With one of the most dynamic property industries in Asia and host to a large expat community, Bangkok caters professionally to those seeking buy, sell or lease property. This large city, and a favourite for Asian corporate headquarters is well supplied with numerous real estate agents capable of finding anything from a short-lease apartment to offices in the heart of Sukhumwit Road. Real estate agents and brokers tend to provide a wide range of services, from sale and project management to tenancy management. There are agents such as CB Richard Ellis who have an international reputation in commercial property, and those like Amazing Properties who have a track record of satisfying expats in search of a home. Reputable brokers will help you negotiate rental or buying fees, furniture and other lease agreements. They will also assist you signing contracts in accordance with Thai law, which is crucial since ownership laws are limiting and lease-hold agreements are fraught with potential for fraud and loss. In Bangkok it's advisable to use real estate agents associated with competent and trusted legal firms. It's always best to go with a company you can communicate well with, and there are many under foreign management for peace of mind. Those that maintain a user-friendly and professional website that boasts a large inventory are the most useful to the expat. While it is common for locals to deal directly with a landlord, if you are new Thailand you are strongly advised to use an agent to ensure the lease agreement is legally sound and follows conventions. When dispute arises you will often be at a disadvantage in recovering deposits, or extending leases, and landlords can be notoriously unscrupulous, especially with commercial property. Since Bangkok is large and spread out without a formally planned CBD, you are advised to pick a desired area and then contact local agents for a more targeted search. Rents can vary wildly but it's not uncommon to discover a reasonably priced house rented in Sukhumwit area among expensive condos.
Bangkok realtors - renting tipsRenting property in Bangkok is typically a much easier process then in the West, and it's also a considerable amount cheaper. In order to rent a place you'll need to show a visa (a tourist visa is usually OK), you'll also have to pay a deposit of two months and one month's rent upfront. The best value for money comes when signing contracts for 12 months or longer; however, you can find places that will rent out places for six months, three months, or even month by month. Nowadays there are hundreds of condos that are comparable to the luxury accommodation found in Hong Kong and Singapore. All high-end condo and apartment blocks have great facilities including swimming pools, saunas, Jacuzzis, fitness centres, shops, restaurants, launderettes, and 24-hour security. Houses and town houses can also have great facilities, especially the ones built within the grounds of what's known as a village, or â€˜Moo Baanâ€™ in Thai. These villages can feature all amenities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, restaurants and shops.