Housing - Expat Magazine

Your rights as a tenant during the COVID-19 crisis
Your rights as a tenant during the COVID-19 crisis
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 world
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?
CitySuites
Are serviced apartments the ideal for solo female expats?
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 settling abroad
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 Paulo best for housing prices
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 Lumpur
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
China
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.
From rainy UK to sunny Chile
Chile
From rainy UK to sunny Chile
Meet Nina, serial expat who been living out of a suitcase since she was 18. With a background in luxury travel, she was thrilled at the opportunity to move to one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Chile. Here she shares her experiences on expat life in Santiago and beyond.
Five things you should know before moving to Morocco
Morocco
Five things you should know before moving to Morocco
According to many studies, including the latest Ernst & Young (EY) report, Morocco is one of the most attractive countries for investment in Africa. If you're looking to work, retire, or start or expand your business abroad, here are five things you should know about Morocco and what makes it a great place to live.
The world's most expensive cities in 2018
The world's most expensive cities in 2018
Analysing the cost of living is an excellent way of assessing the pros and cons of moving to your chosen destination. It's important to ensure that your salary will allow you to enjoy better living standards including shopping, getting around, and eating out after paying your rent. Expat.com gives you an insight into eight of the world's most expensive cities according to a survey by EuroCost International.
Six cities to consider if you're moving to India
India
Six cities to consider if you're moving to India
India is one of a kind with its great heritage, blending history, culture, and traditions along with an exceptional cuisine. Over the years, it has become an attractive destination for expats for various reasons including its prosperous economy, opportunities available, quality education, a booming technology sector, and vibrant social life. The Indian government established the Ease of Living Index 2018 to rank cities according to their performance in these fields. If you're planning your next move to India, here are six cities to consider for quality of life.
What you need to know before buying property overseas
What you need to know before buying property overseas
Buying property is an interesting option for expats looking to make a long stay overseas. However, various factors including real estate prices, and supply and demand, have to be taken into account before taking such a big step. Today, most of the top expat cities are unaffordable regarding real estate. Whether you've chosen to move to Europe, Asia, North America, or Oceania, here's an insight into the global real estate trends according to the UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index 2018.
The most visited cities around the world
The most visited cities around the world
Today, travel and tourism play a significant role in the global economy. Some cities, however, are more attractive than others for various reasons including their historical and cultural heritage, availability of opportunities, as well as leisure activities for each and everyone. Mastercard's Global Destinations Index 2018 gives you an insight into the most visited cities around the world according to the number of international arrivals, the duration of stay and the amount spent by visitors. Discover the six most popular cities with Expat.com.
Awesome expat cities that aren't capitals
Awesome expat cities that aren't capitals
If you are a seasoned urbanite, most likely your eyes and personality are trained to find the beauty and unique characteristics in every city you live in. Of course, each place has its positive and negative aspects, but some destinations are closer to our heart. Here, we present five charming and contemporary cities around the world, which are not the capital cities.