For many reasons, buying a house in Israel will most probably differ from any property buying experience you've encountered before. The first and foremost differentiator will be your motivation for buying a house in Israel; people buy homes or properties anywhere in the world for many reasons, but Zionism and the belief in Israel as the home for Jews from across the globe are unique to the local experience. But once you have made the decision, buying a house in Israel is a process that requires preparation. If you are unfamiliar with the market, the various areas of the country that may meet your needs and above all the culture that may come as a shock when dealing with vendors and sellers, things could be challenging to say the least.
So, here are 3 things you should know before your embark on the adventure of buying a house in Israel:
1. Israel is a small country but very diverse. Although most people that have visited Israel are aware of it beautiful cities and tourist attractions, before buying a house in Israel, one should know that although its a small country there are many and diverse areas and living experiences that could meet your needs.
2. Embrace cultural disparity. Israelis think, work and act very differently to any other people. There are many advantages to the Israeli personality and way of life but adjusting can take time and a great deal of patience. If you are new here, take your time with negotiations. Don't let the (often overwhelming) assertively of the person you are negotiating with push you into a corner. If you are feeling pressured, tell them you need time to think and take matters into your own hands.
3. Embrace architectural disparity. It's safe to assume that houses in Israel are designed and built differently than what you are familiar with. Many of these differences are a result of a change in climate, some are the result of a different finishing standard. The smaller things can be amended, so when buying a house in Israel (or anywhere else for that matter), make sure you have some cash left over for renovations.
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