How do real estate agencies in Thailand and help

Every second tourist who has lived more than a month abroad, starts a community of VKontakte or a blog. Over time many such tourists are faced with the fact that people get used to them, begin to trust and once, in the community or in a blog, they are asked to help. Advise there, the beach, talk about the weather, ride and check what kind of house they offer such a person or agency. And then they start asking for a house, naturally – for reward And in fact, it is quite easy money. Knowing your area, it is easy to ride to the desired resort, talk with the owner and clarify the availability of housing and rental conditions. Get your money, bring them to the Thai, and get your 2-3-5 thousand baht commissions

The content of the article

  • 1 What are the agencies
  • 2 How is the agency looking for a home for you?
  • 3 How the agency earns you
    • 3.1 Fixed Commission
    • 3.2 Overcharging
    • 3.3 Percent Per Host
    • 3.4 Fraud
  • 4 How to book a house
    • 4.1 Online or on arrival
    • 4.2 If the agency says there are no houses, except proposed

What are the agencies

There are two types of real estate offices in any resort in Thailand. The first invest in the official registration of the company and employees, pay taxes and salaries, pay attention to checking home / host and escort customers after check-in. Usually, in addition to renting, such agencies are engaged in the sale of real estate, and also the provision of related services: transfer and excursions. Such offices value reputation, for years they set up communication, they have a constant operating time base of housing, which can not afford the rest.

The rest is called “black realtors” or “helped.” Helped avoid all of the above concerns and costs, hiding behind a tourist or study visa and reduce their entire activities to pledge a homeowner under the guise of friend / relative Not all of them deserve dismissive relationship, but even the most correct and authoritative of them carry on illegal activities. However, this is not always a hindrance to customer

You have only 2 options, how to rent a house / apartment in Thailand: through a realtor or independently on the spot. Last thing very much to the amateur. Believe, combing the streets for several days in a row in 30-degree heat, not for everyone, you can rest are driving.

I recommend to book accommodation in advance through a realtor. You avoid unnecessary trouble in an unfamiliar country. Than before refer, the better option will get. Send me a request, I have her I will send to a proven person whom I trust myself. And then in The last time scam has become a lot.

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How is the agency looking for a home for you?

The most important part of the work of any agent is to collect information on your plot. People with experience remember most of the houses that are kept in head names and nuances of communicating with homeowners. Agents periodically detour and fix new houses, and then houses are entered into the database – the most valuable thing real estate agency. “Black” realtors do the same, but on a completely different scale, preferring to use someone else’s work and scratching information from the sites of “white” agencies.

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In addition, just to get objects in the database is not enough; systematically maintain the relevance of information on objects. Thais without warning change phone numbers or rental terms, sell or leave their homes, settle there themselves, take offense at some violent Russians and stop letting them into their resort – in In general, there is always some kind of movement. When agents change is done – there are incidents with cancellation of the reservation or force majors upon arrival.

Usually, official agencies are reluctant to work with cheap ones. houses, but in all other categories of housing they have hundreds offers. Helped, limited to the selection of several dozens of houses, on which work further. If you did not find on agency’s website of what would suit you, then there is no point in asking the question is, is there anything else. Houses are going to the base in advance, and you given a choice of what is already there. Each object is found to how it gets to the site, so do not build illusions on this score. Search a house personally for you no one will never, nor in high season, not dead.

How does the agency earn you?

Fixed commission

A fixed fee is taken for the home booking service, this commission often does not depend on the cost of renting a house or on rental terms. But often depends on how big the house is, for example: single – 4000 baht, double – 5000 baht, three bedroom – 6000 baht. Sometimes there can be a single rate. Such The approach is convenient if you rent a house for several months, and more profitable and transparent than when the agency overstates the price of a house, mortgaging his commission in every month. However, if you save and look for a budget house for only 1 month, then this option is not very fits True, as I have repeatedly written, budget homes and maximum savings can be obtained if you do everything yourself and in place.


