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Buying real estate in Belgium
A sales agreement is binding from day one - the notary will issue a deed which completes the sale but no mistake. Put your signature under a sales agreement and you have to come up with the Euro - it is often misunderstood that if you sign a sales agreement with a 10% advance payment (common practice) that you can get out of it if your loan isn't approved or that you only lose 10% if you don't go ahead with the deed after all. NO MISTAKE - you are owner the moment you sign the sales agreement! If you sent a proposal, the moment it has been counter signed by the seller for agreed, you are officially the owner of the property.
All particularities, including loan approval, building or renovation permits, etc, have to be mentioned as a suspensive condition in the sales agreement. In such case it is also advisable to hand over the advance payment to the notary, another common practice, who will keep the money until the signature of the deed (which doesn't allow any suspensive conditions).
The property transaction should always be officially registered with the governmental authority within four months of conclusion.

Solicitor / Lawyer
A solicitor/lawyer or notary should be used to draw written contracts for submission to the public notary.

Fees
The costs involved in buying property in Belgium are generally quite high.
Property registration should incur duty of 12.5% for land and buildings is payable by the buyer.
V.A.T is charged at 21% on buildings less than two years old with the same rate applicable for the renovation of old buildings.
Notary fees will cost between 0.1-0.5% of the properties value.
V.A.T is also applicable for foreign Real Estate investments at the relevant rate of their country.

Property Tax
Tax is payable on the deemed rental value of the property which is dependent on the location and use of the property as set in the "Cadastal Register". National rates are between 1.25-2.5% and municipal and provincial surcharges also apply.

For more information on Belgium Property and to arrange your viewing visit:

Belgium Property Viewing Arrangements

 


  Belgium

Animmo - Property Marketing
  www.animmo.be

Antwerp City Real Estate Agency English
  www.acrea.be

AXIMAS nv/sa - Commercial Real Estate Agents
  www.aximas.com

Catella Codemer - Corporate Real Estate Service
  www.catellacodemer.com

Caenen, Middelkerke, In Nederland
  www.caenen.be

Century 21 - Buying, Selling Real Estate
  www.century21benelux.be

Codemer, Brussels
  www.codemer.com

DCR s.a., Belgium
  www.immoweb.be

ERA Belgium Home Page, Flemish/Français
  www.era.be

E.R.A - Real Estate
  www.landmeterpeeters.be

E.R.A - Real Estate
  www.era.be

Groupe Trevi - Residential Property Advisors
  www.trevi.be

Immo - Agent Immobiler - Belgium
  www.immodussart.be

Immo Verstraeten
  www.verstraeten.be

Immobilière Dream, Brussels, Français/english
  www.immodream.com

Immobiliere - Thonnard - Trinon (Trevi Partner)
  www.www.immo-tt.be

Immocom - Trevie Partner - Your home in Brussels
  www.immocom.be

ImmoLink
  www.ping.be/immolink

Immonet
  www.eurovox.be

Immoweb - The properties of welc'home (Trevi Partner)
  www.welc-home.com

Kurt Reviers, A LineA, , Belgium and Luxembourg
  www.expertisenews.com

Living in Belgium, Brussels, english/deutsch
  www.brenda.be

Meijer Vastgoed - Real Estate
  www.meijervastgoed.be

Met Belgium-Compass verliest u nooit het noorden op het internet, Dutch
  www.belgium-compass.com

Nic Jassogne, ERA waldorf vastgoed, Belgium
  www.base.nl/company/makelaar/erabe/waldorf

Propriétés Immobilières s.a., Brussels, Français/english
  www.pim.be

The Belgian Real Estate Market
  www.belgimmo.be

Trevi Partner - Real Estate
  www.lovarium.be

Trevi Partner - Real Estate
  www.benoitrasquain.be

Trevi Partner - Real Estate Advisors - Legrand GSI
  www.legrandgsi.be

Vanhoudt - Immobilier - Immobiliem (Trevi Partner)
  www.vanhoudt-sa.be

Venturi Immobilier - A member of the Trevi Partner Network in Belgium
  www.venturi.be

Victoire Properties - South and East Brussels
  www.victoire-properties.be

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