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Excellent list but I would add that one also needs a currency exchanger, who can save you quite a bit in fees and rates, locking in the rates for months and an immigration attorney who has knowledge of VISAs and the most up-to-date laws.

NEW YORK – If you’re going to purchase foreign property to grow your wealth, the U.S. is one of the easiest and most profitable places to purchase your investments.

If you’re a U.S. citizen living abroad, your financing options will be different than if you’re a foreign national looking to buy U.S. property. However, the process for buying property will be the same.

Here’s a list of the most important considerations to make prior to jumping in:

1. Know your rent market, not just home prices

Even if it takes you several years to see capital growth, investing in U.S. property (in certain areas) can be more lucrative than other countries – like Australia, for example.

Using Australia as an example, your returns have the potential to be greater when you buy in affordable U.S. markets like Texas and Arizona. You’ll pay more for a two-bedroom apartment in Australia than you will for a four-bedroom home in Texas, and the rents will be comparable.

It’s possible for both a $260,000 property in Australia and a $100,000 property in Texas to command the same monthly rent. If each market commands $1,000/month rent, the U.S. house is going to be the better investment.

Don’t assume you can charge higher rent just because you paid more for a property.

2. Know when to buy and sell

In the U.S., spring is the best time to sell a house. Houston property management company Green Residential discusses a recent study performed by Zillow that proves this. The study revealed homes sell three weeks faster, and for more than the asking price. This means April to May might not be the best time to buy. You’ll be competing against multiple buyers, and you’ll end up paying more.

The same data showed November through January are the worst times to sell, likely due to cold weather and funds being allocated for the holidays. If you find your dream investment home during the winter, you’ll probably get a better deal since the market won’t be flooded with buyers.

3. Do you have a structured entity?

To purchase U.S. property as a foreign national, you need a valid U.S. entity like an LLC or corporation. This structure determines your tax obligations as it relates to your property. Doing this wrong can result in severe tax penalties. To understand this in depth, read a detailed explanation of how foreign investors are affected by taxes when purchasing a U.S. property.

4. Do you have a U.S. bank account?

To own property in the U.S., you’ll also need to open an American bank account in person. There is no way to do this through email or by notarizing documents and mailing them in. Your physical presence is required.

5. Do you have a good interest rate on your loan?

If you’re not a U.S. citizen, you can’t take out a traditional mortgage. Unless you’re paying in cash, you’ll need to obtain funding from private lenders.

Private financing requires a larger downpayment (sometimes as high as 50 percent), and comes with higher interest rates. For instance, if the home you’re buying costs $100,000 you might need to pay between $30,000 to $50,000 in cash. A traditional mortgage might only require a downpayment of $10,000 to $20,000.

Sometimes adjustable interest rates can start off great and become burdensome. As a non-U.S. citizen, you’re already going to pay a higher interest rate, so you want to start with the lowest rate possible. If you can’t avoid an increasing interest rate, at least minimize the amount.

6. Do you have a property manager?

When you buy foreign property, you need someone to manage it for you – like a property management company will. They’ll handle everything from tenant screening to collecting rent and even managing maintenance needs.

If you’re not living close by, you need to have a local team working on your behalf. Hiring a professional property management company means you don’t have to hire multiple individuals, manage them, and hope they’ll do it right.

7. Do you have a tax professional?

Your taxes will get a bit more complex when you invest in foreign property, but it’s nothing a tax professional can’t handle. It just means you’ll need to pay for someone to do your taxes for you.

No matter where you buy property, you’ll be governed by tax rules and other regulations. Don’t rule out foreign investments just because it looks complicated. You’ll always have to play by the rules no matter where you buy property. Choose the investments that offer the largest returns, and don’t be afraid of learning as you go. The best investments require some aspect of risk, and the rewards are well worth it.

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Carlos Fuentes, of Namaste Realty from the Tampa Bay area, discusses global commercial real estate, what you can learn via CIPS, U.S. international investment expectations, and benefits of joining a local global counsel.

Carlos NAR Commercial-CIPS interview

http://www.narconferencelive.com/2017/11/07/global-commercial-real-estate-overview-nar/?sf169957080=1

On October 26th the Pinellas International Council held the class entitled,  Investor Visas: Helping International Clients Invest in the USA  presented by attorney Marc Weintraub of  Bailey & Glasser, LLP in St Petersburg, Florida. Bailey & Glasser specializes in representing International investors purchase businesses in the USA and then continues to help them with management & legal issues afterwards. Thank you to all of our 30+ attendees, the PRO Business Affiliates & the Pinellas Realtor Organization for your support with this very informative event.

Please join the Pinellas International Council as our distinguished speaker, Marc Weintraub, discusses how to help your international clients improve their visitor or immigration status by investing in the USA. This presentation includes the various programs available. It is your opportunity to learn about recent developments in this fast-changing area that intersect real estate, business, law and immigration policy.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 9-12 noon

Pinellas Realtors Organization, 4590 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, Florida.

Please take note, you must register prior on the PRO website. Hope to see you there!

Oct 26, 2017

Please join the Pinellas International Council on September 20, 2017 for our International Marketing Session and Technology Tips for working with International buyers and sellers. It is FREE but you must register first. We want to make sure we have enough chairs, wine & appetizers. Hope to see you there!

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Please join the Pinellas International Council Friday, July 21st for the Certified International Property Specialist course, Asia/Pacific and International Real Estate. This informative course is being taught by Jorge L. Cantero, Realtor®.

 

Friday, Jul 21, 2017 8:30am – 5:00pm at Pinellas Realtor Board, 4590 Ulmerton,Road, Clearwater, Florida.

This course offers you practical information on working with Asian/Pacific buyers and investors.  Historical and cultural influences, regional relationship, and investment opportunities are also covered.

