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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How to Buy Commercial Property in Dubai: A Complete Guide

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Being a business hub and global city, Dubai is undoubtedly the most popular city among travelers, entrepreneurs and expats in the Middle East.

It’s made a remarkable transformation over the decades with an economy that currently only relies 5% on oil exports. Nowadays, tourism, trade, real estate and financial services play a vital role in its economy instead.

That said, the government has rolled out a number of foreign friendly policies in the past years. Foreigners can now apply for long term visas, own freehold property, fully own businesses in Free Zones, and more.

Not surprisingly, many locals and foreigners look towards Dubai’s commercial property sector.

In this article, you’ll learn the following:

  • Can foreigners buy commercial property in Dubai?
  • What are the benefits of buying commercial property in Dubai?
  • What are the disadvantages of buying commercial property?
  • Where can I buy commercial property in Dubai?
  • Freehold vs leasehold
  • What are the most popular areas to buy commercial property?
  • Buying hotels in Dubai
  • Buying residential buildings
  • Buying office space in Dubai
  • Commercial property taxes & fees

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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.

In this article, you’ll learn the following:

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Top 11 Property Management Companies in Dubai: A Complete List

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Being one of the most prosperous and appealing cities in the Middle East, foreigners are moving to Dubai in vast numbers.

Even if renting property is a preferred choice among foreigners, it’s not optimal if you plan to stay long term. In fact, property prices are relatively low compared to the obscure rents that can be found in many places.

If you plan to buy a property in Dubai, you might need someone to look after it for you. Don’t worry, there are plenty of property management companies to choose among.

In this article, I’ve listed some of the biggest and most popular property management companies in Dubai.

1. Key One Properties

KeyOne Properties is an international real estate company and a subsidiary of KeyOne Realty, which was founded in 2006. The company currently owns three subsidiaries, all working in the real estate sector. These companies are:

  • KeyOne Real estate (realtor)
  • KeyOne Homes (holiday home short-term rental service)
  • KeyOne Properties (real estate management and long-term rental company)

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Dubai Real Estate Market Outlook in 2019: A Complete Overview

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Dubai is the Middle East’s equivalent to Hong Kong and relies less on oil production compared to many neighboring countries. It’s been a hot-spot for foreign investors and seen a great growth in the past decades.

If you plan to buy real estate in Dubai, it’s important that you understand how healthy the market is and what you can expect in 2019.

In this article, I explain where Dubai’s real estate market stands right now, present data and analysis from previous years, and share my predictions for 2019.

Dubai’s real estate market in 2017 & 2018: A throwback

Before we try to forecast Dubai’s real estate market performance in 2019, it’s important that you understand how the market has performed the past years.

The market has had a turbulent time and some of its worst years in 2015 – 2016, when real estate prices declined much. Thus, the market has been in a recovery mode in 2017 – 2018.

Still, prices and rents didn’t fall as much during these years. For example, the average sales price decreased by around 5.6% in 2017 according to Savills, while the average rents fell by 7%.

We can call it a price correction for sure. The main reason behind the decline is that the market has became one of the hottest in the past two decades. In 2004-2006, this small city had 30,000 cranes, equaling to 25% of all cranes in the world, which speaks for itself.

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Buying Property in Dubai as a Foreigner: The Definitive Guide

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Dubai has opened up to foreign property buyers since 2002 and the property market has boomed since.

It previously had almost 25% of all the cranes in the world, during its boom years, which is kind of amazing. Having an economy that relies only 6% on oil exports, Dubai continues to be one of the most sought after places in the Middle East.

Not to forget, it’s one of the most business friendly countries in the Middle East and grows with a rate of around 4%, which is not bad.

Yet, before you buy property in Dubai, it’s important that you get your feet wet first and learn about local regulations. In this article, I cover most of the key information when you buy property in Dubai as a foreigner.

Can foreigners buy property in Dubai?

Since the Dubai government introduced new ownership regulations in 2002, it’s become remarkably easier to buy and own property as a foreigner.

Many say that Dubai is the easiest country to do business and to invest in real estate in the MENA region, something that probably doesn’t surprise you.

In total, you have three different property types available, that I want to present first:

  • Freehold properties (Musataha)
  • Long term leasehold (Usufruct)
  • Strata-titled properties (Commonhold)

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The 8 Best Areas to Buy Real Estate in Dubai: A Complete Overview

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Dubai is a sought after place when foreigners and expats move overseas. With a population that consists of 85% foreigners, property is fairly cheap and rents are high.

If you stay in Dubai long term, I’d advise you to look around for potential property investments.

However, even if Dubai is fairly small, it’s important that you do research well in advance, to know which areas that suit you the most. Might it be a villa located in a calmer area, or a high-rise apartment with a nice water view.

In this article, I list some of the most interesting areas you should have a look at.

1. Downtown Dubai

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If you’re standing right at the bottom of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, you’re in Downtown Dubai. The area is among the most expensive areas in Dubai, known for its high-rise buildings and upscale community.

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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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Top 10 Real Estate Agencies in Dubai: The Ultimate Guide

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Buying property in Dubai is straightforward in comparison to many other countries in the Middle East and developing countries in Asia. You’ll find plenty of local and foreign owned agencies that helps a great deal of foreigners daily.

Yet, you rarely come across websites that share summarized information about these companies. Therefore, I wrote this article, where I list some of the top agents that operate in Dubai. Let’s have a look.

1. Allsopp & Allsopp

Allsopp & Allsopp established in Dubai in 2008, within a decade, they evolved to become one of the best real estate agencies in Dubai..

They’re currently considered as a market leader and had the highest amount of sales in 2017. The company ranks as the number one company in terms of sales transfers, according to the Dubai Land Department.

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Top 10 Property Developers in Dubai: The Ultimate Guide

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Dubai’s property market is one of Asia’s most volatile and we’ve seen many ups-and-downs since the early 2000’s. In 2002, the government introduced new property regulations making it remarkably easier for foreigners to invest in property.

The market exploded and in 2006 almost 25% of all cranes in the world were allocated to Dubai for construction purposes. Just a couple of years later, Dubai took a hard hit from the subprime crisis and local expats with heavy debt burdens even fled the city.

Selecting a credible developer with sound financial results and a proven track record couldn’t be more important in such a volatile and competitive market.

Dubai is the home of hundreds of developers where the biggest mostly operate in multiple industries, are backed by large conglomerates, or founded by wealthy locals.

You must do a thorough background-search about each developer, before you commit to an investment. To give you a helping hand, I’ve written this article where I list some of the biggest property developers in Dubai.

1. Deyaar

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