New Year. New Property. We Purchase Another Lot in the Philippines

New Year. New property. We purchase another lot in Guimaras, the Philippines, our home for the past five years. My asawa and I both wanted to add to the 7,020 square meters we already own and where we are building our new home. The land, purchased from the brother of the man that we bought our original lot from, is adjacent to our existing lot. The additional lot, 5,478 square meters, will give us a total of 12, 498 square meters, or 1.25 hectares, a little over 3 acres.

The additional land will give my wife more room to plant mango, cashew, papaya, banana, coconut and mahogany trees. Gardening is her hobby and it helps her relax. Doing nothing is my hobby and I’m pretty good at it.

It was a rainy day in Guimaras , our home province in Western Visayas, as the survey crew from Iloilo City, seen in the photos posted on this article, went about doing their work. Five thousand pesos was their fee to survey the lot.

The surveyors had their work done by 11:00 and we headed over to the new Lisa’s Talabahan for lunch. If you’re ever in San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras, make sure you visit the new joint where Lisa the owner is in charge. The original location, sadly,  has gone downhill without Lisa’s guidance and the quality of the food has suffered.

You will never find cold beer at this popular eatery but you will find cheap food and good service.

lisa's talabahan in guimaras has a new location

The New Lisa’s Grill and Talabahan (Oyster) Bar

Earl, the lead surveyor, seen below on the left, delivered our sketch plan for the new property last week. He will do all the title transfer work for P40,000, almost 900 US Dollars, but my asawa and I both think that is too much. Earl stated he can do the title work in only two months.

We are headed to Iloilo next week to confer with an attorney who specializes in land title transfers in the Philippines to see if we can get a better deal.

The survey crew from Iloilo sets up

We received a very fair price on our new property purchase, less than 100 pesos a square meter. The new lot gives us an additional buffer zone between neighbors, the property lies behind our original lot, and as mentioned, gives my asawa some additional space to plant trees, plants and flowers.

survey done on our new property in Guimaras

The new property has prompted my wife to move the proposed location of our new home since she has found an even better view she likes on the new property. That’s fine with me. We haven’t begun digging the foundation yet as we still are waiting on Guimelco to inspect the electrical work on the nipa hut that has been built for my father-in-law.

Being farther away from my noisy father-in-law, Lolo, grandpa,  who is afflicted with dementia and constantly talks to dead relatives, especially Fernando, is a good thing. Fernando was not even a close relative and I have no idea why Lolo invites him to breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.

I find Fernando extremely annoying and have told my wife that if this dead relative continues to eat our food without contributing anything, I’m kicking his dead ass out of here whether Lolo likes it or not. Here’s hoping the deceased relation doesn’t make the trek to the new location.


    • Yeah, you might have a point, Randy L. Trouble is, Lolo’s big pension of 500 pesos a month, 11.17 USD, was cut off by the local government in Guimaras due to lack of funds. Wonder what politician is getting it now?

  • Papaduck

    Your going to have your own plantation. The more space you have from the neighbors the better it is. Melinda will have plenty to keep her busy. Does this purchase delay the start of the building?

    • Nope, the additional property, with a new building site per Melinda, does not not delay the start of the building, Papa Duck. What IS delaying the start of the building is our so-called power company Guimelco. Until the nipa hut’s electrical work is inspected, we cannot bring in our power lines to the site. Melinda and I both want the electric hooked up before any new construction starts.

  • Derek

    Hi Dave , that’s cheap land , melinda is just like my wife Emma even on our garden we have here in Manila
    She has plenty of fruit trees , including a grape vine she has plants all over including our garage,
    Only plant she can’t grow is tomatoes , current price of land in our place which is not posh is 15″000 thousand
    A square metre , we bought ours for 8″000 a metre 6years ago , you lucky man
    Derek in pasig .

    • Yep, we got an excellent price on the land, Derek. Some lots in our province were going from 350 to 3,500 a square meters. We’re out in the boonies, but that’s the way I like it. It’s quite peaceful at the new location and we don’t have any noisy neighbors, much like we have on this rental property we currently reside on, “The Farm.”

