Selling a Property
Should a foreign spouse sign the deed of sale of the property sold by his/her Filipino spouse?
Yes, the foreign spouse signs the deed of sale under marital consent.
How much should I pay for the broker’s commission if I am selling my property?
The Standard Real Estate Broker’s commission rate for a sale transaction from an individual owner is 5%.
Will you (Cebubai.com) assist in processing the transfer of title to the buyer of my property for sale?
Absolutely YES, we process title transfer for FREE for all the properties sold through and by Cebubai.com
What are the documents required when selling land, house, or other real estate properties through Cebubai.com?
Photocopy of the Title, Tax Declaration, and Lot Plan.
I am now residing outside the Philippines, how can I sell my property in Cebu, Philippines?
Contact www.cebubai.com, to offer your property for sale in Cebu. Appoint a trusted person in the Philippines to be your attorney-in-fact.
Prepare a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) for your attorney-in-fact, notarized, and authenticated by the Philippine embassy in the state where you are residing at the moment. The SPA can either be general or with limitations.
Buying a Property
Do you hire new Real Estate Agents to be part of your Realty Office?
Yes, we do accept full-time or part-time agents. We guide and train those interested with the following qualifications:
- Filipino Citizen
- Must have completed at least two (2) years or 72 units of college education
- Must be honest, with good moral character, and have not been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude
- Willing to attend training and seminars called by the Realty Broker
What is the difference between a real estate agent and a real estate broker?
Most states require real estate sales professionals to be licensed by the state, so that they can control education and experience requirements and have a central authority to resolve consumer problems.
The terminology used to identify real estate professionals varies a little from state to state. Brokers are generally required to have more education and experience than real estate salespersons or agents.
The person you normally deal with is a real estate agent or salesperson. The salesperson is licensed by the state, but must work for a broker. All listings are placed in the broker’s name, not the salesperson’s.
A broker can deal directly with home buyers and sellers, or can have a staff of salespersons or agents working for him or her.
Why should I use a real estate salesperson?
A real estate salesperson is more than just a “sales person.” They act on your behalf as your agent, providing you with advice and guidance and doing a job – helping you buy or sell a home. While it is true they get paid for what they do, so do other professions that provide advice, guidance, and have a service to sell –such as Certified Public Accountants and Attorneys
The Internet has opened up a world of information that wasn’t previously available to homebuyers and seller. The data on listings available for sale is almost current – but not quite. There are times when you need the most current information about what has sold or is for sale, and the only way to get that is with an agent.
If you’re selling a home, you gain access to the most buyers by being listed in the Multiple Listing Service. Only a licensed real estate agent who is a member of your local MLS can get you listed there – which then gets you automatically listed on some of the major real estate web sites. If you’re buying or selling a home, the MLS is your agent’s best tool.
However, the role of an agent has changed in the last couple of years. In the past, agents were the only way home buyers and sellers could access information. Now agents are evolving. Because today’s home buyers and sellers are so much better informed than in the past, expertise and ability are becoming more important.
The real estate agent is becoming more of a “guide” than a “salesperson” — your personal representative in buying or selling a home.
What are the taxes I need to pay when buying a house, condominium, or residential lot from a Real Estate Developer in the Philippines?
- 12% Value Added Tax (VAT) (If the total selling price is more than 2 Million)
- Documentary Stamp Tax (DST) 1.5% of the total selling price
- Transfer Fee .5 of 1% of the total selling price
- Registration Fee (More or less, the percentage is .5 of 1% base on the total selling price)
What is the cost of taxes and fees when selling a property in the Philippines?
When you are selling a real estate property in the Philippines, either seller or buyer pays the following taxes and fees:
- Capital Gains Tax 6%
- Documentary Stamp Tax 1.5%
- Transfer Tax .5 of 1%
- Registration Fee .25%
- Notarial Fee 1%
The computation is base on selling price or zonal value, depending on which is higher.
Owning a Property
Can a former natural-born Filipinos own property in the Philippines?
Yes, subject to limitations stated in the Philippines Republic Act 8179 (Residential property up to 1,000 square meters of urban land or a maximum of one (1) hectare for rural land) and Batas Pambansa 185 (Business property maximum of 5,000 square meters for urban land or maximum of three (3) hectares for rural land).
Are you ready to Buy a Property, Sell your House, Rent out your Condominium Unit, or look for a Real Estate Service you need to avail of?
Ma. Corazon A. dela Fuente
Licensed Real Estate Broker in Cebu, Philippines since 1997
REB License #: 0006953
PTR #: 241589
DHSUD #: CVRFO-B-12/18-0673