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UK second home owners left out in the cold by Brexit negotiators

UK second home owners left out in the cold by Brexit negotiators
UK second home owners in Europe are being totally ignored by Brexit negotiators on both sides. Many UK citizens who’ve purchased second homes in France, Spain or other EU member states have done so in advance of retirement rather than just for holidays and weekends away. The EU’s free movement directive will have been a crucial part...

Brit expat retirees set to lose on sterling fluctuation

Brit expat retirees set to lose on sterling fluctuation
British retirees overseas may lose 20 per cent of their pension payments due to sterling fluctuations. If you’re at the number-crunching state of preparing to become a British expat overseas, it’s wise to take into account the Brexit effect on the pound’s exchange rate. In the case of a no-deal Brexit, sterling is expected to crash,...

Expats in Portugal lose everything as forex trading firm disappears

Expats in Portugal lose everything as forex trading firm disappears
Expats are facing massive losses after an Algarve forex trading company disappears. Expat investor clients of Almancil-based PremierFX are panicking as attempts to contact the late owner’s adult children all fail. The business, formerly believed to be well-respected in the community, has simply vanished, taking with it hundreds of...

Advice on buying a home in New Zealand

Advice on buying a home in New Zealand
Buying a new home in New Zealand is the goal of the majority of expats arriving to live, work or invest. Although home ownership doesn’t guarantee residency in New Zealand, it’s still the preferred option for many of those who’ve arrived to work and are now planning on staying long-term. It’s easy to fall in love with the islands...

Expat property purchase in Malta

Expat property purchase in Malta
Leaving the home country may be a wrench, but finding a new home in Malta is worth the struggle. The Mediterranean island of Malta is now a favourite destination for immigration and property investment. For decades, it’s been known as a favourite for British pensioners looking to spend their retirement in its historic heart, secure in...

Spanish property market still safe bet with double digit rises

Spanish property market still safe bet with double digit rises
If you’re one of the increasing number of Britons who’re heading to Spain before next March, a property investment still makes financial sense. Mortgage and property purchase numbers just released by Spain’s Statistical Office confirm the country’s real estate market is solidly on the up, especially in areas traditionally favoured...

Expat property purchase in the Philippines

Expat property purchase in the Philippines
If you’re considering the Philippines as a long-stay expat retiree retreat, buying a home is your best option. A low cost of living, ultra-friendly people, a great climate and vistas of rural beauty are some of the many reasons the Philippines has been a popular expat retirement hub for many years. Buying a property may well not be as...

Expat second home owners in Brittany accused of ruining the region

Expat second home owners in Brittany accused of ruining the region
For several decades, British expats have shown a preference for Brittany, buying second homes and planning their retirement in this iconic corner of France. It has to be said that parts of Brittany could now be described by disgruntled French nationals as ‘Little England’, as a large number of British expats and second home owners...

Private healthcare insurance for part year retirement in the USA

Private healthcare insurance for part year retirement in the USA
If your retirement plans include a few months’ stay in the USA every year, it’s essential to sort out private healthcare insurance before you leave. Unlike in European countries and the UK, healthcare in the USA is a complicated mix of age-related care and private treatment paid for by taking out expensive healthcare insurance. It has...

Expat buy to let investors save thousands by doing their homework

Expat buy to let investors save thousands by doing their homework
If you’re thinking of relying on UK buy-to-lets to part-fund your retirement overseas, being smart on transaction costs can save you several thousand in sterling. According to recent research, exchange rates, loan rates and unnecessary transaction costs during the buy-to-let process are adding up to an average of around £40,000 when a...