How to Buy Industrial Real Estate in Australia: A Full Guide

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Australia has one of the most developed industrial real estate markets in Asia.

Mining, construction, agriculture, electronics production, and automotive are at the core of domestic production, contributing much to the economy.

Yet, we’ve seen little investments in the industrial property market by comparison as the retail and office markets get most of the attention. Both local and overseas investors have followed this trend.

This is changing and the industrial market is pacing up due to the rise of eCommerce and the need for advanced logistics facilities.

The demand for industrial real estate will increase as companies take measures due to shortages and excess inventories experienced during the pandemic. We review this in greater detail later.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in Australia?
  • Investment Threshold Values for FIRB Approval
  • Australia’s Industrial Real Estate Market
  • Industrial Clusters in Australia

Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in Australia?

Investing in industrial real estate is generally straightforward and regulations transparent. Continue reading How to Buy Industrial Real Estate in Australia: A Full Guide

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

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

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

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

Buying Office Space & Buildings in the Philippines: A Complete Guide

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Philippines is one of the fastest-growing countries in ASEAN and a top-performer in our annual Asia Property Index.

Low taxes, generous visa options, real estate prices, and rental yields are the main drivers behind the high score and why many foreigners see the Philippines as a great investment destination.

The office market is predicted to perform well in the Philippines in the coming years as it recovers from the pandemic and we will see increased demand from local and foreign firms.

Being a developing country, investing in office space and buildings can be challenging and involves the risk of coming across costly pitfalls though. In this article, I explain the basics when buying office space in the Philippines.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy office space in the Philippines?
  • The Office Market in the Philippines
  • Major Commercial Cities in the Philippines
  • Leasing Office Space
  • Investing in REITs

Can foreigners buy office space in the Philippines?

Foreign individuals cannot buy commercial real estate in the Philippines, but generally, only have access to strata-titled condominiums or office units. Continue reading Buying Office Space & Buildings in the Philippines: A Complete Guide

How to Buy Industrial Real Estate in Indonesia: A Full Guide

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Indonesia’s manufacturing sector plays a vital role in its economy, contributing to around 20% of the total GDP. The government’s goal of making Indonesia a top 10 economy by 2030 can only be met with manufacturing at its core.

Previously, Indonesia was famous for the production of agricultural products, including tobacco, rubber, coffee, tea, and sugar, for example.

Now, Indonesia has become a prime-spot for producers of automotive parts, cars, electronics, petrochemical products, and textiles in Southeast Asia, something that will continue to drive the economy in the coming decade.

As a result, we see a growing demand from foreign companies that want to invest in industrial real estate in Indonesia, something we review in detail in this article.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in Indonesia?
  • Using a PMA Company to Invest in Industrial Property
  • Indonesia’s Industrial Real Estate Market
  • Industrial Clusters in Indonesia
  • Industrial Parks

Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in Indonesia?

Indonesia is infamous for having tough foreign ownership regulations and commercial property, including industrial real estate, is not available to foreign individuals. Continue reading How to Buy Industrial Real Estate in Indonesia: A Full Guide

Investing in Thailand Industrial Real Estate: The Complete Guide

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Thailand and particularly the areas around Bangkok serve as some of Southeast Asia’s most important manufacturing hubs.

Foreign companies, many from Japan, have operated here for decades and helped Thailand to develop advanced supply chains and manufacturing capabilities by Southeast Asian standards.

This brings a demand for industrial real estate among foreign companies. However, due to complex ownership regulations and common pitfalls, navigating Thailand’s industrial property market is not the easiest task on hand.

In this article, I go into greater detail and explain how it works when investing in industrial real estate as a foreigner in Thailand.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in Thailand?
  • Thailand’s Industrial Real Estate Market
  • Industrial Clusters in Thailand
  • Thailand’s Importance as a Manufacturing Location

Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in Thailand?

Foreign individuals can own 49% of condominium units in branded projects, but generally not commercial property such as industrial real estate. Continue reading Investing in Thailand Industrial Real Estate: The Complete Guide