Buying Property in Honduras

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

Please be advised that the U.S. Embassy is prohibited from providing legal advice or representation.  Property disputes in Honduras are solely under the jurisdiction of Honduran civil courts, and the U.S. Embassy cannot provide legal counsel or intervene in the Honduran judicial process to influence the outcome of your dispute.

U.S. citizens should exercise extreme caution before entering into any form of commitment to invest in real estate in Honduras, particularly in coastal areas and the Bay Islands. Honduran laws and practices regarding real estate differ substantially from those in the United States, and fraudulent deeds and titles are common. U.S. citizens considering investing or buying real estate in Honduras should be aware that rights to such property do not enjoy the same level of protection as in the United States.

Violence has been used against U.S. citizens involved in disputed property cases. Potential investors should engage competent local legal representation  before making any commitments. Investors should also thoroughly check the references of attorneys and real estate agents before committing to utilizing their services or entering into any form of a legal agreement with them.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Embassy does not have the authority to provide legal advice or representation and cannot intervene in private property disputes. The U.S. Embassy can provide a list of attorneys (PDF 132 KB) in Honduras registered with the U.S. Embassy, who have expressed interest in representing U.S. citizens abroad; however, please note that this list is not vetted and is not to be considered as a recommendation of the quality or competency of the attorneys on the list.

For further information on investing in property in Honduras, please review the State Department’s Investment Climate Statement, part of the Country Commercial Guide for Honduras.