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How to Buy International Rental Property

Royal Oak Real Estate Investors Looking at International Properties on a Large ScreenAn important aspect of owning rental properties is that there’s no need to stick to a single local market with today’s technology. In other situations, buying outside of the town or city where you live can be far more profitable and offer you new opportunities and perks. You may even want to consider buying rental property in another country. There are several excellent reasons to do so, from diversifying your investment portfolio to planning for retirement. But buying property internationally can also be a complicated process. Therefore, it’s imperative to know as much as you can about your desired location and financing options before buying property abroad.

Why Go International

Investors prefer to buy a rental property in other countries for various reasons. For some, it offers a way to diversify a real estate investment portfolio and achieve higher returns. Some investors seek locations that tend to attract tourists but have a low cost of living. These areas can make for higher rental income in some cases. Another top reason to invest in international real estate is to prepare for retirement. Although many places in the U.S. can strain the average retirement income, there are numerous areas around the world where costs are lower, and retirement funds can last much longer.

Things to Know Before Buying

Obviously, there are many things to know about your ideal location and property before you invest. These include:

  • Laws: Every country has different laws that govern real estate transactions. Not comprehending the applicable laws can lead to negative consequences, from property rights disputes to delays in the purchase process. Don’t forget to study the laws that apply in your case!
  • Citizenship and Ownership Rights: In other countries, property can only be owned by citizens. Different countries may also have different ideas about what constitutes ownership, and establishing or passing on that ownership may vary from how things operate in the U.S.
  • Currency: Currency adjustments are relatively normal and difficult to predict. When finishing any large financial transaction, you need to be prepared for currency exchanges to be rather fluid and, in some cases, may experience losses as a result.
  • Stability: Living anywhere outside of your country of residence comes with certain political risks, especially if the country’s government in which your property is located isn’t stable. You may risk losing your property, income, or related assets if worse comes to worst.


Another key consideration of buying rental property internationally is financing. Few U.S. lenders will even contemplate loaning money for property outside of the country, which leaves investors with a range of alternatives. Plenty of investors pay cash or use funds from a retirement account to purchase a property outright.

Perhaps, this is the shortest route to take, though the most expensive. In some situations, you may be able to qualify for Golden Visa or other country-sponsored programs or work with lenders in the country where the property is located. Just be vigilant for scams; some would-be scammers identify foreign investors as easy targets.


If you’re a remote investor looking into purchasing rental property in Royal Oak and the surrounding areas, Real Property Management Silverstone can help! Our Royal Oak property managers work with investors of all sizes to help assess properties, locate off-market deals, and much more. Contact us to learn about your options.

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