Buying property abroad is more than just a decision – it’s an investment. When relocating abroad, it’s imperative to find the right property, in the right location for you. Whether you’re an expat relocating for work or study and you’re looking for the hustle and bustle of the big city, or you’re looking for a more relaxing move to escape current day-to-day life, the decision isn’t one to be taken lightly. To help you make an informed decision on your new home, here at Santa Fe Relocation, we’re taking a closer look at the most popular places to buy abroad in 2018.
As well as being one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, many favour Spain as diverse country to settle down and call home. Despite the economy collapsing in 2008 resulting in the country receiving a 100 billion rescue package on behalf of the European Stability Mechanism, the market has begun to pick up at an impressive pace in recent years. While the value of the pound has fallen since the Brexit referendum was confirmed, Spain remains an affordable destination for many. But where do most expats choose to relocate to? Affordable properties can be found in the Costa Blanca and Torrevieja, as well as Villamartin and Camposol, making up just a few of the destinations for expats looking to move to Spain. Despite attracting more than one million tourists each year, Lanzarote is also a great option for those seeking an affordable winter escape in a place they can call home.
As the most visited country in the world, it’s no wonder that a rising number of people are choosing to buy a property in France. While certain areas of France such as Paris, Versailles and Nice are flocked with tourists year-round, escaping the bustling streets is easier than you think. While there is much more to buying a property in France than the attraction of food, Gascony is an increasingly popular place for those who want to take a step back. While there are a handful of tourist attractions here, the population density in Gascony is very low compared to other areas of France, making this quaint area a highly attractive area for families and those who have recently retired alike – as well as offering excellent cuisine for the foodies among us.
Despite Spain and France being the most popular places to buy abroad, buying a property in Portugal is seen as far more than just a mere investment. With property prices steadily on the rise, an increasing number of people are choosing to embrace a lifestyle of sun by the sea. While Lisbon is the ideal spot for a short city break, Cascais is popular among those looking to leave behind the crowded cobbled streets. Despite being a popular holiday resort, this lively fishing town is a great place to buy. Whether you choose a property by the coastline or one that is located inland, there’s plenty to do, and being just a short drive from Lisbon, should you want to experience the reasons to love Lisbon for yourself, you can!
Even though many people dream of owning a property abroad, few of us consider buying property in Italy and automatically head to the likes of Spain and France. But, with the likes of Ed Sheeran and George Clooney buying a home here, we believe it’s time to rethink buying a property in this incredible country. Despite being home to some of the most famous attractions in the world such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum, there are parts of Italy that remain untouched by tourists. Liguria is said to be one of the best places to invest in a property, not only because the area boasts the most stunning scenery, but because it is relatively easy to reach thanks to the area’s great transportation links.