One of the city’s longest established and most prominent real estate companies – Pattaya Realty – has invited one of the Eastern Seaboard’s best known brokers to join them as a partner in their Commercial Property department.
The new partner is Mark Bowling who brings with him a wealth of knowledge gained working with two big names in world property market – Colliers and Savills.
Mark has lived in Pattaya for more than a decade and has been friends with Pattaya Realty managing director Stuart Daly for most of that time.
“I’ve known Pattaya Realty and Stuart for a long time now and have always held them in high regard so I was delighted when he asked me to come on board,” said Mark.
However, although his brief is mainly involves commercial and business acquisitions Mark has also brought his experience to Pattaya Realty’s residential sales and rental department, offering a wide range of properties to suit all budgets for both private and corporate clients.
“As Pattaya Realty has been operating in the city for more than 16 years, we obviously have many long-standing clients who’ve supported the business during that time so we decided to produce a few special offers to thank them with a Summer Promotion,” said Mark.
“We realise there are several other good agencies in Pattaya, however this promotion is our way of giving something back to our clients when buying a house or condo. We offer some fantastic gifts in return.” Those gifts range from a gourmet meal at top restaurant at the lower end of the scale, moving though a 32-inch smart TV, Apple iPads and iPhones right up to a gift voucher for electrical goods or furniture to a value of Bt100,000.
Mark spent seven years with Colliers International Thailand running their Pattaya office.
“During my time with Colliers I was successful in several hotel and industrial property deals together with working on land acquisitions and acting in an advisory capacity,” Mark added. “So Stuart kindly gave me an opportunity to bring this knowledge to his company.”
Welshman Mark is a board director of the British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand and, in that role, he recently met David Cameron while the former British PM was visiting the kingdom.
“The meeting discussed experiences, difficulties and opportunities for British business in Thailand,” said Mark. “It went well and many points were raised with a few possible opportunities for British educational institutions identified.”
Mark lives in Pattaya with his nine-year-old son Alfie and fiancée Amp. His semi-retired father lives nearby. He said: “I’m a relatively long-term expat with a good knowledge of how things work here. I feel I can help anyone thinking about setting up a business or offer advice to those thinking about buying property and retiring in Thailand.”
He came to Thailand full-time in 2004, first living on Koh Samui and then Phuket. He said: “I found things to be a bit boring there and doing business down in the South was like living in the Wild West.”
After two years he moved to Pattaya, where initially he became involved in a joint venture to build a condominium along Pattaya Beach Road and retains apartments which are rented out to this day. He added: “Being involved in this JV meant that I got to know local property developers and was offered a job as sales manager promoting six developments in the region.”
Following 2008’s global meltdown he was introduced to Simon Landy, CEO of Colliers International, and joined them to look after their newly opened Pattaya office as sales manager. During his time with them the Colliers office was recognised as the Best Agent on the Eastern Seaboard in the Thailand Property Awards. This was followed by successive repeat wins in 2012 and 2013.
He added: “During this period I was promoted to senior manager and then associate director. In 2011 I was honoured to be awarded a Colliers International Award of Excellence as an Outstanding Achiever for all of Asia at a ceremony in Hokkaido, Japan.”
Upon leaving Colliers he joined Savills as head of the Eastern Seaboard, overseeing all aspects of property management and agency services in the region.
Mark found that corporate procedures of the big firms slowed decision-making and he prefers being able to get things done more quickly. At that’s where Pattaya Realty entered the picture