3 Essential Tips When Buying a Home in Another Country

Posted by Debbie Drummond on Monday, March 16th, 2020 at 8:35am.

Tips for Home Buyers Purchasing a Home in Another CountryBuying a home in a foreign country can be challenging! Differences from the Cadence home buying process can make navigating the real estate market in a foreign country difficult. In addition, securing financing in a foreign country is often challenging, because banks are reluctant to loan money to home buyers if they cannot easily recover the money in the event of a default. Home buyers who want to purchase a home in a foreign country can navigate the process more easily by talking to a real estate professional. Here's what you need to know.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

1. Do Your Research

Each nation has its own rules and laws relating to the home buying process. Knowing the processes in that foreign country can help you decide whether purchasing a home in that country is realistic, and what steps will need to be taken in order to make the home purchase happen. Home buyers who would like to purchase in a foreign country must ask (and find the answers to) questions such as:

  • What are the requirements for mortgage approval in this country?
  • Are people from foreign countries allowed to buy property in this country?
  • Where in this country would be the best place to buy a home?
  • What is the local culture and economy like?

Having the answers to these questions can help homeowners through the home buying process. Often, the answers to these questions are found in different places, including government websites, real estate professional websites, and banking and lender websites.

2. Pay Visits to the Country

It's very important for a home buyer to become familiar with the place where they're planning to buy a home. If the home is in a foreign country, this is something that can only be done by paying visits to that country. Usually, it takes more than one visit to the country to decide where to live. These visits should be more than just house-hunting expeditions; they should also be visits when the home buyer becomes familiar with the local culture and things to do in the country.

3. Find a Bank

Most home buyers need to get a mortgage before they can buy a home.Usually, this involves working with a bank. Most likely, the home buyer will be unable to find a bank in their country that will loan them the money, as that bank may be unable to recover money if the home buyer defaults.

However, they may be able to get a loan from a bank in a foreign country if that bank has ties to another bank in their own country. Working with an international bank can help. Home buyers can explore this option by contacting banks that have branches in their own country and in the country where they would like to buy.

Contact a Real Estate Professional Today

If you're a home buyer who would like to purchase a house in a foreign country, start by reaching out to a real estate professional who knows how to navigate the complexities of the local real estate market. Working with a real estate agent from the area can help you decide which home to buy, what processes need to be followed in order to make the purchase, and which neighborhoods in the foreign country would be best for your needs.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Debbie Drummond  is a Full Time Realtor with over ten years experience in the Las Vegas Real Estate Market. She and her team of Real Estate Pros offer the highest level of service.  If you’re buying or selling a Las Vegas home, call (702)354-6900 or email Debbie@LVHomePro.com. They’ll be happy to assist you in your move.

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