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Real Estate Legal &
Buy-Side Services

Summary Of Services

From basic diligence checks, to comprehensive conveyancing and buy-side assistance. ExpatHub can safeguard your property purchase with international standard real estate legal services.

Pre-Purchase Consultation

Considering buying in Georgia? We offer a free 30 minute consultation with our buy-side experts, where we can discuss:

Real Estate In Georgia (Overview).
Where To Buy. Yields & Investment advice
Banking, Mortgage & Financial Information.
General Info On Expat Life, Rental & Resale Potential.
And More!
Objective Advice, Not A Sales Pitch.

Because we are a law firm, not a typical real estate agency, our interests align with yours. Our consultation is an information call, not a sales call.

This consultation is available to everyone - even if you have had a free legal / tax / immigration consultation with us in the past. 


Calls do not include legal advice. Please book a premium consultation with a lawyer if you need legal assistance: ₾250 GEL per hour + VAT (when applicable). In-person or online via Zoom.

Conveyancing / Real Estate Legal Packages

From basic legal checks to full negotiation assistance. Discover how ExpatHub can protect your real estate purchase in Georgia. For full buy-side concierge, see the next section.

Select The Type Of Purchase Using The Toggle To See Pricing Options

Purchasing From An Individual Seller

Purchasing From A Developer

Purchasing From An Individual Seller

Lite

From:

₾750 GEL

+VAT (18%)

Minimum recommended legal service. We cover the most essential due diligence.

You find the property, we do the legal.


Checking Power of Attorney, if the seller has a representative.
Renewal of the property extract (title/deed) to obtain updated information about any legal defects (mortgages, obligations, liens, claims, etc.) that can be on the property.
Purchase agreement template & custom data insertion (if the seller did not provide one).
OR purchase agreement review, including the below items:
Identify provisions that undermine your interests, including review of payment schedules, condition of property documents, and other annexes to the main agreement.
Propose additions and corrections that protect your interests.
10 pages included in the base price. 
30 minute consultation to discuss the review and answer questions.
Surcharge: PoA service for purchasing without needing to be present. From ₾1,500 GEL. See more details in the PoA section below.

Standard

From:

₾1,500 GEL

+VAT (18%)

Peace of mind full legal service. We make sure every part of your purchase meets international expectations.

Full legal & basic negotiation assistance.

All inclusions in the "Lite" package.
Full translation check: guaranteeing the English version accurately represents the legally binding Georgian version.
Checking up to 3 previous property extracts, its owners, and any legal defects.
We negotiate revisions of the purchase agreement, with the seller, on your behalf (up to 2 hours).
In-person assistance with the registration & title transfer proceedings (Public Service Hall).
Includes 4 business day transfer of title procedure (same day and next day available at a supplement). This is a government procedure not performed by ExpatHub.
Surcharge: PoA service for purchasing without needing to be present. From ₾400 GEL. See more details in the PoA section below.

Premium

From:

₾2,500 GEL

+VAT (18%)

Tell us the property you want, then we handle the legal process and negotiations from purchase agreements to completed sale.


All inclusions in the "Standard" package.
Transaction structure & tax analysis.
Handling all legal revisions & offer negotiations with the seller. 
Comprehensive legal advice throughout the process.
All Translation & Notary fees. Including full translation (to English) of agreements if they are only in Georgian.
20% discount on legal residency services (residency via property investment).

*Prices vary depending on the length of the purchase agreement, negotiation times with the seller and any extra optional services requested.

If you need to purchase your real estate remotely, see our Power of Attorney services below.
Purchase agreements, drafted by us, are also available.

Purchasing From A Developer

Lite

From:

₾750 GEL

+VAT (18%)

Minimum recommended legal service. We cover the most essential due diligence.

You find the property, we do the legal.


All inclusions above.
Checking Power of Attorney, if the seller has a representative.

Purchase and/or pre-purchase agreement review. Including the below items:
Identify provisions that undermine your interests, including review of payment schedules, condition of property documents and other annexes to the main agreement.
Propose additions and corrections that protect your interests.
10 pages total included in the base price. 
30 Minute consultation to discuss the review and answer questions.

