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The Thai Baht

The Thai Baht is commonly traded in pairs with major world currencies including the USD, AUS, EUR, GBP and JPY. Since the introduction of the Thai baht, it has been issued as coins, paper money and plastic polymer money. Thailand’s local currency is printed under the authority of the Bank of Thailand, and the coins are made at the Royal Thai Mint, a subsidiary of the treasury department.

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Property in Thailand

If you are considering buying property or any real estate in Thailand then you would be best advised to speak to a property lawyer in Thailand. This is best to ensure that you will get what you pay for especially if you are buying off plan property which can be very risky. Below you will find articles on property law in Thailand and how best to navigate your property purchase in the Kingdom.

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Property Agents & Developers

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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Property Issues

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.

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Thai Property Scams

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.

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Common Property Problems

These would be the most common property problems in Thailand. These also occur on the island of Phuket and other tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand such as Samui and Koh Pha-Ngan. Always talk to a property lawyer in Phuket if you are looking to buy property as they will need to do a due diligence report on the property, developer as well as the land title deed.

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