      Well, Derek, my wife cannot grow any American-sized Big Boy tomatoes here, either, and she has a green thumb. A grape vine would be an excellent idea for the new property. Sounds like your wife Emma and mine have a lot of common.

  • Gary Marlatt

    The 40,000 is high I paid 20,000 to start had to increase another 10 as my fixer had to go to tacloban 3 times ormoc 3 and Cebu 2 times jumping through the hoops to please all the different agency’s and we still don’t have a title 90% of the problem is most of the paper work and old titles where destroyed in tacloban due to Yolanda. Yes these attorneys and fixer have so far tacken care of 5 other buying and selling of properties. As you are probably aware you need to make sure there are no tenants on the property as they also need to be paid. It seems in this country if you have someone taking care of your land planting harvesting even if they don’t live there they need to be compensated for there work. They have a legal counsal known as Aguarians {sp}We bought 15753 sq m for 1,500,000 400,000 of that went to the tenants.Our land is about 11000 sqm under rice we have 2 irrigation ditches going through the land and in 1 corner we have a stream about about 50′ wide If any of your readers need more answers on tenants and the problems I am here to help. Also remember not all owners will tell you of the tenants and you will buy the land then find out you must also pay them. After the tenants signed the agreement of sale and accepting there payment they came back expecting to complete the harvest of the rice we ended up having to bring in the Assistant prosecuting attorney and The barangay captain.

    • That’s some extremely useful information, Gary, and you bring up a very important issue regarding tenants. We went to a lawyer the other day in Iloilo who was not in but we were assured by the secretary we would get a discount since we were from Guimaras. We’ll see.

      There is one small rice field on the property. A nephew of the man we bought the lot from was working it but harvested it about the time we purchased the property. There are no squatters on the property. The man who sold the second lot to us has a property to the right of us but he works overseas and has no plans to return to his homestead. He is going to give some property to his son and daughter who will eventually become neighbors sometime in the future. There is another relative, with no home even close to us, on the left of us and the man we purchased the property from has additional property behind us. So far, everything both brothers that we purchased our property from have been on the up and up with us and we do not see any problems, hopefully. But as you well know, and have explained, there can always be problems, especially with existing tenants.

      “Caveat emptor,” “Let the buyer beware,” is a good principle to follow when purchasing land in the Philippines.

  • Gary Marlatt

    From my experience if there is some on else working the rice field even the son or brother of the owner they could be classified as a tenant and be entitled to money from the sale of the land even though the rice is harvested [one of my brother-in-law’s tried this and we had to agree to pay him per his council] One of the other things we discovered that if someone plants a fruit tree on your land they are entitled to the fruit.

  • Gary Marlatt

    Sorry forgot to mention the cost to do our land was 20,000p for the attorney then because he needed to negotiate and do the paper work on the tenants he charged another 10,000 for this

  • Robert

    I am probably preaching to the choir, but one must also make sure the land does not have any unknown financial debt or encumbrance, such as back taxes from a previous owner.

    • Good point, Robert. In fact, the first piece of property we purchased, the brother of the owner of the lot mentioned in this post, did have 35,000 pesos worth of back taxes. He told this us upfront. He paid the back taxes before we signed any deal and gave us the official receipt for the taxes paid.

  • Jolly

    Hi! Nice to see this site. I am interested to buy a property in guimaras and I only have a limited budget.

    I would like build a small house there so that when we visit Guimaras, we have a place to stay..

    How do I start?

    • Hi, Jolly, Thanks for checking out this website.

      Well, I could put you in touch with our real estate agent. We got a good deal on our land, 89 pesos a square meter. Guimaras is a peaceful place with a lot of friendly people. Whenever you get to Guimaras, give me a shout out on this website.

  • Jolly

    Thanks for your reply. Hope to get details of your agent. I still do not have the time to go to Guimaras. I was searching for lots via internet but I am reluctant.


    • Jolly, I personally would not recommend searching for lots via the internet. I have found that many of the prices on lots are over-inflated. If you are in the Philippines, I could give you the name and number of our agent who might be able to help you in your search. Take care.

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