Buying a Condo in Thailand: A Step by Step Guide

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As an expat you can buy a condo in Thailand.

With both new and used condos on the market, there are plenty of options to choose from.

There are always going to be divided opinions on whether or not buying a condo in Thailand is a smart investment. 

Aside from the financial side of things, the main concern for most buyers are potential pitfalls when it comes to valuation, future outlook, complications, and bureaucracy.

This article lists out the must-knows in these areas for anyone looking to handle the process themselves.

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Can Foreigners Buy a Condo in Thailand?


But there are two main laws you need to meet the requirements of in order to buy a condo in Thailand legally:

  1. All money for the purchase of a condo must be sent to Thailand from a foreign country in the original currency.
  2. Only 49% of rooms in a development can be owned by foreigners. You can check this with the building’s juristic office.

To buy a condo in Thailand, you need to first check with a condo developer, a juristic office, or a real estate agent to make sure there’s enough quota for you to buy it.

After that, you need to send money to Thailand, by an international wire transfer or money transfer service such as Wise.

There are of course many other laws and regulations which we will cover as well. 

Cost of a Thai Condo

It is difficult to say how much a condo in Thailand will cost as prices vary greatly based upon size and location.

Most people compare the size of a condo in meters squared to determine the value and rental potential of a property. 

The table below provides an overview of the cost of condos in Bangkok at different locations.

This gives a general idea of the cost of a condo in Bangkok. Please note that the price can vary based on condo developers, facilities, and how luxury it is.

AreaPrice per m²
Business Area (Siam Square, Asok, Thonglor, Chitlom, Rama 9)฿2000,000 – ฿300,000
A bit outside of town, but still easy to go into town (eg. Onnut, Phra Kanong, Ladprao, and Ratchadapisek)฿80,000 – ฿150,000
Outskirts (eg. Bang Chak, Srinakarin Bang Sue)฿50,000 – ฿90,000

In the cases of new condos, you should expect the price to be at least 20% higher than used condos.

It’s also forecasted to get more expensive in the future. This is due to the cost of construction being significantly increased over the past few years.

For example, to buy a new condo in Tao Pun, which is on the Bangkok outskirts near Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal Station, you can expect to pay around 3,000,000 baht to buy a 30 square meter condo with one bedroom (100,000 THB per meter squared).

Looking outside of Bangkok, prices do vary a lot. Prime locations in Phuket rival the high end Bangkok properties, while condos in smaller towns and cities are similarly priced to those on the outskirts of Bangkok.

You must be aware of hidden expenses that sellers might keep from you. The major one is a transfer fee, which is 2% of the condo price. You also need to pay another several thousand baht for installing electricity and water.

You will learn about them after signing the purchase contract and they can add up to hundreds of thousands of baht. We will talk more about this later in the article.

Types of Condo 

There are many different types of condos you can buy. Properties range from studio rooms to five-bedroom penthouses. 

Below is a general overview of condominiums in Thailand. For more in depth information, take a look at our in-depth guide at accommodation in Bangkok.


A studio in Thailand is the smallest type of condo. It’s also the cheapest and the most popular type for first-time buyers in entry and mid-level condominiums. But many high-end condominium projects won’t have studios. 

Studios are usually a room of 22 to 30 sqm with everything in the same room, a small pantry area, basic kitchen facilities, living area, bedroom, and a small laundry area outside with the bathroom being the only separate space. 

For a new studio room condo, you can expect to pay at least 2.2 million baht in Thailand. It can be more or less depending on the project and location. 

One Bedroom

A one-bedroom room will commonly be 33 to 40 sqm. With bedroom and living spaces separated.

Some projects may have a deluxe option for a one-bedroom condo which will be 5 to 10 sqm bigger with a tiny extra room that could be used as an office for a starting price of 2.5 million baht. 

Two Bedrooms

Two-bedroom apartments usually start at 50 to 60 sqm. The biggest type of room available for an entry to mid-range condominium. 

Common area for modern condo in Bangkok
Common areas in a modern condo in Bangkok

To get a new two-bedroom condominium, you can expect to pay at least 3.5 million baht. If it’s inside a city area, it can cost you over five million baht. 

Three Bedrooms Plus

Three bedroom + apartments are mainly only available in the high-end, luxury, and super luxury condos. Room sizes and prices differ heavily between each project. 

