What to Expect When Selling and Buying on the International Real Estate Market

There are many thing to expect when selling and buying homes on the international real estate market. Expect confusion, things being lost in translation, and lots of conversions between cultural behaviors, languages, currencies, and laws.

However, attracting foreign buyers is a realistic home buying and selling plan. Many people are looking to relocate for either part or all of the year and are therefore searching for homes all over the world. Attracting the right international buyers takes research and planning, but isn’t impossible.

There are thousands of home buying options all around the world, especially in major urban centers. When selling or buying a home you must factor in a new currency and cost of living, so make sure to check your budget and your expenses to make sure you have enough to cover living life in this new city. Clearing a transfer with your current job or getting a new one is also something you should plan to do well before you make any concrete relocation plans.

If you are thinking of selling your home to international buyers you will need to advertise in the right places. Check out real estate agencies that market to international buyers; these agencies will also be able to help you put your advertisement in the right places to attract buyers and help with translation if necessary. You might also find expat websites helpful for advertising or simply getting a better idea of what nationalities are looking to work in your area. Consider advertising your home at local refugee resettlement agencies or other housing charities, too.

If you are looking to buy a home outside of your country of birth you will want to start by finding home listings for that city. Before you even begin looking for a house you will want to assess if you can afford to move, or are legally allowed to buy property in the country you want to move to. Some countries allow foreign real estate purchases but have extensive regulations regarding such purchases- you’ll have to check and see what those are for your country and the country you want to move to. Additional tax fees and other real estate laws might be applicable in your home country, too.

Buying a home abroad is difficult, but moving abroad takes a lot of consideration as well. Make sure you have the financial ability and personal willingness to take on a new country and new culture as well as the time and patience to deal with the process of buying a home in another country. There is a lot of paperwork!

Selling a home to an expatriate also requires paperwork, both on their end and yours. Make sure you are going to be able to sell the home to the person interested and that you don’t get stuck on the short end of a deal. Selling your home should be a short, simple and easy process.