Buying or renting in Chiang Mai

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... Buying property however is a little more complicated. Farangs as westerners are known are unable to buy the land any house is built on. If he or she is married to a Thai, that is fine but the house has to be in the Thai’s name, maybe not so good if things go wrong with the relationship. I ... Read review

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Is it best to buy or rent?

AdvantagesRenting is definitely better.

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"...it’s quite straightforward to do. Buying property however is a little more complicated. Farangs as westerners are known are unable to buy the land any house is built on. If he or she is married to a Thai, that is fine but the house has to be in the Thai’s name, maybe not so good if things go wrong with the relationship. I have rented two houses since I first came to Chiang Mai. The first one was a beautiful Thai style teak house with outdoor kitchen ..." Read review
29.04.2011

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Nothing what so ever (*)
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YOu may be able to stop something.
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None (*)
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