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Yes, but they are currently limited to construction-based property, e.g. building land, houses and apartments.
When Croatia enters Schengen, this will expand to agricultural land too.
Yes, but you are limited to houses, apartments, building plots, etc. For further details on what you can buy it’s best to speak to an Agent.
Besides hiring a trusted real estate Agent that has their own Legal Service, we highly recommend you get your own lawyer to perform due diligence on your behalf.
Yes. A Contract can be completed from abroad.
It is a requirement of Croatian Property Law that the Public Notary notarise the signatures of the Sellers on the Final Contracts. There is no need to notarise Buyers’ signatures, as buyers just need to sign the Final Contract & send it back via a courier service to Croatia ( we suggest DHL). Or you can simply hire a lawyer.
A Croatian Citizen/Seller outside the country needs to go to either the Croatian Embassy or Consulate in the country they are currently located. Some countries don’t have an Embassy or a Consulate, so the nearest is a compromise.
A Foreigner/Seller can also have a Contract (or other legal document) verified outside Croatia for the purposes of selling real estate in Croatia. They need to provide a signed notarised Final Contract together with an accompanying Apostille Seal, if needed. For more details follow this link.
The process of notarizing & obtaining the Apostille Seal takes up to 10 days. Documents must then be delivered via courier to Croatia, and must be translated into Croatian language by an official Court Translator, before it is able to be used as a Legal Document.
This alternative way to purchase Croatian property requires thorough planning, so please consult our office before commencing this process.
The Croatian property market doesn't have the best reputation, and you need to be aware of potential fraud and misrepresentation. Not to mention slow-paced administration processes making everything more complicated than it needs to be.
The best way to avoid scams is to take your time, do your homework, and carry out due diligence. It's highly recommended to appoint an Independent and experienced Real Estate Lawyer, with a good reputation, and who works separately from the Estate Agent.
Even though Istria is low-risk compared to other areas of Croatia, we still recommend having your lawyer carry out due diligence on your behalf.
Having a third party, such as your Estate Agent, hold the deposit in a Special Account is the safest option, although it may involve additional fees with some agencies.
Croatia doesn’t have a Golden Visa scheme, through which you can invest in a property to gain permanent resident status.
However, there is an alternative through which you can use your property purchase to remain in Croatia for longer than the 90 days permitted as a tourist within the Schengen area.
According to Croatian law, you can potentially be granted temporary residence for up to 9 months a year (6 months + the 3 months you’re permitted to stay as a tourist) when you buy a property. You won’t be able to work, and there’s unfortunately no route to permanent residency or citizenship.
However, this could be a good option for retirees, or people looking to live in Croatia for part of the year. You can apply for it every year, so you can keep coming back to your home in Croatia.
Here you can read more about Residents for Foreigners.
Not really. Bureaucracy in Croatia is a nightmare, and even with the support of your agents and a lawyer it can take a few months.
Don’t worry though, if you work with us, you can sign over the Power of Attorney, and we’ll do all the heavy lifting for you.
It’s the pre-purchase Agreement that confirms the price of the property, and stops others from being able to make an offer.
Most importantly, it legally binds the buyer and the seller, and protects them if the other party decides to end the transaction before the deal reaches completion.
Check out the Buyers’ Roadmap.
The deposit is 5% of the Property Value into a special Escrow Account, and once it is paid the rest of the deal usually takes around 30 days to complete.
Yes. Having an independent lawyer with experience in the Croatian real-estate sector is critical to protecting your interests.
If you don’t have one, give us a call and we can make some recommendations.
Yes, they are called ESCROW Accounts and we mainly use them to store deposits.
Your OIB is your Personal Identification Number within Croatia, and is needed in almost every aspect of the Croatian bureaucratic system, from opening bank accounts to paying taxes.
You need to go in person with your photo ID and your OIB. It’s recommended that the account you open is in kunas and one other foreign currency, and has access to internet banking.
The energy certificate gives you the energy grade for the property, and it needs to be renewed every 10 years. Basically, everyone selling or renting out a property needs one, although there are exceptions once you own the property, such as if it’s a holiday home or a holiday let.
