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Renting Out Property on Airbnb in Thailand: The Definitive Guide

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If you own a property in Thailand, or plan to buy one, Airbnb can be a great option to earn additional income. With more than 35 million arrivals in 2017, Thailand was among the top ten visited countries, which means that there’s a high demand for short term rentals.

Airbnb provides a perfect solution to the high demand, something that Thai hotels have (negatively) experienced. In 2017, there were around 40,000 Thai properties listed on Airbnb.

However, before you take the step and start renting out your property on Airbnb, you should know that there are some legal limitations to it as well. In this article, I explain everything you need to know when renting out property on Airbnb in Thailand.

Is Airbnb illegal in Thailand?

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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 4 Best Countries to Buy Real Estate in Asia

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Investing in overseas property is one of the biggest decisions that many foreigners make.

Before you prepare for success, it’s important that you understand your overseas market, what ownership regulations that apply, if you can easily transfer your money out of the country, what taxes that apply, and more.

To give you a helping hand, I decided to write this article, where I give you my own personal reflections, backed by data.

Let’s review the 4 best countries to buy real estate in Asia.

Remark

In this article, I don’t only take yields into consideration, or target investors with a high risk appetite. I also take property taxes, land ownership regulations, capital controls and the easiness to get long term visas into my assessment.

This article is not for people who look for investment properties merely.

Market cycles, and where countries stand right now, is also of importance, of course. Many news channels and experts say that Singapore, Indonesia and India looks promising at the moment.

The Singaporean market has seen a downturn in the past years, and has started to recover. India is getting increasingly more interesting, as it grows fast economically, while Indonesia follows a similar path, with much investment in infrastructure.

4. The Philippines

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The Philippines is, together with Cambodia and Vietnam, one of the fastest growing countries in Asia. With a growing middle class, favorable demographics, and an English speaking low cost workforce, more and more corporations and investors turn to this country.

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Top 5 Countries With Asia’s Highest Yields

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Buying property overseas needs thorough consideration and planning. The rental yield is one of the most important aspects to many investors. Future outlook, capital appreciations, living standards and personal preferences are important to others.

A frequently asked question is in which countries foreign buyers can find the highest rental yields in Asia. I’ve done some vast research, but found little information, most websites pointing to one source.

Therefore, I decided to write about this topic myself. In this article, I list the countries with the highest rental yields in Asia.

Introductory remark

I’ve intentionally excluded Cambodia from this article, as I couldn’t find sufficient data and sources.

CBRE Cambodia claims that residential rental yields ‘can’ reach between 5-7% in Phnom Penh, a general number which makes it hard to compare.

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Top 11 Property Developers & Real Estate Companies in Bangladesh

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Being one of the fastest growing countries in the world, and a member of Next Eleven, Bangladesh is attracting more attention and interest from investors overseas.

The country is becoming on par with India in terms of economic rise, something that will naturally gain the real estate industry long term.

If you plan to buy property in Bangladesh you’ll find a number of local developers in Bangladesh, but rarely exhaustive and summarized information about them.

Therefore, I’ve written this article where I present the top developers in Bangladesh.

Introductory remark

The developers are listed in a random order.

1. Building technology and ideas Ltd.

Building Technology and Ideas Ltd., also known as BTI, is one of the leading and biggest real estate developers in Bangladesh. The company established in 1984, at a time when there were only two other real estate developers in the country.

The company was also among a few that established REHAB – the Real Estate Housing Association of Bangladesh, making them pioneers in the industry. They’ve completed hundreds of apartment projects in the last three decades, out of which 13 were completed in 2017.

The head office of the company is based in Dhaka, but they also have an additional office in Chattogram. Property types include mostly apartments under different collections like luxury, classic, and standard apartments.

Most of their projects are small-scale projects containing 10-20 apartments on average. For now, they develop projects in two cities, namely Dhaka and Chattogram. BTI has won several awards in the last few years and achieved an ISO 9001-2008 certification.

In addition to property development, they offer other real estate services like interior design, property rentals, corporate services, and contractor.

Projects

On average, BTI develops more than a dozen new projects a year, mostly apartment buildings. Some of their recent projects are listed below:

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Top 9 Property Developers & Real Estate Companies in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka’s property market has grown much the past years, so much, that government officials are afraid that we will see a new bubble burst in 2020-2022.

Everything from condo buildings to commercial properties are being built, and there are a number of local developers operating in the country. But you rarely find summarized information about the top developers.

