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About 80 percent of Samoa’s land is owned by indigenous people in accordance with traditional customs of land tenure. In Samoa, the leaders of the kinship group called the matai are considered to be the owners or administrators of the land. The matai holds the land on behalf of all the members of his community. Ownership is settled by a mix of titles and ancestral transfers. Customary land can be leased to foreigners but cannot be bought nor sold except to the government for public purposes. Estate agents only have limited influence, with the limited availability of freehold, mainly urban land.
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