With a Basic Property Search the following Services are included in the commission:
The Basic Search is included in our commission, and covers all the properties already on our books.
The Premium Search is where for a fee, we become your Personal Representative in Istria. You can see more information here.
Yes, but it’s probably easier to get one in your home country.
Use a reputable Estate Agent and hire a Lawyer to do due diligence.
Our main operating area is southern Istria and the coast - so Pula, Medulin, Fazana, Rovinj, Barban, Premantura, Liznjan, Motovun, Grožnjan, Svetvinčenat and Žminj.
For other parts of Istria and Croatia, we can recommend our Partner Agencies.
0.3 EUR per metre squared. Communal tax averages at around 100 EUR per year.
That depends on the size, type and material. It can range from 200-800 EUR per metre squared + utilities & additional costs.
We recommend talking to an Architect or a Construction Company for a more accurate estimate.
Installing security is always a good idea, especially if it isn’t your permanent residence, plus it helps with your insurance premiums.
The following info:
A Public Notary is a qualified attorney appointed by the Government of the Republic of Croatia. His task is to ensure that all documents signed with a Public Notary are valid, legitimate and binding.
They confirm that the documents have been translated from a foreign language to Croatian accurately by an authorised Court Interpreter, and that they are valid & authentic. Also, they can offer third party services in the transaction.
In Croatia, contracts are legally binding only if they have a Public Notary’s Seal.
It is important to emphasise that the Notary does not confirm the content of the contract, but verifies only the signature of the Seller.
The Statement by which the seller declares that the buyer has received the entire amount of the contracted purchase price, following which allows the buyer to transfer the ownership rights in the land register’s office.
It’s a legal measure to protect the ownership rights whilst the transaction is being carried out (you can track them online). Once the seller has withdrawn the money they are owed & the deposit, the lawyers and your Agents are notified, and are able to produce a Tabular Statement.
No, under Croatian law only the Seller has to notarise their signature.
Citizens of EEA Member States and Switzerland do not need a company to rent accommodation. This means you can rent out any accommodation that is owned by:
If you are a non-EU citizen that intends to rent accommodation, you must open a company to do so. The company must be one of the following structures:
If you open an obrt or trgovačko društvo, the business entity must own the property and be listed as the owner with the land registry.
Renting out an apartment to tourists in Croatia isn’t as simple as just listing it on Airbnb.
There is a process everyone, regardless of nationality, must go through to legalize the accommodation.
As part of legalization, you (or your company) must apply for a receive a “decision” or “solution” that allows you the privilege of renting accommodation
Once this approval is received, you may offer 2 services:
Renting without approval is considered an unregistered provision and may subject you to sanctions, ranging from 2.000 to 30.000 kuna in fines. The fines are regulated by the Zakon o ugostiteljskoj djelatnosti (Law on catering) in the section VIII. PREKRŠAJNE ODREDBE (Misdemeanor provisions).
This is the tax on income from tourist rentals. It depends on the property owner`s citizenship and if the person is registered for VAT their own country. For more details, please contact us and we will put you in touch with tax and accounting experts.
Citizens of Croatia, EEA member states and the Swiss Confederation who are also residents of Croatia can rent out accommodation as individuals, without a business.
All other nationalities must open a company to rent accommodation. This is because the company is treated as a “Croatian national” in the eyes of the law.
That depends on multiple factors such as location, facilities, number of bedrooms etc.
For an accurate estimation on the potential returns on a holiday let we recommend speaking to a local travel agent with specific knowledge of the local tourism market.
You have 2 options:
There are multiple documents that come with land, and they all have similar names, which can be very confusing to buyers not used to Croatian land purchases.
The first is the Certificate of Land Ownership, which can be confusing, as you often see the words “Arable” “Vineyard”, or “Forest”, etc.
What you need to do is request the Certificate of Land Use, which gives you a breakdown of what can or cannot be built on the land. For this you need the Parcel Number, which you then use to check the local Land Registry Database.
IF any of the following documents are missing DO NOT BUY THE PROPERTY.
