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Buying a Home in Argentina

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: The one tip that you hear expats living in Argentina repeatedly sharing with newcomers is not to buy a home when you first move to Argentina. Rent for a few months or longer so that you have time to find the right neighborhood. Give yourself time to ensure that Argentina is right for you for the long term. If you've already taken time to do those things and are ready to take the plunge and become a property owner, here are tips about buying a home in Argentina.

Argentina, with its rich culture, beautiful landscapes, and affordable cost of living, is an attractive destination for expats. Whether you're planning to retire, start a business, or simply want a change of scenery, buying a home in Argentina can be a great investment. However, the process can be complex, especially for foreigners. This guide will provide you with the essential information you need to navigate the Argentine real estate market.

How do I find houses for sale in Argentina?

There are several ways to find houses for sale in Argentina. Online property portals are a popular choice, offering a wide range of listings from across the country. Local newspapers and real estate magazines also feature property listings. Additionally, hiring a local real estate agent can be beneficial as they have in-depth knowledge of the market and can help you find properties that match your needs and budget.

Are there restrictions on foreigners owning property in Argentina?

Foreigners have the same rights as Argentine citizens when it comes to buying property. There are no restrictions on the type or amount of property you can own. However, you will need a tax identification number (CDI) from the Argentine tax authority. To get around this requirement, some foreigners choose to buy property through a local company or trust.

Does Argentina have an MLS type system?

Argentina does not have a Multiple Listing Service (MLS) like in the United States. Instead, each real estate agency maintains its own listings. This means you may need to work with multiple agents to see a wide range of properties.

Do brokers have licenses and how do I know if they are licensed?

Real estate brokers in Argentina must be licensed by the local government. You can verify a broker's license by asking to see their professional ID card or checking with the local real estate association.

What documents are required when buying a home?

When buying a home in Argentina, you will need your passport, tax identification number (CDI), and proof of income. You will also need a property deed, which should be checked by a notary to ensure it is free of liens or encumbrances. The seller must provide a certificate of compliance with municipal regulations and a tax-free certificate.

Do I need a lawyer when buying a home in Argentina?

While not mandatory, it is highly recommended to hire a lawyer when buying property in Argentina. A lawyer can help you navigate the complex legal process, ensure all documents are in order, and protect your interests. Legal fees typically range from 1% to 2% of the property's purchase price.

Do people typically buy a property with all cash or take out a mortgage?

Most property transactions in Argentina are done in cash. Mortgages are available, but they are not common due to high interest rates and strict lending criteria. If you do choose to get a mortgage, be prepared for a lengthy and complex application process.

Are there inspections that take place, and if so what is that process like?

Property inspections are not mandatory in Argentina, but they are highly recommended. A professional inspector can identify potential issues with the property that could affect its value or require costly repairs. The inspection process typically includes a thorough examination of the property's structure, systems, and fixtures.

What are some of the pitfalls to avoid when buying property in Argentina?

One common pitfall is not thoroughly researching the property and the local market. Be sure to check the property's title, verify its value, and understand the local real estate trends. Also, be aware of potential tax liabilities, both in Argentina and in your home country. Finally, be cautious of scams and always work with reputable professionals.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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