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The 8 Best Areas to Buy Real Estate in Dubai

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Dubai is a sought after place when foreigners and expats move overseas. With a population that consists of 85% foreigners, property is fairly cheap on average, why rents are expensive in comparison.

If you stay in Dubai long term, I’d advise you to look around for potential property investments.

However, even if Dubai is fairly small, it’s important that you do research well in advance, to know which areas that suit you the most. Might it be a villa located in a calmer area, or a high-rise apartment with a nice water view.

In this article, I list some of the most interesting areas you should have a look at.

1. Downtown Dubai

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If you’re standing right at the bottom of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, you’re in Downtown Dubai. The area is among the most expensive areas in Dubai, known for its high-rise buildings and upscale community.

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The 6 Cheapest Places to Buy Real Estate in Asia

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A commonly asked question among property buyers is where they can find the cheapest properties.

One should bear in mind though that it’s not easy, nor very important, to discuss property prices on national levels. It’s better to focus on a handful of cities, or the capitals, places where a big part of investors tend to go.

Before we deep dive into this article, I also want to inform that I haven’t taken countries such as Mongolia, North Korea, Brunei and Sri Lanka into consideration.

6. Thailand

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The 3 Best Places to Buy Real Estate in the Philippines

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The Philippines is big in terms of population. Still, there are not as many options available when buying property, compared to Thailand or Malaysia, for example.

Investors tend to go to the capital Manila, while other foreigners look for more relaxing places, located more towards the South. You’ll notice that the real estate market and prices differ much between different areas.

If you plan to buy property in the Philippines, but not sure where, this article is a must read, where I list the 3 best places to buy property.

1. Metro Manila

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4 Asian Countries with Long Term & Real Estate Investment Visas

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Before you pick a location for your next Asian property investment, it’s important that you do some research about the visa options available.

Having a long term visa, might it be an investment visa, will bring relaxation and not forcing you to leave a country every month, or so.

Luckily, you’ll find a handful of countries in Asia who have understood that foreigners want to stay there long term, bringing decent cash to the local economy.

In this article, I list 4 Asian countries that offer long term and real estate investments visas to foreigners. Let’s have a look.

1. Thailand

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Thailand is the most visited country in Southeast Asia for many reasons. Expats, travelers and other foreigners alike can easily get accustomed to the high quality of life.

Personally, Thailand is one of my favorite countries to visit in Asia, I often make a trip once in a while, to recharge my batteries.

Even if Thailand might not be the best place for investors with a high risk appetite and to maximize yields, many foreigners (for example example Hong Kongers and Japanese) want to have property in a place that’s ‘livable’.

Proximity to their home countries is also of importance.

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The 6 Best Places to Buy Real Estate in Thailand

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Thailand is one of the most popular countries when foreigners and expats look for overseas properties in Asia. With millions of tourist arrivals a year, it’s also one of my top choices.

Thailand has a number of choices to choose between, with everything from Chiang Mai, a cultural center listed as a UNESCO heritage, to the bustling nightlife in Bangkok, and white beaches in Phuket.

In this article, I list the 6 best places to buy real estate in Thailand.

1. Bangkok

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Bangkok is one of the most developed cities and the commercial center in Thailand, making it a top destination for foreign property buyers. Statistics show that around 3 million foreigners live in Thailand, where the biggest part stays in Bangkok.

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The 5 Best Places to Buy Real Estate in Malaysia

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Malaysia continues to attract foreigners and expats who wish to either settle down or finding a retreat in Southeast Asia. Snapping the first place in our property index, it’s hard to talk badly about Malaysia as a real estate investment destination.

Thankfully, Malaysia has a lot of interesting destinations to choose among, all with different benefits and temptations. So the big question is: Where should you buy?

I’ve been to Malaysia numerous times and decided to write this article where I list the 5 best places to buy real estate in Malaysia.

1. Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur tops the list of the places to buy real estate in Malaysia for several reasons.

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5 Countries Where Foreigners Can Buy Land in Asia

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Asian countries have some of the most prominent and promising real estate markets in the world. While some foreigners prefer to buy condos, villas or apartments for investment or self dwelling purposes, you shouldn’t neglect opportunities to buy land.

Personally, I believe that foreigners believe that it’s too hard to buy land, and from traditional reasons. But more and more people ask what opportunities they have when buying land in Asia.

Honestly, there are not so many options available.

In this article, I list the 5 countries where you can buy and own land as a foreigner in Asia. Let’s have a look.

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Buying Off-Plan Property in Vietnam: A Foreign Buyer’s Guide

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According to the Law on Housing, which took effect from 2014 foreign individuals are eligible for ownership if they are allowed to enter Vietnam. You only need a tourist visa to buy, it’s simple as that.

As you can see, Vietnam’s property market opened up very recently. This in combination with the country’s rapid economic growth makes Vietnam one of the top spots for foreign investors. You can buy, rent, receive or inherit ‘commercial’ housing, including condos and detached houses in projects of housing construction.

However, before you buy, it’s important that you study the buying process and payment schemes well in advance, as these might differ quite much compared to home. Therefore, I’ve written this guide where I explain the following:

  • Process when buying off-plan
  • Information about payment instalments
  • Other useful information

Process when buying off-plan property in Vietnam

Below I’ve included a step-by-step guide when booking and paying for an off-plan property in Vietnam.

1. Get in touch with a real estate agent

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Buying Property in Dubai as a Foreigner: The Definitive Guide

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Dubai has opened up to foreign property buyers since 2002 and the property market has boomed since. We often read about developing countries like Vietnam or the Philippines, but previously having almost 25% of all the cranes in the world, ATMs that can dispatch gold and an economy that relies only 6% on oil exports, Dubai is becoming increasingly interesting to me.

It’s one of the most business friendly countries in MENA and grows with a rate of around 4%, which is not bad for a developed nation. If you buy property in a foreign country like Dubai, it’s important that you get your feet wet first. Therefore, I’ve written this article where I explain the key information you need to know when investing in Dubai real estate.

Can foreigners buy property in Dubai?

Since the Dubai government introduced new ownership regulations in 2002, it’s become remarkably easier to buy and own property as a foreigner. Many say that Dubai is the easiest country to do business and to invest in real estate in the MENA region, something that probably doesn’t surprise you.

In total, you have three different property types available, that I want to present first:

  • Freehold properties (Musataha)
  • Long term leasehold (Usufruct)
  • Strata-titled properties (Commonhold)

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Buying Commercial Property in Malaysia: A Complete Guide

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I’ve already written a complete article about how you can buy residential property in Malaysia as a foreigner.

Buying commercial property is less spoken about, especially in the media, but it can bring you great yields.

The regulations differ a bit from buying residential property, there are also some key considerations you need to understand before buying, for example the importance of location.

In this article, I explain how it works when buying commercial property in Malaysia, one of the most developed countries in Southeast Asia.

Can foreigners buy commercial property in Malaysia?

Malaysia is famous for being one of the most foreign friendly countries when it comes to buying property in Asia.

You have no particular restrictions to buy residential property and commercial property, you only need to deal with some minimum investment requirements, there are also some land types that are reserved for Bumiputera only.

When it comes to commercial property, the minimum investment doesn’t apply to the whole of the country whatsoever, but in places where the buying pressure is slightly higher, like in Kuala Lumpur.

Even if there’s Bumiputera reserved land, you have a number of other land types available.

What kind of commercial property can I buy?

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