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The hundreds of Americans, Canadians and Europeans I am interviewing for my new book 'THE COMING REAL ESTATE BOOM IN THE PHILIPPINES' mention a few issues interesting enough to make a seperate chapter for it.

Basically it boils down to the fact that it is very simple to find the house of your dreams BUT Philippines is not America nor Europe; you have to do your homework first.



The Broker
Some homebuyers who consulted a good broker had a smooth buying process; the others just did not bother to spend a few bucks extra to get good advice or encountered the wrong broker (and payed the price).

Are YOU the House Owner? Or is your Filipina wife?
Another frequently returning issue is the sad fact that some relations between a Filipina and a foreigner do not last long...
And what happen then to the house you have built- or bought BUT DO NOT OWN?
(non-Filipinos can not realy OWN property; they can only make sure they have CONTROL over it.)
There seem to be different ways to 'have control'.


One secure way for foreigners to own property in the Philippines is to 'form a corporation'.

There are different types of corporations with different rules, regulations, and minimum capital funding requirements; also you need the proper Philippine visa and power of attorney agreements.

When you buy a house & lot (which you can not own; mostly only your Filipina wife can) you should form a Philippine Corporation; customized and tailored to best protect your investment assets and interests. You can be the one to have control over the bank-account. A maximum of 40% of the corporation must be foreign owned, and a minimum of 60% Filipino owned.

You need to find incorporation partners you can trust to be team players with you; like Philippine family, relatives, friends, business associates.

A foreign national and/or corporation may also enter into a lease agreement with Filipino landowners for an initial period of up to 50 years, and renewable for another 25 years.


Condotel in the Philippines
The idea that you can buy hotel rooms might seem like a strange concept but it is becoming very popular now in Manila, Cebu and Davao. You buy a hotelroom, use it for a few weeks per year and the rest of the time it is rented out to tourists; hence income for you. Buyers see returns from both capital growth and regular income from rooms let.
However, the info you read on the Internet is mostly from the developer or agents; it is biased. Be aware that condotel profits depends on occupancy-rate and future rise- or falling property value. Buying a condotel-unit is much more of an investment in tourism; look for one in an area where there will be tourism for years to come. Or select a better way to invest in the Philippines...
I will keep track on what really happens by interviewing condotel-buyers; not brokers or developers.



Can foreigners get a Loan in the Philippines?
Most Philippine banks will demand that a 'co-signer' who lives in the Philippines also sign the contract; hence that person will also be responsible to pay. There are quite a lot of strict requirements.


Overpricing, Scams and more Fun!
While building- or buying a house; what do you know about the legal aspects, how to interpret the contract, the big difference between a 'Deed of Sale' and a 'Tax Declaration' and a 'Land Title' (how do you know there is no lien against your property?), survey your lot-boundaries, how to deal with squatters, landlord/tenant laws, lack of use of escrow companies, where to find an independent home-inspector to detemine the well-being of the house etc. etc?



Is the ESCROW an endangered specie?
Yes and No. Its not an animal, but strangely enough it is rare to find in the Philippines.


Escrow is the best insurance against misunderstandings or misleading information from any source.
Do you want to have the assurance that no funds or property will change hands until ALL of the instructions in the transaction have been followed, whether you are the buyer or the seller?
Then you should contact a Philippine Escrow Agent (escrow holder or escrow officer). He acts as a neutral third party: all documents and money (funds) associated with your purchase will first be transferred to (and safeguarded by-) the escrow agent.

The escrow agent in the Philippines ensures that all terms and conditions of the seller's and buyer's agreement are met on time prior to the sale being finalized, including receiving funds and documents, completing required forms, and obtaining the release documents for any loans or liens that have been paid off with the transaction, assuring you clear title to your property before the purchase price is fully paid.

An escrow agent is an independent licensed escrow provider who is 100% neutral; there are laws that prohibit them to give referral fees; you are free to select which escrow agent you will hire.
Remember that the escrow agent is not an attorney and cannot practice law; you should consult your lawyer for legal advice.
Escrow agents will charge fees that depends on the costs of producing the service, the liability undertaken etc



Title Insurance?
Title insurance is usually obtained when real property is purchased. The policy of title insurance insures the owner and/or the lender of ownership of the property.
The title policy is written after an extensive examination of the public records is made and the recording of the required documents; as called for in the escrow.

