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The 6 Cheapest Places to Buy Real Estate in Asia

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A commonly asked question among property buyers is where they can find the cheapest properties.

One should bear in mind though that it’s not easy, nor very important, to discuss property prices on national levels. It’s better to focus on a handful of cities, or the capitals, places where a big part of investors tend to go.

Before we deep dive into this article, I also want to inform that I haven’t taken countries such as Mongolia, North Korea, Brunei and Sri Lanka into consideration.

6. Thailand

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4 Asian Countries with Long Term & Real Estate Investment Visas

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Before you pick a location for your next Asian property investment, it’s important that you do some research about the visa options available.

Having a long term visa, might it be an investment visa, will bring relaxation and not forcing you to leave a country every month, or so.

Luckily, you’ll find a handful of countries in Asia who have understood that foreigners want to stay there long term, bringing decent cash to the local economy.

In this article, I list 4 Asian countries that offer long term and real estate investments visas to foreigners. Let’s have a look.

1. Thailand

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Thailand is the most visited country in Southeast Asia for many reasons. Expats, travelers and other foreigners alike can easily get accustomed to the high quality of life.

Personally, Thailand is one of my favorite countries to visit in Asia, I often make a trip once in a while, to recharge my batteries.

Even if Thailand might not be the best place for investors with a high risk appetite and to maximize yields, many foreigners (for example example Hong Kongers and Japanese) want to have property in a place that’s ‘livable’.

Proximity to their home countries is also of importance.

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The 6 Best Places to Buy Real Estate in Thailand

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Thailand is one of the most popular countries when foreigners and expats look for overseas properties in Asia. With millions of tourist arrivals a year, it’s also one of my top choices.

Thailand has a number of choices to choose between, with everything from Chiang Mai, a cultural center listed as a UNESCO heritage, to the bustling nightlife in Bangkok, and white beaches in Phuket.

In this article, I list the 6 best places to buy real estate in Thailand.

1. Bangkok

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Bangkok is one of the most developed cities and the commercial center in Thailand, making it a top destination for foreign property buyers. Statistics show that around 3 million foreigners live in Thailand, where the biggest part stays in Bangkok.

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The 4 Best Countries to Buy Real Estate in Asia

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Investing in overseas property is one of the biggest decisions that many foreigners make.

Before you prepare for success, it’s important that you understand your overseas market, what ownership regulations that apply, if you can easily transfer your money out of the country, what taxes that apply, and more.

To give you a helping hand, I decided to write this article, where I give you my own personal reflections, backed by data.

Let’s review the 4 best countries to buy real estate in Asia.

Remark

In this article, I don’t only take yields into consideration, or target investors with a high risk appetite. I also take property taxes, land ownership regulations, capital controls and the easiness to get long term visas into my assessment.

This article is not for people who look for investment properties merely.

Market cycles, and where countries stand right now, is also of importance, of course. Many news channels and experts say that Singapore, Indonesia and India looks promising at the moment.

The Singaporean market has seen a downturn in the past years, and has started to recover. India is getting increasingly more interesting, as it grows fast economically, while Indonesia follows a similar path, with much investment in infrastructure.

4. The Philippines

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The Philippines is, together with Cambodia and Vietnam, one of the fastest growing countries in Asia. With a growing middle class, favorable demographics, and an English speaking low cost workforce, more and more corporations and investors turn to this country.

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Top 5 Countries With Asia’s Highest Yields

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Buying property overseas needs thorough consideration and planning. The rental yield is one of the most important aspects to many investors. Future outlook, capital appreciations, living standards and personal preferences are important to others.

A frequently asked question is in which countries foreign buyers can find the highest rental yields in Asia.

I’ve done some vast research, but found little information, most websites pointing to one source.

Therefore, I decided to write about this topic myself. In this article, I list the countries with the highest rental yields in Asia.

Introductory remark

I’ve intentionally excluded Cambodia from this article, as I couldn’t find sufficient data and sources.

CBRE Cambodia claims that residential rental yields ‘can’ reach between 5-7% in Phnom Penh, a general number which makes it hard to compare.

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Koh Samui Property Market Outlook: By Conrad Properties Co.

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Koh Samui is one of the most popular destinations for foreign travelers and property buyers alike in Thailand. It’s a great substitute if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle in Bangkok, enjoy the white beaches, mountainous rainforests, and thrive in a community with many foreigners. You’ll be able to find everything from low-priced properties to high-end luxury resorts on this cozy and romantic island.

Before buying a property, it’s important that you get investment advice. Not only buying at the right time, but also the right type of property is crucial to maximize yields and capital appreciations.

Conrad Properties Co. is an established real estate agency on Koh Samui, it was founded by Conrad Krawczyk who has over 10 years of experience working in real estate in Asia. The company has helped many foreigners to buy property on Koh Samui, and always put their clients needs first.

In this article, Conrad shares fruitful information about the property market in Koh Samui, his own projection on the coming years, what kind of property that is in demand, and more. Let’s see what he has to say.

