How to buy a property in URUGUAY
How to buy a property in URUGUAY
Buying a property in any country abroad can be a daunting thought. Especially with all the different rules and procedures each one has. We’ve set out here an easy step by step guide to the essentials when looking to buy in Uruguay
Firstly you will want to consider where to live or buy a property as location is very important. When looking at Uruguay you must consider location and weather carefully.
You must consider carefully for example coastal towns are appealing to live in during the summer but in the winter they can be freezing with cold temperatures, strong winds, few inhabitants and closed businesses.
1. Firstly elicit the assistance of a Uruguayan escribano (public notary) and an abogado (lawyer) in the chosen area or nearest city.
2. When looking for properties in South America there are often a few in different places so don’t just use local realtors but online (Mercado Libre Uruguay). talk to locals and other expats who live there.
3. Have your escribano prepare a pre-purchase agreement (boleta de reserva)- which is a document that clearly states the rights and obligations of all parties to the sale (seller, buyer, realtor). Each party should then sign and review he document in the presence of the escribano.
4. The seller will most likely require a deposit of the buyer which is usually between 10% and 20% of the agreed price. The deposit will be held in trust with the abogado or escribano.
5.In order to check there are no hidden claims or legal issues, the escribano will research the history of the property going back 30 years whilst also gathering documents necessary for the transfer of the property including copy of title, tax receipts and blueprints.
6. Make sure to verify all documents with the appropriate public offices and request certificates going back 30 years from all previous owners and the land-surveying office.
7. All parties (seller, buyer, realtor) meet with the escribano and the documents are registered at the property registry.
After all of that has been done it is only the final 3 steps until all is finalised and you have your new property!
A) In the following 30 days the escribano writes the deed, pays any taxes and registers the deed at the registrar’s office where it will be authorized and granted
B) Make payment as specified.
C) Research available options and buy homeowners insurance.
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Gateway to South America was established in 2006 as a single office in Buenos Aires. The company has since expanded into a vibrant regional network, servicing the Southern Cone communities of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay with professional real estate services. Founded by Geoffrey McRae a New Zealander who maintains an active role in the business it has developed into an International team that has a well-deserved reputation for strong local knowledge, experience and professionalism. I hope you enjoy reading our news site. Please share it on your social media below.