Luxury properties in Israel

Eli Shimony - Israeli law firm who represent on all civil/commercial legal issues in Israel. 
For any questions please contact us and we will be happy to assist. 
Email: [email protected], Tel: +972-52-2769773, +972-3-5507155.

Luxury properties in Israel are very different from the ordinary or average real estate market in the country. As in any significant purchase in life, it is also necessary to study the field of luxury properties. Buying luxury properties in Israel, like buying any property in Israel, entails a wide variety of issues which must be taken into consideration prior to purchase, and despite the common belief, there is a large variety of luxury properties and luxury apartments in the Israeli market. Therefore, when deciding to buy a luxury property in Israel or anywhere in the world, it is best to come prepared and in this way to reduce the amounts of information that clever sales agents unload on their potential clients. In addition, when you are target-oriented, it is easier to find a preferable property and to avoid unnecessary additional expenses, since in the course of purchasing luxury property, it is easy to find yourself burdened with heavy and significant expenses.

There are several key points which should be taken into consideration when buying luxury properties in Israel:

Taxation
Buying a luxury property is an expensive matter. Taxation on luxury properties in Israel is one of the highest in the world, amounting to 7% to 8% of the property's value. Unlike other countries in the world, such as Spain for example, where luxury properties are taxed regressively (a fixed, invariable tax rate), Israel taxes luxury properties by percentage. Israeli taxation creates a reality where although there is a relatively large supply of luxury properties, their prices are high. Despite the high level of taxation, the field of luxury properties is a field with a lot of grey areas, and therefore hiring a professional lawyer who is familiar with the field of luxury properties in Israel can significant decrease the buying cost as well as potential problems which could arise later.

Location and type
The property's location is highly critical to the utility derived from it. Not all luxury properties everywhere yield identical utility. At present in Israel there is widespread construction in many regions in Israel, and therefore, many areas are expected to develop and properties values in them to increase in value. Therefore, it is sometimes profitable to move away from those locations where luxury properties are common (such as Caesarea, for example), and to specifically choose places where luxury properties are a developing, rather than a developed, field. The property's value will climb more steeply when it is located in less known areas, in comparison with property bought in the more common areas.
Luxury properties also come in all different styles – from huge mansions to luxury apartments in prestigious buildings on the beach. It is recommended to check what type is more efficient for the purpose for which the property is bought.

Purpose
The first necessary step before inquiring about a luxury property is to define a purpose and to direct the property search so that it realizes the predefined purpose. Luxury property can serve as a property for investment which should yield economic returns in the future, a residence or even a vacation house for different seasons.

The importance of thorough knowledge of Israeli law in luxury real estate transactions
After concluding the negotiations between the seller and the buyer on the price, the first hurdle is behind you, but still you must consider a few matters, and professional legal advice is crucial at this stage – the stage of drafting the contract. This is where the lawyer's familiarity with Israeli law is tested, to prevent unpleasant surprises whether on issues of building deviations, ownership, debtors if any, what is to remain in the property following the sale, timetables, registration in the land registry and more. In luxury transactions, the price is sometimes determined by the USD exchange rate, which is another matter which should be settled before signing the contract.

In conclusion, purchasing a luxury property can be a transaction that will yield many economic returns in the future and improve the buyer's economic position. On the other hand, if the purchase is not conducted in a smart and calculated manner, it is easy to be drawn into incurring huge financial expenses, including monthly and not only unique expenses. Hiring an attorney specializing in luxury properties and skilled in Israeli law can significantly reduce these many expenses as well as work hours, and decrease risks substantially.

Eli Shimony - Israeli law firm representing clients on all civil/commercial legal issues in Israel. For any questions please contact us and we will be happy to assist.
Email: [email protected], Tel: +972-52-2769773, +972-3-5507155.

The above article is a general information only and it is not intended to replace a legal advice. 

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Eli Shimony Attorneys-at-Law specializes in the fields of Israeli civil – commercial and intellectual property law. Our firm deals with consultation and legal representations for transactions and contracts. In addition, our firm deals with providing consultation and managing intellectual property cases such as: registration of trademarks, registration of patents in Israel, protection of copyright and commercial design, consulting businesses with intellectual property and representing them in court.

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