Do you have questions about renovation, education, kids, transport, healthcare and more. Within the 'Settling In' section we cover anything and everything to do with owning a property and/or living abroad.
Top 5 tips for buying a property/living abroad
When it comes to buying a property and living abroad, there are certain
things which are more important to remember than others. Remember these
tips and you will avoid many potential problems abroad.
1) Legal matters. No matter what your estate agent or anybody else tells
you, always hire a solicitor. This applies in countries that work on a
notary system too; the notary cannot offer legal advice and is there to
check correct procedures are followed, while a solicitor will More...
What property best suits you?
If you are thinking about buying property abroad, do you have a certain
type of property that you are looking for? Or are you open to suggestions?
Different people have different tastes, and of course, the property type
you choose will be specific to your individual requirements. For example,
if you are moving abroad for a year, or perhaps you will be living in the
house for a short period of time each year, then a sprawling 5-bedroom
luxury house might not be what you need. That said, if More...
Some things can go wrong…how to avoid
Moving to a country with a slower pace of life, sun, sea, beaches,
friendly people and a better quality of life is an idyllic dream for many,
and for many every year that dream comes true. Sometimes however, things do
go wrong. Things usually go wrong due to a lack of research, forward
planning, or knowledge. Here are some of those things and tips on how you
can avoid it happening to you.
Too often, many people don’t realise the More...
How surveys work abroad
Whilst you wouldn’t dream of buying a property in the UK without
first having an extensive survey done; this is not the case in many foreign
countries. In many places, the people tend to use a local builder to
inspect a particular aspect of a property i.e. the roof. The builder can
also give a written estimate of how much the repair work would cost, if
any. Whilst this does work for most of the locals, as a foreigner buying a
property, it can be a lot of hassle. You will need More...
Making the most of your viewing trip
No matter which country you are planning on buying a property in, one
thing is for certain; view before you buy! This is even more essential when
buying in a foreign country, as you may not be aware of the area or certain
legal proceedings that country operates.
Plan a trip abroad specifically to view properties, and go prepared! It is
really helpful to make lists of important qualities you want in a property,
as well as what you don’t want. Then perhaps make a list of More...