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7 Reasons Why It’s Better To Buy Than Rent When Moving Overseas

Whether you’re contemplating retirement under the Mediterranean sun, taking the family to Australia or a career relocation to the Far East, moving abroad is an exciting, life-changing prospect. But when it comes to finding a home, the question is whether to buy or not to buy. Renting a home has its merits, but so does...

A Comprehensive Guide For Expats: Navigating Loneliness Abroad

Working your dream job in another country is an incredible lifetime achievement. However, behind the wonderful experience of living in a foreign land, there’s a challenge that many people don’t talk about often. Living for an extended period in an unfamiliar place leads to loneliness. If mishandled, the isolation could affect an expat’s well-being, leading...

The UK Tax Residence Test And Expatriates – Are You Sure You Have Escaped UK Taxation?

The UK statutory residence test determines whether or not individuals are resident in the UK for tax purposes. It can continue to impact British expatriates more than you realise, so it’s important to understand the rules and follow them carefully where necessary. Written by Jason Porter of Blevins Franks You may be settled in a...

10 Must-Ask Questions When Purchasing Property Overseas 

Buying a property abroad might be a dream for many, but for some, it can quickly become a nightmare. With different buying processes to the UK, legal systems, languages and currencies there are lots of potential areas for things to go wrong. However, YourOverseasHome.com believe that potential problems can be avoided, as long as prospective...

What To Know When Buying A Second Property Abroad

Owning a second property abroad has become increasingly popular among UK residents, offering a blend of lifestyle enhancement and investment diversification. Whether you’re purchasing a holiday home, an investment property or somewhere you are looking to retire, purchasing real estate overseas requires careful consideration and thorough research. Here’s what you need to know before taking...

Retiring In Portugal: A Guide For Expats

Portugal is becoming a more and more well-liked retirement destination because of its gorgeous coastline, pleasant climate, and rich cultural legacy. Retiring in Portugal offers a laid-back lifestyle and lots of options to spend your senior years, whether your dreams include sipping wine by the Atlantic or touring historic villages. We’ll go over all you...

Real Estate Market Prospects In Portugal In 2024

The removal of property investment as an option when applying for a Golden Visa in Portugal and the closure of the Non Habitual Residence scheme is due to the Government’s belief that these have been driving unsustainable property price increases. So what are the real estate market prospects in Portugal in 2024? Bloomberg report that...

UK Overnight Stays In Portugal Up 39.5% In 10 Years

Figures from Portugal’s national statistics institute (INE) reveal that the number of overnight stays by UK visitors in Portugal has increased by 39.5% in 10 years, from 7,095,996 in 2013 to 9,901,272 in 2023.  The huge increase shows how comprehensively Portugal is now on the radar of many UK tourists, as well as those from...

Keeping Your Home Number Abroad

Keeping Your Home Number Abroad: An Expatriate’s Guide

Understand how VoIP lets you keep your country’s phone number anywhere worldwide. We will cover how VoIP transforms expatriate communication by enabling the retention of your home phone number anywhere in the world. This guide delves into VoIP’s main advantages, from global connectivity to always-on access to SMS messages, explaining what makes it an excellent...

Portugal’s Golden Visa

Portugal’s Golden Visa – New Rules in 2024

Portugal’s Golden Visa programme has been a very successful scheme but new rules have removed the option to invest in real estate which has been the most popular option. The problem has been that the programme’s success is believed to have had a significant impact on property prices and so the option has been withdrawn. ...

Non Habitual Resident regime

Non Habitual Resident Regime, Out With The Old And In With The New

The surprise announcement by the Portuguese prime minister that he saw no value for the Non Habitual Resident regime (NHR) and it would cease at the end of 2023 was swiftly followed by the surprise announcement that he would be resigning.  The new rules regarding NHR were to be included in the budget so there...

January blues

6 Tips For Expats Looking To Ward Off The January Blues

Blue Monday was a term coined by psychologist Dr Cliff Arnal in 2004.  He worked out a formula to show how the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year. It takes into account factors including the average time for New Year’s resolutions to fail, the bad weather, debt, the time since...