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Old 05-16-2010, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
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Hello people,

I wonder what are the rules regarding foreign citizen buying a house in Hawaii? I presume it's the same as in the rest of the USA but I'd like to hear in plain English (from some realtor maybe?) is that possible and under what conditions.

Thank you
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:27 AM
 
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Yes, hawaii is part of the U.S.A. so buying a house is alright. As a foreigner the only issue may be getting a loan.

Also you may have to now have some type of statute agent to now accept tax bills. Something about having to have a US person or lawyer accept legal notices.

Last edited by PacificFlights; 05-17-2010 at 11:59 AM.. Reason: eta
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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If I were you I would hook up with a real estate ATTORNEY. You may only need them for a couple of billable hours but could save you big bucks later on. I did this and it was worth it, even though I was not dealing with any residency issues. Can't remember his name,sorry.
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Old 05-17-2010, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
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Thank you people, short and clear and right to the point. That advice about the lawyer seems very reasonable and useful. I've been on this forum for some time now, I'm walking around via Google Street View every evening and my wife and I are very close to "go". It won't happen until the end of the year I think but I learned here that some planning is good thing to do The only thing we must sort out is business registration but that's no problem at all. Once again, thank you folks!
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Old 12-29-2010, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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There has always been a large portion of foreign ownership in Hawai'i, especially from Asian countries, perhaps more than any other state. If you take residence, you would have to comply with all the federal laws on that re: visas, etc.
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