Ohmyhome Philippines Launches Cashback Promotion

After years of serving as a full-fledged property platform catering to the home transaction needs of residents in Singapore, Ohmyhome expanded its services to Malaysia and the Philippines. Officially launching its Philippines website in October 2020, it has now been almost a year since Ohmyhome began offering its real estate services in the country.

As a lead up to the company’s upcoming first anniversary in the Philippines, and in line with its goal of helping Filipinos discover homes and property deals that get them the best value for their investment, Ohmyhome has launched the Ohmyhome Cashback Program for the benefit of all homeseekers buying a brand new home through the platform.

From September 9, 2021 onwards, those who buy brand new homes for sale on the Ohmyhome website or mobile app on their own or with the help of an Ohmyhome agent are eligible for the Cashback. Eligible homes include all properties listed on the platform, be it condos for sale located in Manila or houses and lots in places like Laguna or Cebu

The amount to be credited back to buyers is 2% of the total reservation fee plus 12 months’ worth of amortization for the property’s down payment. All buyers have to do is successfully make the consecutive payments for the first 12 months, and Ohmyhome takes care of the rest.

Why the Cashback?

Cashbacks or similar rewards programs aren’t a new concept in real estate and have been done by developers in the past to attract more buyers to their newly launched projects. A program that spans different locations, property types, and even developers/brands, however, is unprecedented, and having more homeseekers get greater value from their property purchase no matter where or what type of home they want is the motivation behind Ohmyhome’s Cashback program.

According to Ohmyhome Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer Race Wong, sharing the company’s savings to the buyers will help them in acquiring the exact homes they want; “Due to our ability to negotiate favorable terms with developers and our efficiency of operations, Ohmyhome can pass back some cost savings to our customers in the form of a Cashback. This creates a smarter community of property shoppers, where you can save more on your purchase.”

The Ohmyhome Cashback applies to all homes for sale listed by all partner developers on Ohmyhome, allowing homebuyers to get rewarded while finding their dream home from any of the following developers (and future Ohmyhome partners):

Hassle-free qualification and payout

True to its aim to make property transactions as simple to do as possible, Ohmyhome has made qualifying and receiving payment from the Cashback hassle-free. As previously mentioned, the promotion began on September 9, 2021, and from that point onwards, anyone who has purchased a property through Ohmyhome is eligible for the Cashback.

Whether buying a pre-selling condo or a house and lot for sale, all homeseekers who purchase via Ohmyhome will be entitled to the 2% Cashback as long as they make 12 consecutive months of amortization payments and will receive their payout within 60 days after the 12th payment. In terms of needed documents, homebuyers need not do anything else beyond what they’ve already done when making a reservation for their chosen home.

Ready to find your dream home AND get more value out of your purchase by being rewarded with a Cashback? Visit Ohmyhome for the latest house and condos for sale from the top developers in the Philippines, or connect with an Ohmyhome agent for additional property information or assistance with getting the home buying process started.

Discover: The Best Properties to Buy at Different Budgets

To learn more about the Ohmyhome Cashback program, read about the complete mechanics, partner developers, and FAQs here.


Ohmyhome was launched in the Philippines in September 2020, following the company’s establishment of a tech team in the country in 2017. Ohmyhome was originally founded in 2016, and subsequently rose in Singapore as a leading PropTech solution and licensed real estate agency.

Ohmyhome expanded into the Philippines so that Filipino home seekers can have a real estate partner that they can trust to have their best interests at heart and can be relied upon to provide exceptional services throughout the entire property journey.

Featuring thousands of properties across many of the Philippines’ major real estate brands, Ohmyhome differs from other local platforms by going the extra mile and extensively helping buyers narrow down their choices and find the property that best suits their budgets, home needs, and lifestyle preferences.

The company’s Real Estate agents help in the shortlisting of options and provide professional services through the entire purchasing process. These include assistance in property inspections, negotiations, the finalization of the Conditions of Sale, deposit collection, the submission of property documents, as well as providing buyers regular updates. 

Ohmyhome helps Filipinos find their dream homes, all while making sure each real estate transaction is complete and is an efficient and enjoyable experience.

Stay connected with Ohmyhome Philippines by following our official Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn accounts. 

