How to Buy Office Space & Buildings in Australia: The Complete Guide

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While Australia’s residential real estate market has reached all-time highs and the government introduced stricter buying regulations, the commercial property market gains more interest from investors.

Investments in office space have accounted for around 80% of total investments by foreigners in the previous decade, with retail properties accounting for a bit more than 10%.

Around a quarter of investors in commercial real estate are foreigners.

While Sydney and Melbourne are considered some of the most important to the APAC economy, smaller cities like Hobart and Adelaide get increasingly more attention.

In this article, we review how you can invest in Australian office space and buildings.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy office space in Australia?
  • Australia’s Office Market
  • Cities to Invest in Office Space

Can foreigners buy office space in Australia?

Australia attracts many residential property investors and primarily in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. Recently, we’ve also seen a greater uptake in smaller cities like Hobart, the capital of Australia’s island state of Tasmania. Continue reading How to Buy Office Space & Buildings in Australia: The Complete Guide

Buying Industrial Real Estate in Malaysia: A Complete Guide

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Since its independence in 1957, Malaysia has developed from being an economy that relies on agriculture and commodities to attracting manufacturing companies and service providers.

It’s also one of the most open economies globally with a population that speaks English flawlessly. You can find manufacturing of anything from automotive parts, pharmaceutical products, and semiconductors here.

In this article, we review how you can invest in industrial real estate and warehouses in Malaysia, covering the key items.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in Malaysia?
  • General Tips and Requirements When Investing in Industrial Properties
  • Malaysia’s Industrial Real Estate Market
  • Industrial Cities in Malaysia
  • Industrial Parks

Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in Malaysia?

Malaysia has some of the least protective property ownership regulations and foreigners can buy commercial real estate on a freehold basis. Continue reading Buying Industrial Real Estate in Malaysia: A Complete Guide

Top 11 Real Estate Agencies in Singapore: A Complete Guide

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Singapore has one of the most active real estate markets in the world, attracting everything from institutional to private investors.

While analysts say that you should be bullish on upcoming markets in developing countries, Singapore will remain an attractive choice for decades.

Just to give an example, J.P. Morgan predicts that real estate prices will double in Singapore until 2030, which speaks for itself.

Before you engage in Singapore’s real estate market, it’s important that you find a reputable and experienced partner that can help you find suitable objects.

In this article, I list the top agents in Singapore.

1. Propnex

Having almost 7,000 agents, Propnex is the biggest real estate agency in terms of employees. Continue reading Top 11 Real Estate Agencies in Singapore: A Complete Guide

Investing in Cambodia Office Space & Buildings: A Complete Guide

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Investing in commercial real estate in Cambodia brings many challenges to foreign companies. While you can buy residential real estate on a freehold basis, commercial real estate is significantly more regulated.

That said, there are plenty of reasons why foreign investors have started eyeing the Cambodian market. It’s known for having a business-friendly environment with few capital controls.

US dollars are widely used, also for property transactions, which is just the icing on the cake.

Multinationals have just started entering the market. Urbanization, population growth, and increased prosperity have helped Cambodia to reach some of the highest growth rates in Asia, something that will continue in the future.

Today, we review how you can invest in office space and buildings in Cambodia.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy office space in Cambodia?
  • Buying Office Space Through a Company
  • Cambodia’s Office Market
  • Office Space Gradings
  • Commercial Real Estate Agents in Cambodia

Can foreigners buy office space in Cambodia?

As explained in my article about how to buy industrial real estate in Cambodia, strata-titled units are only available to foreigners under current laws. Continue reading Investing in Cambodia Office Space & Buildings: A Complete Guide

Buying an Apartment or House on Jeju Island: A Foreigner’s Guide

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Jeju Island is a self-governing island located in the Korea Strait. Foreigners mainly get attracted to its waterfalls, clear water, low crime rates, peaceful atmosphere, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

With a population of only around 660,000 people, this small island attracts more than 15 million visitors a year, which is kind of astonishing.

Thanks to its visa-friendly policies and the ease of getting permanent residency, Jeju Island has sprung to become the top choice for foreign investors in Asia.

In this article, I explain the basics you need to know when buying real estate as a foreigner on Jeju Island.

Topics covered:

  • Jeju Island’s Real Estate Market
  • Political Issues
  • Where should I buy property on Jeju Island?
  • Jeju Island Visa Regulations
  • Property Prices

Jeju Island’s Real Estate Market

Jeju Island was previously considered a great market for investments in hospitality properties, including resorts, villas, and vacation homes. Continue reading Buying an Apartment or House on Jeju Island: A Foreigner’s Guide

How to Buy Industrial Real Estate in Cambodia: The Complete Guide

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Cambodia is still under many investors’ radar primarily due to its small labor pool and low manufacturing readiness level. Being one of the least developed countries in Asia, it has a low level of industry diversity when compared to Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand.

