Investing in Indonesia REITs: The Complete Guide

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Indonesia is currently one of the most interesting investment destinations in Asia and set to become a regional powerhouse.

In previous years, many foreigners have been standing on the sideline, waiting for the market to open and ownership regulations to become more relaxed.

Fortunately, the government plans to make real estate ownership more accessible, something that could benefit the market significantly.

Besides, even if there are fewer REITs available in Indonesia compared to countries like Singapore, we will probably see an introduction of more trusts in the coming years.

Topics covered in this article:

  • Can foreigners buy REITs in Indonesia?
  • How can I start buying REIT units in Indonesia?
  • What are the benefits of buying REITs in Indonesia?
  • List of REITs in Indonesia

Can foreigners buy REITs in Indonesia?

This is not a yes or no question but depends on what residential status you have in Indonesia. Continue reading Investing in Indonesia REITs: The Complete Guide

Investing in Thailand Hotels & Resorts: A Complete Guide

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We’ve mostly talked about buying residential real estate previously, covering foreign ownership regulations, taxes, and more. In this article, we take it to another level and review how it works when buying hotels and resorts.

Buying a hotel is generally more complex as the properties are treated as businesses. As such, different regulations apply. The transaction values tend to be higher as well.

In this article, you’ll learn how it works when buying a hotel or a resort in Thailand and the regulations that apply.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy hotels in Thailand?
  • Foreign Ownership Regulations of Hotels in Thailand
  • How do I get a hotel license in Thailand?
  • Hotel Classifications in Thailand
  • Documents & Information when Buying Hotels in Thailand
  • The Best Cities to Buy Hotels in Thailand

Can foreigners buy hotels in Thailand?

Foreign individuals cannot invest in hotels as we are only allowed to own strata-title units, which are predominantly in condominium projects.

Even if we can buy residential physical structures like villas, we are not allowed to own the land on which these are built on.

Therefore, foreign corporations set up a Joint Venture (JV) with a local partner or a Thai Limited Company (LLC) to invest in hotels.

This generally requires that you apply for a Foreign Business License (FBL) if foreigners own more than 49% of the shares.

Worth mentioning is also that the Board of Investment (BOI) sometimes exempt foreigners from applying for an FBL if you invest in special projects in certain areas.

Foreign Ownership Regulations of Hotels in Thailand

It’s important that you learn about local ownership regulations and find a credible partner before you engage in the commercial real estate market. Continue reading Investing in Thailand Hotels & Resorts: A Complete Guide

Investing in Malaysia REITs: The Ultimate Guide

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Malaysia has one of the most developed REIT markets in Asia where most are centered around Kuala Lumpur.

At the moment, there are 18 REITs listed on the stock exchange in Malaysia that have attracted many local and foreign investors in the past years.

In this article, we review how you can invest in Malaysian REITs and why this type of asset has become increasingly popular. This is not only the case in Malaysia but in Thailand, Australia, and Vietnam.

Topics covered in this article:

  • Can foreigners buy REITs in Malaysia?
  • The Process to Buy REITs in Malaysia
  • What are the benefits of buying REITs in Malaysia?
  • List of REITs in Malaysia

Can foreigners buy REITs in Malaysia?

Foreigners have no particular restrictions on buying REITs or other securities in Malaysia. Continue reading Investing in Malaysia REITs: The Ultimate Guide

Investing in Singapore REITs: A Complete Guide

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Real estate investment trusts (abbreviated as REITs) have become increasingly popular in Singapore over the past two decades.

By distributing at least 90% of the taxable incomes as dividends, the trusts can produce exceptionally high yields and cash flows for investors.

Singapore is renowned for being the top financial center in Southeast Asia and with the biggest stock market in terms of market cap. It’s comparatively easy to set up a brokerage account and start trading REITs with global coverage.

Yet, many Singaporeans and foreigners aren’t sure how they can start buying REITs. In this article, I explain the basics and cover the following topics:

  • Can foreigners buy REITs in Singapore?
  • How can I invest in REITs in Singapore?
  • Opening a CDP Account
  • What are the benefits of buying REITs in Singapore?
  • List of REITs in Singapore
  • The 10 Best Performing REITs in Singapore

Can foreigners buy REITs in Singapore?

While this article isn’t solely targeted towards foreign investors, a large size of our audience are foreigners who are interested in capitalizing on Singapore’s REIT market. Continue reading Investing in Singapore REITs: A Complete Guide

Best Areas to Buy Property in Bangkok

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Bangkok is the most visited city in the world and attracted as many as 22.7 million travelers in 2019. Foreign investors have poured in, particularly from countries and regions like Hong Kong, mainland China, and Singapore, driving up prices.

If you have visited Bangkok a few times and aren’t sure about where you should buy real estate, you have come to the right place. In this article, we list the neighborhoods, the most interesting areas to buy, and finally, explain briefly about the most luxurious areas. Continue reading Best Areas to Buy Property in Bangkok

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
  • Best Cities in Cambodia For Commercial Property Investments
  • 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

Da Nang Luxury Property Projects 2021

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Da Nang draws more attention as retirees and investors seek for new interesting investment opportunities outside of places like Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City. The city is actually one of the biggest in Vietnam and the home of many local and foreign companies.

That said, property investors are most attracted to the magnificent nature Da Nang has to offer. Forbes has even claimed that some of its beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world.

A great benefit of investing here is that you can find prime real estate, like luxury villas, just along the shoreline. You won’t have to take many steps before you can dip your feet in the ocean water.

In this article, we review some of the most interesting luxury property projects in Da Nang at the moment. If you have any questions about the projects, feel free to send us a message through the form below.

1. Shantira Beach Resort & Spa

Shantira Beach Resort & Spa is one of the most bespoke projects in Da Nang at the moment and nestled on a pristine stretch of beach between Da Nang and Hoi An on Vietnam’s central coast. It’s located just 30 minutes from the international airport of Da Nang and 5 minutes from the ancient town of Hoi An, a UNESCO-listed town. Continue reading Da Nang Luxury Property Projects 2021

Ho Chi Minh Luxury Property Projects 2021

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Ho Chi Minh City is set to become a post-pandemic winner and captures many headlines as investors flood to grasp a piece of this growing market.

The luxury real estate market is undoubtedly one of the most interesting in Ho Chi Minh and prices have increased by double digits yearly. When comparing prices to Hong Kong and Singapore, we also see some great differences.

According to Savills, for example, luxury property prices can be as much as four times more in Hong Kong.

If you look for prime real estate in Saigon, don’t look any further. In this article, we review some of the most interesting luxury real estate projects available to foreign buyers.

1. The Marq

The Marq is one of the most bespoke luxury property projects and located on Nguyen Dinh Chieu street in District 1. As you can see, The Marq will have a modern exterior and big windows offering much sunlight, marble floor, and high ceilings. Continue reading Ho Chi Minh Luxury Property Projects 2021

9 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 as much compared to many other countries in the region unless you plan to stay there for personal reasons, I’d look elsewhere.

One country that is currently one of the most interesting for property investments in Asia is undoubtedly Vietnam. I see a lot of potentials in Vietnam, even in the long run.

In this article, I present 9 reasons why Vietnam’s property market is becoming increasingly interesting.

1. Eased Foreign Ownership Regulations since 2015

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

Before 2015, it was difficult 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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