Purchasing Overseas Real Estate

by : Anthony Defrietas



For many people the dream of purchasing additional property overseas is the dream of a lifetime. It is, however a bit of a difficult dream to obtain. Many people make the mistake of thinking that buying property overseas is just the same as buying in their area, this is not so. With each different country there will be different conventions and rules that need to be observed in order for a sale to go properly. The process of buying real estate in the U.S. has become extremely streamlined as time is more and more of the essence. Some more relaxed countries have developed the intricate system that is evident in areas like the U.S., Canada, and the UK and Europe. In some places you need to be a lot more careful as a consumer as lesser evolved systems tend to be easier for shifty individuals to take advantage of.

Checking out the internet is a great place to start your investigations into property purchase overseas. You can typically find articles and reports that detail the peculiarities of dealing in area specific property. One thing to remember is that many smaller countries like to keep their money to their nationals so you may have to arrange offshore or out-of-country financing if you are going to mortgage the property. It can be quite time consuming if you have to deal with these things while looking at the home so it's best to get everything arranged ahead of time. This way you will know what to expect and no surprises will come up.

One thing that we have seen in the past with properties in Europe is the fact that many have been built without permits from the local government and that has caused no end of trouble for buyers who purchased these properties only to be alerted to the fact that their properties were illegal after the fact. This has been a fairly concentrated occurrence but it is a good example of the kind of things to watch for when buying an overseas property. It is always best of you can be there yourself to make the purchase and see to all of the paperwork and intricacies of the sale. This will also give you the chance to view everything yourself so that you know precisely what you are getting for your money.