There are many methods for building fortunes in the world today. One of the most accessible even for the common entrepreneur however is real estate investing in Thailand.
In fact, you will find many rags to riches stories are built by investing in the real estate market in Thailand in one form or another if not many methods for investing in this lucrative field.
Thailand Real estate is a great strategy for the investor who is willing to make the time to learn about the options, risks, and potential rewards for this type of investment process.
Some of the more common real estate investments in Thailand are the following:
1) Rental property.
Property in Thailand generally always gains value over time unlike many other investments that may rise and fall quickly and without warning.
The problem is that far too few people can actually afford to hold and maintain multiple properties over an extended and indefinite period of time while waiting for the value to rise.
Many property investors manage to overcome this by renting the properties to tenants during the time when the property values are rising.
This allows the tenants to actually cover the note on the property and even make a nice profit for the investor.
This makes the venture a little less risky though there are risks involved when dealing with tenants (such as property damage, failure to pay the rent, and possible legal woes-the good tenants generally outweigh the bad).
2) Pre-construction investment.
This is a highly speculative, but profitable, sort of property investment that has booms and busts.
The risks involved in this type of investment should not cover up the fact that many millionaires have been created through pre-construction investing and many more will be created in the future.
Pre-construction investing, or off-plan investing, just as its name implies is a type of investment in which investors purchase ‘options’ on the property before ground is broken. This is very popular in high demand areas like Bangkok , Pattaya and Phuket that are known to experience a heavy demand for foreign freehold condos as prices often rise quickly and the units are often sold before they are completed.
3) Flipping houses.
This is a type of property investment I have written about before here.
But in short more and more people have decided to pursue this sort of investment in hopes of creating big profits in a short amount of time and with minimal investment.
The problem is that it always sounds much easier than it is.
Couple this with the fact that many people have unrealistic expectations when it comes to costs and ability and there are always risks involved with this type of investment.
For those who are successful however, there is the potential for great profit in a relatively short amount of time.
4) Buy and hold.
As mentioned above, real estate in Thailand generally tends to gain value over time.
Even if the buildings are in desperate need of tender loving care and repair the very land they are standing on is also gaining great value as the years pass by.
Purchasing large lots of land or even several houses and holding on to them for as long as possible before selling can greatly supplement your retirement funds.
The longer these properties are held the better in most cases as this provides the greatest opportunity for the value of the property to increase as much as possible.
Actually in my 18 years in Thailand I have never seen a property decrease in value simply because the land it sits on is increasing in value every single year!
These are only some of the investment opportunities that exist for those who are interested in real estate for an investment avenue.
There are commercial real estate endeavors that have the potential to bring in big profits as well as the development and planning of housing communities as well.
Needless to say Thailand real estate investing offers many opportunities to the savvy investor.