Plan 4 overseas property investing
Property investing abroad for off shore growth opportunities and investments
Overseas property investments are attractive real estate
investment propositions. They are a great way to diversify your portfolio while staying in an
investment area (real estate) you are comfortable with.
Look At The Differences Between UK And Overseas Property Investment
By Arvinder Soar
One of the biggest considerations when deciding upon making an investment in property
is always going to be the location. You will find some investors that will only buy an investment property
within a certain radius of their location and you will find some that will buy in all four corners of the world
and then of course you will have some investors that will do a mixture of both and take a spread risk element
to their investing strategy and portfolio.
Location is a critical element to your choice of property, because not only do you need to consider things
from the pricing point of view, you also have to consider the logistics of managing your property.
From a financial point of view you need to consider:
Market Prices - Are you buying at a low enough price to make a profit
Rental Market - Is the rental market in the area strong enough to not only get a tenant but to also
make a profit on the rent
Resale Price - If you were to sell your property on, would you make a good return on your
Development - If your property needs improvements, are there enough tradesmen to make the quotes
Letting Agent - If you decide to rent, how much is the average price of letting agents in the local
As you can see, from a financial point of view there are various considerations but you also need to think
about the logistical side of things.
When you are local to a property you can almost be in full control, with or without a letting agent
allocated to manage your portfolio for you. When the property is located overseas then the chances of your
visiting that property regularly are going to be slim and this means that you can not keep on top of the little
things that can quickly become issues if they are not sorted.
Overseas properties will also have very different rules when compared to buying in the UK. The purchase
procedure laws will be very different and you also need to consider things like the laws that would control
evicting a tenant or what would happen legally if a short term renter destroyed your property after having a
party for example.
Buying in your home country is always going to be easier from a legal and logistical point of view, after
all, you will know your own country's laws and you will be able understand the state of the market much better.
From a financial point of view it is usually far more costly to buy in your own country, which is why so many
people do invest overseas.