How to Rent Out Property in Bangkok: A Complete Guide for Foreigners

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Bangkok has rapidly established itself as an attractive property investment destination in the heart of South East Asia.

This is due to a combination of factors, from comprehensive property ownership laws for foreigners, strong rental yields (on average between 4-6%), and good capital appreciation potentials spurred by the city’s rapid development.

These factors are complemented by the relative affordability of property in Bangkok, and the fact that the City offers an appealing lifestyle that attracts visitors and expats from around the world!

It comes as no surprise that international investors, especially from Singapore, Hong Kong, China and even the Middle-East, have been investing in buy-to-let property in the Thai Capital.

How do landlords find rental clients for their properties?

There are usually two main ways landlords would go about finding rental clients from their investment:

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Property For Sale in Chiang Mai: 6 Interesting New Projects & Launches

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Chiang Mai is one of the biggest cities and the cultural center in Thailand. Being voted as a UNESCO World Heritage, some foreigners find Chiang Mai’s picturesque environment and relaxed lifestyle tempting.

The tourism is surging at the same time as the Thai government invest much money to make Chiang Mai an innovation-driven “smart city”.

In this listing article, you can find some of the most interesting new property projects and launches in Chiang Mai. We update the article on a regular basis, keeping it up-to-date with the latest information.

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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.

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Latest Update: 2019-10-01

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Property For Sale in Pattaya: 5 Interesting New Projects & Launches

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Pattaya is the second most popular tourist destination in Thailand after Bangkok, attracting travelers and investors in vast numbers.

The market was initially dominated by Westerners, and later saw a big influx of Russians. Chinese buyers are predicted to increase in numbers. By having the reputation of being Asia’s biggest beach resort, Pattaya will continue to be popular among property buyers.

Increasingly more people buy off-plan properties, but established property is still a preferred choice for some buyers. Below you’ll find interesting new property projects and launches in Pattaya, including villas, bungalows, and condos.

Viewing the projects and surrounding areas in Street View (Desktop Version)

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: 2018-09-27

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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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Property For Sale in Hua Hin: 5 Interesting New Projects & Launches

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Hua Hin is one of the most popular destinations for property buyers in Thailand.

Located along a beautiful shoreline next to the Gulf of Thailand and with 20 km to Bangkok, it’s a perfect retreat for retirees, or to have a second home.

Developers often offer you guaranteed rental incomes here, with an option to live in your property for a couple of weeks every year. This can be a good choice if you want to earn high rental incomes.

In this listing article, you can find some of the most interesting new property projects and launches in Hua Hin, including condominiums, villas, bungalows, and more.

Viewing the projects and surrounding areas in Street View (Desktop Version)

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: 2018-09-25

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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: A Foreigner’s Guide

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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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Koh Samui Property Market Outlook: By Conrad Properties Co.

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Koh Samui is one of the most popular destinations for foreign travelers and property buyers alike in Thailand. It’s a great substitute if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle in Bangkok, enjoy the white beaches, mountainous rainforests, and thrive in a community with many foreigners. You’ll be able to find everything from low-priced properties to high-end luxury resorts on this cozy and romantic island.

Before buying a property, it’s important that you get investment advice. Not only buying at the right time, but also the right type of property is crucial to maximize yields and capital appreciations.

Conrad Properties Co. is an established real estate agency on Koh Samui, it was founded by Conrad Krawczyk who has over 10 years of experience working in real estate in Asia. The company has helped many foreigners to buy property on Koh Samui, and always put their clients needs first.

In this article, Conrad shares fruitful information about the property market in Koh Samui, his own projection on the coming years, what kind of property that is in demand, and more. Let’s see what he has to say.

How’s the property market in Koh Samui at the moment?

The future of the market looks positive for the long-term. Short-term capital appreciation is still possible, but not to the extent of the ‘property boom’ prior to the global economic recession, however healthy long-term capital gains over 5 years are realistic. High short-term rental yields of 10-20% NET returns are possible with the right properties, in the right locations and with the right marketing.

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How to Get a Property Loan in Thailand: A Foreigner’s Guide

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Thailand is one of the prime destinations when foreigners look for investment and lifestyle property in Asia. Even if the country started to develop decades back, and is far ahead of countries like Vietnam, you’ll see a limited amount of loan options available.

Still, there are a handful of international banks and other loan providers that are worth contacting.

It’s important that you have a fundamental understanding of the application process and what documents that banks require. In this guide, I explain the basics you need to know when applying for a property loan in Thailand.

Process when applying for a property loan in Thailand

It was virtually impossible for foreigners to obtain property loans and mortgages in Thailand in the past. Things have become a bit easier since 2005, when Bangkok Bank and UOB Singapore started offering loans, but still, I wouldn’t say that there are many options available.

The same as it goes in Vietnam, things will become remarkably easier if you’re married to a Thai spouse. You should preferably also have lived in Thailand for at least one year (working) or be a permanent resident.

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Top Property Management Companies in Thailand: A Complete Guide

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You’ve finally bought that property in Thailand, but realize that you won’t be able to maintain it. You simply don’t have the time or live in another country.

Don’t worry. You have a number of property management companies that can do the job for you.

In this article, I present some of the biggest and most popular property management companies in:

  • Bangkok
  • Phuket
  • Pattaya
  • Koh Samui

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Below I’ve listed property management companies located in Bangkok.

1. CBRE

CBRE Group, Inc. is a global property management companya based in the US. The head office of the company is located in Los Angeles and it’s the biggest publicly traded commercial property management company in the world. CBRE has more than 70,000 employees and 400 offices in different cities, which speak for itself.

CBRE (Thailand) Co., Ltd. established in 1998 when it opened its first Bangkok office, being the first international property management company to operate in Thailand.

Since then, they’ve managed to expand to Phuket and currently have around 800 employees in both cities. So who’s running CBRE Thailand?

Aliwassa Pathnadabutr has worked as the managing director since 2005. She’s a graduate from Kent State University and has worked with some of the leading Thai real estate developers in the past two decades.

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