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Establishing Residency in Bahamas

Establishing Residency in Bahamas

Firstly, why would you want to establish Residency in the Bahamas?

A quick summary – tax – Bahamas is one of the few places combining access to the United States with Zero income tax and Western Values and Freedoms. In addition it offers significantly mature banking infrastructure, the company of many ‘tax exiles’ and the sun, sandy, tennis – the many pleasures of the independently wealthy. A good way to

My Second Home Malaysia

My Second Home Malaysia

Malaysia has had one of the best economic records in Asia since its independence. Malaysia’s GDP has been growing at an average of 6.5% per annum for almost 50 years. The economy is expanding in the sectors of science, tourism, commerce and medical tourism. Today, Malaysia has a newly industrialized market economy, ranked third largest in Southeast Asia and 29th largest in the world.

It is one of the key …

Establishing Residency in UAE for Foreigners

The emirate of Dubai, with its strategic location, is less than a four hour flight for almost half of the world’s population. It is therefore, a convenient destination for expatriates from Asia, Australia, America and Europe, who find it is easy to go back home for the holidays or to visit their families. Perhaps the biggest attraction of holding a UAE passport, though, is the government’s wonderful efforts to care …

10 Things Holiday Home Owners Should Know About the Average Traveler

Some vacation rental owners just have the edge over the competition because they go above and beyond what’s expected of them, and wow their guests with their hospitality. Are you one of them?

Some holiday home owners just have the edge over the competition because they go above and beyond what’s expected of them, and wow their guests with their hospitality. Are you one of them?

Simply because they don’t want what’s offered in a hotel room, they choose to stay in a holiday home. So you needn’t (shouldn’t to be more precise) ape what a hotel near your property is doing

Top 10 Destinations in India to Buy a Holiday Home in the Mountains

Top 10 Destinations in India to Buy a Holiday Home in the Mountains

As with any real estate, location counts more than any other single factor. The best vacation properties offer something special – view of the ocean, the mountain ranges, a dock on a lake. Mountain living can be a lot of fun. While some people opt to live in a mountain property as their primary residence, many others make them to vacation homes. If you are thinking about buying a property

5 Expat Havens in Thailand Offering Great Lifestyle at Low Cost

5 Expat Havens in Thailand Offering Great Lifestyle at Low Cost

Lot has been written and discussed about Thailand as Asia’s leading retirement location for expats across the globe. However online forums are still flooded with queries from newcomers as to where they should settle for a high quality of life at low cost.

In the last decade or so, Thailand has seen a record number of retirees from all over the world. This is mostly owing to the fact that

Top Tips and Pointers to Employ a Domestic Help in Asia

domestic helpOne of the luxuries of living in Asia is the fact that you can easily afford to hire a domestic help to take care of household chores  including cooking, cleaning the house, washing and ironing the clothes, paying your utility bills and looking after your children or your pets. And because you don’t need to spend a fortune to employ them, based on your requirements you can hire different domestic

Five Golden Rules of Home Renovation Only we will Tell you

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Home renovation is an exciting experience as you set out to realize your ideas and plans for your home; as long as you take the necessary time to explore the possibilities for your home and develop a firm plan that paves the road for a smooth process from beginning to end

So, you have moved in to your new house and you must be dying to change everything you see

Still not Sure if you Can Afford to Retire today – The Way Forward

 Retirement today is less about slowing down and more about changing course

Retirement today is less about slowing down and more about changing course

You thought you would have some millions invested to fund your retirement, but now when you are toying with the idea of retiring, you are nowhere near that figure! Well, this is the story of many. You may be making a lot of money but with both low investment returns and the progressive tax system you will never

Hak Guna Bangunan and Hak Milik – 2 Local Terms Related to Foreign Property Ownership in Indonesia

 

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Buying a property as a foreign national can be very stressful unless you are aware of the local property terms prevalent in the island.

