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February 22, 2024

A Practical Guide to US Real Estate Investment: Tips for International Investors

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Hello, fellow investors! So, you've decided to venture into the world of US real estate. Welcome aboard! Investing in the land of the free and home of the brave can be a smart move, but before you start waving the flag, let's go over some practical tips for international investors like yourself.

Tip 1: Speak the Language - Real Estate Edition

First things first, familiarize yourself with the local lingo. Real estate has its own vocabulary, and terms like 'escrow' and 'HUD-1' might seem like alphabet soup at first, but knowing the basics will save you from feeling like a fish out of water. Luckily, we provided a hand list of key terms to know.

Tip 2: State Selection 101 - Not Every State is Created Equal

The US is like a buffet of different states, each offering its unique flavor. Some are more investor-friendly than others, so do your homework. It's not just about finding a good property; it's about finding the right state that fits your investment goals. )

Tip 3: Finance, Not a Mission Impossible

Securing financing can be a bit like navigating a maze, especially for international investors. Explore your options, find lenders open to working with non-residents, and be prepared to provide the necessary documentation to prove you're as reliable as they come. Hint: Waltz Financing is here to help you with your next investment and understand which mortgage type is right for you.

Tip 4: Assemble Your Dream Team - Not as Fun as Pick-up Football, but Almost

Investing in US real estate is a team sport. You'll need a real estate agent, property manager, and a legal advisor in your lineup. Think of them as your real estate dream team, each playing a crucial role in your investment success. We make it simple, seamless, and quick.

Tip 5: Brace for House Hunting Rollercoaster - Ups, Downs, and Maybe a Few Screams

House hunting can be an emotional rollercoaster. Be patient and brace yourself for a mix of excitement, frustration, and maybe a touch of disappointment. It's all part of the process – the real estate equivalent of finding 'the one.'  But we can make it easier by connecting you with a local professional who knows the ins and outs of the market and can guide you to the perfect property.

Tip 6: Decode the Tax Maze - It's Not as Complicated as It Seems

Taxes might not be the most thrilling topic, but they're crucial to understand. Find a reliable tax advisor who can guide you through the maze of tax implications for foreign investors. Trust us; it's worth it.

Tip 7: Stay Informed - Like a Financial Detective

Once you've sealed the deal, you get to sit back and count the incoming dollars, but the work isn't over. Keep your finger on the pulse of the market, stay updated on local news, and be ready to adapt. The real estate market is ever-evolving, and staying informed with the latest trends is your best defense. 

Get Started on the Right Foot:Investing is a complicated process. Even more challenging for foreign investors breaking into the US market. Waltz makes it simple and easy.

Ready to invest?

There you have it, folks! Investing in US real estate for foreigners may not be a walk in the park, but armed with these practical tips, and with Waltz as your partner, you'll be well-prepared to navigate the market with confidence. By taking the first step and contacting us, you can gain access to:

  • Waltz Investor Kit - An established LLC business tailored for Real Estate investment, with an EIN, operating agreement, and assigned Agent. All this can be yours within just 20 minutes!
  • US Banking through Waltz - Digital bank account insured by the FDIC*, with foreign currencies and competitive currency exchange rates.
  • Waltz Financing - No need to shop around for a US lender if you are looking for a mortgage or refinance. Waltz provides funding at up to 70% LTV**.

*Banking services are provided by Regent Bank, Member FDIC. Approved deposit accounts are FDIC insured up to $250,000 through Regent Bank.
**Subject to due diligence and other considerations
***Payment services for Waltz Inc (Non-Mifid) are provided by The Currency Cloud Inc. which operates in partnership with Community Federal Savings Bank (CFSB) to facilitate payments in all 50 states in the US. CFSB is registered with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC Certificate# 57129). The Currency Cloud Inc is registered with FinCEN and authorized in 39 states to transmit money (MSB Registration Number: 31000160311064). Registered Office: 104 5th Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10011.

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