To give you an idea, if you want to get a three-bedroom condo from the Monument Thonglor, a luxury condominium from SanSiri, you need to pay well over 80,000,000 baht for a 252 sqm condo. 

On the other hand, you can pay 25,000,000 baht and get a 134 sqm three-bedroom condo in ASHTOM MORPH 38.


Location is a key factor when buying a condo in Thailand. 

From bustling Bangkok to chilled Chiang Mai, there are plenty of locations around Thailand to find your dream place. 

Pretty much every city and town will have condos, but there are a few key areas where most expats buy. 


Bangkok is the condo capital of Thailand, there are several hot spots where you will find premium developments.

The BTS and MRT lines attract developers and that means you will find at least one new condo development next to most stations.

Since central Bangkok has the most expensive land prices, especially the Sukhumvit area (from BTS Chit Lom to BTS Ekamai), you will mainly find high-end condos along this busy stretch of road. 

Condos in these areas are the most expensive in Thailand. If you want one, you should prepare to spend at least 8 million baht for a one-bedroom condo. 

Away from the central zone of Bangkok, you will find more reasonably priced condos, especially away from public transport. Areas around new BTS, monorails, and MRT lines are now becoming popular in the outskirts of Bangkok when it comes to buying a property.

If you want to buy a new condo in Bangkok and don’t have a big budget, you can look at a property next to the BTS Green line, southeast from Onnut station.

You can find out more in our guide to buying condos for sale in Bangkok.


Outside of Bangkok, the next most popular location for condos is Chonburi which includes Pattaya and Jomtien, the infamous beach resort towns.  

Being by the beach is a huge draw, especially for retirees who are looking to avoid the big city lifestyle that comes with Bangkok.

A popular location in Pattaya is in the central Pattaya area since it has a panoramic sea view, and is close to walking street and Central Festival.

You can expect to pay at least 3.5 million baht for a one-bedroom condo. 

A more budget-friendly condo will be found inside the city, away from the sea, with prices starting at 2.2 million to 3 million baht. 

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai has become a popular destination for both digital nomads and retirees alike. It offers a metropolitan lifestyle with great places to eat, drink, party, and shop. At the same time, the scenery and nature of the mountains is only an hour away.

Condominiums in Chiang Mai are still much more limited compared to other popular expat cities in Thailand. This is because people up there prefer living in houses rather than condos. It’s cheaper and gives you much more space. However, it may not be as convenient since a new house in Chiang Mai will be farther from the city.

There are many reasonably priced condos found throughout Chiang Mai with new condo development projects on the outskirts of the city area. The price is at 2.2 million baht on average for a new condo. 

Studios and one-bedrooms are the most popular types of condo here. 


In addition to being a popular location for millionaires to have their own villas by the beach, Phuket also has many reasonable condo developments. 

All the main town areas in Phuket have condos, but the key areas for you to focus on, will likely be the popular areas for expats such as in the west near Patong Beach.

The downtown area in Phuket’s east is another popular location with premium and budget condo options with prices starting from 2 million baht and soaring over 20 million baht.

Other Areas 

In smaller cities in Thailand, fewer worthwhile condo projects are available. Hua Hin and Khon Kaen are exceptions. In general though, land prices in rural areas are still low, making it a better option to build a house rather than a condominium.  

Condo Builders 

While there are independent condo builders out there, the majority of developments are run by several key players under different brands.  

You will see the names Lumpini, Life, Noble, Sansiri, and D Condo popping up everywhere. 

There are some independent builders and buildings which offer a little more variety than the standard Lumpini-style builds.


Ananda is known for their Ideo brand, which focuses on convenience. A lot of condominium projects by this brand are located next to a BTS or MRT station, which make them a good option if you need to move around Bangkok regularly. 


There are many condominium brands under AP. Each brand targets a different segment. 

For example, Vittorio, their flagship brand, focuses on luxurious condominiums with prices starting at 32 million baht. They also have The Address and The Rhythm brands in business areas such as Siam and Sukhumvit.

Life is their most iconic brand, focusing on city areas. They also have the Aspire brand for affordable condominiums. 


Lumpini or LPN in short, is one of the leading condo builders in Thailand with more than 30 condominium projects throughout Bangkok. They also have new projects in Pattaya and Cha-am.

Juristic persons from LPN Condominiums are known for being strict. This is actually a good thing because they can keep everyone living in peace without letting neighborhood issues become problems.

