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April 4, 2019

In this piece, we bring you a new investment idea – one which may be very useful if you are looking for something stable, income producing, and generally uncorrelated to stocks and bonds.

In simplistic terms, the idea is as follows. Invest in a fund that lends to the Israeli real estate sector, either to developers or owners of Israeli real estate. In return, the fund takes the...

November 3, 2017

Until recently, there has been no standard rental contract in Israel, and the contract has been a function of negotiation between the landlord and the tenant (or non-negotiation in many cases!).

As many of you may have experienced, landlords with apartments in desirable locations have pretty much been able to ‘name their terms’ and if the tenant wasn’t happy with these terms,...

August 22, 2017

Today we discuss one of the least-liked taxes for buyers of Israeli Real Estate – Purchase Tax.

Its unpopularity among buyers is primarily caused by the fact that:

(i)               As a major tool in the “war” against house-price inflation, this tax can be                               extremely high in certain cases....

July 27, 2017

Carrying on from our first piece (​Tips for Buying From a Developer in Israel - Part 1), we bring you below a further three essential points that need to be considered when buying a home in Israel 'off-plan' / 'on-paper':

1. The Contract - Get to Know It

A contract is a critical part of almost any transaction. However when it comes to buying something that doesn’t physically exi...

March 9, 2017

Update - As of August 2017, this tax has been cancelled. Therefore, as of now, the below is no longer relevant.

The war that Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon has been waging on Israeli property prices has been well documented and shows no sign of abating. His newest weapons to date is the ‘Third Property’ Tax law, which was proposed in 2016 and was passed a few weeks ago in Januar...

February 23, 2017

There is no doubt that one of the major factors driving up Israeli house prices in recent years has been the large volume of real estate purchases by investors - both local and foreign.

With the vast majority of these properties being rented out, we thought it would be helpful to take a brief look at the Israeli tax regime on rental income.

Before beginning it is important to no...