Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — Many property developers in HCM City are moving to neighbouring provinces and cities and even as far away as the central region as city authorities are issuing fewer licences and legal procedures elsewhere are simpler.
Many have begun developing in provinces like Long An, Bình Dương, Đồng Nai, Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu and Bình Phước.
The chairman of a company based in District 5 said he would focus on six projects this year, 85 per cent of them far from the city.
He attributed it to the easier and quicker procedures in other places.
Another company based in District 1 said it would start selling 1,000 units in Bình Dương Province close to Thủ Đức District.
It said it now takes longer than in the past to complete procedures in HCM City.
“Investing in distant places, selling cheaper products is a stable method.”
Thắng Lợi Company said this year it plans to sell housing and land in Long An Province, adding investing outside the city would be its main strategy for the next one or two years.
Kim Oanh Real in Bình Thạnh District, which has experience selling land and housing in Bình Dương and Đồng Nai provinces, said the company would continue to expand in the two provinces this year.
Its first apartment project would be developed in Bình Dương, not HCM City, it said.
Nam Long Investment Joint Stock Company is selling its Waterpoint in Long An Province and the locality has been its main focus in 2018-20.
Even giant developer Novaland Group, which has only developed property projects in inner HCM City, has started to look elsewhere.
Last year, it unveiled plans to invest far from HCM City with a focus on developing tourism property projects in the provinces of Phan Thiết, Bình Thuận, Khánh Hoà and Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu.
Media reports show that many other major developers are also moving, Himlam Land to Đồng Nai and Bắc Ninh, Phú Long to Vũng Tàu, Nha Trang and Phú Quốc, and Hưng Thịnh Corp to Khánh Hoà, Đồng Nai and Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu.
Huỳnh Phước Nghĩa of the University of Economics HCM City said the trend of moving out of HCM City would accelerate this year and become widespread.
The city’s property sector would witness huge changes this year as city authorities limit approvals for new projects and scrupulously ensure the legality of old ones, he said.
Besides, the city has decided not to license any new developments in districts 1 and 3 until 2020 and license only in areas well served by transport in other districts.
The move out of the city by the developers is also to avoid the risk of investing in projects that could end up with some legal lacuna, Nghĩa said.
They would also like to expand niche markets, he said.
Brokerage companies, who faced challenges last year due to a supply shortfall, are also set to benefit and are following developers in their migration outside HCM City.
Ngô Quang Phúc of the Việt Nam Association of Property Brokers said 2019 would again be a tough year, but the move by developers would mitigate the situation somewhat. — VNS