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What are the Risks with Buying Property Abroad?

When it comes to buying a property abroad, there are a tonne of benefits. In fact, you’ve probably heard people talking about how buying a property abroad was one of the best things that they have ever done. Whether it’s for investment purposes or as a permanent residence, very few people will steer you away from buying a property elsewhere. However, that’s not to say that there aren’t a handful of risks that you should be aware of.

Things to Remember When Buying Property Abroad

It’s impossible to say that there are no risks whatsoever when it comes to buying property abroad. Think about it, there are even some risks associated with buying property here in the UK. Luckily, buying property elsewhere is rarely as risky as people assume it to be. As long as you take the time to do things properly and correct processes are followed, you should find that the entire process goes smoothly.

Account for All Tax - When you buy a property abroad you will be liable to pay in that country, along with the tax that you’ll be paying in the UK. The amount of tax that you’ll need to pay will vary from place to place, so it’s best to do some thorough research.

Have All Paperwork in Order - There’s a fair amount of paperwork to take care of when it comes to buying property abroad and it can be confusing. Before going ahead with the purchase, make sure that you have all planning permission and licenses in place. Once you have signed a formal agreement, it’s very difficult to make changes.

Exchange Rates Change - A lot of people forget that exchange rates fluctuate pretty rapidly, which could change the value of your purchase. Take the time to fully understand what a change in the exchange rate could do to your mortgage repayments and total property value.

Though these are risks that you will need to consider, they are relatively easy to avoid. Taking the time to carefully navigate the steps of buying a property overseas will go a long way towards ensuring that you avoid potential problems.


Jan 18, 2019 | 383 Page Views

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