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How to Buy International Rental Property

Chesterfield County Real Estate Investors Looking at International Properties on a Large ScreenA significant reality about owning rental properties is that there’s no need to stick to a single local market with today’s technology. In some instances, 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 think about buying rental property in another country. There are many good reasons to do so, from diversifying your investment portfolio to planning for retirement. But buying property internationally can also be a complex process. For this reason, it’s important to know as much as you can about your desired location and financing options before buying property abroad.

Why Go International

Investors decide to acquire a rental property in other countries for a variety of reasons. For some, it offers a way to diversify a real estate investment portfolio and achieve higher returns. A few investors search for locations that tend to attract tourists but have a low cost of living. These locations can make for higher rental income in some instances. Another top motivation to invest in international real estate is to prepare for retirement. While several areas in the U.S. can strain the average retirement income, there are numerous places around the world where costs are lower, and retirement funds can last much longer.

Things to Know Before Buying

Indeed, there are numerous factors you need to know about your ideal location and property before you invest. These include:

  • Laws: Every country has individual laws that govern real estate transactions. Not understanding the applicable laws can create issues, from property rights disputes to delays in the purchase process. Work hard to know the laws that apply in your case!
  • Citizenship and Ownership Rights: In some countries, property can only be owned by citizens. Different countries may also have respective ideas about what constitutes ownership, and establishing or passing on that ownership may change from how things work in the U.S.
  • Currency: Swings in currency are very common and challenging to predict. When finishing any major financial transaction, you should be prepared for currency exchanges to be rather fluid and, in some cases, may experience losses as a result.
  • Stability: Residing anywhere outside of your country of residence comes with certain political risks, mainly 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.


One more significant consideration of buying rental property internationally is financing. Few U.S. lenders will even consider loaning cash for property outside of the country, which leaves investors with a range of alternatives. Multiple investors pay cash or use funds from a retirement account to purchase a property outright.

This is likely the simplest route to take, though the most expensive. In other instances, you might have the option to qualify for Golden Visa or other country-sponsored programs or work with lenders in the country where the property is located. Just be on the watch for scams; numerous would-be scammers consider foreign investors as easy targets.


If you’re a remote investor looking into purchasing rental property in Chesterfield County and the surrounding areas, Real Property Management Richmond Metro can aid! Our Chesterfield County 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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