Three Great Retirement Properties for Sale Near Metro Manila

When it comes to homes for retirees, what typically comes to mind for many are either beachside properties, a place on the farm, or homes simply located in the province. Some simply prefer the laid-back lifestyle afforded to them by a home far from the city–the peace and quiet they’ve duly earned upon their retirement.

Similar to how no two properties are the same, however, so too do the preferences of homeseekers. As much as there are those who’d like to enjoy their retirement far from the hustle and bustle of the busy city, there are also those who’d like at least around the metropolis to be near their families and friends and simply enjoy urban living even if they are no longer part of the “rat-race.”

If you consider yourself among the latter or have family or friends in search of a home for sale in or near Metro Manila that they can retire in or simply want to move to, the following are some properties presently listed on Ohmyhome Philippines that may fit the bill and more.

Tagaytay

One of the Philippines’ leading destinations for domestic tourism thanks to its scenery and cool climate, Tagaytay is a worthwhile place to settle in. It offers the “provincial peace and quiet” sought by many retirees, yet is comparatively close enough to Metro Manila for those who don’t want to live too far away as it is only 59 kilometers away via Aguinaldo Highway. 

Tourist and commercial sites in Tagaytay include the SM Sky Ranch, Ayala Malls Serin, Halfway Zoo, Robinsons Summit Ridge, Picnic Grove Complex, People’s Park in the Sky, Robinsons Summit Ridge, and the Mahogany Market. 

The component city’s popularity as a tourist destination makes it slightly more costly to live in compared to other similar locales, but the cost of fruits and vegetables is significantly less than compared to the metro thanks to Tagaytay’s vicinity to farms which the supply comes from. The green scenery, views of Taal Lake, and proximity to Laguna and Batangas also make the city something of a central location that is worth investing a property in.

Views of Tagaytay are best enjoyed in a condominium, even more so when it is centrally located and is easy to get to and from the aforementioned tourist and commercial sites in the city.

This one-bedroom condo for sale in SMDC’s Wind Residences is one such home. Fully furnished and equipped with air-conditioning and water heater, the unit is ideal for retirees who want a low-maintenance place that is within a community with comprehensive amenities, and in a city that is laid-back yet modern at the same time, and is easy to visit frequently for their family and friends who are based in Metro Manila.

For those in search of a little more room to live in, this two-bedroom condo for sale in Tagaytay Serin West is another option currently available in the city. The home is a viable choice for homeseekers who enjoy spending time outdoors. Among the low-rise development’s amenities are adult and kiddie swimming pools, children’s play area, and gardens and open spaces that are complemented by views of the Taal Volcano and the Batangas mountain range.

Antipolo City

On the northern borders of Metro Manila, on the other hand, is the province of Rizal, which is another popular place to live when wanting to continue accessing the National Capital Region but be in a place that takes on a little more of a relaxed pace and is a little bit more affordable to live in. 

Located just 26-kilometers to the east of Metro Manila, Antipolo–the capital city of Rizal–is arguably the best place to look for a home to retire in that is near the metro. Alternatively recognized as the “Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines”, it is the location of many churches and cathedrals. In addition to the numerous religious landmarks are numerous cafes, overlooking establishments, and notable nature spots that make for the perfect retirement setting.

Another reason for Antipolo being a worthwhile place to invest in a home is its developable land. Compared to Metro Manila, Antipolo and the rest of Rizal have more developable land, providing home seekers with more house and lot options as well as the opportunity to build their dream home from the ground up on a vacant property. The newest among these houses and lots for sale are often located in gated communities and subdivisions, which give residences a secure place to live with walkable spaces and a number of amenities.

A great example of such a property is a four-bedroom house and lot for sale in San Jose Heights. A community located in Barangay San Jose in Antipolo City and part of the Robinsons East range of developments, San Jose Heights is within convenient distance to places like the Unciano Medical Center, SM Hypermarket, and Vista Mall Antipolo, among others.

Priced at Php5 million, the home offers great value through its four bedrooms, three bathrooms and fixtures, and parking space, to name a few. The home is an ideal place to move in not only for retirees but those who want to move to a large and affordable home that can accommodate their family or their need for room for a home office or remote learning space.

