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November 22, 2017
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Why Buy?
The Cayman Islands has more to offer than sun drenched beaches and world class diving. The country boasts the highest standard of living in the Caribbean, and the quality of life is highly ranked internationally. As the 6th largest banking centre in the world, the economy is stable. Residents also enjoy one of the safest environments in the Caribbean and have access to exceptional services that are comparable to those found in major cities worldwide. There are three well-equipped hospitals located in Grand Cayman alone. Many medical facilities have advanced diagnostic testing technology from 4D ultrasounds to the most sophisticated MRI machines. The redevelopment of the Owen Roberts International Airport will be completed in 2018, in anticipation of projected growth in tourism.
 

Top 7 Reasons to Buy Real Estate in Cayman

  1. No restrictions on foreign ownership
  2. No property, income or capital gains taxes
  3. High standard of living
  4. Stable economy
  5. Safe communities
  6. Top dive sites and beaches
  7. Located 1 hour from the United States

 

No Barriers to Ownership
The Cayman Islands has zero annual property taxes and there are also no restrictions on foreign ownership of a single property. With no requirements for immediate development on purchased land, building is another great option for those desiring a second home.
 

Investment Landscape
There has never been a better time to invest in Cayman property! The Seafire Residences is an exclusive 10-story tower with access to the Kimpton Hotel’s luxury facilities and private rooftop terraces, boasting panoramic views across Seven Mile Beach. Cayman Enterprise City’s campus, in a special economic zone, has broken ground in South Sound, further stimulating residential growth in the area. South Sound has experienced a housing boom recently and modern developments like The Tides are becoming the top choice for investors. Solar power, energy efficient appliances, private elevators, gym and rooftop terraces are just a few amenities setting these properties apart. Looking to the future, St. James Point, on the unspoilt shores of Beach Bay holds great promise. This hotel will be situated on a 16 acre oceanfront stretch, featuring a marina, restaurant and 75 residential units.

 

Overview of Areas
Below is a brief description of the areas with properties for sale:
 
Seven Mile Beach: Properties along Seven Mile Beach usually command a premium price. Depending on the type of property you intend to purchase, there are options for every budget. The entry point for a condo is around US$450,000. Most condos tend to be older but well maintained. Sometimes there are rare gems that pop up on the market, such as the beachfront home Lizard Run with 75 feet of white sand, for a little under US$7 million!
 
Canal Properties: Prestigious canal front neighbourhoods along the Seven Mile Beach corridor such as Vista Del Mar, Salt Creek, Canal Point and Crystal Harbour have some of the Island’s finest homes. For those on the hunt for more affordable luxury, properties in Governors Harbour, Snug Harbour and Patricks Island, may range from US$750,000 to well over US$1.5 million.

South Sound: The affluent seaside community of South Sound has a good mix of condos on the market such as modern development Vela, where one-bedroom townhomes start at US$347,561 ranging to beachfront mansions that would stand the scrutiny of the most discerning luxury property buyers in the world.

North Side & Cayman Kai: A wide selection of condos, luxury villas and delightful Cayman-style beach cottages are for sale in North Side. A charming three-bedroom beachfront cottage in Rum Point can start at US$915,000.
 
East End: The district of East End offers a quiet and more laid back pace yet some properties are no less well-appointed than those found along the Seven Mile Beach corridor. Elevated oceanfront lots with stunning views start as low as US$279,000.

Sister Islands: The Brac’s Bluff has stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and is perfect for those who want a sea view with the added protection from potential storm surge. Little Cayman is an idyllic ‘Robinson Crusoe’ hideaway. Land is the most available commodity, but a two-bedroom oceanfront condo in Little Cayman can start at US$791,463.

 

Financing
There is a level playing field for prospective home owners and investors. Banks welcome overseas clients and many offer great mortgage packages. Interest rates are quoted based on the KYD and USD prime rate published in Cayman’s retail banks. Many banks require a life insurance policy for mortgages. Your loan’s officer will advise you if this is a requirement. Standard mortgage terms are usually between 10 to 15 years and can be taken out in either KYD or US dollars.
 

Stamp Duty and Other Charges
A one-off 7.5% stamp duty is payable on all real estate purchases and transfers. This duty is paid by the buyer of the property on the purchase price or market value— whichever one is higher. If you’re building a house, provided that stamp duty is paid before construction begins, duty is payable only on the land value and not on the building. There are other charges such as the one-off 1% duty on mortgages of less than KYD300,000 and 1.5% on mortgages of KYD300,000 or higher.
 

Choose an Agent
There are many real estate companies based in the Cayman Islands, so there is an ample roster of professionals on hand to assist you with your search. As a visitor to the Islands, we strongly recommend that you select an experienced real estate professional to assist you. Below are some popular real estate agencies based in Grand Cayman:

 

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