International Law: Buying in Florida

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Florida real estate: it’s always been in high demand. Today, it’s especially attractive to foreign buyers. The beautiful weather in Florida, combined with affordable housing prices make investing in Florida real estate a smart idea for many international buyers.

According to the National Association of Realtors, Florida has the most significant number of foreign real estate investors in the U.S., with 41% purchasing vacation homes, 25% making a dual-use purchase (vacation home/rental property) and 23% investing in rental property.

What Foreign Buyers Need to Know About Purchasing Real Estate in Florida

If you’re a foreign national interested in purchasing real estate in Florida, where do you begin? While you’re entitled to buy real estate in the U.S. for personal and residential use, selling property in the U.S. requires you to adhere to rules set forth by the Foreign Investment in Real Property Act, or FIRPTA, which we’ll cover on another page.  

Investment Property

According to the International Investment and Trade in Services Survey Act, foreign nationals purchasing real estate in the U.S. must report that purchase to the U.S. Department of Commerce. They must report the following information:

  • The names and addresses of buyers, sellers, and owners of more than a 50% interest, and financing information (income, expenses, etc.) about the property.  
  • More reporting details are required for a property over 200 acres or property with a purchase price of more than $1 million.

If you’re purchasing a property in Florida as an investment, let our team of skilled international law attorneys help you move through the process. We’ll provide the accurate legal guidance you need to make the best possible decision and to protect your rights.

Purchasing a Rental Property in Florida

If you’re interested in purchasing a Florida property to lease it, you’ll be subject to paying taxes on that rental income. You do, however, have a choice in how you want to be taxed:

  • Pay 30% of gross rental receipts; or
  • Pay regular U.S. income tax rates on net income from the property by filing a Form 4224 with the IRS.

Secure Skilled Legal Representation With Koontz & Associates

Buying property in Florida is an excellent investment, whether you intend to rent the property or to live in it yourself. No matter what you need, our team is here to help. Knowledgeable in international law and international real estate sales, our attorneys will help you do everything from draft and review contracts to settle on sales terms. 

Contact us today to learn more about our international law services and how we can help you.

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