Discover more homes. Download: Best Properties to Buy for Different Budgets in 2021

These are but a few resale properties located in places surrounding Metro Manila. To view more homes for sale–be it those suitable for retirement, family use, or simply a property investment– and to get better more savings from via Ohmyhome’s 2% Cashback on all property purchases, visit the Ohmyhome website, today!

For convenient access to these as well comprehensive real estate tips, news, and services, download the Ohmyhome app.


Ohmyhome was launched in the Philippines in September 2020, following the company’s establishment of a tech team in the country in 2017. Ohmyhome was originally founded in 2016, and subsequently rose in Singapore as a leading PropTech solution and licensed real estate agency.

Ohmyhome expanded into the Philippines so that Filipino home seekers can have a real estate partner that they can trust to have their best interests at heart and can be relied upon to provide exceptional services throughout the entire property journey.

Featuring thousands of properties across many of the Philippines’ major real estate brands, Ohmyhome differs from other local platforms by going the extra mile and extensively helping buyers narrow down their choices and find the property that best suits their budgets, home needs, and lifestyle preferences.

The company’s Real Estate Agents not only help in the shortlisting of options but also provide professional services through the entire purchasing process. These include assistance in property inspections, negotiations, the finalization of the Conditions of Sale, deposit collection, the submission of property documents, as well as providing buyers regular updates.

Ohmyhome helps Filipinos find their dream homes, all while making sure each real estate transaction is complete and is an efficient and enjoyable experience.

Stay connected with Ohmyhome Philippines by following our official Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn accounts.

The Basics of Growing Wealth Through Home Buying

Buying a home in the Philippines for the first time–or even the second, third, or nth time afterward–can be an overwhelming process. After all, there are so many steps to take, tasks to complete, and requirements to fulfill, and it is understandable why many of us become anxious about the possibility of making an expensive mistake.

Indeed homebuying can be complicated, but it is also one of the most worthwhile purchases you can make, particularly as an investment to earn from both now and in the future. 

To help demystify the process so aspiring homebuyers can get the most out of their purchases, Ohmyhome CEO and Co-Founder Rhonda Wong joined the recently concluded Financial Literacy Summit 2021: Generation Investors to share a few homebuying basics that are helpful to know for both attaining homeownership and building wealth along the way.

Save up for an INVESTMENT property

Among the first tips shared by Rhonda, is how it is beneficial to take on an investment perspective when saving for and eventually buying property. 

As many only really look into home buying when looking for a new place to live, Rhonda shared how this leads to missing the opportunity to earn from rental income and/or property appreciation from investment properties. 

Then, more often than not, homes bought for living-in or ‘own-stay’ are later on sold in favor of an upgrade anyway.

“One of the mistakes that people make is putting all their money on their own home, But what happens when doing this is, usually, most of us don’t buy the most luxurious or biggest home on the very first purchase anyway. Then, when our family grows, we still end up having to buy a new property (to meet our changing needs).”

To invest in property early and successfully, Rhonda drew on her own experience of living with her parents and then renting for some time to save money for investments and recommends keeping things simple at the start of one’s career and independence.

”It may be better to sacrifice at the start and stay in a simpler place while putting aside the savings for an investment property.”


Read: Your Starter Guide for Investing in Homes for Sale


Choose a location based on a property’s purpose

“Location, location, location.” Cliche as it seems, where a property is located is paramount in determining if it is the right home to buy and/or the right investment to make. For Rhonda, answering the question “where should I buy a new home” is determined exactly by the purpose of the property.

“When using the property for an own-stay or to live in, we look at proximity to locations that are important to us. One of the key things that are important to a family that has children is usually where are your children’s schools? You don’t want to live too far away because you want them to be able to travel back and forth safely.”

“You also want to look at where you’re working. So if your work location is quite a distance away, ‘are you taking public transport?’, ‘do you need to be near public transport?’, ‘are you driving?’, ‘which is the best route to your job so that you don’t get stuck in traffic every day?’. These are very important to think about because what we have that is most precious in life is time. So if you can save your time by being in a location that allows your children to get to school and you and/or your spouse to get to work conveniently, then that is a good place to start.”