One of the great things about buying a condo in Bangkok is the convenience. There are many condos out there that are within a 10-minute walk of a BTS station.

This makes a condominium from Lumpini a good place to live. However, a lot of their condominium projects are quite big with thousands of people, meaning their facilities get crowded. 

Noble Development

Condominiums from Noble Development are mainly located inside CBD areas including Silom, Sukhumvit, Thong Lor, Ekamai, or Ratchadapisek. 

Condominium projects from Noble are all clearly named as such: Noble Ambience Sukhumvit 42, Noble Revo Silom, and Noble Remix2. 

Condominiums from Noble can be more expensive than other builders since they are located in expensive parts of Bangkok. 

They also have a new brand called “Nue”, which is a more affordable option. And their Nue projects can be found mainly on the outskirts.


Pruksa has a lot of affordable condo options from many of their projects including Plum Condo, the Tree, the Privacy, Chapter, etc. 

Their apartments tend to be cheaper than with other builders in the market. Sometimes, the starting price can be even lower than 1.8 million baht for a new condo in Bangkok.

However, they also get the most complaints when it comes to build quality as well. 


Sansiri is one of the most popular condo builders among expats.

Sansiri has many brands under them, including the MUVE, the LINE, and Kawa Haus. All of them are resort-style condominiums with modern designs.

Many condominium projects from Sansiri are located in popular expats such as Onnut and Bang Na.

Sansiri is getting more popular since the current prime minister of Thailand, Srettha Thavisin, is a co-founder of this brand.


Supalai is among one of the biggest condo builders in Thailand. They have been in the real estate market for over 30 years and have built over 100 real estate projects in Thailand from houses, townhouses, to condominiums. 

When it comes to condominiums, they have more than 20 projects around Bangkok, located inside business zones and living areas. 

They also have both luxurious and affordable condos available. 

New Vs Old Condos

Another key decision when buying is whether you want to buy a new or an old condo. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

The key selling point of a new condo is that you will be the first person to live there and everything will be fresh. The hallways and common areas will be decorated well, and the rooms will have the latest appliances and technologies.

New condos also come with a one to three year guarantee. If anything is broken during the guarantee period, the condo developer will fix it free of charge.

modern condo in Thong Lor
If you want to buy a condo in business areas, chances are that you will need to buy a used condo.

The downside of buying a new condo is that you don’t know how things will work a few years down the line. The initially helpful, polite staff might have a change in attitude after a while and services like cleaning and repairs might not be as frequent as in the beginning.

It’s also getting more difficult to buy a new condo in prime areas such as Asok, Thong Lor, Phrom Phong, and Ekamai in Bangkok, and beachfront areas in Pattaya and Phuket. These areas are already packed with condos and buildings.

The major benefit of an older condo is that the price should be lower than a new unit and you can get a bargain. 

The majority of locals would rather buy new than old which means that there is often an oversupply of old condo units. You can get a good price for a room that is only a few years old.

With condos in this category, you can also get a better idea about the build quality and condo facilities.

Related article: How to Find a Handyman in Bangkok, Thailand

How to Find a Condo 

There are many different ways to find a condo, and depending on whether or not you are in Thailand, you should look at as many of these as possible.



Many people use real estate agents to help them find properties to buy.

Here’s why:

  • It’s very convenient. You just need to tell them what you want and they will show you all the properties they have, both new and used, based on your requirements. 
  • You can compare several condos easily at once
  • Real estate agents also help you with legal issues when transferring a condo, which can be more overwhelming that you may think
  • The service is free since they get commission once the condo is sold from the seller or the condo developer. 

It’s easy to find real estate agents in Thailand. As soon as you post that you are looking to buy a condo on any expat facebook group in Thailand, you will be quickly approached by dozens of agents.

Many property websites listed in the following section are also frequented by real estate agents.  

But one thing you should be careful about with an agent in Thailand is that they don’t need to be licensed. 

This means everyone you meet can be a real estate agent even if they don’t know much about the real estate market in Thailand. Some may push you to buy a condo where they know they will get the highest commission. 

So, if you want to use a real estate agent to buy a condo in Thailand, be careful of the agent you choose to use and don’t trust everything they say.

Instead, research the condo project yourself. Be aware of them inflating prices for foreigners. You might want to ask Thai neighbors politely to see if they will tell you what they paid for the same condo. 

If you want to use a real estate agent to buy a condo in Thailand, you can check out Keller Henson. They can give you solid advice on the property market in Thailand, especially those for investment. 

