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How Do I Get An Overseas Property?

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If you want to invest overseas, it’s imperative to first learn about the unique real estate laws and regulations that govern your target properties. An already complicated process, introducing the international element makes property acquisitions all the more intricate. Here, let’s look at some the key factors of buying overseas properties to build a basis for intelligent investing.

Know your needs

First of all, why are you buying a property overseas? If it’s to sell, is it a seller’s market? If you plan on renting it, is it in an area in demand? If it’s for personal use, then there are significant differences in buying a primary residence or a temporary holiday home.  If it’s the latter, you could benefit from getting a joint-ownership from places like Timeshare. That way, you’re not dealing with the costs all on your own.

Find the mortgage

When buying overseas, get an overseas mortgage as well. The process of purchasing a home varies from country to country. Get a lender who understands your needs specific to the country you plan on buying a home in. For instance, are you going to need the loan in the currency of your residence? Or in the currency of the country, that the new property resides? Can get you get a mortgage with a lender who provides competitive exchange rates?

Get independent advice

When you’re moving, you will likely get in touch with the estate agent first and foremost. When working with overseas agencies, they may be partnered with other businesses. While they can be useful in helping you navigate the process, they’re not always giving you the most independent advice. Instead, they lead you to other services that might cost more. Or they might work to the favor of the seller, not the buyer. Get independent advice from teams like Monaco Relocation Services. If you’re certain they’re not under someone else’s control, then you can be confident they’re acting in your best interests.

Anticipate the wait and cost

Buying domestic property takes long enough. When you have to involve processes in a state system you’re not familiar with, expect it to take longer. Do your research ahead of time. Know what paperwork you need. Set it up so you can get things rolling much sooner. Similarly, anticipate extra costs. Find advice from other expats on how much you can expect to pay.

Minimize your risks

If you’re not currently living there, buying overseas can be inherently risky. It’s easier to get caught in illegitimate schemes. Sellers can take advantage of the fact you’re unfamiliar with their laws, for one. So, make sure you take the safest deals possible. Don’t go off-plan unless you’re clear about the developers you’re working with, for one. Make sure you have that independent advisor working closely with you, too.

Buying property in another country can be onerous, expensive, and fraught with difficulties. Do your preparation work and make sure you’ve got the talents and expertise of those in the know. Without it, you will walk into a market you have little understanding of it. That means you’re at a much higher risk of getting the short-end of a deal.


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About the Author

Kaya Wittenburg

Blog Author and CEO

Kaya Wittenburg is the Founder and CEO of Sky Five Properties. Since the age of 10, real estate has been deeply ingrained into his thoughts. With world-class negotiation and deal-making skills, he brings a highly impactful presence into every transaction that he touches.

He is here to help you use real estate as a vehicle to develop your own personal empire and feel deeply satisfied along the way. If you have an interest in buying, selling or renting property in South Florida, contact Kaya today.

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