Draft law doubles foreigners' realty ownership terms in Vietnam

03/08/2017
Foreign men check out a real estate project in Vietnam


If passed, the new law will give foreigners a 99-year lease for properties in special economic zones.
Vietnam’s government has expressed support for a new draft law that would give foreigners 99-year leaseholds on properties they buy in key investment areas.
The Ministry of Planning and Investment presented the bill to the cabinet on Wednesday, suggesting the leasehold duration for foreigners in special economic zones should be nearly doubled from the current 50 years.
Vietnam has 18 special economic zones and is developing three more in Quang Ninh Province near the Chinese border, the central province of Khanh Hoa, and Phu Quoc Island in the southern province of Kien Giang. 
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the bill had been carefully drafted but needed to stand out to draw more investment to the zones.
Industry insiders told that they are "excited" by the news.
Neil MacGregor, Managing Director of property consultancy firm Savills in Vietnam, said in an email that "This is good news for the property market." But the market should await details, he said, including confirmation that foreigners would indeed receive a 99 year leasehold title and not just a lease from a developer.
The bill will be reviewed by the legislative National Assembly for approval this October.
Vietnam opened up its housing market to outsiders in July 2015, allowing foreign investment funds, foreigners with valid visas, and international firms operating in Vietnam and overseas to buy unlimited residential properties with a leasehold of 50 years.
There are around 82,000 foreigners working and living in Vietnam. Before the amendments to the Housing Law, each of them were elegible to buy one apartment providing they were either married to Vietnamese nationals, held managerial positions or had contributed to the country.
Industry insiders believe that easing ownership restrictions has created more interest in the local housing market, but many people complain that regulations and paperwork are still very complicated for foreign buyers.
Meanwhile, many Vietnamese are pouring money into overseas properties, particularly in the U.S., which PM Phuc says is a sign that Vietnam’s investment environment needs to improve.
Vietnamese ranks ninth among foreign buyers of residential properties in the U.S., according to the 2017 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate issued by the U.S. National Association of Realtors last month.
The report said Vietnamese people spent over $3 billion buying homes across the Pacific in the year ending March 2017.
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All comments [ 10 ]


Deck Hero14 3/8/17 18:23

Vietnam welcomes all foreigners to come an invest in Vietnam

Gentle Moon 3/8/17 18:25

This is good news for the property market

John Smith 3/8/17 18:34

Vietnam has created a lot of favorable policies for foreign investors

Love Peace 3/8/17 18:36

it may take time to fully evaluate the impacts of the new policy that allows foreigners to own a home here. However, this is really a sign of the Government

MaskOf Zero 3/8/17 18:39

It’s an extremely competitive gesture of the Vietnamese Gov

Pack Cassiopian 3/8/17 18:40

the new rule would guarantee more rights for non-residents in Vietnam

Only Solidar 3/8/17 18:44

If passed, there would be many foreigners who will buy house in Vietnam

yobro yobro 3/8/17 18:47

Vietnam’s investment environment has improved so much

Jane smartnic 3/8/17 18:51

I really want to buy a new house in Vietnam because Vietnam is so wonderful with lost of beautiful landscapes and people is so friendly

LawrenceSamuels 3/8/17 18:52

I love Vietnam

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