2008 News Archive - Flights - Overseas property questionnaire responses
27 03 2008
Here at monarch.co.uk we love to give our customers help and advice wherever possible! So, if you are thinking about buying abroad, check out our 7 most important hints and tips to help you on your way.
Here at monarch.co.uk we love to give our customers help and advice wherever possible! So, if you are thinking about buying abroad, check out our 7 most important hints and tips to help you on your way:
1) Try to learn the language!
2) Get a reputable solicitor
3) Rent a property first to get a good feel for the place
4) Expect your overall costs to be more than initially anticipated
5) Research the area
6) Make sure any legal issues are fully understood.
7) Be patient!
Our recent overseas property questionnaire proved very popular as we had a great response from our customers. It highlighted to us just how important their place in the sun means to them as many of the foreign home owners were happy to share their advice, stories and feelings about buying abroad. Here are just a few comments...
"Seek all the independent advice you can, as this will enable you to formulate an educated opinion of the area. Think carefully about the reasons you want to buy a second home in the sun. Trying to making a quick buck is fraught with dangers and is open to market fluctuations." - Joe Dembinski
"If you decide to 'take the plunge', start packing and de-cluttering now, the months will fly by and before you know it, you will be here enjoying the Spanish sunshine and vino - bliss!" - Vivienne Morse
"We made the move here with our children aged 8 and 9 who are in school and loving it. Having bought two properties, I would not change anything. The dream is here and waiting and with a little forward planning, it can become reality! Good luck!" - Vivienne Morse
"Use you brain. The old saying about leaving it in the aeroplane is still completely true. Don't trust anyone you do not know personally and well - as in the UK property market. Be extremely careful about off-plan buying and always get a good lawyer - not one recommended by the estate agent." - David Shaw
"We love it here, we are not going to return to the UK. We are going to learn the Spanish language to try to integrate more and enjoy the experience of living by the Med." - Martin Fallon
"Try to meet people who have already made the decision to live there and learn from their mistakes. It would be time well spent." - Eileen England
"We rent our apartment out in Tenerife, one person commented on her first visit to the Island that it was too British, not sure if they would go again, and then added (in the same sentence) that we should get some mugs for those of us who really like a mug of TEA in a morning!" - Anon
Watch this space for more help and advice on overseas property, based on feedback from first hand experiences!
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