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Navigating Tax Implications: Buying Land Abroad in 2023

By October 9, 2023October 11th, 2023No Comments3 min read
Navigating Tax Implications: Buying Land Abroad in 2023

In the age of globalization, the allure of international real estate investment has captivated the imagination of many. Whether it’s the dream of a beachfront property in Belize or a serene mountain retreat in Costa Rica, Latin America has become a hotspot for expatriates seeking a new life abroad. However, as enticing as the prospect is, navigating the tax implications of buying property abroad can be daunting. Thankfully, with the right guidance from experts like Development Advisors, a sister company of ECI specializing in building real estate communities for expats in Latin America, this process becomes smoother. Here’s your concise guide to buying property abroad in 2023.

1. Local Property Taxes

Every country has its own set of property taxes. It’s crucial to:

  • Research: Delve into local regulations and tax rates for the specific country where you’re investing.
  • Anticipate: Factor these taxes into your budget to avoid surprises.

2. Income Tax on Rental Earnings

If you’re planning to rent out your property:

  • Declare: Any income earned from rentals may be taxable in the country of your property, and possibly in your home country.
  • Seek Counsel: Engage a tax professional familiar with international real estate investment to optimize your tax position.

3. Capital Gains Tax

Upon selling the property:

  • Understand: The country where you purchased your property may levy a tax on the profit made from the sale.
  • Prepare: Understand how this can affect your returns and how to legally minimize this tax.

4. Double Taxation Agreements (DTAs)

Many countries have treaties to avoid double taxation:

  • Check: See if the country where you’re buying has a DTA with your home country.
  • Benefit: This can prevent you from being taxed twice on the same income, making your investment more efficient.

5. Estate and Inheritance Taxes

In the event of your passing:

  • Be Aware: Your heirs might face taxes on inherited property.
  • Plan Ahead: Consider setting up a legal entity or trust to hold the property, potentially reducing tax implications.

6. The Role of Development Advisors

Navigating the intricate world of international real estate investment is challenging. This is where Development Advisors step in:

  • Pre Purchase Guidance: Advising you on the best locales suiting your needs and desires.
  • Post Purchase Assistance: Helping you determine what to build on your property and how best to achieve it, ensuring your dream becomes a reality.


The dream of owning property abroad is attainable, but it’s essential to approach it with a clear understanding of the tax implications. This guide to buying property abroad in 2023 is just the starting point. With expert partners like Development Advisors and ECI by your side, you can confidently step into the world of international real estate, turning your vision of a paradisiacal life abroad into a tangible reality.

Ready to take the next step in your global real estate journey? Book a free consultation call with our expert advisors today. For those eager to delve deeper into the nuances of these markets, the Consumer Resource Guide is your go-to resource, packed with in-depth analyses and valuable insights.

With Development Advisors as your partner, your global real estate aspirations transform from mere dreams into tangible realities.

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