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INVESTMENT POTENTIAL FOR 2014
An Overview of Bangkok Real Estate
WHAT DOES 2014 LOOK LIKE FOR PROPERTY INVESTORS?
If you have ever thought about investing in South East Asia (SEA),
specifically in property, then you will find this guide useful.
As Europe struggles to recover from the financial crisis, SEA has
been steaming ahead, and the future outlook shows no signs of
letting up any time soon. Capitalizing in Asia’s real estate market
is one of the most solid ways to get a good return on investment,
as many savvy investors are already finding out.
Reasons to Invest in Bangkok Real Estate
Investing in Thailand’s property market makes good sense, and there is no place with faster
growth than the Thai capital. Apart from being an exciting, thriving, cosmopolitan city, there are
no signs of a slowdown in new condominium projects for 2014 and beyond.
Furthermore, Bangkok has achieved “The World’s Best City Award” for four consecutive years
(2010-2013) by the publication “Travel and Leisure Magazine” And in October, 2013 in the annual
Expat Explorer Survey, Thailand came top as the country which offers the best quality of life for
expatriates. Without doubt, this is one of the most prosperous nations in the entire region.
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Urbanization Driving South East Asia's Housing Demand
More and more people are moving into cities with each passing year, especially in Asian countries,
and that’s creating a huge demand for accommodation (see below):
In the next 20 years, global urbanization is set to increase from 50% to 80%
Most of this urbanization is happening in Asia (the world’s most populous continent)
The demand for property in cities like Bangkok continues to increase to meet demand
Investing in well located Bangkok Real Estate a wise move.
As you can see, the forecast for the Asian region looks rosy and Thailand is no exception.
Ten Years of Real Estate Growth in Bangkok – 2003-2013
Investing in a buy-to-let property in Bangkok,
or a property you want to live in yourself, will
experience capital gains of approximately 45% annually over a 10 year period. In 2003
the average price for a luxury, Grade A
property in Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Road was just
THB 60,000/sqm (US$ 2 000/sqm).
Now, in 2014, just 10 years on, the average
price for the same properties is THB
120,000/sqm (US$ 4 000/sqm). That’s a
100% increase in just a decade! These figures
alone demonstrate the value of investing in
Bangkok real estate.
Rental Returns of 10-11% on New Properties
However, there are other advantages to investing in Bangkok's residential property market, one of
those being the rental returns. Back in 2003 it was easy to get rental returns of 10-11%, even on
brand new properties, however due to the expansion in the supply of condos for the Greater
Bangkok area, and the rapid rise in property prices, returns are more like 5-6% in the current market
for new properties bought at today’s prices. Even so, this still easily trumps comparative rentals in
other major capitals of the world, such as London, Sydney, New York, Paris, etc., which tend to see
around 2-3% returns on newly acquired properties.
There will always be those more sceptical investors who tend to think that Bangkok real estate is a
risky business, not least because of the ongoing political instability the country has seen in recent
years. But the fact remains that the coup of 2006, and then the massive Red and Yellow shirt
demonstrations of recent times, have had little impact on real estate.
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This is, without doubt, an incredibly resilient country. It's by no coincidence that the Old Siam has
been given the nickname by other nations of "Teflon Thailand" so called because whatever turmoil
hits the country, nothing ever seems to stick. Nothing!
Thailand’s 2008 Condominium Act Amendments
The 1979 Thailand Condominium Act (allowing foreigners to own a finite number of units outright)
has not changed. In fact, the most recent amendment to this law (which occurred in 2008) actually
increased the protection for alien investors, and therefore made condo purchases even less risky. It
is no surprise then, that 17% of condominium units in Bangkok are owned by foreign nationals.
The Upsurge in New Condominiums Projects
The other negative comment that is often made in regards to investing in Bangkok real estate is the
recent increase in the supply of condominiums onto the market. It’s true, there has been an upsurge
in the numbers of properties launched these past few years, but many of these developments have
been sold out quite quickly to both foreign and local investors.
The Bangkok Rail Transit Network
The advent of Bangkok’s Mass Transit System (BTS Skytrain), and later the Metropolitan Rapid
Transit (MRT Subway) dramatically changed the landscape - and skyline - of central Bangkok.
This transportation network has successfully anchored the city to these lines, and needless to say
that the vast majority of new Bangkok condominiums, apartments and town houses, have been built
within close proximity to the BTS and MRT stations.
There was an obvious and unavoidable lag as local Thai people and expats adjusted to the new
transport system, but we are now in the full swing of the ‘Skytrain generation’.
Searching for Property Along the BTS and MRT
If you look for accommodation using our “Search by BTS and MRT” search tool, you will see that
most new developments have sprung up within a 500m – 1km radius of a BTS or MRT station, with
some others being only a 50 – 100m walk away. There are also a few select properties that are
actually linked to a station. It therefore goes without saying that these are the easiest and fastest
properties to rent out or sell, and it is only the mispricing of a minority of individual landlords above
market prices that may lead to a delay in finding a suitable tenant of buyer.
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