Thursday, 03 August 2017 09:23

Perceptions of Hanoi and Saigon

We spoke to locals and expats living in both cities to find out what they think of their ‘rival’ up north or down south. Is Hanoi really that more traditional? And is Saigon really the place of business and all things modern and new?

Published in The Big Story
Monday, 17 July 2017 05:03

Bubble Trouble?

With over 40,000 condominiums being launched in 2017 and 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City alone, is ‘bubble trouble’ on the cards for the city’s already heated real estate market?

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 07:39

What They Don’t Tell You

Buying property in Vietnam is one thing and the now not-so-new legislation was a very progressive step and extremely well received. However, when it comes to cashing in — selling and renting out your new property — there are a few things you need to know that the developer won’t tell you.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 06:39

How To Build a Property Portfolio

As property developers offer attractive payment terms, banks providing affordable mortgage rates and increased talk allowing expatriates to take out mortgages, more and more local and foreign Vietnamese property investors have begun building a nest egg. And while you begin to shift your investment dollar away from gold and green back to bricks and mortar, make sure you consider the following steps before you start:

Monday, 05 December 2016 16:31

Urban Evolution

Vietnamese have long been accustomed to considering their doorsteps and streets as a natural extension of their homes. With ground floor shops overflowing onto the street and homes open to the passer-by’s view, what will happen to the Vietnamese daily soap opera that is life, as the urban landscape changes?

Monday, 28 November 2016 06:57

The Retail Boom

 

A question I get asked by investors both local and foreign is why multinational retailers are more than ever piling into what some observers are (for better or for worse) referring to as the “next China”. The demand for retail property in prime locations is higher than ever. The answer? People and policy.

Thursday, 27 October 2016 07:03

The Difficult Landlord

Tough, difficult, unrealistic or plain old mean landlords are common. It should go without saying, if you have a difficult or bizarre landlord who keeps a close eye on you or has obnoxious requests, the best thing you can do is try to be a good tenant for them. The key to dealing with conflict is to try to absolutely avoid it at all costs. Much easier said than done, but here are a few pointers to keep in mind from someone who has been on both sides of the fence.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 07:46

To Buy or Not to Buy?

When Vietnam’s National Assembly passed on Nov. 25, 2014, the long-awaited amended Housing Law that finally addressed the issue on foreign ownership of property, we in the real estate industry had no idea what to expect.

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