Expat Property Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Property Abroad

20 Jan at 6 PM 2017

EU citizens in UK to fight for post Brexit residency law

A protest group formed by French expats is preparing to campaign for a new law giving protected rights to all EU expatriates in the UK. Marketing executive Nicholas Hatton is spearheading the group’s efforts to end what he calls ‘xenophobic rhetoric’ by forcing British MPs to grant permanent residency to all EU expats settled in Britain. His 3million forum group was inspired by a Bristol meetup of 200 French EU citizens, all of whom were desperately concerned about their rights to stay and work in the UK. The group is based...
4 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Tips for expats searching for a dream home in France

Dealing with French property agencies doesn’t have to be stressful for newbie expats looking for their dream home. If there’s one thing that’s absolutely certain about France, it’s that the French have their very own way of doing things which doesn't resemble the familiar British norms in any way. For expats searching for their dream home in France, it’s best to get some idea of the process before viewing. Nothing about buying a house in France will be familiar, starting with the terminology used to describe properties,...
23 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Expat family saved from flood deaths by quick thinking

During the worst Costa del Sol floods in decades, an expat mother and daughter only escaped death by wriggling out of their kitchen window. The recent Costa del Sol floods were the worst in 27 years, and inundated the popular expat city of Fuengirola and its surroundings at lightning speed, threatening lives and property. Adrianne Williamson and her daughter Lisa were asleep in their Calle Membrillo home when the water flooded in, and were woken by their dogs climbing on the bed. Wondering why the dogs were soaking wet, Adrianne first...
21 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Four expat destinations best avoided

Would-be expats face a huge choice of places to hang their hats but, in some, all is not as it seems. Getting away from the familiar and embracing the new is a challenge familiar to hundreds of thousands of expats from many Western countries, but how does the average expat make sure what they’re seeing on their reconnaissance trip is what they’ll actually get? Retiring overseas isn’t for fun, it’s for life, and checking the bad before embracing the good is essential. It’s true to say that every country has its darker...
21 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Expats overseas queuing to purchase UK buy to let properties

In spite of the UK government’s recent change in its tax policy for buy-to-let purchases, sales of British properties to overseas buyers have soared since Brexit. Since the sterling crash following the Brexit result, mortgage enquiries by non-British residents have soared by almost 50 percent, with the majority of the increase taking place in the fourth quarter of 2016. Opportunistic property investors living overseas are taking advantage of the discounts caused by the weaker exchange rate. UK property is now considerably...
14 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats lose chance of compensation for missold Spanish homes

An Almeria expat campaign group who’ve been fighting for compensation in a mis-selling scandal are furious over a court judgement that millions lost to British investors will not be reimbursed. The plight of British expats who’ve lost their Spanish homes due to illegal dealings between construction firms and local authorities is well known, but the latest shock to defrauded Britons is hard to bear for those involved. Expats paid millions of pounds in total for 94 off-plan villas supposedly being constructed on legally protected...
13 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Trumpland escapees head south for retirement

Once retirement sets in, the wanderlust which turns citizens into expats is hard to resist, especially when shocks such as the Trump victory change established views of the home country. The recent US presidential election will go down in history as the most polarising and contentious ever, and has left Americans worried as to its long-term effect on their lives. Similarly to reactions in the UK after Brexit, US-based online searches for information on expat life surged by 160 per cent after the result was announced. The American...
13 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Where in France is best for British expats

France has long been a popular destination for British expats looking for a new life, but where are the most popular areas for property purchases? A recent snapshot of the most popular French regions with Britons looking to buy homes showed the coastal areas south of Normandy, the Rhone-Alpes and the far south eastern coastline as holding the most appeal. The number of British home-buyers heading for France during 2014 and 2015 rose by a huge 29 per cent over previous years, and is expected to be even higher this year. The...
9 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Expat court cases and property transactions at risk from Spanish ruling

A possible Brexit backlash by Spanish government legal advisors is set to threaten many hundreds of court cases brought by expats. Spain’s Directorate General of Registrars and Notaries, the equivalent regulatory body of the UK’s Notaries Society, recently issued a ruling cancelling the validity of powers of attorney issued by UK Notaries Public. The reason given by the Directorate General was that the British qualifications, authority and competence of UK Notaries Public is below that of their Spanish equivalents. Briefly put,...
8 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Brit expat survives brush with death in flooded lift

A British expat stuck in a flooded lift during last weekend’s devastating Costa del Sol storms believed his life was over until his dramatic rescue. UK expat Dan Dawson found himself in a nightmare scenario when the lift he’d taken during the storm began to flood. When the massive storm broke he’d headed for the basement to rescue his son’s Christmas presents without realising the speed of the rising water. As the lift approached the basement, it began to fill with water, rising to level with his chest within two terrifying...