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Oman, officially the Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab country in the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula

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Annual rainfall in Muscat is about 100 mm (4 in), falling mostly from December to April. In general, precipitation is scarce in Muscat with several months, on average, seeing only a trace of rainfall.

Between mid-March and October, travel is very exhausting with the average temperature between 31 °C to 38 °C and sunburn and dehydration are possible.

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A foreigner can only buy property in a 'tourist designated area' like The Wave inMuscat and Muscat Hills. 

Until recently it was not possible for a foreign national to own property in Oman. The government there now hopes to draw in foreign investment by allowing foreign citizens who meet certain criteria the opportunity to own their own property.

Properties available to expatriates are restricted to freehold properties within certain tourist complexes. At this time these areas include The Wave, Muscat Golf and Country Club and Blue City. They are allowed to sell their property at any time, but if they choose to buy undeveloped land they are legally obliged to develop it within a period of four years.

When the property has been purchased the owner and his immediate family automatically gain residency of the country and should apply for the necessary visas. They are allowed to will the property to another person – a prospective owner should always have a will – and if the owner dies and no heir comes forward the property will be managed by the Ministry of Tourism, reverting to government ownership after 15 years. If the owner is deported from the country they have the right to sell the property.

It is also possible for an expat to purchase a property to let out to somebody else and many people are choosing to do this as the country is in the infancy of buy to let and there is a lot of potential there.

The buyer of any property will have to pay a 3% registration fee and a small application fee when they purchase the property.

There is also a stamp duty tax which the buyer must pay out for, but in Oman the costs incurred by the seller are nil. When buying a property you should also avail yourself of legal advice throughout the process and there will be costs incurred there too. It is possible to buy off plan but this will require a holding deposit with regular payments to be made throughout the construction process until the contracts are signed and the property changes hands.

If you choose to reside in the property yourself you may consider finding some domestic help. This should be easy enough but it is better to hire someone who comes highly recommended, if only for your own peace of mind.

 

 

 

info from expatfocus.com

3% Property Registration Fee

 

Renting accommodation in Oman is a straightforward, well-established practice. Major international companies with trading links in the region often fund long-term leases on properties for their staff. If you have to find your own accommodation, your sponsor and his staff will invariably help. There’s considerable variety in all price bands, so it´s usually possible, if not easy, to find the exact kind of property you want.

Once you settle on a budget, you need to decide on the location of the property, weighing the importance of access to your place of work. Oman’s cities are small by international standards and driving times between home and work are short, usually without substantial traffic jams.

There are a number of ways to find a rental property in Oman. You should try the following:‚Äč

  • Consult estate agents. As well as providing knowledge of the market, area and costs, they generally will provide transport and accompany you on viewings. Estate agents are frequently the wives of sponsored expatriates who have the time to get to know residential areas and their respective facilities.
  • Visit the management offices of both compounds and apartment blocks. Building or compound managers should have information on available properties.

 

 

 

info from justlanded

5% of the annual rent is paid to the Real Estate Agent