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

Investing in Malaysia Hotels: A Complete Guide

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Malaysia is the home to several popular tourist destinations, including Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Perhentian Island, Tioman Island, Langkawi, and Redang Island.

With almost 30 million visitors yearly, Malaysia continues to attract everything from foreign retirees who opt-in for the MM2H visa, medical tourists, and travelers.

Malaysia further tries to boost tourism, for example, through its Visit Malaysia 2020 program. Unfortunately, the government couldn’t pursue this plan due to the COVID-19 crisis.

But we will most likely see a rebound once the market opens again.

Topics covered in this article:

  • Can foreigners buy hotels in Malaysia?
  • Regulations and Licensing of Hotels
  • The Malaysian Hotel Industry
  • Best Cities for Hotel Investments in Malaysia

Can foreigners buy hotels in Malaysia?

Malaysia has some of the most relaxed foreign property ownership regulations in Southeast Asia. Continue reading Investing in Malaysia Hotels: A Complete Guide

Investing in Vietnam Hotels: A Foreigner’s Guide

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The Vietnam tourism industry has grown with double digits year-on-year and it’s set to compete with countries like Thailand and the Philippines.

The pandemic has undoubtedly affected the market, but analysts also believe that it will be one of the fastest to recover.

We’ve seen increasingly more activity among foreign investors who look for opportunities to enter the hotel market. That’s why we have written this article and where you will learn the following:

  • Can foreigners buy hotels in Vietnam?
  • Hotel Ownership Regulations for Foreigners
  • Hotel Prices in Vietnam
  • Best Cities for Hotel Investments

Can foreigners buy hotels in Vietnam?

As mentioned in my separate article about buying residential property in Vietnam, foreign individuals have no issues to acquire 30% of the units in a commercial condominium project. Continue reading Investing in Vietnam Hotels: A Foreigner’s Guide

Investing in New Zealand Commercial Property: Full Guide

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New Zealand has seen significant residential price increases in the past years and is frequently talked about in the media. Yet, the commercial property market is not as competitive and offer higher yields than the residential market on average.

Compared to many developing countries in the Asia Pacific, you’ll find it easier to buy real estate here as a foreigner. In this article, I cover the following topics:

  • Can foreigners buy commercial property in New Zealand?
  • Requirements when Buying Commercial Real Estate
  • Commercial Property Types Available for Foreigners in New Zealand
  • Best Cities in New Zealand For Commercial Property Investments
  • Commercial Property Taxes
  • FAQ

Can foreigners buy commercial property in New Zealand?

New Zealand is an open economy with property ownership regulations that bring many similarities to that of Australia. Continue reading Investing in New Zealand Commercial Property: Full Guide

Investing in Hong Kong Commercial Property: The Definitive Guide

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Hong Kong has one of the most active property markets globally where office space prices in the CBD capture most of the headlines.

As Asia’s financial hub, it’s not strange that you can find plenty of commercial property investment opportunities here. Before you start, it’s important that you learn what regulations apply, what taxes you have to pay, and more.

In this article, you learn the following:

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Buying Commercial Property in Malaysia: A Complete Guide

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Malaysia is a culturally diverse and developed nation by Southeast Asian standards. It has a complex economy that is driven, not only by tourism and agriculture, but financial services, manufacturing, petroleum, and natural gas.

Thanks to favorable and transparent property ownership regulations, many overseas investors decide to set foot here. Here, the commercial property market is less spoken about in the media, even if it’s less competitive and with comparatively lower prices than the residential ditto. Continue reading Buying Commercial Property in Malaysia: A Complete Guide

Investing in Cambodia Commercial Property: Complete Guide

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Cambodia is one of the smallest and least developed countries in Southeast Asia and continues to attract overseas investors, due to various reasons.

Its ease of doing business, openness to foreigners, and economic growth are undoubtedly fueling the demand.

Investing in strata-titled residential real estate is comparatively easy to buying commercial real estate, like condos. This is the only option foreigners have in countries like Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

However, Cambodia’s commercial real estate market becomes increasingly interesting, a reason why we have written this article.

Topics covered in this article:

  • Can foreigners buy commercial property in Cambodia?
  • Commercial Property Types Available to Foreigners in Cambodia
  • Best Cities in Cambodia For Commercial Property Investments
  • Commercial Property Taxes
  • FAQ

Can foreigners buy commercial property in Cambodia?

Foreign individuals can only buy strata-titled units and apartments in Cambodia, typically new condominium units. This is the standard in other Southeast Asian countries. Continue reading Investing in Cambodia Commercial Property: Complete Guide

Investing in Singapore Commercial Property: The Ultimate Guide

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If you read this article, you’ve probably understood that residential property is not your only option when investing in Singapore.

This small nation has a transparent system with favorable ownership regulations compared to most of its neighbors, making it a preferred choice for commercial property investments.

In this article, you’ll learn how foreigners can buy commercial property in Singapore, what the benefits are, about commercial property taxes, if you can get loans when buying commercial property, and more.

Can foreigners buy commercial property in Singapore?

Singapore might be one of the most expensive places to buy property in Asia, but it’s also one of the best in terms of foreign property ownership rights. Continue reading Investing in Singapore Commercial Property: The Ultimate Guide

Investing in Taiwan Commercial Property: A Complete Guide

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Taiwan was named the world’s third-best investment destination by US-based Business Environment Risk Intelligence SA in 2018, only behind Singapore and Switzerland.

This small island has gained more interest since the trade war intensified between the US and China. Besides, the protests in Hong Kong have resulted in more investments from Hong Kong.

Major local and foreign companies, such as Google, plan to invest hundreds of millions of US dollars in Taiwan in the coming years. The commercial property market has been strong recently and is not as overpriced as the residential market.

In this article, I explain how it works when investing in Taiwan’s commercial property market as a foreigner, how much you need to pay in tax, where you should buy, and more.

Let’s get started.

Can foreigners buy commercial property in Taiwan?

Taiwan has favorable foreign property ownership regulations compared to Mainland China and many Southeast Asian countries. Here, you can purchase property as an individual or through a company.

Having said that, you need government approval first, which is based on a reciprocal arrangement. Simply put, Taiwanese companies and private individual investors should be allowed to acquire real estate in your home country or in the country where your company has its main office.

Mainland Chinese are subject to stricter regulations and have been able to invest in Taiwan real estate since 2002. On the contrary to other foreigners, they need to make applications to the Investment Commission of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and sometimes to the MOI.

You can also establish a local company referred to as Foreign Investment Approval (FIA) companies. This will allow you to acquire and lease real estate in Taiwan. Continue reading Investing in Taiwan Commercial Property: A Complete Guide

Investing in China Commercial Property: Complete Guide

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

Having said that, 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