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How to Buy Property in the Philippines: A Complete Guide

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Philippines has become a prime destination when investors buy real estate in Asia.

It’s not strange as it has low living costs, cheap real estate, a number of long-term visa options, a quickly growing economy, and promising demographics. Yes, it almost sounds a bit overwhelming.

Still, buying real estate is one of the biggest decisions people make and always come with some risks. This is especially the case for developing countries where laws can be fuzzy and change fast.

Thus, it’s important that you have a good knowledge about local regulations beforehand.

In this article, you’ll learn about foreign property ownership regulations, property taxes, visa options, and which places that should be of interest when you buy real estate in the Philippines.

Can foreigners buy property in the Philippines?

Philippines has many similarities to other Southeast Asian countries in terms of foreign property ownership regulations.

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Philippines Real Estate Market Outlook in 2019: A Complete Overview


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Philippines has become one of the hotspots for foreign property buyers in Asia.

With favorable demographics and an increasing middle class, Metro Manila has undoubtedly seen the biggest interest. Corporations also move elsewhere, setting up offices in places like Cebu, where operating costs are lower.

In this article, I explain how Philippines property market has performed the past years. I’ll also share my predictions how I believe that the market will perform in 2019.

Keep in mind that foreseeing how a market will perform in the coming years is not the easiest task on hand. If you have any information you would like to share, you can share a comment at the end of the article.

Topics covered in this article:

Philippine’s property market in 2017 & 2018: A throwback

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Property For Sale in Manila: 6 Interesting New Projects & Launches


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Manila is one of the biggest and fastest growing cities in Asia, attracting foreigners in vast numbers. It’s not strange as the living costs are low, the quality of life is great, and you have a number of long-term visa options.

In this article, I’ve listed some of the most interesting new property projects and launches in Manila. The article is updated on a continuous basis, updating you with the latest news about new interesting projects.

Viewing the projects and surrounding areas in Google Maps (Street View)

To check the projects and surrounding areas in Google Maps Street View, simply zoom in the area of the marker and pull the orange colored Pegman to the marker, or nearby areas. You can track the marker/project in Street View as well.

To go back to Google Maps, press the arrow in the top left corner.

Latest Update: 2019-10-02

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The 6 Cheapest Places to Buy Real Estate in Asia: A Complete Guide


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A commonly asked question among property buyers is where they can find the cheapest properties.

One should bear in mind though that it’s not easy, nor very important, to discuss property prices on national levels. It’s better to focus on a handful of cities, or the capitals, places where a big part of investors tend to go.

In this article, I list the countries with the cheapest land, houses, and apartments in Southeast Asia/Asia.

Before we deep dive into, I want to mention that I haven’t taken countries such as Mongolia, North Korea, Brunei and Sri Lanka into consideration.

6. Thailand

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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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4 Asian Countries with Long Term & Real Estate Investment Visas


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Before you pick a location for your next Asian property investment, it’s important that you do some research about the visa options available.

Having a long term visa, might it be an investment visa, will bring relaxation and not forcing you to leave a country every month, or so.

Luckily, you’ll find a handful of countries in Asia who have understood that foreigners want to stay there long term, bringing decent cash to the local economy.

In this article, I list 4 Asian countries that offer long term and real estate investments visas to foreigners. Let’s have a look.

1. Thailand


Thailand is the most visited country in Southeast Asia for many reasons. Expats, travelers and other foreigners alike can easily get accustomed to the high quality of life.

Personally, Thailand is one of my favorite countries to visit in Asia, I often make a trip once in a while, to recharge my batteries.

Even if Thailand might not be the best place for investors with a high risk appetite and to maximize yields, many foreigners (for example example Hong Kongers and Japanese) want to have property in a place that’s ‘livable’.

Proximity to their home countries is also of importance.

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The 4 Best Countries to Buy Real Estate in Asia


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Investing in overseas property is one of the biggest decisions that many foreigners make.

Before you prepare for success, it’s important that you understand your overseas market, what ownership regulations that apply, if you can easily transfer your money out of the country, what taxes that apply, and more.

To give you a helping hand, I decided to write this article, where I give you my own personal reflections, backed by data.

Let’s review the 4 best countries to buy real estate in Asia.


In this article, I don’t only take yields into consideration, or target investors with a high risk appetite. I also take property taxes, land ownership regulations, capital controls and the easiness to get long term visas into my assessment.

This article is not for people who look for investment properties merely.

Market cycles, and where countries stand right now, is also of importance, of course. Many news channels and experts say that Singapore, Indonesia and India looks promising at the moment.

The Singaporean market has seen a downturn in the past years, and has started to recover. India is getting increasingly more interesting, as it grows fast economically, while Indonesia follows a similar path, with much investment in infrastructure.

4. The Philippines


The Philippines is, together with Cambodia and Vietnam, one of the fastest growing countries in Asia. With a growing middle class, favorable demographics, and an English speaking low cost workforce, more and more corporations and investors turn to this country.

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Top 5 Countries With Asia’s Highest Yields


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Buying property overseas needs thorough consideration and planning. The rental yield is one of the most important aspects to many investors. Future outlook, capital appreciations, living standards and personal preferences are important to others.

A frequently asked question is in which countries foreign buyers can find the highest rental yields in Asia. I’ve done some vast research, but found little information, most websites pointing to one source.

Therefore, I decided to write about this topic myself. In this article, I list the countries with the highest rental yields in Asia.

Introductory remark

I’ve intentionally excluded Cambodia from this article, as I couldn’t find sufficient data and sources.

CBRE Cambodia claims that residential rental yields ‘can’ reach between 5-7% in Phnom Penh, a general number which makes it hard to compare.

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A Foreigner’s Guide to Property Loans & Financing in the Philippines


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Philippines is a one of the favorite spots among foreign retirees and investors who wish to buy property in Southeast Asia. It’s one of the fastest growing countries with a young population, we’ve seen many foreign corporations move in over the years.

When many investors look for property, they also want to know what financing options they have. Even if some are able to afford to buy property with cash, it can be a better option to leverage some of the money by applying for a loan.

In this guide, I explain what it takes to get a property loan in the Philippines as a foreigner.

Can foreigners get property loans in the Philippines?

It was virtually impossible for foreigners to get property loans in the Philippines previously. Similar stories have heard of in other developing countries like Vietnam and Cambodia, just to mention a few.

With an economy that’s growing with 7% yearly, and a property market that’s hot among foreign investors, banks have become a bit more relaxed and you have a handful of options to choose among in the Philippines. Unfortunately, many of the banks require that you have a visa status, where a tourist visa is not accepted.

Common visas (or residential status) accepted when applying for loans often include:

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Top Property Management Companies in the Philippines: The Ultimate Guide


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Philippines is becoming an increasingly popular destination for foreign investors. It’s not rare that Chinese investors buy as many as 50-100 units, some also decide to go for a handful of villas.

Naturally, you need a property management company that can take care of the properties for you. In this article, I list some of the most popular property management companies in the Philippines.

Introductory remark

The companies are listed in a random order.


Below I’ve listed property management companies located in Manila.

1. Santos Knight Frank

Santos Knight Frank was established by Rick Santos in 1994 in Manila as a full-serviced real estate agency. In 2017, the firm formed a partnership with one of the oldest and largest global real estate consultancy- Knight Frank and rebranded as Santos Knight Frank. The London-based consultancy has more than 400 offices in more than 60 countries. Santos Knight Frank has more than 1200 staffs on the team and was recently recognized as Philippines’ best real estate agency at the Asia Pacific Property Award.

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