How’s the property market in Koh Samui at the moment?

The future of the market looks positive for the long-term. Short-term capital appreciation is still possible, but not to the extent of the ‘property boom’ prior to the global economic recession, however healthy long-term capital gains over 5 years are realistic. High short-term rental yields of 10-20% NET returns are possible with the right properties, in the right locations and with the right marketing.

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Getting a Property Loan in Thailand: A Complete Guide

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Thailand is one of the prime destinations when foreigners look for investment and lifestyle property in Asia. Even if the country started to develop decades back, and is far ahead of countries like Vietnam, you’ll see a limited amount of loan options available.

Still, there are a handful of international banks and other loan providers that are worth contacting.

It’s important that you have a fundamental understanding of the application process and what documents that banks require. In this guide, I explain the basics you need to know when applying for a property loan in Thailand.

Process when applying for a property loan in Thailand

It was virtually impossible for foreigners to obtain property loans and mortgages in Thailand in the past. Things have become a bit easier since 2005, when Bangkok Bank and UOB Singapore started offering loans, but still, I wouldn’t say that there are many options available.

The same as it goes in Vietnam, things will become remarkably easier if you’re married to a Thai spouse. You should preferably also have lived in Thailand for at least one year (working) or be a permanent resident.

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Top Property Management Companies in Thailand: A Complete Guide

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You’ve finally bought that property in Thailand but realize that you won’t be able to maintain it. You simply don’t have the time or will-power to do it. Or you simply live in another country! Luckily, you have a number of property management companies that can do it for you.

In this article, I present some of the most popular property management companies in the following places:

  • Bangkok
  • Phuket
  • Pattaya
  • Koh Samui

Introductory remark

The companies are listed in a random order.

Bangkok

Below I’ve listed property management companies in Bangkok.

1. CBRE

CBRE Group, Inc. is a global property management companya based in the US. The head office of the company is situated in Los Angeles and it’s the largest publicly traded commercial property management company in the world, with more than 70,000 employees and 400 offices in different cities.

CBRE (Thailand) Co., Ltd. was established in 1998 when they opened their first office in Bangkok, being the first international property management company to start its operations in Thailand.

Since then, they’ve managed to expand to Phuket and currently have around 800 employees working in both offices. So who’s running CBRE Thailand?

Aliwassa Pathnadabutr has worked as the managing director since 2005. She’s a graduate from the Kent State University, and has worked with some of the leading Thai real estate developers in last two decades. She’s regarded as a leading authority in the Thai property market.

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Top Conveyancing Lawyers in Thailand: A Complete Guide

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Thailand is one of the most popular countries for overseas property buyers who want to have an income generator, a retreat to spend a couple of months a year or they’ve simply decided to settle down.

Even if Thailand offers a great quality of life and has attracted a huge amount of foreigners over the decades, it’s still developing and things are not as straightforward compared to developed countries. Therefore, a wise choice is to hire a property lawyer, before you transfer those hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars.

But it’s not that easy to find summarized information about local property lawyers. Therefore, I’ve written this article where I list some of the biggest and most reputable firms in Thailand.

Introductory remark

The firms are listed in a random order.

Bangkok

Below I’ve listed property solicitors with offices in Bangkok.

1. Chaninat & Leeds

Chaninat & Leeds is an international law firm based in Bangkok and was founded by American and Thai attorneys in 1997.

The team includes both Thai, British and American attorneys with a complete knowledge of Thailand’s legal system and real estate laws. The law firm specializes in offering services to foreigners and managed by the American attorney, Joe Leeds.

Joe leads the team of more than 10 multilingual attorneys. He’s been working as a foreign law consultant in Thailand for more than two decades and specializes in real estate and intellectual property law.

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Top Real Estate Agencies in Pattaya: A Complete Guide

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Pattaya is one of the most popular cities in Thailand and attracts a huge number Westerners and Chinese holiday spenders and retirees. Some people also decide to just move here and settling down with their families.

You’ll be able to find many real estate agencies here, opened and run by foreigners. Often, they have decent on the ground experience and of doing business locally.
In this article, I explain about more about some of the biggest and most reputable real estate agencies in Pattaya.

Introductory remark

a. While there are a number of large, multinational brands that sell properties in different cities in Thailand, I will mainly focus on companies who have Pattaya as their primary location of doing business. Some companies that sell properties around Thailand and that I’ve already written about in my article about real estate agencies in Bangkok are, for example:

  • Colliers International
  • CBRE
  • Knight Frank
  • JLL

b. The agencies are listed in a random order.

1. Alan Bolton Property Consultants

Alan Bolton has resided in Pattaya since 1987, working with real estate in Pattaya and surrounding areas. He is the founder and managing director of the company. With more than 3 decades of experience on the ground, Alan Bolton Property Consultants is one of the most popular real estate agencies in Pattaya.

They currently have around 7500 objects up for listing on their website.

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