Investment Property in Thimphu

Investment Real Estate in Thimphu

Investment Property in Thimphu
Investment Property in Thimphu

Thimphu property investment can be a worthwhile venture if you are selective with the areas you choose to invest in. If not, you could find that your investment suffers due to low rental yields, dwindling demand, and slow property price growth in many parts of Thimphu.

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Thimphu (; Dzongkha: ཐིམ་ཕུག [tʰim˥.pʰu˥]) is the capital and largest city of Bhutan. It is situated in the western central part of Bhutan, and the surrounding valley is one of Bhutan’s dzongkhags, the Thimphu District. The ancient capital city of Punakha was replaced by Thimphu as capital in 1955, and in 1961 Thimphu was declared as the capital of the Kingdom of Bhutan by the 3rd Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

The city extends in a north–south direction on the west bank of the valley formed by the Wang Chhu, which flows out into India as the Raidāk River. Thimphu is the fifth highest capital in the world by altitude and ranges in altitude from 2,248 metres (7,375 feet) to 2,648 metres (8,688 feet). Unusually for a capital city, Thimphu does not have its own airport, instead relying on the Paro Airport (connected by road some 52 kilometres (32 miles) away).

Thimphu, as the political and economic center of Bhutan, has a dominant agriculture and livestock base, which contributes to 45% of the country’s GNP. Tourism, though a contributor to the economy, is strictly regulated, maintaining a balance between the traditional, development and modernization. Thimphu contains most of the important political buildings in Bhutan, including the National Assembly of the newly-formed parliamentary democracy and Dechencholing Palace, the official residence of the King, located to the north of the city. Thimphu is coordinated by the “Thimphu Structure Plan, 2002-2027”, an urban development plan with the objective of protecting the fragile ecology of the valley. Some of this development was undertaken with financial assistance from the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.

The culture of Bhutan is fully reflected in Thimphu in literature, religion, customs, and national dress code, the monastic practices of the monasteries, music, and dance, and in the media. Tshechu is an important festival when mask dances, popularly known as Cham dances, are performed in the courtyards of the Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu. It is a four-day festival held every year in September or October, on dates corresponding to the Bhutanese calendar.

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The financial stability of Thimphu has translated into a real estate market that rewards forward planning and a willingness to look beyond areas of traditional affluence.


Buy to Rent in Thimphu


Renting out your Thimphu buy-to-rent investment property can grow wealth and income.


Whatever your goals with investment property in Thimphuare – preparation is key:


  • Set goals based on how much rental yield will be required and the local rental yield rates in Thimphu and be prepared to change your initial outlook.
  • Thoroughly research the Thimphu location with a special emphasis on fringe areas outside the main Thimphu metropolis that may be valued lower than their better-known neighbours. Rental yields of around 5% are still attainable in certain areas of Thimphu.
  • Ensure that your target investment property in Thimphu appeals to professionals. This is a demographic that ensures maximum income and low voids.
  • Finding and vetting suitable tenants is a job ideally left to the professionals. Working with an established letting agent with local knowledge and experience of property legislation will give you the best chance of success.

Flipping Investment Property in Thimphu

Flipping property in Thimphu


Flipping property is when we advise clients to buy a Thimphu property below market value, renovate it and then make a profit by selling it at a higher price, all within a few months, and often before the Thimphu market has a time to react to the renovation.


The Flipping Strategy in Thimphu


Investment property flipping in Thimphu is a simple strategy. You find a property that is in need of renovation from our list and purchase it for a low price. These type of Thimphu real estate investments are sometimes referred to by professionals as ‘distressed’ Thimphu real estate.


What is distressed Thimphu property:


  • Thimphu property in need of renovation
  • Thimphu real estate with a change of puropose and use
  • Oversold Thimphu property
  • Bank repossessions in Thimphu


Put simply, long term investors in Thimphu purchase the property, renovate it and make it a lot more attractive to potential buyers.


Calculate profit that you make from Thimphu investment property flipping:


Final Selling Price less Cost of Purchase less Costs = Profit

Here is an example:

Thimphu property purchase price: $220,000

Renovation costs: $20,000

Other costs: $25,000

Property sale price: $400,000

Profit: $135,000


Experienced property developers in Thimphu use a minimum profit value of 22% when looking at potential Thimphu projects. The reason for this is because there are lots that can go wrong in Thimphu property flipping and working on a potential margin of 22% should still leave a good margin of error.


Property Secured Investments is a Private Equity fund that invests in Thimphu and many other towns and cities across Europe. The fund is only available to Sophisticated Investors and closed to United States Citizens. While this is not an offer or promotion of the fund, more information can be found at the website

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