For sharing purposes, and in case a foreigner has the mindset to come here and quickly buy a lot and build a house, I would like to list the processes for going about buying a lot and obtaining the title here. However, the process has been so long and tedious that I can't remember all the steps we went through. Like the marriage process here, patience, prudence, and perseverance are key. Firstly, in my case and I imagine in most cases, the title must be in a PI citizens name. I understand there are exceptions for a condo or a corporation doing the purchase but buying a lot as sole ownership is what I am referring to. 1. When making an offer, ask if there is a clean title and look at it. Have an attorney view and research the authenticity. 2. When making an offer, ask who will pay the capital gains tax (note: try and get the seller to pay), this is key... 3. Have an attorney write up the contract of sale. 4. Your wife (in my case) has to have an NSO birth certificate, photo id (drivers license, postal id, etc), and TIN. 5. If you are the one, pay taxes and other stamps necessary at the capital bldg. 6. BIR docs 7. Get the Deed of Sale 7. Registry of Deeds (RoD) docs. 8. Takes at least 4 months but if you don't follow up and give me RoD a 'gentle reminder' it may take longer. As Jack P keeps reminding me, these things take more time and are more ardous than you expect. In my case, we are available and not too far from the capital and RoD/BIR bldg so it was not as painful to make the numerous trips to get things done and follow up. Amazingly, the easy part is having the house built on your lot! In my case, it will take six months only, expected eight months. Hope this helps the next person to enter the process.