Investing in Australia Commercial Property: A Complete Guide

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Australia is popular among commercial property investors who look for a politically stable country with a strong economy in the Asia Pacific.

With a growing population, especially in the bigger cities, we’ll see a greater demand for commercial property here in the future.

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% in Australia.

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 approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB).

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How to Buy Hotels in Korea: An Overview

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The hotel industry has grown much in Korea in the past years mainly thanks to increasingly more tourists from China, but also Vietnam, Japan, and other regional countries.

Plenty of international hotel operators have opened new hotels in cities like Seoul and Busan and companies like Marriott are bullish on the market. Domestic traveling grows here as well, especially among young Koreans, that have a strong purchasing power.

With a promising economy and growing population, experts predict that the economy will perform well in the coming years.

However, investing in Korea hotels can seem like a challenging task with foreign eyes and requires that you do due diligence and work with a credible partner.

In this article, we review the following topics:

  • Can foreigners buy hotels in Korea?
  • The Hotel Market in Korea
  • Best Cities for Hotel Investments in Korea
  • How can I find hotels for sale in Korea?
  • How much do I have to pay my real estate agent?
  • What are the biggest hotel operators in Korea?

Can foreigners buy hotels in Korea?

Korea brings similarities to Japan where property ownership regulations are practically identical between foreigners and locals. Yet, both countries are renowned for exerting a high level of bureaucracy. Continue reading How to Buy Hotels in Korea: An Overview

Investing in China Commercial Property: Complete Guide

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China’s residential property market has been in limbo in the past years, at the same time, we’ve seen increased activity in its commercial property market.

With that said, China faces many issues due to a weakening economy that relies heavily on real estate, demographic challenges, and an escalating trade war with the US.

Besides, it’s not the easiest place to acquire property as a foreigner due to strict foreign ownership regulations.

In this article, we review the following topics:

  • Can foreigners buy commercial property in China?
  • The Commercial Property Market in China
  • Best Cities to Buy Commercial Property in China
  • Commercial Property Taxes

Can foreigners buy commercial property in China?

This is not a yes or no question, as it depends if you buy as a private investor or through a local company. Let’s review both options to see what kind of property that foreigners can get hold of in China.

Individual Investors

China is one of the least preferred destinations among private individuals who wish to capitalize on growing real estate markets in Asia. Most buyers of residential property buy for personal reasons.

Truth be told, China has one of the most overvalued markets in the world, low rental yields, and comparably strict foreign ownership regulations. For example, you must live there for at least one year before you can buy one residential unit.

Yes, you heard that right – one unit.

On top of that, you’re not allowed to own land like in Japan, Korea, and Malaysia. Continue reading Investing in China Commercial Property: Complete Guide

Buying Hotels in Japan: The Ultimate Guide

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Japan is one of the most visited countries in Asia and its tourism industry has seen a great upswing in the past years.

The major cities will see a large supply of new units in the coming years, an interesting trend is that the demand for nights at 4-5 star hotels increase much.

Investing in Japan real estate is straight-forward compared to other regional countries, including Thailand, China, and Vietnam, just to mention a few.

Yet, the country is also well-known for being bureaucratic which can understandably make some investors frustrated.

In this article, we review the following topics:

  • Can foreigners buy hotels in Japan?
  • Licenses Needed to Operate a Hotel
  • Hotel Business Permits (The Hotel Business Act)
  • Buying Japanese Hotels through a Company
  • Japan’s Hotel Market
  • Best Cities for Hotel Investments in Japan
  • Commercial Property Agents in Japan

Can foreigners buy hotels in Japan?

Japan has transparent and preferable property ownership rules, foreigners generally don’t have any issues to acquire hotels and resorts. Continue reading Buying Hotels in Japan: The Ultimate Guide

Investing in Korea Commercial Property: Foreign Buyer’s Guide

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Korea’s residential and commercial property markets have seen much investment recently. Locals have started to complain about rising prices and the government imposes higher taxes to cool down the market.

Cities like Seoul attracts many investors thanks to preferable ownership regulations, having a strong economy, and a bright future outlook.

We see large foreign corporations such as WeWork and Marriott expanding quickly in Korea, trying to grasp market shares.

Yet, before you invest in commercial property here, you must get your feet wet and learn about the market and local regulations first.

In this article, we review the following:

  • Can foreigners buy commercial property in Korea?
  • Buying Property through Companies and Trusts
  • Korea’s Commercial Property Market
  • Hotels
  • Office Space
  • Retail Property
  • Industrial Real Estate and Warehouses
  • Car Parks
  • Best Cities to Buy Commercial Property in Korea
  • Commercial Property Taxes

Can foreigners buy commercial property in Korea?

