Your Guide to Understanding Israeli Real Estate Law

By: Adv. Eli Shimony

Real estate law in Israel is complex and multifaceted. It addresses a variety of concerns, from property ownership and transfers to construction permits, zoning regulations, and property taxation. As a foreigner, buying or selling property in Israel can be a daunting task without proper guidance. This guide provides an overview of Israeli real estate law, along with key considerations and legal requirements.

Ownership and Transfer of Property.

In Israel, the ownership of property is registered in the Land Registry, which is maintained by the Israel Land Authority. Real estate transactions must include the registration process, which entails the transfer of title from the seller to the buyer. It is highly recommended that buyers consult with a real estate lawyer to ensure that the transfer of ownership is done correctly. The transfer of property is usually done through a written contract, which is signed by both the buyer and the seller. The contract must be notarized by a public notary to be legally binding. Once the contract is signed, a deposit is usually paid by the buyer, which is held in escrow until the transaction is completed.

Construction and Zoning Regulations.

Construction and zoning regulations are governed by the Israeli Planning and Building Law. The law sets out the requirements for obtaining building permits, zoning regulations, and building codes. These regulations are enforced by local authorities and can vary from one municipality to another.

Before buying or building a property, it is important to understand the relevant zoning regulations in the area. The zoning regulations determine the type of construction that is allowed in a particular area, such as residential, commercial, or industrial. It is also important to obtain the necessary permits and approvals from the local authorities before starting any construction work.

Taxes and Fees.

When buying or selling property in Israel, there are several taxes and fees that must be paid. These include the purchase tax, real estate agent fees, legal fees, and land appreciation tax. The buyer must pay the purchase tax in full at the time of the transaction. The tax rate varies depending on the value of the property and whether the buyer is a resident or non-resident of Israel.

Real estate agent fees are usually paid by the seller and are typically a percentage of the sale price. Legal fees are also paid by the buyer or seller and cover the cost of legal representation and any other legal expenses. Land appreciation tax is a tax that is paid by the seller when selling a property. The tax rate is based on the appreciation of the property value since the date of purchase. An Israeli Lawyer Will Assist You in Real Estate Investment in Israel

Find a firm with an Israeli real estate attorney who specializes in examining Israeli real estate for prospective investment before the agreement is reached. In order to minimize potential legal difficulties and financial harm to foreign clients, they will scrutinize every property with a magnifying glass, giving special attention to the legal and environmental facets of its structure.


Understanding the legal requirements and regulations involved in real estate transactions is essential to ensure a smooth and successful transaction. It is highly recommended that buyers and sellers consult with a real estate lawyer to navigate the complexities of Israeli real estate law. With the right guidance and knowledge, buying or selling property in Israel can be a straightforward and rewarding experience.

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The above is only general information and does not replace legal advice which is usually necessary before taking legal proceedings.


Adv. Eli Shimony

Attorney Eli Shimony holds a bachelor's degree in law (LL.B) and a master's degree in business administration (MBA), brings a broad legal knowledge in his areas of expertise. In addition, attorney Shimony holds a wide range of professional certifications in the fields of civil law, banking, compliance, intellectual property, corporate law and more... Attorney Shimony's main areas of practice: Civil and Commercial Litigation, Class actions, Mediation and Arbitration, Intellectual Property, Companies, Real estate, Wills and Inheritances, Monetary claims, Crypto Currencies, Banking, Compliance and Investments.

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