You can invest in real estate in Thailand for two reasons. The first is you want a house or an apartment that fits your desires. If this is applicable for you, you can skip the next subparagraph.
The second is an investment for only commercial reasons. If you are not quite sure about the question if you should invest your money in real estate, then look in the Guide to Investing in Real Estate which shows you advantages and disadvantages.
How to buy a house in Thailand ?
In principle, any foreigner can buy and legally own a house, an apartment or condominium.
In opposite of an apartment, you can only own a home in Thailand through a company. So if you want to buy a house you'll have to establish a company, which is rather easy to do. To establish a company, you go to a lawyer. The establishment of a limited company will cost you around 20.000 bath and a annual tax from about 5.00 till 10.000 bath; depending of the amount that is involved with your purchase. Another reason you go to a lawyer is that he can check for you if there are any loans on the house you want to buy.
Further he can help you with the contract and the final step; the registration in the land office.To the land office you must present a document which proves that the funds have been remitted to you from oversea in a foreign currency.
Apartments for Sale
How to buy an apartment in Thailand ?
For the purchase of apartment is the same procedure considered as mentioned above. You only don't have to establish a company. The apartment can be put on your name directly; that is if not more of 49 percent of the apartment complex is sold to foreigners. Let this be checked out by your lawyer. Is 49 percent or more of the complex sold to foreigners, than you still can buy the apartment but you can 't put it on your name and you'll have to - the same as if you want to buy a house-establish a company.
How to own land in Thailand ?
If you want to buy land in Thailand you have to follow the same procedure as described above for buying a house. You will have to establish a company first.
An other possibility to own land in Thailand, is though a lease contract for a period of 30 years with an option for another 30 years. The amount involved with such a leasecontract lies in most cases around the price you have to pay if you want to buy the land.
Land in Thailand is measured in rai. One rai is 1600 m2 or 2/5 of an acre.
Houses for Rent
How to rent a home in Thailand ?
When you rent property for a few weeks or month you have to consider that the cost for electric in most cases are not included. To give you an idea, for a normal apartment this cost will amount(depending of your use) between 600 and 2.000 bath per month.
If you want to rent property for a longtime period, you might consider a contract. The basic contracts for rent concern a period of maximum 3 years, during which the rentprice will not change, and an option for another three years. Often a deposit of 2 month rent is asked which only will be returned after you rented the property for the full rentperiod of three years. Also a rentcontract of more than 3 years is possible. You can do this through registration through the landoffice. In this case you have to pay a small percentage of the rent over the full rentperiod in advance
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