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According to Hanoi Times, the city will control foreign investment in the real estate area as well as their transfer of collected money abroad to prevent money laundering, transfer pricing and tax evasion.
This is a key instruction in the implementation of housing and real estate market policy in the capital city recently given by Duong Duc Tuan, Vice Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee.
“We will strictly control foreign investment in the real estate area as well as their transfer of collected money abroad to prevent money laundering, transfer pricing and tax evasion," Tuan noted.
According to Hanoi Department of Construction, in 2019-20, there were 60 housing projects allowing foreign ownership of houses or apartments in the city’s districts of Hoang Mai, Ha Dong, Nam Tu Liem, Bac Tu Liem, Thanh Xuan, Cau Giay, Ba Dinh and the outlying districts of Hoai Duc and Gia Lam.
Local insiders have commented that many foreigners are interested in premium projects in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, where are not affordable to the majority of Vietnamese people.
Le Hoang Chau, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Real Estate Association, estimated that 17 leading real estate developers have sold a total of 12,335 houses to foreigners in the 2015-20 period, of which more than 10,000 units were sold in HCM City.
The number of houses owned by foreigners accounted for less than 1% of the total houses of the commercial housing projects. Under current regulations, foreigners can own less than 30% of the dwelling houses of a housing project, Chau added.
“The real figures sold to foreigners in the 2015-20 period was relatively modest,” Chau said.
Under Document No. 1203 of the Central Steering Committee on housing policy and real estate market, Hanoi and HCM City will continue to focus on the improvement of institutions governing the housing and real estate market, overcoming the overlaps between current laws.
Vietnam is an attractive destination for foreigners due to its favourable geographical position and great potential for tourism development, while real estate is competitively priced and profitable.
For instance, according to Savills Vietnam, the price of new houses in HCM City averages USD 5,500 - 6,500 per sq.m. Overall, apartment prices in both HCM City and Hanoi are still lower than regional markets such as Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Bangkok (Thailand)./.
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