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So you want to buy some land and build your own farm house?

So you want to buy some land and build your own farm house?

At some point during our life, we all toy with the idea of buying some land and building our own small farm house. As urban educated Indians in well paid jobs, we tend to feel that after we’ve paid up our mortgages that this would be a nice way to invest some money and also build something that we could use in our retirement. Ever since I’ve started TripVillas.com a … Read the rest “So you want to buy some land and build your own farm house?”

Buying land versus buying in a gated community

Buying land versus buying in a gated community


A question we keep getting asked by prospective second home buyers is whether we would recommend buying land or buying a home in a gated community. I’ve personally thought extensively about this question and while I would like to give a single answer, my recommendation would depend on the personal circumstances and desires. First, let me summarize what I feel are the advantages and disadvantages of each type of investment:-
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Samujana Villas – Private Pool Villas in Koh Samui, Thailand

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Koh Samui known for its low population density and proximity to other smaller islands beautiful beaches, coral reefs and expansive island vistas is located in the Gulf of Thailand. The island is part of Thailand’s idyllic Surat Thani Province and is the second largest island of the country. Today Koh Samui is a major destination for discerning vacationers and holiday home buyers.

In addition to its relatively untouched scenic Read the rest “Samujana Villas – Private Pool Villas in Koh Samui, Thailand”

In Conversation with GSV’s Kirk Stucker on Koh Samui’s Holiday Home Market

Kirk StuckerWith two decades of experience in the Koh Samui market, Go Samui Villas (GSV) is not just about real estate. Its varied interest in other businesses including marketing, communications, web marketing and SEO makes the organization a leading entity on the island. Run by a team of professionals with years of experience in villa purchase and rental, the company has seen the changing face of Koh Samui from being a Read the rest “In Conversation with GSV’s Kirk Stucker on Koh Samui’s Holiday Home Market”

The Code, Koh Samui – Furnished Suites by Kalara Developments

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Over the last decade or so Koh Samui has positioned itself as a major holiday destination in Southeast Asia. As one of the most popular and sophisticated resorts of Thailand, the island today figures on the global tourism map and is a must-visit destination for high-end travelers, especially amongst foreign tourists.

Owing to this trend and coupled with a favorable tropical climate, the island has seen a marked demand Read the rest “The Code, Koh Samui – Furnished Suites by Kalara Developments”

The Residences in Beach Republic, Koh Samui

The Residences in Beach Republic, Koh Samui A toned-down version of Phuket, and a leading destination for wellness and food – this is Thailand’s third-largest island, Koh Samui. This 95-square-mile tropical gem in the southern Gulf of the country, whose white sand beaches, abundant coral reefs and seas of palm trees has emerged as a major holiday home buyers’ destination and a worthy alternative to crowded Phuket.

Today, in this article we are featuring an award winning Read the rest “The Residences in Beach Republic, Koh Samui”

Property Overview – Anantara Phuket Villas and Anantara Residences, Koh Samui

While shortlisting destinations to buy a holiday home in Thailand, two locations will definitely figure in everyone’s list – Phuket and Koh Samui. The former requires no introduction being Thailand’s largest island, approximately the size of Singapore. Nestled in Andaman sea waters on the Indian Ocean, Phuket is home to some of the best holiday home developments in Asia with magnificent coves and bays, powdery and palm-fringed white beaches and Read the rest “Property Overview – Anantara Phuket Villas and Anantara Residences, Koh Samui”

Obtaining a Thailand Work Permit (Thai Work Permit)

Obtaining a Thailand Work Permit (Thai Work Permit)

Thailand work permitContrary to what most people assume, Thailand does not issue a Work Visa. What it issues is a business visa or “B” visa. While this visa does not give you the right to work in the country, it however gives you the option to apply for a work permit. So basically, before you can apply or be issued with a work permit you must first have a non-immigrant visa, which Read the rest “Obtaining a Thailand Work Permit (Thai Work Permit)”

Foreign nationals retiring in Thailand – rules

Foreign nationals retiring in Thailand – rules

Koh Tao beach in ThailandThailand has been a traditional retirement destination for many, particularly nationals from European nations, owing to its good climate, generally foreigner-friendly laws and comparatively low cost of living. So if you have decided to retire in Thailand here are some pointers you need to bear in mind:

While traveling to Thailand just requires a tourist visa which is easy to avail, to stay here for an extended period of time Read the rest “Foreign nationals retiring in Thailand – rules”

W Retreat Koh Samui beachfront residences sold out in 2 months

All beachfront homes at The Residences at W Retreat Koh Samui have been sold out, reflecting the strong interest for units there. The buzz is growing about the stunning, contemporary villas at The Residences at W Retreat Koh Samui with the sale reservation of all four Beachfront Residences within two months of its launch in Hong Kong.

Voted one of the 20 Top Resort Properties in Asia in 2011 by Read the rest “W Retreat Koh Samui beachfront residences sold out in 2 months”

The Pros and Cons of investing in a Holiday Home

The Pros and Cons of investing in a Holiday Home

So you’ve probably seen an advertisement for a vacation home or have visited a friends farm or beach home and are seriously thinking of buying one for yourself. What are the important things to keep in mind? 

At the very beginning, the question you should be asking yourself – Should YOU buy a holiday home? – let us go into some of the pros and cons of vacation home ownership.Read the rest “The Pros and Cons of investing in a Holiday Home”

Tips before you decide on buying a second home

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So I thought I would start by outlining a few things to keep in mind when buying a Second Home. Here are some quick pointers:-

1. Buy close to the city that you live in. By close I mean not more than an hours flight or else a 3-4 hour drive away. This will ensure that you are able to make ample use of the Read the rest “Tips before you decide on buying a second home”