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  • monica
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    Please do not hesitate to email me if you are considering an international move. I am here in Sunny Sarasota, Florida, and have been a professional in the Real Estate industry for 5 years. The residential real estate business is government regulated here, and we have very strict guidelines to which we must adhere. Sarasota is one of the most desireable places on the Gulf of Mexico. Our food is top notch, and our beaches are world class!

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  • omostra06
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    left the uk in 2003, currently living in sunny Portugal

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  • tommyinturkey
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    Anyone been even remotely tempted to buy abroad?
    Sold every thing moved to Kusadasi,Turkey 10 years ago. never looked back,

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  • brian
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    Beauly doesn't seem too bad, but it seems most of the house are bungalows, with little choice otherwise.

    Actually, many of the houses I've seen around the Inverness area are rarely two-storey builds, except in Inverness itself - otherwise it seems one and a half storey homes seem the norm.

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  • vicki2
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    Originally posted by brian
    Heh, I'm looking very much around the Inverness area - Black Isle, and villages to the east of Inverness (Cawdor, Clephanton, Croy, etc) up to and just beyond Nairn.
    I used to live in Dornoch, and if you feel like going that far north, there are some bargains. The Black Isle seems expensive to me but you do have the proximity of Inverness. Were I to go back north, I'd think about around Beauly.

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  • ninikins
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    Apparently placed like Yugoslavia and Hungary are great for gorgeous cheap houses and the scenery is lovey too. Maybe its something to consider if you want to move abroad.

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  • brian
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    Heh, I'm looking very much around the Inverness area - Black Isle, and villages to the east of Inverness (Cawdor, Clephanton, Croy, etc) up to and just beyond Nairn.

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  • vicki2
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    Which parts of Scotland have you explored, Brian? I did that a bit and lived north of Inverness at one point but then finally settled back down in Angus.

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  • brian
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    Good point about renting - that's a big reason why we did that when we moved from Yorkshire to Scotland - we weren't sure where abouts in Scotland we wanted to live, so we rented in a relatively central location, and have driven round a huge chunk of Scotland to locate which areas we felt we could live in and like.

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  • vicki2
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    Good ideas, Oneofakind. It takes a lot of research, if not more than usual, if moving abroad. It's certainly harder than moving to the next village over!

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  • OneofaKind
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    I guess the other option is to talk to people you know that live in the area - especially if they are close friends.

    People I moved to the area where I now live I half moved here - staying at a friends most weekends. Reading the newspapers and asking questions.

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  • vicki2
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    It's one case where I believe in renting for a few months (or a year) in an area where you think you might want to live. The outlay of rent money is minor compared to making what could be a huge mistake. One, you work out if it's really what you want to do, and two, you learn the real estate ropes in that country. I've had friends who jumped into what looked like great deals only to find all sorts of problems which not only lessened the true value of the property, but they ended up hating the lifestyle and were stuck!

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  • OneofaKind
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    Originally posted by brian
    Anyone been even remotely tempted to buy abroad?

    Sometimes I feel like just dropping everything and going to the US and buying there - even though I've never visited.
    If you don't have any commitments here - why not? the key is to make sure that you're not making force assumptions about the benefits

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  • John
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    A lot of people who move abroad actually hire UK builders, and whilst you must be careful to ensure you fall in line with foreign building regulations, speaking the same language as the builders is a huge advantage.

    Buying property abroad is an appealing prospect, and you can pick up entire houses for the cost of a new car here in the UK, but the challenges of fitting in to a new way of life are huge and put off most people that consider the idea. Life here is very different say from life in Italy, and whilst great weather and better food appeal to me, I don't speak a word of Italian nor do I fancy competing on the roads with them, so for me somewhere along those lines is a no no.

    France or Spain isn't too bad though, and whilst you might have to learn a bit of French/Spanish, things aren't quite so different which is why many Brits choose to go there.

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  • hand
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    I think it all comes down to who you deal with. Of course no matter what you're going to run into the criminal element. But, if you could lock onto someone and get a good rapport with them you might find that they are actually honest people.

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