can a foreigner buy the property?

Asked by Cindy, Goodyear, AZ Mon Jun 4, 2012

If yes, what are the fees that will be incurred?

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Jose Dias, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Tue Jun 5, 2012
The short answer is yes. A foreigner can buy and own property in the US. There are no special requirements or fees for buyers from another country.

If the buyer is not in the US, there might be increased costs associated with communication and paperwork. However I would expect that the buyer would bear those costs.

I would recommend using a title company to complete the transaction. They can take care of all the necessary paperwork and most will have experience dealing with foreign nationals.

I hope this helps.

Jose Dias
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Grace Adewumi, Agent, SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Mon Jun 4, 2012
Hi Cindy,
Yes, A foreigner can buy property in AZ. Is the foreigner using cash or need a mortgage?
Grace Adewumi
Realty One Group
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Susan Lutz, Agent, Litchfield Park, AZ
Mon Jun 4, 2012
Hi Cindy-
Yes anyone from another country can buy a home. They usually have to pay cash although there are a few lenders who will lend to Canadians but the down is about 30%. Please go to for a list of lenders. The fees that they would incure would be when they sell the home. For instance, aside from the regular selling fees to Realtors, concessions to buyers and closing fees they would also incur capital gains taxes and whatever fees their country may apply to the sale of the property. It gets complicated and to get the best advice they need to contact a tax adviser that is familiar with the tax laws in both countries. For more info please go to my websites:
all my best! Susan Lutz Solutions Real Estate 623 256-9480
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Doug Masi, Agent, Goodyear, AZ
Mon Jun 4, 2012
Hi Cindy,

Yes, as you can see you have some great feedback to your question. Keep in mind should you want to rent your property or properties, an assigned property management agent would have to be in place as your local AZ representative. I just completed another one today for our Canadian owner who rents his home in Goodyear, Estrella Mt.

If you would like access to properties around the Phoenix area, feel free to visit here.

Doug Masi
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Lorrie Feld,…, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Mon Jun 4, 2012
I have been working with foreign buyers from Israel, Canada, England and Australia for the last 3 years and can tell you when purchasing a home, there are no additional fees paid by a foreigner over someone that is a U.S. citizen. You have your normal escrow fees and closing costs for taxes and insurance, etc. When selling a home at that point there would be taxes involved. See following link.,…

Let me know if I can help you in your search.
Lorrie Feld
Keller Williams Integrity First
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Doug McVinua, Agent, Gilbert, AZ
Mon Jun 4, 2012
Yes, you can buy in the states!!
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Steffy Hrist…, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Mon Jun 4, 2012
Please email me and I will send you a booklet "Foreign Buyers Guide to Purchasing a home in AZ".

Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, Realtor®
Tel: (480) 966-9353 Fax: (602) 507-3703
3131 E. Camelback Rd. #125
Phoenix AZ 85016
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