People coming from all parts of the world get impressed by the stunning and nearly untouched beauty of Croatia. This attributes surely bring people looking for a perfect holiday destination, in which case Croatia fulfills this requirement, but also impresses and attracts entrepreneurs and investments. Recently, around the 15th of October, The Croatian Employer’s Association organised a couple of meeting with the US delegation.
The delegation included outstanding guests
This delegation brought along Jeffory Blackard, who is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Blackard Global, Inc. A company that is the first firm in the world to advocate for the creation of modern-day villages. Before developing moder-day villages, Blackard Global, Inc developed over two billion dollars worth of real estate of varying kinds.
Jeffory Blackard is responsible for the completion of over 30 Master Planned Communities and 15,000 single family home sites. With almost 40 years experience, during various developments, he had his first experience with the country of Croatia.
Croatia weather is famous for its sunny and very warm days. It keeps attracting millions of tourists yearly, willing to spend their holidays either on the side of a swimming pool, along the numerous promenades extended through the Croatian coast line, or on the beautiful beaches.
But one thing that many tourists don’t expect or even consider, is Croatia as a winter holiday destination. And believe me, it is as stunning as the sunny glorious days of summer.
Croatia weather fluctuations
Croatia weather can go as high as 36 °C during the summer, but surprisingly can drop as low as 7 °C in the winter. However this temperature drop doesn’t interfere on the fact that, Croatia is a perfect holiday destination, regardless. So, instead of visiting the popular winter destinations on your holiday, be surprised by what Croatia has to offer during the not so sunny seasons.
The food will make you warm and happy
One thing is for certain, the food is spectacular on any season of the year. During the summer you can delight yourself with delicious and fresh seafood meals. During the winter it is no different, you will also delight yourself but with hearty, warm and meaty dishes.
Traditional Croatian food have some similarity with Italian, Austrian, Hungarian, and Turkish. But the Croatian culture gives it its own twist. These include manestra, a bean soup prepared only in Istria, or fuzi, a hand-rolled pasta typical for Istria. In the cold days of winter you can be served Sarma, which is sauerkraut stuffed with minced meat and rice with spices.
If you are planning on investing in Croatia, in an specific sector, for example real estate, it is important to know beforehand, what is the investment scene of the country you are aiming for.
It is not news that the main industry and sector that receives more investments currently in Croatia is tourism, showing amazing numbers that constantly increase yearly. For that reason, plenty of investments are moving towards Croatia’s tourism. However, the country is aware of other sectors that are growing interest for large amounts of investments, for example:
DAMAC was the first real estate company from the Middle East to list on the London Stock Exchange and they raised 379 million US dollar in the form of an IPO.
Valamar, a large investment group that operates in Croatia, plans to invest 2 more billion kunas by 2020 in real estate in Croatia, being 95 mln only in 2018.
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China has set up a 11 billion dollars fund to invest in Central and Eastern Europe. If you fit this money in a room it would probably reach the ceiling.
Currently the fund invests in projects in Poland, however the fund has already contacted the Croatian government with a request of presenting them some companies to invest in or projects.
One of the best investments one could do is property investing, but it can also be very difficult decision requiring research on the area the property is located and on the property itself, apart from a lot of budgeting or financing for most people. For that reason, It can be really a decision for life if that is the case as if you decide to finance you will have a couple of year of mortgage awaiting for you.
How then to make the most of your money and depending on the area even an income?
To make an income it is important to decide on a property that is located in a very attractive area or country. This way you guarantee there will be away interest from tourists to stay in your house if you decide to rent it. That is the core of buying an investment property as well as in an area. Buying an investment property has to both ways, for the investor and for the guests.
To make this comparison simpler we selected a few countries and the prices for a house in comparison to Croatia. So, here is a brief list of properties in Europe. There are requirements you can stick to when looking for an investment property abroad, on the list below the requirements were either price or number of rooms.
If you are looking for a gluten-free diet while in Istria, you are in for a treat. Croatian food is traditionally is based naturally in gluten-free ingredients, while celiac-friendly pizzas will make your Croatian food experience complete.
Croatian food and Istrian cuisine is celiac-friendly
Traditional Istrian cuisine is a Mediterranean one, with a dose of continental influence. Locals rely on fish, olive oil, fresh fruit and vegetables, and throw in a piece of pork or ox meat for good measure.
For those looking for a healthy, gluten-free diet, it means their options are readily available in farmers’ markets, restaurants and shops. A bit of planning in advance will make sure they taste all the flavors of Istria.
