Property in Koh Samui

The last decade has seen enormous growth in the real estate market on Koh Samui, as low prices and widespread tourist appeal drew a flood of investment. Nowadays, the beautiful beaches and natural splendor that drew people to the island paradise are largely covered with luxury villas and top of the line resorts, with many foreign-owned corporations or investors now having holdings on the island. Large scale investments now include branded, global projects that provide investors with a full suite of personalised facilities and services. Elsewhere on the island, exclusive stand alone properties are now a common feature, while more modest, less expensive residential options are also available, including condominiums and private bungalows.

As investment poured into Koh Samui at the turn of the milenium, prices boomed, and many buyers were able to quickly “flip” new developments for considerable profit. The market for rentals boomed as well, as more and more visitors partook in short term lets, providing convenience for tourists and added returns for investors above and beyond capital appreciation. Even the more affordable properties on the island commonly feature appealing additional facilities such as a private or shared swimming pool and live-in staff. Those  looking to invest and live on Koh Samui, either long term or  for a limited number of months in the year, have an attractive and varied number of choices, many of them offered through reputable agents such as EP Samui.

More currently, the global financial crisis has slowed down the Samui property market. Prices are therefore beginning to plateau as supply and demand reach a point of equilibrium. Alongside top resorts and luxury residences, the surrounding island amenities and infrastructure have grown, both in terms of coverage and quality. The market has also become more corporate, as larger players look to secure a piece of what is becoming an ever more exclusive holiday island.

To match the changing economic landscape, however, less exclusive options are also becoming available to investors on Koh Samui. Foreigners looking for retirement homes or buyers in search of a second residence all have options around the island and two or three bedroom  apartments with shared communal facilities are becoming particularly popular as they provide a comfortable and affordable alternative to more extravagant stand alone properties. Partial ownership schemes and investor financing also make investments more affordable. Notable options include the fractional ownership of a property, which gives investors the flexibility to own a property in  a way that suits their particular  circumstances.

As the market develops and diversifies, the proliferation of new developments and launches on Koh Samui will undoubtedly drive future sales volumes, which are predicted to pick up substantially, and as more and more buyers look to get involved on Koh Samui a greater range of products is entering the marketplace.


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