Writing this column is a great icebreaker when I meet people. The two questions I am asked the most are, "So, what's the next big trend?" and "What little known spot will be tomorrow's real estate success story?
Lacking a crystal ball or a genie in a lamp, most of us mere mortals have to rely on research, putting in a fair bit of road time and those key intangibles - good properties, and even better luck.
Certainly Phuket, and what is becoming known as "Greater Phuket" - including Phang Nga, Krabi and their islands - is bursting at the seams. Up north over the bridge Ko Pilai and Tah Sai have seen some of the largest land transactions recently.
Bolstered by brand names such as Raffles moving into the area, it's certain to be a significant hotel and residential market in the medium term. Thai Muang with its golf course and marina is poised for redevelopment.
Will things move even further north to Takuapa or to the top of Phang Nga Bay , just head over the bridge and turn right? There are huge Undeveloped areas with stunning views of Phang Nga Bay just a short boat ride to Phuket's Yacht Haven.Krabi, with its large new hotel developments in Klong Muang and Haad Yao's "The Cove at Krabi", with its multiple hotels, golf course, condos and villas, is looking to be Thailand 's next Laguna-style integrated destination resort.
With its international airport, eco-friendly focus - no jet skis and no power poles erected along resort the beachfront - and with considerable tourist attractions it's still in the early development phase for the property business.
Head south and Koh Lanta is quickly playing catch up with well-regarded resorts such as Pialai Bay , Layana and Costa Lanta attracting more and more guests looking for new experiences.
The Scandinavian sun seekers have moved quickly into the area with housing such, as International Law Offie, to firms developments, business and even schools