What’s the recipe to the right real estate investment opportunity?
In this article you’ll read about very important aspects of real estate investing and how you can benefit from it in the future.
To start with that, it would be great having a team of analysts making the research and providing you the direction on where to place your capital and invest.
But having a team can be costly, and for some investors the usage of potential investing capital to hire members and support is misuse.
While you collect information and research on your own, some people rater spend for this detailed research but what sometimes is not considered is that this process can take up years.
One wise way to direct your own investment research is observing in what industry and location well known investors are putting their money on, this way you can surf the wave of investment opportunities.
Imagine you become an owner of a house in Croatia, which doesn’t have the Candy Brick Full Management Guarantee.
The house is in an attractive location in the south of Istria.
In fact, many tourists come here. It’s because of the sea, nature, vicinity to Pula and Rovigno and sport and culinary attractions.
But what should you do to get the tourists coming to YOUR house and paying the rent to YOU?
What everyone do to rent the house to tourists
1.) Option I: do-it-yourself: manage and sell to tourists on your own
Placing your house online (so that it is available for rent) and managing the requests from tourists seems to be simple.
But it’s not: i’s time-consuming and you need to know a lot of stuff.
In fact, this strategy happens very rarely to foreign investors buying a villa in Croatia.
Pre-sale to tourist management doesn’t cost a lot, when you have a scale effect (more houses in portfolio).
It’s definitely not an option for an investor, who wants to keep his freedom and automatise the cash flow from the property in Croatia.
2.) Option II: go to a tourist agency
People, who doesn’t know how to place a house online, how to speak 4 languages or don’t have time, just go to the tourist agency.
Tourist agency photograph, describes your houses and puts it on portals.
That’s the they make to bring you the clients.
It takes only a commission of 20-30% on your income for bringing you the tourists.
Cleaning, urgent issues, welcoming quests, all this remain on your shoulders.
And you need to pay another company to deal with that.
I am sure, that also you would like to have something better than this 2 very limited and expensive options.
Candy Brick Full Management Guarantee
The Candy Brick Full Management Guarantee is an extra bonus to the CB Rental Guarantee.
With the Rental Guarantee the rent of your villa in Croatia in secured.
With the Full Management Guarantee you have trusted and professional staff taking care of the guests.
- You have the cleaning and laundry.
- You have the gardening and pool cleaning.
- You have the number, the guests can call any time, day and night to solve any problem .
Team members are local (based close to your house), and master, they know their job and engage fully in every task.
You may think it’s an optional. But it’s not.
A professional and reliable management service is key for your investment.
Don’t waste your time with boring work, filling up documents and trying to find tenants.
Enjoy your €30.000 rental guarantee every year and take advantage of our convenient and professional service!
I know that you are focused on the minimum income that you can get with Candy Brick villas (at least 20.000 – 25.000 euro each summer).
And I agree with you: it is a very high income (protected by the CANDY BRICK RENTAL GUARANTEE) .
Probably you are also very focused on the opportunity to sell the villa in the future, at a higher price.
Candy Brick villa is an asset that improves dramatically your financial situation, creating income and value at near-to-zero risk.
But all this is not possible with a property that is not covered with the CANDY BRICK LEGAL GUARANTEE.
Foreign buyers in Croatia: stressful journey with no happy end in sight
Meet John (Birmingham, UK), Anna (Padova, Italy) and Peter (Potsdam, Germany).
3 foreign property investors, who wanted to have their house in Croatia: a luxury escape, few minutes driving from the seaside, where to spend time with their partner and monetizing with rental to tourists during the season (from June to September).
Unfortunately, their journey as investors in Croatia is not the one they wanted
And what makes them even more furious is that it will continue on a difficult and stressful track also over next years
Meaning that, instead of enjoying their villa with pool in Croatia and renting it to tourists, today they are still struggling to end their nightmare in Croatia.
But WHAT has happened?!
Signing a purchase contract with NO legal guarantees
John, Anna and Peter have been watching closely the real estate market in Croatia for over a year before taking the decision:
“Yes, I want to be the owner of a villa with pool in Croatia”.
They learnt where should be located and how many rooms should have a villa to get the highest profit.
In 2016 they found a real estate in Croatia of their interest.
The arrangement of the rooms and the location seemed to be exactly what they were looking for since a long time.
They knew, they should have controlled the documents of the house and plot before going to the notary. But….
(If you are thinking now, hmmm… I’m buying a house in Croatia… why should I control the plot, your money are at risk and YOU NEED TO LISTEN to the podcast with geodesist Deni Tomisic: click here to listen to the podcast).
