Property developers are moving to raise more capital via property funds before real estate investment trusts (REITs), a new fund type with more flexibility, become available in the Thai market next year.
REITs have two main features that make them more attractive than property funds to many investors. First, non-financial institutions can set up and manage the trusts, while only asset management companies can run property funds. As well, REITs can create debt.
However, early indications are that the tax treatment of REITs may not be competitive compared with neighbouring countries such as Malaysia or Singapore.
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