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Phrom Thep Cape in Phuket, Thailand
Phrom Thep Cape in Phuket, Thailand

Real Estate in Thailand

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: People living in Thailand offer advice about real estate. How do you find a home in Thailand? Should you buy or rent? What is the cost of housing?

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How do I find a place to live in Thailand?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"I searched all the rental sights and settled on a PEACEFUL place short term, through airB&B that spoke English and had a friendly feel. That was a crucial part of the transition. The I made connections and wound up renting long term in the same area in Phuket. Rental agencies and driving in place I was unfamiliar with was stressful and did not avail me a long term home," said another person in Phuket.

"My Thai partner found the condo that we purchased 4 years ago. It's away from the city center on Pattanakarn Road. The new BTS line to the airport is about 1/2 km from the condo and hopefully it will open sometime (Tahi-time) means it will get done. Lot's of vendor's on the street which is good when we are lazy, which is often. Plenty of cabs on the road, which was a factor," added another expat who made the move to Bangkok.

"My employer has a contract with a company called Orientations (www.orientations.com) they met with us before we left and told us about Bangkok and then the Bangkok branch manager (an expat) met us in Thailand and showed us around the city. They took us to see houses and apartments and because they are not real estate agents they were able to give unbiased professional advice on where to live," explained one foreigner living in Bangkok, Thailand.

"I did lots of online searching and I found a pretty helpful website; www.roommillion.com and www.click4apartment.com - you can check it out. I had experienced inspection property with RoomMillion's staffs, they are so friendly and professional," said another in Bangkok.

"Our friends are here and it is the perfect little soi. Not to quiet, not to noisy. The house was just perfect for us. It is in the city of Chiang Mai and close to everything. But, the pollution is getting bad. We may have to move up on the mountain," explained one expat in Chiang Mai.

"We chose our first home through a real estate company. The location was great (yacht club) but the neighborhood with no neighbors. We chose our second home because many people are living there with children and it is located on a golf course," explained one person living in Pattaya, Thailand.

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