"Particularly for expats looking to buy, having those independent eyes and ears on the ground to go and look at properties for you, I felt that Matt really understood what our needs were in terms of the house.
It was a five-star process with Propertybuyer. Everything from the initial discussions with Matt to how quick he was to respond to our emails."
Propertybuyer specialises in assisting Australian expatriate buyers buy their dream home or investment property in Australia. Whether you are watching the rain falling in London, sweltering in the humidity of Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong or just sick of the traffic in New York, be assured that there is a place called home in Australia.
Buying Australian property while living overseas is a difficult process as you need to keep up with:
The Sydney property market is made up of a number of sub-markets and we protect foreign buyers from paying too much or buying the wrong type of property. Propertybuyer provides independent advice and assistance to international investors (and home buyers with permanent residence status) to navigate the Australian property market.
Propertybuyer offers a full search service that includes a complete buying solution to ensure a successful property or investment purchase in Australia, this service includes:
Foreign buyers must buy a brand new property (or buy land and build within 2 years). Propertybuyer understands the local market and has access to all new and “hidden” listings that may be suitable for you. We can show you the suburbs that have the best lifestyle, schools, entertainment, sporting facilities, investment potential or other key features you desire.
Many of our international or expatriate clients are aware of the advantages of buying a house in Australia while they are still overseas. This allows them to get ahead of the property growth cycle and capitalise on excellent local investment opportunities even if they’re not yet on Australian soil.
Propertybuyer has secured over 3000 properties for investors and homebuyers both locally and internationally. Our team strives for excellence, commitment, integrity, teamwork and enthusiasm. Meet the team below or visit our team page to find out more.
Sydney is a world class city with a multicultural population of almost 5 million people, a beautiful natural harbour, pristine beaches and was home to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. We have assisted many international buyers purchase property in Sydney from their locations abroad. Purchasing a property in the Sydney real estate market is a wise decision that will provide substantial capital gains over the long term.
If you’re an overseas real estate buyer looking specifically for your next home or investment property, we will advise you on the best suburbs and brief you on all aspects of our property research to ensure you make an informed decision. We are constantly researching local and international property investment hotspots and can deliver a range of properties to suit your specific investment requirements, whether they be for capital growth or positive cashflow.
Propertybuyer has a network of buyers agents in many areas in Australia including:
Have a look at all the areas we service here. We are flexible and are able to meet your specific requirements. We will assist with the co-ordination of all support services relating to your purchase and will communicate with you at every stage of the process.
"Matt Corbett from Propertybuyer worked with us on overcoming any concerns about lack of control being overseas. It was great – we got the place below our maximum. If you are thinking about engaging Propertybuyer, consider it! Even if you are not overseas as it takes the stress out of auction.
It was great – we got the place below our maximum.”
Client - Northern Beaches - Home Buyers - Jonathan & Gina
"Nick Taylor-Fick at Property Buyers was very professional throughout. He was well researched, organized and prepared. He made the experience much easier and more efficient. We are very happy and pleased that we have bought a house in the right location that is also a nice house. Property Buyers take the worry and the work out of Property research and buying. They are also a great support throughout this often-emotional experience. Nick Taylor-Fick was not only a consummate professional but he became our friend. We trust him and we hope to engage his services again in the future. But maybe when the weather is cooler in Sydney !
…consummate professional, he became our friend.”
"We were really happy with Anna. She understood exactly what we wanted and seemed not to be too off put or concerned by the really tough market. Anna kept our expectation in check and was very patient with us.
We are sure we would actually never have been able to buy a property in Sydney…without propertybuyer."
Client - Jonathan & Arya
Click on each section below to view more information about buying property in Australia as an expat.
If you would like assistance in transferring your funds safely and quickly to Australia at cheaper than bank rates then we would recommend OzForex.
The Australian Business Innovation and Investment visa is designed to promote investing and carrying out business in Australia by granting permission for applicants to reside in Australia. In summary, the visa allows you to:
1. Business Innovation
For people with who want to establish, develop and manage a new or existing business in Australia.Applicants must be nominated by a state or territory government.
For people who want to make a designated investment of at least AUD $1.5 million in an Australian state or territory and maintain business and investment activity in Australia. Applicants must be nominated by a state or territory government.
