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Legalities

 

The number 1 rule to buying a property abroad is to make sure you have a lawyer. You
wouldn’t buy a property in the UK without a solicitor would you? Within this area we have a
selection of articles that relate to the legal facets of property abroad.
 

Why a lawyer is essential when buying abroad

No one would dream of buying a home in the UK without employing a lawyer to protect their interests and oversee the purchase. So frankly, it’s baffling why British people even today continue to buy abroad without independent legal representation, and in so doing risk falling victim to a number of pitfalls and losing large amounts of money. Saving on conveyancing fees might seem tempting at the time of purchase but rest assured, what you stand to lose if a property  More...


The role of a notary

When buying a property in most European countries you will need the services of a notary. Notaries are legally trained representatives of the government whose role is to oversee and rubber stamp property transactions. This will include witnessing the signing of contracts and checking both parties adhere to the law and pay the correct taxes. Typically, notary fees will be fixed by the government, so be the same throughout the country. In the UK notaries are not involved in  More...


Is a renovation project right for you?

Moving house is a stressful process at the best of times, so one can only imagine how stressful it will be to buy a property which needs renovating. Many people decide to buy a property abroad which also is in need of a little DIY as they like a challenge, others are retiring and want something to keep them busy, and others simply love the thought of making the house their own. Currently there are thousands of properties in need of love and attention in various different  More...


Buying land and property abroad

We all know how stressful it can be to buy a property in the UK, let alone to buy a property in a foreign country. There are certain must-dos that you should bear in mind no matter where you are buying and there are also certain things you will have to do if you move to a specific country. To put things into perspective, some countries, such as Bulgaria will not let foreign nationals purchase land (including a property garden); it can only be purchased through a limited company  More...


How to find a good solicitor abroad

When it comes to the legal side of buying a property, nothing can be taken lightly. If you were purchasing in the UK then you would not leave anything to chance, so the same must apply when buying abroad. You may have heard horror stories about people who have lost everything when tying to purchase a property in a foreign country; this is mainly due to them not having the correct knowledge or legal advice. The most important thing to remember is that every country has different rules and  More...