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Buyer's Guide

With regards to a Purchaser’s expenses, there is no distinction between Nationals and Non-Nationals:

Property Tax & Real Estate

There is an annual tax (Property Tax) charged on property. The assessment is made on the “improved value” or if undeveloped, on the “site value”. The assessments are made by the ruling government and are reviewed every three(3) years.

Property Tax on improved property
Property Tax on improved land
Transfer Tax and Real Estate

In addition to the Property Tax there is also a Transfer Tax which is applicable when ownership of a property is transferred (changes hands).

For the Vendor
For the Purchaser
Other Costs

There are other expenses involved in buying and selling property in Barbados.

For the Vendor, these additional costs include:

Which would total approximately 8% of the selling price of the property.

Therefore, along with transfer tax (2.5%) a vendor could realize expenses of 10.5%.


When buying property on the island, Exchange Control Permission should be sought by a non-national purchaser, this ensures that they are protected as a foreign investor because the foreign currency brought into the island is “Registered” allowing for repatriation of said funds should they sell in the future. This process is usually a formality and is looked after by your legal representative.

Choosing an attorney is also a delicate process and we at Island Gold Realty would be more than happy to recommend our most esteemed attorneys-at-law.

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