Related article: Real Estate Agents in Bangkok: What You Must Know

Real Estate Agents in Thailand

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Property websites in Thailand are comprehensive and intuitive.

They are easy to use and you can filter everything you need, from location, to prices, and numbers of bedrooms in order to show a property that matches your needs the most. and Hipflat are the two biggest sites in the market right now. Additionally, you can check baht & Sold Thailand Classifieds.

Facebook marketplace is another option that is becoming more popular.

While using a property website is a great way to help you learn more about what kind of property you are expecting you get with your budget, it can be overwhelming. 

The property market in Thailand is big. You will see thousands of listings making it quite a challenge to find a good deal online. In many cases, a lot of listings are posted by the same real estate company. 

In addition, not everything you see online is accurate, visit the place before reaching out to the seller to make sure that the building is as advertised.


Most condos under construction will have a sales room with showrooms for you to look at, so you can hit the streets in the areas you like and pop into the showrooms to speak with sales staff. 

You can use Google Maps to find apartment buildings in your favorite area.

In older developments, go to the management office staff to find out about purchase options.

Many condos will have information boards where owners post photos and information about their properties available for rent or sale. 

This can be better than looking online, but remember that it is unlikely that the decorations and all the facilities will be included in the final price, so make sure to ask about that.

There’s also a property selling event called “House Condo Shows”.

It’s held twice a year, normally during March and November in the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok. You can visit their official website to find the next event date.  (in Thai language only).

There are a few legal issues you should know about when buying a condo in Thailand. 

Buying in the Name of a Foreigner or Thai National 

One big decision which many Thai/Foreign couples need to decide on is whose name the condo should be registered under. While it is possible to register the condo under a foreigner’s name, there are several factors to consider.

Thai citizens can get a mortgage from a Thai bank as long as they have a good credit history and a salary of at least 15,000 baht a month. If the condo price is over 1.5 million baht, they will need to earn over 30,000 baht a month to get a loan.

The requirements are much stricter for foreigners. It’s also very challenging to get a loan in Thailand to buy property.

Because of this, some foreigners decide to register their condo under their Thai partner’s name. It makes the process initially much easier and more affordable.

But it can be a risky move since your Thai partner has the legal right to kick you out and maintain ownership.

Do I Need to Use a Lawyer?

Lawyers can help explain the legalities of buying a condo and do background checks on the seller or building. 

If you buy a condominium from a large company, you might not need to use a lawyer. But many expats decided to pay a few thousand baht and ask a lawyer to run though a contract to make sure everything is good.

On the other hand, if it’s a big project and you want to be absolutely sure that everything will go well, using a lawyer can be an option. But in this case, the cost will be easily over twenty thousand baht.

If you need help finding a lawyer, you can fill out this form. If you want to learn more about how to work with a lawyer, take a look at our in-depth guide to hiring a lawyer in Thailand.

Law Firms in Thailand

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Finance Options

As an expat, you can’t just walk into a Thai bank and ask for a mortgage. In fact, most Thai banks won’t give you a loan unless you have permanent resident status.

Your options will be either banks in your home country or international banks that have branches in Thailand such as UOB and ICBC

You need to reach their minimum financial requirements. For example, for UOB of Singapore, you need to make at least $100,000 SGD per year or $70,000 SGD a year if you have a Thai work permit. 

You also need to be between 21 to 65 years old.

To get a loan, you can talk to a bank yourself. Or you can ask a real estate agent to help you.

During the Buying Process

Once you have decided to buy a condo, it’s time to start doing all the paperwork and arrange for the finances to be in place. 

Price Negotiation

If you are looking at getting a bargain then there is the option to buy an old condo. You will often find owners who are willing to drop their asking price to secure a sale. Some buildings have multiple units for sale and are great places to bargain hunt.

The price you see in advertisements isn’t always the same price you’ll pay in person. You can usually reduce the advertised prices by 5% to 20%. Many developers will also give you free gifts such as iPhones or tablets.

Rights and Obligations

It is important that you know your rights and obligations when it comes to buying a condo in Thailand.

The laws and processes will likely be different than your own country, and it is at this time having a lawyer will be very helpful, especially since the contracts you will sign are going to be in Thai. They will go through the contract with you and ensure everything is clear and above board. 

Remember not to believe everything sellers tell you verbally. The contract is all you have to rely on if conflicts arise. 