… the man from the real estate agency pressed them. He wrote the agreement, organised the translation and set the meeting with the Seller at the notary.
Fast. Faster. Fastest.
Commission of 3% was too attractive to let go 3 foreign buyers.
If you can read in the agent’s head, you would read:
You know… if I give them 2 more days to analyse, they may change their mind or change the conditions of the contract. I need to close the sale quickly. Immediately!
“Don’t worry our boss has 13 years of experience, our agency operates since 1997, we know how to protect you, Buyer”
This is what the investors heard from the agent. They checked and in fact it was true. The agency has been opened since 1997 and the boss started working in real estate 13 years ago.
But will they really prepare the contract to protect mine, buyer’s interests? That question was in the head of John, Anna and Peter.
Meeting at the notary has been organised. Monday morning at 9:00.
Time is running, but let’s consult the agreement with a lawyer.
First lawyer was busy.
Tick tack, tick tack.
The second one spoke only Croatian.
Tick tack, tick tack.
Should I sign what they give me without even proposing any conditions?!
Tick tack, tick tack.
Let’s do it. I am tired of searching for a house for sale in Croatia.
Tick tack, tick tack.
And if they have bad intentions? Uff, I need to delay the notary. Find another lawyer. Where is my phone to call the agency?
Tick tack, tick tack.
But… if that property is my life time opportunity? Location is perfect and so is the interior design. The season is about to start. If I don’t buy now, I’ll loose a year. And then… investments carry some risks. Even if I get the consultancy from the lawyer, I can’t be 100% sure. Lawyer I don’t know. He thinks to earn a small percentage of the purchase contract and there are little changes he will enter all the aspects (with all the workload he has).
Million thought. But there was really no time left to think. Go, go.
Phone is ringing.
John, we are waiting for you at the notary. Where are you?
9:15. Notary. Signature. Stamp. Done.
7 months has passed and the Seller still did not transfer the ownership on John.
John has transferred the agreed sum to the Seller, but he is still not the owner of the house in Croatia.
Agent tried to find the Seller, but he left Croatia and went back to Russia.
John’s lawyer (yeahhh now he got him) is sending letters to the Seller. They are coming back to Croatia.
He changed his residence address.
John do has the keys to the house, so in theory he could enter the place or rent it somehow, but there is a problem.
The house requires a little renovation (around 19.000 euro investment) and John doesn’t want to pump money in a house that is not of his ownership.
Sooner or later John, with his lawyers (that cost a lot too) will find the Seller. And the ownership will be finally transferred. But nobody will give John’s the money back for the lawyers and his time back to solve this case.
And he will also never get back his time and health.
When it will finish? Nobody knows.
Until today the situation is blocked.
After the purchase, Anna went with her husband to celebrate the start of their new journey as investors in Croatia in a nice bar, just on the coast of Rovigno.
They posted a photo on Facebook, got 200 likes, 100 comments with congratulations.
Today, after a year, Facebook remind that day to Anna.
Anna is a calm person. Even if someone is rude to her, she tries to ignore without getting angry.
But now, when she thinks that, on the “purchase day” she has even offered the flute of champagne to the Seller – Ivona, she rather looks like a mad Rottweiler with drooling saliva.
Ivona, tall and light blonde doctor from Zagreb, over her 40-ties.
Anna trusted her quickly.
Maybe it was because Ivona seemed to be a woman Anna always wanted to be – independent, smart and quick in making decisions?
Ivona was also quite attractive too. But Anna will never tell you that it was also a factor that pushed her to trust her so quickly.
Today, at Anna’s house nobody remembers Ivona’s name. When talking about the house purchase in Croatia, they call her THAT SL*T.
But, what did Ivona do to be called that badly???
Well, at the day of purchase the documents of the property were fine: Anna and husband controlled many things, but most importantly there was no mortgage on the property.
Unfortunately, Ivona was a real b**ch and the contract they signed had no legal guarantees to Anna, the Buyer.
How should it be? Anna transfers the money to Ivona’s account. Ivona transfers the ownership to Anna.
But how it was? Anna transferred the money. Ivona got a mortgage on the house – object of the contract. And only after she had transferred the ownership.
What a surprise to Anna when she discovered to have 100.000 euro mortgage on her new house in Croatia! Nightmare!
When you’re buying a plot. A list of things to check is really long.
In fact, it’s very easy to buy a plot that will be a nail in the coffin of your investment
One of many points on the “to do list” before the purchase is checking the distance from the electricity pillar and the power left that the closest pillar has.
