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Property sales boom expected

Update: May, 30/2015 - 12:00

It has become easier for people who are foreigners, and not originally from Viet Nam, to buy houses in Viet Nam.

Before, it was quite difficult for them to have the right to so do.

However, the law changed.

Lots of property sales are now expected to take place.

Times City urban area in Ha Noi. The new housing law is expected to
Times City urban area in Ha Noi. The new housing law is expected to "stir up" the domestic real estate market. - VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hung

HCM CITY (VNS)— Mark Cameron of the UK, who lives and works in Viet Nam, believes that he will be able to own residential property thanks to the revised Law on Housing, which has removed prior restrictions on foreigners from buying property in the country. It will take effect next month.

"For foreigners like me, to own residential property in Viet Nam was extremely difficult, since we were required to meet strict requirements," Mark said.

"For instance, the law required that we either must have a permanent resident card for at least one year, or make contributions to Viet Nam and be awarded with a decoration or medal from the country's President, or make a special contribution to the country as recognised in a decision of the Prime Minister," he said.

"Also, it required that we must work in the economic sector with a university degree or higher qualification, or be someone with special knowledge or skills for which Viet Nam has a demand. Or you must marry a Vietnamese citizen," he added.

"Even if we met the requirements, we still had to complete many complicated administrative procedures before being allowed to buy a house. Because of this, in spite of making several efforts, I could not buy a house," Cameron said.

"However, the revised Housing Law will enable me to realise my dream of owning a house here," he said.

The new law states that all foreigners who have been granted a visa to Viet Nam are allowed to buy property in the country.

All foreigners will also be allowed to buy any kind of property, whether it is an apartment or a house, but with the provision that such property is under a commercial housing development programme.

More importantly, there will be no limit on the number of houses that a foreigner can buy, but the total number of units owned by foreigners must not exceed 30 per cent of the total units in one building, or not exceed 250 houses in one particular administrative area.

Analysts say the new law would help the property sector, an area that has been underperforming since 2008, when selling prices plunged by 50 to 70 per cent.

Nguyen Tran Nam, former Minister of Construction, said that allowing individual foreigners to buy houses in the country would give the real estate market a much-needed boost.

The chairman of HCM City Real Estate Association (HREA), Le Hoang Chau, said the new housing law that allowed foreigners to buy residential property in the country would create an impetus for the domestic real estate market not only to grow but also to integrate into the world market.

Chau said the policy would increase national total assets, providing more conditions for other sectors to develop and therefore create more employment for local workers.

The new housing law is expected to "stir up" the domestic real estate market since many foreigners living in Viet Nam want to own a house here.

According to HREA's statistics, which are not yet complete, the city now has more than 80,000 Koreans, 7,600 Japanese, 1,200 Germans, 6,000 Filipinos and many (an undetermined number) Chinese, most of them residing permanently here.

Hoang Anh Tuan, general director of the Tac Dat Tac Vang Real Estate Company, said that Binh Duong Province also had dozens of thousands of foreign experts working in local industrial parks, health care and education establishments.

"To fully exploit this opportunity, many real estate investors have already outlined new business plans that have been designated in ways that can attract many foreigners to buy houses," Chau of HREA said.

Analysts said that many real estate developers had prepared high-end properties for overseas customers.

In Ha Noi and HCM City, many real estate developers have allowed foreigners and overseas Vietnamese to register to buy houses at their projects. Some of them have also advertised their housing projects abroad.

The Global Petroleum Investment Corporation, for example, announced that it would set aside part of its Trang An luxury apartment project to sell to foreign customers.

Company director Nguyen Quoc Hiep said foreigners and overseas Vietnamese represented potential customers who could encourage the recovery of the real estate market.

Tuan of Tac Dat Tac Vang also said his company had worked with Becamex to invest in an urban area that specialises in building homes for foreigners.

