Buying Commercial Property in Malaysia: A Complete Guide

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Malaysia is a developed country by Southeast Asian standards and has some of the most favorable foreign ownership regulations. Up until 1997 and before the Asian financial crisis, the economy grew by as much as 8% annually.

Foreign investors poured in with goals to profit from Malaysia’s rapid growth and thanks to its ease of doing business. Having said that, you must learn about the local market and the buying process before going into detailed planning.

In this article, we go into greater detail and review some of the most important topics when you invest in commercial real estate in Malaysia.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy commercial property in Malaysia?
  • Commercial Property Types Available for Foreigners in Malaysia
  • Getting a Commercial Property Loan in Malaysia
  • Commercial Property Taxes
  • How can I find commercial property in Malaysia?
  • Cities to Invest in Commercial Property

Can foreigners buy commercial property in Malaysia?

Malaysia is known for being one of the most foreign-friendly countries in terms of property ownership regulations. Continue reading Buying Commercial Property in Malaysia: A Complete Guide

Investing in Hong Kong Hotels: An Overview

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Hong Kong’s hotel industry has been strong historically and remains one of the most popular options among foreign hotel investors.

As hotel investments can fetch hundreds of millions of US dollars, choosing the right location should be one of your main priorities. Selecting an area with much foot traffic, commercial activity, and proximity to landmarks is equally important.

Due to ongoing protests and the pandemic, the hotel market was affected in Hong Kong, resulting in plummeting rates. In late 2020, the government decided to cut stamp duties for commercial properties, to support the declining market.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Novice investors can find discounted deals in sought-after areas.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy hotels in Hong Kong?
  • Investing in Hotels Through Companies
  • Hong Kong’s Hotel Market
  • Areas to Invest in Hotels
  • Benefits of Investing in Hong Kong Hotels

Can foreigners buy hotels in Hong Kong?

Despite having one of the most efficient business environments globally, real property ownership is regulated by Asian standards. The government has introduced both a buyer’s stamp duty and ad valorem stamp duty totaling 30%. Continue reading Investing in Hong Kong Hotels: An Overview

Investing in Singapore Hotels: A Complete Guide

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Singapore is one of the most visited nations in Asia and attracts entrepreneurs, working professionals, and travelers. Hotel nights are in high demand even if the market was hit badly during the pandemic.

The years ahead look promising though and as many as 70% of investors plan to invest in the Asia Pacific hotel sector, according to a poll made by JLL. Long-term growth and discounts are driving the demand.

Investing in Singapore hotels can be lucrative but requires close collaboration with a local credible partner, understanding the buying process, and the market. In this article, I give you a helping hand and explain the basics.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy hotels in Singapore?
  • The Singapore Hotel Market
  • Areas to invest in Hotels
  • Benefits of Buying Hotels in Singapore

Can foreigners buy hotels in Singapore?

Foreigners have no issues investing in commercial properties in Singapore and are treated similarly to locals. Examples of commercial properties available include hotels, shopping malls, office space, and industrial estates. Continue reading Investing in Singapore Hotels: A Complete Guide

Buying Industrial Real Estate in New Zealand: A Full Guide

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New Zealand is rated the best country to do business in the world and excels in various industries. It’s one of the biggest producers of agricultural products and exports the most dairy products to Asian markets.

Even if the food and agriculture sector accounts for around 56% of the merchandise trade exports, other industries grow. The information technology and manufacturing industries are growing at an impressive rate.

Increasingly more investors target industrial properties, a market that is less overheated and can generate better yields than the residential market.

Today, we review the following:

  • Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in New Zealand?
  • Using a Company to Invest in Industrial Property
  • New Zealand’s Industrial Real Estate Market
  • Benefits of Investing in Industrial Properties
  • Industrial Clusters in New Zealand

Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in New Zealand?

New Zealand has preferable ownership regulations, foreigners generally have no issues buying commercial real estate. Continue reading Buying Industrial Real Estate in New Zealand: A Full Guide

Buying Office Space & Buildings in New Zealand: The Ultimate Guide

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New Zealand is ranked as the best country in the world for ease of doing business. The country attracts much foreign investment and has multiple free trade agreements, low taxes, and top-ranking universities.

Property buying regulations are straightforward and you’ll come across fewer hurdles compared to investing in developing countries like Vietnam and the Philippines.

With that said, you must get your feet wet before engaging in the market. This is particularly the case if you plan to invest in commercial real estate and where properties can cost tens or hundreds of millions of US dollars.

In this article, I explain the basics when buying office space and buildings in New Zealand, covering the most important topics.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy office space in New Zealand?
  • Regulations When Investing in Office Space
  • Assessing Office Space & Buildings
  • New Zealand’s Office Market
  • Best Cities to Invest in Office Space

Can foreigners buy office space in New Zealand?