3% of the value listed in the contract, though if the tax authority decides you underpaid, they will charge you 3% of the higher estimate.
This tax is paid by the Buyer.
If the buyer is based in Croatia, then the Notaries report the contracts have been certified, and the buyer doesn’t have to apply to the tax office.
For those outside the county, you need to submit the documentation to the Tax Office which can take up to 30 days.
Once the information has reached the Tax Office, you have 15 days to make the payment.
The Buyer, unless the contract states otherwise.
No, but these cases are the exception rather than the rule.
These are cases usually when you buy as a VAT registered company, and you can show that VAT is included in the purchasing price, in which case you cannot be double taxed.
In Croatia, every property which is not a primary residence has to pay a local Property Tax.
The amount is specified by the local government body, so it varies by location.
It usually ranges from EUR 0,75 to 2 per m2 each year. This applies to holiday homes and second homes, but not your primary residence.
There are some additional taxes you should be made aware of too:
And here’s an idea of additional costs:
Only if you have owned the property for less than 2 years, or you are selling 3 or more similar properties in a 5-year period.
Yes. Croatia is a growing economy, and is becoming an ever more popular tourist destination, which is reflected in the growing housing market.
Although listings are often in Euros at this moment, you legally have to pay in Croatian Kuna.
Yes. It's 24% of the price difference between when you bought and sold the property, but this only applies to properties you have owned for less than 2 years, or when you are selling 3 or more properties in a 5-year period.
Note: The regulations for companies that buy & sell real estate differ, and require Specialist advice.
A Buying Agent is more than just a house hunter. We become your Personal Representatives, and are involved in almost every aspect of the sales process.
Buying Agents are your negotiators, advisors, and your go-to person for anything you want - from renovations to finding building contractors and architects that will make your vision come to life.
No. However, we will qualify every property against your criteria before we present the property to you, saving you both time & effort.
Our initial contract lasts for 2 months, and you can expect to see results before that comes to an end.
Having an Expert working for you saves you time, effort & money, and we can even get you early access to properties not openly on the market yet.
Inspections involve evaluating certain aspects of the property before a seller can sell it to a prospective buyer.
The usual areas of inspection are:
Once all the issues are found & fixed, the property is ready for sale, and the buyer can sleep safely knowing that everything has been done to protect them and their new property.
As your Agent, our goal is to get you the best value for money.
We save you money in multiple ways, including:
It all starts by Booking a FREE Consultation Call at +385 981 900 688. We can have a chat either on the phone or via Zoom.
For a detailed breakdown of the full process visit the Property Searching page here.
Identify your needs.
For more information, check out the Property Searching page here.
You probably have a vision of what you want in a location, but lack the knowledge of which areas best fit your wants & needs.
Well, we have intimate local knowledge, and by having an in-depth conversation and listening to what you have to say, we can pinpoint the areas that are the best fit for your requirements.
It may be that the location of your dreams is somewhere you don’t even know exists, and be miles away from where you were previously thinking of.
It all starts with a FREE Consulting Call, where we find out your basic wants & needs, before guiding you to the right service.
Once that’s done, we set up a face-to-face meeting either in person or on Zoom, and start asking you the questions that enable us to build a precise picture of your dream property.
Once that’s done, we go away and use the information you have given us to build you a Qualified Shortlist of properties that fit your needs, and don’t waste your time.
For a more detailed breakdown of the service click here.
We have an established Network of Estate Agents we know, like and trust, as well as relationships with contacts that can source unlisted properties that haven’t come up for sale yet.
If you want a new build we can even reach out to contractors, tell them what you are looking for, and find you a property that hasn’t even finished being built yet.
We only take one client at a time for each type of property search. For example, we won’t have 2 clients looking for a family house in Pula.
However, if another client has different specifications that don’t cross over with yours, or interfere with our time commitments to you, then we may have multiple clients at once.
No, we can have our face-to-face meetings via Zoom, and will keep you updated by regular emails.
In fact, if you live abroad our Property Searching Service saves you even more time & money from travel costs. When you decide to visit Croatia we will organise transport, accommodation and an itinerary.
