Investing in New Zealand Commercial Property: A Complete Guide

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New Zealand has experienced great residential price increases recently, a market that is frequently discussed in the media.

With that said, the commercial property market is not as overheated and often offers higher yields.

Compared to developing countries in the Asia Pacific, you’ll find it easier to buy real estate here as a foreigner. In this article, I cover the following topics:

  • Can foreigners buy commercial property in New Zealand?
  • Requirements when Buying Commercial Real Estate
  • Commercial Property Types Available for Foreigners in New Zealand
  • Cities to Invest in Commercial Property
  • Commercial Property Taxes
  • FAQ

Can foreigners buy commercial property in New Zealand?

New Zealand is an open economy with property ownership regulations similar to Australia. Continue reading Investing in New Zealand Commercial Property: A Complete Guide

Investing in Hong Kong Commercial Property: The Definitive Guide

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Hong Kong has one of the most active property markets globally where office space prices in the CBD capture most of the headlines.

Being Asia’s financial hub, it’s not strange that you can find plenty of commercial property investment opportunities here. Before you start, it’s important that you learn what regulations apply, what taxes you have to pay, and more.

In this article, you learn the following:

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Investing in Cambodia Commercial Property: Complete Guide

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Cambodia is one of the smallest and least developed countries in Southeast Asia and continues to attract overseas investors, due to various reasons.

Its ease of doing business, openness to foreigners, and economic growth are undoubtedly fueling the demand.

Investing in strata-titled residential real estate is comparatively easy to buying commercial real estate, like condos. This is the only option foreigners have in countries like Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

However, Cambodia’s commercial real estate market becomes increasingly interesting, a reason why we have written this article.

Topics covered in this article:

  • Can foreigners buy commercial property in Cambodia?
  • Commercial Property Types Available to Foreigners in Cambodia
  • Cities to Invest in Commercial Property
  • Commercial Property Taxes
  • FAQ

Can foreigners buy commercial property in Cambodia?

Foreign individuals can only buy strata-titled units and apartments in Cambodia, typically new condominium units. This is the standard in other Southeast Asian countries. Continue reading Investing in Cambodia Commercial Property: Complete Guide

Investing in Singapore Commercial Property: The Ultimate Guide

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Singapore has favorable ownership regulations compared to most of its neighbors, making it a preferred choice for commercial property investors.

In this article, you’ll learn how foreigners can buy commercial property in Singapore, what the benefits are, about commercial property taxes, if you can get loans when buying commercial property, and more.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy commercial property in Singapore?
  • Buying Commercial Property Through a Company
  • Buying Strata-Titled Commercial Property
  • Benefits of Investing in Commercial Property
  • What are the downsides of buying commercial property?
  • Commercial Property Types Available
  • Commercial Property Taxes
  • Commercial Property Loans
  • Commercial Real Estate Agents

Can foreigners buy commercial property in Singapore?

Singapore might be one of the most expensive places to buy property in Asia, but it’s also one of the best in terms of foreign property ownership rights. Continue reading Investing in Singapore Commercial Property: The Ultimate Guide

Investing in Taiwan Commercial Property: A Complete Guide

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Taiwan was named the world’s third-best investment destination by US-based Business Environment Risk Intelligence SA in 2018, only behind Singapore and Switzerland.

This small island has gained more interest since the trade war intensified between the US and China. Besides, the protests in Hong Kong have resulted in more investments from Hong Kong.

Major local and foreign companies, such as Google, plan to invest hundreds of millions of US dollars in Taiwan in the coming years. The commercial property market has been strong recently and is not as overpriced as the residential market.

In this article, I explain how it works when investing in Taiwan’s commercial property market as a foreigner, how much you need to pay in tax, where you should buy, and more.

Let’s get started.

Can foreigners buy commercial property in Taiwan?

Taiwan has favorable foreign property ownership regulations compared to mainland China and many Southeast Asian countries. Here, you can purchase property as an individual or through a company.

Having said that, you need government approval first, which is based on a reciprocal arrangement. Simply put, Taiwanese companies and private individual investors should be allowed to acquire real estate in your home country or in the country where your company has its main office.

Mainland Chinese are subject to stricter regulations and have been able to invest in Taiwan real estate since 2002. On the contrary to other foreigners, they need to make applications to the Investment Commission of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and sometimes to the MOI.

You can also establish a local company referred to as Foreign Investment Approval (FIA) companies. This will allow you to acquire and lease real estate in Taiwan. Continue reading Investing in Taiwan Commercial Property: A Complete Guide

Investing in Philippine Commercial Property: A Complete Guide

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The Philippines has emerged as one of the fastest-growing countries in Asia. Foreign investment in its Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) sector is one of the main drivers.

Not only Metro Manila grows fast, but there are dozens of cities located outside of the capital and categorized as so-called next-wave-cities and upcoming emerging markets.

In this article, I explain how you can invest in commercial property in the Philippines, covering a wide range of topics.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy commercial property in the Philippines?
  • The Commercial Property Market in the Philippines
  • Best Cities to Buy Commercial Property in the Philippines
  • Commercial Property Taxes

Can foreigners buy commercial property in the Philippines?

The Philippines has reasonable foreign ownership regulations by Southeast Asian standards.

