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What You Need To Know Before Investing In Property Abroad

Posted on Monday November 11, 2019 (15:29:24)

Has a beachfront holiday home in Mexico taken your fancy? Maybe you’ve spotted a place with a great rental return in Malta. Or perhaps you have your sights set on a house to retire to in Panama. If you’ve never invested in property abroad before, it’s hard to know where to begin. So today’s guest is going to give you some pointers, talking through the current hotspots and the things that can trip up people who are new to the international investment scene.

Lief Simon is the founding editor of Global Property Advisor. Over 20 years, he has bought more than 45 properties and invested in 26 different countries around the world.

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Expat Focus Brexit News Update October 2019

Posted on Monday October 28, 2019 (14:55:25)

Brexit rumbles on, beset by plot twists which would do credit to a Netflix thriller. The so-called ‘Super Saturday,’ in which Parliament met on a weekend for the first time since the Falklands War, ostensibly to push Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal through the House, turned out to be not so super after all, with the collapse of any agreement.

The new bill has been described as very similar to Theresa May’s previous piece of legislation which, as we all know, failed at the finishing post three times. It has some variety, mainly trying to settle the issue of the Irish backstop: Varadkar and Juncker approve but the DUP, unsurprisingly, does not. The PM now says that if the bill does not go through, he could call a general election before Christmas.   more ...


Expat Focus International News Update October 2019

Posted on Monday October 28, 2019 (13:49:12)

Expats In Hong Kong Consider Leaving

Increased numbers of expats living in Hong Kong are setting up a 'Plan B' for themselves and their families, as ongoing civil unrest makes the country difficult to live in.   more ...


Expat Focus International Healthcare Update October 2019

Posted on Monday October 28, 2019 (13:13:36)

British Expats In The EU Concerned About Healthcare

Ongoing uncertainty concerning Brexit and the deal that may or may not be reached is affecting British expats living in the European Union. The UK government has said that it will pay the medical bills of hundreds of thousands of expats for at least six months, but many people are still worried about their long-term futures abroad.   more ...


Expat Focus Financial Update October 2019

Posted on Monday October 28, 2019 (12:29:15)

Preparations For South African 'Expat Exemption' Amendments Under Way

The "expat exemption" act has some considerable changes planned for March 2020. Under the new rules, expats' income will be taxable abroad, including any benefits and expenses they might have claimed.   more ...


Nine In Ten Expats Feel Isolated

Posted on Thursday October 10, 2019 (11:04:14)

This World Mental Health Day, new research suggests that many expats have struggled with life overseas.

Research by AXA – Global Healthcare reveals that almost nine in ten (87%) expats have felt isolated during their time abroad, with half (48%) of those saying that missing friends and family was the primary reason.   more ...


Expat Focus International News Update September 2019

Posted on Thursday September 26, 2019 (15:53:21)

New Fund For Filipinos To Study In The UK

Would-be expats from the Philippines can now apply to a new fund, set up by the UK government in conjunction with insurance company Pru Life UK, to have the duration of their study fully funded.   more ...


Expat Focus International Healthcare Update September 2019

Posted on Thursday September 26, 2019 (15:12:49)

Long-Term Healthcare Rights Not Guaranteed For Expats After Brexit

As the Brexit deadline looms closer, British expats living abroad are increasingly feeling concerned about whether their healthcare arrangements will still be in place.

The S1 form has been the port of call for expats in the EU for many years now, but in the event of a no-deal Brexit there is currently no firm guidance on what will happen to this.   more ...


Expat Focus Financial Update September 2019

Posted on Thursday September 26, 2019 (14:27:38)

Retiring Abroad 'Increasingly Unachievable' For British People

Brits who dream of retiring to sunnier climes are facing increasing difficulties when they try to do so, according to the Department for Work and Pensions.

The main reason for this is the deflation of the pound compared with other currencies, particularly the euro. Popular destinations with British expats, such as Spain, Portugal and the South of France, are no longer seen as affordable by many.   more ...


Expat Focus Brexit News Update September 2019

Posted on Thursday September 26, 2019 (13:48:47)

Brexit has once more dominated the British news this month, with an unusual prorogation of Parliament: rather longer than previous prorogued periods and accompanied by accusations of trying to silence Remainer MPs.

The case reached the Supreme Court on Tuesday 24th September, with the Court deciding that the prorogation of Parliament was unlawful and that Parliament must return to sit. Quite what the result of this will be in terms of the UK leaving the EU remains to be seen.   more ...

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