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Real estate investment in Romania

The sale of apartments to foreigners in Romania isn’t limited: they can freely purchase, rent out, and sell properties.

The sale of land to non-EU citizens is prohibited. A land plot with a house can be bought for a legal entity if it’s a Romanian company.

Statistics confirm the liquidity of investments: residential real estate prices grow every quarter by an average of 1.3%. Five years ago, an apartment of 100 m² cost an average of €122,000, and today it is sold for €153,000.

€1,528 Average price per 1 m²
of housing in Romania
1,3% Average price per 1 m²
increase per quarter
1,44—10,2% Buyers’ related expenses,
of the transaction amount

How the residential property price index is growing in Romania

Cost of a 3-bedroom apartment in Romania

€1.5 million

Penthouse in Bucharest,
in a prestigious area
near the King Mihai I Park


Apartment in Bucharest,
in the Primăverii district


Apartment in Bucharest

What do investors buy?

The most expensive real estate in Romania is in the capital, Bucharest.


  • penthouses
  • apartments


  • mansions
  • villas

Romania residence permit or citizenship by real estate investment

Obtaining a Romania residence permit or citizenship is not connected with purchasing real estate.

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Taxes and associated costs


Property buyers pay stamp duty and additional fees: notary and registration.

Associated costs will range from 1.44% to 10.2% of the purchase agreement value. When buying a new apartment worth €250,000, the investor will spend €268,000, including additional costs.

1.44—10.2% Of the contract value are related costs for the purchase of housing in Romania
Purchase expenses
Stamp duty
0.5— 3%

Of the transaction amount

Notary fee

Of the transaction amount

Registration fee

Of the transaction amount

Agency fee

Share paid by the buyer


Of the transaction amount


Property owners pay an annual tax of 0.08% to 0.2% of the cadastral value.

Non-residents pay a 10% income tax on income from real estate rental in Romania.

€1,176 Approximate annual costs for
maintenance of an apartment

Communal payments

Electricity, gas, water, heating, and garbage collection

per month

Internet, TV and telephone

per month

If the owner sells a property for €100,000 or more, they pay a property transfer tax of 3% of the transaction amount.

The agency fee is 3%.

15% Capital gains tax on the sale of
real estate in Romania
Expenses on the sale
Transfer tax

Of the transaction amount

Agency fee

Share paid by the seller


Of the transaction amount

Igor Buglo
Prepared a guide on investing in real estate in Romania