Expat Moving News

Latest 10 news items tagged Moving

21 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Bad news and worse news for relocating UK expat property owners

British expatriates at present living in Europe and planning a return to the UK may well be out of pocket due to an unexpected rise is UK property prices. As the Brexit-related uncertainty about rights to remain, healthcare and pensions drags on, many formerly settled UK expats living in EU member states may be considering a return to the UK. However, financial worries about the difference between the sales price of their homes in Europe and the rising prices of UK properties may be as stressful as the decision to wait it out for...
17 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Survey shows expats likely to experience mental health problems

According to a recent survey, mental health problems amongst expatriates are increasing, involving those relocating for their companies as well as independent relocators. For many, becoming an expat is a dream well worth turning into reality. Moving to an exciting new location, taking on a challenging, financially rewarding job, pursuing the perfect retirement or even simply leaving a lifestyle that’s become tedious and unfulfilling - all are reasons for the present-day increase in those seeking a new life. However, few of those...
10 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Should expat investors in EU properties stay positive

Even although it’s not at all clear how Brexit will finally affect UK citizens living in Europe, many Britons still planning to buy holiday homes are focusing on the effect of the UK’s divorce on foreign property prices. Those who purchased homes in European countries prior to the referendum have already made a profit on paper due to the collapse of sterling after the Brexit result was announced, and may yet make more if a hard Brexit becomes reality. For those hoping to buy in the near future, a holiday home in the sun may well...
6 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Lifestyle as important as price when buying an overseas home

Price may be the most important consideration when choosing a home overseas, but lifestyle considerations come a close second. Deciding on priorities when moving overseas is one of the most complicated parts of becoming an expat on a permanent basis. Once you’ve hit on the perfect country, finding the equally perfect location for your new life depends entirely on your personal lifestyle requirements, especially if a comfortable retirement is your goal. For would-be expatriates from the UK, sunshine is undoubtedly the primary...
4 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Expat in Lloret kidnapped and drugged by Eastern European mafia gang

Expats in the Spanish seaside retirement hub of Lloret de Mar were shocked to find out one of their community had been kidnapped and held for ransom by an Eastern European mafia-style gang. The scary episode began when a Dutch expat living in the beachside resort of Lloret del Mar was kidnapped, drugged and held for ransom by a gang reputedly originating in Eastern Europe. Disguised as Spanish police, the perpetrators had hidden near the expat’s home and grabbed him when he left his house. The unnamed Dutchman was beaten,...
3 Jul at 6 PM 2017

New Zealand takes over from Oz as expats favourite

International relocation companies are reporting a surge in expats expressing interest in moving to New Zealand. For the first time in over 20 years, more Australians are leaving the home country and heading south, and the surge in British interest after the Brexit referendum is gathering even more momentum. New Zealand’s uniquely dramatic scenery might have something to do with its increasing popularity, but the so-called ‘Brexit and Trump’ effect and the islands’ friendly communities are the main reasons for its soaring...
29 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Kiwi dream replaces the American dream for US expats

New Zealand is world-famous for its spectacular landscapes, with many US expats seeing it as a resurgence of their parents’ American dream. New Zealand’s magnificent mountains, rolling green hills and rugged fjords became famous as the backdrop for the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and its follow-up, The Hobbit, causing many US citizens dreaming of a new life to become obsessed with moving to the South Pacific archipelago. In a recent NBC TV programme, a group of US expats were shown gathered around a fire discussing the Kiwi...
27 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expats evacuated as firefighters battle huge Costa del Sol blaze

A massive wildfire is threatening Marbella and Donana National Park, whilst over a thousand people including expats have been forced to evacuate the area. Believed to have started after midnight near the town of Coin, near Malaga, the blaze spread across the AP7 highway and threatened to engulf Ojen before it entered the limits of Donana National Park, home to many endangered species and unique wetlands. Thousands of people were evacuated from homes, hotels and campsites in and around the coastal town of Moguer. The region is a...
16 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Choosing the right country for career advancement

There are many reasons for packing up and moving to a strange country, but one of the most persuasive is the chance to advance your career at the same time as experiencing a more enjoyable lifestyle. A recent survey by InterNations found that one in every three expats who’d taken the plunge had done so for career reasons, whether they’d been sent overseas by their home country employer or had found a great opportunity themselves. A few of those who took the survey had been recruited by a local company, and a small number had moved...
15 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Low living costs in the Algarve attract expat retirees

Portugal’s Algarve region has been popular with British expats for decades, but few nowadays realise it’s also a great place for retirement due to its low cost of living. Retirees searching for a cost of living which won’t break the bank could well be forgiven for not considering the Algarve as they assume an EU member state boasting decent weather and amenities wouldn’t suit their financial needs. For the majority of European destinations, this might well be true, but the Algarve is the exception which proves the rule as it...