It has always been a point of discussion on the complexity of Indonesian property laws pertaining to foreign ownership. The local property terms are difficult to comprehend and you might find buying a property in this tropical paradise stressful, time consuming and frustrating.

Not anymore

Moving to Thailand with Children – Top Schools and Locations to Look for a Property Near Them

View of New International School of Thailand, Bangkok

For expats relocating to Thailand with children it is imperative to take their education into account when they are looking for a property – either to rent or buy.  Invariably the best schools available for expat Kids are the international schools where the level of education is at par or even considerably higher than the level in any public high school in the West.  There are many international schools throughout

The Balikbayan Program – General Benefits and Laws Around Buying Property in the Philippines

The Balikbayan Program is not just about one-year visa free entry to the Philippines. It offers the returning Filipino several other exemptions and outlines laws around buying property in the country.

The Balikbayan Program is not just about one-year visa free entry to the Philippines. It offers the returning Filipino several other exemptions and outlines laws around buying property in the country.

The Balikbayan Program of the Philippines has been in force for more than two decades now, but many Filipinos are hardly aware of the laws and benefits they can avail when they return to their own country.
So who

Tabien Baan (Yellow Thai House Book) – Does an Expat Need One

View of the cover of a typical Tabien Baan or Yellow Thai House Book

View of the cover of a typical Tabien Baan or Yellow Thai House Book

A tabien baan or Thai house book is many a time misunderstood by expats living in Thailand and hardly give any importance to it feeling that it is issued by the local municipality and not by the land department.

While, the book to proves your residency when required to do so by various government departments, it

Guide to Taking Permission to Build a House in India – Procedure, Documents Required and Cost

Building permission IndiaLast month I have been putting together documents required to take permission from the local authority to build a house and I can safely say that, there is more than meets the eyes. While the application form will not tell you much about the documents you would require, unless you are aware of these, it can really get frustrating and will mean that you have to make several rounds to

Certain Thai Laws and Rules Resident Expats Should Know

Thai laws 2In a foreign land which you have adopted as your home now, knowing the laws of the land is an utmost necessity. Many might have this notion that in Asia and particularly in a tourist-dominated country like Thailand, you can get away with anything. Contrary to this view, Thailand has some of the strictest laws for its citizens in order to make it a foremost location to retire.

In our

Floorplanner.com – Our Review on this Online Room Design Application

FloorplannerLast month I have been working closely with an architect to get the floorplans of the building I’m about to work on. Everything came out fine. But I wanted something more. I wanted to see if the room plans were good enough to accommodate my furniture. Plus I wanted a 3D design – it’s just so appealing to the eyes and creates a good impression when you show someone how

Funding your retirement overseas (Part 2) – Starting an Export-Import Business

The Import-Export business is not just an escape from the daily 7-hour office schedule. It’s a well- substantiated way to start a new and very rewarding life after retirement.

The Import-Export business is not just an escape from the daily 7-hour office schedule. It’s a well- substantiated way to start a new and very rewarding life after retirement.

If you are the kind that believes opportunity waits at every corner of the globe and every step you take, then starting your own export-import business can be a good idea to fund your retirement. Stay anywhere you like, you can

Setting up Your Living Room – Choosing the Right Sofa and Accessorizing with Benches and Coffee Tables

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The living room which is today considered as a family room no longer holds the formal touch it used to in the earlier days, and thus is more relaxed now. Unlike the yesteryears when the living room was the formal extension of its counterpart – the dining room. As the name shifts from ‘drawing room’ to ‘living room’ this space which opens up to our guests has seen a gradual

Chiang Rai and Rayong – 2 Off-the-Beaten-Track Cities for Expats to Retire in Thailand

Our search for an ideal tropical destination in Asia to retire to takes us to different locations. While Thailand is a preferred for most of us, its main cities are getting crowded and more expensive, thus making retirement a more stressful experience instead.

So for those who want to beat the crowd and settle in a much quieter location and still benefit from retiring in Thailand we have two cities