Do you need a license to sell real estate in Thailand?

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Amazing Thailand.
I am sure you have heard of that expression before.

To operate a real estate agency in Thailand you do NOT need a license.
You do not need a license, but as a foreigner, you would need a valid visa and obtain a work permit.
Thai nationals can work as a realtor without any restrictions.

It is actually quite strange that such an important business does not violate the Alien Employment Act here in Thailand.
There are plenty of training courses in Thailand to learn about the real estate industry.
But, hey: It all comes down to experience isn’t’ it?

So, how do I know if a real estate agent working for a realtor firm is “experienced” or “qualified”, least to say?
Well, the best way to find out is probably simply to do a Google search on the agency and see what others have to say about the firm you are dealing with.

A long- and well-established track record says enough.
When you are dealing with a “Fly by night” wannabee realtor, you might have to be cautious.
It all comes down to knowledge and expertise while dealing in the property industry.
Not only in Thailand but everywhere in the world.

To ensure you are dealing with trustworthy candidates, you would certainly do good to involve a lawyer or legal advisor to oversee your property dealings.
Better safe than sorry.

Town & Country Property – real estate in Pattaya has been successfully in business since 2003.
We are a reputable company with hundreds of satisfied clients that either bought or rented a nice home or condo through us.

Author: Mr. KC Cuijpers

For more information: Please contact Town & Country Property[email protected]

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4 thoughts on “Do you need a license to sell real estate in Thailand?”

  • Owen

    Dear Sirs, I used to work as a real estate consultant in Wales (2015-2019) and I wasn’t licensed either. I am RICS-qualified though. Is that something that will be required in Thailand?
    I think of moving to Thailand to continue my career working in the property industry.
    Or, to become a realtor or property consultant – no further qualification is required whatsoever?
    I have experience not only in residential sales but also in Commercial properties.
    I normally visit Pattaya on my annual holiday and I know the areas pretty well.
    I used to rent a holiday home in Jomtien, but last few years I stay at a condo my friend bought which is in South Pattaya called Unixx. Do you have any vacancies at the moment?
    I will send you my CV. Hope to hear from you. Greetings from Wales.
    You have a great website by the way.


      Hello Owen, I received your resume and I will get back to you by email.
      To become a good and professional real estate professional in Thailand (and anywhere else in the world, I guess) you need to understand your client and your territory.
      Knowledge and expertise in this property industry are key. Add to that willingness to work hard, be accurate, determined etcetera.
      Town & Country Property real estate agency is active since 2003 in Pattaya city and we became one of the leading property experts in town.
      You may carry all kinds of licenses and be a member of thousands of clubs and societies… At the end of the day, all that matters are satisfied clients that are happy with the house or condo they found using your professional services.

  • James

    I am living in Pattaya for 16 years and actually never used your services, but I always “followed” you,
    I remember when Town and Country had your real estate offices on Pattaya-Tai Road plus another one in South Pattaya. It is an interesting article you wrote here.
    I am not surprised that you do not need a license to run a real estate agency firm in Thailand.
    Over the years I have seen many come and go.
    But you guys were always there since I remember and to me, you are like a footprint of how an ideal realtors’ outfit should operate. I am sure many envy you for who you are and what you have done for the industry in Pattaya. Probably many tried to copy you as well.
    Not everyone was successful though, many failed.
    Admiration because Town & Country did a lot more than selling and renting homes and condos in Pattaya. In some way, you have also contributed to a much more likely Pattaya.
    On the social scene with your Movers & Shakers networking events, you really rocked it.
    I keep following you – and thank you for your good news articles.
    James in Pattaya.


      Hi James, I am humbled by your positive response here. It truly “gets” me. As not everyone realizes how much blood, sweat, and tears it cost to build up a decent reputation.
      Selling homes and condos (as well as renting them) seems such a relaxed money-maker, yet it is not.
      Hard work from early morning till late. 6, if needed 7 days per week.
      You also mentioned the Movers & Shakers networking events. Yes, we have done a lot of those. 64 in total believe me or not.
      I really miss this social scene. Will it ever come back? I hope so.

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