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10 Best Countries to Invest in Real Estate

Donny Gamble
December 23, 2021
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Beginning an offshore real estate empire is an excellent way to diversify your investment portfolio and income, and it’s booming now more than ever.

The population is expanding, and American investors like you and me are pumping more money into foreign economies in the form of real estate than ever before.

These are the best countries to invest in real estate for an excellent projected ROI.

Buying real estate in general can be a daunting process, but when you’re being introduced to a foreign real estate market, it can feel even more so. Buying real estate in these countries stands the best chance of giving you a solid return.

Here is my top 10 best countries that I feel offer the greatest opportunities when it comes to investing in real estate.

1. Brazil

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil is not only a major destination for individuals across the world, but specifically for US citizens. While there are plenty of real estate submarkets here, the main investment focus should be on coastal areas.

Brazil has a strong tie with the U.S. dollar, and historically investments here have yielded high returns. It’s a destination akin to Mexico in a lot of ways, especially with tourist attractions.

2. Panama

Panama City, Panama

Panama City, Panama

Panama is the place to invest for agricultural real estate opportunities right now. With plenty of nations putting their real estate investments in Panama, there’s expected to be a revved-up real estate price increase in the coming years, yielding a potential high return for ground floor investors.

Panama has heavy relations with China, which can actually be really good for the housing market. If an influx of residents from China move to Panama, similar to what we saw in Vancouver in the early 1990s, prices would soar.

3. Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand would have been listed higher, but they do have some restrictions when it comes to foreigners buying property and listing it. Still, there’s excellent agricultural property potential here, and the bustling economy has continued to flourish for the last few years.

However, the condo market here is booming, and that’s because a non-Thai person can own up to a maximum of 49% of all available units in a condo building without breaking the law, otherwise you run into more restrictions with alternative property. 

If you want to get in on this market, condos are where you should start.

4. Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is one of the best tourism spots in the world, and for that reason, they’re more than open to the idea of having foreign investors amp up their real estate market. 

After all, where’s the downside?

There are more than a few ways to utilize pre-construction in the Dominican Republic, and construction opportunities are booming. As a matter of fact, this is one of the first tourism spots to recover after the initial waves of the COVID-19 pandemic.

5. Canada

Toronto, Canada

Toronto, Canada

Didn’t expect to see the frosty north here, did you? Canada may not seem like a crazy spot for construction, but an average of 700,000 to 1,000,000 new residents plant their roots in Canada every two years.

That’s a lot of homes you could build, or a lot of properties you could renovate and rent out. Because of the excellent connections and diplomatic strength between the United States and Canada, it’s actually one of the easiest moves you could make to start your real estate empire.

6. Australia

Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

From the glorious wildlife to the tantalizing farm plots that people are eager to live in, Australia is still booming in terms of population and real estate requirements.

US investors have been gaining a foothold in the real estate market for a few years now, but the demand outweighs the current capability of investors. Sounds like it’s the perfect market to get in while you can.

7. Poland

Krakow, Poland

Krakow, Poland

Poland isn’t the first place that people think of, but it’s an amazing real estate investment opportunity. Krakow specifically has a high tourism rate, as well as nearly a dozen universities, which means more student renters.

The opportunity for short-term AirBnB-style rentals are high, and the conversion rate means you don’t have to spend nearly as much USD as you’d expect for a high-end apartment to rent out to a booming population.

8. Mexico

Puebla, Mexico

Puebla, Mexico

Apart from offering great foreign financing options (great for US and Canadian citizens), Mexico is mostly a tourist destination. However, many are actually making the move and turning Mexico into their new home country.

Renters and buyers want to be close to destination areas, but not too close, that way they can enjoy lower prices for a slightly longer commute to tourist destinations. That’s your market.

9. Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal has been a target of US investors for the better half of the last decade, but that doesn’t mean that all the good deals have been mopped up. While you’ll notice some property prices go well above their means, there are up-and-coming areas along coastal regions of Portugal.

This is definitely a market that’s going to cap out before many of the other countries on this list, but that doesn’t mean the ship has sailed. There are still a few years to get in on the ground floor and invest in many of these lesser-known areas.

10. France

Paris, France

Paris, France

France is a popular choice for American investors to invest in the European real estate market because of in-country financing. This isn’t a given for every country in the EU, or other parts of the world for that matter.

As a nation with immense pride in their architecture and lifestyle, the only caveat is that you run into difficulty and opposition with newer construction in older areas.

Nothing that will affect your bottom line, but still something to keep in mind.

Which Country Should You Invest in?

While all of these countries are great to invest in real estate, you have to know the market you’re about to dip your toes into before you fully commit.

Get up to date on historical rent and property prices, consider hiring a real estate consultant and legal freelancer so you know what you’re getting into, and sink your teeth in for the long haul.

Global Real Estate Investing FAQ's

Is it better to invest in global real estate instead of domestic real estate?

The domestic real estate market in the United States is developed, and prices continue to rise in multiple sectors all across the US; the costs aren’t exactly going down.

The barrier-to-entry is higher, however, there’s less legal hoops to jump through, and you can easily visit the sites of your property whenever you wish.

Foreign real estate on the global market has its benefits ,and in upcoming areas, you could be an early innovator of the real estate market. There’s arguably less risk and more reward with many foreign real estate markets, if you know where to look.

What are the risks of investing in real estate in foreign countries?

You’re less familiar with their overall market and way of life, so area trends, political movements, and anything else that can fuel specific real estate prices (rent or purchase) may not be on your radar as a foreigner yourself.

There will always be risk associated with real estate. With other countries, you should begin to learn about their culture, real estate history, and anything else that has historically impacted property prices in the past so you can prepare for the future.

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About the author 

Donny Gamble

I’m Donny. I’m a world traveler, investor, entrepreneur, and online marketing aficionado who has a big appetite to compete and disrupt big markets. I thrive on being able to create things that impact change, difficult challenges, and being able to add value in negative situations.

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