×
Interested in our Partner Program for businesses or our Local Guide Program for experienced expats and digital nomads? Click here to learn more.
Real Estate in Philippines | Expat Exchange
Expat Exchange
Free MembershipSign In
Clark Economic Zone in Angeles City, Philippines

Real Estate in Philippines

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Dec 06, 2023

Summary: An expat should search for a home to buy in the Philippines by researching the local real estate market and consulting with a real estate agent who is familiar with the area. It is also important to consider the location, budget, and size of the home. Homes in the Philippines typically include amenities such as air conditioning, a kitchen, and a bathroom. Some homes may also include a balcony, a garden, or a pool. Foreigners are allowed to own property in the Philippines, but there are restrictions on the type of property that can be purchased. Foreigners are not allowed to own land, but they can own condominiums, apartments, and houses.

William Russell
William Russell
William Russell
William Russell

How do I find a place to live in Philippines?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"Near the school of my son due to traffic. If International school, stay in alabang of Forbes If Brent-south campus stay in Alabang If Brent Ortigas, choose another school. Use one agent, and let her search. DOnt worry about watersupply. Worry about neighbors and semifurnished. This excludes aircon," said one expat who made the move to Manila.

"One of the best ways to find a place to live in the Philippines is to use an online rental marketplace such as looloo.com, housing.com.ph, or property24.com. These sites allow you to search for available rental properties according to your individual needs, such as location, size, budget, and amenities. Additionally, you may want to consider using the services of a real estate agent who is familiar with the property market in the area you are interested in residing. A real estate agent can provide valuable advice and can make your search for a suitable residence easier. You can also find listings for rentals in newspapers as well as online classifieds such as OLX or Airbnb. Finally, you can also network with friends and families to see if anyone has a vacant apartment or house for rent," explained one foreigner living in Philippines.

"My wife's father whom has lived all his life in our area helped to find the property as I wanted to overlook the ocean from our new home. I had a new home built to my spec's so when we arrived the house was good to go," said one in Isabel.

Answer Question & View More Answers

Allianz CareAllianz Care
Get Quote

Allianz Care's plans ensure that you have access to quality healthcare whenever you need it. Our flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget. You can submit your claims digitally and our helpline is available 24/7 to help you anytime.

Allianz CareAllianz Care

Allianz Care's plans ensure that you have access to quality healthcare whenever you need it. Our flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget. You can submit your claims digitally and our helpline is available 24/7 to help you anytime.
Get Quote

What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Philippines?

Please login to continue reading this article.

Not a member? Join Today (it's free).

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

Clark Economic Zone in Angeles City, Philippines

Allianz Care
Allianz Care

Flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget. Use Promocode: LIFE10 and get 10% off your international health insurance for life!
Get Quote

Allianz CareAllianz Care

Flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget. Use Promocode: LIFE10 and get 10% off your international health insurance for life!
Get Quote

Contribute to Philippines Network Contribute
Help others in Philippines by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Philippines.

William Russell
William Russell

Copyright 1997-2024 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal Partners & Local Guides