Buying a Condo in Bangkok

Buying a Condo in Bangkok has many options. If you are looking at buying a condo in Thailand, then you are more likely to look at buying a condo in Phuket or a condo unit in Bangkok or Hua Hin. The property market in Bangkok is always changing as more people are looking at developments on the outskirts of the city or close to the BTS or MRT stations. You should also look at other issues such as transferring your money into Thailand as well as property transfer fees and building restrictions.

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Bangkok Property Brief

This year being 2018 there are more than 14,000 condo units have entered the market during the first quarter of the year. This is only a brief overview of the Bangkok property market for the year. More than 53% of all new units came on the market on the peripheral areas of Bangkok. Units on the peripheral area of Bangkok made up just over 53% while units on the city fringe made up just over 42% with only about 3% being units available in the city center.

Condominium units in the CBD has averaged THB 213,169 per sqm while those of the fringe averaged in at THB 117,134 per sqm. Many Asian buyers are looking at the city fringe and periphery such as Sukhumvit, Paholyothin and Thonburi in Bangkok. The foreign buyers for Bangkok compared to buying a condo in Phuket is also different with the bulk of buyers in Bangkok being from international buyers, especially those from Mainland China, Japan and Hong Kong.

Buying a Condo in Bangkok

Ekamai and Thonglor will continue to remain in the limelight for its location as well as being the high end market in the CBD.

Bangkok’s prime and super prime condominium market has seen good growth as usual. It has seen 21,330 units enter the market in 2017 which was a massive jump on the year before. The majority of these units had been in the Sukhumvit and Central Lumpini area which are prime spots in Bangkok as the land is becoming very expensive.

The average price for prime property in Bangkok last year had hit THB 366,745 per sqm. This market is set to grow further without the possible increase in mortgage rate affecting it as many of these units are wealthy buyers who do not require mortgage bonds. A breakdown of these investment properties brought on the market had been broken down as follows – 34% were in Sukhumvit, followed by 24% in Central Lumpini and 11% in Rama 4.

Look at the market over the past 9 years, the prime property market went from 190,000 THB sqm in 2009 to about 230,000 THB sqm while for the super prime properties it has jumped from about 260,000 THB sqm to 356,000THB square meter in the 9-year period.

Note that the super prime condominiums represent the top 1% of the Bangkok condominium market in the 15m THB plus category or condo units that cost more than 250,000 THB sqm. If you are looking at investing in property in Bangkok then see the articles on depositing money, property developers as well as zoning and building restrictions. There are also views on the Phuket property market and the Pattaya as well as the Hua Hin property market for condominiums.

Always seek legal advice in Thailand for a qualified property lawyer

August 2018

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If you are going to buy a condominium in Bangkok then you need to understand the basic property laws and issues which may arise when you buy any real estate. If you did no do a due diligence on the property then you may encounter someone has a right of habitation over the property or a lease agreement which you did not know about. There could very well also be a usufruct registered over the property or that a the property was build using a superficies which you did not know about. It could also have been developed in the incorrect zoning or worst, it was built outside of the building restrictions which means it might be demolished. 

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Buying a Condo in Bangkok FAQ


3 things you need to consider when buying a condo

You need to decide if you can live in that space.The condo units are getting smaller close to the mass transit system as the land is becoming more expensive. Who built the property and hence the quality of the build is important. Finally, would you pay that price at home?

Consider why you are buying the condo. Is it for investment or for retirement. The rental market in Thailand is very cyclical. There are also many units on the market for rent. Can you afford the unit even when not occupied as the condo fees still need to be paid?

Yes foreigners can buy condominium units in Bangkok. You will note that foreigners are not allowed to own more than 49% of the condo units in the building. You can ask the seller who holds the title deed, being either him or a Thai company.

The cost of condo units in Bangkok vary. They will normally start at about 1 million Thai Baht and move upwards from there. The high-end investment units can go well over 20 million Thai Baht. Location also affects the prices as well as the quality of the build.