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Overseas property as an investment

Discover the potential advantages of overseas property investment and learn about the main differences between investing in property abroad and in the UK.

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Why invest in overseas property? Where to invest in overseas property Finding tenants for your overseas property
Rental income Video: buying an overseas holiday let Get advice on remortgaging to release cash

Why invest in overseas property?

If you're considering how to invest your money, you may be attracted to overseas property by claims of better capital growth and higher rental yields than buy-to-let property in the UK.

There's also the added advantage of having your own holiday home which you can visit when it's not being let out.

However, there there are many responsibilities that come with letting a home and it may be harder to fulfill those responsibilities for overseas properties.  

It could also be tougher to get to grips with the different laws and taxes surrounding property ownership in a foreign country.

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Where to invest in overseas property

If you want your overseas property to be a good investment, it's important to think long-term. 

Property experts will constantly highlight new markets they deem to be investment hotspots and you may be able to find bargains in countries where prices have fallen dramatically, but it's often wiser to buy in more established markets.  

This will be a safer long-term investment and it's likely to be easier to find a good mortgage deal if you need one. Our guide on mortgages for overseas property explains more.   

Make sure your property is in an easily accessible location with good local amenities and in an area popular with tourists. Don’t forget to take into account the holiday season in the area - many tourist destinations virtually shut down when it comes to the end of the season.

Find out what the going rate is to rent similar properties in the area to get a realistic idea of how much you could make. Or, even better, if the property you're considering buying is already being rented out, find out how much the current owner charges and how many weeks per year the property is occupied for.

Finding tenants for your overseas property

Attracting business and managing the property yourself could be difficult, especially if you're in the UK most of the time.

It can be a good idea to market your property through a local estate agent but you will need to take its fees into account, especially if you want the agent to manage the property. Cheaper marketing options include dedicated holiday lettings websites. 

Word of mouth through family and friends is another good way to find potential paying guests. 

Rental income

You must pay income tax on rent you receive. You can deduct some expenses from your rental income to reduce taxable profits, but only those that relate to your lettings business (not to personal use). Visit our guide to tax on overseas property for more information.

You will also need to make sure the property is up to a certain standard.  Factor in cleaning costs, maintenance costs and the possibility of void periods when deciding whether overseas property investment is for you.

Video: buying an overseas holiday let

In this short video, A Place In The Sun presenter Laura Hamilton explains some of the factors and costs you'll need to bear in mind if you want to buy an overseas property and rent it out.

Get advice on remortgaging to release cash

If you're considering releasing cash from your UK property in order to pay in cash for an overseas one, call Which? Mortgage Advisers for expert help on 0800 197 8461, or fill in the form below for a call back. Unfortunately they are unable to advise on overseas mortgages.

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