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How to Buy International Rental Property

Levittown Real Estate Investors Looking at International Properties on a Large ScreenAn essential fact about 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 could even think about buying rental property in another country. There are numerous reasonable grounds to do so, from diversifying your investment portfolio to planning for retirement. Yet, acquiring property internationally can also be a challenging process. Due to this, it’s vital to know as much as you can about your desired location and financing options before buying property abroad.

Why Go International

Investors choose 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 look for 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. While many places in the U.S. can strain the average retirement income, there are multiple areas around the world where costs are lower, and retirement funds can last much longer.

Things to Know Before Buying

Unquestionably, there are many factors you should consider about your target location and property before you invest. These include:

  • Laws: Every country has its own laws that govern real estate transactions. Ignorance of the applicable laws might result in trouble, from property rights disputes to delays in the purchase process. Make sure you understand the laws that apply in your case!
  • Citizenship and Ownership Rights: In some countries, property can only be owned by citizens. Other countries may also have different ideas about what constitutes ownership, and establishing or passing on that ownership may vary from how things function in the U.S.
  • Currency: Changes in currency are fairly common and difficult to predict. When executing any significant financial transaction, you must be prepared for currency exchanges to be rather fluid and, in some cases, you may even experience losses as a result.
  • Stability: Dwelling anywhere outside of your country of residence comes with certain political risks, mostly 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. Numerous investors pay cash or use funds from a retirement account to purchase a property outright.

This is perhaps the simplest 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 careful of scams; most would-be scammers regard foreign investors as potential targets.


If you’re a remote investor looking into purchasing rental property in Levittown and the surrounding areas, Real Property Management Prosperity can help! Our Levittown 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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