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Can 'Foreigners'
Buy Property
in the Philippines?
Only Filipino citizens and corporations or
partnerships with at least 60% shares owned by
Filipinos are entitled to own or...
How to buy land in the Philippines?
Land ownership is reserved for persons or
entities considered Philippine nationals or
...
Property ownership in the Philippines
Exceptions to the restrictions for foreigners
buying land in the Philippines:
- Acqu...
- Purchase by a former natural-born Filipino
citizen subject to the limitations prescribed by
law
(natural born Filipinos ...
Owning land in the Philippines
Owning a house or building in the Philippines
is legal as long as the foreigner does not ow...
Philippines property law
The Condo Act RA 4726 expressly allows
foreigners to acquire condo units and shares in
condo corp...
Land law in the Philippines
Foreigners married to a Filipino citizen: The
foreign spouse's name cannot be on the title but...
Buy land in Philippines for foreigners
In other words, the law provides options to
foreigners, you can either rent or own ...
Can foreigners buy property in the Philippines?
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  1. 1. Can 'Foreigners' Buy Property in the Philippines?
  2. 2. Only Filipino citizens and corporations or partnerships with at least 60% shares owned by Filipinos are entitled to own or acquire land.
  3. 3. How to buy land in the Philippines? Land ownership is reserved for persons or entities considered Philippine nationals or citizens. A corporation owned 60% by Filipino citizens is treated as a Philippine national.
  4. 4. Property ownership in the Philippines Exceptions to the restrictions for foreigners buying land in the Philippines: - Acquisition before the 1935 constitution - Acquisition through hereditary succession if the foreigner is a legal or natural heir - Purchase of not more than 40% interest in a condominium project - (see next slide)
  5. 5. - Purchase by a former natural-born Filipino citizen subject to the limitations prescribed by law (natural born Filipinos who acquired foreign citizenship is entitled to own up to 1,000 sq.m. of residential land, and 1 hectare of agricultural or farm land) - Filipinos who are married to aliens who retain their Filipino citizenship, unless by their act or omission they have renounced their Filipino citizenship.
  6. 6. Owning land in the Philippines Owning a house or building in the Philippines is legal as long as the foreigner does not own the land on which the house is built.
  7. 7. Philippines property law The Condo Act RA 4726 expressly allows foreigners to acquire condo units and shares in condo corporations up to not more than 40% of the total and outstanding capital stock of a Filipino owned/controlled condo corporation. (There are very few single-detached townhouses in Philippines with condo titles)
  8. 8. Land law in the Philippines Foreigners married to a Filipino citizen: The foreign spouse's name cannot be on the title but can be on the contract to buy the property. In the event of death of the Filipino spouse, the foreign spouse is allowed a reasonable amount of time to dispose of the property and collect the proceeds or the property will pass to any Filipino heirs or relatives.
  9. 9. Buy land in Philippines for foreigners In other words, the law provides options to foreigners, you can either rent or own a condominium unit or even build your dream house on a leasehold property for say, 50 years...
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