Bodaiju Residences Prove Popular with Khmer Investors
Feb. 16, 2017, 11:43 a.m.
Although a relative newcomer the market, Bodaiju Residences has already sold over 60 per cent of Phase 1, according to Tomohiro Yakushi, vice president of the Japanese developer Creed Group. See the listing here. Yakushi believes that the reason for this is that most new developments across Phnom Penh aim solely to capture foreign investors but, Bodaiju Residences, the largest development in Cambodia by a Japanese Company, has gained huge interest by local investors and home owners who understand market potential and the need for well-financed projects in Cambodia, especially those located in strategic areas. In fact, Her Excellency Louk Sovanna from the newly formed KH Niron Investment company, a local property investor, has already announced that they have purchased 37 units at a total cost of around $5 million, according to a recent report in the Phnom Penh Post. “Unlike other condominium projects that mainly target foreigners, we aim to target locals pursuing home ownership and high standards of living,” said Yakushi. Bodaiju Residences have already gained local confidence: the key to success in the Cambodian new developments market. “We mainly want local people to live here - not only foreign investors buying and selling condo units. We want to add real value,” Yakushi said. Hence, the majority of sales thus far are local Cambodians, at around 65 percent of Phase 1 sales; in addition, Korean buyers represent 15% of phase 1 sales, Japanese equate to 10%, Singaporean, 5%, and the remaining 5% of the units have been sold to other nationalities. This demographic will provide a multicultural and vibrant community in Bodaiju Residences. Based on current sales success, the Creed group predicts that at least 75 per cent of sales in Phase 1 will be complete in October 2015, according to a recent interview with the Phnom Penh Post. Creed is also making financing available, for local and international buyers. In fact, financing is available for up to 90 per cent of the property value by ORO Financecorp—a subsidiary of Creed Group— meaning that property investors can acquire loans starting from as low as 5 per cent interest. “This means that the low-entry investment starts at $100,000,” Yakushi adds. The average net selling price of Bodaiju units is $1,600 to $1,700 per square metre. The Bodaiju Residences project is the first and biggest project to be invested in outside of the city center and instead in front of Pochentong International Airport. This shall be the future focal point of Phnom Penh, and is an attractive position for investment based on rising land prices. It is a widely known developer's rule that very few property markets around the world fail to grow in areas near international airports.