Raising the Cap on Foreign Condo Ownership: A Potential Game-Changer?

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The proposal to raise the foreign ownership limit for condominiums in Thailand to 60% has sparked significant interest. This potential policy change aims to attract more foreign investment, stimulate growth, and revitalize the real estate sector, which has faced challenges such as oversupply and slow sales.

Key Takeaways

  • Raising the foreign ownership limit for condominiums to 60% could attract more foreign investment, stimulate growth, and potentially revitalize the real estate sector in Thailand.
  • The proposal to increase foreign ownership quota should be balanced with measures to protect local buyers, such as stricter regulations and increased transparency in the real estate sector.
  • The contrast between Thailand’s potential policy change and the Philippines’ restriction on foreign ownership highlights varying approaches to real estate market regulation, with potential implications for sector revitalization and international buyer attraction.

The Current Landscape

Currently, in many countries, foreigners are allowed to own a certain percentage of condominium units in a single development. This limit varies, but it is typically around 40%. The rationale behind this restriction is to ensure that locals have access to property ownership and to prevent foreign speculation from driving up prices.

Potential Benefits

Raising the foreign ownership limit to 60% could potentially revitalize the condominium sector. This move could attract more foreign investors, increasing demand for condominium units and helping to reduce the oversupply.

Foreign investors are often drawn to the stability and potential high returns of real estate investments. By allowing them to own a larger share of a development, they may be more inclined to invest. This could lead to an influx of foreign capital, boosting the condominium market and the wider economy.

Moreover, raising the foreign ownership limit could also benefit local buyers. Increased demand from foreign investors could lead to increased supply, giving locals more options to choose from. It could also stimulate competition among developers, potentially leading to better quality developments and more affordable prices.

Balancing Act

However, it is important to balance the potential benefits of raising the foreign ownership limit with the need to protect local buyers. Measures such as stricter regulations on foreign ownership and increased transparency in the real estate sector could help to ensure that the market remains fair and accessible to all.

International Comparisons

The suggestion to raise the foreign ownership quota for condominiums to 60% could have significant implications for the real estate industry. As Bangkok’s skyline continues to evolve with new construction, Mr. Korn Narongdej, Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Raimon Land, proposed this solution to rejuvenate the sector after the pandemic. By allowing more foreign ownership, developers hope to attract investment and stimulate growth.

In contrast, the Philippines currently restricts foreign ownership of condominiums. The law stipulates that foreigners can own up to 40% of the total and outstanding capital stock of a condominium corporation. This means that foreign individuals or former Filipino citizens who are now foreign nationals can own condominium units, as long as the total foreign ownership in the corporation does not exceed 40%.

It’s interesting to see how different countries approach foreign ownership in the real estate market. If Thailand were to implement this change, it could indeed revitalize the sector and potentially attract more international buyers. However, careful consideration of the impact on the local market and housing affordability would be essential.


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Gaël Ovide-Etienne
Gaël oversees all marketing efforts for Ocean Worldwide. He manages marketing campaigns to connect with prospective buyers, conducts research and market analysis, and leverages AI to enhance all aspects of the business. This approach ensures better and faster results for our buyers and sellers.

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