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Australians Buying Up Cheap US Property  
User currently offlinemelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1590 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3167 times:

Australian investors locked out of the expensive property market here are starting to buy cheap property in the US. As a guide, an average home in suburban Melborurne is now around AUD$600,000, depending on the suburb. Several firms here are now assisting people to buy homes in the US, but it may be a risky move if you don't do your work beforehand....

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/as...-american-dream-20100305-powo.html


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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15715 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3160 times:

Not a bad idea. Some Americans, retirees in particular, have taken to buying homes in Mexico or Central America where they can get much more bang for their buck.


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User currently offlinekevinl1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 48
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3147 times:

Whoa now. Just because the monetary exchange is in their favor doesn't make it "cheap". Please refer to it as "under market value" or "attractively priced" property. We still have our pride you know for christs sake.   


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User currently offlinebill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8439 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3125 times:

Thing is you don't even need significant fluctuations in property prices to make this. Simply the US dollar to strengthen against the Australian dollar, which it has, can and will do. I've thought about purchasing property in the US but I haven't got much beyond that.

User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3103 times:

Can foreigners actually buy property in the US? Don't you have to be a resident to buy property?


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User currently offlinekiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8541 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3099 times:
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Quoting bill142 (Reply 3):
Simply the US dollar to strengthen against the Australian dollar,

Dont you mean the other way around ?

If the USD strengthens against the AUD then property in the US would become more expensive for Aussies , not cheaper .



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User currently offlinekevinl1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 48
Reply 6, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3091 times:

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 4):
Don't you have to be a resident to buy property?

AFAIK all you need is a valid US tax ID# and good domestic credit history or cash on the barrel head. The tax ID can be a corporation. If it's a residence, being "owner occupied" streamlines the loan underwriting process and earns a lower interest rate.



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User currently offlinebill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8439 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3079 times:

Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 5):
If the USD strengthens against the AUD then property in the US would become more expensive for Aussies , not cheaper .

Not when you come to sell the property and bring the money back. I'm saying there's potential in buying in the US taking the risk that you're going to make money on exchange rather than an increase in property values.


User currently offlinemelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1590 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3074 times:

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 4):
Can foreigners actually buy property in the US? Don't you have to be a resident to buy property?

Form reading the article, it looks like you don't, though I could be wrong.

There are restictions in place for forgieners buying property here, but there's lots of Chinese money coming into Melbourne property at the moment, a lot of it is families buying homes for their children to live while they study here.

http://www.firb.gov.au/content/policy.asp



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User currently offlinelowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3026 times:

Quoting melpax (Thread starter):
Australian investors locked out of the expensive property market here are starting to buy cheap property in the US

Thank you Aussies. I have wondered where we could find a market for the excess inventory of property. Wishing you many happy returns on your investments.



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26361 posts, RR: 76
Reply 10, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2901 times:

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 4):
Can foreigners actually buy property in the US? Don't you have to be a resident to buy property?

Now why would you need to do that? How do you think the Japanese owned 75% of downtown Los Angeles at one point in the 1980s?

Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 5):

If the USD strengthens against the AUD then property in the US would become more expensive for Aussies , not cheaper .

That isn't the point. When the USD strengthens against the AUD, those Aussies who have bought property in the US now will be sitting pretty, even if the property price does not actually increase.



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User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2889 times:

Do you pay tax on a property capital gain in USA?

User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15715 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2883 times:

Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 11):
Do you pay tax on a property capital gain in USA?

Yes, with the exception of what is known as a 1031 exchange. In short, a 1031 exchange is selling one piece of property and using the proceeds to purchase another. Under the tax code (section 1031, hence the name) the capital gains taxes from the sale can be deferred until the second property is sold.



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26361 posts, RR: 76
Reply 13, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2883 times:

Nevermind. I looked it up.

[Edited 2010-03-07 00:31:35]


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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 14, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2874 times:

A lot of Canadians are doing the same thing.

I can't believe how cheap houses are in many parts of the US. Florida or Arizona you can get a huge 4 bedroom house with a pool for the same price as a small apartment condo up here.

Or some people buying apartments in Florida and just paying cash (no mortgage) because they're so cheap.


Me thinks Americans are going to have to deal with a lot more "snowbirds" during the winter 



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User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2856 times:

Quoting melpax (Reply 8):
There are restictions in place for forgieners buying property here, but there's lots of Chinese money coming into Melbourne property at the moment, a lot of it is families buying homes for their children to live while they study here.

Yup..but there are certain groups who can buy property even if they are on temporary visas (like doctors, nurses etc).

Quoting N1120A (Reply 10):

Now why would you need to do that? How do you think the Japanese owned 75% of downtown Los Angeles at one point in the 1980s?

I didn't know anyone could buy property in the US..thought you have to be a resident to buy/own property.



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User currently offlineUS330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3866 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2774 times:

Just make sure they do their homework before they buy.

Quoting VonRichtofen (Reply 14):
I can't believe how cheap houses are in many parts of the US. Florida or Arizona you can get a huge 4 bedroom house with a pool for the same price as a small apartment condo up here.

That's because those two states were hit big time by the mortgage crisis--lots of foreclosures, and plenty of vacant property.

Quoting VonRichtofen (Reply 14):
Me thinks Americans are going to have to deal with a lot more "snowbirds" during the winter

That's fine with me. More Snowbirds means more money for the local economy.


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