In this article, you’ll learn more about the top developers, who their founders are, what properties they build, what projects they manage, and more. Let’s have a look.

1. Blue Ocean Group of Companies

Blue Ocean Group of Companies is a big and diversified international business conglomerate based in Sri Lanka. They’re a leading real estate developera in the country, but also offers services in different sectors include trading, engineering, education, logistics, garments, construction of government infrastructure projects, and corporate consultancy.

The founder and the chairman of the company is Mr. Sivarajah Thumilan. He’s a graduate from the UK, with degrees in ACCA, CPA, and FMAAT from universities in UK, Australia, and Sri Lanka.

In total, they own more than 40 different companies and subsidiaries, out of which 16 works in the real estate sector. Some of their well-known companies and subsidiaries working in the real estate industry are listed below.

  • Blue Oceans Residences (Pvt) Ltd.
  • Blue Ocean Realty (Pvt) Ltd.
  • Blue Ocean Breeze (Pvt) Ltd.
  • Link Realty (Pvt) Ltd.
  • Alconn Construction (Pvt) Ltd.
  • Blue Ocean Real Estate (Pvt) Ltd.
  • Link Real Estate (Pvt) Ltd.
  • Link Capital (Pvt) Ltd.

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Top 9 Property Developers in Myanmar: A Complete Guide

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Being a military junta for decades, Myanmar opened up to the rest of the world very recently. Not surprisingly, it’s not the easiest place to do business or buy real estate in Asia. Hopefully, things will change over the years.

Still, Myanmar is an untapped frontier market with lots of potential, a reason why property buyers and investors alike, turn their eyes to this country.

There are a lot of infrastructural investment going on in Myanmar, and many new properties in the pipeline. But it’s not easy to find summarized information about the developers, operating in the country.

Therefore, I’ve written this article where I list some of the biggest and most reputable property developers in Myanmar.

Introductory remark

The developers are listed in a random order.

1. Marga Group

Marga Landmark Development Co. Ltd is the real estate wing of the Marga Group, one of the largest conglomerates in Myanmar. Marga Group is an international corporation that owns several subsidiaries, working in real estate and the telecommunication sector in Myanmar.

Marga Landmark Development focuses on mixed-use and high-end property developments. The company is based in Yangon, the founder and the chairman of of the company is Dr. Stephen Suen, who has more than three decades of experience in real estate, management, telecommunication, and finance.

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Top 10 Property Developers in India: A Complete Guide

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India grows with a rapid pace and has one of the most interesting real estate markets, together with Vietnam, according to PWC. This is mainly thanks to long-term economic growths and a shift in manufacturing trends in the region.

Not surprisingly, this also means more work for local and international real estate companies and developers. And of course more and more property investors turn their eyes to these countries. In this article, I list the top real estate builders in India.

Introductory remark

The developers are listed in a random order.

1. Godrej

Founded in 2010, Godrej Properties is a subsidiary of Godrej Industries Limited, or Godrej Group, one of the biggest business groups in India, headquartered in Mumbai. Godrej Group owns several subsidiaries, mainly in the manufacturing industry, while Godrej Properties serve as their real estate wing.

Adi Burjorji Godrej founded the company, he’s a well-known industrialist and businessman in India. With a net worth of $2.9 billion, he ranks among the wealthiest persons in India.

He has also won several awards, including Business Leader of the Year Award in 2014 by All India Management Association and The Asian Awards Entrepreneur of Year Award in 2013.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Vietnam Property

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Many people contact me and ask for investment advice in Asia. Not rarely, they’re interested in countries like Indonesia and Korea. Sure, Indonesia may have potentials over the long run, but ownership regulations are still not favorable to foreigners.

Korea doesn’t grow much compared to many other countries in the region, unless you plan to stay there for personal reasons, I’d look elsewhere.

One of my favorite countries is undoubtedly Vietnam. I see a lot of potentials in Vietnam, even in the long run. In this article, I present 6 reasons why Vietnam’s property market is becoming increasingly interesting.

1. Eased ownership regulations since 2015

District 1 in Ho Chi Minh City, a quickly developing area

Prior to 2015, it was virtually impossible for foreigners to buy and profit from Vietnam’s real estate market. You were only allowed to own one condo unit, for self dwelling purposes.

However, with the new Law on Residential Housing (LRH) introduced in 2015, it’s become remarkably easier to buy property in Vietnam. Prior to that, people were eagerly standing on the sidelines, waiting for the market to open up.

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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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