Tahiti is a French Polynesian island located a sizable distance from all the main continents. That remoteness lends to its beauty and exclusivity!
If you have dreams of buying a house in Tahiti, it’s important to know a little background first. Real estate there is very affordable. With easy access to the island via multiple airports, it can be a great getaway for those who are free to travel throughout the year. By visiting, you also skirt the residency requirements to live in Tahiti, although you’ll still need a passport.
Before you can purchase any land on the island, you’ll need approval from the French Polynesian government. The government is most likely to approve purchases if your presence will boost the economy. If, for instance, you’re building a big hotel or opening a restaurant on the island, you’ll be seen as an asset and more likely to get approval.
Getting authorization to purchase real estate on Tahiti can be a time-consuming process. You’ll have to wait for the go-ahead before you can finalize the purchase. If you’re buying an existing home, it’s common for multiple owners to be attached to a single property, which means you’ll also have to get the approval of each of them before the sale can go through.
Along with the requirements to live in Tahiti, it’s important to note that locals speak Tahitian. In more touristy areas, you’ll find workers speak English, but if you’re planning to take up residence, you’ll want to learn Tahitian. Some local residents will also speak French, and if you know French already, you’ll have a leg up in that area.
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