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Legalities Around Foreigner Transferring his Condo Ownership in Thailand to a New Owner

Handing-over-house-keys-to-new-ownerIf you are an expat and have bought or in the process of buying a freehold condo in Thailand you need to know the laws not only around its ownership, but also around transferring it to a new owner or even to your heirs at a later stage because handing over the keys of the condo to your non-Thai wife or children is not as simple as it may appear.Read the rest “Legalities Around Foreigner Transferring his Condo Ownership in Thailand to a New Owner”

Trang – Exploring new destinations in Southern Thailand to buy a Holiday Home

With prices of properties in Phuket’s coastline hitting the roof and the coastline of the island depleting rapidly, other equally beautiful locations in Thailand are coming to fore promising expat property buyers a more relaxed lifestyle.

While places like Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Hua Hin, Krabi, Ko Chang, Kui Buri and others have emerged as secondary markets to Phuket, the demand for relatively cheaper options nearer to the coastline have Read the rest “Trang – Exploring new destinations in Southern Thailand to buy a Holiday Home”

Top Emerging Countries in Asia you should Consider Relocating to

Fund your retirementAsia, especially Southeast Asia, owing to its natural beauty, pristine beaches, a favorable climate and relatively low cost of living, is a popular destination for retirees and expatriates for several decades. In addition, the region hosts a blend of old-world tradition and modernity that many find desirable.

For many years, it was only Thailand and Malaysia that topped of the list for retirees with both countries offer attractive visas, several Read the rest “Top Emerging Countries in Asia you should Consider Relocating to”

Challenges and Ideas for an Expat in Opening a Small Business in Thailand

Alluring landscapes, charming people and rich Asian culture—Thailand is a paradise in many ways. But, like anywhere else, if you don’t have money in your pocket it can be a rough and tough experience.

Even if you’re collecting a steady pension check, social security payment, or trust fund payout, there’s always the fear that the US dollar or another home currency can lose value against the Thai Baht…so it’s important Read the rest “Challenges and Ideas for an Expat in Opening a Small Business in Thailand”

Challenges for Americans thinking about Retirement Outside of the US

Retirement moneyIt ain’t like it used to be. Today’s retirees look at the 401K savings they worked so hard on over the years nearly disappear and suffered gigantic equity drops on the home they spent 25+ years paying for each month.  We’re part of the Baby Boomers generation that had so many opportunities in the last part of the last century, only to see it pretty much crumble over the last Read the rest “Challenges for Americans thinking about Retirement Outside of the US”

What Westerners should know before they decide to Relocate to an Asian Paradise

Fund your retirementUltimately retiring in a tropical island in Asia seems is a dream many Westerners see when they are prepared to take life easy and to leave behind the bone-chilling winters for a place in the sun. Additionally, most of the Asian destinations because of their relatively cheap tag attract a lot of Western expats looking for a good life at a dirt-cheap price (or is it?)!!

Whatever are your reasons, Read the rest “What Westerners should know before they decide to Relocate to an Asian Paradise”

Are you Really cut out to Retire or Relocate Abroad?

Retiring abroadOn an average, thousands leave their countries each year to go in search of a new life abroad with most leaving their countries being retirees looking for a golden retirement in the sun. So are you planning to be one of them in the near future and thinking about whether you should look elsewhere for your retirement home?

The reality which most people underestimate is that this big step can Read the rest “Are you Really cut out to Retire or Relocate Abroad?”

Tax Friendly Asian Countries for Expats to Relocate or Retire

Long-term visas, relatively easier property buying laws offered by several Asian countries are luring expats to buy property and retire here in thousands.

Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand have rolled out the red carpet for foreigners wanting to settle in the region, other countries like Indonesia, Cambodia and Sri Lanka are other tax friendly countries where one can settle with ease. This is in stark contrast to countries like Singapore Read the rest “Tax Friendly Asian Countries for Expats to Relocate or Retire”

Find out How Much Money You Need to Retire

Whatever our age, we need to plan our retirement – there is no argument to that. Whether we start planning early or late in life if we don’t take a calculated approach, we just might end up either in debt or postponing our retirement which should have been a decade ago. So if you have not started planning your retirement, read on… Today we will tell you not only how Read the rest “Find out How Much Money You Need to Retire”

Making money overseas – Jobs that can fund your retirement in Asia

In this article we will discuss how you can take control of your life and take the decision of moving to an overseas location without having to think how you are going to fund your retirement, because that’s what we’re going to tell you today!

