If you’re moving overseas, one of the first important decisions to make is whether you will rent or buy a house abroad.
The vast majority of first time expats will rent to begin with as this offers sufficient flexibility should the move not quite work out as planned, it also allows you to get to know a region for a fixed amount of time and to then be in a more informed position in terms of specifically where in the region you would like to live long term (if the move is planned to be long term).
In some countries you may simply not be allowed to buy property straight away, leaving renting as your only option. Financially, buying a property may simply not be feasible for you at the point of moving. Perhaps you have a house back in the UK that, once you have settled in your new country, you plan to sell to finance a new house purchase. Again in this situation renting temporarily at least would be the answer.
If you have decided to go ahead and buy a property in your new location, then this brings with it a whole new set of considerations – particularly from a financial perspective.
Buying a house abroad
It is also important to highlight that in many parts of the world, and significantly this is the case in most parts of western Europe, there is very much a renting culture. Whereas in other countries it’s more common to buy.
In some countries, such as Switzerland, it is really not unusual for people to rent their home for their entire lives. In Switzerland if and when a house is purchased, it is normally envisaged that this will be the family home forever and not simply a rung on the ladder – singles and young couples will often reside in inner city rented apartments and will only consider a purchase once they have children, at this point they will often look to move into a more rural location and buy their long term family home.
House property market abroad
Quite simply, the market for buying or renting a property is going to differ greatly from place to place. You will also have your own set of requirements that you wish your next home to fit of course. You should do as much research as you possibly can to establish your best options.
Relocation companies or estate agents can help, and if you are being relocated by your employer then there is a good chance that services such as this are being provided. If not, then you may want to consider finding a relocation expert to help you with the process.
Expat mortgage advice
It is not uncommon for expats to think that there is a shortage of lenders to match expat mortgage requirements. While it can be a complex situation and take time to get the agreement in place, there are a number of mortgage products and lenders that are specialists when it comes to helping with your borrowing requirements and circumstances.
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