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Buying internationally

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Guide to buying a property Internationally

Buy a property internationally with the expertise and knowledge of Edison Fraser on your side. It is so important to work with a brokerage you can trust and who will support you and guide you through the entire process. Edison Fraser will become your international property buying ally.

the process

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1) Find your ideal property

Whether you are searching for a primary residence, an occasional pied à terre or an investment property, we offer a perfectly curated selection of approved property for sale, that is perfect for international buyers.

2) Understand the associated costs

Once you have found your dream property, you'll need to understand the local associated costs of buying, these can be vastly different depending on your destination of choice.

We usually recommended to budget at least 10% of your purchase price to cover these.

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3) Know who you are working with

When buying abroad, it's essential you work with a brokerage you can trust, especially in the early stages of the buying process.

4) Make an offer and pay your deposit

Once you have found a property to buy, make a decision on what you would like to offer. Put the offer to your broker and they will start the negotiating process with the seller. This is typically a nerve-racking time, but your Edison Fraser broker has it under control and will keep you updated imminently with every advance.


5) Locate a lawyer

Your chosen lawyer or solicitor is the person you trust to look after your interests in the purchase process. They perform all necessary checks on the property. At Edison Fraser, we work with a trusted network of local contacts in each destination who will carry out extensive due diligence, making the buying process for our clients as hassle-free as possible and ensuring you know you're in safe hands.

6) Finalise your sale

The final steps to completion of the sales process can vary depending on your destination of choice, typically at this stage you will be signing the final agreements and piecing your post-handover strategy together. It is important to note that Edison Fraser will also offer translation and local assistance with any international purchase.

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We're with you every step of the way

The Edison Fraser in-house sales progression team will be with you every step of the way to ease you through the sale process and make it as seamless as possible from your deposit and reservation straight through to the transfer. They coordinate between you as a buyer, the seller, the developer and the banks involved and with all the experience they have gathered over the years they are extremely proactive and know the process inside out. Your sales progressor will make sure all of your documents are in order before beginning the process in order to avoid delays.

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