QUOTE (Li Mei @ May 30 2005, 12:37 PM)
QUOTE (kone @ May 25 2005, 08:44 AM)
you have good taste. french coloniel style overlooking the mekong river sounds heavenly.
from talking to alot of people, property ownership (land and improvements) is very different than what we know it in the united states. if you know of any lawyers in laos, please let me know. i would like to find out for sure before taking any action.
I have a friend going to Laos next week. I'll ask him to look into it for me.
There's two houses in particular located in Vientiane that I'm interested in but I don't even know if those houses are still standing or not.
What do you think? Is it worth the search?
li, sorry for the late response. i couldn't log in until now. first, let me say that i'm no handyman and probably not the right person to ask. my personal feeling, as a licensed real estate broker, is that you need to worry more about termites and rots due to the tropical temps in laos. might also want to think about new plumbing and electical upgrades you would need to do. from the pics you might need to throw in about 20 grand to make it "comfortable."
i believe you might do better with a newly built replica with all the modern essentials. you might get a really nice one for $50,000 to $100,000. pick a good location and build one. don't forget to send a house warming invite this way when its done