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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Top 14 Real Estate Developers in the Philippines

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We’ve seen a big increase of prime real estate in the Philippines recently. Many local developers build these projects and target foreign buyers aggressively.

In fact, nowadays developers often hire in-house sales persons to bypass estate agents. They have good connections with banks, property lawyers, and can sometimes even offer help with financing.

That said, it’s important that you get a good knowledge about local property developers beforehand, before buying off-plan. Late completions and quality issues are just a couple of problems you might come across if not doing enough research.

In this article, I’ve listed some of the biggest and most popular property developers in the Philippines.

1. Ayala Land, Inc.

Ayala Land, Inc. is one of the biggest real estate developers in the Philippines, with its headquarter located in the famous business district, Makati.

It’s a real estate division of Ayala Corporation, which is a century-old company, but have operated independently since 1988. So, they have a long history and experience under their belt.

In 2016, it was the second largest developer in terms of yearly revenue and its net income reached around PHP 21 billion (USD 400 million). That’s a 15% increase compared to 2015.

Property types

Ayala Land is involved in land bank management, build and manage shopping centers, hotels, and resorts.

Maybe most importantly, they also build plenty of residential buildings, focusing on condominiums and housing projects.

Current projects

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Top 10 Real Estate Agencies in Australia: The Ultimate Guide

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Australia continues to be one of the most popular destinations for overseas property buyers in Asia Pacific.

Here, you’ll find dozens of international real estate agencies and tens of thousands of real estate agents. If you’re about to buy Australian property, you need to assure that you work with a credible agency that has a decent track record.

In this article, I’ve listed some of the biggest and most reputable real estate agencies in Australia.

1. Ray White

Ray White is one of the oldest and biggest real estate companies in Australia. With over 116 years of experience, they’ve expanded to numerous locations overseas, namely: New Zealand, Indonesia, China (including Hong Kong S.A.R), the Middle East and Atlanta (USA).

Despite having around 1,000 individually owned offices, it continues to be a family owned business. You’ll notice that Ray White has a strong presence in places with a high concentration of Australians, for example in Bali.

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How to Buy Property in Korea: A Complete Guide

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Korea becomes an increasingly popular among foreign property buyers.

It’s not strange, as it has one of the region’s strongest economies, is politically stable and expected to grow much in the coming decades.

In fact, Korea will even surpass Japan in terms of GDP per capita within the near future and continues to excel in a number of industries.

Yet before you buy property in Korea, it’s important that you know about foreign ownership regulations, property taxes, if you can get a visa or residency when buying property and more.

In this article you’ll learn the following:

Can foreigners buy property in Korea?

Foreigners don’t have any issues to buy property in Korea in general.

But you need to do thorough research and follow some regulations related to foreign ownership, especially if you’re a non-resident. In such case, you need to comply with the following acts:

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How to Buy Property in New Zealand: A Complete Guide

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Foreign investors, especially from China, have invested heavily in New Zealand during the past years. One of the main reasons is that they want to find a stable place to allocate cash and for overseas studies.

Yet not only Asian investors decide to invest in New Zealand, we also see many investors from the US, Malaysia and other regional countries.

However, before you go into detailed planning, it’s important that you know if foreigners can even buy property, what property types that are available, about taxes and more.

In this article, you’ll learn the following:

Can foreigners buy property in New Zealand?

Previously, foreigners generally didn’t have any issues to buy property in New Zealand.

However, the government has forbidden non-resident foreigners from buying established property, to curb escalating property prices.

According to the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) you need to increase the number of residences and then sell the lot as a non-resident. You can do this by, for example, converting the land or by constructing an apartment building where a house was previously built.

No one knows when this will be lifted, but for now, you need to look at other countries if you’re a non-resident and cannot fulfill these criteria.

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How to Buy Commercial Property in Japan: A Complete Guide

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Japan continues to be a popular investment destination in Asia. With a transformation of local policies and eased visa regulations, the commercial market will benefit from the increased amount of tourists and investors.

Interestingly, the Japanese government has significantly revised its projections of the number of inbounds in the coming decade, increased from 20 million to 40 million in 2020, and from 30 million to 60 million in 2030.

People from Hong Kong and Mainland China go to Japan in vast numbers, at the same time as we’ll see future growth from emerging markets like India and Indonesia.

Buying property in Japan is quite straightforward, but requires a bit of forward planning and caution.

In this article, you’ll learn the following:

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Buying Commercial Property in Australia: A Complete Guide

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Australia is the go-to place for Asian property buyers who want to invest in a politically stable country with a strong economy. With a growing population, especially in the bigger cities, we’ll see a greater demand of commercial property in the future.

Not to forget, commercial property can give you high returns, but is rarely talked about compared to residential property. In fact, commercial property generally gives you a return of 5%-12%, while residential property averages at around 3%-4%.

A great difference, for sure.

In this guide, you’ll learn how you can invest in commercial property in Australia as a foreigner, where to invest, how high the taxes are and more.

Can foreigners buy commercial property in Australia?

Foreigners generally don’t have any issues to invest in commercial property. However, you sometimes need an approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB).

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Buying Commercial Property in Hong Kong: The Definitive Guide

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Commercial property is an untapped area for many investors, but you can reap great yields if you do your research and dedicate some time and effort.

In fact, you have a number of options if you decide to buy commercial property including everything from retail property, industrial property, and not to forget – car parks.

Still, the commercial market is rarely spoken about in the media. You mostly hear about how prime office prices change on a quarterly basis.

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Apartments & Condos for Sale in Singapore: 8 New Projects & Launches

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Singapore is a popular choice for overseas investors with deep pockets. It’s not strange as it has a well-functioning system, it’s safe, and offers a high quality of life.

This small tax haven will continue to attract people for decades. J.P. Morgan even predicts that prices will double until 2030. Neighboring countries, like Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia are not as stable and still have much to prove in the long run.

In this article, you’ll learn about some of the most interesting new property projects for sale in Singapore, including condos, apartments, and villas. We update the list continuously for you to stay up to date.

Latest Update: 2019-06-06

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Condos & Apartments for Sale in Kuala Lumpur: 8 Interesting New Projects

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Kuala Lumpur is the capital and financial center of Malaysia, offering some of the best property investment opportunities for overseas buyers. Being an alpha city, you’ll notice that property is still surprisingly cheap, with prices similar to those in Bangkok.

In this listing article, you can read about interesting new condos and apartments in Kuala Lumpur. We update the article on a continuous basis, trying to give you the latest information.

If you have any recommendations or information about new projects, feel free to contact us and we will do a review.

Viewing the projects and surrounding areas in Google Maps (Street View)

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Latest Update: 2019-06-04

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