Standard

From:

₾1,500 GEL

+VAT (18%)

Peace of mind full legal service. We make sure every part of your purchase meets your international expectations.

Full legal & basic negotiation assistance.

All inclusions in the "Lite" package.
Full translation check: guaranteeing the English version accurately represents the legally binding Georgian version.
In-depth written analysis of the agreement for you to review.

We negotiate revisions of the purchase/pre-purchase agreement, with the seller, on your behalf (up to 2 hours).
In-person assistance with the registration & title transfer proceedings (Public Service Hall).
Includes 4 business day transfer of title procedure (same day and next day available at a supplement). This is a government procedure not performed by ExpatHub.

Premium

From:

₾2,500 GEL

+VAT (18%)

Tell us the property you want, then we handle full legal and negotiations from pre-purchase agreements to completed sale.


All inclusions in the "Standard" package.
Transaction structure & tax analysis.
Handling all legal revisions & offer negotiations with the seller. 
Comprehensive legal advice throughout the process.
All Translation & Notary fees. Including full translation (to English) of agreements if they are only in Georgian.
20% discount on legal residency services (residency via property investment).

All packages can have services added or removed.
Please contact us for a custom quote below.

Confused by any of the above? Read our FAQs below, and/or submit a quote request and ask your questions in the message section of the form.
Or get a detailed overview of all our real estate services and what they entail here.

PoA, Contract Drafting, & Legal By The Hour

Custom work for all your real estate legal needs.

Agreement Drafting

Fully bilingual (Georgian & English) contracts. Purchase agreements, pre-purchase agreements, rental contracts, and more.

Drafted by us for both sellers and buyers.

Standard contracts from our archive: from ₾500 GEL + VAT. Includes basic filling of client specific details. Price varies depending on length.

Custom drafting or revisions: ₾250 GEL + VAT per hour.

Contact us with your requirements.

Legal By The Hour

Not seeing something listed above? Or need a custom package?

Our standard legal by the hour rate for real estate is ₾250 GEL + VAT. This includes custom consultation services.

Contact us with your needs and questions and we can get you a quote for the services you need.

Hourly Add-On Service: In-depth written analysis (legal opinion) of the purchase/pre-purchase agreement for you to review.


Real Estate Purchasing Power Of Attorney (PoA) Service
₾1,700 + VAT

(~$530 USD) + VAT.
Pricing is Standalone when not purchasing above legal packages

Georgian + English Bilingual PoA.

Give our lawyers the power to represent you in Georgia for your real estate purchase. We draft the necessary PoA which can either be translated locally by the notary, or internationally by a notary wherever you are and then apostilled and mailed to us. Bring your original passport to the PoA appointment in Georgia, or send us an apostilled copy of your passport.

Our PoA document.
Local notary & translation fees in Georgia (providing you return the PoA in English).
Making the purchase of the real estate on your behalf.
Admin & communication throughout the process.
PoA discount of ₾200 GEL if you are present in Georgia for the PoA document signing. 

Excluded: *Notary/translation fees outside Georgia; *Courier fees to get documents to Georgia; *Translation of languages other than English & Georgian.

Buy-Side Concierge Service

Comprehensive purchase/research assistance and legal work. Start to finish premium concierge service, from initial property research, through due diligence, purchase, and post-purchase.

Why This Package Makes The Difference:

Done For You - Saves you a huge amount of time & research and avoids many potential mistakes. We do most of the work for you.
We Represent Your Interests - Unlike real estate agents, we do not take a commission from the seller, so we represent you objectively.
Expert Advice - Our knowledge of the market helps you to make the right choices and get a fair deal.
Expert Assistance - We are on call to help every step of the way.
No Language Barrier - Our fluent bilingual staff prevent your deal from getting lost in translation.
Avoid Common Scams & Issues - We spot these for you and resolve them before they can become concerns.
Priority Legal Assistance - From due diligence to offer negotiations and more, our lawyers are ready to make the difference.

Premium Concierge

From:

₾7,500 GEL

+VAT (18%)

Fee: 2.5% of expected property purchase value. Min 7,500 GEL, max 20,000 GEL + VAT.

Comprehensive assistance & legal from initial idea to final sale.