Triple check that the condo can be registered under the foreign quota of 49% of the total rooms.

This is especially important when buying an old condo from a Thai citizen as they may not actually know the real answer to this question. Always check with the condo office.

You or your lawyer also must also check the building is registered under the condominium act and as such can be registered in your name.


Buying an unfinished condo is known as “off-plan” and, in this case, you will likely be given a projected finish date rather than a firm one. As the project goes through different stages and gets closer to completion, the date should become more concrete.

When signing a contract, there will often be clauses related to delays in construction.

Most state that if the delay is more than X-number-of-days then you will be due some form of compensation. There will also likely be a clause based on the cancellation of the project, so make sure you are aware of your rights.

As a rough guide, a medium sized condo project should take around eighteen months to be completed. 

Deposits and Payments

The deposit and payment schedule will depend upon many factors such as whether you’re buying off-plan or a pre-built condo.

With off-plan condos, you will often pay an initial deposit followed by small monthly sums during construction until the end where either the balance is paid or a mortgage is taken out. 

The initial deposits are often very low, perhaps only 10 to 20 thousand baht and monthly payments can be as low as 5,000 baht for a property valued at around 1 million baht.

In case it’s a 6 million baht condo, a deposit can be 200,000 baht.

If buying a prebuilt or used condo then there is often a small deposit paid to get an agreement and then full payment made prior to the registration of the property. 

There are no legal requirements in terms of timing, but it’s normal that from the deposit being paid, most sellers expect completion within 30 days.

Official Documents

There are a few very important documents you will need during the process of buying and registering your new condo.


The first document is, of course, your contract. This should be signed by you and the developer if buying a new condo.  It contains all of the information regarding registering, payments, and procedures. This is your fallback on all matters related to the building, fees, and timetables.

FET Form

Next you will need FET forms (Foreign exchange transfer forms) which show money for the purchase has come from abroad and been transferred upon arrival into Thai baht. You can get this from the bank that you transferred money to. 

Krungsri bank
You can get an FET form from the bank that you transfer money to. And it MUST NOT arrive in Thai baht.

This point is very important, the money must arrive in Thailand in your own currency and then be converted by the Thai bank. If you have made multiple transfers, you will need a form for each transfer.

It’s possible to use a money transfer service such as Wise to send money to Thailand and buy a property here. But you need to mark the reason for the transfer as buying property.

Personal Documents

You will also have to have originals and copies of your passport and any other official documents (work permit, visa, marriage certificate, etc).

If buying under a Thai person’s name then they will need to bring their ID card and one other form of ID when registering a property.

A seller or a real estate agent can tell you the exact documents you need. 

Taxes and Fees

At the time of transfer, there are fees to pay and they should be included in your contract and explained to you prior to purchase. 

As a buyer, normally, you need to pay only a transfer fee. It’s 2% of the condo price and commonly split equally between a buyer and a seller.

In addition to a transfer fee, there are three other common fees. A seller normally pays these and they include:

  • Stamp duty: 0.5%
  • Specific business tax: 3.3%
  • Income withholding tax: 1% or progressive rate based on the seller’s income

Please note that this is not set in stone. Sometimes, a seller may cover all fees. Sometimes, a buyer needs to pay all fees.

So, on the purchase contract, it should state clearly on who pays on which fee.

The tax and transfer fee is calculated on the purchase price or a market price, whatever is higher. For example, if the purchase price is 4 million baht and the market price is 3.5 million baht, then it will be calculated from the purchase price of 4 million baht.

On the other hand, if the purchase price is 3 million baht and the market price is 3.5 million baht, then it will be calculated from the market price at 3.5 million baht.

You can check the market price at the Department of Land website (Thai language only).

Additional Fees

When you move in, you are required to pay into the sinking fund – a fund of initial monies paid by new residents in a condominium. 

This could be 10 to 20 thousand baht and is a one off payment around the same rate as one year’s worth of maintenance fees (see below).

You might also pay several thousand baht for installation of water and electric meters.

Yellow House Registration Book

When all taxes and transfer fees are complete, you will receive a Tabien Ban book – blue for Thais or yellow for foreigners. This book shows the resident of the unit and is an important document needed if you plan to sell the condo in the future.

It is also at this time the title deed will be changed to your name and the buying process is complete!

After Buying

Property Insurance

Having adequate property insurance is really important. You want to know that your property and belongings are covered should the worst happen.

