Buying property abroad is like using a two edged sword for fight, while it is an exciting endeavour to buy a place on a foreign land and to live in an exotic location. But many nuisances that come from buying property in an alien place also accompany it. Hence it is advisable to look in to the following points before buying a property abroad.
1. Know the market before buying:
Before finalizing a deal you must check the local law to see if it’s allowed for foreigners to buy a property in that country. Also you must do a thorough research over the market trends. Property values may rise and fall depending on the nation’s economy and you must look forward to the opportunity to buy a property when the market prices are low and favourable.
2. Going through a real estate agent:
Buying property in a foreign location is not like buying property in your own country. Lingual difference and unfamiliarity with foreign property market can become a nuisance unless a real estate agent is used who can guide you through your purchase. Many real estate agents will even hire a translator to help you with your purchase.
3. Hiring a legal representative:
A foreign legal representative can guide you through the legal muddle while buying a property abroad. Hence you must take help from a independent lawyer while finalizing a deal. Try to find a lawyer who speaks your local language.
4. Translate all documents to your own language:
Many scammers may try to take advantage of your lingual difference so before signing on to any documents you must have all of the legal documents professionally translated to your own language.
5. Get a currency transfer service to pay for the deal:
Buying property abroad involves transfer of large amount funds from local currency to foreign currency. Getting this done through a local bank will include higher fees and a limited fund transfer capability hence it is better to use an established currency transfer service to transfer fund for your purchase.
6. Check for the available utility services:
Before buying a home check whether it is connected to the utility services available in that location and get a proper knowledge of the costs involved with those services.
7. Check for the additional costs while buying property abroad:
Additional cost associated with buying a property may differ greatly based on the location of the property so it is advisable to check on those costs before buying.