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Punta del Este, Uruguay

Real Estate in Uruguay

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 06, 2024

Summary: An expat looking to buy a home in Uruguay should begin by researching the different neighborhoods and cities in the country. It is important to consider factors such as cost of living, safety, and access to amenities. Expats should also research the local real estate market to get an idea of the types of properties available and the average prices. Foreigners are allowed to purchase property in Uruguay, but there are certain restrictions. For example, foreigners are not allowed to purchase land within 50 kilometers of the border. Additionally, foreigners must obtain a special permit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to purchase property. Houses in Uruguay typically include amenities such as air conditioning, a garage, and a garden. Many homes also have a swimming pool, terrace, and outdoor space. Depending on the location, some homes may also have access to a beach or other recreational activities.

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How do I find a place to live in Uruguay?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"We searched Punta del Este from one side to the other. We decided that we wanted to live in Punta for 6 months a year or longer and that meant a house versus an apartment since many of the apartment buildings are unoccupied 8 months of the year. We also decided that we would build a house as opposed to finding one. We wanted bigger rooms, more bathrooms and fewer bedrooms than is conventional. The difference being that we were not looking to rent the house," remarked one member in Punta del Este.

"One of the best ways to find a place to live in Uruguay is to use online resources such as websites and classifieds. Websites such as Uruguay Real Estate, Uruguay Rentals, and Uruguay Property Listings are great resources for finding rental properties in Uruguay. Additionally, classifieds such as Craigslist Uruguay and OLX Uruguay are great for finding both rental and purchase properties. Additionally, it is also possible to find a place to live in Uruguay by networking with locals and expats in the country. Joining expat groups and forums, attending local events, and asking around can be a great way to find a place to live in Uruguay," explained one expat living in Uruguay.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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