Investing in Co-Working Spaces in Asia: A Complete Guide

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The co-working industry has exploded in Asia and it’s currently the fastest-growing market globally.

Not surprisingly, private investors and developers alike try to profit from this new market, and the supply of co-working spaces increases steadily.

It’s not strange, as it’s said that 30% of office space will be co-working spaces in Asia by 2030. Thus, co-working is not a temporary trend, but here to stay long-term.

In this article, you’ll learn the following

  • What is a co-working space?
  • The co-working space business model
  • The co-working space market in Asia
  • How much can I earn when investing in co-working spaces?
  • List of co-working Spaces by Country and Region

What is a co-working space?

Co-working spaces are started by individuals or companies who buy or lease office space and other types of premises, such as residential buildings and villas.

The same as it goes with co-living spaces, the founders sometimes partner up with local investors or property owners, to secure capital or to reduce rents.

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Investing in Co-Living Spaces in Asia: A Complete Guide

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Co-living has become a new big trend in Asia and it’s predicted to transform the real estate markets in many countries.

Everything from established developers to individual investors try to find ways to profit from this growing industry.

Yet, before you decide to invest in co-living spaces, you must understand how the business model works practically and which countries that should be of interest in Asia.

In this article, I explain what co-living spaces are, how it works when investing in co-living spaces, about the markets in the most interesting countries, and more.

What is a co-living space?

Co-living spaces are often started by companies who partner with local property owners to reduce leasing costs, to share the profits and financial burden.

Not rarely, these companies receive funding from investors to start or expand operations.

When a company has bought or leased parts of- or a whole building, they refurbish the units and install the modern amenities and utilities needed.

The units are small and with sizes of around 9 to 25 square meters with simple, but modern furniture like a bed, a desk and a private bathroom.

Here, the idea is to spend time in the common areas, to socialize, and to engage in activities within the community. Many choose to live in co-living spaces to grow their network and to develop as persons.

Typical tenants are young persons who just arrived or that plan to stay short-term and cannot sign rental contracts stretching over 12 months.

That said, you also find locals who opt-in for co-living as it’s convenient and comparably cheap.

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7 Asian Countries Without Capital Gains Tax

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Investors often pay much attention to the taxes and fees they have to pay at the time of buying property.

Truth be told, stamp duties, VAT and real estate agent fees can become significant when added up.

But, to have a complete exit strategy, it’s equally important that you understand what taxes you need to pay when holding and selling property.

In most countries, sellers need to pay capital gains tax when selling property. The tax can be substantial, especially if the property has increased much in value.

In this article, I list Asian countries where you don’t have to pay capital gains tax.

First, let me explain what capital gains tax is and how it’s calculated.

What is Capital Gains Tax?

Capital gains tax, sometimes referred to as CGT, is collected by governments and charged to the profits made when selling assets. Might it be real estate, businesses or stocks.

In Asia, capital gains tax rates normally range between 0% to 20%, depending on where you buy. With rates that high, the tax can reduce your profits significantly.

Not to forget, you might even be subject to capital gains tax in countries where the tax is generally not charged.

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4 Asian Countries with No Property Tax

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Property taxes can have a huge impact on overseas investors’ buying decisions. With the growing interest in Asian markets, and especially developing markets, we need to keep in mind that tax rates can change fast.

Not only do developing countries change property taxes to attract more foreign capital or boost their economies. We also see sudden changes and the introduction of new taxes in places like Hong Kong, Singapore, and Korea.

This is mainly to avoid speculation, cool down the markets, and protect local citizens.

Interestingly, there are some countries that don’t charge any annual property tax to locals, or to foreigners for that matter. In other countries, the property tax is almost negligible.

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Buying Condos in Phuket: The Ultimate Guide

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Phuket is an amazing holiday destination and is fast becoming one of the world’s most visited islands. In 2018, Thailand attracted nearly 35 million visitors and almost one third of those spent time in Phuket.