New Zealand’s residential property market is one of Asia Pacific’s most overheated, a reason why the government has introduced strict foreign ownership requirements. Continue reading Buying Office Space & Buildings in New Zealand: The Ultimate Guide

How to Buy Industrial Real Estate in Australia: A Full Guide

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Australia has one of the most developed industrial real estate markets in Asia.

Mining, construction, agriculture, electronics production, and automotive are at the core of domestic production, contributing much to the economy.

Yet, we’ve seen little investments in the industrial property market by comparison as the retail and office markets get most of the attention. Both local and overseas investors have followed this trend.

This is changing and the industrial market is pacing up due to the rise of eCommerce and the need for advanced logistics facilities.

The demand for industrial real estate will increase as companies take measures due to shortages and excess inventories experienced during the pandemic. We review this in greater detail later.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in Australia?
  • Investment Threshold Values for FIRB Approval
  • Australia’s Industrial Real Estate Market
  • Industrial Clusters in Australia

Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in Australia?

Investing in industrial real estate is generally straightforward and regulations transparent. Continue reading How to Buy Industrial Real Estate in Australia: A Full Guide

How to Buy Office Space & Buildings in Australia: The Complete Guide

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While Australia’s residential real estate market has reached all-time highs and the government introduced stricter buying regulations, the commercial property market gains more interest from investors.

Investments in office space have accounted for around 80% of total investments by foreigners in the previous decade, with retail properties accounting for a bit more than 10%.

Around a quarter of investors in commercial real estate are foreigners.

While Sydney and Melbourne are considered some of the most important to the APAC economy, smaller cities like Hobart and Adelaide get increasingly more attention.

In this article, we review how you can invest in Australian office space and buildings.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy office space in Australia?
  • Australia’s Office Market
  • Cities to Invest in Office Space

Can foreigners buy office space in Australia?

Australia attracts many residential property investors and primarily in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. Recently, we’ve also seen a greater uptake in smaller cities like Hobart, the capital of Australia’s island state of Tasmania. Continue reading How to Buy Office Space & Buildings in Australia: The Complete Guide

Buying Industrial Real Estate in Malaysia: A Complete Guide

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Since its independence in 1957, Malaysia has developed from being an economy that relies on agriculture and commodities to attracting manufacturing companies and service providers.

It’s also one of the most open economies globally with a population that speaks English flawlessly. You can find manufacturing of anything from automotive parts, pharmaceutical products, and semiconductors here.

In this article, we review how you can invest in industrial real estate and warehouses in Malaysia, covering the key items.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in Malaysia?
  • General Tips and Requirements When Investing in Industrial Properties
  • Malaysia’s Industrial Real Estate Market
  • Industrial Cities in Malaysia
  • Industrial Parks

Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in Malaysia?

Malaysia has some of the least protective property ownership regulations and foreigners can buy commercial real estate on a freehold basis. Continue reading Buying Industrial Real Estate in Malaysia: A Complete Guide

Investing in Cambodia Office Space & Buildings: A Complete Guide

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Investing in commercial real estate in Cambodia brings many challenges to foreign companies. While you can buy residential real estate on a freehold basis, commercial real estate is significantly more regulated.

That said, there are plenty of reasons why foreign investors have started eyeing the Cambodian market. It’s known for having a business-friendly environment with few capital controls.

US dollars are widely used, also for property transactions, which is just the icing on the cake.

Multinationals have just started entering the market. Urbanization, population growth, and increased prosperity have helped Cambodia to reach some of the highest growth rates in Asia, something that will continue in the future.

Today, we review how you can invest in office space and buildings in Cambodia.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy office space in Cambodia?
  • Buying Office Space Through a Company
  • Cambodia’s Office Market
  • Office Space Gradings
  • Commercial Real Estate Agents in Cambodia

Can foreigners buy office space in Cambodia?

As explained in my article about how to buy industrial real estate in Cambodia, strata-titled units are only available to foreigners under current laws. Continue reading Investing in Cambodia Office Space & Buildings: A Complete Guide

How to Buy Industrial Real Estate in Cambodia: The Complete Guide

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Cambodia is still under many investors’ radar primarily due to its small labor pool and low manufacturing readiness level. Being one of the least developed countries in Asia, it has a low level of industry diversity when compared to Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand.

You might have noticed that forecast publications and analysis by companies and government organs like PwC and JETRO exclude Cambodia. Also, the biggest eCommerce websites in Southeast Asia, Lazada and Shopee, are not yet available in Cambodia.

Even if some multinationals and primarily Japanese companies have set up shops here, textile production, tourism, and agricultural activities still contribute most to the economy.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy industrial property in Cambodia?
  • Cambodia Free Trade Agreements
  • Industrial Clusters in Cambodia

Can foreigners buy industrial property in Cambodia?

Cambodia has generous visa regulations and foreigners have no issues owning 100% of certain company types. However, property ownership is restricted and we can only own 70% of the units in strata projects, which are typically condominiums or strata offices. Continue reading How to Buy Industrial Real Estate in Cambodia: The Complete Guide