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A Deep Dive Into Japanese Investments in Philippine Real Estate

The Philippines has been one of the more favorable countries for real estate investments for Japanese investors, and here's why.

The Philippine real estate market is experiencing a notable surge in investments from Japanese stakeholders, profoundly impacting the landscape of Southeast Asian real estate. Japanese investors are shaping the future of real estate investments in the Philippines.

PropertyAccess, an international real estate company, has been a key player in catering to the investment needs of the discerning Japanese market. While the profile of Japanese investors is incredibly diverse, they all share a common trait—a keen interest in Philippine real estate opportunities.

Diverse Budgets, Varied Investments

One striking feature of Japanese investors in the Philippine real estate market is the sheer diversity in their budgets. Recent data by PropertyAccess has unveiled an intriguing distribution—32% of these investors have budgets of $208,000 or below, while an additional 22% are willing to invest between $208,001 and $347,000. Remarkably, a small yet significant 2% are open to investments exceeding $1,000,001. This spectrum of budgets underlines the accessibility and adaptability of the Philippine real estate market, catering to a wide range of financial capacities and preferences.

The Gender Divide: Males in the Lead

A unique gender dynamic becomes evident among Japanese investors in the Philippine real estate market, with a resounding 82% being male. This distinctive gender skew is a noteworthy trend among Japanese investors, where males take the lead in exploring foreign real estate opportunities.

Age Profiles and Investment Preferences

While 34% of these investors fall into their 50s, signaling a preference among older demographics, 26% are within their 40s. The majority of these seasoned investors are professionals, actively engaging in the Philippine real estate market. Their preference for studio and 1-bedroom condo units aligns with their investment strategy, emphasizing practicality and adaptability while ensuring financial security.

Driving Forces Behind Japanese Investments

Numerous compelling factors drive Japanese investors to the Philippine real estate market. The most prominent among them is the depreciation of the Yen. This depreciation has led investors to seek alternative means to preserve and expand their assets. Investing in foreign real estate, particularly in countries like the Philippines, acts as a hedge against currency devaluation.

Corporate investors from Japan have found the Philippine market enticing due to the attractive cash flow provided by rental income. Additionally, extended payment terms designed specifically for foreign investors, a feature not universally available, have garnered considerable interest.

Japanese investors exhibit a strong inclination towards real estate developers who maintain robust partnerships and connections with Japanese corporations. These collaborative efforts provide security and assurance, making such developers more favorable choices among Japanese investors.

With over seven years of experience in the Japanese market, PropertyAccess has been providing sales and transaction services to investors and developers. Drawing from this expertise, the upcoming International Property and Investor Conference (IPIC) promises to be an insightful platform for gaining a deeper understanding of Japanese investors' perspectives and preferences within the Philippine real estate sphere.

This two-day event, scheduled to be held at Lumine Zero in Tokyo, Japan from October 21 to 23, 2023, will host special guests from the Japanese and international real estate industry. IPIC presents an exceptional opportunity to gather invaluable insights and comments directly from Japanese investors by fostering dialogue and facilitating connections.

As the Japanese market continues to explore opportunities in the Philippines, the real estate market in the country is poised for transformation, further solidifying its position as one of the most favored destinations for foreign investments in Southeast Asia.