“If you’re looking at a home from an investment standpoint, first start with how much of a monthly payment you can make, and then narrow it down to the properties that can fit within that budget. Then from there choose (which properties are in) the location which is both easy to rent out and also has high potential in capital appreciation.”

Buy property even when continuing to rent

Another question often asked by homeseekers is whether it is better to buy or rent a home. Common sense dictates that it is better to pay for something you’ll own as opposed to paying for something you never will, so homeownership is often regarded as the better choice. 

Understandably property prices aren’t always the most favorable in the places we want to live, forcing us to rent. According to Rhonda, renting in one place can be an effective way to save and invest in a home in another place.

When I was younger I rented for a long time because I wanted to keep all of my earnings and savings for investments. The reason is that one of the biggest chunks of wealth that you can build is really from property appreciation, where if you buy at say Php10 million today you hope to sell at P12-13 million in the future. 

That is the fastest way to make more wealth, compared to only saving from your monthly income. So, even if you continue to rent, if your rent is affordable (and less) than the rental income you can get from an investment property, then I suggest that you invest your earnings in a property even if you won’t live in it.

She further elaborated, however, that if one can buy a place that is in the place one also wants to live, then buying is also the best option as it will provide an investment and stop the need to pay rent.

“If you can only have one property and you’re considering that instead of renting you’ll use the money you’re paying for rent to buy a property, that still makes sense. Why pay rent for a property that is not yours when you can turn that money into property that is yours.”


Download: Best Properties to Buy at Different Budgets


Indeed, there is more to home buying than merely buying a place to live. Property is surely among the largest purchases most of us can make, and it stands to reason that we gather as much real estate information we can to make sure that it serves as an investment that is most beneficial to us. 

To learn more about growing wealth through the basics of home buying and other real estate-related advice and information, visit the Ohmyhome website or follow Ohmyhome on Facebook and Instagram for more tips, and supplemental content and schedules for upcoming talks and summits from Ohmyhome CEO Co-Founder Rhonda Wong and the rest of the Ohmyhome team.

For easy access to the latest home for sale listings across the Philippines or to conveniently connect with trusted real estate professionals, download the Ohmyhome app today.


Ohmyhome was launched in the Philippines in September 2020, following the company’s establishment of a tech team in the country in 2017. Ohmyhome was originally founded in 2016, and subsequently rose in Singapore as a leading PropTech solution and licensed real estate agency.

Ohmyhome expanded into the Philippines so that Filipino home seekers can have a real estate partner that they can trust to have their best interests at heart and can be relied upon to provide exceptional services throughout the entire property journey.

Featuring thousands of properties across many of the Philippines’ major real estate brands, Ohmyhome differs from other local platforms by going the extra mile and extensively helping buyers narrow down their choices and find the property that best suits their budgets, home needs, and lifestyle preferences.

The company’s Real Estate agents help in the shortlisting of options and provide professional services through the entire purchasing process. These include assistance in property inspections, negotiations, the finalization of the Conditions of Sale, deposit collection, the submission of property documents, as well as providing buyers regular updates. 

Ohmyhome helps Filipinos find their dream homes, all while making sure each real estate transaction is complete and is an efficient and enjoyable experience.

Stay connected with Ohmyhome Philippines by following our official Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn accounts. 

Condo Renting 101: Where to Look, Sizes and Cost

Looking for a condominium to rent in Singapore?

If you need a guide in finding the most suitable location, size and rental cost for your new home, we have you covered.

The regions

The private residential property market in Singapore is divided into three geographical market segments: the central regions Core Central and Rest of Central; and Outside Central Region.

Regions are made up of several districts, which total 28 across the island. As a visual aid, think of the regions as concentric rings, with the Core Central Region (CCR) as the centre, followed by the Rest of Central Region (RCR) as an outer ring, and finally Outside Central Region (OCR) as the outermost ring.

In Singapore, like everywhere else, the closer a condo is to the centre, the higher the rent it commands.

For a more detailed look of Singapore, use this map by the Singapore Land Authority.

Core Central Region (CCR): Districts 9, 10, 11, Downtown Core, Sentosa

The CCR is considered as Singapore’s main prime metropolitan area and comprises the upscale postal districts 9, 10, 11, Downtown Core Planning Area and Sentosa. Due to its central location, close proximity to the Central Business District (CBD) and the quality of the properties, rents are generally highest in this region compared to the rest of the island.

