Living in the Philippines is a very big decision to make. Leaving your own country and bringing yourself and your goods half a way around the world is not just moving from one state to another. The culture and government in the Philippines is totally different. Before you make that huge life choice better you rent somewhere first.
Renting is the ONLY way you can check out if YOU are capable of living in the Philippines.
Rent for two years
Many come to the Philippines to find love and then get married. This is followed by the buying of property, because you believe you can live like a king. You can buy a house for a fraction of the price. BUT, do not be fooled the house may be cheaper, but try finding people with the skills to build it and the materials to build it with. Try finding people who will NOT rip you off.
Buying a home does not mean you have taken into account the cockerels, street drinking, fiestas and the NON STOP dogs barking. Have you really researched the location of your new home? Have you checked what it would be like to live there?
What about power supplies? What about Internet? What about schools?
Many come here who rush into purchasing a home and then and only then, realizing that the love they shared with another is also being shared with a few more down the block
Having rented several properties in the Philippines it amazes me how quickly things can change. After a few weeks a slaughter house is built under your window, rich Filipino moves in next door and has all night parties. He has dogs running everywhere.
Dogs barking in the Philippines are not seen as a problem by locals. In fact if they bark all day and night they believe it to be a form of security and sleep through it. Could you?
Buying or renting a house needs research. But what do you do if you are trying to control this from abroad? Maybe this is the solution to having a home in the Philippines.