This is when the agency bonus is included in the price for the house already on the site, then there is no real value of the house you see originally. Not really honest ploy not very decent agencies. They take money from you according to its price, transfer to the owner a part of the amount, the balance put in your pocket. For example, a house that costs 20 thousand baht on the site agencies put up for 25 thousand baht, and you take it off for three months. Then the homeowner receives 60 thousand, the agency – 15 thousand. And if the house, or rather a villa, worth 100 thousand baht, it is not a sin to turn it in for 130 thousand, After all, the one who shoots for 100, will remove and more.

Percent Per Host

This practice by real estate agencies in Thailand applies not always. A percentage from the owner means that the customer’s money is not take, declaring that he himself is calculated with the owner on his price, and the agency receives its money as a percentage (10-15%) of grateful thai. But more often homeowners believe that their the percentage of agents should not receive from him, and from the client. Such In some cases, the agency may warn the client that the house costs 15 thousand, but the percentage of their work, they add to the cost of rent in month. That is, the house will cost you 16,500 baht and the Thai guy is also aware of this scenario. When you pay him the 16,500 – he will transfer the agency owed him 1,500 baht. But they do not always warn so you may not know how much rent would cost if would you come from the street and without intermediaries. All the more cunning Thais can surrender you to the agency price.


Scammers spend some time and some money to create Public in social networks. Fill it with bots, photos, ads on the sale and lease. They are unwittingly help stupid users social networks, placing their ads and questions on the topic of Thailand, creating the appearance of life on the scam page. Man who is far from of all these cases, usually sees that the agency’s page is here, beautiful pictures of palm trees and people communicate. And most importantly – the price of the desired house it’s better here than everywhere else.

Then the person is invited to pay the entire rental period immediately, because the owner of the house is a “very principled person”, plus – deposit plus – fix for selecting a home. After receiving the money the fraudster evaporates, and the failed vacationer with his complaints and request to find the villains, removes the house again in a proven agency.

How best to book a house

Online or on arrival

My booking instructions, you can find on the link: How Book a house – 5 ways.

The official and black realtors do not like those citizens who start looking for accommodation on arrival. Due to such a dislike for that this process takes a lot of time, and the client constantly hopes to see something more perfect and sets the same the question “what else do you have in mind?”. It is necessary, or lie him or go to another place. And it also happens that the client sees suitable house, but states that “tired of looking, nothing good propose, all agents are cranks “and leaves. And an hour later returns and directly with the owner concludes a rental contract. Agents don’t like shine their homes because such sly tourists every year getting bigger.

Some companies even bar you from accessing their sites from Thailand, so you do not look for a house on their appearance, because approximate map of the location of the house is always tied to the description object. I give a life hack, use a proxy (or Zenmate’s plug-in browser) to view the websites of such agencies, while in Tae. My the base of houses on Samui and houses in Krabi is always open :)

In my opinion, if you have already arrived, then look for the house yourself. Or Book a house in advance on the Internet to come immediately to ready, because this is precisely the meaning of the mediation service, in saving your time.

Remember, you need to start searching for homes on the Internet IN ADVANCE, for half a year or a year, especially if you want house for the New Year and holidays. In detail, I even wrote a whole post because not everyone understands. Then you get a wider selection of homes with reasonable prices for the right period and joyful reservation manager, who you are the first client of this week. If you are looking for accommodation during the high season, then you high season prices are waiting, nerve realtors and almost guaranteed ignored by official agencies if you are looking for a budget housing.

If the agency says that there are no houses other than those proposed

This does not mean that there are no houses at all and it’s time to unpack suitcase. Such a response can be heard either from a normal agency in peak season, or from helping in any season. And that’s why.

Each realtor only has its own, closed database. Not There is a common, unified database of houses, from where all realtors take information, such as from hotels in booking services like RoomGuru. Accordingly, at home, agents offer only those that already there is in the base of the agency. If they do not have what you ask, then you just football, saying “or take what you have, or look for yourself.” But you need to remember that if you are looking for a house in high season, then agents not far from the truth. On site you will have to attach sufficient effort to find a home. And if you have a lot of requirements for it, then it’s not at all a fact that you will find your dream home.

P.S. Tae’s rental business is so popular that agencies start and close in batches, often leaving a negative about themselves impression from both tourists and homeowners. However, there are also reputable people whose services you can take advantage if you need remote booking, other There are no options.

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