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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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The 3 Best Places to Buy Real Estate in the Philippines

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The Philippines is big in terms of population. Still, there are not as many options available when buying property, compared to Thailand or Malaysia, for example.

Investors tend to go to the capital Manila, while other foreigners look for more relaxing places, located more towards the South. You’ll notice that the real estate market and prices differ much between different areas.

If you plan to buy property in the Philippines, but not sure where, this article is a must read, where I list the 3 best places to buy property.

1. Metro Manila

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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 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.

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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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A Foreigner’s Guide to Property Loans & Financing in the Philippines

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Philippines is a one of the favorite spots among foreign retirees and investors who wish to buy property in Southeast Asia. It’s one of the fastest growing countries with a young population, we’ve seen many foreign corporations move in over the years.

When many investors look for property, they also want to know what financing options they have. Even if some are able to afford to buy property with cash, it can be a better option to leverage some of the money by applying for a loan.

In this guide, I explain what it takes to get a property loan in the Philippines as a foreigner.

Can foreigners get property loans in the Philippines?

It was virtually impossible for foreigners to get property loans in the Philippines previously. Similar stories have heard of in other developing countries like Vietnam and Cambodia, just to mention a few.

With an economy that’s growing with 7% yearly, and a property market that’s hot among foreign investors, banks have become a bit more relaxed and you have a handful of options to choose among in the Philippines. Unfortunately, many of the banks require that you have a visa status, where a tourist visa is not accepted.

Common visas (or residential status) accepted when applying for loans often include:

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Top Property Management Companies in the Philippines: The Ultimate Guide

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Philippines is becoming an increasingly popular destination for foreign investors. It’s not rare that Chinese investors buy as many as 50-100 units, some also decide to go for a handful of villas.

Naturally, you need a property management company that can take care of the properties for you. In this article, I list some of the most popular property management companies in the Philippines.

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The companies are listed in a random order.

Manila

Below I’ve listed property management companies located in Manila.

1. Santos Knight Frank

Santos Knight Frank was established by Rick Santos in 1994 in Manila as a full-serviced real estate agency. In 2017, the firm formed a partnership with one of the oldest and largest global real estate consultancy- Knight Frank and rebranded as Santos Knight Frank. The London-based consultancy has more than 400 offices in more than 60 countries. Santos Knight Frank has more than 1200 staffs on the team and was recently recognized as Philippines’ best real estate agency at the Asia Pacific Property Award.

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Top Conveyancing Lawyers in the Philippines: A Complete Guide

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There are a number of conveyancing lawyers who operate in the Philippines, I bet they are (and will be) busy in the coming years, as the Philippines continue to be a sought after place for foreign buyers.

But there are many pitfalls you can stumble upon, hiring a local conveyancing lawyer should one of your top priorities. You rarely find summarized information about the top conveyancing lawyers, therefore I decided to write this article where I list some of the most popular firms.

Let’s take a look.

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The firms are listed in a random order.

1. Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos is a full service law firm based in Manila. The law firm was founded 25 years ago, and considered as one of the most well established law firms in Manila.

The team at Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos consists of dozens of partners (31), special counsels, senior associates, and junior associates. In total, they have more than 50 lawyers.

The partners at Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos are senior bar members, with co-founder Mr. Antonio A. Picazo also a member of Philippines bar since 1964. He also co-founded other law firms like Cayetano Bautista and Reyes in 1983 and worked as General Counsel at Union Bank of Philippines.

The company provide legal services to mostly corporate clients, as many financial institutions, large banks, real estate developers, and many other multinational companies are on their client list.

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Top Real Estate Agencies in Manila: A Complete Guide

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Metro Manila is huge in terms of population and size, to many people’s surprise, Manila just make up a small part of this metropolitan area. With a rapidly growing economy, foreigners and especially Chinese investors are pouring in to buy properties.

You’ll be able to find most of the multinational and a number of local real estate agencies, who are ready to cater both locals and foreigners. It’s not rare that people buy a multiple amount of properties (referred to as bulk purchases), to compensate for lower rental yields.

In this article I list some of the top real estate agencies you can find in Metro Manila.

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The real estate agencies are listed in a random order.

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Top Real Estate Agencies in the Philippines: A Complete Guide

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The Philippines grows fast and I often get calls from people who have either bought or are interested in buying properties there. You’ll be able to find a number of real estate agencies, both international and local, who help foreigners to find properties.

It’s not easy to find summarized information about their management, what properties and services that they provide, what achievements they’ve made over the years and more.

Therefore, I’ve written this article where I present some of the most popular real estate agencies in the Philippines. Let’s have a look.

Introductory remark

The real estate agencies are listed in a random order.

1. Marsh Real Estate Agency

Marsh Real Estate Agency was founded in 2007 and is run by Rossanna (Anna) Marie Nisperos (currently serving as Owner & CEO) and Douglas (Doug) J. Marsh (acting as COO and Managing Director).

Property types

Include both commercial and residential real estate, for example:

  • Condos
  • Apartments
  • Houses
  • Office space

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