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How do Singaporeans buy property in Vietnam?


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Vietnam is the 16th most populous country globally, and have attracted investors from different countries, especially from Singapore, to actively participate in the real estate market in Vietnam.

Singaporean investors became regular when the law on foreign property ownership became effective!


In Vietnam, foreigners can own –

  • Residential properties: apartments and landed houses
  • 30% total units of any apartment
  • 10% of landed villa and housing project stock
  • 250 landed properties in an administrative ward

They are eligible for a 50-year leasehold with an extension (subject to authority approval).

How do Singaporeans buy property in Vietnam?

The available popular legal systems are:

1. A completely foreign-owned company

The best way a Singaporean can adapt to buy a property in Vietnam is by starting their own company. Having a 100% foreign-owned company allows foreigners to buy property in the country!

You can purchase houses and apartments on behalf of your company for a specified term. It will only take 4-6 weeks to register for a company in Vietnam.

The procedure is comparatively easy. You will acquire an Investment Registration License and a Business Registration Certificate when the procedure will begin. It can have a 10-year validity period.

2. A jointly undertaken company

You can establish a company jointly undertaking a Vietnamese citizen in a local-owned company to own a property.

joint company

This company will help you to buy households, purchase and lease buildings, and the buildings of the whole real estate assignment. This facility is for the Vietnamese shareholders as well.

However, this joint venture company will only end when the company decides to bring it to an end.

3. As a foreign individual

There is also an option for foreign residents to buy houses without associating with a company for their own residential purpose in Vietnam. But as a foreigner, you are not allowed to rent it to other parties.

Fun Fact 🔍

  • Vietnam has nearly 100 million residents, whereas a land area stretches nearly 2,000 kilometres from north to south. This country is not small at all!
  • A country like this is suitable to offer plenty of investment opportunities in the property market.
  • On top of that, buying costs are LOW in Vietnam!

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3 key points to consider before investing

1. Understand the property costs and taxes

A foreign national who owns a property has to pay Vietnam property tax at the district tax bureau where the property is located about the taxes.

  • Purchase Taxes

Taxes Description
1. VAT 10% VAT is applied on any property sale.
2. Ownership registration tax 0.5% registration tax against property value. This is to obtain the ownership of the ‘pink book’ certificate.
3. Administration fees A minor fee needs to be paid for property ownership certificate issuance.
4. Maintenance fee/sinking fund 2% of the house/apartment price before VAT.

  • Resale Taxes

Taxes Description
Personal income tax 2% personal income tax needs to be paid on the transacted value for the personal income earned through assignment or apartment/house resale.

  • Lease Taxes

Taxes Description
Personal income tax 5% VAT and 5% PIT on revenue must pay for the personal income earned through apartment/houses rental.

2. Find a local property negotiator

Real Estate Agent

A local property negotiator can help guide you through every step of buying a property. From giving you advice on property values and investment potential to helping you fulfil legal requirements, he can be your companion throughout.

Usually, a Real Estate Negotiator (REN) is hired or contracted by a company to list and market properties. He works under the supervision of a registered real estate agent.

3. Choose a reliable agency

To ensure a more seamless venture, foreign investors are advised to choose a reliable agency.

Since the negotiator cannot work independently and must be supervised by a real estate agency, selecting a reputable agency will reduce your workload, smoothing the ride for you.

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With over 15,000 agents around the world, IQI has agents specialized for each country and will provide extensive guidance for those in need.

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