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Guide to Buy a Villa in Bali: What Foreigners Need to Know

Published on June 13, 2023

Have you ever wondered if foreigners can purchase Bali villas advertised for sale? We’re here to provide concise answers to common questions about buying villas in Bali.


Can foreigners buy a villa in Bali?
  • Yes, foreigners can legally buy leasehold properties called Hak Sewa, allowing ownership for up to 30 years with a possible 20-year lease extension. Leasehold means renting the property long-term, with the option to renew the lease or return the villa to the landowner.
  • Foreign investment companies can acquire villas under Hak Guna Bangunan (HGB) title for better protection and flexibility, but primarily for commercial purposes.


How to buy a villa in Bali?

Take your time to inspect properties, make an offer, and negotiate with the owner.

  1. Discuss lease extension possibilities, extension price, and payment due date.
  2. Set extension details in the contract, preferably with the assistance of a local notary.
  3. Complete due diligence and make the payment, with buyers responsible for notary fees and sellers for selling tax.
  4. Hiring a trustworthy real estate agent is recommended for a secure and smooth transaction, as they can verify property ownership and recommend reliable notaries.


Can foreigners own property with a freehold title?
  • Indonesian citizens have the exclusive right to own freehold land.
  • Foreigners can own freehold condos with a strata title within apartment/condo buildings, but this doesn’t apply to Bali villas.
  • Feel free to reach out to us for more information on buying a villa in Bali or other real estate topics. Visit our collection of leasehold villas for sale in Canggu and other desirable locations to find your perfect Bali villa.
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