Expats with regular savings encouraged by new buy-to-let offerings
“Demand for buy-to-let mortgages from British expats continues to be strong and by opening up our mortgages to more countries we can continue to give British nationals living around the world the opportunity to invest in property in the UK,” commented Jim Coupe, managing director of Skipton International.
Some UK expats with regular savings may find it difficult to invest in buy-to-let in their country of origin though; the UK property market continues to grow at a rate which outstrips that of most other countries in the UK, meaning it can be difficult to get a foothold on the buy-to-let ladder. For example, in 2015 the rate of house price growth in the UK was 4.5%, a full 1.5% higher than the average global increase over the same period. Only a few countries, with popular UK expat destination Malta among them, managed to keep pace.
When relocating to a new country, it’s good to know all your options so you can ensure you have the smoothest transition possible. For one thing, there’s the financial side to worry about.
This includes deciding on the best expat life insurance policy to buy as well as receiving expert pension transfer advice so that your retirement savings aren’t negatively affected by the move.
Naturally, some nations offer a smoother residency transition, with Portuguese citizenship and Maltese citizenship among the best, according to research.
Understanding citizenship entry requirements
You will, of course, also need to be aware of the entry requirements for each country.
Several countries have systems in place with the goal of attracting expats who will be able to gain residency in return for an investment. In a post-Brexit world, these may be the best options for some overseas movers. Although not suitable for everyone, some of these systems are of a very high, reputable standard and hold a range of benefits for expats who are eligible. A recent survey has analysed which countries offer the best of these migration schemes, with people choosing to buy Malta citizenship and Portugal citizenship as a matter of priority.
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