Buying Industrial Real Estate in the Philippines: The Ultimate Guide

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Philippines is one of the most populous countries in Southeast Asia and its economy just behind Thailand and Indonesia.

Increased manufacturing operations and an expanding service sector will help to further fuel the economy in the coming years.

Setting up a company is relatively easy by Southeast Asian standards, communication in English flawless, making it a top choice for foreign companies.

Everything from automakers, shipbuilders, and producers of electronics has chosen the Philippines for outsourcing and assembly activities.

Due to these changes, the industrial property market grows at a rapid speed. With that said, investing in industrial property requires that you have a well-rounded knowledge of the market beforehand.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in the Philippines?
  • Investing in Industrial Real Estate Through a Company
  • Philippine’s Industrial Real Estate Market
  • Industrial Clusters in the Philippines

Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in the Philippines?

Philippines tops the list in our annual Asia Property Index thanks to generous visa regulations, low real estate taxes, high rental yields, and PwC’s general buying recommendations. Continue reading Buying Industrial Real Estate in the Philippines: The Ultimate Guide

Buying Office Space & Buildings in the Philippines: A Complete Guide

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Philippines is one of the fastest-growing countries in ASEAN and a top-performer in our annual Asia Property Index.

Low taxes, generous visa options, real estate prices, and rental yields are the main drivers behind the high score and why many foreigners see the Philippines as a great investment destination.

The office market is predicted to perform well in the Philippines in the coming years as it recovers from the pandemic and we will see increased demand from local and foreign firms.

Being a developing country, investing in office space and buildings can be challenging and involves the risk of coming across costly pitfalls though. In this article, I explain the basics when buying office space in the Philippines.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy office space in the Philippines?
  • The Office Market in the Philippines
  • Major Commercial Cities in the Philippines
  • Leasing Office Space
  • Investing in REITs

Can foreigners buy office space in the Philippines?

Foreign individuals cannot buy commercial real estate in the Philippines, but generally, only have access to strata-titled condominiums or office units. Continue reading Buying Office Space & Buildings in the Philippines: A Complete Guide

Investing in Philippine REITs: The Complete Guide

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Philippines is one of the best countries to buy real estate when taking yields, taxes, prospects, ownership regulations, and long-term visas into consideration. It’s been ranked as one of the best countries to buy real estate in the Asia Property Index annually.

With that said, there are certain property types that you cannot buy as a foreigner in the Philippines. Besides, some investors are simply too busy to manage properties or don’t have the capital required for commercial real estate investments.

But there are other ways to invest in real estate markets, namely through REITs.

By owning shares in trusts that are managed by companies and experts, you can enjoy high dividend yields at the same time as you sit on the other side of the globe.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy REITs in the Philippines?
  • The Process When Buying REITs in the Philippines
  • What is the benefit of buying REITs in the Philippines?
  • List of REITs in the Philippines

Can foreigners buy REITs in the Philippines?

REITs are traded on stock exchanges and the regulations and process to start investing in the assets are similar to that of stocks. Continue reading Investing in Philippine REITs: The Complete Guide

How to Buy Land in the Philippines: The Ultimate Guide

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The Philippines attracts plenty of foreign retirees and travelers that got an appetite for its warm climate, high quality of life, and low living costs.

The country comprises thousands of islands and is the home of some of the most magnificent natural sceneries and animal wild-life in the world. Another benefit of living in the Philippines is that you won’t have any issues communicating in English.

Besides, the country offers several long-term visas that can be obtained comparatively easily. I also want to highlight that the Philippines always rank high in our annual property index.

Due to its attractiveness, it’s not strange why individuals and corporations alike want to buy land in the Philippines. Might it be a land plot to build a private home or a vast space of beachfront land to develop hotels.

Buying land in the Philippines is complex though, especially if you try to navigate the market as a foreigner. Not only do you have to deal with regulations to foreign land ownership, but limited information about prices and the buying process. Continue reading How to Buy Land in the Philippines: The Ultimate Guide

Philippines Real Estate Market Outlook 2021: A Complete Overview

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Philippines has become one of the hotspots for foreign property buyers in Southeast Asia. With favorable demographics and an increasing middle class, Metro Manila has undoubtedly seen the biggest interest.

