Forget the Condo Boom: Houses in Metro Manila Still Most Popular



 New Analysis Reveals Top Priorities of Metro Manila’s Online House-hunters


MANILA, 19 MARCH 2015: Despite Metro Manila’s massive condominium boom, houses in Metro Manila and landed properties are still the most in-demand with the city’s online house-hunters, new research shows.

 This is according to a new analysis of online search behavior from Lamudi Philippines covering the month of February 2015. The analysis also reveals that Quezon City—Metro Manila’s largest city—still gets the greatest volume of online search traffic, higher than any other city in Metro Manila.

 Lamudi reported that 55.6 percent of all property search in its Philippine website were for properties located within Metro Manila, and of these searches, 10.96 percent were searches for properties in Quezon City, while Makati got six percent of Metro Manila’s online search traffic.

 These two cities can be described as polar opposites when it comes to the type of properties house-hunters are researching for: 47.2 percent of all searches for Quezon City properties involved houses, while only 8.6 percent were searches for condos in the city. Over at Makati—the city with the highest number of listed properties for sale and for rent—almost 40 percent of all searches involved condos while 27 percent were for houses.

 In terms of number of listings, Makati has the highest volume of property inventories (both for sale and for rent) at 13.61 percent of all listings in Metro Manila, followed by Taguig (7.54 percent), Quezon City (7.54 percent), Pasig (3.1 percent), and Parañaque (2.97 percent). Condos are the predominant property type in Makati (78.85 percent of all listings), followed by houses (11.22 percent), while houses are the most common type of listed properties in Quezon City (47 percent), followed by condos (12 percent).

 When Lamudi looked at time of search, the online portal recorded that search traffic tends to peak between 11am and 5pm, and between 8pm and 10pm.

 “These findings reveal a great deal about house-hunters’ online behavior,” said Lamudi Philippines managing director Jacqueline van den Ende.

 Van den Ende further said that although Makati has almost twice as many listed properties for sale and for rent as Quezon City (11,820 versus 6,435), the latter receives significantly higher search volume (10.96 versus 6.01 percent). “This tells us that most Filipinos using Lamudi as a search tool might still prefer houses or landed properties over condos, despite the Philippine capital’s massive condo boom over the last five years,” she said.

 According to property firm JLL, approximately 168,650 residential units are expected to enter Metro Manila’s condo market between 2014 and 2019. The Philippine capital’s current condo stock is approximately 161,730 units.

 Citing data released by search engine giant Google early this year, van de Ende reiterated that online house-hunting among Filipinos is only expected to increase further, as Internet penetration in the Philippines will cross the 50 percent mark before the end of 2015.

 “According to Google, 55 million Filipinos will have access to the Internet this year, thanks to the proliferation of smartphones and tablets. This will have a profound effect on the growth of the online real estate sector,” she said.



Launched in 2013, Lamudi is a global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. The fast-growing platform is currently available in 28 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with more than 600,000 real estate listings across its global network. The leading real estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online. For more information, please visit

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Rodel Ambas

Head of Content and PR, Lamudi Philippines


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