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  1. Jai Dee mak I too think many posting here haven never been but i think my advice is sound, although in my life whether my advice is good/bad seems totally random. Bought a decade + ago, but did investigate condos from 1998. Of course I totally missed out on the G Soros theft of all Thais' money in 2000 when a condo now at 2m would have been 500,000 and the £ at 90. I was the "underbidder" on several, it always amuses me that punters on price threads think it is the LDOP driving the price when their own life shows it is the underbidder. All those sticking offers of 2-3000 are the ones assuring 5000! Guessing the £ (and euro) are on a one way road i did look at buying cheapo's but not living here the agro was greater than the profit and trying to scrape £100/month/ property unattractive. If I had married Thai I would look for multiple 1m baht, room with a roof rentable to thai at up to 10g/mo, but i am not so I don't. I tend to keep in contact with a style of TG. Apart from the ones in Australia and Europe quite a number have recently bought Condo's in the 1.5 to 5 m range, yes this is what happens to "old" BGs not the dying of drugs and disease in the gutter beloved of our media. Biggest problems is having children if they missed out with the village husband in their youth and their parents ageing. They can get family + dozen guests eating in a <30 sq mt benefit of being small and floor living. As they only buy new (Thai!) they follow the developer's prices carefully. I did try to match my advice to what I read as the OP demand, in my heart a fire sale in VT 1 or 2, or Majestic card on the wall and wave money, not much point in looking at current ads. Your advice is as likely to be as good or better. BTW one was building worker, tried her hand at p4p, now works law office, their lives are more interesting than mine although they would not agree.
  2. Good luck OP. Suggest you keep a check on bahtsold, then when you are here get scooter, ride around, look at small adverts in receptions etc. should easily find something at 5-600,000. check it is in foreign name, (company yearly accounts cost the same for a cheapo as a mansion not worth it) check if building is liveable, pool swimmable, front office looking like war zone is not good. but things change, a decent condo can become a shit hole when scum move in next door. check if you can get a scooter up the lift and in, then when you come to Pattaya, you have your gear, your place and your wheels. do not even think about renting, possibly chuck the keys at a favourite or friend when it is empty. You have a bank account?, you will need to dd water, service, electricity charges. No taxe fonciere /habitation here. Get it through a proper Thai lawyer, Thailand is not the wild west, they looooove property longtime, just like the French, if you have not got the registered deeds but just a key, the key is all you have. Earplugs can sort out a lot, buying cheapo the downside is negligible, buy at 1.5m and the downside is anything down to 0.6. Get your money organised, the seller and your lawyer can expect you to come with, bankers cheque/ cash in the afternoon if you buy in the morning. This is property like a second hand car, you bought it it is yours. See and decide, is it straight? does it start? is registering at the land office no problem?, are the bills paid to date? bonne chance Frenchie
  3. OP you are a middle aged single, how are you burning through 4000 euro/month? are you in debt? are you one of the mythical people who borrow from payday lenders, 118, amigo, wonga, at 50% to 1000s apr? never met one but if you are one I think we have the answer. do you associate with others much richer or poorer than you? if they are poorer do you end up with all the bills? if so bin them unless they are providing sexual services. If they are richer do not try to keep up, they are not going to live down to your level, try to believe a 10 yr old Beemer, is more fun than a new hot hatch. cattle class goes as fast and safely as first class, the bus is bigger than a taxi and has a toilet etc if you are deep into property, long term you should be ok. Try to do Pattaya on the cheap, 500 baht/night room, eat thai, beach roader or FL, try for LT, suck it and see- or should that be the other way around- and live the north of 3rd rd life, 100 euro/day all in inc flights and you will be cracking popular with her and her friends, however you find them it is always a punt and my thinking you have as good or better odds at the low end . Avoid going out with friends on a 500 euro/ day budget! Without knowing where the money has gone and the emotion driving this you can not change.