Foreign and Interstate Buyers



Non-local buyers have always existed in Australia’s high-growth property sector. And in recent years we’ve seen significant growth in this area, with many international clients, particularly from Asia, interested in buying property in Australia’s Harbour City.

Whether you’re an ex-pat returning to Australia or a non-resident investor, we have many years of experience in helping buyers who live interstate, intrastate or overseas.

Complete our Buying Criteria and Brief Form and we’ll help you find the right property for you.

We’re your ‘eyes and ears’ on the ground

Thanks to technological advancements, it’s easier than ever before to buy a property without carrying out a physical inspection.

Once you choose us as your buyers’ agents, we will become your ‘eyes and ears’ on the ground. A huge part of this is carrying out extensive research on current properties and investments that meet your search criteria.

We will communicate with you regularly and share with you any properties, investments or development opportunities that fit your requirements. If you can’t be there to inspect in person, then we will do this for you. And our team is more than happy to put together images and if required, a video that allows you to view any buying opportunity up close and personal.

Of course, our after-hours availability means there are never any issues relating to time zone differences.

We are also happy to liaise with any local friends or associates whose input into your property purchase you would value.



We make it our business to be across all current legislation

The rules relating to non-resident purchasing and investing for both commercial and residential real estate are continually changing.

Curtis Associates keeps abreast of current legislation and shares any latest developments to ensure you make an informed purchasing decision. As an indication of our standing in the property profession, the views of our principal, Chris Curtis on foreign buyers and homeownership have been sought by the Australian Government.

We can also provide you with contacts at leading migration solicitors and agents.

Once we have secured the purchase for you, we can help you acquire quality tenants through our contacts with leading property managers.

What our Foreign and Interstate buyers say about us

“While living interstate we decided to buy a residential property in Sydney, with a good investment potential. After contacting a couple of buyer’s agents, we decided to choose Curtis Associates. Our decision was practically taken blindly, save for the fact that we were immediately struck by Chris Curtis’ professionalism during our very first phone call. Six months down the track, after managing to secure the property we wanted, we can say that we have no regrets! Chris Curtis is an attentive listener and a great communicator, qualities which greatly facilitate the process of purchasing an unseen property interstate. His experience in the field enables him to almost instinctively know what kind of property will most suit the buyer. He handles the task of buying a property with almost surgical precision, starting off with carrying out extensive due diligence, coordinating his team and ultimately achieve…We will not hesitate to engage Chris again when we next buy property and certainly recommend him to anyone who is intent on buying property.”

Doctors Mark and Lisa

“[Curtis Associates’] help on this has been exceptional and very much appreciated. I was looking for a particular property in a specific area of Bondi. As an overseas buyer I knew I would need on the ground assistance. There were very few properties for sale of the type we were targeting but…Chris patiently unearthed numerous properties…He actually advised me against purchasing several of these until we finally found the ideal property. It was an off market deal and the previous owners are now my tenants.”


“We engaged Chris after identifying a property going for auction that we liked, and being based offshore, we needed someone we could trust to lead the diligence and negotiation process on the ground. We were immediately impressed with Chris’ approach and attitude – he is the consummate professional, acting with a high level of integrity and is attuned to his client’s requests. The due diligence that Chris’ team undertook was extremely comprehensive and covered almost every aspect of the property including potential risks, positive aspects…This gave us a high degree of confidence on the attractiveness of the property, and importantly, its fair market value which allowed us to set the right bidding limits. From his assessment of the competitive environment, Chris recommended a pre-auction bid strategy which proved successful – we secured the property the night before the auction at a good price and also allowed us to avoid the stress and potential risk of an auction. Overall, we are extremely pleased to have used Chris for the purchase, as without him, there would have been a high risk that we would have overpaid for the property, or lost control of the situation in an auction environment. We therefore have no hesitation in recommending Chris as a buyers advocate, and look forward to using him again on future purchases”.

Derek and Leigh

“My wife and I recently engaged Curtis Associates to act as our Buyers’ Agent for the acquisition of an apartment in Sydney. I am writing this letter as testimony to our satisfaction with the services provided. Our objective was to purchase an inner city apartment to be used by our daughter while studying at university in Sydney, and also as a long term investment. As non-NSW residents, the selection and purchase of an apartment posed many difficult challenges and traps. We were so fortunate to have Chris Curtis acting on our behalf who made the process smooth and efficient.
I found Curtis Associates via an internet search. I made appointments with several Sydney Buyers’ agents but was immediately impressed by Chris Curtis’s professional approach, obvious experience in local real estate and his legal background…Upon engaging Chris he found a suitable property in surprisingly quick time. His background search and investigations were amazingly thorough and his due diligence report was absolutely comprehensive. Chris’s experience came to the fore when, following what seemed a disingenuous representation of market value by the vendor’s agent, Chris’s research resulted in a more realistic estimate that proved extremely accurate. Armed with this knowledge, Chris represented us as at the auction where he controlled the bidding is a way that we never could have managed alone. I unreservedly recommend Curtis Associates to anyone requiring the services of a top-class Buyers; agent in Sydney.”

Dr Warwick

“We were looking to buy a property in Sydney for investment purposes and, at a later stage, for personal use. We are based in UK and therefore particularly in need of the services of a good buyer’s agent. After talking to a number of such agents sourced from the internet, we chose Curtis Associates. It was a good choice. Chris Curtis listened to our requirements carefully and produced a short-list of potential properties after exhaustive research carried out by his firm. He talked through the advantages and disadvantages of each one. Through our many conversations we soon realised he understood what we were looking for. We were very much on the same wave-length. Where our interest was leaning towards a property he thought unsuitable, he produced additional evidence to convince us that we were on the wrong track.The purchase of a $3 million plus property unseen is not something lightly undertaken. With Chris’s expertise and attention to detail, we felt confident to proceed. He was skilful at the negotiating stage and partly by relying on the results of some novel due diligence, secured a meaningful discount…Chris is a highly qualified, likeable and very capable buyer’s agent. With his support we felt confident proceeding with a multi-million dollar purchase unseen from ten-thousand miles away. We doubt there are many others with his unique combination of skills and abilities. We recommend Curtis Associates whole-heartedly.”

Clive and Siyoung



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