What’s it like in CCR

Except for Sentosa, this region is what locals would casually call “downtown”. It’s the place to be if you want to be right in the heart of it all: fine dining options and wine in the Marina Bay area, beer with colleagues practically next door to the towering office buildings of Raffles Place, and perhaps clubbing in Clark Quay or a nightcap and ice cream in Robertson Quay along the Singapore River. 

This region also offers plenty of luxury brand shopping destinations, foremost of which is Singapore’s most famous shopping boulevard, Orchard Road. 

For those who prefer to explore trails closeby, Singapore has a park right smack in the Dhoby Ghaut area called Fort Canning Park.

1. Districts 9, 10, 11  

  • These districts are the traditional housing areas for high net-worth individuals, which include a concentration of expatriates. Luxury condominiums abound here, as well as high-end landed properties and Good Class Bungalows, which are landed and so are mainly Singaporean-owned.
  • District 9 is where Orchard Road is located. Aside from being a retail heaven, international cuisines and hang-out places are plentiful in this area.
ION Orchard, one of Singapore’s most dazzling shopping complexes, houses over eight levels of stores, from luxury brands to high street fashion and entertainment stores.

2. Downtown Core

  • This area is considered the economic heart of Singapore, the location of the Central Business District.
  • Many banking, finance and technology companies occupy prime office spaces in the many skyscrapers in Raffles Place, Tanjong Pagar and Marina Bay.
  • Many expatriates in these industries also call the vicinity home.
  •  At the southern end of the centre is Marina Bay which features cultural, entertainment and living environments. This district is usually showcased as a reflection of Singapore’s position as a leading business and financial hub.
  • The Downtown Core is also home to many government institutions, notably the The Parliament of Singapore, the Supreme Court of Singapore, and the Singapore Exchange.
  • Marina Bay Sands, one of the most expensive buildings in the world with the most expensive standalone casino, is also in this area, at Bayfront Avenue.
Sentosa is home to some of Singapore’s best beaches.

3. Sentosa

  • Sentosa is an island resort off Singapore’s southern coast, connected to the city by road, cable car, pedestrian boardwalk and monorail. The area has over 2,000 homes, ranging from high-rise condominiums to luxury bungalows with adjoining private berths for boats.
  • Sentosa Cove is the only enclave where foreigners can buy landed, leasehold property, subject to approval.
  • The massive Resorts World Singapore is located here. The integrated resort with a casino owned by the Genting Group includes five hotels and four, kid-friendly attractions: Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark and Dolphin Island.
  • Other hotels in Sentosa are Amara Sanctuary Resort, Capella Singapore, Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, among others.
  • Some of Singapore’s best beaches are here: Palawan and Tanjong Beach.

These areas are in this region

This is a general guide and not at all comprehensive. District codes are actually no longer officially used in Singapore but many still use this information when buying or renting.

International schools in this region:

·    Anglo-Chinese School (International) Singapore – Holland Village

·    Chatsworth International School – Bukit Timah

·    Hwa Chong International School – Bukit Timah

·    ISS International School – Alexandra

·    Invictus International School – Dempsey

·    SJI International School – Novena

·    North London Collegiate School – Depot Road

·    Singapore Korean International School – Bukit Timah

·    Swiss School in Singapore – Bukit Timah

RCR is the location of high-tech business park one-north, which has the reputation of being the Silicon Valley of Singapore.

Rest of Central Region (RCR)

This region comprises the non-core area within the Central Region that is outside postal districts 9, 10, 11, Downtown Core Planning Area and Sentosa.

RCR hosts mid-tier private residential properties and is thus a very popular area for its  close proximity to the CBD. With slightly more affordable property prices compared to CCR, this city-fringe area attracts young working adults and expatriates, likely from the technology, retail, hospitality, healthcare, life science and education sectors.

What’s it like in RCR

This region hosts high-tech business park one-north, which has the reputation of being the Silicon Valley of Singapore for its R&D and high technology cluster, comprising biomedical sciences (Biopolis), infocomm technology (Fusionopolis) and media industries (Mediapolis), among others.

