New user from Croatia (Europe)

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Hi all!

First of all I would like to apologize for maybe not so good English. Like subject says I am not from USA and English is not my native language so there will be some mistakes in the future.

My name is Ronald Cvetkovic and I live in Zagreb, Croatia. I am 35 years old.

Professionally my daytime job is in telecom company. I am responsible for managing all sales partners that work for my company.
Privately I am married and have 6 month old daughter. My hobby is sea aquarium but also have parrot and cat.

Since I was kid, somehow I knew that USA is "my kind of country". When I finally came to visit that was just confirmed. I visited New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Miami, Key West, Tampa, Clearwater etc. And especially since that visit I want to make some business in USA.

I am completely new to real estate business outside my country so I am aware that there will be A LOT of learning about everything in the future. I really don`t remember how I found out about biggerpockets but I think it was browsing internet and real estate topics.

The more I think about my goal in real estate, more I am not so sure what is it :) But let`s say that in some future I would like invest in buy and hold rental properties.

I know that owning and taking care of any kind of real estate across the ocean is much much more difficult than living in USA, but I think it can be done. This maybe sounds like mission impossible but from real estate business I am generally not asking much. In "near" future just for little help for my family in monthly finances.
Average salary for normal job in Croatia is around 1000 $ so you can imagine how much couple of hundred $ monthly is here. On the other hand, prices for real estate properties here are way too expensive for that salary. For example I purchased 495 square feet condo for 98000 $ few years ago, which is maybe not much for New York, but for Zagreb it is. Also rent that I can get for that condo is only 200 $. Maybe from example above you can get idea why I am interested in real estate in USA.

And of course, since I live in country that I love very much but don`t see progress in the future, maybe one day my daughter will come to study in USA... who knows :)

Sorry for longer introduction. Looking forward for learning, asking questions, connecting...

-Ronald

Hi @Ronald Cvetkovi ! Welcome to Bigger Pockets. It is a great site with a lot of information. I hope that you might find someone in Croatia that is already successful and can show you how to make deals happen.

I am fascinated by your country as well. I have heard many great things. My wife and I actually have given thought to having a 15 or 20 year wedding anniversary party in Dalmatia, probably Dubrovnik or Split.

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Welcome to BiggerPockets @Ronald Cvetkovi ! I can definitely see why you'd want to invest in properties here in the USA! Glad to have you here on the site, don't hesitate to ask any questions, ever!

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@ Zoran Miling Thx for welcome on Croatian :)

I cant do this @ tag someone thing. When I put @ and type name, nothing happens. I tried full name, user name, name with space etc.

Any ideas?

@Ronald Cvetkovic 

Hello Ronald, I am a newcomer to real estate investment. I was actually thinking that Croatia is a good country to invest for Europeans who want to buy property to rent out.  Please could you give me some feedback on this?

Many thanks. 

Cheers, 

- Manuela

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