Whether you intend to invest in real estate or purchase a car for your settlement in Vietnam, there are certain restrictions that you should bear in mind. It is crucial to acknowledge your rights and obligations before conducting any transaction here. Some specific products have their own restrictions. Our comprehensive guide will show you must-know information about buying properties in Vietnam as expats.
Buying Antiques in Vietnam as Expats
You are into antiques and plan to open an antique store? Unfortunately, only Vietnamese citizens can run this type of business. If you simply want to collect these precious items for personal purposes, you may purchase them. However, keep in mind that there are 9 categories of vestiges and antiques that you cannot carry abroad.
You can find the list of the above mentioned 9 categories in Article 3, Circular No. 19/2012/TT-BVHTTDL.
It is also illegal for foreign citizens in Vietnam to export antiques without a permit. The permit is to make sure that the artifacts are not among national treasure or rare items that need federal protection.
According to Circular No. 15/2014/TT- BCA, when purchasing cars, you must prepare the following documents:
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When it comes to buying properties in Vietnam as expats, purchasing real estate is the most intricate issue. Thanks to the enactment of Law on Housing in 2015, it is much less challenging than it used to be. There are certain requirements you need to meet when buying houses or lands in Vietnam.
According to the Constitution of Vietnam, the land is of collective proprietorship by all Vietnamese and governed by the state, which means private ownership of land is not permitted. Citizens can obtain land use rights and housing ownership. However, foreigners can only own houses and do not have land use rights.
The powerful document that proves your land use rights or housing ownership is the Certificate of land use rights, the ownership of residential houses or assets attached to land (LURC). A LURC, locally known as the “pink” book, is issued by the People’s Committees or a natural resources and environment agency. It must follow a statutory form and usually contains the following key information:
This certificate is called the “pink” book due to its color
According to Circular No. 19/2016/TT-BXD, the number of houses that foreign entities (foreign individuals and organizations) can own is stipulated as follows:
This method allows you to purchase properties in the name of the company. Once you have registered a foreign-owned company in Vietnam, you will obtain an Investment Certificate with 10 years of validity. When your company holds an agreement on buying or leasing properties in Vietnam, it will be valid until the expiration of the document mentioned above.
You can collaborate with a Vietnamese citizen to form a joint venture in Vietnam. Since this company is considered locally owned, it can buy:
Expats can buy houses without having a company, but as mentioned above, your housing ownership cannot last for more than 50 years for the first contract, and you have to ask for an extension permit later.
The Decree 99/2015/ND-CP specifies the criteria for foreign entities to purchase houses:
Organizations: Organizations must have an Investment Registration Certificate or relevant certificates issued by competent Vietnamese authorities upon the lease-purchase contract.
Individuals: Foreigners living in Vietnam must satisfy the following two conditions:
- Have a valid passport with a stamp of entry verification by the immigration authority of Vietnam;
- Not subject to diplomatic privileges and immunities.
Depending on your purpose, the location of your property will vary. Estate agents frequently tell you the advantages of the area, so you should do careful research about the land and ask neighbors for authentic information. You may also want to spend some time around the area to experience yourself.
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In large cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh, there are various expat areas where French, Korean, Japanese, or British residents gather, where you can find yourself more at home.
The outskirts of big cities or coastal villas in tourist cities offer many options ranging from riverside apartments to lake view houses where you can find some investment opportunities, or find yourself closer to nature and the local lifestyle.
The price of properties in Da Nang has skyrocketed in recent years
Ho Chi Minh is now packed with new apartment projects and luxury residential areas like District 2 or District 7
Hanoi housing scene is a mix of ancient structures and modern apartments
Though regulations on buying properties in Vietnam as expats are more flexible than before, the complicated process is likely to challenge your patience. To avoid unwanted consequences, you should seek legal advice in advance since the professionals know the procedures like the back of their hands.
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