Everything in the "Premium Legal" package above.
Expert market analysis and real estate consultation/advice throughout the process.
In-depth property research and selection to meet your criteria.
Pre-screening, virtual tours, and in-person viewing assistance / translating.
Handling all dealings and negotiations from start to completed sale.
Banking advice & assistance with transfer of funds.
Property tax/rental income tax structure analysis and consultation.
20% discount on our property tax and rental income tax filing services.

* All third party services and products may incur additional fees, paid directly by you to the provider. We do not receive commissions on referrals to third party providers.

Premium Plus Concierge

From:

₾9,000 GEL

+VAT (18%)

Fee: 3.5% of expected property purchase value. Min 9,000 GEL, max 24,000 GEL + VAT.

Premium + extended assistance and after-sale care


Everything in the Buy-Side (Premium Concierge) package.
Connecting you with contractors for repairs / renovations* (post-purchase). Including: architect/builder to assess planning permission options for renovations (pre or post-purchase, as well as assistance with city hall about proposed building plans).
Assisting with setting up all utilities.
Initial listing of property for rental and hosting viewings to find your first tenant.
Connecting you with rental management companies.*
Assisting with moving in (hiring movers) & sourcing furniture.*
Initial listing of property for rental. Connecting you with rental management agents.
1st annual property and rental tax filing service includedOngoing 20% discount on our property tax and rental income tax filing services.
5 Additional hours of general assistance to use as you need (admin, research, translation, etc.)
Power of Attorney representation for transfer of title (optional, included).

"Done For You" Property Purchasing

Our concierge service will take you from initial interest through to final purchase and beyond.

In addition to taking care of the conveyancing (legal/due diligence work), our team will assist you in both research, pre-screening, negotiations, and even helping you find tenants for your newly acquired house, apartment, or commercial space. Avoid getting the “foreigner” price on your property and let our in-house Georgian staff negotiate on your behalf.

NOTE: Contrary to most other buy-side agents, we never accept "kick-backs" from sellers, keeping our interests always aligned with yours.

For a comprehensive picture of the whole buy-side process, how it works, and what is included, download our brochure:

Schedule of Fees:

25% of expected final sale price, at commencement of our agreement.
25% once you have agreed to purchase a property, prior to the commencement of due diligence work.
50% ( ± The difference between the estimated sale price and the final sale price) immediately prior to final signing of the purchase agreement.

Do I need to be present in Georgia to start or complete the purchase?

No. 

With a power of attorney and apostilled passport we can complete every step of the process for you remotely. Funds for the actual purchase would need to be transferred directly to the seller as we cannot act as an intermediary for funds transfer.

Are there any additional fees?

Additional fees for 3rd party providers may apply, as marked above. Power of Attorney (optional) fees may apply. Typically there are no other additional fees relating to the stated inclusions, but we can discuss any possible additional costs at your initial consultation.

If you intend to conduct the purchase remotely, either entirely or partly, your power of attorney (if signed outside of Georgia) and other international documents may need to be notarized or apostilled in your home country, at your own expense.

Real Estate Inspection Service

Get a detailed inspection that could save you thousands of dollars.

Real estate inspection is common in many countries, but Georgia hasn't quite caught up on this process yet. There is no body or guild offering consistent inspections, which is why we had to create our own service to help with this urgent need. 

We've enlisted the highest level of local experts who follow an international standard of assessment.

Putting 100% trust in the real estate agent or seller (who are typically not experts) to give you an honest and accurate assessment of their property is a huge risk. 

As our clients have discovered, a real estate inspection can reveal tens of thousands of dollars of difference in the actual value of the property compared to the list price, as well as unexpected future costs.

Some common things a property inspection will identify:

Low quality installation of gas and electric lines which could have led to electrical fires, or even asphyxiation or explosions in rare cases.
Water pipes which may not be visible, with the potential to leak and cause major water damage.
Badly installed insulation which would lead to dampness.
Levelling of surfaces to ensure they are actually flat. Concrete surfaces which are not flat will lead to creaky flooring and increased floor wear.
Bad workmanship in general.
The costs which will be associated with fixing bad workmanship and whether those costs outweigh the cost of the property, giving you space to negotiate or back out of the deal.
And a lot more! Read the example report below for more details.

