Housing - Expat Magazine

Real estate in Spain: What's changing for expats in 2022
Real estate in Spain: What's changing for ...
The pandemic has changed the outlook for individuals and businesses around the world. Most spheres of life are concerned by the “pre” and “post” Covid situation. In Spain as elsewhere, thousands of individuals, including expatriates, have been moving to large city outskirts, or, if they have the budget, to buy in a second home. Sometimes fearing new lockdowns, new buyers are seizing opportunities to enjoy life in a different way. However, a new tax reform introduced in July by the Spanish government could be a game-changer.
Why homesharing can be beneficial for expats
Why homesharing can be beneficial for expats
When leaving your country for a new adventure abroad, finding accommodation can be a major concern, whether you are moving alone or with your family. And it becomes especially difficult in times of COVID-19 and economic crisis to find affordable accommodation options. Homesharing is an interesting option not only for saving in terms of costs but also for a smoother transition.
How do I insure my home as an expat in Belgium?
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How do I insure my home as an expat in ...
If you're thinking about moving to Belgium, taking out a home insurance policy will be one of your priorities. Here is everything you need to know.
How global home prices affect expats
How global home prices affect expats
Housing is a significant cost for most expats, affecting their decisions of where to live and whether they should buy or rent. While the global house prices may have increased overall, there are still destinations with attractive home prices for expats. However, not all expats may want to buy homes either, and many factors affect a buy or rent decision.
Mortgage in Germany: Four steps that expats need to know
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Mortgage in Germany: Four steps that expats ...
Buying a property is one of the most exciting life decisions for most people. And that excitement is multiplied when it comes to buying a property abroad! Expats considering a mortgage in Germany should be happy to know that the country is one of the safest and more secure countries for real estate investment, only behind the US (according to a 2021 survey by the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate – AFIRE).
What to know before buying real estate as an expat
What to know before buying real estate as an ...
Buying a property abroad is a process that requires proper planning, especially in terms of financing. So what are the different options for financing your real estate purchase as an expat?
Things to keep in mind when renting or buying property amid the crisis
Things to keep in mind when renting or ...
Like most sectors, the global real estate market has also been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. So what should you keep in mind if you're a property owner or you're looking to buy or rent a property as an expat amid the crisis?
Your rights as a tenant during the COVID-19 crisis
Your rights as a tenant during the COVID-19 ...
The coronavirus pandemic gave rise to a housing crisis in many countries around the world. Being unable to pay their rent, thousands of families are at risk of becoming homeless. Tenants have been granted a moratorium for the payment of rent in some countries, but with the current economic downturn resulting in a job crisis and salary cuts, things are getting worse. Even the United Nations recommends that governments implement strategies to protect tenant rights. Let's take a look at some of the favourite expat destinations.
COVID-19: The impact on property around the world
COVID-19: The impact on property around the ...
Real estate is a sector that has been severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Rising unemployment and decline in income have to lead to many families around the world being unable to pay rent or settle their mortgage. Here is what you need to know if you were planning or are still planning to buy or rent property abroad when the global health crisis subsides.
Rising rent prices in Europe
Rising rent prices in Europe
While rents in expensive cities like London, Amsterdam, or Munich seem to have stabilised at the end of 2019, there was a significant rise in many European cities that used to be relatively affordable. The HousingAnywhere International Rent Index gives an insight into the saturated property market in Europe and what you should expect in the coming months.
Are serviced apartments the ideal for solo female expats?
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Are serviced apartments the ideal for solo ...
The last decade has seen an increasing number of women moving abroad for work. Are serviced apartments the ideal solution to ensure safety for women living abroad on their own?
Dealing with the real estate woes when settling abroad
Dealing with the real estate woes when ...
As of this year, French citizens will be exempt of tax when selling their main residence ahead of a move abroad. Selling or renting out one's property before moving abroad is no easy feat. So we've decided to compile a checklist to help you out.
Cities with the highest rents in Europe
Cities with the highest rents in Europe
For those looking to work and live in Europe, finding affordable accommodation can be a real challenge. In fact, most of the popular expat destinations in Europe are known for their high rent prices. However, to help you choose wisely – especially if you have a tight budget – here are some of the most expensive European cities to live in according to the latest study by ECA International.
Global Cities: Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Sao Paulo best for housing prices
Global Cities: Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Sao ...
Every year, Knight Frank- a leading global estate agency, residential and commercial property consultancy firm releases its Global Affordability Monitor 2019 at the beginning of February. The Affordable Housing team earmarks 32 “global cities” and analyses the house price to income ratio, the proportion of an income which makes up the rent and also compares the real house price growth to the real income growth. Here are the most affordable “Global cities” shortlisted by Knight Frank.
Where you should buy property in 2019
Where you should buy property in 2019
It's wise to buy a property abroad if you're looking to make an extended stay or becoming a permanent resident. You can as well make it profitable by letting it to other expats. However, take the time to analyse the dynamic global property market before concluding. Here's an insight into the most affordable places to buy property according to the Global Property Guide.
The world's cheapest cities for expats
The world's cheapest cities for expats
For years, many global reports have unveiled some of the world's most expensive cities for expats, regarding rent, leisure and daily expenses in particular. If you're looking to move abroad on a budget, whether you're planning to study, work, set up a business or retire, have a look at some of the world's cheapest cities according to a study by Nomadlist.
Finding happiness in the bustling Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Finding happiness in the bustling Kuala ...
What led Philippine to Malaysia is a job opportunity she could say no to. Coming from the Vosges region in France, she flew to Kuala Lumpur with her family. Both Philippine and her partner work for the same company under a local work contract. Happy about her new life in the heart of the bustling and multicultural metropolis, she talks to Expat.com about her everyday life as a mum and part-time employee far from where her home is.
The pursuit of happiness as an expat in China
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The pursuit of happiness as an expat in China
After graduating in Northern Ontario, Carmelo wasn't very happy about career prospects in Canada. His quest for a better job led him to China where he works as a teacher. He talks to Expat.com about his new adventures and everyday life as the father of a newborn son in what he calls the "Millenials' paradise", and his passion for his work.