The 3 Best Places to Live & Buy Real Estate in the Philippines

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The Philippines is big in terms of population. Still, there are not as many options available when buying property, compared to Thailand or Malaysia, for example.

Investors tend to go to the capital Manila, while other foreigners look for more relaxing places, located more towards the South. You’ll notice that the real estate market and prices differ much between different areas.

If you plan to buy property in the Philippines, but not sure where, this article is a must read, where I list the 3 best places to buy property.

1. Metro Manila


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Top Property Management Companies in the Philippines: A Complete Guide

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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.

Manila property management companies

Below you can find property management companies located in Manila.

The Lead Realty Co.

Notice: Even if we only select reputable agencies, this is a sponsored listing

The Lead Realty Co., founded in 2017, may be fresh to the market but is already among the strongest and most credible companies in the field.

Just a year after it was established, it was awarded as the Top 1 Broker and Top 5 brokerage firm by Megaworld Infinite. And within two years, it has garnered both local and international awards.

The Lead Realty Co. caters both local and international markets of mid to ultra-high-end properties. Its office is conveniently located at the posh business district of Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Company Awards

  • Top 1 Broker (2017) by Megaworld Infinite
  • Top 5 Brokerage Firm (2018) by Megaworld Infinite
  • Best Premier Realty and Property Consultancy Firm (2019) by Global Awards for Marketing and Business Excellence

International Awards

  • Bronze for Best in Ecommerce Brands Home and Living category (2019)
  • Bronze for Best Ecommerce Marketplace (2019)
  • Silver for Best in Ecommerce Classified P2P Award (2019)

Individual Awards

  • Michael Kingsu (COO): 9 Years in real estate industry, Top 10 Megaworld Agent (2010), Top 1 Megaworld Agent (2011), Top 4 Megaworld Agent (2012)
  • Iris Mae Meana (CEO): 12 years in real estate industry, Top 8 Megaworld Agent (2011), Top 1 Broker (2017), Top 5 Broker (2018)

Property Types

  • Residential lots, houses and lots, condominiums
  • Commercial spaces/retail properties
  • Warehouses, industrial lots
  • Office spaces
  • Farm lots
  • Buildings
  • Condotels, hotels


  • Buying, selling, and leasing
  • Property management, assessment and appraisal
  • Property loan assistance
  • Notarization of document
  • Processing of title and transfer
  • Home/ office cleaning services
  • Interior design and construction
  • Property- and life Insurance
  • Airbnb, co-working space and staff house
  • Other real estate services

Special Services

  • Free consultation before, during, and after-sale
  • Free project briefing/ viewing/ ocular

Office Address

905, One Park Drive, 9th Avenue corner 11th drive, Bonifacio Global Center (BGC), Taguig City, Philippines


CBRE is expanding its Property Management solutions in the Philippines, continuing to leverage global best practices, platform, real-time data, and integrated digital solutions to improve building operational performance and increase the asset’s value.

CBRE is the world’s leading commercial real estate services company providing solutions to property owners, investors and occupiers. The company is ranked 146th on the Fortune 500 and has been included in the Fortune 500 in every year since 2008.

The company serves more than 90 of the top 100 companies on the Fortune 100.

Property Types

  • Buildings
  • Office spaces
  • Commercial spaces/retail properties
  • Warehouses, industrial lots
  • Hotels

Services offered

  • Property audit and Advisory services
  • Accounting services
  • Security and Insurance Services
  • Maintenance, Technical, and Technology services
  • Pricing and Purchase management
  • Sustainability consultancy

Office address

15th Floor M1 Tower Bldg,
141 H.V. Dela Costa,
Salcedo Village,
Makati, 1227 Metro Manila,

Santos Knight Frank

Santos Knight Frank was founded by Rick Santos in 1994 as a full-service real estate agency. In 2017, the firm formed a partnership with one of the oldest and largest real estate companies, Knight Frank.

After, the new company was re-branded as Santos Knight Frank. At the moment, Knight Frank has more than 400 offices in more than 60 countries. Santos Knight Frank, on the other hand, has more than 1,200 employees and was recently recognized as the Philippines’ best real estate agency at the Asia Pacific Property Award.

Services offered

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Buying a Condo in Cebu: A How To Guide

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If you ever plan to visit the Philippines, you’ll probably see that Manila, Palawan (El Nido), Cebu and Boracay are the most popular areas.

The 1st choice for many foreigners is Cebu.

Compared to Manila, Cebu has 167 islands located in the region, making it a great place for scuba diving, golf and other activities.

There are also many direct flights from countries like Korea and China.

Many cities in Cebu are urbanized, developed and caters locals and foreigners who are engaged in commercial trade and other businesses.

It’s “cleaner” and more relaxed, suitable for families, retirees and people who want to be close to the golf courses.

Not to neglect, Cebu has the biggest harbor after Manila and many travelers need to make a transit here, before continuing to any of the beautiful islands in the region.

Thanks to this, Cebu offers a great amount of condos to foreign buyers.

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