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In Bali, real estate is vulnerable to the many development funded by US and European banks. THe following is an overview of the Bali real estate market, enabling investors to make an informed decision on whether it meets their strategic investment objectives.
Bali real estate is in the midst of a building boom. Condominiums, offices, malls, are all under construction. The Indonesian economy grew roughly by 5.2% in 2010. These figures are due to investments rising, consumer spending and confidence increasing and a greater emerging middle class and youth contributing to the economy.
According to the Bali Chamber of Trade and Industry, the property sector in Bali will be the most at risk because it is largely financed by foreign funds. Most property businesses in Bali, especially villas and hotel development businesses, are owned by foreign investors and financed by US and European banks. Locally financed developments will survive as the liquidity in the local banking industry remains strong.

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Purchasing Bali real estate and selling Bali real estate requires payment of taxes. Taxes include notary tax, vendor and purchaser tax, mortgage certificate tax. The process of purchasing & selling Bali real estate can be time consuming requiring patience and due diligence. Asia Property Consultants advise international investors on all the legal matters and taxation requirements associated with Bali real estate.
Indonesia's housing minister recently reported there is a trend of investors in Indonesia shifting money from low-yielding bank deposits into Indonesia real estate in search of higher returns. This is helping to push up property prices in the main cities. The demand is not only from upper income levels but from the middle to lower income levels who need housing.
Similar to locations such as Phuket in Thailand, tourism plays a significant role in the Bali real estate market. As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia Bali attracts travelers from all over the world.
According the Bali Tourism Board, January-September 2008 saw close to 1.5 million tourists visit Bali, a 20% increase on the same period in 2007. The board reports that in January of 2009, there were a total of 164,643 visitors (up 17.71% from the same time last year) (BTB Statistics). The majority of tourists were from Australia, Japan and China, accounting for approximately 17%, 15% and 14% respectively. After Bali suffered from terrorist activity in both 2002 and 2005, the growth in tourism is a positive sign for potential property market investors as tenancy demand is likely to increase. This is supported by the Colliers International market report on Bali which shows an upward trend in occupancy rates for hotels across Bali.
Restrictions apply, but foreign ownership of Bali real estate is possible whether the purpose be for residential real estate, commercial real estate, or as a property investment. There are basically three options to legally secure a property in Indonesia: i) Leasehold Investment, rights are negotiated with landowner for a period of up to 25 years; ii) Indonesian Nominee Power of Attorney Agreement, basically a legal agreement where an Indonesian nominee is the registered owner; or iii) PMA Foreign Investment Company Structure, allows a foreign corporation to own land without an Indonesian partner for a period of 30 years.
Depending on the impact of the global financial turmoil, investment in Bali real estate is likely to be adversely affected. However, strong growth of the tourism sector and forecasts for land appreciation of 25-30%, will help maintain demand for property in Bali.
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