Buying a property abroad to rent out: Our guide

Euan Robb


In the world of investments, real estate has always been a favoured option. The allure of owning physical property, especially in a foreign country, is something that continues to entice investors. If you're considering buying a property abroad to rent out, this comprehensive guide is tailored just for you.

We'll navigate through the essential steps and spotlight how Equals Money's international transfer service can be your financial ally in this venture.

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1. Research the property market

The first step to buying a property abroad is extensive research. Different countries have varied property markets, regulations, and trends. Consider factors like the political climate, economic stability, property laws, and rental yields. Countries like Spain, Portugal, and France have been popular among UK investors for their favourable climates and promising rental markets.

2. Legal and tax implications

Understanding the legal and tax implications is pivotal. Each country has distinct laws concerning property ownership, taxes, and rentals. It's advisable to consult a legal expert familiar with the property laws of the country you're eyeing to avoid future complications.

3. Financial planning

Budgeting and financial planning are crucial. Apart from the price of the prospective property, consider additional costs like taxes, maintenance, and management. Explore mortgage options, and be clear about the repayment terms and interest rates.

4. Making international payments

Here’s where Equals Money come in. When purchasing a property abroad, you’ll engage in multiple international transactions.

Traditional payments providers such as banks often offer uncompetitive exchange rates and a restrictive portfolio of currencies offered. Equals Money allows you to get the most out of each transfer with competitive exchange rates for over 140 different currencies.

Additionally through the use of currency hedging and tools such as forward contracts, lock in a favourable exchange rate for future transfers, safeguarding your property budget from potential market fluctuations. Although should the rate continue to move after the contract has been agreed, you’ll still receive the original agreed exchange rate, presenting a potential disadvantage in choosing a forward contract. However, many looking to purchase property abroad find the stability offered by a forward contract outweighs this disadvantage.*

5. Property management

Consider how the property will be managed. Will you hire a management company or manage it yourself? Weigh the pros and cons and decide based on your availability, proximity to the property, and willingness to undertake the tasks involved.

6. Local amenities and infrastructure

The value of your property and its potential rental income will be significantly influenced by the local amenities and infrastructure. Look for properties in areas with good transport links, schools, hospitals, and entertainment facilities to enhance its appeal to potential renters.

7. Cultural and language barriers

Understanding the local culture and language can be an asset. It aids in negotiating deals, understanding legal documents, and managing the property efficiently. If there’s a language barrier, consider hiring a translator or a local representative.

Final thoughts

Buying a property abroad to rent out can be a lucrative investment when done right.

While the prospect is exciting, it requires meticulous planning, understanding of the legal and financial landscapes, and strategic financial management. Equals Money is committed to ensuring that your international transactions are nothing but seamless. Experience the ease of international transfers with competitive rates and personalised service tailored to meet your unique needs.

Step into the world of international property investment with confidence and the assurance that Equals Money is your trusted partner in every transaction. Contact us today to explore how we can elevate your international property investment experience.

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*Equals Money can only offer forward contracts to facilitate payments for goods and services.

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