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Has anyone bought land in the Philippines?

Discussion in 'Money Matters' started by JasonWong, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. Bootsonground

    Bootsonground BANNED

    Who in this forum ever did that?

    You mean if my wife has a clean land title document directly from the government register of deeds it might still be considered an "informal" document?
    You are a mine of info.. Please keep digging!
    Potentially you could save us gullible thicko`s millions and millions of Pesos.
    Because of you I have already put our entire estate on OLX.
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  2. John Surrey

    John Surrey Active Member

    Hmmm... good to see nothing's changed here.

    BTW found out our beauty spot land is now (so I'm told) worth over 1m - not a bad return (for my wife) for my 18k.
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  3. one world

    one world Active Member Trusted Member

    Is this true regarding Philippine land ownership?
    1. As land can only be owned by filipino, IF your filipino spouse dies, then the land can only be inherited by immediate surviving filipino family, so could result in UK spouse becoming homeless and relations to filippino spouse inheriting the land?

    2. Does land owned by a filippino spouse automatically become owner less when your spouse obtains UK citizenship and consequently loses Philippines Citizenship?

      How does Philippines know that filippino Citizenship is lost, as philippine passport is still held?

    3. Land taxes MUST be paid yearly. Where taxes haven't been paid, then nothing can be done with the land, until taxes have been paid?

    4. Failure of payment of land taxes could result in removal of buildings on the land?

    5. There is a limit to how much land an individual filippino can own?
      So large plots to be legally owned must be split with individual owners?
      What is the maximum size of plot that can be owned by a single filippino?
  4. Bootsonground

    Bootsonground BANNED

    Not entirely correct as I understand it.. The R.P constitution allows foreigners to inherit land from their spouse..
    There is a problem with the succession priority though if you have no kids and surviving in laws.
    If you did have children together then you will inherit the land and property equally with them 50-50.

    That depends on how the land has been classified (zoned) and how much land she had before she/he became the citizen of another country.
    From memory alone,if its residential land she can still own 2000 Sqr mtr`s..
    If it`s agricultural..5,000 Sqr mtr`s.

    Good Question..I have no idea!

    Pretty much but like in any bureaucracy,pay them PLUS late payment fines and anything is once again possible.

    Never once heard of an an incidence of this happening.. Pay the taxes and fines for delayed payment and you are good.
    I believe the total amount that can be owned by one Filipino is 5 Hectares but I could be wrong.(but I think I am right!)
    If I`m correct then yes,there must be co owners if above 5K..(officially!!)
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  5. John Surrey

    John Surrey Active Member

    Hehehe... you can't get away from them can you!

    A lot of what you say is true but not for all - for some it does work out ok... in my experience the one's who take the wife back to their own country seem to fair better - some families, especially the mothers, put a lot of pressure on their daughter to milk the foreigner for whatever they can get.

    Anyway - house ownership - not much better back in the UK is it? Must be far more women there living in houses bought and paid for by their (now) divorced husbands :D
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  6. DavidAlma

    DavidAlma Well-Known Member

    Tell me about it John, and not just in UK:(
  7. Druk1

    Druk1 Well-Known Member

    My nephews girlfriend has just got her fiancé visa,as soon as he started dating her (he was studying welding in Cebu when they met) her mum quit work saying "she was tired and needed to rest"she hasn't worked since,my nephew pays the rent for their apartment etc,the mother is a genuine leech,causes a lot of friction,she once t0old her daughter to split with my nephew because he wasn't sending enough cash,but as my nephew says once his fiancé is here she cant work as they have a 2 year old baby that needs looking after so the good times for his future mum-in-law are going to come to a sudden halt,she is in for a shock :lol:
  8. aposhark

    aposhark Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    Hi Ian,
    I think we should all be thankful of all posts concerning positive and negative experiences about living in the Philippines because life has it's ups and downs too.
    I enjoy reading posts about all eventualities because it is wise to try to see the peaks and troughs that may lie ahead.
    Keep on posting your ideas because they could be very useful for people thinking of living in the Philippines one day.
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  9. Bootsonground

    Bootsonground BANNED

    Render it quick and two coats of paint before they notice.

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  10. Druk1

    Druk1 Well-Known Member

    Totally earthquake proof,master stonemasonry right there.
  11. Bootsonground

    Bootsonground BANNED

    Probably OFW`s that learned the trade in the UK.

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  12. bigmac

    bigmac Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    imagine coming home and finding your house had done that!


    i bought my present house 3 years ago. property inspection report gave it the all clear.

    i began to notice the hallway floor--laminate--was getting a distinct bounce..which finally resulted in the laminated board joint spring apart. then i noticed the tiled floor in the downstairs cloakroom / shower was starting to lift. so--in april i lifted a tile--2ft x 1 ft--and found water underneath--and the chipboard subfloor was a wet pulp. not good. then i prised up the laminate board in the hall---same thing--water everywhere. whoops.

    so--next day phoned the insurance company. they instructed an assessor--who in turn appointed a leak detection specialist. result--the ground floor shower waste was leaking--and the water had spread across the membrane on top of the concrete oversite and into the insulation layer and chipboard subfloor...

    i was asked to get local quotes to rip up the floor--dry out and re-fit the whole ground floor--new laminate and tiling., skirting boards, remove shower room suite and replace if broken. redecorate as needed.

    anyway--got the go ahead saturday--just shy of £18,000.

    i only went with the insrance company last july--£60 annual premium. i pay £350 excess.
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  13. Bootsonground

    Bootsonground BANNED

    A lot of Brits slag off Filipino builders when they see a construction site here but many fail to understand just how strong and durable the construction methods are..(on the whole).
    Buildings here that are built to Municipal engineer specs are damned strong and durable.
    I know for a fact that had I built a house here to UK standards,it would probably have been a pile of rubble after the last big earth quake here!
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  14. Bootsonground

    Bootsonground BANNED

    Modern British dwelling V small Back hoe.

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  15. DavidAlma

    DavidAlma Well-Known Member

    £18,000 jeez that's more than cost me to build my house in Philippines.

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