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poria.m, Home Buyer in New York, NY

I need details about buying a condo as a non US resident.

Asked by poria.m, New York, NY Mon Apr 1, 2013

I am a non us resident (from Sweden) and I am going to buy a condo in Los Angeles (looking at Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Encino and nearby).
I want to know the details such as the process, fees, taxes, any differences buying as a Swedish resident, etc. I also want to know if you recommend any agents, retailers having experience helping swedish residents?

Thankful for you help.

Regards Poria

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 10, 2013
Hi Again!

As it seems. The process for buying property is the same for a non-resident. But there is an interesting here regarding selling the property. What are the rules regarding selling a property as a non-resident? Any specialties? Sell taxes? I guess I have to pay taxes in my country as well.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 2, 2013
You can own property as a Non-citizen. Financing it may be a challenge depending on whether or not you have US income. Process is the same. Country of origin or residency does not make a difference.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 1, 2013
Hi Poria,

My experience with overseas buyer's, they usually pay all cash since they're unable to show tax returns to qualify for a loan. I did place a Swedish buyer into a town home in Santa Monica several years ago and he would be an excellent reference if you wanted to speak with him.

I welcome your thoughts and comments.

Bill Hooper
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 1, 2013
Hi Bill

Thank you for the response. I understand fully that cash is usually used by foreign buyers. I would love to talk to your client and ask him about the rules in Sweden. I guess there are some rules here as well when you are a property owner

Ragards Poria
Flag Mon Apr 1, 2013
I work with foreign buyers all the time. The process is pretty much the same as the one for US buyers... except you will need abut 50% down payment.

Transfer taxes are paid by the seller. Property taxes are about 1.25% of sales price yearly.
Transfer fees are about 2.5% to 3% of purchase price.

You will get a lot of responses from your question. Contact all responders and see who responds best via email... in this market you have to be able to move quickly and have knowledge... so try all of us out and go with the one you like most. By the way the commission for the buyer's agent is paid by the seller so we are all free. Pick the best!

Ron Escobar, MBAjavascript:{}
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 1, 2013
Hi Ron

Thank you for your answers. That helps alot. I have one question:

What is a transfer fee? I understand the property taxes but I dont have information about the transfer fee.

Regards Poria
Flag Tue Apr 2, 2013
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