With the right knowledge of the destination you have decided to relocate and some connections there, you can instantly spot opportunities on the ground and Read the rest “Making money overseas – Jobs that can fund your retirement in Asia”

Top 5 Asian Destinations to Retire on a Budget

Saving money till you reach a certain age and retiring then is just old news now! Today, you can retire at any point of your life and retiring means that you could slow down the tempo of your life and more importantly cut down on your costs which ideally you would be incurring if you were to work in a city. With this trend as people seek cheaper places to Read the rest “Top 5 Asian Destinations to Retire on a Budget”

12 Mistakes You Shouldn’t Commit When on a holiday in Thailand

Thai smileThe culture of Thailand is very different from the culture in America.  What is acceptable back home may cause a visitor to be poorly received in Thailand and could cause a very uncomfortable situation.  This can absolutely affect the quality of your experience in this part of the world, so it would be wise to keep these simple rules in mind as you explore this tropical kingdom.  If you are Read the rest “12 Mistakes You Shouldn’t Commit When on a holiday in Thailand”

The Comprehensive Guide to Profiting from Asian Holiday Real Estate

Our Buyer’s Guide is a resource for people interested in buying, selling, renting or letting holiday homes in the top tourist destinations across nations in Asia. Our aim is to bring together all information you need to know (as an investor) to ensure that your experience of the holiday home world is as smooth and trouble-free as possible. Here is a simple and handy Holiday Home Purchase Checklist you should Read the rest “The Comprehensive Guide to Profiting from Asian Holiday Real Estate”

In Conversation with Robert Green from A&KIE on Asia’s Holiday Home Market

Robert GreenAbercrombie & Kent, the world’s leading luxury travel company, has recently launched its venture, Abercrombie & Kent International Estates marking its new business to market and sell exclusive residential properties from around the world, including private homes and resort residences. We spoke to Robert Green, General Manager, Abercrombie & Kent International Estates on the Asian markets they have shortlisted, why they have chosen these locations and most importantly what it Read the rest “In Conversation with Robert Green from A&KIE on Asia’s Holiday Home Market”

Freedom, Culture and Iced Coffee: Kevin Miller on Living in Vietnam

Kevin MillerVietnam has been a popular destination for expats for many years, with its tropical climate and welcoming culture, but what is it really like to live there? We spoke to Kevin Miller, an American who first visited Vietnam 9 year ago to do some volunteer work and never left. He lives in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City and works as a consultant and teacher.

You have lived in Read the rest “Freedom, Culture and Iced Coffee: Kevin Miller on Living in Vietnam”

What Does it Cost to Live in Vietnam?

Ho Chi Minh City So you are thinking of moving to Vietnam, or spending at least a few months a year there, and want to know how much it costs to live in Vietnam. The answer to this can be “how long is a piece of string”, after all you can live like a king or a pauper in this diverse country.  Your budget will vary depending upon where you choose to live, for Read the rest “What Does it Cost to Live in Vietnam?”

Meet Sean Cooney – adventure Junkie and owner of BadLadz Resorts in Philippines

Sean CooneyFrom traveling to a new place to opening a business that suits the area Sean Cooney successfully ran 16 different businesses in four different countries before selling everything to settle in the Philippines. After trying his hand on different businesses – from electronics to aerial photography to scuba diving – he currently runs an adventure sports company and two resorts in Puerto Galera. We spoke to him recently and he Read the rest “Meet Sean Cooney – adventure Junkie and owner of BadLadz Resorts in Philippines”

An Interview with Erika Oktora on Living in the Developing Locations of Johor

Erika OktoraAfter staying in Singapore for about 12 years, Erika Oktora, decided to move to East Ledang in Malaysia’s Johor state which is about an hour’s drive from Singapore. Today she still works in Singapore and commutes daily from her home in Johor. She pens her experiences in her blog, Living in Johor, which is indeed a must-read for those who are planning to shift base here. We spoke to Read the rest “An Interview with Erika Oktora on Living in the Developing Locations of Johor”

Property Ownership in Cambodia for Foreigners

Koh Thonsay beachCambodia has a freehold system of land ownership, with private ownership of land allowed for specific types of land. However land ownership is restricted to Cambodian citizens. Despite this restriction, it is not impossible for foreigners to obtain land rights in Cambodia, with ownership of some types of property actually relatively simple.

There are four main types of land and property tenure in Cambodia:

1. Freehold:
This is unrestricted land
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The Rules to Obtain a Work Permit and Residency Card in Vietnam

HaLongBay VietnamThe provisions for purchasing property rights or leasing a property in Vietnam are directly tied to an individual’s right to reside in Vietnam. It is therefore important to ensure that you can meet the requirements of obtaining a Residency Card in Vietnam before looking at purchasing land rights there. If you wish to work in Vietnam, you will also need to obtain a Work Permit. In this article we outline Read the rest “The Rules to Obtain a Work Permit and Residency Card in Vietnam”