Quote from sle:
I got a few not exactly trading, but investment-related questions - looking at Thailand as a future retirement spot as well as potential investment to park some cash.
What are the locations good for a retirement property?
What are the real estate prices like these days?
What are the trends - up/down?
Do you in general feel that real estate in Thailand is good value?
What sort of returns on capital do you get if you rent a place out?
What are real estate taxes like?
Is there anything in the property law I must know about (e.g. specific details on the freehold/leasehold)?
Forget buying any real estate unless you have spend at least one year in the location .talk to the locals who live there.There is a lot of real estate scams run by foreigners,mainly GB nationals.
Real estate in Thailand is not a good value you can expect to earn around 6% ROI .
Research your visa situation first as it changes every few years.
If you want to live in Thailand year round your best bet is a retirement visa but it is not cheap.
I would just rent , unless you have a lot of money you can afford to sink into poor return situation just for the convenience..