i will put all my luggages in their lobby lol

  16. Im an ofw and its very disappointing, they have promised dec.16 turn over so i booked my flight jan13.2017 and now i have to look for a hotel to stay.

    1. Have you tried telling them to expedite your turnover since you can only stay in PH for a limited time? Anything to pressure them I guess

  17. Im in 2nd floor only and paid full.how could it be said that they started from lower floors..been chasing them for the turn over. As of today no any turn over advice.

    1. Thanks for the update Pau. That sounds like bad news. Let us keep on bugging and pressuring them to meet the Jan31 target. Let’s keep each other posted too.

  18. Still waiting too.. they have given me a ticket reference no. Syaing that they have forwarded my turnover request to the proper dept (they didnt say what specific dept–dept store, maybe? Lol). Got an email saturday and it is still being processed daw. Im on the 17th floor. The thing was they already received my full payment almost a yeat ago pa. I was hoping that they would prioritize those who paid first but they will start with the lower floors nga daw
    Pero they said they will put me in a priority list since i paid them a year ago na nga daw. Ewan ko lang. Keep us posted. Thanks.

    1. Hi Aaron, will do. That’s what we also told them, to kindly prioritize those who are already fully paid. They said yes they will. Maybe it’s easier for them to check the construction integrity of the whole floor instead of checking one unit here, three units in another floor etc. Dunno really. But really hoping for turnover before end of Jan.

      1. Ive read sa facebook that someone who has a unit on the 18th floor had her unit turnedover to her last sunday. Bakit ganun? D b 8th and 18th floor ang mga last floors n binenta? Ang labo nung lower dloors first and first paid first served system nila Haist. S feb p daw nya maooccupy.

        1. My wife is also getting impatient. We tried to rationalize why the 18th floor got his/her unit first. Could it be that they are doing it 1st and 18th, 2nd and 17th, 3rd and 16th etc? Just so the upper floors don’t take too long given they are the more expensive units? Just trying to rationalize, otherwise we become irritated. But Pau here has a unit in 2F and she hasn’t received her unit…

      2. I was “stalking” on a real estate agent who posted pictures of the lobby of tower 2. Ive read the comments and she and her friend were talking about her unit being turnedover to her last sunday, her unit is on the 18th floor, that she plans to have the unit rented out for short/long term stay pero sa feb pa pwede magrent. Nothing from SMDC really…all info were from the one who posted the pictures.

        1. Aaron, i checked the FB profile you mentioned and indeed I saw the pics of tower B plus the lobby but no pics of inside the unit yet. Message her to join our discussion here but no reply yet.

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