Key Areas of Vietnam’s Real Estate Market Set for Growth
After five years of relative stagnation, 2015 looks to be a strong year for Vietnam’s real estate market. The country’s government has undertaken a number of important legal and regulatory changes to improve the market situation and encourage foreign investment. Below we consider some of the key areas for investment in the real estate market for 2015.
Industrial zone real estate
2015 is expected to be another strong year for growth in industrial zone development. The projected increase in demand for 2015 is the result of the positive growth seen in 2014, in which Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Vietnam was one of the highest in the ASEAN region. Additionally, as Vietnam’s export industry continues to grow, more development is expected in IZs as companies look to expand their operations.
Circular No. 36/2014/TT-NHNN
A further boost to the market has resulted from recent regulation from Vietnam’s central bank. The purpose of Circular No. 36/2014/TT-NHNN (issued in 18/11/2014, effective 01/02/2015) is to reduce the risk banks must undertake when they loan out money for real estate development – reducing the risk weight of loans granted from the current 250 percent to 150 percent. This is expected to increase the amount of loans available for investors.
Mid-level and luxury apartments
Buildings that are ready to handover or are in the final state of construction are predicted to have the highest profit potential for 2015. The recently issued Amended Housing Law, which goes into effect July 1, 2015, encourages an increase in investment by making it easier for foreign individuals and firms to buy and own real estate.
On November 25, 2014, the central bank’s Circular 32 came into effect. This circular simplified lending procedures and enabled more people to access a VND50 trillion credit package, which was recently provided by the government. As a result of the influx of credit available, demand for apartments is expected to sharply increase. According to market analysts, monthly rent from an apartment could generate revenue of 0.5 percent to 0.75 percent over the total value of the apartment, depending on the location, utilities, and furniture conditions.
In the past six months, Vietnam’s resort real estate market has seen strong signs of positive investor sentiment. This has been buoyed by the healthy growth in the country’s tourism sector. An additional reason for the strong outlook in this sector is the newly amended Real Estate Business Law, which goes into effect July 1, 2015, and which aims to stabilize the market by limiting the entry of market participants based on the financial situation of the firms.
Predictably, new resort developments mainly center on Vietnam’s scenic coastal zones in areas that are strategically located near highways, airports, etc. Investment flow for these types of projects tends to be long-term, with a turnover period of six to 10 years.
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