The Philippines’ resilient real estate sector beckons investors

Opportunities grow amidst economic growth, infrastructure surge, and urban transformation

Infrastructure improvements are driving new business hubs. MDVEdwards/Shutterstock

The Philippines offers a promising opportunity in its real estate sector, fueled by its robust economy and favourable factors. The Inquirer reported that, despite global challenges, the country stands out economically, especially in the property market, driven by sectors like business process outsourcing, remittances, consumption, demographics, and government spending. Optimism is reinforced by the passage of the 2023 budget, infrastructure initiatives, credit ratings, and low inflation. 

The government’s substantial infrastructure program is expected to bolster growth and contribute to the real estate industry’s momentum. Over the past two decades, the property sector has remained resilient, with increasing demand for townships and capital appreciation in both residential and office properties. The timing appears ripe for investment in the dynamic Philippine real estate landscape

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According to a press release by Santos Knight Frank, Cebu’s real estate sector in particular is rebounding to pre-pandemic levels. Santos Knight Frank, a real estate services company, reports strong performance in the office and residential markets in the first half of 2023. Office occupancy in Metro Cebu increased from 77 percent in the second half of 2022 to 80 percent in the first half of 2023, with lease rates rising from PHP614 (USD10.84) to PHP 641. 

Infrastructure improvements, including the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway, are driving new business hubs. Around 87,700 sqm of new office supply is in the works in Cebu South Road Properties and the North Reclamation Area. The region’s GDP grew by 7.6 percent in 2022, buoyed by tourism, business activities, outsourcing, and infrastructure. Cebu remains a competitive location for businesses due to cost-effective real estate and efficiency advantages. 

The report identifies five key themes: developments outside the city core, rising rents indicating office demand, scarcity driving residential prices, F&B-driven retail growth, and a tourism influx boosting the hotel industry, with 2,500 new rooms planned.

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