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Real Estate Agency with Experience
The real estate agency in Koh Samui. Helping you to find the best property for sale. Samui Property Locator has a first class reputation, growing up over 12 years. We now serve clients from around the world looking for luxury villas, property investments or retirement places.
John and Kulchira Jepson are the founders of Samui Property Locator. Our first office was established in 2009 in Bophut, close to Fisherman's Village. So now you are more likely to meet us at our favorite coffee shop, or at your hotel. And we like to know our clients before they arrive. It is much more important to us to know you personally and what sort of property you are looking for before arrival. So we will be fully prepared when you get to Koh Samui.
Giving our clients the best advice. So buying with us means safety, great ideas and enthusiasm. Dozens of clients have used our property service. And our advice helps ensure you buy the property that is right for you.
Our real estate agency is one of the most longest serving in Koh Samui. With more than 12 years of time in marketing some of the best luxury properties and more modest options to foreign buyers.
We like to help buyers find homes that match their requirements. And our mission is to make sure that we do this in the safest way.
With his 14 years of experience, John Jepson is able to give practical advice on what to buy. He will personally take you to view all your shortlisted properties, as well as some other ideas. John is very adept at finding high quality options for each client he represents.
Our company has helped clients from all corners of the world. With many of our clients referring their friends, so we can help them as well.
Through our own expertise and dedication, we rank amongst the best agencies on Koh Samui. Not to be the biggest, but the most capable real estate agency on Koh Samui.
During the years we have built an enviable network of local Koh Samui professionals including lawyers and property developers. Many of our past clients provide us with references.
We work to find the best properties on the market by regularly visiting resale villas and new property projects. We use our experience to advertise and show our clients the best and safest property investments on the Koh Samui market.
Meet our team
John Jepson is an accountant from the UK, qualified whilst working the BTR group at Permali Gloucester. Worked as finance manager for Alan Dick Telecommunications in Bangkok.
Now a partner of Samui Property Locator 2009 along with his wife, Kulchira Jepson. The recognition that running a real estate office on Koh Samui was attractive both in terms of lifestyle and work. We enjoy the challenges of observing the developers to pick the safe investment options for our clients.
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Frequently Asked Questions
You can use this guide to familiarize yourself with rules, laws and other important information relating to your property.
The ways a foreigner can own property in Thailand is very different than in your home country. So it is extremely important to follow advice and hire a reputable Thai lawyer.
Your legal advisor can advise you the most common ways to own property. 1. Leasehold 30 years maximum with potential 2 x extension for additional 30 year periods. 2 Set up a Thai company which is the preferred route of many foreign buyers.
The second option can be in two parts as follows: purchasing the land plot in the name of the Thai Company but owning the building or structure in your own names.
There are annual fees for both routes, paying the landlord a rent in the case of leasehold. Paying accounting costs for maintaining your Thai company as well as a tax amount to satisfy to local regulations.
It is a common misconception that foreigners cannot own property in Thailand. Although in practice many thousands of foreigners do. The most simple foreign ownership option is to buy a condominium. This however excludes you from the more attractive alternatives also on offer to foreigners such as owning a pool villa.
Some follow the guidance given on websites that magnify stories about owning property here. In practice losing homes by some scam or being cheated does not happen frequently. In-fact this is rare and only happen when purchasers do not follow simple advice or trust the wrong people.
If you are considering buying a home in Thailand then it is most important to use a reputable lawyer combined with an ethical property agency. The agent gains experience by serving time in the local market. And then they use this to help their clients buy safely.
The simple answer is that if you buy assets such as property in Thailand. Then write a will in Thailand with a reputable lawyer. The fee for this service is a few thousand Thai Baht.
This is a simple process and will make sure your wishes are carried out. Even if you have a will already in another country. It is best to make a separate Thai Will for your Thai assets.
In Thailand there are property taxes, although capital gains tax is not recognized specifically but it is commonly referred to as income tax.
Taxes on transfers at the land department are split into 4 main elements:
1. Transfer fee 2% which is based on the higher of the evaluated price, or the actual selling price. The evaluated price is based on land department values for property which are updated every 4 years.
2. Special Business Tax (SBT) 3.3% which is applied on any property that has not been held for at least 5 years. However the foreigner cannot claim the 5 year rule as they would not have the their name in the house registration book. (excluding condominiums).
3. Stamp duty 0.5% in the registration process. This is calculated on the higher of the evaluated price and the actual selling price. It is not paid when SBT is applied to the transaction.
4. Income tax. As selling a property is income, so a tax is deducted and called withholding Tax. (this rate is between 5 – 37%)
Tax is calculated based on the Thailand Revenue Code. There are allowances for expenses on each year of ownership, for instance if a property is owned for 5 years the selling price value is reduced by 35% for expenses. The income tax levels and thresholds are then applied to calculate the tax amount payable.
i.e 0-300,000 5%, 300,000 to 500,000 10%, 500,000 to 750,000 15%, 750,000 to 1m 20%, 1m to 2m 25%, 2m to 4m 30%, over 4m 35%.
In order to sell your villa your buyer will need a number of legal documents to in the first instance carry out an inspection of your rights to the property. These documents include the House Book, Chanote Title and Building Permit. Some buyers also ask for original architect drawings.
Another important document to provide is the legal road access document. This might well be a copy of a master chanote title which lists down all other plots that have been granted servitude access rights.
From making an initial inquiry for a particular property, or a general property request. We normally respond within 24 hours. Once we have contacted you, our main focus is to find properties that meet your request. And if we know that dates when you will be in Koh Samui. Then we will arrange appointments for several properties.