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What are the key factors to consider renting vs. buying real estate in Thailand?

Owning a house is possible in Thailand, but only if you build it yourself, and submit lots of paperwork. You do not own the land on which the house is situated, though. Foreigners can not own land in ...
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Netherlands - Rental agency is forcing me to accept a contract

I am also not a lawyer, not Dutch, and have no Dutch legal experience. Still, I am absolutely sure they have no legal basis to demand payment. Rental agreements which involve contracts are concluded ...
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What options do I have to own a house in Indonesia as a non-citizen?

According to http://www.globalpropertyguide.com/Asia/indonesia/Buying-Guide, the general answer is that you can't really, and that your current arrangement is probably the best you can do. Apparently ...
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Netherlands - How can I avoid paying contract costs to real estate agency?

I experienced a similar issue in Rotterdam where an agency (Domica, MaxRentals) charged me € 350 in advance in order to secure the house. I complied and paid in order to get the house. After that I ...
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Netherlands - How can I avoid paying contract costs to real estate agency?

First of all, get some evidence: A signed written requirement is best; a voice recording is good (and make a transcript); a clear email exchange is not so great, but might do. And now for some actual ...
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Is there a way to hire someone to view/inspect a house before renting in the United States?

A virtual assistant would be able to do exactly this for you, as well as help with other tasks on site and preparations before you make a decision. There are plenty of them out there a simple google ...
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Is there a way to hire someone to view/inspect a house before renting in the United States?

You will have to find and hire someone to inspect the property and report back to you. I am aware of no national or state-level business that does this specific work. OTOH, I haven't searched for it......
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How is a German real estate living area defined?

To answer the last "Is this a general rule? For example, does that mean that if an apartment somewhere in southern Hessen is advertised as 35 m² ...it is actually even larger than 35 m²?" In general ...
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Netherlands - Rental agency is forcing me to accept a contract

I'm not a lawyer. I'm writing here to give you first support and I hope someone with proper knowledge will help you. Please do not take this answer as final. First, during my living in the ...
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What is the process for purchasing investment real estate as a non-resident in Paraguay?

This is a long one.... First off you do NOT need to be a resident to own PGYan real estate. any person or entity can own real estate. They will need to be present personally to sign paperwork with the ...
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Capital gains on US property while living abroad

For US taxes, you'll be able to utilize the capital gains tax exemption as long as you've lived in the house as your primary residence for 2 of the previous 5 years, which means you have 3 years to ...
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What are the key factors to consider renting vs. buying real estate in Thailand?

A foreign national cannot own land in Thailand..... But, you can LEASE the land for up to 30 years, and then build what you want on top of it. You can also add a provision to have the right to ...
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Rental contract Germany from real estate agent

The paper basically says that they will "prepare" the contract for you and if you won't sign it later, you need to reimburse them the time they spend for the "preparation". ...
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Netherlands - Rental agency is forcing me to accept a contract

Verbal contracts have some binding in most countries; but they cannot ever force you to sign a contract. Worst case you are liable to pay for the effort they undertook in good faith to prepare ...
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