Where to look

Finding a property in Thailand

Where to look

Finding the right location is essential when purchasing a new house. When making your decision, you should take into account factors such as the environment, price, distance from the workplace and schools.

Thailand has a big property market, with a wide range of prices and of hunting techniques: you can look for your new house online, in local newspapers or simply look for rental signs on properties.

Real estate agents in Thailand

Many home buyers decide to take professional help for their purchase and hire a real estate agent. A real estate agent can save you a lot of time and match both listed and unlisted homes for you. The estate agent's fees are generally paid by the seller and normally amount to 3 - 6% of the purchase price.

Most Thai property agents are situated in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and other popular islands.

Consider that the agencies only represent approximately 18-20% of the available properties. Many properties that are not listed in a real estate agency have a ‘for sale’ sign, so the best thing to do is to walk around the neighbourhoods and look for available properties.

Signs and bulletins

One of the best ways to find a property is to walk around and decide which neighbourhood you like. Visit this area at night and, more importantly, at weekends.

The signs advertising properties for sale are usually handwritten in English and have a telephone number. You can also find some bulletin boards in major grocery stores.


Websites such as The Real Estate Association  or Real Estate Broker Association  usually list low price properties.

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