Knight Frank shares perspectives on residential market in Thailand

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Real Estate management and advisory company Knight Frank Thailand recently revealed findings that suggest Bangkok’s super prime condominium segment will continue to attract major investors this year, especially in the CBD, Sukhumvit, Ratchadapisek and Paholyothin areas, while Phuket’s villa market also showed a tremendous increase in market value in 2015. 

Frank Khan, Executive Director, Head of Residential at Knight Frank, said the super prime market segment in Bangkok performed well in 2015 with 1,350 units sold thanks to a limited supply of only 1,814 units, representing a sold rate of 74.4 per cent.  This market segment is popular among Thais, Taiwanese, Singaporean-Chinese and Hong Kong-Chinese, who purchased such properties for their capital appreciation.

This year, it is expected that prices of Bangkok’s super prime condominiums will increase at least 10 to 15 per cent.  In addition, the areas near the central business area, such as Ratchada-Rama 9, Petchburi, Paholyothin and Ladprao, which boast access to the rapid transit systems, will continue to be desirable for the overall condominium market, said Mr. Khan.

In the future, it is expected that more leasehold condominiums will be launched for sale in the downtown area due to the fact that most of the remaining lands in downtown Bangkok are owned by the government, including the State Railway of Thailand, Chulalongkorn University, Crown Property Bureau and Port Authority of Thailand, among others.

Mr. Khan projected that the condominium market in such areas as the CBD, Sukhumvit, Ratchadapisek and Paholyothin will perform well in the year ahead.  As for condominium projects along the mass transit routes, a few projects stretching along the Purple Line must exercise caution as there is a large number of stock.  So, developers should be conscious with selecting a location.  On the other hand, projects along the Blue, Green, and Orange Lines will have a good future as the existing stock is still low.  Therefore, developers will have good prospects if they choose the right location and offer the right product and price.  It is worth noting that the Ramkhamhaeng area, where the Orange Line will pass, however, falls short of proper parcels of land for development.

Knight Frank also forecasts that Hua Hin’s property market in this year will remain the same as 2015, showing no significant movement with supply way over demand.  Meanwhile, Pattaya will see growth as the Chinese and Russian buyers start to return.  “We will start to see some movement in Pattaya in the second quarter of 2016,” said Mr. Khan.

Regarding Phuket’s residential market, it is not quite as bright, according to Nattha Kahapana, Executive Director at Knight Frank Phuket, who added that there is currently a total supply of 11,177 units, 1,654 of which were newly launched in 2015.  Meanwhile, there has been a cumulative sale of 7,393 condominium units from 2007 to 2015, representing a 64.89 per cent sold rate.  Mr. Nattha said that a drop in demand has been caused by the slowdown of the world’s economy and the Ruble depreciation, making Russian buyers fade from the market.

Mr. Nattha pointed out that the villa market in Phuket has also slowed, with only 176 villa units sold in 2015 compared to 220 to 250 units sold annually between 2012 and 2014.  However, it is quite interesting that the average selling price of super prime villas launched in 2015 has jumped up as high as USD 7 to 10 million per unit in contrast to earlier launched units which were sold at USD 3 to 5 million each.  These new super prime villas offer sea views with 4 to 8 bedrooms.  Each occupies land that is 2 rai or larger.  These villas are also managed by international hotel chains.

However, Mr. Nattha cautioned that Phuket is falling short of beachfront and sea view lands for future development of villas.  Developers should take into account prime locations and unique selling points of their new projects.

(Source: Knight Frank Thailand)