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House-hunting as a newly-arrived expat in Indonesia

House-hunting as a newly-arrived expat in Indonesia
Perhaps one of the trickiest tasks for newly-arrived expats anywhere in the world is finding a suitable property to either rent or buy. Indonesia is now a popular destination for adventurous expats looking for tropical weather as well as Western-style amenities including housing. For new arrivals eager to get settled and get on with their...

Tips for expats on buying a home in the Netherlands

Posted on September 4, 2019 in Property Abroad
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Tips for expats on buying a home in the Netherlands
As the Netherlands becomes ever more popular with expat professionals, many are now considering buying a home. Getting a mortgage isn’t easy as regards the bureaucratic necessities, even for citizens, making it even more difficult for expats not exactly fluent in the Dutch language and without a basic grasp of Dutch law. However, with...

Singapore property market shrinks due to worsening world economy

Singapore property market shrinks due to worsening world economy
For expats looking to buy property in Singapore, allowances should be made for the possibility of a worsening global economy. For decades, Singapore has been a magnet for talented expat professionals looking to make the city state their home from home. As a result, the housing market has remained stable, with optimism still the prime...

Advice on renting a property in Spain

Posted on August 9, 2019 in Property Abroad
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Advice on renting a property in Spain
If you’re planning a swift pre-Brexit move to Spain, you’ll find it easier to rent for a while before deciding to buy your forever home. Prior to the 2016 referendum, it was common for Brits desperate for a warmer, cheaper and more pleasant life to buy a nearly new or off-plan property just prior to the move itself. Nowadays, with...

New co-living complexes an affordable answer for expat start-up entrepreneurs

New co-living complexes an affordable answer for expat start-up entrepreneurs
According to annual cost of living surveys as well as expats’ personal experiences, housing costs in Europe are spiralling upwards. For expats heading for a European destination, the biggest problem is finding affordable housing. In 2019, jobs are easy enough to come by, but finding a decent place to live is a serious challenge,...

Is the Dubai property price crash good news for long stay expats?

Is the Dubai property price crash good news for long stay expats?
If you’re relocating to Dubai, now’s the time to make a property investment. Amazingly, prices for villas in Dubai are now at an even lower range than after the 2008 financial crisis as well as at their lowest point since 2007. The bad – some would say good – news was released using data from a major upscale real estate agency...

New expat property ownership in UAE expected to stimulate the market

New expat property ownership in UAE expected to stimulate the market
As expats are now allowed to purchase homes in Abu Dhabi, where are the best locations? The recent welcome change in Abu Dhabi’s laws now allows expatriate professionals to buy and fully own their freehold properties. Apart from encouraging formerly dwindling interest in the emirate’s real estate market, it’s also likely to...

Should newly arrived expats in Dubai consider buying rather than renting?

Should newly arrived expats in Dubai consider buying rather than renting?
If you’re heading for Dubai on a long-term contract, now’s the time to consider buying a home. The majority of expats living and working in Dubai rent a property rather than buying a home but, with real estate prices still falling, it makes more sense to buy in the emirate rather than investing in a buy-to-let in the home country....

Getting an expat mortgage in Germany

Posted on June 25, 2019 in Property Abroad
STORY LINK Getting an expat mortgage in Germany
Getting an expat mortgage in Germany
Expats living and working long-term in Germany may need advice as regards taking out a German mortgage on their dream home. The vast majority of expats on long-term reassignments in Germany as well as those with their own businesses will be able to get mortgages to finance their property purchases. EU citizens have exactly the same rights...

Affordable property in Malaysia attracts Hong Kong expats

Affordable property in Malaysia attracts Hong Kong expats
Affordable Malaysian property is now being snapped up by Hong Kong-based investors. Last weekend saw a rush of investors based in Hong Kong buying into affordable Malaysian properties, mostly as retirement or second homes, but possibly due to the increasing instability of the island as regards China’s intentions. Units costing $100,000...