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How can foreign investors approach American real estate?

| Oct 2, 2020 | Commercial Real Estate |

Since American commercial real estate has become one of the largest investment sectors in the United States, you as an investor from another country are probably looking at buying a piece of commercial property in New York. Investing in American real estate can be very rewarding but it also offers some risks. With some proper preparation, you might lessen your risk and increase your chances of success. 

One way you might make a boon of your American investment is to better know what you are getting into. Forbes outlines some key steps that may help you to approach the American real estate market, properly judge whether a piece of property is right for you, and conduct steps to help grow your investment in the future. 

Build a local team

Markets in the United States vary greatly, offering various customs, nuances and even quirks that can be hard to understand. You may even find many varieties within the metropolitan New York City area. To help you understand the lay of the land, consider forming a team made up of locals that know the area where you want to buy real estate. Your team may include a broker, an attorney, and a local financial lender with experience in the market. 

Do due diligence

Real estate presents general risks to investors, and if you are new to American investment, it might present even more risk if you face the general challenges of investing in a foreign country. This makes due diligence of the property you want to buy even more critical. This is a matter your local team can provide a lot of assistance with. If your due diligence validates your faith in your new property, it may help you decide to pursue future investments in the United States. 

Understand the future of your investment

If you think a certain property looks good at the moment, you should also be sure that it will still be a good investment in the years to come. Circumstances can change in a community, sometimes rapidly. This is a good time to examine all the factors that might impact your investment, such as local market forecasts that could signal a downturn, or proposed laws and regulations that may affect your interest rates and tax payments. If the lay of the land looks good, you may feel more confident about making an investment.