Buying a House in Pattaya

Foreigners are not normally allowed to own a house in Thailand (under the Land Code BE 2497 (1954), the Civil and Commercial Code, Land Reform for Agriculture Act BE 2518 (1975)) without loads of red tape and large investments in Thailand. What most foreigners in Pattaya do is to simple buy a house in the name of their wife. This is a bit of a tricky situation as in a divorce the house normally becomes a big issue.