I’ve talked a number of times on this blog about the fact that unless you are a Citizen of the Philippines, you cannot own land. There is only one exception to that – if you are a former citizen who has been naturalized in another country, then you can own a limited amount of land, […]
Property Ownership in the Philippines
A big discussion on this website over the years has been focused on whether it is best to buy property or rent property when living in the Philippines. There are advocates for either side of the argument.
Foreigners are not allowed to own real property in the Philippines. So, you cannot buy land here if you are not a Natural Born Philippine Citizen. Now, if your spouse is a Filipino, then you can own a house here, although it will not be in your name, only in your spouses name. That can present an entirely different set of problems, but does offer a potential solution.
Foreigners CAN, however, own a condo unit, so that is another thing to keep in mind.
On the other hand, rental prices are very reasonable in the Philippines, so you can often rent for less than buying.
The archived articles below explore the subject and will help you understand the dilemma.
If you are looking for property rent or to buy in the Philippines, you can check our Real Estate Section to find the property that is right for you.
When Bob and I went to Gensan a few weeks ago. We swing by to see our friend Mike and Greeny who lived in Glan, Sarangani Province. They just finished up building their dream house. I really wanted to talked to Greeny, since she’s the one who design their house. I was so impressed with […]
As I said previously, we just bought some land on Samal Island. I am sure that some of you would be interested in the process that we followed, so let’s have a look! The first step was that Feyma and I started spending a lot of time on Samal Island, and we loved it out […]
A few days ago, I announced the big news on my other blog: We bought a piece of land on Samal Island, which is in the Gulf of Davao. We plan to build a house there and semi-retire there in the future. Our plan is to be there 10 years from now. Why 10 years? […]
On a blog comment that was left yesterday, the commenter (Jerry) said that he is looking to rent a place in Davao and only needs it for around 6 months or so. However, everyplace where he goes wants a one year lease. He needs a place, but doesn’t plan to be in the country for […]
A lot of readers of my various blogs write to me and ask about buying a house here in the Philippines. Be careful, though. If you are no a Filipino, you cannot own property in the Philippines. This is a provision in the Constitution of the Philippines. Unless you are a Philippine Citizen, or a […]