What Filipino Home Buyers Want



Lamudi Philippines looks at the attributes that make a home attractive to Filipino homebuyers.

Manila, April 8, 2015: Condo developers are coming up with clever ways to attract potential homebuyers and boost their sales. Although Filipino home buyers can be initially amazed by these condos’ topnotch amenities, the majority of them still go back to the basics; that is, they buy the home that fits their lifestyle and needs.

Global real estate marketplace Lamudi Philippines has compiled a list attributes that the majority of homebuyers in Metro Manila are looking when buying their first home.

Houses Rather Than Condos

Despite the Philippine capital’s condo boom, houses and landed properties are still the most in-demand with the majority of online house-hunters, Lamudi’s onsite search traffic shows. In addition, most of this search traffic is for houses for sale in Quezon City, followed by Paranaque, the two cities with the highest number of for-sale (and affordable) houses listed on Lamudi. This shows that most homebuyers such as starting families are looking for a property that fits their needs: privacy, ample space, and a secure location instead of hotel-like lobbies and rooftop infinity pools.


The majority of Metro Manila’s dual-income families will have one or both parents working in either the Makati CBD, Bonifacio Global City (BGC), or Ortigas Center. This means they are looking for affordable houses that are close to these areas. For those who work in either Makati or BGC, one of the residential subdivisions in Parañaque will be a good option. The city is not only accessible to both business districts via the South Luzon Expressway and C5 Road, it also has plenty of primary schools, which makes it perfect for families with small children.

 For those who work in Ortigas Center, then Pasig, Mandaluyong, or Loyola Heights in Quezon City are good places to find a home. Pasig and Mandaluyong, for instance, have numerous affordable homes listed on Lamudi (Php10 million or lower), and both are quite accessible through either EDSA or Ortigas Avenue. Loyola Heights, on the other hand, is a quiet residential enclave that is approximately 30 minutes north of Ortigas Center.

Proximity to Schools, Church, and Commercial Areas

As most buyers of Metro Manila properties are young families, they are looking for areas that are close to schools, churches, and malls or supermarkets—basically all the amenities that Filipino families need. Although Metro Manila’s business districts have plenty of properties and are close to these amenities, houses and condos in these areas are quite pricey and beyond the reach of most Filipino homebuyers. However, there are plenty of options located in some of the metro’s more affordable locations, such as AFPOVAI Village in Taguig, which is a short drive away from BGC and McKinley Hill, or San Antonio Village in Makati, which is within a short driving distance to Makati CBD.

Located on Higher Ground

Given that monsoon flooding is becoming an annual occurrence in Metro Manila, not getting inundated when the rains come is a pressing concern among the metro’s homebuyers. However, this can be mitigated by choosing the location wisely. A quick check with the Department of Science and Technology’s Project NOAH website will help homebuyers pick a flood-free location anywhere in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces. Though many of these flood-free locations may command a premium, buying here may be one of the best investment decisions any homebuyer can make.



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 http://www.lamudi.com.ph

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Rodel Ambas

Head of Content and PR, Lamudi Philippines

Email: rodel.ambas@lamudi.com.ph

Phone: +63 917 3015127

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