Finding a Great Place in Thailand
Moving to Southeast Asia is one of the best choices you could make when it comes to both your business and your personal life. Many people visit Southeast Asia for a couple of weeks and like to stay in condos or houses instead of hotels. Some people, typically those who are moving there for business, move there for months. They’re either moving there to help set up a business, or they’re doing temporary business in the region. However long you intend to stay, you’re going to need to find a place that best suits your needs.
A Great Broker
Unless you already live there and have connections to the real estate world, you’re going to need someone to help you navigate the real estate in Thailand. The real estate market in the area is incredibly complex, diverse, and ever-changing. Those changes occur for several reasons. For one, the economy and business climate of Thailand is one that is growing very rapidly. Things that might have been true a few years ago are no longer true, which is the way it works in incredibly dynamic economies. You’re going to need someone to help you find a place at fair market value. If you don’t live in Thailand and don’t have your ear to the ground, you might not know what counts as fair market value and what areas you should live in.
A great agency can help you navigate the process. The very best agencies will handle as much or as little as you want them to.
For many people, they simply want a listing of houses and apartments for sale or rent. They’ll handle pretty much all of the details from there. Other people want a real estate broker who will show them different apartments or houses, advise them on certain locations for moving, help them analyze different options, and facilitate the signing of a lease. The option that is right for you depends on your familiarity with Thailand. However, you should first make sure that you are signing on with a company that gives you the options to pick your level of involvement. If you want to take a very active role, you should be able to—and if you want to take a hands-off approach, you should be able to do that as well.
Contact All Agents
Some of the best facilitators have started implementing a new feature that makes home shopping even easier. This is typically known as the “contact all agents” feature; this allows you to select a certain area of Thailand and then contact every eligible real estate agent in the area. That means that you will be put in contact with every agent who has a home or condo that might fit your needs. This isn’t a feature that all agencies have, though, so you have to make sure you’re dealing with one of the best.
Moving to Thailand is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You should make sure you are working with a quality agency that will put you in contact with all relevant agents. The business and economy of Thailand is growing so rapidly you’ll probably need some help.