Viet Nam News
ĐÀ NẴNG – Property developers have started constructing coastal projects in the central city in response to the rising prices of coastal property following the stagnant period in 2013-15.
Reputable property developers, including Novotel, Fusion Suite and Sheraton, and local groups Vinpearl, Sovico, Furama, Đa Phước Urban and Mường Thanh have all started work on their projects in the city.
A manager at Thiên Kim Property Transaction Centre in the city said coastal projects were priced at VNĐ35 million (nearly US$1,600) to VNĐ100 million per square metre during an eight-month period starting in the second quarter of 2015.
“Most of the major projects began construction in late 2015 and early 2016, and these will be put into operation in two to three years,” the owner of Thiên Kim Property company, Huỳnh Thị Thanh Thảo, said.
“The price of small real estate projects, including terrace houses, villas and apartments, along the coast from Đà Nẵng to Hội An City had increased by 8-10 per cent in late 2015,” Thảo said.
She said the sale of coastal property projects covering an area of 17-20ha was booming among speculators from Hà Nội and HCM City at unofficial transaction centres.
Thao said she had witnessed 20 hotel projects valued at VNĐ400 billion ($18 million), which had been sold between June and October last year.
Nguyễn Thị Kim Nữ, a property developer, said foreign investors could earn plenty of profit from local properties as they would benefit from the difference in bank loan rates.
“Local investors and businesses have to take loans from banks, with a 9 per cent interest rate, so foreign direct investors could provide more competitive low-interest loans to the Vietnamese market,” she said.
She said this was one way that foreign investors could benefit from preferential and promotional policies from the Government of Việt Nam.
Huỳnh Trấn Quốc, a property broker, said both local and foreign investors flocked to start work on a series of condotel projects in Đà Nẵng from late 2015, with a promise of 9 or 10 per cent interest.
Nguyễn Minh Tuấn, a member of Đà Nẵng Real Estate Association, said Mường Thanh Group had sparked a boom in the property market in Đà Nẵng when they started construction of its coastal complex of luxury apartments and hotels, offering 1,000 flats for occupation by 2017.
Tuấn said the Furama Ariyana Condotel project, which was developed beside the five-star Furama Đà Nẵng resort, built in 2005, had also offered its beachfront apartments at an annual 10 per cent interest for investors over 10 years, making different promises of incentives in the form of preferential policies.
Lê Minh Hiệp from VNG Land, a distribution agent of Coco Ocean Resort project, said the project owner had even offered a 12 per cent sublease rate for its condotel project.
“The condotel project, which includes the Empire’s Coco Bay Đà Nẵng Tourism Entertainment Complex, was launched for sale at VNĐ29.5 million ($1,300) per square metre, with a guaranteed sublease rate of 12 per cent interest over eight years,” Hiệp said.
He said the VNĐ14-trillion ($622 million) complex on the beach of Mỹ Khê, linking Đà Nẵng and Hội An from its location between two golf courses – the Montgomerie Links Việt Nam and Đà Nẵng Golf Club -- was seen as a favourite destination and ideal recreational habitat in the central region.
Đà Nẵng City is generally seen as a favourite destination for foreign investment in Việt Nam, taking the top spot on the Provincial Competitive Index (PCI) for the past five years.
The city also hosted 4.6 million tourists, of which 1.25 million were foreigners, in 2015.
According to the city’s Investment and Promotion Centre, there were 2,988 new businesses in the first 11 months of 2015, up 45.9 per cent year-on-year, with registered capital of approximately VNĐ10 billion ($440,000).
Đà Nẵng is the most mature coastal market, catering to a range of visitors, including traditional and MICE guests. Apart from its beautiful beaches, it is also the economic hub of Việt Nam. Most of its upscale accommodation is found along the white sandy beaches of Ngũ Hành Sơn District.
In 2015, occupancy of the five-star segment was 67 per cent, the highest among the three cities including Nha Trang, Phú Quốc and Đà Nẵng.
The city also offers top-priority policies to attract significant investment from Japan and some Japanese investors have moved their plants from China to Việt Nam. – VNS