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Buying tips how to buy a house in Aruba by The RE/MAX Collection

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All non-residents can buy land or a house in Aruba, following the same process as Aruban residents. Non-residents can buy a home on property land and on lease land. This is land owned by the Land of Aruba and a lease period is for 60 years.

For this long-lease a yearly fee must be paid. After the 60 years the lease period will automatically be extended with another 60 years. When the lease period is extended, it is possible that the yearly fee will increase.

The long-lease fee is collected yearly and will determined by the Directorate of Land Administration.

Most of the houses situated in Arashi, Malmok, Tierra del Sol, Topaz, Safir, Esmeralda, Ruby, Opal, Salinja Cerca and Palm Beach are built on lease land. Many non-residents have bought there and will keep buying in those areas, although the homes are built on lease land. This has to do with the locations. These areas are close to the spas, golf course, tennis courts and shopping malls. Another huge advantage is the distance to the ocean.

Buying a house in Aruba, means you have to pay land tax. This land tax is usually based on the selling price and is paid each year.

0.0% for properties with a value of AWG 120,000 or less

0.2% for properties with a value between AWG 120,000 and AWG 250,000

0.3% for properties with a value between AWG 250,000 and AWG 500,000

0.4% for properties with a value between AWG 500,000 and AWG 750,000

0.6% for properties with a value of AWG 750,000

Closing Costs

When you are considering buying a house in Aruba, it also means that there are additional costs involved besides the selling price. These additional costs - the closing costs - are approximately 5 to 8 percent depending on the selling price.

The closing costs are calculated as follows (one-time payments):

Transfer tax:

approximately 3 percent when the selling price is < AWG 250,000

approximately 6 percent when the selling price is > AWG 250,000

notary fees transfer deed: approximately 1 percent of selling price

notary fees mortgage deed: approximately 1 percent of selling price

Buying Process

RE/MAX Advantage Realty works with a preliminary Sale/Purchase Agreement, signed by the owner of the property. This agreement contains the basic terms and conditions applicable for the sale/purchase of the property. The Seller is committed to sell the property to you after signing this agreement!

A security deposit of 10 percent of the Sale and Purchase agreement will be required in most cases. The Security Deposit amount should be transferred to the notary of your choice; we can assist you if needed.

The notary may typically require the following documentation to process the sale/purchase agreements:

Copy of a valid identification card.

Information of sale form and personal data form filled in (provided by the notary)

Copy of the security deposit slip.

Notary process may take maximum 6 - 8 weeks; the charges vary depending on complexity of the transaction.

You will be contacted by the notary or your broker for an appointment to sign the deed and make final payments prior to the appointment date.

It is recommended that your financing is in place by the time that the official Deeds of Sale/Purchase and Transfer of Property are signed at

the notary office.

If you have any further questions regarding buying a home, please do not hesitate to call us for free advice at (297) 586-4900 or e-mail us at