When looking for a property to rent or buy in Bangkok, finding a reputable real estate agent is of the essence as it provides you with numerous benefits that you will not have if you did it alone. The chances are that you do not have either sufficient knowledge of the broad range of condominiums and houses that are available to rent or buy nor have an in-depth knowledge of the Bangkok property market.
The most palpable reason for contacting a real estate agent is the amount of time and effort you would need to expend in order to find the right apartment that suits your requirements. If you do intend to walk off into the hot midday sun to find right place to live, it involves a lot of sweaty trudging along potholed sois or riding around on the back of a motorcycle, often to be met at your destination by a surly security guard or a landlord who can only speak Thai.
The other obvious benefit is that it is highly unlikely that you know the city at all well and will have scant information about the condominiums you are visiting and the neighbourhood you are likely to end up in. We, on the other hand, have done all the legwork for you and, over the years, have developed strong relationships with landlords and condo managers. During this time we have amassed a great deal of knowledge about the city and its buildings and have found the best possible apartments and condos that we pass on to our customers.
We literally have thousands of properties for you to choose from and we know the areas where they are best located according to your specific requirements, be it living near to an particular entertainment area or beside an international school of choice. When you let us know what your individual needs are we will then be able to give you the best advice on the most suitable properties, depending on your needs, including your preferred area and budget range.
Another less thought about benefit of renting a property is the spectre of the unscrupulous landlord who refuses to repay the security bond at the end of the tenancy. By using an estate agent with a reputation that has been built up over the years, coupled with the knowledge that landlords are dealing with a registered Thai company, this scenario very rarely if ever materialises.
We can also advise you on whether, as a foreigner, you can own a freehold condominium with full ownership rights as the difference between a condo and an apartment is significant. An apartment (see Rent Bangkok Apartments for more information) is owned by one owner who rents out individual units, while a condominium (see Rent Bangkok Condos for more information) can be bought outright as long as the foreign quota is within the 49% limits of the overall allocation of condos in the building.
Of course, you can search for a condo or apartment on your own or you can make finding your ideal home painlessly simple by using the services of a real estate agent who knows the city well and will offer you suggestions as to the best possible deal in terms of location and price.