I realize that there is nothing written on the main site about buying property in Dumaguete or the Philippines. I would like to gather information on local laws concerning expats owning land (my thoughts have always been that it is simply not possible unless you own a corporation....and even with most corporations you can only own 40 percent of the business). I know there are businesses out there that do background checks on property titles and I've heard rumors that there are even lawyers out there you can "trust" to close a deal on a house (though I'm very skeptical on that one). I'll be going through some of the older posts on the forum and see what I can throw together. I'm sure there is plenty already here to sort through. If you have any experiences, good or bad, I would like to hear them. Personally, I would never recommend anyone to buy property here unless you have no family back home (or simply don't like them) and you are just wanting to make a generous donation to a Filipino family. If you can't put your name on it, and you can't in the Philippines, then it's nothing more than charity. The day they let me, a single childless expat, own 100 percent of the title is the day I buy a small lot and build a house. No amount of sweet talk, promised love or p*ssy will ever change my mind about that.