Overview – The Antigua Real Estate Market
Famed for its 365 beaches and crystal clear seas, Antigua & Barbuda is the epitome of the Caribbean dream. Antigua also offers attractive tax benefits, good international access and a stable political system. With such a strong range of investor benefits on offer, the country has developed a well established real estate market. Its luxury beachfront homes and condos have attracted some of the world’s most celebrated music stars, fashion designers and business leaders from Eric Clapton to Giorgio Armani.
The country’s real estate market is expected to receive a big boost from a new airport terminal which opened in August 2015 and has made it more accessible than ever, as well as an influx of investment stimulated by Antigua’s Citizenship by Investment program which offers full citizenship in exchange for an investment in property.
Recent announcements include a cluster of new hotels in a recently created Special Economic Zone on the north-eastern coast of Antigua and a US $250 million hotel project on neighboring sister island Barbuda to be developed in association with Hollywood film star Robert De Niro.
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As specialists in luxury Caribbean property, we can introduce you to a wide selection of the finest residential property, land for sale and commercial real estate in Antigua.
Our agents on island offer unrivaled local insight into the market and the most desirable investment opportunities.
To discover your perfect property in Antigua, search our Antigua real estate listings.
Discover Barbuda – Read our Guide to Barbuda Real Estate.
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Discover Nonsuch Bay – Read our Guide to Nonsuch Bay Real Estate.
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Discover Willoughby Bay – Read our Guide to Willoughby Bay Real Estate.
Buying Property in Antigua
Foreign buyers can acquire Antigua real estate relatively simply, but buyers should be aware of the fees involved in purchasing homes for sale in Antigua, as follows:
- Legal fees: We would recommend you instruct a reputable lawyer to assist with the purchasing process. Legal fees typically amount to 1-2% of the purchase price.
- Alien Landholding License fee: All foreign buyers acquiring real estate in Antigua must apply for an Alien Landholding License.The application cost for an Alien Landholding License is 5% of the property’s value and can take four months to be approved.
- Stamp Duty: Buyers are also required to pay a 2.5% government transfer tax to complete the property purchase.
Mortgages in Antigua
Looking for financing to fund the purchase of property in the Caribbean?
Contrary to popular misconception, it is possible for foreign nationals looking to invest in Antigua real estate to apply for a mortgage.
Our partner – a very well respected international financial organization – offers mortgages for qualifying non-residents buying, building or improving a second home in Antigua.
For more information, see our page on: Caribbean mortgages.
Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program
Antigua & Barbuda operates a Citizenship by Investment Program which offers qualified investors the opportunity to obtain full citizenship of Antigua & Barbuda in exchange for a significant contribution to the nation’s finances, either through a financial contribution to a government fund or via an investment in an approved real estate project.
Read more: Antigua Citizenship by Investment.
Antigua – Land for Sale
Purchasing a lot of land provides you with a blank canvas and the opportunity to build your dream home in Antigua.
Whether you are looking for beachfront land or a centrally located plot, we offer various lots of land for sale in Antigua.
For larger parcels of land for commercial development, please see our commercial real estate listings.
Saving on Your Purchase
You could save money when investing in Antigua real estate by using a foreign exchange expert to get the best rate for your property purchase. We have partnered with Halo Financial, a specialist in foreign exchange, to help you get the best exchange rates when making one-off or regular international payments for a property purchase in Antigua. To see how you could save money, read more: Foreign Exchange.
Getting There – Flights to Antigua
There are regular direct flights to Antigua’s V.C. Bird Airport from North America and Europe.
American, Continental, Delta and US Airways fly from various American cities and JetBlue recently launched new non-stop flights from New York JFK to Antigua.
Air Canada also operates direct flights from Toronto.
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and BMI operate direct flights from the UK to Antigua.
The island is also served by various regional airlines, including Liat, Caribbean Airlines interCaribbean Airways and Seaborne Airlines.
Getting There – Barbuda
To get to Barbuda, you can either travel by plane, helicopter or ferry.
Flights to Barbuda
To travel to Barbuda by air, there are flights to Barbuda operated by Fly Montserrat.
Flights depart from Antigua’s V.C. Bird International Airport and arrive at Barbuda Codrington Airport.
Flight time from Antigua to Barbuda is approximately 20 minutes.
It is also possible to travel from Antigua to Barbuda by helicopter.
Various companies operate helicopter charter services between the islands.
For those with a bit more time on their hands, it is possible to travel from Antigua to Barbuda by ferry.
The Barbuda Express operates an Antigua Barbuda ferry service which operates a 6 day per week service from St John’s Harbour in Antigua to Barbuda.
Journey time on the high speed ferry is approximately 90 minutes.