Superficies is one of the strategies used by expats in Thailand since owning land in Thailand is not possible with millions in investment and permission from the Minister of the Interior for owning 1 Rai of land. Superficies allows you to build on land which you do not own. Many times foreigners will place the land in the name of the wife or child and then build a house on it in their own name after registering a superficies over the property.
If you are going to buy a condominium in Phuket then you should have a property lawyer in Phuket calculate the transfer duty and taxes for you. The transfer costs are also split between the buyer and the seller. Before you buy a condominium always do a due diligence on the property before you sign the sale agreement or provide a deposit on the sale.
The usufruct is a right over a property to use and benefits from its ‘fruits’. Most foreigners in Thailand opt for a usufruct over a property as a safety net during a divorce. The usufruct can either be used to negotiate a better divorce settlement or provide you with a roof over your head until you die. Usufructs are usually registered for a period of 30 years or for the lifetime of the usufruct holder.