Top Real Estate Agencies in Hong Kong: The Ultimate Guide

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Hong Kong is the crown jewel of Asia and one of the top three financial cities in the world, after New York and London. The legal system is transparent and buying real estate is straight forward, even if you can only get hold of leasehold property.

Even if there are many estate agents in Hong Kong, it can be a daunting task to find one, as many market themselves in Cantonese. Yet, you’ll be able to find a number of international agencies that are used to cater to foreign buyers.

In this article, I’ve listed some of the most popular real estate agents in Hong Kong. Let’s have a look.

1. Engel Völkers

Engel Völkers was founded in Hamburg in 1977 and is one of the biggest franchised real estate networks in the world. The company currently employs over 10,000 people in 800 different locations. Chris Liem is the Principal and Owner of Engel Völkers Hong Kong and he previously worked at Lehman Brothers. Over the years, he’s managed to grow the office to around 20 persons.

The company has won a number of awards and reached major achievements, including:

  • “Best of the Best” Mid-levels Real Estate Agency by Squarefoot in 2012
  • Named Best Real Estate Agency in Central and Sheung Wan by GoHome for 2011
  • Engel & Völkers Hong Kong is the home of the 8th Top Agent in the Engel & Völkers global network for rental transactions

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Top Real Estate Agencies in Singapore: A Complete Guide

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Singapore is the financial hub in Southeast Asia and attracts plenty of foreigners who want settle down in one of the most well-functioning countries in the world.

Buying property is straightforward and regulations transparent, especially in comparison to other neighboring countries like Indonesia, Vietnam or Cambodia. You’ll be able to find a number of real estate agencies, all big and international players can be found here.

In addition, there are many local agencies that have grown much over the years and that provide great services.

As such, I’ve written this article where I list some of the biggest and most popular real estate agencies in Singapore.

1. Propnex

Having almost 7,000 agents, Propnex is the biggest real estate agency in terms of number of agents in Singapore. Recently, the company merged with another big real estate agency called Dennis Wee group. Ismail Gafoor is the CEO and originally from India, he has received a number of awards over the years such as:

  • 2008 – Entrepreneur of the Year (Association of Small and Medium Enterprises), Top Entrepreneur (eCommerce Awards), Overall Indian Entrepreneur of the Year (Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
  • 2015 – Entrepreneur of the Year (Spirit of Enterprise, Nexia-TS)

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Top Real Estate Agencies in Johor Bahru: A Complete Guide

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With much investment planned the coming decade, Johor Bahru becomes increasingly interesting for foreign investors. The city is located within a short distance to Singapore, which makes it perfect to live in Johor Bahru but to work in Singapore. The main reason is lower living costs.

Being one of the major hubs in Malaysia, you’ll also find a number of real estate agencies here, catering both locals and foreigners. Therefore, I decided to write this article where I list some of the best real estate agents in Johor Bahru.

Let’s have a look.

1. Propmex Realty (优产业)

Propmex is one of the biggest real estate agencies in Johor Bahru and established in 2006. The company has grown much over the years and currently has two office locations.

The company has dozens of professionals and capable of communicating in both Chinese, English and other languages.

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Top Real Estate Agencies in Penang: The Ultimate Guide

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Penang has been ranked as one of the most livable and price worthy places to be in the world. Naturally, a lot of foreigners, like American retirees, Asians, Europeans and Australians decide to relocate here.

If you decide to buy property in Penang, you’ll see that you have a number of agents to choose among. That’s why I decided to make things a bit easier and wrote this article.

Let’s have a look at some of the biggest and most popular agencies in Penang.

Introductory remark

The real estate agencies are listed in a random order. I’ve focused on agencies that have Penang as their prime location of doing business (for example, the location of their head offices).

1. Penang Properties

Penang Properties has been in the real estate industry for years and is one of the biggest real estate agencies in Penang. The company has 25 employees and is currently headed by Jeffrey Yeoh Jin Hau, that has over 25 years of experience in real estate.

