Land prices reach for the sky in Bangkok
Real estate’s reputation as a valuable investment asset strengthens further in the Thai capital
Bangkok’s property market is going from strength-to-strength, according to DDproperty’s latest Property Index.
The Thai capital has displayed price growth with an eight-point increase from 205 to 213 in the first quarter of 2018. This growth is on the back of an improving economic outlook and an expected increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) this year to 4.2 percent (up 0.3 percent y-o-y), and in part due to the rising cost of developing projects in the popular but densely built-up areas in Bangkok.
The Index has jumped by 213 percent in the last three years, fuelled by hot land prices which has meant that affordable residential developments are being pushed further from the city centre, most commonly along mass transit extension lines.
“The sophistication of Bangkok’s property market is more apparent now than ever,” said Kamolpat Swaengkit, Country Manager for DDproperty. “As values continue to move upwards, property’s reputation as a valuable investment asset strengthens further. Developers are therefore taking note and it is no wonder that the year has welcomed joint ventures between local and foreign developers eyeing potential across the city. They have become a lot more selective on the kinds of projects they work on, with the focus on building the ‘right’ property for the location and ensuring it is suited to its target audience. We have seen a real shift in the market with this renewed attention to detail.”