We will also act as your Agents on the ground, and deal with developers on your behalf if you so wish.
There are a whole list of reasons why you would benefit from hiring a Private Agent:
Prices are structured on a case-by-case basis depending on your needs. To find out more call 07771 723 807, and we can provide you with a tailored quote.
With Maris you can't miss :). Our experience with buying a land for our future home construction was remarkable. Extremely professional from the very start, helpful and responsive to all our questions and doubts. We found the land (we bought at the very end, of course) on their website which was also intuitive, straightforward and with all the relevant data we needed to make this big decision. We struggled finding a professional agency for months and we must point out if there was a real estate agency we would recommend and share trust with, it's definitely Maris.
Vielen lieben Dank an das tolle Team von Maris. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt von diesem Team betreut zu werden und sind sehr dankbar für den Service und die korrekte Betreuung. Alles top abgewickelt und entspannt. Besonders haben wir uns gefreut das der Service auch nach dem Kauf weiter vorhanden war. 5 Sterne, bester Makler in Istrien.
Germany, Warendorf,, 2022.
Before choosing a real estate agent, I spent a lot of time looking for my dream property in Istria. I soon realised that the whole process would be much faster and less stressful if I sought professional help.One day I stumbled across Aljoša, and we hit it off instantly. His open personality and extensive market knowledge made me trust him right away.
Aljoša not only took the time to visit every single property I wanted to see (and I wanted to see 40 of them!), but also agreed to visit them a second time, after we narrowed them down into a shortlist. That's how I found the one I eventually bought.
Once the plot was chosen, getting the documents checked was fairly quick. Aljoša made sure it was done in a few days, and that I had everything I needed to make my dream house a reality - from the land register & cadastre through to the location information & planning permissions.
A week or two later the deal was done, and the contract signed!
Aljoša's help made the whole process quick & painless, and he went out of his way to ensure that I found what I needed.
He's the ONLY estate agent I know of that would visit the properties IN HIS SPARE TIME to take drone footage so I could get an idea of what a location looks like from above, or the views a second story window might have. Talk about great customer service, huh?!
To cut the long story short, Maris' property searching is worth every penny, and will definitely exceed your expectations. I simply cannot recommend Aljoša highly enough.
When I decided to sell my house, Maris was one of the real estate agencies that simply stood out. Aljoša was knowledgeable & professional from the very beginning, yet approachable and caring at the same time. If you ask me - that's an amazing combination!
The whole process was very easy, as we agreed for exclusivity. Exclusivity comes handy for people who don't have time to go back & forth million times with other agencies.
The house was sold 6 months after listing, after only a few potential buyers actually viewed the house. This is important because you don't waste time on cleaning and preparation for each visitor.
Every single thing was handled by Maris, so I was relaxed during the whole process. If you don't want to have a single worry while selling your property - do yourself a favour, and hire Aljoša!
An amazing service of this man / company. We gave him the keys to the house, then we went sailing, he took care of everything. Took great pictures of houses and area around. Used among other drone. Sold the house quickly, to good price. This is a person who really goes in for his job and not least, a person you can count 100 % on. Follow up and help both sell and buy.
My recent experience working with Maris was nothing short of extraordinary. Their team was knowledgeable, professional, and friendly, always providing prompt responses to my inquiries. The entire process of buying/selling through their services was seamless and stress-free. They truly went above and beyond to ensure an effortless and enjoyable transaction. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a great real estate experience.
We have been looking and wondering for a very long time: where, what, how and when to invest and buy a vacation house. We met Mr. Aljoša and after just a few sincere encounters the decision was quickly made! Besides the money, the next thing to consider when making purchase decisions is choosing the right agent and agency. We strongly recommend – it is important to work, but also to keep your empathy and remain human. Mr. Aljoša was of great help at all times – from preparing the necessary documentation to answering our many questions, even those not related to buying the real estate. He was kind and patient, honest and always professional. We wish him all the luck in further private and business plans. Family Zobić, August 7, 2017
Maris has the best service ever! Thank you very much for the excellent support and keep doing so Aljosa.