Foreigners don’t have any particular issues to buy residential or commercial property in Korea. With that said, there are three laws you need to comply with:

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Buying Hotels in New Zealand: A Guide for Investors

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New Zealand has been in the media headlines due to its significantly overheated residential property market. The commercial property market is less frequently spoken about, even if it offers great investment opportunities to foreigners.

New Zealand continues to attract travelers who want to enjoy its nature and perhaps seek a safe haven. Here, foreign property ownership regulations are on par with most Western countries, something that I will explain more about in this article.

Today, we cover the following topics:

  • Can foreigners buy hotels in New Zealand?
  • Foreign Hotel Ownership Regulations
  • The Hotel Market in New Zealand
  • Commercial Real Estate Agents in New Zealand
  • Best Cities for Hotel Investments in New Zealand
  • FAQ

Can foreigners buy hotels in New Zealand?

New Zealand has preferable property foreign ownership regulations and you can even buy hotels and resorts as an individual here. As mentioned in previous articles, the regulations bring some similarities to Australia. Continue reading Buying Hotels in New Zealand: A Guide for Investors

Buying Hotels in Australia: A Full Guide

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Australia has seen a great increase in foreign visitors in the past decade and where Chinese tourists have played a vital role in the hotel industry.

Without facing a recession for decades, we’ve seen a slowing market recently and 2020 was one of the worst years with no further explanation needed.

Yet, this also leaves room for investment opportunities as firms and HNWI’s look for low price points in large-sized hotel projects.

Due to the increased interest in Australia hotels, I decided to write this article and where we review the following:

  • Can foreigners buy hotels in Australia?
  • Hotel Development Regulations in Australia
  • The Hotel Market in Australia
  • Best Cities for Hotel Investments in Australia
  • FAQ

Can foreigners buy hotels in Australia?

Australian ownership regulations bring many similarities to New Zealand and you generally don’t have any issues to buy hotels as a foreigner. Continue reading Buying Hotels in Australia: A Full Guide

Investing in Cambodia Hotels: The Ultimate Guide

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Cambodia is one of the smallest countries in Southeast Asia but gains much attention thanks to the growing tourism industry, the manufacturing sector, and its young urbanizing population.

It’s comparatively easy to do business here and the government allows foreigners to own companies outright. At the same time, visa regulations are generous and foreigners can own as many as 70% of the units in condominium buildings.

With that said, investing in commercial real estate, such as hotels, requires a bit more due diligence and planning.

In this article, we cover the following topics:

  • Can foreigners buy hotels in Cambodia?
  • Purchasing Hotels Through a Cambodian Company
  • Tax Registration
  • Hotel Licensing and Approvals
  • The Hotel Market in Cambodia
  • Best Cities for Hotel Investments in Cambodia

Can foreigners buy hotels in Cambodia?

The same as it goes in most other Southeast Asian countries, with an exception for Singapore and Malaysia, you cannot buy hotels as a foreign individual in Cambodia.

Foreigners can only get hold of strata-titled units which are typically located in condominiums. Continue reading Investing in Cambodia Hotels: The Ultimate Guide

Buying Hotels in Indonesia: The Ultimate Guide

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Indonesia has one of the most promising real estate markets in Asia and mainly held back by unfavorable ownership regulations. Buying real estate here isn’t as easy compared to neighboring countries like Malaysia.

With that said, Indonesia becomes increasingly popular among foreign investors. It’s mainly thanks to the young and rapidly urbanizing workforce that will drive growth in sectors like hospitality, eCommerce, and manufacturing.

Investing in hotels here can be a big undertaking and requires thorough planning. To give you a helping hand, I have written this article where I explain the basics when investing in Indonesian hotels.

Topics covered in this article

  • Can foreigners buy hotels in Indonesia?
  • Proposed Changes to Indonesian Foreign Ownership Laws
  • Requirements to Open a Hotel in Indonesia
  • Interesting Cities and Islands for Hotel Investments in Indonesia
  • FAQ

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Buying Hotels in the Philippines: A Complete Guide

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The Philippines is a preferred location among foreign investors and one of the top-ranking countries in our yearly Asia Property Index.

With a large and young English-speaking workforce, this nation becomes increasingly interesting among residential and commercial real estate investors alike. Transparent and generous visa regulations further add to the demand.

With that said, the pandemic hit hard on the Philippines. Thousands of new hotel rooms were planned in the coming years, many that might now be postponed.

Hopefully, we will see a rebound when the economic climate starts to get better. Continue reading Buying Hotels in the Philippines: A Complete Guide