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Where should expats invest in property in 2023?
Where should expats invest in property in 2023?
What does the year 2023 hold for the global real estate market? In its most pessimistic projection, the IMF is talking about a 10% drop in property prices in advanced countries and 25% in emerging countries. It seems that price booms are over. Inflation and the risk of a global recession are rendering the global market even more tenuous. In this context of uncertainty, is investing in real estate still a safe bet for expatriates? What are the benefits of investing in real estate, and where can you buy affordable property in 2023?
Which are the world's biggest real estate bubbles
Which are the world's biggest real estate bubbles
Property prices are soaring! The effect of these surging prices was already being felt before the health crisis and has since become more pronounced. While real estate is considered a strong safe haven, especially in times of crisis, all indicators are in the red. The situation is particularly critical in China and is tending to cause havoc in other markets around the world, in North America, Europe, North Africa and Asia. Between overheating and running out of steam, the real estate crisis is sending contradictory signals to the entire business world. Let's decrypt the situation in some of these countries affected by the real estate crisis.
United Arab Emirates: Expatriates soon allowed to own property in Sharjah 
United Arab Emirates: Expatriates soon allowed to own property in Sharjah 
The emirate of Sharjah has just enacted a law that modifies the conditions of access to real estate ownership for expatriates. What do these changes consist of, and what impact will they have on foreign residents? What objectives does the emirate aim to achieve? Does this mean a new opportunity for expatriates?
Thailand to allow wealthy expats to buy a portion of land
Thailand to allow wealthy expats to buy a portion of land
Thailand has been one of the most popular expat destinations for many years. The country recently announced a new property law intended especially for wealthy expats. Thanks to this law, expats would be allowed to buy a portion of land, and not only residential complexes. But while the government expects to reap huge profits from this lawn, there are certain conditions to be met by expats.      
International students: Should you opt for on-campus or off-campus accommodation?
International students: Should you opt for on-campus or off-campus accommodation?
Studying abroad involves many formalities, such as applying for a student visa, taking language tests, opening an overseas bank account, and, very importantly, finding a place to stay. Students can choose between on-campus student residences provided by the university and off-campus options – a single or shared apartment, a homestay, or a private hall of residence. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?  
What should you do with your property if you're moving abroad?
What should you do with your property if you're moving abroad?
That's it. You're moving abroad. What should you do with your current home, whether it's a house or an apartment? Should you sell it or let it? Should you rather invest in property abroad? Here is a roundup of your various options. 
What do relaxed mortgage affordability rules in the UK mean for expats?
What do relaxed mortgage affordability rules in the UK mean for expats?
The Bank of England has relaxed mortgage eligibility criteria from August 1, 2022. The affordability test to take out a mortgage now only requires the buyer to prove that they can afford a 1% rise in the variable interest rate over the repayment period. Previously, it was 3%. This is good news for expats who want to buy property in the UK, especially first-time buyers who only have a small deposit.
Rising property prices: Is Spain still a good deal for expats? 
Rising property prices: Is Spain still a good deal for expats? 
Although Spain is known by expats for being one of the most affordable countries in Europe, it has been facing rising property prices since last year. The rise, as experts say, is a consequence of higher demand and lower supply due to the lack of resources as raw materials for new builds. 
How can foreigners shift property prices in a country?
How can foreigners shift property prices in a country?
Real estate prices in Canada have reached all-time highs due to Covid, inflation, the real estate bubble, etc. For the government, facing one more crisis is not an option. Prime Minister Trudeau recently introduced restrictions for wealthy expatriates to end real estate speculation.
Canada bans property acquisition for foreign buyers
Canada bans property acquisition for foreign buyers
Determined to put an end to real estate speculation, the Trudeau government announced a ban on real estate transactions for foreign buyers. Housing has been declared a "great national cause" by the government, which aims to create 400,000 new social housing units per year, compared to 200,000 today. This massive project is expected to support the country's economic growth, faced with multiple crises.
Rising property prices in the Middle East: What this means for expats
Rising property prices in the Middle East: What this means for expats
The Middle East is an economically diverse region that includes countries with a common heritage, vastly different levels of per capita income, and a diverse economy. Historically, the residential property market in the region is on a steady course, but prices are expected to rise modestly over the next couple of years with the rising demand and recovery of the economy. 
Real estate in Spain: What's changing for expats in 2022
Real estate in Spain: What's changing for expats in 2022
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 Belgium?
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 need to know
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 expat
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 buying property amid the crisis
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?