Expat Property Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Property Abroad

18 Aug at 6 PM 2015

British boy drowns in Spain

A four-year-old British boy has drowned in a swimming pool at a family holiday villa in Spain. The boy is believed to have been fallen into the pool at a property in the Costa del Sol resort of Mijas, while playing with other children during a gathering hosted by his parents. A teenage boy alerted adults, with a parent attempting to revive the child before paramedics arrived at the villa in the Mijas Golf resort in Las Lagunas, Mijas. However, he was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the arrival of medics on Sunday...
6 Aug at 3 PM 2015

Suspected expat pimp arrested in Costa Rica

An expatriate living in Costa Rica has been arrested during a raid on a residence suspected of pimping. The man, 40, was taken in by officers from the Office of Judicial Investigations (OIJ) after they stormed a property in the district of Plaza Viques, just south of the capital San Jose. The officers were received a tip-off about the home, located in a quiet area of the town, from locals who suggested that an underground brothel was being run inside. The information received indicated that foreign women could have been coerced an...
6 Aug at 12 PM 2015

British expat’s reputation in tatters after false comments on website

A British expat living in Spain has seen his reputation left in ruins after comments that were later proven to be false were not removed from the notorious website Ripoff Report. Property expert David Rowe had no idea that the US website even existed until 2012, when an anonymous poster accused him of fraud, theft, sex with prostitutes and drug use. After trying to take legal action, however, he soon learnt that it would be expensive and very difficult to remove the post from the site. Rowe, originally from Bristol, had to pay 1,820...
23 Jun at 6 PM 2015

Ex-tennis star Andrew Castle enticing British expats to Almeria

Former UK tennis ace Andrew Castle is luring expat Brits to southern Spain after taking on an ambassador role with Spanish property developer TM Real Estate Group. Castle, who was British number one in 1986 and climbed to a career high of number 80 in the world in 1988, owns a holiday home in the southeastern Spanish town of Murcia and is often seen on the courts of the renowned La Manga Club. He will now also spend some of his time promoting newly-constructed properties in Almeria. The BBC pundit, 51, said that the villas and...
4 Jun at 4 PM 2015

Raffle tickets for Costa del Sol bistro selling for €100

A generous expat couple in the Costa del Sol are to give their newly-renovated bistro and bar away to the lucky winner of a raffle, in which 10 tickets are available for just €100. The owner of the property, Michel, and his wife are not revealing the location of the bistro yet, but have said it has the potential to draw in a large number of patrons because of its spacious terrace and 50 covers. In addition, the couple have spent €25,000 renovating the kitchen, and the fully fitted property is ready to be opened as soon as the...
26 May at 2 PM 2015

Expats investing more in UK property

Expat investment in British buy-to-let property is on the up, according to offshore bankers Skipton International. The bank’s managing director Jim Coupe said that there has been strong interest from all across the globe, but particularly the UAE. He explained that many customers now considered the London property market as “overheated”, resulting in them looking elsewhere in the UK for properties with rental yields that are more appealing to but-to-let investors. With investors cautious about putting funds in to a sector they...
1 May at 9 AM 2015

Rise in British expats investing in property

The number of British expats looking to invest in property back home has been on the up since the beginning of the year, according to a leading lender. deVere Mortgages revealed that in the first three months of the year, 75 per cent of all home loan enquiries it had received were made by Brits living overseas, predominantly expats residing in regions such as the Middle East, Asia, the US and Russia. The group explained that one of the main reason for the surge in interest has been currency charges, with the pound’s weakness...
28 Apr at 12 PM 2015

British expats to be hit by NHS clampdown

British expats living in European countries such as Spain are likely to feel the full force of a proposed clampdown by the NHS. Many UK citizens living overseas often fly back to their homeland for doctors’ appointments or procedures such as operations because of the hassle involved when dealing with local health authorities abroad, particularly concerning the seemingly endless amount of paperwork that may need to be processed. However, the NHS has introduced new regulations, which will come into force in the coming days, stating...
22 Apr at 4 PM 2015

Expat couple to star on Channel 5 documentary about demolition of Spanish villa

A British expat couple will appear on Channel 5’s Horror Homes to reveal all about how their dream villa in Spain was demolished. Len and Helen Prior, who were living in the Andalucian town of Vera, saw their villa bulldozed on January 2008 because of “planning irregularities”. Despite being in possession of the required documents which were signed by the local town hall, the Priors, from Berkshire, received a call informing them that their property was to be demolished. Five years on in 2013, Helen told reporters that the...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2015

British pensioners heading overseas after cashing in on reforms

With the new pension reforms in the UK, British retirees are cashing in and heading to pastures new in foreign lands. Among the main investments pensioners are making after withdrawing substantial sums of money from their savings are holiday homes abroad with, unsurprisingly, Spain being the most popular destination. Chancellor George Osborne introduced reforms earlier in April that enable people over the age of 55 to make unlimited withdrawals from their pensions. Although the majority of people in this bracket are not looking for...