Buying Property Abroad As An Investment

Investing money into property can be a good way of potentially making some money for the future. Buying property abroad can also be an option when choosing where to buy property. Here are some tips on buying abroad and what to avoid.

The Pros Of Buying Abroad

Firstly if you’re not planning to rent it out all year round, wherever you buy, it can be a great holiday destination for you and the family. It’ll save you money on your own holidays as you’ll only be paying for flights to the destination. It’s important to consider where you want your holiday home or investment to be as this can make a big difference to how much you spend and make.

When looking at buying property abroad, consider the conversion rate of your money to the currency where you’re paying. For example, the Dollar may be stronger in Australia than it is in the UK, so it’s definitely worth researching before you go falling in love with a place in the wrong country. Think about what sort of property you want to, as that can affect who rents out the property. From Destin beach homes to rustic houses in the South of France, one might be more attractive than the other for different demographics.

Consider what others around your area are charging for a similar property because of the bigger the rental income, the more profit you’ll make depending on whether you bought it outright or on a mortgage or loan. Buying property abroad can also be great if you’re at a point in your career where you’re thinking of retiring and want to split your time between home and your property abroad. So great if there’s a time of year where you want a change of weather or scenery.

The Cons Of Buying Abroad

Of course, with any investment, there is an element of risk. For one, you’ll now be responsible for two mortgages, or if you luckily bought it outright, you’re still responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the property. That can also be a con in itself, as you’ll need to organize nearby cleaners and emergency contacts, should any problems arise when you’re not at the property. So if that means that you’re invested in property in a different time zone, you might be getting calls in the middle of the night.

Sometimes there are down times in renting, as it might be quieter during some months of the year. Therefore there may be periods where no rent is coming in but you still have a mortgage or at the very least, bills and taxes to pay. Suddenly you may find yourself spending a lot more money than planned.

Buying property abroad as an investment is a smart move if done correctly and can grow your property portfolio. However, make sure you do your research and be sure of the potential pitfalls before investing. Sometimes, the deal may seem worth it at first glance, but if it seems too good to be true, that’s probably the case.


Arnel Ariate is the webmaster of Money Soldiers.

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