Frequently Asked QuestionsCan foreign nationals buy property in Croatia ?
Yes, under `reciprocity` agreements, foreign nationals (including British and Irish), can purchase property in Croatia. However, consent must be granted by the Ministry of Justice in Zagreb and will typically take between 6 and 12 months. Do not despair though; while waiting for the approval, you can move into your new house, carry out any internal refurbishment and / or let your property.
What advantages are there in establishing a Croatian company to buy my house ?
The main advantage is: it should be quicker (Croatian companies don`t need to get permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). The disadvantages are: the costs associated with setting up a company, maintaining it, and complying with all Croatian company legislation.
I know there was a war in Croatia. Is the country now stable ?
Yes ! The war ended in 1995 and, since then, Croatia has been working hard to encourage foreign investment and to strengthen trade and commercial relations with western countries. In 2000 Croatia joined the NATO Partnership for Peace Programme and also became a full member of the World Trade Organisation. In 2003 Croatia applied to join the EU and there are hopes this will happen in 2009.
How do I get there and how long does it take?
Flights from the UK to take 2 - 2.5 hours. Ryanair fly from London Stansted to Pula. Thomson fly fly from Manchester and Birmingham in the summer season. Flyglobespan fly from Durham Teeside airport to Pula in the summer months. There are many other flights into airports within 1-2 hours drive also to Istira. We would be happy to help advise on the best options on travel based on our local knowledge and your location in the UK.
How would I pay my household bills ?
The easiest way to pay utility bills (water, electric, phone etc.) is through a Croatian bank account. We would be happy to assist or advise you in setting up a bank account.
What does "clean title" mean, when considering buying a property in Croatia ?
Croatia has seen many changes during the past 100 years. Since being part of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, it experienced 2 world wars, a communist regime, and a regional war before emerging in the last decade of the 20th century as an independent and rapidly developing European country. All of these changes have naturally brought with them a host of problems relating to land and property ownership.
Some properties were confiscated by the communists (and now their original owners may want them back), often transfer of ownership was not registered (to avoid taxes), or property was inherited by all the children in a family, and every one of them must agree to sell.
"Clean title" means you know who owns the house (hopefully not more than one or two people), that their names are on the deeds and the ownership is registered, the property has a building permit (a formality for those built before 1968), and is accurately entered on the Cadastral map.