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If you are thinking about buying land or property in The Gambia, going to look at properties should be the LAST stage in the process, not the first. At first, you will need legal support in The Gambia in almost very case recommended.

The process of buying a property in The Gambia, whether for your personal use or as an investment, SHOULD start with thorough preparation.

This will save you a lot of wasted time AND money. We STRONGLY recommend that you make contact with us BEFORE you go to look at any property.

That way you can deal with all of the key issues calmly and clearly, before you get involved in the rush and pressure always associated with buying a specific property anywhere in the world.

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Experienced legal assistance is recommended to avoid stress and insure a smooth buying process.

GamRealty can help you find a qualified law firm to assist you regarding the legal part while buying  a property in The Gambia.

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Some Frequently Asked Questions for  Buying & Selling Property in The Gambia

Do I need Official permission to buy property in Gambia?
No.

Are there any restrictions on the form of legal ownership of a property in Gambia?
No special rules apply to foreigners.

Is the way you buy a house in The Gambia the same as at home?
Generally speaking and provided that necessary checks are made, yes. In Gambia there is hardly any more need to worry than there in when buying land or property at home.

Unfortunately, very often people buying property overseas take little or no local legal advice and are far too “casual” about the purchase and about the signing of legal documents. If they go about things in this way it can turn out badly. They may find there is no title to the property, that it was built without planning permission… or that it does not even exist!

DO NOT DO THIS. For your own safety, insist on taking proper, independent, legal advice.

Can you make all the same checks that you would make in The Gambia?
No. As already said, the systems are very different. You can only do what is normal in the country where you are buying the property. Sometimes the local procedure is not as safe as your system. Sometimes it is better. It is always different! Remember, though, that every year thousands of local and people from abroad successfully and safely buy houses and apartments.

Should I buy a property direct from a seller or developer?
Increasingly, prospect buyers are buying directly from a seller or developer, without the intervention of an estate agent. You still need to take all the same precautions. EVEN SOME MAJOR DEVELOPERS SELL PROPERTY THAT IS ILLEGALLY CONSTRUCTED OR NOT SAFE TO BUY.

What does the Lawyer do?
In most countries in the world the lawyer plays a major part in the process of buying and selling real estate.

The lawyer is there to put on the public record the fact that the formal documents recording the sale/purchase have been signed in his or her presence and understood by the parties concerned.

Do I have to be in Gambia to complete the transaction?
The Seller and the people buying the house usually need to attend, in person to sign the Final Purchase Contract/Deed of Sale. However, if this is inconvenient, arrangement can be made for a Power of Attorney to be granted enabling another person to attend on their behalf. We recommend that you give a Power of Attorney even if you intend to be present in person.

What about paying the taxes due?
A lawyer can arrange for the payment of any Gambia property transfer taxes due in relation to the transaction.

Is there a Land Registry system in The Gambia
Yes. After the Final Purchase Contract / Deed of Sale has been signed the Notary will arrange for it to be registered at the appropriate Land Registry and for the payment or any Land Registry fees.

Source: Solie Law Chambers

Reviews & Recommendations

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J Riley
J Riley
05:21 15 Feb 21
Good customer service and efficient. Did not end up buying but will go back based of service.
Daniel Jenkins
Daniel Jenkins
21:54 08 Feb 21
We appreciated GamRealty for their help in finding land to buy in The Gambia. It was a long, complicated process to buy... land here (especially as a non-citizen) but they helped make it easier by assisting us with every detail. Finding a good, trustworthy real estate company in Gambia is no easy task, but GamRealty is very professional and helped make the process easier for us.read more
Joop Logger
Joop Logger
10:06 07 Feb 21
I will be honest to say i am biased as i am the founder and ceo of this real estate company named GamRealty 😉 But i I... honestly believe in the quality we deliver on all aspects of our business. So planning to buy, sell or rent property in The Gambia? Check out GamRealty for a positive experience.read more
ThaGolden Goddesss
ThaGolden Goddesss
14:27 20 Nov 20
Foauu Joof is Amazing....she made sure she met all of my needs
Derrick Williams
Derrick Williams
17:04 23 Jul 20
Great home listing. I plan on using them when i move.
Adamandia Diamantopoulos
Adamandia Diamantopoulos
19:38 08 Jun 20
What an amazing Team and professional service! Was a little apprehensive at first, when deciding to look for property... in The Gambia, as I had heard lots of stories about bad experiences visitors had experienced with freelancers doing real estate . They call them “free roaming”. A friend recommended GamRealty, and my mind was put to rest. I highly recommend their services. In fact, I’ve been recommending them to all my friends who are looking for investments in The Gambia.read more
Snippet Gambia
Snippet Gambia
10:06 20 Mar 20
Want to know more and find the right information when buying a house or land in The Gambia and avoid the pitfalls?... GamRealty answers all your questions and provides you with top class customer serviceread more
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