Technically, the building owners are responsible for all external walls, floors, and ceilings as well as the common area if there is damage and the fault is their own.

In terms of insurance, you should look to get a policy which covers contents and damage to the building. There are comprehensive plans for just a few thousand baht per year for peace of mind.

There are many companies that offer insurance, and you can compare and buy from Mister Prakan.

Maintenance Fees

There are two aspects of maintenance that are important to know. 

The first is the maintenance fee, a monthly amount based on the square meterage of your condo that you pay to the condo management to cover staff fees, communal areas, and other shared costs with other condo owners. 

This can start at about 40 baht per square meter and go up to 200 baht. As a general rule, if a condo comes with many features, the maintenance fee will be high.

The maintenance fee can be paid quarterly or annually. 

The second type of maintenance is the repairs you will need to carry out in your place. When you are the owner, these small repairs and maintenance issues fall on you.

Remember your shiny new condo won’t stay like that forever and you will need to budget a large amount to replace and repair things especially after the first few years.

Condo Annual General Meeting

Every year, there will be an annual general meeting (AGM) which covers many important factors such as the financial status of the condo, repairs needed, and proposed rule changes.

A couple of weeks before the AGM, you should receive financial statements related to the condo. In theory, this should give you time to read through the information and prepare any questions you have. You will also receive a list of proposed topics and votes that will take place which will again allow you time to digest the information.

The AGM information and meeting itself is entirely in Thai, and they might only be about taking minor votes such as whether or not to keep the maintenance fee at the same or to employ an extra security guard. 

However, it is a good idea to attend and have a translator. Sometimes major decisions could be voted on, such as remodeling or structural changes, which might require extra payments from owners.


New condos are sold with furniture in 99% of cases, but you often need to buy a few extras over the basics which are provided. You might need to purchase some electronics separately for example.

Check with the developer if everything you see in the showroom will be included in the final price.

If you buy an older unit then there is the chance that the owner will want to take the furniture with them, so either check to see if it is included or whether you can make an offer for any items you want.

If you are in need of buying / upgrading the furniture in your condo, there are lots of options in all price ranges.

If you are looking for bargain basement deals then you will often find local shops which sell furniture at rock bottom prices. These shops are normally located on most major roads and will be independent places with furniture spilling out onto the street. From sofas to fridges, they have the lot; some things are new, others are secondhand.

Furniture stores are found in pretty much every shopping mall. Index, SB Design Square,  Homepro, and of course, Ikea Thailand are the main players in the market and will have everything you need to kit out your new pad. 

I don’t recommend buying furniture online. Based on my experience, while it’s cheaper, the build quality and materials are never good.

As an estimate of price, you could fully furnish an average one-bedroom apartment from one of the above shops for around 80 – 100,000 baht.

Another fancier option is to head to the Crystal Design Center, often called CDC, which is located between Ramintra and Ladprao in Bangkok. It is a huge shopping complex which specializes in furniture but prices there can get pretty steep.

Another option is to ship your furniture from your home country. Some people grow attached to their beds, appliances, and other items around the house, and if you sold your place to move to Thailand, it could be an option for you. 

You can read our shipping to Thailand guide to find out how to do it. 


Most new-build condos will come at least partially decorated. The walls will be painted and the bathroom tiled. You will be able to add a few of your own touches and the good news is that decorating is simple and quite cheap to do.

If you buy an old condo then there is the possibility it will be quite dated and in need of a lot of work to smarten it up. There are plenty of options, both offline and online, to make the decoration process a piece of cake!

For your basics such as paints and wallpaper head to Homepro in all the big shopping malls or Thai Watsadu, the local choice for DIY. There are also small local DIY shops and hardware in most towns and suburbs.

If you are looking for interesting items to add some character to your home, Thailand is full of markets which have wonderful nicknacks to make your space unique. In Bangkok check out the Ratchada train market or Chatuchak’s JJ market where you can buy anything you can imagine.

When it comes to painting, wallpapering, and other physical changes to the room, you can do it yourself or hire a decorator.

Is It Possible to Buy a Thai Condo While Living Abroad?

It is possible to buy a Thai condo while living abroad, and most of the steps above are the same.

The only difference is you will need to employ a lawyer or a real estate agent and give them power of attorney to agree to the contract and act on your behalf when transferring the property.

We don’t recommend buying a property while living abroad though, as you will want to see everything first hand and check on all the little details before signing a contract. 