In this new world of globalized business, we are in contact with people from Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and the Philippines. Their economies count on countries of the Americas and the Pacific Rim to provide access for their goods to our markets.  We count on them to supply us with quality merchandise at reasonable prices and providing new markets for the products of the Americas. One such product is real estate.This course provides information, insights and skills for working with Asian investors seeking overseas properties and for investors from the Americas seeking investments in Asia.

SPEAKER: Jorge L. Cantero  CIPS, CRB, CRS, GRI    20678_100139880023748_5432507_n(3)

Jorge is licensed in real estate in Florida since 1985, and previously a recipient of a New York State Broker’s License. Mr. Cantero’s international experience prior to that was a result of being involved in the chemical industry with a series of multinational companies, and having extensively traveled in Europe, Latin America and Asia.  Mr. Cantero’s specializations include residential resales, marketing of foreclosures; and in particular serving inbound international investors and residential real estate exchangers.  Mr. Cantero is a Past President of the Residential Association of the Miami Association of REALTOR®, and was the recipient of the Association’s Educational Award in 1994, and of the REALTOR® of the Year Award for 1995. Furthermore, he is a member and director of numerous committees of the Miami Association, Florida Association and National Association of REALTORS®.

In addition to having earned the designations of Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), and Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI), Mr. Cantero holds a Master Degree in Chemical Engineering from New York University (NYU), 1972.

This course counts towards the CIPS designation. Click here for more information about the CIPS designation.
Upon successful completion of this course, a real estate professional will be able to:
• Discuss the social, economic, political, and geographical characteristics of major countries in the Asia/Pacific region.
• Identify important characteristics of the real estate market in certain Asia/Pacific markets, including influential laws and real estate and brokerage practices.
• Evaluate opportunities in certain Asian markets by analyzing significant investment patterns, investor profiles and real estate activity.
• Discuss ways to develop a business network to start or enhance an international practice with Asian clients or properties.
• Discuss techniques to promote properties, markets, and professional services.

SCHEDULE:
7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.: Sign-in, networking, and breakfast
8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Course

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Seating is limited and registration is required at LEAST 24 HOURS prior. 

REGISTRATION:
PRO Members ($95):
Click here to register.

Non-PRO Members ($95):
Click here to register.

***This course is one of the courses required to earn the prestigious Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation. The CIPS Network comprises 2,500 real estate professionals from 50 countries and is the specialty membership group for global business practitioners of the National Association of Realtors®. The CIPS® designation prepares Realtors® to service the growing international market in their local community by focusing on culture, exchange rates, investment trends, and legal issues. Click here for more information about CIPS and the requirements to earn this prestigious designation.

Contact: Jan Dean
Email: JDean@tampabayrealtor.com
Phone: 727-216-3004
Pinellas REALTOR Organization
4590 Ulmerton Road
Clearwater FL 33762

Please join us for our first CIPS course this year on April 3rd. Register now before it’s too late. It’s just next week! 

Florida accounted for the largest share at 22 percent of total U.S. residential home sales to international clients, which the National Association of REALTORS® estimated at $102.6 Billion. Florida attracted buyers from Latin America, Europe, and Canada who tend to purchase properties in warm climates for vacation purposes. St Petersburg-Tampa-Clearwater is in the top 10 markets in the USA for International BUYERS.

Consider these facts:

  • $19.4 Billion in sales to international buyers for the year ending 6/16
  • 19% of Florida’s market (volume) was to international buyers
    • 47,000 residential properties
    • 12% of Florida’s market (units)
    • 72% made an all-cash purchase

Note: The facts above were provided as part of the National Association of REALTORS® Profile of International Home Buyers in Florida study.

 

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Pinellas International Council 6th Annual Global Symposium-Thank you to David Bennett CEO of PRO, John-Paul Mario Chair of the PRO Business Affiliates, Susan Inez-Poskus CPA from Roberge Poskus, Maria Grulich from Florida Realtors, Bill Risser, VP of Digital Strategy from Fidelity National Title, Don Gonzalez Attorney, Carlos Fuentes NAR instructor, the nearly 100 attendees and all of the PRO Affiliates who sponsored this informative event. Thank you all for making this such great day!!

Don’t get left out of this important market! Did you know that 22% of all International buyers in the USA bought property in Florida? International buyers are a significant component of the Florida real estate market. 74% purchase with cash & spend an average of $174, 624 for their Florida-based home. According to National Association of Realtors, between April 2015 & March 2016, two out of three Florida Realtors worked with International buyers last year

Please join us for this very informative day. Excellent speakers & 3 hours of CE credit too!

NOW IS THE TIME to get involved with International Real Estate. Attend our Pinellas International Council’s 6th Annual Global Symposium and learn the proper way to work with buyers & sellers from around the world ! Register here: http://www.calendarwiz.com/calendars/popup.php?op=view&id=108868777&crd=pro

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Are you a REALTOR who deals with international real estate and want to build “global” business skills? Then you need to attend this class!

Please join us on Thursday, February 2nd from 8:30 to noon.

You will learn from two international real estate experts on these subjects:

1. Opportunities for International Networking and Marketing Properties – Tami Simms, Coastal Property Group
* Understanding the importance of international buyers
* Resources for networking with international agents
* Where to market internationally
* How to market properties effectively to international buyers

2. Working with International Buyers and Sellers with a focus on the Asian market – Jiayin Liao, Bailey Glasser Law Firm
* Learn how to help Asians realize their dreams of a cross-border lifestyle
* Learn how to keep up with the latest information on both sides of the border and work together to determine the best course of action
* Become familiar with cross-border issues whether they are related to language, culture, law or just plain common sense.

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Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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