Property Koh Samui

Since the turn of the millennium, the property market on Koh Samui has been growing and diversifying, with investment flowing in from a wide range of international sources and increasingly also through a number of well known global hospitality brands. Competitive prices have drawn consistent buyer interest and the island's natural beauty and global reputation as a tourist destination has bolstered the market during difficult economic times.

Lifestyle investment

As a a result of all this investment, Koh Samui's landscape is slowly being transformed, with the beaches and hillsides now decorated with a combination of exclusive residences and upmarket hotels, the latter also increasingly offering resort properties for sale. Foreign companies and individual investors account for the vast majority of property purchases on the island, meaning there is also now a fast growing expatriate community in place.

"When Samui first launched as a residential destination, the investment boom prompted land and property prices to rise sharply."

Second home, first choice

As development moved forward the property market stabilised and villa rentals began to attract rental yields from short-term holiday guests. This prompted a significant increase in the number of properties being made available as holiday lets, which allowed second home owners to cover the cost of maintenance and staffing when not in residence.

A typical villa will often include a wide range of facilities, such as:

  • Private pool
  • Fully fitted kitchen
  • Landscaped garden
  • Indoor and outdoor dining areas
  • Terrace
  • Fitness room

A stable property market

In the last three years, due mainly to the global financial crisis, the property market on Koh Samui has cooled considerably. Yet surprisingly, prices have remained stable, particularly at the top end of the market, mainly because the island is still very much a cash driven one. At the middle price range, prices have begun to level out with less construction allowing supply is beginning to catch up with demand. Deals and alternative ownership options have also become more common, while the quality of finish and support services has also improved to meet the needs of more cautious investors.

"A significant increase in large-scale corporate investment has also helped Koh Samui attract big international developers"

Expert advice

The sheer number of new project launches and completions in the last two years around the island has experts predicting a return to boom time in the real estate sector in the not too distant future. Developers and agents like EP Samui, who boast first hand knowledge of the local market are in a strong position to advise investors as to the safest and most intelligent property purchases to make.

With Samui still seen as an attractive proposition for many buyers from around the world, the number of transactions is on the rise. Client diversity, particularly with regard to the range of nationalities looking at opportunities on Samui is now a significant factor. Developers and agents are therefore becoming ever more creative with their products and associated services to appeal to a wider range of potential investors.


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