5 Things You Should Consider When Buying a Property Overseas
Whether you looking to buy an investment house in the USA or a unit in the UK, the whole process can be confusing and costly. This guide will take you through things you should consider along the way.
2. Local help
It really helps to get to know the professional real estate agents, accountants and lawyers in the city you are looking to buy in. It’s impossible to know all ins and outs of buying property in a foreign country. Find local guides you can trust and hit them up for as much information as you can before buying a property house unit.
3. Your rights
A common mistake of New Zealanders buying property abroad is not understanding the property laws of the country they are buying in. This is particularly important in South East Asia. Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore, as all have fairly tight ownership laws for foreigners.
Hiring a local legal professional will help you navigate the legal minefield and ensure that your rights are protected.
You need to consider the tax implications of an overseas property well before you buy it. Make sure you talk to your accountant, check the New Zealand Inland Revenue website for more information. Even more important are the tax laws of the country you are buying the unit or house. If you earn income from the house, it may be taxable in that country.
5. The exchange rate you get really matters
Once you have purchased the property, getting a good exchange rate when you transfer the money for settlement is very important. On a money transfer of $300,000, the difference between a bad exchange rate and the best, could amount to over $10,000.