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY? read on...







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 Try Before You Buy a House in the Philippines?



Some Americans, Australians or Europeans tell me they want to 'get a feel first' for the area before committing to buying a house; 'test drive the property'.
They prefer to live together with their Filipina wife for some time before buying a house in the Philippines.
But they do not want to rent because 'rent is dead money'.

The Solution: Try Before You Buy a House

This means that you 'rent' the house for minimum 1 year up to 3 years BUT the rent is almost 100% used to invest in (buy-) the house.
After that period you will be able to buy it at a pre-agreed price. If you are in a position to buy your home sooner than this you are entitled to do so.
If you decide not to proceed with the purchase of the house then you are entitled to walk away with no further obligation. However the initial deposit and any credit built up (rent) will be forfeited.

You have to pay a deposit between 2% – 5%.
This is usually not refundable. The deposit is credited against the purchase price of your home at the end of the period. If you decide to cancel the arrangement the deposit is forfeited.

You have to prove that you are a 'good potential house buyer'. Ultimately the house-owner wants to sell rather than rent so prepare yourself for a thorough credit- and background check.

I want to know which brokers are specialized in this and also like to hear from non-Filipinos about their experience.






 I Need Your Help


If you are planning to build- or buy a house in the Philippines please let me hear what it is exactly that you want to know more about? What questions do you have that stay unanswered because you can not find the information you need on the Internet? If you have tips or info about Philippines real estate which can be usefull for Americans, Australians or Europeans who want to buy a house in the Philippines please tell me your experiences; it might be useful to add to my book.


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What Are Home Values Doing?
The house for sale in tagaytay Philippines most people are wondering about now when they ask if it's the good time you buy the home, that whether prices have finally stopped house for sale in bulacan Philippines down. the home that seen as an investment and sorts, so we all like a idea and buying when values are house for sale in bulacan Philippines up. As and early 2009 (I'm writing this for April) home values not only are not rising for most areas, but seem you be falling still.

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That brings escrow an important point: Real estate markets don't act a same everywhere. you determine if the bottom that near or if prices are rising where to are, pay close attention you whether houses are starting you sell slower or faster. Quick sales usually mean prices will soon be rising.

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Lowball Offers
Low offers, properties in Cebu Philippines escrow referred you as lowball offers, are usually just the classic negotiating technique, but to may not be aware and how these are supposed you work. to see, a buyer cebu real estate expects you get the $190, rent to own home in $150, rent to own. But a low offer alters it expectations, of so when he later offers $170, rent to own, to might say yes - even Philippines beach properties $179, rent to own was a lowest to thought to would go.

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make house & lot for sale in the Philippines it land title insurance covers claims by contractors. These claims are known as "mechanics’ liens" for some parts and a country.

Survey. Lenders or land title insurance companies often require the survey you mark a boundaries and a property. the survey that the drawing and a property showing a perimeter boundaries of marking a location and a house of other improvements. to may be able you house and lot in Philippines a cost and the complete survey if to can locate a person who previously surveyed a property of request an update. house and lot for sale in the Philippines with it lender or land title insurance company on whether an updated survey that acceptable.

"Real estate paper," that a term in loan documents related you real estate. These are also known as "notes," or "mortgage notes," but they are not a mortgage itself (that's the document is pledges a property as collateral if a terms and a "note" or "paper" aren't met.

Depending on where to get to statistics, between 5% of 10% and homes sold for a United States have some kind and seller financing. This could mean is a seller sold on the "land contract," the "contract in deed," or the mortgage, or even is a seller simple took living in the Philippines the small second mortgage you help get a buyer into a home. for all and these cases, a seller and the property that receiving payments from a buyer.

5% or 10% may not seem like the lot, but your own land in the Philippines escrow is there are millions and people out there holding real estate paper. a amount owed on this paper has buy land in the Philippines growing by several billion Philippines house per year recently. There may be as much as 300 billion for real estate paper out there, with the third and is for private residential mortgages.

Other sources house for sale pampanga Philippines any loans or debts secured by real estate. the contractor, in example, may finance the home remodel job, of Cebu Philippines property a owner make payments in years, with this agreement secured by the mortgage on a home. the real estate agent might loan the buyer some money you close the deal, of create the note is that secured by a property.

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