Many foreigners prefer Koh Samui to Phuket. Samui has much of what Phuket offers however the property market is not a good as the Phuket property market. If you are looking at a large investment then Phuket has more to offer in terms of rental options for your property as well as a growing market price as land becomes less available for development. Samui is less expensive than Phuket however you need to understand their building codes before you buy any property.
Title Deeds in Thailand can be very complicated as there are different title deeds in Thailand and each has its own limitations. They can be ‘upgraded’ to the next level however this does take time and money. The Chanote title deed in Thailand would be what you would expect and would be similar in nature to a title deed in your home country. If you are going to buy property in Thailand or any real estate be it a condo or a villa then take legal advice before hand from a law firm.
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Buying property is not everyone’s idea of retirement in Thailand or living in Thailand. Many expats opt to buy the property after having lived in the property for a few years. There is good reason for that. You might discover that twice a month they hold a disco outside the property or that the traffic on a Monday morning is not what you expected. If you bought then there is no way out and property leasing comes in as a solution.
When dealing with a property agent in Thailand the middle man is normally not authorised to speak on behalf of the developer. This meaning that whatever agreements you made with the agent might not be in the contract when you sign. The large property developers tend to have their own marketing departments who can assist however they do not do the majority of sales in Thailand. Always seek legal advice before you agree to anything.
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When you are buying into a new development in Thailand the developer needs to be properly registered with the Thai government. As explained on this website about property problems, many times the developers take shortcuts to avoid all the paperwork which needs to be completed from the government for the property development to commence. It was also explained why this was important.
With the growth in the property market the Thai government over the last 5 years have stepped on cracking down on what they view as abuse of the property laws and also tax laws. The following are good examples on what they are cracking down on at present. Note that you should always take proper legal advice from an attorney in Thailand so as not to run afoul of the law.
Property sales are not well regulated in Thailand and this is the primary reason why most buyers retain the services of an attorney in Phuket or Thailand to ensure that they understand the law and that they are not going to invest in property that is not what it seems. Property scams are not new and many do make the news in Thailand. Below are some of them from the local Bangkok Post over the past few years.