Get a full picture of the level of detail and expertise that goes into our property inspections by reading an unabridged report from our PhD Doctor of Civil Engineering:


Real Estate Inspection

From ~$400 USD:

₾1,200 GEL

+VAT (18%). 

The final quote depends on the size and status (black frame, white frame, or finished) of the property. The lowest price is based on black frame, less than 100m2.

A detailed 15 to 35 page report, with photo examples and a breakdown of each key issue.
Report provided in English.
Scores out of 10 in each category, with specific action points for consideration.
Estimates of costs for repair, finishing, renovations, etc.
Summary of recommendations and assessment of the real market value of the property.
5% discount on our standard & premium legal packages above.

FAQs

Is the “Lite” package sufficient?

Is the “Lite” package sufficient?


The Lite package includes background checks on the seller and an analysis of the purchase agreement to let you know potential problems that may undermine your interests.

Is this package legally sufficient? All our legal work is to the highest possible standard, but the Lite package has many important exclusions, so it depends on how much of the process you feel confident to do yourself.

Whether you consider the Lite package sufficient will come down to, amongst other things:

    * The complexity of the purchase (if there is no negotiation to be done, for example).

    * Your willingness to DIY the purchase (If you are happy to do all the negotiations, purchase process, and arrangements, and are comfortable with Georgian language).

    * Your own risk preference (Do you trust the seller 100% and do you think there is any possibility that their lawyers/translators could have made errors in the English translation?)

If you would feel more comfortable having an expert protect your purchase, the Lite package is probably not for you. Consider the Standard package or higher.

We cover all our real estate legal services and why you may or may not need them, here.

Can I upgrade to a higher package if I realize I need additional assistance?

Getting additional assistance is easy, so long as we know what you need, we can provide you an estimate for the additional work.

In terms of fixed package upgrades though, our packages, when purchased in advance, normally offer the best value for money, over custom requests and additions. Depending on which stage of the process you are in, upgrading from one fixed package to another may be possible.

What if the package I want has inclusions I don’t need?

Our quote estimates are based on the services you require. Our packages are designed to make it easy to select the common options that most clients need. If you need extras, or do not need all parts of the package, let us know in your quote request and we will factor that in.

How quickly will the work be done?

This depends entirely on the complexity of the work and the current demand for our services. Analysis of a purchase agreement, as an example, may take 2 to 5 business days, on average.

I need the purchase made with a Power of Attorney. What is the procedure?

We can provide the appropriate PoA document, meeting Georgian legal requirements. If you will be in Georgia, the process is simpler and we can accompany you to the notary to get the document notarized. Once notarized, we can represent you.

If you will not be coming to Georgia, we can email you the PoA, then you will be responsible for getting it apostilled in your own country, and then couriered to us. Upon receipt, we will get it translated and notarized in Georgian, after which, we can represent you.

The PoA service is included for free with the Buy-Side Concierge package.

How long does it take to close a sale in Georgia?

This depends entirely on the complexity of the work and the current demand for our services. Analysis of a purchase agreement, as an example, may take 2 to 5 business days, on average.

However, you should allow 2 weeks on average, from the date of making your intention to purchase the property clear to the seller, through to transfer of the title to you. If the seller is particularly difficult to deal with, or a lot of revisions to the purchase agreement need to be negotiated, additional time may be required.

Once all the legal work is done, and the extract has been renewed and checked, the actual purchase duration to transfer the title can be done the same day, the next business day, or within 4 business days (differing fees apply). This is done at the Public Service Hall. From the Standard package or higher, one of our team will join you for the appointment to assist with the transfer of the title.

Will I need to pay VAT on your service price?

VAT must be applied to all real estate services and agent services (including buy-side) when the real estate in question is located on the territory of Georgia. The only exception would be a general real estate consultation that is not related to a specific purchase (i.e., initial consulting for general information about the real estate market and taxes) providing the customer does not normally reside in Georgia and does not plan to imminently.

If you think you will not owe VAT, ask us in your quote request and explain your circumstances.

What may incur additional fees from ExpatHub?

Any work outside the scope and the fair use amounts for each package. No one likes surprise invoices, so our policy is to inform you in advance that we expect additional work to take place that is not covered in your package, and to give you an estimate of what that work may cost.

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