The starting point is to make contact with a recognised and credible Property Professional which in South Africa
is commonly referred to as an Estate Agent. They will guide you through various options and take you to view
suitable properties that are for sale. They would educate the buyer on the specific area as well as the Estate
or Game Reserve Rules applicable to that property.
Once a suitable property is found, an Offer to Purchase will be made. Offers must be in writing and will be prepared
by the Property Professional. The Offer to Purchase once signed by both the buyer and seller becomes a
binding document, which may have suspensive conditions.
The Offer will be handed over to the transferring attorneys who will administer the transfer. The attorney who
does the transfer is a specialised lawyer who deals in property and is known as a Conveyancer. They check and prepare
all supporting documentation like a owner’s identities, proof of address, confirmation of title deeds, transfer
duty (tax) certificates, municipal and estate rates, taxes and levy clearance certificates, electrical and gas
compliance certificates and opening or closing of mortgage loans. On final preparation of all documents, they
are then submitted to the Deeds Office for scrutiny and transfer.
The funds will have to be brought into the country via the South African Reserve Bank for foreign
exchange control. Financing of properties is possible up to a maximum of 50%.
Purchasers can be individuals or a South African Company. In this case the company would be a holding entity
for ownership with shareholders.
A South African bank account can be opened for overseas owners to pay for operational expenses.
Once an overseas owner has sold a property, money can be repatriated back overseas. However, what is important
is that the correct steps are taken on the purchase of the property when the money was brought into South Africa.
Buyers should consider the type of residency that is required to visit the property, a holiday Visa,
residency Visa, retired persons Visa, business Visa or work permit. There are consultants that can assist
with the correct permit application as this can sometimes take some time.