Expat Property Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Property Abroad

27 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Newbie expat mistakes and how to correct them

Moving overseas is a stressful experience, whatever your reason for leaving the home country, but avoiding the headaches caused by obvious mistakes isn’t as hard as it may seem. In the rush to make sure you, your family if applicable and even the dog arrive safely in your new country, it’s easy to put off or even forget essential tasks which will make your life easier after you arrive and even ensure your eventual return will be trouble-free. Most of the tips here involve money and the ease of your access to it, a subject which...
24 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Taking the stress out of apartment hunting in Paris

The romance and sheer beauty for which Paris is famous worldwide doesn’t quite make up for the stress of finding a suitable apartment. Paris is a favourite for expats from across the world for so many reasons, but your dream can get very slightly tarnished once you’ve begun searching for an apartment. Expats choose the world’s most romantic city for many reasons, including its charm, quirky districts, delicious cuisine and sheer glamour, but apartment hunting in the city can cause unending stress unless you’ve researched the...
23 Mar at 6 PM 2017

EU expats in UK may be protected by human rights laws

According to a report by a group of Spanish lawyers, the European Convention on Human Rights may give EU expats in the UK freedom to remain. In an address to the EU parliament, legal experts from Spain said Brexit might result in EU citizens making use of existing human rights laws to gain the right to remain in the UK. Spanish professors at law believe that property rights and the right to family life enshrined in the ECHR may be the get-out clause which prevents the UK from forcing expatriation after Brexit. The Convention’s...
21 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Dubai’s luxury lifestyle may be addictive for expats

According to a recent survey, a majority of Dubai’s expatriate professionals decide to stay as long as possible in the emirate because they’ve fallen in love with its seductive lifestyle. As well as attracting ever-increasing numbers of expat professionals over the years, Dubai is now the focus of expat decisions to stay even longer after their initial contracts have expired. A survey by the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry indicates that the majority of expats in the emirate extend their stays by at least another three years...
17 Mar at 6 PM 2017

UK expats choose Spanish citizenship as Brit interest in Spanish property crashes

A new study, released at the same time as news of a fall in British enquiries on Spanish property, has revealed Brits are now reluctant to choose Spain as their retirement. destination. For many would-be expats, Spain is no longer the favoured choice for a comfortable retirement due to fears over Brexit’s effects. According to a new study, the number of British citizens at or over the age of 55 enquiring about purchasing homes in the former favourite retirement destination has fallen to zero as potential buyers are scared off by...
10 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Brit retirees favour Italy for its choice of idyllic locations

Italy has traditionally been highly popular with British retirees wanting to combine spectacular scenery, great food and wine and relief from the UK’s miserable weather. Expat property hunters have an amazing choice of location, whether it’s beachside, lakeside, in fertile valleys or rustic villages or even in the heart of ancient towns founded centuries ago. However, like all lifestyle changes, your retirement dream needs careful thought and preparation, including gathering information on the process of property purchase....
8 Mar at 6 PM 2017

EU hits out at Portugal for its lenient expat pension tax laws

Favourite UK retiree destination Portugal is in the EU’s sights for its lenient expat pension tax laws. The EU’s war with retirement tax havens is now focused on Portugal’s generous expat tax laws, some of the most lenient in the entire European Union. The first shot fired across the country’s bows came from Swedish Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson, who said retirees should choose Portugal for its green wine and climate, not for its tax avoidance policies. For many years, the country has been the preferred retirement...
8 Mar at 6 PM 2017

British buy to let properties back in favour with expat investors

Over the past year, UK expat investors have returned to the home country’s buy-to-let marketplace, with interest fuelled by easier mortgages and the falling pound. Two factors are in play as regards the increasing popularity of British buy-to-let properties with expat investors. Firstly, previous problems with obtaining mortgages whilst living overseas have eased, with several well-known offshore banks reopening their doors to those wishing to enter the buy-to-let market. Secondly, the fall in sterling since the referendum has been...
7 Mar at 6 PM 2017

British pensioner falls victim to yet another Spanish property scam

British national Janet Hayden now finds herself in the same position as hundreds of other UK expats who trusted local Spanish builders and authorities to tell the truth about land purchase. Expatriate Janet Hayden had arrived in Spain in 2003 and was searching for an idyllic plot of land on which her home would be built. She was offered a stunning plot, but was told she could not get permissio9n to build unless she paid a small fine. Having agreed, she went ahead and used a local solicitor to organise architects, builders, bank loans...
28 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Spanish real estate agents already feeling the Brexit pinch

With Article 50 not even triggered as yet, estate agents in Spain are already suffering Brexit doldrums. At least two years of painful negotiations are on the cards before the UK finally quits the European Union, but businesses reliant on British customers are already beginning to envisage a grim future. Amongst the worst affected are real estate agents in Spain’s expat hotspots, with many reporting a drastic fall in property sales since the June referendum. Two of the hardest hit provinces to date are the Costa del Sol’s...