Here, foreigners can buy strata-title units such as condos on a freehold basis. The only thing you need to pay attention to is the foreign ownership quota which is set to 40%.

You can also own the physical structures built upon the land, like bungalows and villas. Buying a commercial property, on the other hand, is a completely different undertaking and more regulated.

Whether you can get access to commercial property or not depends on if you buy as an individual investor or through a local company. Continue reading Investing in Philippine Commercial Property: A Complete Guide

Investing in Vietnam Commercial Property: Foreign Buyer’s Guide

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Vietnam’s commercial property market has performed well since it opened to foreign investors in 2015.

The outlook for the coming years looks positive as the Vietnamese become more affluent, the tourism increase, younger people urbanize, and foreign companies move production to the country.

However, it’s important that you do sufficient research beforehand to avoid any unforeseen pitfalls. Therefore, I have written this guide where you’ll learn the basics when investing in Vietnam commercial real estate.

In this article, we review the following topics:

  • Can foreigners buy commercial property in Vietnam?
  • Regulations for Individual Investors
  • Regulations for Corporate Investors
  • Vietnam’s Commercial Property Market
  • Cities to Invest in Commercial Property in Vietnam
  • Commercial Property Taxes

Can foreigners buy commercial property in Vietnam?

Foreigners are generally not allowed to buy commercial property. This is a problem that investors encounter in many other Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand.

Investing in condominium units is basically the only option available to foreign individual investors. This is a reason why condo prices have skyrocketed in some of Southeast Asia’s capitals in the past years.

Notice that I write ‘individual investors’ as you’ll have more investment options if you open a local company to acquire property.

Regulations for Individual Investors

You can only buy condominium units in commercial projects as a foreigner in Vietnam (that means, you cannot buy local flats, for example).

Commercial property (such as office space) is not available to foreign individuals. Continue reading Investing in Vietnam Commercial Property: Foreign Buyer’s Guide

Investing in Indonesia Commercial Property: Foreign Buyer’s Guide

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Indonesia is the biggest and one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia. Commercial property buyers have been standing on the sideline, waiting for the change of unfavorable property ownership regulations.

As mentioned in other articles, the government is well aware of the problem and has issued new reforms. We’ve not seen radical changes, but there’s more to come within the near future, hopefully.

Navigating the Indonesian real estate market can be a truly daunting task, something we will review in greater detail in this article.

Today, we review the following:

  • Can foreigners buy commercial property in Indonesia?
  • Indonesia’s Commercial Property Market
  • Cities to Invest in Commercial Property
  • Commercial Property Taxes
  • FAQ

Can foreigners buy commercial property in Indonesia?

Indonesia is infamous for having some of the strictest foreign ownership regulations in Asia. However, regulations differ greatly if you buy property as an individual or through a company. Continue reading Investing in Indonesia Commercial Property: Foreign Buyer’s Guide

How to Invest in Mongolia’s Property Market: By Mongolian Properties

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Mongolia has been one of Asia’s best performers in terms of property rental yields and capital appreciation in the past decade. Yet, it’s still not under many investors’ radar.

At the moment, most attention comes from foreign companies who look for commercial property or housing for expats. With that said, Mongolia is predicted to perform well in the coming years, having one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia.

Today, Mongolian Properties helps to explain how it works when buying property in Mongolia. It’s one of the biggest real estate agencies and a reputable developer that has built many projects in the past.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy property in Mongolia?
  • What property types are available to foreigners?
  • How is the real estate market?
  • How is the process when buying property?
  • Can foreigners rent out property in Mongolia?
  • What are the best cities to buy property?
  • What property types should be of interest?
  • How can I transfer funds from Mongolia to overseas?
  • What property taxes do I need to pay?

Can foreigners buy property in Mongolia?

Mongolian property laws are comprehensive and well-drafted with good protection of title and ownership rights. This applies to foreigners as well.

Having a ‘floating freehold’ system, the constitution and other major laws provide both foreign and Mongolian citizens with inalienable freehold rights to immovable property.

There’s no distinction between local and foreign purchasers in the legal system in terms of property rights. Continue reading How to Invest in Mongolia’s Property Market: By Mongolian Properties

Investing in Thailand Commercial Property: Foreign Buyer’s Guide

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Thailand’s commercial real estate market is less spoken about compared to other regional countries, like Singapore and Malaysia. It’s primarily a result of these countries being more developed and not as regulated in terms of foreign ownership.

By comparison, there are not many options available in Thailand and sometimes not at all, at least not to individual investors.

With that said, increasingly more foreign companies have started to target Thailand’s commercial property market, including property developers, manufacturers, and co-working space operators.

Therefore, I’ve written this article where we review how you can invest in commercial real estate as a foreigner in Thailand.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy commercial property in Thailand?
  • Thailand’s Commercial Property Market
  • Cities to Invest in Commercial Property in Thailand
  • Commercial Property Taxes
  • FAQ

Can foreigners buy commercial property in Thailand?

Foreign individuals can generally not own commercial property in Thailand. Instead, it’s far more common to buy condo units as the buying process is straightforward and you can even own the units on a freehold basis. Continue reading Investing in Thailand Commercial Property: Foreign Buyer’s Guide