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The ins and outs of Alternative Ownership in Thailand

Already popular in more developed markets, the trend towards fractional ownership is growing in Phuket, and in the current economic downturn, it offers opportunities to enjoy luxury products that might otherwise be out of reach. We trace the emergence of the fractional phenomena.

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Thailand Real Estate – Already popular in more developed markets, the trend towards fractional ownership is growing in Phuket, and in the current economic downturn, it offers opportunities to enjoy luxury products that might otherwise be out of reach. We trace the emergence of the fractional phenomena.

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Trading Places – the ins and outs of Alternative Ownership in Thailand


The completion of the Suvarnabhumi-Bangkok International Airport has spurred growth in commercial property markets in eastern Bangkok as well as in the beach resort of Pattaya. Thailand has become even more accessible by air with a wide range if International carriers using Bangkok as a hub. In recent years, there has also been a surge in budge carriers, offering very competitive prices to both local and international destinations.

Real estate developers in 2009 are more cautious and many have professionalized their operations

Thailand’s property market was able to rebound from past crises and there is every reason to believe it will be able to absorb the blow of recent political tensions. The taxation situation has actually improved the conditions for purchasing property in Thailand, and if property prices do dip slightly as a result of the current situation it may actually be a good time to buy as there is a very real possibility Thailand property will regain its golden outlook soon. As a result, the financial condition of most major housing developers in Thailand is much more robust than in the past. The development of the local bond markets and increasing domestic savings has the made the industry much less dependent on foreign funds, a significant difference from 1997.

Trading Places - the ins and outs of Alternative Ownership in Thailand

Trading Places – the ins and outs of Alternative Ownership in Thailand

Falling consumer confidence : The slowing global economy together with unstable local political and economic environments will result in falling consumer sentiment and confidence in Thailand. Consumers will delay home purchases because they will be unsure of current and future incomes – directly affecting real estate demand. The general public will also begin losing confidence in the financial sectors, although not as severely as in foreign countries. Investors earn income from rentals. If the economy turns bad, rental rates and occupancy rate in Thailand may fall, forcing many investors to become sellers.

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