Lots of discussion about a foreigner owning a condo and @Rye83 seems to have a very broad knowledge of the subject. It seems to me in any matter of the law here (not only property law), the decision is down to a Judge - he is very likely to go for the Filipino side. Heads the Filipino (individual or Nation) wins .... Tails the foreigner loses. Referring now specifically to property, I cannot see why a Judge, without 'compensation', would allow a foreigner to use the rules to benefit himself over the interest of Filipinos or The Philippines. That is why we have to be so very careful here. Human Rights? ...... Stop swearing!!! I am interested to know specifically about Condos which are individual buildings; i.e. a single house built on land owned by someone else. Surely if a person owns land and retains ownership (obviously the house owner needs to have many safeguards written into the Agreement), knowing he will own it and any property built on it within say 40 years, the cost of acquiring a property should be much lower as the land would be 'on loan' for a negligible sum (?). So a house built for 2.5 million on land worth 1.5 million would have an overall cost of 2.5m and not 4m. Readers must wonder why I would propose such an arrangement (giving away a house after say 40 years) - it is because I wish to purchase a property for the benefit of my wife ONLY and not for it to become an inheritance for others. This does not fit what others might desire to do, but we all have reasons for everything. There are problems in this approach to do with how long someone lives but perhaps there is a type of condominium that can be purchased with a 'life interest' clause (although there is a big danger lurking with that!). Does anyone have any knowledge in this field or any thoughts?