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Buying and Selling of Property in Korea

Mar 6, 2008
Property search in Korea is based on several important factors. In other words, Korean property search is based on the individual preferences as well as requirements of a buyer or a tenant. Discussed further in this article are some of the factors as well as the steps involved in the searching of a property in Korea.

Buying or Renting :
First of all, for property search in Korea, it must be determined whether the property is for buying or for rent. If you choose to buy, then it must be further evaluated whether it is for your accommodation purposes or to rent it out or sell it later for a higher price. In case, if you are planning to buy a property for investment purposes or to rent it, then you must choose a location in Korea that is already developed or with chances to develop. Likewise, when you are searching a property for rental purpose, then you should choose a housing or business space in such a location which is convenient as well as affordable to you.

Both buying and renting options have their own benefits and limitations. For instance, renting may be a great choice when you are planning to stay at a particular location for a short period or when you want to invest your fund in some other options such as share market. But, one of the prime limitations of staying in a rental space is that you cannot make any modification or change in your living space. On the other hand, when you buy a property, you can make almost any change in it, provided you comply with the requirements of local planning. In addition, in the case of renting, the tenant cannot enjoy any benefit as a result of the increase in the property value.

Source of Purchase :
Purchasing a property in Korea depends upon the financial situation of the buyer. Mostly, people lean on mortgages in order to invest in a property here. Since in most cases your house is kept as collateral in order to get loan, it must be kept in mind that your home is at risk and if you make any default in making the loan repayment, you may sometimes lose your property.

Capital Growth :
Another important factor that should be taken into consideration for property search as well as investment is capital growth. In most cases, properties appreciate in value by about 5% or 6% per year. However, this may differ from year to year as well as from regions to regions. This is also further affected by such factors as fluctuations in interest rates, political manipulations, and supply and demand factors.

Rental Yield :
If you are going to invest in a property in order to rent it out, it is important to take into consideration the rental yield of a particular property in Korea, prior to investing in it.

Now we will discuss some of the steps involved in the property search and investment. As the first step, it should be determined in which type of property you prefer to invest. For some it may be residential units in the form of single detached homes, apartments, or villas, while for some it may be commercial or industrial purposes.

There also a category of buyers interested in land investment. As mentioned earlier, the next step is to verify how you would finance for the property. A plethora of financial institutions have now come forward to provide you mortgages at best deals.

With a myriad of real estate firms, realtors, and other related service providers in the scenario, it is not all a tedious process to find a property of your choice in Korea.

Many of the real estate firms in Korea provide services in connection with both buying and renting. There are also some service providers that exclusively deal in vacation rentals as well as all other types of property rentals.

These types of firms handle all kinds of paper works with regard to the leasing, and allow both the owner and tenant to be free from the hassles of rental processes. Likewise, there are also certain firms that solely specialize in buying and selling of property in Korea. They carry out a range of services in connection with the buying and selling, and some even offers the services of expert attorneys to verify the documents of a particular real estate.
About the Author
Wantanee Khamkongkaew is an independent author evaluating and commenting on leading International Property Consultants in Asia and Greater China , especially CB Richard Ellis.
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