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Top Real Estate Agencies in Malaysia: The Ultimate Guide

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Malaysia is one of the top choices when foreigners decide to buy properties in Asia. It’s not strange, as it’s probably the most foreign-friendly place in terms of property ownership regulations in the region. The buying process is also straightforward.

Yet, before you engage in the market, you need to find a reputable real estate agency that can teach you about local buying regulations and help you find suitable properties. In this article, I list some of the top real estate agencies in Malaysia. Let’s have a look.

1. Knight Frank Malaysia

Knight Frank Malaysia is a subsidiary of Knight Frank which is a global real estate agency based in London, UK. Founded in 1896, Knight Frank is one of the oldest real estate agencies in the world and has 418 offices in 60 countries. At the moment, Knight Frank has more than 15,000 employees.

They have four offices in Malaysia. The head office is based in Kuala Lumpur, while three additional offices are located in Kota Kinabalu, Johor, and Penang.

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Top Real Estate Agencies in Pattaya: A Complete Guide

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Pattaya is one of the most popular cities among travelers in Thailand and attracts a huge number of holiday spenders and retirees. Some people even decide to settle down here permanently.

Due to the big influx of foreigners, you can also find many foreign owned real estate agencies here. Often, the owners and agents have a decent on the ground experience and have resided in Thailand for years.

Yet, you rarely find summarized information about the agents. Don’t look any further. In this article, I explain about some of the biggest and most reputable real estate agencies in Pattaya.

1. Acti Real Estate Pattaya

Acti Pattaya is an agency of the ACTI group founded in 1994 and comprising 4 agencies present on 3 different continents. With more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry and its professional agents, ACTI helps and advises its many clients to the best in the acquisition of real estate properties in Thailand safely.

Property types

ACTI Pattaya is specialized in the residential real estate market and focuses on villas and condos both for sale and rent. The agency also helps in the acquisition and sale of land plots.

Services

Acti Pattaya helps its customers in the acquisitions and transactions as well as the rental management of properties.

Office address

324/5 Moo 12 Chaiyapruek 1 Road, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150

2. Alan Bolton Property Consultants

Alan Bolton has resided in Pattaya since 1987, working with real estate in the local and surrounding areas. He is the founder and managing director of the company with more than 3 decades of experience, working on the ground.

Thus, Alan Bolton Property Consultants is one of the oldest and most popular real estate agencies in Pattaya.

They currently have around 7,500 objects up for listing on their website which is comparably high.

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Top Real Estate Agencies in Phuket: A Complete Guide

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Phuket is one of the most visited resort islands in the world and attracts tons of tourists and people who want to relocate. It’s not strange, with such a breathtaking nature and quality of life offered.

With all the foreigners pouring into Phuket, we’ve also seen a number of real estate agencies setting up offices over the years. Therefore, I decided to write this article, where I explain more about some of the biggest and most popular real estate agencies in Phuket.

1. Thai Residential

Thai Residential is an established real estate agency with a team that’s been on-the-ground for 20 years. They’ve helped many foreigners to buy, sell and rent various kinds of properties, including condos and villas.

The company has also won different awards, including “Best Real Estate Investment Advisor for Asia 2019” from the UK’s Global Business Insights.

You’ll also find a highly acclaimed Phuket Property Guide on its website, which was written in collaboration with law firms in Thailand.

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Thai Residential can help you to buy or sell villas, condos, townhouses, semi-detached houses, serviced apartments, and more.

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Top Real Estate Agencies in Thailand: The Ultimate Guide

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Thailand is the first choice for many Asians and expats who decide to buy lifestyle- and investment properties overseas. Places like Bangkok and Phuket are some of the most visited destinations in the world, there are plenty of reasons for that.

Over the years, we’ve seen an increase of foreign-owned agencies in Thailand, but it can be difficult to find them online. Therefore, I decided to write this post where I explain more about some of the most popular agents.

Colliers International Thailand

Colliers International is one of the most renown and reputable agents in the world and headquartered in Seattle, Washington. They also have around 400 offices in 68 countries, including Thailand, of course.

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