Saturday, 23 March 2013 20:47

Buying Property In The United Kingdom

The British Isles, also known as the United Kingdom, is a land that is rich in history and culture. You can never see all the sights the country has to offer in a brief stay and as the older generations retire, many people are looking for alternative homes for either their golden years or vacations. Relations between the United States and United Kingdom have always been good and many people are looking at buying property there.

While moving is a big chore in the first place, moving overseas is an even bigger one, especially when you are not sure exactly where you want to live. UK properties can be found all over the island, but it come down to personal preference where you want to live. Do you prefer the big city with its many amenities, employment, and easily accessible public transportation? Or do you prefer the countryside where a motor car is necessary to get to the bigger areas to shop? Inland or seaside? Tourist town or quiet village? These are the first things you need to consider and decide before even contacting a real estate agent to help you look at homes.

Properties in the UK are also unique in the way some of them are structured. For example, the small community of Drayton, in Portsmouth, Hampshire, have streets upon streets of double-family homes. Built with a common wall between them, these homes each have their own utilities, front and back yards, and entrance ways. Other homes, such as many that are found in towns and cities like Stratford-Upon-Avon - home of William Shakespeare - are structured with thatch on their roofs. Anyone unfamiliar with this look will find the home quaint the first time they see them with roofs made of straw, water reed, sedge, and heather. Believe it or not, a properly thatched roof can last up to fifteen years.

As with anything else, price is a factor when deciding whether to buy or even rent property overseas. If you are looking for an investment, know that will you be spending a great deal of time there, and are serious about buying, make sure you get a competent and understanding real estate agent. Buyers will need to make sure that they agent they choose is familiar with any laws that may affect your purchase if you are not a native of the United Kingdom. You will need to determine what sort of visas will be needed to remain in the country for any extended length of time. Also, keep an eye on the exchange rate between your native currency and the pound. You may be able to afford something more than you expected because of it.

Of course, you also need to decide where you want to live. If at all possible, make a list of places that appeal to you and try to visit each and every one, spending enough time there to note what amenities are offered, how busy or quiet the area is, how far it is from every day shopping needs, and how the public transportation runs. If you consider a place like Brighton on the coast, talk to other residents and find out how the tourist season is. Take your time in choosing. You will know which area and what UK property is for you when you find it.


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