Buying real estate is a difficult and involved process no matter where in that world that new property will be. But, there are certainly a few more things you need to consider and look into if you're buying a home in Brazil versus a cottage in the Catskill Mountains. You can be sure that things will require even more attention if you're dealing in a country where English is not the primary language. Here are some tips that will help get you started when looking for a new home in another country.
The first question you need to answer is why you're choosing to buy real estate abroad. Some are looking for a vacation investment property while others are moving overseas for work. This will allow you to see how wide your possibilities are for your purchase. If you're selling your home to relocate to Europe, you may already know exactly which city you will be moving to. But, if you're just interested in a winter or retirement home, you don't want to limit your options right away. Do some homework on a variety of countries and regions to see what is really the best fit for you.
Also, consider renting before you buy. There are many people who do not have the proper time to spend in their chosen region before they move into that new home. Remember, it's not like buying a condominium where it's likely you already know the way of life and feel of the city. Test the waters before you dive in. You can use the rental time to explore the area and find that perfect home for you. Otherwise, you may be stuck with a property that in the end you can't see yourself being happy with. Sponsor: Cannect (providing second or third mortgage options in Toronto)
Next, you want to research both everything about the real estate of the area and your own finances. Trading in that city real estate for a home on the ocean is a dream for many people, but is not always the wisest decision. Make sure that you know all about that region's market trends, common issues with properties in the area, and all of the tax guidelines and laws of that country.
You definitely want to ask for as much advice from experts as possible and get in touch with a real estate agent who specializes in working with those buying real estate from afar. The real estate agent you're used to dealing with might know someone you could speak to. Make sure that whomever you find, it's someone comfortable with communicating across borders for the majority of the transaction.