You might have noticed that forecast publications and analysis by companies and government organs like PwC and JETRO exclude Cambodia. Also, the biggest eCommerce websites in Southeast Asia, Lazada and Shopee, are not yet available in Cambodia.

Even if some multinationals and primarily Japanese companies have set up shops here, textile production, tourism, and agricultural activities still contribute most to the economy.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy industrial property in Cambodia?
  • Cambodia Free Trade Agreements
  • Industrial Clusters in Cambodia

Can foreigners buy industrial property in Cambodia?

Cambodia has generous visa regulations and foreigners have no issues owning 100% of certain company types. However, property ownership is restricted and we can only own 70% of the units in strata projects, which are typically condominiums or strata offices. Continue reading How to Buy Industrial Real Estate in Cambodia: The Complete Guide

Buying Industrial Real Estate in the Philippines: The Ultimate Guide

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Philippines is one of the most populous countries in Southeast Asia and its economy just behind Thailand and Indonesia.

Increased manufacturing operations and an expanding service sector will help to further fuel the economy in the coming years.

Setting up a company is relatively easy by Southeast Asian standards, communication in English flawless, making it a top choice for foreign companies.

Everything from automakers, shipbuilders, and producers of electronics has chosen the Philippines for outsourcing and assembly activities.

Due to these changes, the industrial property market grows at a rapid speed. With that said, investing in industrial property requires that you have a well-rounded knowledge of the market beforehand.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in the Philippines?
  • Investing in Industrial Real Estate Through a Company
  • Philippine’s Industrial Real Estate Market
  • Industrial Clusters in the Philippines

Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in the Philippines?

Philippines tops the list in our annual Asia Property Index thanks to generous visa regulations, low real estate taxes, high rental yields, and PwC’s general buying recommendations. Continue reading Buying Industrial Real Estate in the Philippines: The Ultimate Guide

Buying Real Estate in Seoul: The Definitive Guide

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Seoul is the home for half of South Korea’s population and has developed to become an alpha city worldwide.

I’ve already explained Korea’s astonishing growth in separate articles. In the 1970s, it had the same GDP per capita as Thailand and the Philippines but is now one of the most developed countries in the world.

Not surprisingly, Seoul gets most of the attention and where foreigners and locals are most willing to invest in real estate.

With that said, you must get your feet to learn about local buying regulations, the property market, the best districts to buy real estate before you engage in the market.

Topics covered:

  • Seoul’s Property Market
  • The Best Districts to Buy Property
  • Real Estate Agents in Seoul
  • How much does it cost to buy a house in Seoul?

Seoul’s Property Market

Seoul is, together with Jeju Island, the most popular option to buy residential property in South Korea. Continue reading Buying Real Estate in Seoul: The Definitive Guide

Investing in Malaysia Office Space & Buildings: A Complete Guide

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Malaysia is one of a few Southeast Asian countries that allow direct foreign ownership of real estate and where capital controls are non-existent by comparison.

The ease of doing business, visa options, developed infrastructure, along its English-speaking population has made it a top choice for overseas investors.

Not to forget, it’s considered one of the best places to buy real estate in the world. Besides, residential and commercial real estate costs a fraction in Kuala Lumpur compared to cities like Hong Kong.

The development of commercial areas and economic corridors spur the demand for office buildings in the future. With that said, before you engage in the market, you must understand how healthy it is, about ownership regulations, where to buy, and more.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy office space in Malaysia?
  • Malaysia’s Office Market
  • Commercial Clusters and Cities in Malaysia
  • Malaysia’s Five Economic Corridors
  • Taxes

Can foreigners buy office space in Malaysia?

Foreigners have no general issues investing in residential or commercial real estate, including land, office space, industrial property, and the list goes on. Continue reading Investing in Malaysia Office Space & Buildings: A Complete Guide

How to Buy Property in Korea: A Complete Guide

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Korea has experienced some of the most impressive growths in the past decades, which I personally believe deserves more attention.

From having a GDP per capita on par with the Philippines and Thailand in the 1970s, it has developed into becoming a leading manufacturer of everything from food products, cosmetics, cars, automotive parts, ships, and electronics.

This was primarily a result of US-backing, an export-oriented economy, and land reforms. Previously, companies were not granted loans from banks unless they met a certain quota of exports, for example.

While Korea’s eCommerce market is one of the fastest-growing in the world, its manufacturing industry experiences great growth rapidly, and it will overtake Japan in GDP per capita by 2025.

Looking at its real estate market, foreigners predominantly buy real estate for personal reasons and yields are always not the most important. In this article, I explain how you can buy real estate in Korea, covering a wide range of topics.

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Can foreigners buy property in Korea?

Korea is one of a few Asian countries where you can buy residential and commercial property without restrictions as a foreigner. You are treated on a similar level as locals, something that’s rare for Asian countries. Continue reading How to Buy Property in Korea: A Complete Guide