And the amount of travelers is expected to rise significantly in the coming years.

There’s a prediction that mainly Chinese will flood the Phuket real estate market as they struggle with property prices back home. They’ve also become more aware of the opportunities to buy overseas property to use as investment vehicles.

Yet, before you buy real estate in Phuket, it’s important that you get your feet wet and learn about the market, where to buy, about prices, and more.

In this article, you’ll about learn the following:

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Buying Condos in Bangkok: The Definitive Guide

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As property prices reach all-time-high in places like Hong Kong, real estate buyers have started to look for investment opportunities elsewhere.

One of the most popular cities for overseas property investors in Asia is undoubtedly Bangkok. Being the most visited city in the world, it has a perfect geographical location, good health care, plenty of international schools, comparably cheap property, long-term visas, and the list goes on.

Still, before you engage in Bangkok real estate, it’s important that you understand what you can expect from the market, where to buy, about condo prices, and more.

What you’ll learn in this article:

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Buying Hotels & Resorts in Thailand: The Ultimate Guide for Investors

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We’ve mostly talked about buying residential property in Thailand previously, covering foreign ownership regulations, taxes, and more.

In this article, we take it to another level and check how it works when buying hotels and resorts.

Buying a hotel is in a different league as these properties are treated as businesses, hence, different regulations apply. The transaction values tend to be higher as well.

Yet, buying a hotel in Bangkok or Thailand’s most popular resort areas can result in great capital appreciations and high yields.

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

Laws & regulations to foreign ownership of hotels in Thailand

Buying a hotel is a completely different undertaking compared to buying residential real estate in Thailand.

Getting your feet wet, working with a serious agent, and a reputable solicitor from the start shall be a top priority before engaging in the market.

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Buying Property in Thailand: The Ultimate Guide

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We all know about the temptations that Thailand has to offer: white beaches, low living costs, and real estate that costs a fraction compared to Singapore, Hong Kong, and many western countries.

Maybe you have already decided to purchase a property or just want to learn more about how it works when buying real estate in Thailand.

In this article, I explain how you can buy real estate as a foreigner in Thailand, about foreign ownership regulations, property taxes, if you can rent out property, and more.

Can foreigners buy property in Thailand?

This question is a bit tricky and need some thorough overview. It’s widely known that the regulations are disadvantageous for foreigners and often put Thai people in favour.

One of the most commonly known regulation is that foreigners cannot own the land that physical structures are built on, might it be villas or hotels. But there are some ways to get around this.

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Property For Sale in Phuket: 6 Interesting New Projects & Launches

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Located along the beautiful Western shoreline in Thailand, Phuket is one of the most visited places in Thailand. Some foreigners even decide to settle down here full time.

You’ll find a number of established and off-plan properties with great amenities. A benefit of investing in Phuket is that developers often offer high guaranteed rental incomes, if you invest in the right areas.

In this article, you’ll learn about some of the most interesting new property projects for sale in Phuket, including villas, condos, condotels, and more.

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Property for Sale in Bangkok: 6 Interesting New Projects & Launches

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Bangkok is the most visited city in the world and a favorite spot for many overseas property buyers. Personally, Bangkok is one of my favorite cities in Asia.

Even if the Thai economy is growing slowly, people still get attracted to this international melting pot for a number of reasons. With significantly lower property prices than places like Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai, Bangkok will continue to be a number one choice.

Often, investors prefer to buy either new or off-plan properties, but we also see a demand for established property.

In this article, you’ll find interesting new condos for sale in Bangkok, in places like Sukhumvit Road, Sathorn, the Riverside, and more.

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To check the projects and surrounding areas in Google Maps Street View, simply zoom in the area of the marker and pull the orange colored Pegman to the marker, or nearby areas. You can track the marker/project in Street View as well.

To go back to Google Maps, press the arrow in the top left corner.

Latest Update: 2019-01-23

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