If a night of fun in the city is not in the cards, a popular local destination in this region for pub and grub is Holland Village. Locals and expatriates love this place for its laid back atmosphere, artsy vibe and choice of watering holes and live bands.

A similar place in the East is Katong, with its heritage buildings and colourful shophouses. Expats and locals living around this area congregate here for its many small restaurants and unassuming, open-air pubs.

Meanwhile, Buona Vista attracts visitors who prefer serene parks, natural vistas and hilly trails.

For a day of exploring a historic district, there is Kampong Glam in the Rochor area with its global food offerings and hip boutiques.

These areas are in this region

International schools in this region:

·    Australian International School Singapore – Serangoon

·    Dover Court International School – Queenstown

·    French School of Singapore (Lycée Français de Singapour) – Ang Mo Kio

·    Nexus International School Singapore – Aljunied

·    SJI International School – Novena

·    Tanglin Trust School – one-north

·    The Japanese School Singapore – West Coast, Clementi and Changi

·    United World College of South East Asia – Dover and East

·    Waseda Shibuya Senior High School in Singapore – West Coast

Jewel Changi Airport is a mall linked to three of Changi Airport’s passenger terminals. Its centrepiece is the Rain Vortex, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. 

Outside Central Region (OCR)

This comprises the areas in Singapore which are outside the Central Region.

This is heartland country, where the majority of Singaporeans live. Aside from more affordable rentals, tenants here typically enjoy larger units compared to city condos.

Despite the distance from the CBD, private housing in this region is far from being remote given Singapore’s size and excellent public transport system.

Nowadays, more and more foreigners also choose to live outside the central region to be closer to their workplaces.

This is in line with the government’s strategy to decentralise the CBD by bringing workplaces closer to homes. A good example of this strategy is one-north, which has injected energy into a section of Queenstown. 

What’s it like in OCR

Some of the popular things to do in this region are activities that make use of wide open spaces, such as cycling or rollerblading beachside at East Coast Park, exploring the many trails of Punggol Waterway Park or the Bukit Batok Nature Park or running along the Sembawang River, among others.

There are also more children-friendly places to explore here, from neighbourhood playgrounds to the much-loved Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park and Science Park. 

These areas are in this region

International schools in this region:

·    Canadian International School (Singapore) – Lakeside and Tanjong Katong

·    Dulwich College Singapore – Bukit Batok

·    GEMS World Academy (Singapore) – Yishun

·    German European School Singapore – Bukit Batok and Bukit Timah

·    Global Indian International School Singapore – Punggol and East Coast

·    Overseas Family School – Pasir Ris

·    Singapore American School – Woodlands

·    Stamford American International School – Bidadari


Looking to rent a home? Call us at 6886 9009 to secure an appointment today. Or you can DIY and find home and room rentals on the Ohmyhome mobile app, available on Apple Store and Google Play.

Iloilo City Living: a Leading Economic and Cultural Hub in Western Visayas

As one of the most urbanized cities in all of the Visayas, Iloilo City has garnered the attention of expats, investors, and even residents in the Metro for years now. It’s more than just a tourist destination these days. The city has become an attractive location for homebuyers and a great place to raise a family, too.

Of course, the new Iloilo Business Park (IBP) has added to its appeal, as well. Recently, the city even bagged the “ASEAN Clean Tourist City Award (2020–2022)” for being one of the cleanest cities in all of the region. All these are pretty good indicators of the city’s development.

Iloilo’s innovative public policies, breathable spaces, and an influx of new infrastructure projects have also contributed immensely to its economic growth and popularity over the years. Investments and local government efficiency have also kept it afloat amidst the pandemic.

Local Heritage and Identity

Iloilo City was founded in 1566 upon the arrival of the Spanish settlement. It’s the second Spanish colonial center, trailing only Cebu and the last capital of the Spanish Empire in Asia and the Pacific. As one of the Royal Spanish Cities in the Philippines, it got a head start in terms of local economic development and opportunity.

In modern times, the entire province of Iloilo itself still possesses many strong Spanish influences in terms of its local dialects and architecture. Heritage houses like Molo Mansion and Casa Mariquit, characterized by neoclassical, art deco, and colonial elements, are tourist hotspots today. 

Museums such as the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Museum Western Visayas are also some of the best museums in the country.

