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Legalities

The number 1 rule to buying a property in the Baltics is to make sure you have a lawyer.  You wouldn’t buy a property in the UK without a solicitor would you?  Within this area we have a selection of articles that relate to the legal facets of property in the Baltics


The role of a notary

Like most of Europe, the Baltic States use a notary system for purchasing property. In the UK notaries are not involved in property transactions and instead both the buyer and vendor appoint their own solicitor, whose sole interest is that of their client. When buying in the Baltics though, it is wise to adopt this approach, so pay for an independent solicitor to look after your own interests, complementing the more neutral role of the notary. The rest of the process  More...


Tips for renovating in the Baltics

If you’re looking for a very affordable renovation project in a lesser-trodden destination, perhaps a character rural cottage or townhouse in an historic city, one of the Baltic nations could be a good starting point. Property there is commonly available from around €20,000! While there are few restrictions that govern EU citizens owning property in Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania, each has its own jurisdiction and local regulations, for example over ownership of  More...


Lessons to be learned: buying in the Baltics

When the global financial crisis really got a grip in 2008, the property markets of the Baltic states were hit as hard as any of the West’s powerhouse economies. In the years leading up to the peak of the market in 2007, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia were pitched as promising investment destinations; former Russian states, they were promoted as promising new countries set to benefit from being in the EU and consequent foreign investment, as well as imminent membership of the  More...


Finding a good solicitor in the Baltics

Purchasing a property is an important event in a person’s life, whether the property is in your home country or somewhere else in the world. It is a major deal and if the slightest thing goes wrong it can feel like there is no where to turn and nobody who can help. The best way to avoid these pitfalls is to be educated in the art of buying a property, and if you are buying a property abroad, to be educated on that countries legal system and know exactly what needs to be done to  More...


What to look out for in your Baltic State contract

Purchasing a property in the Baltics can be a daunting prospect, however, if you do research then the stress and problems can be greatly reduced. Whether you choose to buy in Estonia, Lithuania or Latvia, here are some general rules of thumb to keep in mind… 1) Understand every word: The first hurdle to overcome is going to be the language barrier; this is why it is vital to employ a translator who had a firm grasp of English. They will translate the contract for  More...


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