Information on buying property in Slovenia from a real estate agency

Buying property in Slovenia as a foreigner

Real estate agent’s guide for foreigners buying property in Slovenia

1. Web search for properties in Slovenia

Foreign buyers should start by conducting a comprehensive web search for available properties in Slovenia.  Narrow down your search based on your preferences, such as location, property type, size, and budget.  From residential to commercial real estate, move2slovenia offers a large selection of property for sale and rent in Slovenia.

2. Inspection of suitable properties

Visit Slovenia to personally view the properties you are interested in. This allows you to assess the condition, layout, and suitability of each property. Non-resident purchase property in Slovenia – members of the EU are allowed to purchase properties under the same conditions as Slovenian citizens.

3. Documentation overview

Before proceeding with a purchase, it is crucial to have a comprehensive overview of the necessary documentation. Engage the services of a certified real estate agent who can assist you with this step. They will help verify the property’s legal status, ownership rights, any existing encumbrances or liens, and ensure compliance with Slovenian laws.

4. Negotiations and contracts

Collaborate with a real estate agent who can assist in the negotiation process, ensuring your interests are represented. Finalize the price, payment schedule, conditions, and any additional agreements. A purchase agreement or a preliminary contract will be prepared to formalize the terms and conditions.

5. Transfer ownership of your property

The final step is to transfer the ownership of the property.  A real estate agent will ensure all legal requirements are fulfilled, including the payment of taxes and fees. Once the necessary documents are signed, and the purchase price is paid, the ownership of the property will be officially transferred to your name.

Throughout the entire process, it is advisable to work closely with a reputable real estate agent who has experience with international transactions in Slovenia. They can provide guidance, assistance, and ensure a smooth and successful purchase while protecting your interests.

There are two main things to know about foreigners buying property in Slovenia:

  • EU vs. non-EU citizens: EU citizens and citizens of the United States and OECD countries can buy property in Slovenia with the same regulations as Slovenians themselves [4]. This means a straightforward purchase process.
  • Reciprocity principle: For non-EU citizens from other countries, Slovenia follows a reciprocity principle. This means they need to be from a country where Slovenians can also buy property [1, 5]. If their country allows Slovenians to buy property, then they can buy in Slovenia too. If not, they may need to apply for special permission.

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