Top Airbnb Rental Management Companies in the Philippines: An Overview

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Philippines attracts a vast number of travelers and property investors, thanks to its astonishing islands and generous visa regulations. The country is one of the fastest-growing countries in Asia, which adds to the demand for real estate.

Many investors, foreigners and locals alike, don’t have the possibility to manage rental units on a short-term basis on websites like Airbnb. Perhaps they don’t have the Philippines as their domicile, or they simply don’t have the time.

Luckily, there is a handful of property management that offer short-term rental services on platforms like Airbnb. In this article, we review the most popular ones.

1. Host Pro

Host Pro is one of the leading Airbnb rental management companies located in Manila, offering end-to-end solutions for property investors. Continue reading Top Airbnb Rental Management Companies in the Philippines: An Overview

Top 10 Real Estate Agencies in the Philippines: An Overview

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Philippines has become a popular destination for investors in Southeast Asia and many international and local agencies have been active here since at least a decade back.

Even if the market was hit hard during the pandemic, Philippines is predicted to perform well in the long term with high economic growth, urbanization, and a healthy population increase.

Before you engage in the local property market, it’s important that you find a reliable and experienced real estate agent.

This is particularly the case as the residential condo market has suffered from an oversupply and the commercial property market is regulated.

Let’s start and review some of the top real estate agents available in the Philippines.

KMC Savills, Inc. (KMC MAG Group)

KMC MAG Group was founded in 2009 and an associate of Savills, one of the biggest real estate agencies in the world. Continue reading Top 10 Real Estate Agencies in the Philippines: An Overview

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

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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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 Manila: A Complete Guide

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Metro Manila is huge in terms of population and size, to many people’s surprise, Manila makes 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 about 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

Top 14 Real Estate Developers in the Philippines

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We’ve seen a big increase in prime real estate in the Philippines recently. Many local developers build these projects and target foreign buyers aggressively.

In fact, nowadays developers often hire in-house salespersons to bypass estate agents. They have good connections with banks, property lawyers, and can sometimes even offer help with financing.

That said, it’s important that you get good knowledge about local property developers beforehand, before buying off-plan. Late completions and quality issues are just a couple of problems you might come across if not doing enough research.

In this article, I’ve listed some of the biggest and most popular property developers in the Philippines.

1. Ayala Land, Inc.

Ayala Land, Inc. is one of the biggest real estate developers in the Philippines, with its headquarter located in the famous business district, Makati.

It’s a real estate division of Ayala Corporation, which is a century-old company but has operated independently since 1988. So, they have a long history and experience under their belt.

In 2016, it was the second-largest developer in terms of yearly revenue, and its net income reached around PHP 21 billion (USD 400 million). That’s a 15% increase compared to 2015.

Property types

Ayala Land is involved in landbank management, build and manage shopping centers, hotels, and resorts.

Maybe most importantly, they also build plenty of residential buildings, focusing on condominiums and housing projects.

Current projects

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