There have been many discussions and concerns voiced around the
impact of overseas investors on the Australian residential property
market in recent times. What impact, if any, is there for
commercial real estate?
Overseas investment in commercial real estate is poised to
rapidly rise, particularly in NSW which attracted 94 per cent of
commercial property investment in 2015.
China was the biggest overseas buyer of Australian commercial
real estate last year, purchasing over one third of commercial real
estate across Australia, followed by Singapore and the United
Keeping these figures in mind, there is a good chance that if
you are selling your property, it will be to an overseas investor.
So what are the steps that you need to take to make sure your
property sale progresses?
If the purchaser is borrowing funds to buy the property, make
sure they are dealing with a bank which operates in Australia. If
for some reason the sale doesn't proceed due to the
purchaser's finance, it's much easier to liaise with an
Australian bank rather than one overseas.
If the purchaser is a non-resident, then the purchaser, in
certain circumstances, will likely need to obtain approval from the
Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). This can be a lengthy
process and may delay settlement of your sale. The FIRB may also
withhold approval for the non-resident's purchase, which will
mean that as the vendor, you'll be unable to complete the sale.
The remedies would be contained in the contract and may involve a
forfeiture of the deposit paid by the purchaser with recovery
action taken by you after re-sale.
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guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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