Vu Cuong Quyet, general director of the Dat Xanh Mien Bac Real Estate Company, said that many foreigners had already registered to buy apartments prior to the Housing Law taking effect, and were only waiting to complete necessary procedures. — VNS

 

GLOSSARY

 

Mark Cameron of the UK, who lives and works in Viet Nam, believes that he will be able to own residential property thanks to the revised Law on Housing, which has removed prior restrictions on foreigners from buying property in the country.

Residential property is land with buildings on it that people use as their homes.

A revised law is a law that has been changed.

Restrictions, in this case, were laws that made it a bit difficult for foreigners to own land. They were restricted to being able to buy land only if they had certain things in place that were not very easy to get.

"For instance, the law required that we either must have a permanent resident card for at least one year, or make contributions to Viet Nam and be awarded with a decoration or medal from the country's President, or make a special contribution to the country as recognised in a decision of the Prime Minister," he said.

A foreigner who is a permanent resident has special permission to live in a country.

"Also, it required that we must work in the economic sector with a university degree or higher qualification, or be someone with special knowledge or skills for which Viet Nam has a demand.

If Viet Nam has a demand for people with special knowledge or skills, then the country wants and needs such people.

The new law states that all foreigners who have been granted a visa to Viet Nam are allowed to buy property in the country.

A visa is special permission for a foreigner to visit a country.

All foreigners will also be allowed to buy any kind of property, whether it is an apartment or a house, but with the provision that such property is under a commercial housing development programme.

A provision is a condition. The sentence could more or less be rewritten to say:  All foreigners will also be allowed to buy any kind of property, whether it is an apartment or a house, but ONLY IF such property is under a commercial housing development programme.

A commercial housing development is one where houses can be bought and sold.

More importantly, there will be no limit on the number of houses that a foreigner can buy, but the total number of units owned by foreigners must not exceed 30 per cent of the total units in one building, or not exceed 250 houses in one particular administrative area.

"Exceed" means "be more than"

Analysts say the new law would help the property sector, an area that has been underperforming since 2008, when selling prices plunged by 50 to 70 per cent.

Analysts are people who study things and use their findings to say what is happening.

Nguyen Tran Nam, former Minister of Construction, said that allowing individual foreigners to buy houses in the country would give the real estate market a much-needed boost.

A boost means an improvement.

The chairman of HCM City Real Estate Association (HREA), Le Hoang Chau, said the new housing law that allowed foreigners to buy residential property in the country would create an impetus for the domestic real estate market not only to grow but also to integrate into the world market.

If an impetus is created in the domestic real estate market, it means there will be new energy and activities in the part of the economy in which people are buying and selling property within Viet Nam.

If the domestic market integrates into the world market, it means it will have an effect outside Viet Nam as well.

Chau said the policy would increase national total assets, providing more conditions for other sectors to develop and therefore create more employment for local workers.

Assets are things people own that can be sold for money

More employment means more jobs.

In Ha Noi and HCM City, many real estate developers have allowed foreigners and overseas Vietnamese to register to buy houses at their projects. Some of them have also advertised their housing projects abroad.

Abroad means overseas.

Company director Nguyen Quoc Hiep said foreigners and overseas Vietnamese represented potential customers who could encourage the recovery of the real estate market.

Potential customers are people who could be customers.

Tuan of Tac Dat Tac Vang also said his company had worked with Becamex to invest in an urban area that specialises in building homes for foreigners.

An urban area is one inside a city or a town.

 

WORKSHEET

 

State whether the following sentences are true, or false:

1. The company Tac Dat Tac Vang worked with Becamex to invest in a farming area that specialises in building homes for foreigners.

2. Mark Cameron comes from Viet Nam and works in the United Kingdom.

3. Le Hoang Chau is from the capital city.

4. Nguyen Tran Nam was once Viet Nam's Minister of Construction.

5. There are more Japanese people than Filipinos living in Ho Chi Minh City.

 

ANSWERS:

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1. False; 2. False; 3. False; 4. True; 5. True.

 

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