The city happens to be an academic center in the Visayas, too. Institutions like West Visayas State University, Central Philippine University, and the University of the Philippines Visayas have consistently attracted both foreign and local students and researchers alike.

Hiligaynon is primarily spoken throughout the area, so that might be something home seekers should learn before settling in.

A Free, Breezy, and Easygoing Lifestyle

Traveling to and from the city goes through the Iloilo International Airport, which even offers direct flights to Singapore and Hong Kong.

World-famous beaches like Guimaras, Boracay, and the Gigantes Islands are easily accessible within the area, too. Iloilo City’s transportation system mostly consists of jeepneys, taxis, tricycles, and mini-buses. 

The area also has five major Major Integrated Transport Terminals within the city’s perimeter. In 2019, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board said that a new Premium Point-to-Point Bus Service in the city would be coming soon, with direct routes to airports in Kalibo and Boracay.

Iloilo City is also known for being the “Bicycling capital of the Philippines.” Its roadways and urban planning have shifted towards walkable spaces and open lanes. In addition, the Dutch government also lent support for the city’s cycling initiatives. The fresh air, tropical breeze, and scenic views definitely help, too!

Economic Revitalization

Iloilo City has certainly evolved from relying on fishing and agriculture alone. Its service-based economy, infrastructure investments, and business tourism have all helped facilitate its growth, as well. 

Though its tourism and service industry was hit badly by the effects of the pandemic, real estate development and construction projects, particularly by Megaworld Corp., persisted throughout the lockdown. 

This is in spite of the fact that the local Gross Domestic Regional Product of Western Visayas dropped by 9.7% in 2020. The interest for more BPO investors and project developers within the IBP is still relatively high. The city has seen the worst of the crisis and 2021 has brought about better opportunities for Iloilo.

In 2020, the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index still ranked Iloilo City 13th out of 33 highly urbanized cities in terms of local economy size, 3rd in regards to the cost of living, and 7th in the cost of doing business. 

The city was also praised for having a strong capacity for health services. It was also ranked 17th in its increase in employment, despite having had 11,534 workers affected by the closure of establishments in the area. 

Investing in a Property in Iloilo

It cannot be emphasized enough how affordable a house and lot or condominium in or just outside Iloilo City can be. Housing developments like Camella Savannah and Amaia Scapes Iloilo each offer investors and homebuyers the opportunity to own a property in a first-class city for just P2 million to P3 million. 

Condominiums and lots in close proximity to the IBP can go for great rates, too, which can serve as homes for young professionals or can even be converted into an air bed and breakfast for tourists.

With its significantly lower cost of living and local economic progress that rivals only Manila and Cebu, Iloilo City relies on its local heritage, tourism, and investment opportunities to supplement its continued success and development. More investors have taken notice of its potential and progress. You should, too.

Free Consultation

Are you interested in what Ohmyhome’s sales agents can do for you? Get in touch with an Ohmyhome agent today to start your property journey with a free property consultation. We offer services for buyers and renters, as well as landlords and tenants.

For more information, visit Ohmyhome.com for the best and latest homes for sale in the Philippines. Download the official Ohmyhome app today for the latest property listings and more. The app is available on Google Play and the App Store.


Ohmyhome was launched in the Philippines in September 2020, following the company’s establishment of a tech team in the country in 2017. Ohmyhome was originally founded in 2016, and subsequently rose in Singapore as a leading PropTech solution and licensed real estate agency.

Ohmyhome expanded into the Philippines so that Filipino home seekers can have a real estate partner that they can trust to have their best interests at heart and can be relied upon to provide exceptional services throughout the entire property journey.

Featuring thousands of properties across many of the Philippines’ major real estate brands, Ohmyhome differs from other local platforms by going the extra mile and extensively helping buyers narrow down the choices and find the property that best suits their budgets, home needs, and lifestyle preferences.

The company’s Real Estate Agents not only help in the shortlisting of options but also provide professional services through the entire purchasing process. These include assistance in property inspections, negotiations, the finalization of the Conditions of Sale, deposit collection, the submission of property documents, as well as providing buyers regular updates.

Ohmyhome helps Filipinos find their dream homes, all while making sure each real estate transaction is complete and is an efficient and enjoyable experience.

