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It is quite common in the Philippines, particularly in the countryside, to have people building their houses on land that are not legally theirs.  While in urban areas informal settlers are frowned upon and a lot of times forcibly resettled, their rural counterparts may not get as much attention.  We were discussing this with someone last night who was thinking of sending funds to her family to build a house on a lot not theirs. We told her that whatever investment you make on a house might just be gone once the rightful owner claims the land.  Think about all the finishing, flooring, doors, cabinetry with malleable iron handle nuts and the like all gone when the land is claimed.  The most prudent thing to do is to buy an affordable house and lot that you can safely call your own.


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