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You moncler outlet sale can still search online for properties in other countries, but you won’t necessarily find everything that’s available and you won’t see a record of comparable sales, says McClain. «They get off a cruise ship for an afternoon and buy moncler jackets the monlcer down jackets next you know, they’ve bought a condo. That’s like meeting someone and marrying them that same day in Las Vegas.»

A better approach to buying overseas is to treat it like getting married, says Cobb.

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«People want to know whether they are making a safe and good investment even if it’s cheap moncler outlet a vacation home or a retirement home,» says Maria Contos, a real estate agent with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

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The American system of real estate agents representing buyers and sellers is uncommon elsewhere in the world. Whether you can find a locally licensed real estate agent to help you depends on the country and where you want to buy. In more rural areas and locations with few expats, you’re less likely to find an agent.

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cheap moncler jackets sale Christie’s International Real Estate also has offices worldwide. Another way to find a home is to moncler outlet store type «newly built houses and condos» and the name of the country moncler mens jackets or region into a search engine online. Residential developers often advertise online, but be wary. cheap moncler jackets sale

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Know the law

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Mexico is one such country. Its security zone, which covers anything 31 miles from the coast or 62 miles from the country’s land borders, requires foreigners to take possession of the property in a bank trust, says Cobb.

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An American agent experienced with international buying can explain the visa process and regulations as well as recommend local lawyers and accountants, says Contos

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