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Are you about to move to Davao? Here are some tips to help you find accommodation in this major Philippine city.

Davao is an established metropolitan area with its capital, Davao City, catching up to the main Philippine cities in the north in terms of public services, economy, and quality of life. Truly, many think that life is better down south since the air is cleaner and there is not much traffic. Asiaweek magazine dubbed Davao City one of Asia’s most livable cities a few years ago.

Neighbourhoods

Other than Davao City, there is also Digos, which is found in the province of Davao del Sur, Tagum, Panabo, and Samal. It also includes the municipalities of Carmen, in the province of Davao del Norte, and Santa Cruz, in the province of Davao del Sur. The Davao City International Airport is located in one of the province's busiest areas, along with several seaports. Note that Davao City is the largest Philippine city in terms of surface area (2,444km2), along with being Mindanao's trade and commercial hub.

Most expatriates in Davao have settled in Ecoland, located near the SM City Mall in Davao City. Once they get acquainted with the region, they then start looking for a long-term rental outside of the area.

If you prefer the comforts of a house, you can consider buying them from the most sought-after subdivisions such as Woodridge Park, Ladislawa Garden Village, Las Terazzas, and Monteritz.

 Good to know:

Davao City ranked 4th in the top 10 safest cities in Southeast Asia based on a 2018 report by Numbeo, an online database that provides information about the living conditions in countries around the world.

Rent prices

In general, you will need around an average of € 400 to € 700 per month for a two-bedroom fully furnished apartment in the city centre compared to € 900 in the outskirts.

Lease documents in Davao are similar to those applied elsewhere in the country. You will also have to make a deposit, which is equal to two months rent, and pay the first month's rent upon signing the lease contract. Note that the rent price can be negotiated with the owner, especially once you have performed an inventory of the housing unit. This is also advised when you vacate the premises, even if the owner does not seem to be interested in doing so.

Find an accommodation in Davao

There are various ways to look for accommodation in Davao, namely the internet, real estate agencies, and relocation companies. But according to testimonies of expatriates living in the country, it is best to be on the spot to have more chances of finding accommodation according to your criteria. We are also providing you with a few useful links at the end of this article.

 Important:

You are advised not to settle for a long term-rental before your arrival in the country as some owners may be dishonest regarding housing offers and rent prices.

You can also inquire about vacant housing with your friends and contacts on the spot. If you are already on the spot, feel free to stroll around different neighbourhoods so as to identify available housing units.

In case you have chosen a relocating company, the latter will definitely help you find accommodation according to your criteria. However, this can be quite expensive and is more ideal in the case of a professional expatriation whereby your employer is taking care of all costs. Finally, real estate agencies seem to be the most appropriate solution, especially if you do not understand the local languages such as Visayan, Bisayan, Ilonggo, and Cebuano.

 Useful links:

Davao Official Portal
Property 24
Craiglist
Olx
My Property PH
Lamudi

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