3. Significant Investor Visa
This is also known as the Significant Investor Visa (SIV). To be eligible, you must invest a minimum of AUD $5 million over four years in complying investments.
This visa also has a residency requirement of:
In return, the visa allows a path to permanent residency over four years. Applicants can be nominated by a state or territory government or Austrade on behalf of the Australian government.
4. Premium Investor Visa
This is also known as the Premium Investor Visa (PIV). To be eligible, you must invest a minimum of AUD $15 million over four years in complying investments including real property (excluding residential property). PIV holders can still independently invest in
The PIV offers a
Note: other specific eligibility requirements for the above visa apply. See the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for more information.
Click here for a referral to an Immigration Lawyer that can fast track your Visa approval.
The Australian Government encourages foreign investment that is consistent with community interests. The Government
Subject to an investor commencing construction within 24 months of FIRB approval.
Investors can purchase new dwellings. Where approval is obtained by the foreign investor for each purchase, there is no restriction on the number of units in the development that can be purchased by that foreign investor. A foreign investor wishing to purchase more than one unit is also able to make one application for all of the units provided each unit is
Note: Second-hand dwellings
Foreign persons are prohibited from acquiring established dwellings for investment purposes (that is, they cannot be purchased to be used as a rental or holiday property), irrespective of whether they are temporary residents in Australia or not. Foreign buyers can purchase an established dwelling as a home provided you receive approval from the FIRB (which typically takes from 2 to 10 days).
Significant Investor Visa
From the 24 Nov 2012, the Australian Government has created a new class of visa available to business people and high net worth individuals looking to invest at least $5 million in the Australian economy. In return for investing in State and Territory Bonds, Managed Funds or directly into Australian Companies overseas investors are offered concessions on the usual visa requirements.
To be granted a permanent Significant Investor visa, primary visa holder must be resident in Australia for at least 40 days for every year or
By obtaining a Significant Investment Visa, holders may purchase residential or commercial real estate subject to FIRB regulations.
You do not need to submit an application for approval to acquire real estate in Australia if:
You may need to apply for foreign investment approval if you are a foreign interest who is:
For further information and detailed government policies are available on the Foreign Investment Review Board website.
Foreign buyers are able to purchase brand new property (or buy land and build) in Australia.
Property investments in the major capital cities of Sydney and Melbourne typically double in value every 10 to 12 years.
Property investment in Australia is an excellent strategy, if the right location and property types are carefully selected.
Potential real estate and property investors need only look at the performance of median residential property prices in Sydney and Melbourne to see the significant returns that long term investors can make by buying well located property. Investors seeking advice on where to invest in real estate should choose their advisors carefully and ensure that any advice given is not tainted by commission driven sales people. Independent property investment help can be provided by buyers agents that are licenced in the relevant state you are buying and have a strong track record and at least 5 years experience.
To invest in Australian property you can buy either as an Australian citizen or as a foreign buyer. If you hold permanent residency (or are an Australian citizen) then you can buy established property. If you are classified as a foreign buyer, then you can only buy brand new property as regulated by the FIRB (Foreign Investment Review Board) guidelines.
The first step to considering where to invest in Australian real estate is to get your finance pre-approved. The next step is to consider which property investment strategy will work best for your individual situation (tax, income stage of life considerations etc). Then you need to consider which suburbs to target and it is recommended you engage with local real estate investment experts who can guide you.
Choosing a local buyers agent to help you to buy real estate requires more than just looking at their fees. Search for truly independent buyers agents that have a strong reputation, more than 5 years experience, and are licenced in the state you are purchasing. Look at the quality of their testimonials and ensure they have deep connections with local sales agents to find off market opportunities. Seek our buyers agents that have strong experience with foreign buyers and expats for buyers of Australian property.
To sell your property while overseas, consider engaging the advice of a local buyers agent to provide a vendor advocacy service. The buyers agent will act as your independent advisor on how to select the best local selling agent. As these buyers agents see the activity, negotiating and marketing skills of the selling agent on a daily basis, they are able to provide the best insight into which agents can truly act in the best interests of the vendor. They will provide a referral and warm introduction to the sales agent who will then establish a marketing campaign to list and sell your property while abroad.