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How to sell your property overseas using a money transfer

Information verified correct on December 8th, 2016

Your options for repatriating money to Australia after the sale of a property.

Selling property can be stressful enough without the worry of how you are going to get the money into your Australian bank account. There are a couple of ways you can transfer money back to Australia after you sell a house overseas. Read on to find out your best option for overseas money transfers.

Receiving an international money transfer from overseas

Rates last updated December 8th, 2016
Description Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
TorFX International Money Transfers
TorFX International Money Transfers
TorFX guarantee to beat any competitor's exchange rate for a transaction
Conditions apply
AUD 200 1 day Online, Phone, Agent Go to site More
Exclusive: World First Foreign Exchange
Exclusive: World First Foreign Exchange
Exclusive offer: $0 transfer fee
Transfer money into a range of currencies online and over the phone.
AUD 500 2 days Online, Phone Go to site More
Exclusive: CurrencyFair International Money Transfers
Exclusive: CurrencyFair International Money Transfers
Exclusive offer: 3 Free transfers (after your first transfer).
A peer-to-peer transfer service with a large range of currencies on offer.
EUR 8 2 days Online Go to site More
FC Exchange International Money Transfers
FC Exchange International Money Transfers
No transfer fee via online, branch or phone when transferring more than £10,000 or equivalent. GBP 3,000 1 day Online, Phone, Bank Account to Bank Account Go to site More
Exclusive: OFX (Ozforex) International Money Transfers
Exclusive: OFX (Ozforex) International Money Transfers
Exclusive offer: Special exchange rates and $0 transfer fee
OFX is currently offering finder.com.au exclusive exchange rates and $0 transfer fee on all transfers.
AUD 250 1 day Online, Phone, Agent Go to site More
Currency Online International Money Transfers
Currency Online International Money Transfers
Enjoy regular scheduled transfers, one off transfers and a range of currencies. Also enjoy your first transfer for free. AUD 0 2 days Online, Phone Go to site More
Compass Global Markets International Money Transfers
Compass Global Markets International Money Transfers
Send money in as little as 24-48 hours to a range of countries with Compass Global Markets. AUD 1,000 2 days Online, Phone Go to site More
1st Contact International Money Transfer
1st Contact International Money Transfer
$0 online fee without any minimum limit on money transfers. AUD 0 2 days Online, Phone, Bank Account to Bank Account Go to site More
Currency Solutions International Money Transfers
Currency Solutions International Money Transfers
Send money overseas for a range of reasons, including regular payments and buying overseas property. 97% Trustpilot score. AUD 3,000 2 days Online, Phone, Bank Account to Bank Account Go to site More

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Why you should use an international money transfer company

A bank cheque or deposit can be convenient, but this convenience can cost you thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars. When transferring international currency to Australia via your bank, your bank uses its own exchange rate to convert the funds into Australian dollars. This exchange rate is often less than ideal.

International money transfer companies provide bank-beating exchange rates, and some even give best rate guarantees. If you can find a better exchange rate, they’ll beat it, as long as it’s above the interbank rate.

Foreign exchange companies specialise in international currency transactions. When you’re dealing with the sale of a property, you must take the time to compare international money transfer companies and find the one that’s best for you. A small difference in the exchange rate could change your bottom line by thousands of dollars. Looking at a transfer of $500,000, a 0.01% change in the exchange rate makes a $500 difference to the final total.

What to look for in an international money transfer company

  • International offices. As you’re dealing with the sale of a foreign currency and the purchase of Australian dollars, it helps if the international money transfer company has offices overseas as well as in Australia.
  • Service and support. It’s a bonus if an account manager can be assigned to help you repatriate the funds to Australia. They will be able to help you get the best rate as well as identify any issues you may encounter with the money transfer.
  • The best exchange rate. Most international money transfer companies will give you a bank-beating rate. Some can guarantee you get the best rate on your international money transfer.

Which international money transfer companies offer a best rate guarantee?

  • TorFX. TorFX provides bank-beating exchange rates and also specialises in repatriating money to Australia. Part of this service includes a best rate guarantee, a personal account manager to help you with the international transfer and the ability to fix a rate two years in advance. To get the TorFX best rate guarantee, you need to show evidence of a competitor’s quote with the better rate before you agree to the transfer, and the foreign exchange rate has to be above the interbank rate.
  • Travelex. Travelex also give customers an international price promise. You must provide a like-for-like competitor’s quote with a better price to Travelex within 30 minutes.

What about capital gains tax?

You must pay capital gains tax (CGT) on the sale of overseas property, and you must include the sale of the asset on your Australian tax return so the income can be assessed by the tax office.

If you’ve paid a foreign tax as well as CGT in Australia, you may be eligible for the government’s foreign income tax offset. This stops you from paying tax twice on an asset. You can also claim an amendment if you’ve paid foreign tax on the asset in the previous financial year.

Jacob Joseph

Jacob is a writer and video journalist with finder.com.au. Credit cards, personal loans and savings accounts are his bread and butter, and he likes nothing more helping people understand the sometimes overly complex world of personal finance.

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