8 Things to Check Before Buying Investment Properties Overseas

Are you considering buying a property overseas as an investment?

Depending on what country you’ll be buying, you’ll have to go through numerous processes. In most cases, purchasing properties in other countries will be quite complicated. 

To get you started with the process, here are eight essential tips when buying an investment property overseas.

Whether you’ve done it before or a beginner, these can help you go through the purchase smoothly.

How to Buy an Investment Property Overseas 

Know The Legal Process

Before buying a property, you must first understand all the legal procedures.

For this, you will need the help of at least two people.

One is a local lawyer on your side, and the other is a certified broker or agent on the other side. They can help you answer all the questions relating to the purchase of the property.

You should also be familiar with other legal matters such as foreign ownership, migration documents, visas and permits.

Quality of the House or Property

One of the things that you should know is the quality of the house or property. If it’s a house, does it meet your needs or the people that will rent it out?

What materials is the house-made up? How about the outdoor spaces? The patio, for instance, is it made up of long-lasting materials?

One example, composite decking materials are durable and can last up to 25 years. Aside from these, you’ll also consider maintenance. How will it be done, and who will do it? It’s best to check all of these things first. 

Compute the Fees

Of course, before buying a property, whether it’s local or overseas, you’ll need to compute the cost.

Because you’re buying from other countries, there might be hidden and miscellaneous expenses, such as taxes and fluctuating exchange rates,

Purpose of The Property

When buying a property, one of the first things that you should be aware of is how you would use the estate.

You’ll also need a proper plan for it.

For instance, you may want to rent the property out to recover the purchase. You’ll also need a caretaker or a property manager to handle the estate if you won’t be living in the country. 


In this digital age, many purchases are made online, including oversea properties. Before making any purchases, make sure that you know all well the location.

Even if you visited the real estate once or twice, there are more things that you should check. For instance, how accessible is it from the main points of the city or region?

If you’re planning to rent it out to people, how often do travellers stop by at the area? Knowing all these questions can help you make a wise decision. 

Check The Competition

If you do plan to run a business with the property you bought, it’s wise to scout the area to be familiar with the rates. For example, if you’re renting out, it’s best to check other nearby places and offer an affordable price.

It will also give you a good idea on how to run your real estate business in the area.

By identifying your competition, you will be able to determine what you need to do to ensure guests choose your property over others.

For example, if your investment property is local and you know the area well, your guests will appreciate a host that provides them with valuable information.

You can provide them with information such as where the best dinner spots are, what the local must-sees are, where they can find luggage storage places in London, and what the most effective way to get around is.

All this information can be left in the house for guests to find upon arrival, or you could send it to them once they have booked so they can plan the rest of their trip.

Small details like this will make your property stand out from the competition.

Cost of Living 

If you plan to move into the country eventually, you should also be aware of the cost of living there.

How are they compared to the cost of living in your country of origin?

Is it worth moving there as soon as possible or is it better to stay in your home country first for the meantime?

Knowing these things can help you set a budget for your business. A business like Willenhall estate agents will help you understand the country and area before you make any commitments. 

Think Long-term

When getting investments, you should always look at the long-term. It also applies when buying oversea properties.

Is your country you’re going to buy from stable in terms of economy and real estate market?

How long will you be able to recover the cost of your purchase?

If the time comes when you’ll need to sell the property, can you sell it and make a profit? 

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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