Am I Overpaying for a Property? An Expert Weighs In

So, you’ve decided that you want to buy a house. Great! But how can you be sure that you’re getting the best deal out of it? Overpaying for a property is something that a lot of home seekers can easily fall into. Getting a little too eager to purchase that dream home can lead you to make an ill-timed, ill-advised decision.

Ohmyhome Sales Head Cristy Ajero has been in the industry for more than 20 years now. She’s worked with top-tier real estate developers like Ayala Premiere, Century Properties, and more in the past. During her career, she admits that she’s seen her fair share of clients spending too much on properties, as well.

With that said, Cristy has a few tips of her own that she’s willing to share with prospective buyers like you. Here are some key factors you should consider before settling on a property, according to a real estate sales veteran.

Learn About the Prevailing Market Value

“The most effective way to avoid overpaying for a property you invest in is to canvas and check prevailing market value within the area,” Cristy claims.

Easier said than done, of course. This is one common mistake you don’t want to make. Don’t commit to a property until you’ve done the proper research. Compare property prices and look into local market trends. Your knowledge of the history of the property matters, as well.

Apart from this, remember to ask how long the property has been in the market and why. If possible, talk to other homeowners in the area, too.

“At Ohmyhome, as part of our service, we provide market analysis to the seller clients,” adds Cristy. “So, they are aware of the market price in their areas, be it house and lot, condominium, or commercial units.”

This means that when a buyer chooses to invest in one of Ohmyhome’s many property listings, they can be assured that they’re only getting the appropriate market value.

Inspect the Property Yourself

“It’s best to really check or make an ocular visit to see the entire property, so you can see if there are renovations needed that could add to the costs of the property,” the Ohmyhome sales head says.

Renovations can add up quickly, to say the least. Before purchasing a home, closely inspect the interior and exterior first. See if there are any structural damages, maintenance issues, and repair work that need to be resolved. You should also find out what kind of maintenance the property demands even after you purchase it.

Keep in mind that a home is an investment, as well. This makes it all the more important that you know how to take care of the property, just in case you decide to resell in the future.

Check the Papers

It sounds simple enough. But what exactly should you be looking at? Cristy chimes in.

“Is it still under bank loan? Is the property tax updated? How about the utilities, is it paid, as well?” These should be clear to you before you commit to any property. After all, you don’t want to be left with previously unknown extra fees and tedious paperwork. Make sure the property also meets standard housing regulations.

In addition, Cristy states: “It should also be clear to the buyer who pays for the certain taxes like capital gains tax, documentary stamps, and other charges.”

Most importantly, bear in mind that you don’t have to do it by yourself. A good agent who has your best interests at heart will be honest with you. They make sure that you’re well-informed about the property you’re choosing.

These tips are only a handful of the many lessons Cristy has picked up over the years. There’s certainly a lot more to the property transaction process than these things, just ask any expert sales agent. Industry knowledge and experience are something you just can’t replicate.

When it comes to house hunting, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.

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Are you interested in what Ohmyhome’s sales agents can do for you? Get in touch with an Ohmyhome agent today to start your property journey with a free property consultation. We offer services for buyers and renters, as well as landlords and tenants.

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Ohmyhome was launched in the Philippines in September 2020, following the company’s establishment of a tech team in the country in 2017. Ohmyhome was originally founded in 2016, and subsequently rose in Singapore as a leading PropTech solution and licensed real estate agency.

Ohmyhome expanded into the Philippines so that Filipino home seekers can have a real estate partner that they can trust to have their best interests at heart and can be relied upon to provide exceptional services throughout the entire property journey.

Featuring thousands of properties across many of the Philippines’ major real estate brands, Ohmyhome differs from other local platforms by going the extra mile and extensively helping buyers narrow down the choices and find the property that best suits their budgets, home needs, and lifestyle preferences.

The company’s Real Estate Agents not only help in the shortlisting of options but also provide professional services through the entire purchasing process. These include assistance in property inspections, negotiations, the finalization of the Conditions of Sale, deposit collection, the submission of property documents, as well as providing buyers regular updates.

Ohmyhome helps Filipinos find their dream homes, all while making sure each real estate transaction is complete and is an efficient and enjoyable experience.