The number of tourists that are coming to Thailand has been increasing on a steady basis for the last decade with over 32.5 million entering the Kingdom in 2016. This figure is expected to increase by around 8-10% for 2017. When you see these figures and combine them with the increasing number of BOI registered companies you start to appreciate that the Thailand buy to let market has huge potential and is highly attractive to overseas investors.
Of course, corporate clients and those expats who are living in Thailand for the long-term, are completely different to the tourist market when it comes to rentals. Corporate clients and expats tend to look for rentals of 6 to 12 months, often in quieter locations. Tourists, on the other hand, will be looking for rentals of a far shorter duration, often just a matter of days or a couple of weeks. This group tends to look for convenience with amenities close by.
The fact that land and property prices are relatively cheaper in comparison to many other countries and this high demand means that there is plenty of opportunity for investors wanting to stick their toe in Thailand’s buy to let market. Many investors are experienced whilst others may be new to the sector and it this group who may be naturally cautious.
The first thing that any investor must consider is which group they are aiming to attract. This could be the long-term rentals that generally offering slightly lower returns but have higher occupancy rates, or, it could be the short-termer rentals that offer higher yields but with fewer guarantees regarding occupancy. This effectively means that returns need to be made in the high season to cover the periods when the landlord is unable to find a suitable tenant.
Finding suitable tenants is often one of the factors that puts investors off entering the buy to let market. The stress of finding tenants and quality tenants at that may be seen as too much hassle. Using a property management company eliminates some of these issues but by no means guarantees that tenants will be found, nor does it guarantee the quality of the tenant. In addition, management companies will take a fee which will inevitably lead to a reduced return on investment.
Thankfully, some of this issues have been recognised by the major property developers and hotel management companies. These groups are still looking to attract investors but also appreciate their concerns. For this reason, we have seen a huge increase in the number of rental guarantee concepts that are cropping up, especially in the resort cities. These are very attractive to both inexperienced and experienced investors in the buy to let market.
Firstly, these types of investment require little to no input from the investors once they have purchased the property. Secondly, and far more importantly, the returns that investors receive are GUARANTEED, often for periods of between three and twenty years. The returns are also attractive, often upwards of 5% p.a. and are paid on a monthly basis directly into the investor’s bank account. What’s more, these returns are paid by the developer so therefore offer a heightened level of security.
It is fair to say that Thailand is very attractive for buy to let investment properties although appropriate due diligence should always be conducted. Companies such as Emerging Trends Advisors are excellent people to talk to as they specialise in offering this type of property. They have their own in-house lawyers who have conducted their own due diligence so the company only recommends properties that they are 100% satisfied with. Why not talk to them today and join those enjoying superb returns?