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  1. Hello,

    I have just retired from the military here In America and I am making my way back to Samoa to purchase a piece of land and build a house on it. If you don’t mind me asking, what is the average monthly payments on a loan for land purchase and what did it cost you to build a house. Thank you so much for your time.

    • Hi Leonard
      Unless you are a Samoan citizen you cannot buy land. It takes 5 years to become a citizen. Interest rates are high in Samoa http://samoaobserver.ws/home/headlines/11826-westpac-bank-breaks-new-ground. Housing can be anything from $50k WST to $250k WST. If you want to marry local you can buy land through your wife. If you go into business you can also secure land if you have a Samoan business partner. There are also other ways to achieve stability and a future for yourself in Samoa. It’s a lovely place to live in some ways and many will no doubt be looking at doing the same thing as the NWO developments progress. Skype me if you want to talk more.

  2. Hi
    I am wanting to know how much it would cost to build a 3 bedroom home in Letogo Samoa. My husbands family own the land and we all here in Nz are going to put x amount of money in to have it built. The majority of my inlaws were born in Samoa but are now NZ citizens. The idea is to build a home for all our children/grandchildren so when they visit, they have a home that they are accustomed to, to stay at. I assume there are all sorts of permits we have to get and much to sort before we even start.

    • Between $40,000.00WST for a small unit and $150,000.00 for a larger home. You will be best to speak to the Letogo village and ask them which builders they use and then use them. Be VERY careful not to part with money until the work is done stage by stage or week by week; ensure that the materials have good controls/security on them and retain enough so that if things are not finished to your satisfaction then you can complete it with other builders. It is normal for builders to not complete work they’ve started and many a person has rued their trust to part with cash only to be left short! Permits are relatively easy – your builder will arrange that or you can do it yourself submitting your plans to MNRE yourself. Be careful and good luck!

  3. Thanks so much for your prompt reply. I will take all your advice and carry it with me when we travel to Samoa. Being NZ born, I have queried and am not sure about how things work. All I know is the palagi way and how it should work and that’s what I’m going with. It’s quite hard to do when different cultures are set in their own ways. All I know is, we will all have a say since all our money is going into this project. Once again, thanks so much.

  4. Can you please tell me an estimated cost of a samoan fale with an iron roof and concrete floor? Measurements will be 12 metres by 8 metres. Can you please include a cost for 24 poles?

    • Hi Elena
      Sorry but you will be best to speak the the builders in the village you are intending to build in

  5. Hi there,

    I am planning on building on my land in Falemauga and wish to find a construction company to do the job. Would you happen to have a list of reputable builders who will do the job well please? I am just looking to find a group who will just do the job, get paid without all the unnecesary formalities?


  6. Hi do you know any companies that can make you a deal from overseas to organized the building of your house and a home loan and then i can pay the loan from here as i now lived in Australia. I like to help my inlaws in savaii upgrade their house but i dont want keep sending money but its better to talk direct to someone that can help with this.

  7. Hi there !my family and I are planning on building a house in savai’i and I’ve emailed a lot of construction companies do you know of any that are reliable ?and do you know roughly how much it’ll cost to build a 8 bedroom house most with ensuites ?thanks in advance

    • Hello how much will build a three bedroom house in Aleisa please.I am planing to build a house .I have a land there but I’m still looking around and want to know how much will cost.

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