Expat Property Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Property Abroad

16 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Expats enjoying the strong pound warned to watch out for fluctuations

UK expats living in the Eurozone and further-flung destinations are enjoying a boost in pension payments at the present moment, but are warned to watch out for future currency fluctuations. The global economic crash wiped a third off pension payments for UK retirees living overseas, but the ongoing British recovery has seen sterling soar against the euro over the last half-year. Economists believe the pound will strengthen further due to the European Central Bank’s preference for a weaker euro to support the rcontinental region's...
15 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Skipton offer expat buy to let mortgages on selected UK properties

Skipton International, the offshore Channel Islands base of the well-known high street building society, is now offering expat mortgages on UK buy-to-let properties. Including UK buy-to-let options in expat pension planning has traditionally been tricky for those requiring mortgages, but the recent rise in UK property prices has encouraged a few offshore banks to offer the service. Skipton is the latest to jump on board with its plan for UK citizens living and working overseas. The scheme is available to native UK citizens only,...
10 Jul at 6 PM 2014

British cities surge up rankings of most expensive world locations

The strengthening of sterling and the soaring cost of property have sent leading UK cities soaring up the latest ‘expensive cities’ survey. London, Belfast, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Birmingham have leapt up the latest world city cost of living survey, with London now the 12th most expensive world city for expats. The capital was 25th in last year’s survey, and the house price explosion is considered to be the main reason for its re-rating. The study, commissioned by Mercers’, researched 211 cities worldwide as an aid to...
10 Jul at 6 PM 2014

British exodus from Spain replaced by Russian incomers

Changes in the Spanish tax regime have sent thousands of British expats scurrying back to the UK, only to be replaced by hordes of emigrating Russians. According to the Spanish National Institute of Statistics, the total number of foreigners resident in Spain dropped by an impressive half a million last year, firmly establishing the returnee trend. The massive reduction isn’t all down to emigration, as almost half a million expats gained Spanish citizenship in 2013. However, it’s obvious to businesses serving the UK expat...
7 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Expats in Thailand living with uncertainty after military takeover

Western long-term retirees and expats legally married to Thais are fearing repercussions to their visa statuses following the recent military takeover. The recent panicky departure of over 200,000 Cambodian workers back across the border has increased expat fears that immigration crackdowns may be expanded to include those on marriage and retirement visas. One English language newspaper recently published a plea on its postbag page from a concerned expat with a Thai wife and family. The writer asked why contributions to the Thai...
4 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Tax burden hits poor harder than rich in divided Britain

As an increasing number of retirees leave the UK for a better chance of living comfortably in older age, established expats abroad would do well to look back at their home country’s huge gap between the poor and the wealthy. Official figures issued recently revealed that the rich in the UK are a massive 15 times better off than those in the poorest sector. Number-crunching by the National Statistics Office shows the impact of high taxation as against benefits on household income. Expats living in comparative luxury overseas...
3 Jul at 6 PM 2014

British expats exiting Spain due to overseas assets declaration law

Although life in the UK is undoubtedly harder and more expensive than when they left, 2013’s trickle of Brits leaving Spain has turned into a flood. Since last year’s new law made it compulsory for expats to declare all their overseas assets, the size of the British expat community in Spain has decreased by 23 per cent, with German and French diasporas reducing their communities by 23 and 12 per cent respectively. According to returning Brits, no-one trusts the Spanish tax agency, and many more are simply failing to register and...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Expats in Turkey confused and stranded due to new rules

Turkey’s newly-introduced residency permit and health insurance rules are causing chaos amongst expats due to horrendous paperwork-processing delays. The new residence permit laws require an ikamet via an appointment with the local police office, but no slots are now available before October 2014. Of the 40,000 British expats living in the country, many hundreds now have expired visas and permits, and are unable to leave on business or for urgent personal reasons. Should expats attempt to leave the country temporarily without...
1 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Expats in Cyprus win settlement in mortgage misselling scandal

The ongoing scandal concerning mis-sold mortgages on expat homes in Cyprus has affected thousands of property owners on the island, but now looks as if it’s coming to an end. Rather than risk a UK High Court judgment against them, the Cypriot Alpha Bank and a consortium of 20 property developers have settled all claims. The good news came just a day before the court hearing was due to begin, leaving the thousands of expats terrified of losing their homes hoping the nightmare is over. According to lawyers, part of the settlement...
25 Jun at 6 PM 2014

Expat cross border money transfers made easier

Every year, around 150,000 UK citizens move overseas to live and work, with most still keeping financial and familial links with the home country. Transferring money is a necessary evil for a majority of expats, whether it’s pension payments, mortgages on property at home or abroad or interest payments on UK or offshore investments. Between the relatively high costs of transfer and the threat of negative currency fluctuations, it’s one of the least favourite of all the practicalities of living overseas. Banks, alternative...