All’s Quiet for Property Market

The last two years of lacklustre performance in the property market has indicated a limited potential for transactions to take place this year, according to real estate agents. “Yangon’s property market doesn’t seem to be improving because we don’t see good potential for this year. “At first, we thought that 2017 would rehabilitate the country’s […]

Ministry Aims at 1 Million Housing Units by 2030

​​ The Ministry of Construction has planned to implement one million units by 2030, according to the government’s housing development plan. The plan began in 2012 and it is intended to be implemented over the course of five years. As the plan is reaching its first five-year marker, the government should be building an estimated […]

Lump Sum Rent a Growing Problem for Tenants

​​ As rents in the commercial capital rise, the longstanding arrangement of paying six months’ or even a year’s rent upfront is increasingly a burden to Yangon’s residential and business tenants. U Soe Win Maung, who lives with his wife in a rented apartment on 40th street in Kyauktada township, said he cannot afford the one-time […]

Condominium by-Laws Delayed With Govt Targeting Completion by Year’s End

A shortage of technical expertise has delayed the issuance of by-laws that would allow sales under the Condominium Law passed last January, industry sources say. Expectations that the law, which was finally passed after considerable debate and delay, would usher in a spate of foreign purchases of Myanmar real estate have so far proved unfounded. U […]

Rent falls for Yangon expats

More supply and fewer foreign renters have caused rental prices in the high-end expat Yangon property market to fall, according to real estate industry figures – but a lack of data means the extent of the drop is hard to quantify. More landlords furnishing apartments to appeal to foreigner workers, the changing nature of the […]

Yangon realtors call for wide-reaching reforms

Yangon real estate agents are hoping the incoming government can breathe new life into the real estate sector, where sales have slowed over the past couple of years to a near-standstill, condominium units lie empty and a growing number of people areunable to afford basic accommodation. Growth in the sector – and the ultimate goal of providing affordable […]

Few ‘condos’ qualify under new law, say experts

The new condominium law – which will grant international buyers access to Myanmar’s real estate market for the first time – has been widely welcomed, but experts say just a handful of properties are initially likely to be eligible. After years of debate between the two houses of parliament, the law was passed on January […]

Condo Law sent back to the drawing board

Weaknesses in the recently completed draft Condominium Law need to be addressed before it can be promulgated, according to officials from the Department of Human Settlement and Housing Department (DHSHD). Although it is targeted to become law this year, some in the industry have pointed to a number of problems with the current draft. Virtually […]

Condominiums not covered by Condo Law

Nearly all of Yangon’s recently constructed “condominiums” may not qualify as condominiums under the draft Condominium Law, according to Yangon City Development Committee engineering deputy director U Nay Win. The draft law has been submitted to the Pyithu Hluttaw, but it stipulates a condo must be built on freehold land or land that was granted […]

Yangon appraisals fixed for property transaction taxes

Transaction taxes on Yangon property will become harder to avoid beginning October 1st as authorities complete a city-wide assessment of neighbourhood values, according to Yangon Regional Revenue Department officials. The moves comes in an attempt to combat buyers claiming an artificially low value for their home purchases in order to avoid paying a transaction tax […]