The cost of a one week trip to Thailand would probably be only slightly higher than the legal fees of hiring a lawyer to do all these steps for you.

Additional Tips

While studio rooms are cheap, many people hate to live in a condo where you do everything in the same room. It can eventually feel like a prison cell and you might not want to be there long-term.

Renters you get will also likely only be there short-term before craving more space.

If you only have the budget for a studio, think carefully if this is how you really want to live.

Also note that a lot of one and two bedroom condos suffer from a lack of natural light.

Some only have windows in a couple of rooms, leaving others in the dark meaning you need to have the lights on during the middle of the day.

It can become a problem and cost more in electricity. Look for corner apartments and keep this in mind. Windows on two sides of a condo makes it much more livable.

Now, on to You

Buying a condo in Thailand is a big investment. You need to make a careful decision before doing it. If you aren’t ready to buy, you can still rent an apartment.

But if you’re certain that you want to buy a condo, go to Keller Henson to get things started.

Hopefully we have answered all your questions but feel free to comment below if we missed something, and we will get back to you!

Richard moved to Thailand in 2013 to enjoy the tropical climate, golf in the sun and working in a new culture. During this time he has started a website, put down roots and experienced a lot of what Thailand has to offer. When not working Richard is normally playing sport, scuba diving or planning a new vacation.

18 thoughts on “Buying a Condo in Thailand: A Step by Step Guide”

  1. Great article, I wonder what your predictions are for 2022, now that Covid is finally seems to be over..

  2. Ilm a 74 year old pensioner wanting to buy a condo in lol samui can you put me wise to the situation thankyou

  3. Hi Richard, great information. Do you have any contacts regarding condo/villas for sale via seller finance? Thanks

  4. Incredible article and guide! Couldn’t imagine anything better than to think about how to sell the intrigue/contract in the off-plan venture preceding fruition. Any assets you could point me too on that? Thanks!

  5. Hi Richard, I am moving to Phuket in the summer. I have a 2 year contract and I am thinking of buying instead of renting. However, I have been told that I need to pay the total in cash? I was hoping to pay a deposit of 20% but I’m concerned about paying a 100% up front. Any advice would be great.

  6. Great info, I’m looking into buying one in Chiang Mai. One concern I have is, it is on the 3rd floor, nice views from the bedroom window, however, there is an empty lot right in front, looks like a demolition site. I’d be worried that a 4 story block of condos could go up anytime. Do you know if there’s any way to check the status of this land? How long its been lying idol? Any way to check if there’s plans for development?

  7. Great if you are buying yet what happens when the buyer rents and scams the tenants? And TAXES… do the deposits they keep get factored in. Or the difference between what they CLAIM they charge and what they really do.
    Expats: beware-y if you decide to rent a condo. Too many loopholes. Serviced apartments much more legit.

  8. You mention at the start of the Legal section that foreigners can only own 49% of a condo. Is this still the case, as sonebody else told me that foreigners can actually now own 100% of a condo?

    • You can own 100% of your condo. 51% of all condos in any condo building has to be owned by Thais.

  9. Hi Richard, I’m considering buying a new condo in Bangkok, based on my understanding that foreigner need to prove that the funds are from overseas.

    Let’s say in the scenario that right now i would need to place a 15% deposit for the condo.
    Once the condo is complete in the next couple of years i would need to pay the remaining 85% for the transfer of ownership.

    In this case if i was the one who sign the sales agreement and pay the 15% down payment but during the payment of the 85% and transfer of ownership, can i actually not put myself as the owner but instead put someone name as the owner(Foreigner)?

  10. Hi richard. I am having a hard time selling off my condo now. And looking into rental. But afraid that in years to come the condo wont look good and it’s harder to sell. Any advise?

    • Hi Lyy,

      It all depends on the type of room and location.

      There are a lot of buyers who look at older condo units as they can see how the building wares. Renting can be a good way to advertise your condo whilst getting an income as, like you said, it can take time.

      Let me know more about your place and can maybe give better personalized advice.

  11. Great article and guide! Would love to know about how to sell the interest/contract in the off-plan project prior to completion. Any resources you could point me too on that? THANKS!

  12. Thank you for this detailed guide. Would you mind doing a similar one on getting set up with phone connections (landline, mobile), internet providers, tv (incl how to get English language channels)? That would be really helpful. Thanks


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