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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.

Property types

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Top Real Estate Agencies in Phuket: A Complete Guide

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Phuket is one of the most visited resort islands in the world and attracts tons of tourists and people who simply want to settle down here. It’s not strange with such a breathtaking nature and quality of life offered.

With all the foreigners pouring into Phuket, we’ve also seen a number of real estate agencies setting up offices over the years. Therefore, I decided to write this article, where I explain more about some of the biggest and most popular real estate agencies in Phuket.

Introductory remark

a. While there are a number of large established brands that have set up satellite offices in Phuket, I will mainly focus on the ones who have Phuket as their primary location of doing business. Some companies that sell properties in Phuket and that I’ve already written about in my article about real estate agencies in Bangkok are, for example:

  • Colliers International
  • CBRE
  • RE/MAX
  • Knight Frank
  • JLL

b. The agencies are listed in a random order.

Most of them have years of experience working in Phuket and with a number of both locals foreigners in their companies. Let’s have a look.

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Top Real Estate Agencies in Bangkok: A Complete Guide

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Bangkok is one of the most visited cities in the world and attracts many entrepreneurs, expats and digital nomads. Even if people claim that you can get better yields in places like Cambodia, it’s getting increasingly popular among foreigners to buy in Bangkok.

In fact, price appreciations are not always the most important, the feeling of owning a property, especially in a place like Bangkok, can be an amazing feeling. Not to neglect, some people can’t simply afford to buy back home. If you buy in the right area, the capital gain can be quite decent (more about that in this article).

However, it’s not always easy to know which real estate agency you should turn to for help. Finding a reputable and credible agent is crucial to successfully buy a property. Therefore, I decided to write this article where I’ve listed (in random order) some of the most reputable real estate agencies in Bangkok.

Let’s have a look.

1. Colliers International Thailand

Colliers is one of the biggest real estate agencies in the world with 400 offices in almost 70 countries, including Thailand. The head office is located in Bangkok and has a management team of 14 persons, mixed with both Thai nationals and foreigners.

The Bangkok office was established in 2007 and they also have a presence in Pattaya and Hua Hin, employing around 250 people in total. Colliers International Thailand has managed a number of acquisitions of local real estate agencies, including Pasupat Realty Co. Ltd., in 2007 and FirstService in 2015.

Clients on the list include Bangkok Bank, Siam Commercial Bank, Siam Piwat and Singha. Saying that Colliers is one of the top real estate agencies in Thailand is not a bold statement.

Property types and areas

Includes both residential and commercial properties, like condos, apartments, villas, multifamily projects, hotels, land, offices and more.

Most properties up for listing are located in Bangkok, but you’ll be able to find a number of options in other cities as well.

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Top Real Estate Agencies in Thailand: The Ultimate Guide

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Thailand is the first choice for many Asians and expats who decide to buy either a lifestyle property or investment property overseas. Places like Bangkok and Phuket are some of the most visited cities in the world and there are plenty of reasons for that.

You also have a number of real estate agencies to choose among, but information about agencies is rarely summarized. Therefore I decided to write this article, listing some of the top real estate agencies in Thailand.

Today, you’ll learn about the following:

  • Introduction about the companies
  • Property types & areas served
  • Recognition and awards
  • Projects managed
  • Address to head office in Thailand

Let’s have a look.

1. Colliers International Thailand

Colliers International is one of the most established and reputable real estate agencies in the world, their head office is based in Seattle, Washington. They also have around 400 offices in 68 countries, including Thailand.

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Buying Property in Chonburi: A Beginner’s Guide

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Thailand is the first choice for many Asians or foreigners who live in the region and want to find either an investment property or lifestyle property.

While places like Phuket, Bangkok and Pattaya have seen a great influx of foreigners, there are a number places that get more investment, tourists and that simply become increasingly more interesting.

In this article, I explain how you can buy property in a province located in the Eastern parts of Thailand, namely Chonburi. The province will receive much investment over the years and is getting more appreciated by foreigners.

Let’s have a look.

Chonburi property market

Chonburi has a number of popular resort cities, with proximity to the capital, located along the shoreline. With investment in residential projects (among others) the province is predicted to perform well.

As property become more expensive in places like Phuket (not to neglect, flooded with tourists), many people turn to places like Chonburi City and Rayong. Sure, Pattaya is also located in Chonburi, but you also have a number of other interesting options.

Developers have also started to focus more on these cities: This report from Collier’s speaks for itself.

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Buying Property in Ko Samui: The Ultimate Guide

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Ko Samui is popular among foreigners who wish to settle down in Thailand, or just stay there for a couple of weeks, recharging their batteries from the hustle and bustle back home.

I have a number of friends and old colleagues who have Ko Samui as their first choice when choosing among different resort islands in Asia. I’m not surprised.

Today, I will explain some of the basics you need to know when buying property in Ko Samui: About the market, local property regulations you probably haven’t heard of, and more.

Ko Samui property market

Being the second largest island in Thailand, Ko Samui is more relaxed and with a market that is less mature than Phuket’s.

You should also keep in mind that there are some differences in regulations when buying property in Ko Samui compared to other places, something I will explain more about in this article.

Famous for attracting foreigners to buy a plot of land to build a house in the past, it’s becoming increasingly popular to buy condos and off-plan – simply letting someone else doing the work for you.

Even if condos become increasingly popular, buying a house has been and is a preferred choice.

So who buys property in Ko Samui?

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How to Buy Land in Thailand: A Complete Guide

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Many foreigners who have visited Thailand decides to move there full-time and want to buy land to build a house on. But buying land in a developing country, where the government doesn’t favor foreigners, you need to be careful before signing any purchasing agreements.

In this article, I explain how you can buy land in Thailand and about the most common title deeds used.

Can foreigners buy land in Thailand?

This question is a bit tricky and needs a couple of paragraphs to explain.

Yes, you can buy and control land through different local setups, but you can’t generally own land as a foreigner. Thailand, like many other countries in the region (except for Malaysia), has protective regulations towards foreign ownership.

If you live in Thailand, speak the language and have a Thai spouse, things become a bit easier though. In total, you have four different ways to buy and control land, which I will explain more about now.

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