Foreign corporations move to the region, setting up offices and operations in places like Cebu and Davao, where labor costs are low.

With that said, the COVID-19 had a profound impact on real estate markets all over the world and the Philippines was not an exception. Yet, this might result in a rebound in 2021.

In this article, I share our predictions for the Philippines’ property market in 2021.

Topics covered in this article:

  • The Property Market in Previous Years
  • How did the market perform in 2020?
  • How will Philippines’ real estate market perform in 2021?
  • What is driving the demand for real estate in the Philippines?

The Property Market in Previous Years

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Buying Hotels in the Philippines: A Complete Guide

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The Philippines is a preferred location among foreign investors and one of the top-ranking countries in our yearly Asia Property Index.

With a large and young English-speaking workforce, this nation becomes increasingly interesting among residential and commercial real estate investors alike. Transparent and generous visa regulations further add to the demand.

With that said, the pandemic hit hard on the Philippines. Thousands of new hotel rooms were planned in the coming years, many that might now be postponed.

Hopefully, we will see a rebound when the economic climate starts to get better. Continue reading Buying Hotels in the Philippines: A Complete Guide

Top Property Management Companies in the Philippines: A Complete Guide

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The Philippines is becoming an increasingly popular investment destination for foreigners. Along with this, we see a greater demand for property management services.

Places like Manila and Cebu have plenty of property management companies, but you rarely find summarized information about them.

In this article, I list some of the biggest and most popular property management companies in the Philippines. Continue reading Top Property Management Companies in the Philippines: A Complete Guide

Top Real Estate Agencies in the Philippines: A Complete Guide

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Philippines is one of the most popular investment destinations in Asia at the moment. Here, many foreigners mainly buy property in Manila, thanks to its rapidly growing economy and quickly developing infrastructure.

Fortunately, you’ll be able to find plenty of international franchised agents, as well as local agents, who help foreigners to buy real estate on a daily basis.

Yet, it’s not easy to find summarized information about the top agents and what properties and services they offer.

Therefore, I’ve written this article where I present some of the most popular real estate agencies in the Philippines. Let’s have a look. Continue reading Top Real Estate Agencies in the Philippines: A Complete Guide

Top Real Estate Agencies in Manila: A Complete Guide

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Metro Manila is huge in terms of population and size, to many people’s surprise, Manila just make up a small part of this metropolitan area. With a rapidly growing economy, foreigners (especially Chinese investors) pour in to buy properties.

Here, you can find plenty of international and local real estate agencies who have a long experience of in helping foreigners. Yet, you rarely find summarized information popular and credible agents in Manila.

In this article, I list some of the top real estate agencies that you can find in Metro Manila. Continue reading Top Real Estate Agencies in Manila: A Complete Guide

Investing in Philippine Commercial Property: A Complete Guide

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The Philippines has emerged as one of the fastest-growing countries in Asia. Foreign investment in its Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) sector is one of the main drivers.

Not only Metro Manila grows fast, but there are dozens of cities located outside of the capital and categorized as so-called next-wave-cities and upcoming emerging markets.

In this article, I explain how you can invest in commercial property in the Philippines, covering a wide range of topics.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy commercial property in the Philippines?
  • The Commercial Property Market in the Philippines
  • Best Cities to Buy Commercial Property in the Philippines
  • Commercial Property Taxes

Can foreigners buy commercial property in the Philippines?

The Philippines has reasonable foreign ownership regulations by Southeast Asian standards.

Here, foreigners can buy strata-title units such as condos on a freehold basis. The only thing you need to pay attention to is the foreign ownership quota which is set to 40%.

You can also own the physical structures built upon the land, like bungalows and villas. Buying a commercial property, on the other hand, is a completely different undertaking and more regulated.

Whether you can get access to commercial property or not depends on if you buy as an individual investor or through a local company. Continue reading Investing in Philippine Commercial Property: A Complete Guide