And it’s not something you are used to check when you’re buying a house, as you think that a house is already connected to the electricity.
Peter was also thinking like you.
He bought a house in Croatia.
And only then he discovered that his new house is not connected to the electricity.
It had only a temporary access that has been provided for the construction phase (it’s an electricity with a lower voltage not enough for you).
Ok, let’s fix it.
Electricity company is saying:
We have no voltage available for you in the village. We need to build a new pillar.
Cost of this is 900.000 kunas. It’s over 120.000 euro. OVER 120.000 EURO FOR ELECTRICITY?!
But, but, how can it be? Who should pay for this?
Who needs electricity pays: you will pay, Peter.
Peter, you should have though about this before!!!
One simple condition in the contract and the Seller would be obligated to pay for this.
Or… maybe… one simple check and you would never buy this house???
Peter, we are very sorry for you, but now you are with this problem alone. And soon you will be also with 120.000 euro less on your account. Profitable investment in real estate in Croatia? If you expect to live 1000 years, maybe you will start seeing some returns 😉
Solution for Investor in Croatia: Candy Brick Legal Guarantee
All this problems (property not transferred on time, mortgage out of nowhere, well, out of Ivona, unexpected and huge cost of electricty connection) and more (join mailing list) have as a reason a certain type of Seller – a person who is selling you a property with legal problems or who intends to create legal problems after the signature, with intention.
Is it rare to meet such Seller? Anna, Peter and John met and it may happen also to you.
But you can learn how to identify them.
You want to put conditions in the contract, the Seller rejects or says it will never happen or he’s telling you that you are exaggerating or that you don’t trust.
You are the first one asking us so many things. Trust us more instead of delaying the signature of the purchase agreement!
Blah blah blah
Be careful. When the Seller looks only at money and not your satisfaction, he will present you the simplest contract possible to close the deal quickly.
A simple contract of 2 pages means there are no paragraphs which explain what will happen if you…
- discover the mortgage as Anna
- can’t get the property transferred on you as it happened to John
- see that to connect the house to electricity you need to spend 120.000 euro
- … THERE ARE MANY OTHER “IFs” to be explained, IN THE CONTRACT!!!
Don’t worry. If it happens we will solve.
No, no, no. Before you sign all the “IFs” must be on the paper, leaving no doubts or hidden unexpected risks.
And this is what the Candy Brick Legal Guarantee covers – all the uncertainties.
So, what’s this CANDY BRICK LEGAL GUARANTEE?
When signing the contract for your Candy Brick villa you will never hear “you don’t trust us”, accompanied with a sad, unsatisfied face of an agent or a no-name seller:
What’s important for you from the legal perspective must be written clearly in the purchase agreement, with no beating around the bush, in a language that you understand.
It happens that although you don’t know Croatian language, agencies or no-name sellers make want to sign the agreement in Croatian, providing no translation.
For buyers who can’t get a Candy Brick property, even the start of their journey is painful.
At the notary in Croatia everything will seem like a video in which they push the SPEED UP x 16 BUTTON.
Agent will bring them contract, 2 seconds after, they will be pointed where to sign.
The sellers will be staring at them, waiting with their turn to sign.
The notary will be staring at them too, showing where to sign.
Then, they will realise they signed the last paper of the contract without even seeing the first page.
And if the first one is today different that the one they have seen on their mail a day before?!
They will see when it will be all over.
Anyway, even if they give them 2 more minutes to re-read the contract, what can they understand in Croatian??
This is what happens far from Candy Brick, although on the same planet of Istria in Croatia and what you will never experience.
We will suggest you a series of conditions to put in the contract that protect your interest.
And we can do this, because Candy Brick villas has no legal problems of any type.
We’re realising a long term plan of brand development that in few years will find an interest of important international capital groups and our mission states our values and the quality of our projects.
- If the ownership is not transferred in a period of 10 working days, the Seller needs to refund the Buyer and pay a penalty.
- The Seller guarantees that the property do have the usage permit. Shall this be missed, the Seller will refund the Buyer and pay a penalty.
- The Seller is not allowed to burden with mortgage the property for which it has signed the sale agreement. Shall this happen, the sale agreement is invalidated.
Additionally, the sale agreement will contain all necessary conditions to ensure that you will be the only owner of a villa Candy Brick and to exclude any undesired surprise that could occur when things are not done in the right way.
20.000 euro (at least) each summer sounds great.
But being secure from the legal side is even more important for your investment in real estate in Croatia.