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Can Foreigners Buy Property in Thailand?

Category : Buying Real Estate | Posted On 2020-03-20 00:00:00

Can Foreigners Buy Property in Thailand?

Thailand is one of the most stunning countries in the world. With jaw-dropping natural landscapes and stunning beaches, it’s no wonder that tourists flock to Thailand’s shores each year. It’s estimated that 39 million people visited Thailand in 2018, and the tourist numbers continue to grow. 

It's common for foreigners to become curious about owning property in Thailand. The conversation will come up, "do you think we can buy property in Thailand?" 

There's a lot of misinformation about owning property in Thailand. The general perception is that Thai property law is complicated. Actually, the opposite is true. 

The laws relating to foreign property ownership in Thailand are quite clear. Foreigns can buy and own "freehold condominiums". Foreigners can buy and own buildings and structures, such as villas (distinct from the land on which they sit). Foreigners can take leases on land and property in Thailand. Foreigners cannot own land directly.

Buyers become confused about whether or not foreign property ownership is legal in Thailand because of the conflicting information they hear. Can foreigners buy property in Thailand? Of course, they can. 

Investing in Condominiums

Thailand created a bill in 1979 called the Thai Condominium Act. They sought to stimulate foreign investment by extending freehold rights to foreigners. Under this legislation, foreigners can own freehold rights in a condominium. 

Condominiums can be attractive to foreign buyers. Many condominiums today are being built as a lifestyle product with a theme. Facilities can be amazing and the designs tasteful with units that for their size have plenty of storage space. Developers are taking the necessary time to plan and register their properties under the Thai Condominium Act. This helps make it a straightforward purchase for foreign buyers. 

Leasehold in Thailand

When purchasing a leasehold property in Thailand, it is common to come across a 90 year (30+30+30) leasehold structure. 

Leasehold ownership in Thailand is registered at the land office in 30-year blocks. Your contract can grant 2 lease extensions for a total of 90 years. We are seeing more and more foreigners purchase as leaseholds. It has its benefits as taxes on leasehold are much lower in Thailand and it does not have to be declared in your home country.

Leasehold structure is common when a purchase involves land. The villa and structure can be put in a foreigner’s name as freehold. The land under the villa must be leased for 90 (30+30+30) years. To buy property in Thailand, some foreign buyers will set up a Thai company to purchase the land. This is becoming less and less common as the leasehold structure is becoming more and more secure.


Transferring the Money

When buying a condominium in Thailand, you will need to obtain either a foreign exchange transaction form or a confirmation letter of international funds transfers from your bank. This document is presented to the department of land when registering ownership of foreign freehold condominiums.


Foreigners Can Buy Property in Thailand

It's hardly surprising that a lot of people who have traveled overseas have felt the temptation to purchase property in a foreign country.

Whether it's a vacation home, retirement property or just investment, buying a property in Thailand can be rewarding and profitable. There are plenty of attractive real estate opportunities in Thailand for foreigners with new property being constructed each year. 

To browse through some of the best property options or to buy property in Thailand, be sure to check out the listings available on our website. 

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David Henry
David Henry is known for his integrity, high energy and hard work which goes into every detail of your real estate transaction at Phuket Realtor. David grew up in the Boston area and started as a realtor in his 20's. With over 30 years of experience in real estate, he has now started one of the best independent real estate agencies in Thailand, Phuket Realtor.

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