Sydney provides investors with one of the best places to invest in real estate in the world. Australia’s economic growth rate continues to reach its target each year. A strong domestic economy, resilient to international shocks and with a stable government, provides an excellent platform for property investing.
Government Policy on Foreign Investment The Australian Government encourages foreign investment that is consistent with community interests. The Government recognises the significant contribution that foreign investment has made and continues to make to the development of Australia. Foreign investment provides scope for higher rates of economic activity and employment than could be achieved from domestic levels of savings. Foreign direct investment also provides access to new technology, management skills and overseas markets.
The largest number of foreign investment proposals in Australia involves the purchase of real estate. The Government seeks to ensure that foreign investment in residential real estate increases the supply of residences and is not speculative in nature. The Government’s foreign investment policy aims to directly increase the supply of new housing (ie, new developments – house and land, home units, townhouses, etc) and brings benefits to the local building industry and their suppliers.
Overseas / Australian Expatriate Buyers Whether you are returning home, relocating to Sydney or looking for an investment property, Ray White Kensington | Mascot strives to make it as painless as possible. If you are purchasing an investment property, we can also help you secure a tenant and manage your property for you.
Who does not require Government approval?
Do I need Government approval to buy real estate in Australia? You may need to apply for foreign investment approval if you are a foreign interest who is:
A foreign interest is defined as:
Subject to an investor commencing construction within 12 months of FIRB approval.
Purchases of second hand dwellings by foreign persons are restricted to temporary residents with visas (more than 12 months) or investors making the dwelling their principal place of residence.
Ownership is restricted to no more than 50 per cent of the dwellings in a development being sold to foreign interests. For single dwellings, a developer must have another dwelling that is similar in construction and proximity.
Purchase of commercial property is normally approved unless it is contrary to the national interest. This is determined by the Government on a case by case basis.
Other situations where FIRB approval is normally given includes:
Further details are available on the Foreign Investment Review Board website: