In Croatia it is general practice to conclude a preliminary contract before the actual contract of sale, which is signed in the presence of a notary. The preliminary contract includes, among other things, all obligations to be fulfilled by the seller, in order that the sale can be completed without any hindrance.
A down payment, and a guarantee of security of this payment are also agreed upon.
After the expiry of an agreed period of time, the actual contract of sale is drawn up, and attested by a notary.
At the same time, a certificate of registration approval (clausula intabulandi) is lodged by the notary.
As soon as all the obligations of the contract of sale have been fulfilled, and the purchase price has been paid in full, the certificate of registration approval is issued by the notary.
Along with the certificate of registration approval and further documents, the property can now be registered in the land register in the owner’s name.