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Real Estate In Korea Is Considered A Sound As Well As Secure Investment

Jan 22, 2008
Korea, acknowledged as the 'Land of Morning Calm,' is located in the heart of East Asia, occupying a mountainous peninsula, stretching about 500 miles south towards Japan. In recent years, Korea has made an outstanding progress in reforming its economy, which has attracted foreigners to invest in almost all sectors of economy.

Korea also holds the distinction of being a stable nation in both political and economical wise. All these have strengthened the real estate market in Korea. Investing in Korean real estate allows you to beat inflation, procure tax benefits, ensuring for cash flow, and above all helps you to effectively plan for retirement. In a snap shot, property market in Korea is unique and presents a range of distinctive features.

However, the prices of real estate in Korea are relatively high. The prices are even higher in such prominent areas as Seoul. But, investing in property market in Seoul provides tremendous benefits, due to such attractive features as landlord-friendly leasing system, market lucidity, and easy convertibility of capitals.

The capital as well as commercial center of Korea - Seoul boasts of the largest concentration of commercial property in the nation, with its two significant business districts such as Yoido, which is home to a number of leading financial institutions as well as the Korean Stock Exchange, and Kangnam area. When compared to other prominent Asian global commercial destinations, Seoul's property market is about 50% larger than that of Hong Kong and about 100% larger than that of Singapore.

The housing or residential development in the country is mostly dominated by the public services, with the instructions of Ministry of Constructions. Housing developments in Korea are primarily undertaken through government agencies such as the Korea National Housing Corporation and the Korea Land Development Corporation.

One of the greatest specialties of Korean property market is leverage, ie, its ability to tie up an important asset for exceptionally small amount. Another feature of investing in Korean property market is freedom, ie it can fetch you good income without affecting or hindering your present job.

Mostly, people invest in Korean real estate in order to provide it for rent or lease. Literally speaking, tenants pay for your investment property in the form of rent. Also, a great feature of Korean real estate is that it provides you with a regular cash flow, which turns out to be an important income, particularly when the mortgage on property is completely paid off. Above all, Korean real estate is regarded as one of the greatest assets. In short, with these unique features, perhaps there would be nothing perfect than investing in a real estate in Korea.

The laws pertaining to buying or selling of real estate in Korea is quite liberal and simple. Further, in contrast to some Asian nations imposing restrictions on foreigners to invest in real estate, Korea does not put forward any specific restrictions for foreigners to buy a property here, except for complying with the FLAA Act or the Foreigner's Land Acquisition Act.

In order to register the property with the court registry, alien registration number is required. Further, a foreigner is required to submit relevant documents with the local government office within 60 days of the date of the execution of the purchase agreement. Likewise, a foreigner is required to obtain permission from the local government office, if he is interested to invest in any of the protected areas as stated by the FLAA. A resident foreigner can easily acquire a property in Korea, particularly if he has been in the country for more than six months. Some local banks even provide mortgages to resident foreigners just as they provide it to Koreans.

But, in order to ensure secure real estate transaction, it is important that you must have a clear idea on the steps involved in the process of buying a property in Korea. Further, prior to signing a purchase agreement, it is important to thoroughly check the status of the building or land you are going to acquire. Hence, it is recommended that you hire the service of a professional attorney or a reputable real estate agent.

With a myriad of real estate firms and property builders in the scenario, property search in Korea is not at all a tedious process. Apart from property search, these service providers render a range of other services in connection with sales, leasing, portfolio management, valuation, research, and consultation.
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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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