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Buying Property

Argentina - Buying Property

When buying property in Argentina you should be aware that the listed price will be the highest one possible. Estate agents ‘bid’ to list properties and it is invariably the one with the highest bid that wins the listing, although this does allow some room for negotiation.

Estate agents usually earn a small percentage of the sale price as commission, which is divided equally between the buyer and the seller. This makes negotiating on the sale price fairly easy and most people will pay less than the asking price. In order to buy property in Argentina it is necessary to have at least a CDI tax number, which most expats will have to obtain fairly rapidly as it is required for other aspects of life in the country.

When you make an offer on a property you will need to leave a security deposit with the agent, though cash is not recommended. The prospective purchaser will also agree with the agent a period of time for the seller to consider the offer. When the offer is accepted the sales agreement is prepared and the buyer has to make a deposit of around 30%. This is lost to the seller if the buyer pulls out of the deal and if the seller pulls out they are fined the same amount which must be paid to the buyer. Sales can be finalised in as little as 30 days.

It is recommended that checks are carried out at the local register for estate ownership to ensure that the seller is the registered owner of the property and that they are legally allowed to sell. Under Argentine law, an owner can be prevented from selling for a number of reasons, including non-payment of property-related taxes. The procedures for buying land are the same, with special permission required from the authorities to purchase coastal land or land bordering another country.

It is possible for an expat to obtain a mortgage in Argentina, but it is a requirement to have spent a minimum of one year working in the country. A mortgage will not be agreed if the applicant would be more than 75 years of age when the final payment is due to be made.

Properties for sale are often advertised in newspapers and there are a number of estate agents that can be consulted, particularly in the cities, so finding a property to purchase should be a relatively easy task.

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