FILE - Buy to let Holiday Homes Outside the UK
market has been growing considerably in the UK since the mid 1990s and now
with the growth of second homes outside the UK there is even a greater market.
First of all decide on why you are buying Do you intend to live in the
property for holidays or purchase a property purely to let out permanently?
If you are going to buy a property purely to let out, then you should seek the
assistance of a professional estate/letting agent in the country that you choose.
Most countries have different systems for letting out a property and you could
find that you have to commit the letting up to nine years. You should also seek
specialist help regarding the location, whether to let it furnished or unfurnished.
you go down this route it will mean that you have the benefit of an income from
the property plus the opportunity to take your holidays there.
of all you have to decide on a country - France one of the most popular, Spain
still very popular like Portugal and Cyprus. Then there are the less well known
destinations - Greece, Turkey and Eastern Europe.
people start their research by looking at a country they are familiar with. You
then have to decide on the location. If you are aiming to let the property to
cover costs and mortgage repayments then you must purchase it in an area that
is going to be popular with visitors. You should also take care right from the
start not to overstretch your budget. Remember that you will often have to pay
a purchase tax on the property, lawyers fees and in some countries agents
fees when you purchase.
next decision is your market. Are you aiming solely at the UK and Irish market
this will mean it will have to be located close to airports or are you
considering a wider market Dutch, German & Scandinavia for example? A wider
market will naturally give you more opportunities to let the property, but you
also have to promote it in those additional countries.
have now decided upon the country and the area within that country. How do you
find that property? There are several ways. Companies organise expositions in
many countries like the UK and Ireland. Here you go along to a local hotel and
collect the information and this is followed up by an inspection flight. You will
often find that these properties are just being built or are going to be built.
Many of these companies are now offering second hand properties.
are numerous property and country magazines with pages of ads for new and second
hand property that is available and many newspapers advertise similar properties.
very popular method is the Internet. If the agents site is good you should
get several photos of one property and many agents will be happy to email you
further pictures. If you are then planning an inspection visit, arrange several
appointments so that you get an idea of what various properties are like. Many
agents speak your language as well and if in doubt take along a friend who can
your property is located in a country that is very warm, particularly in the summer
and you have the opportunity of buying a place with a pool, this can certainly
boost rental income and make it more attractive to rent. There are of course additional
maintenance costs involved with a pool.
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You now have the right property the next step will be furnishing it. Equip
the kitchen well. People on a self catering holiday dont want to spend a
lot of time washing up provide a dishwasher if possible. A washing machine
is an essential and a television is very welcome particularly on a wet autumnal
evening. Along with a television you might have to consider a satellite system
and which one will depend on your core market.
Most people have mobile
phones, so it is not necessary to provide a telephone. If you do, contact the
telephone provider to find out ways of providing one in a holiday home whereby
you dont find you are paying someone elses phone bill. Even if you
have incoming calls, someone can always accept a reverse charge call to your phone!
to take into account safety measures. Install a smoke detector, have your appliances
checked (in some countries it is the law) and make sure that the furniture is
smart, in a good state of repair and if applicable compliant to local safety regulations.
Breakages can occur so provide crockery and glassware that can easily be replaced
at the local supermarket or department store.
& bed linen:
Decide whether you provide this or not. It is an additional cost not only
for the initial (plus replacement purchase) plus the ongoing associated laundry
- You will need to consider in your financial planning the costs of employing
a local agent. This can be in the form of an agent who finds visitors to rent
the property and checks them in and out, arranges maintenance etc, or purely someone
who just acts as a key holder and checks your visitors in and out and generally
manages the property for you.
you can just employ an agent to check the visitors in and out and organise routine
maintenance. Some people get to know a neighbour and ask them to do this. If you
go down this route, it should be on a business footing.
dont reserve the best letting weeks of the year to yourselves, particularly
if you need the rental to pay for the property. Try and visit it off season. It
is good to go there at least twice year, to check on its state and condition and
also to carry out any repairs or garden tasks that have not been attended to.
amount of time during the year the property is let will depend on your outgoings;
there are several ways to find holiday renters. You can use the Local agent, list
it with a holiday company back home or advertise it yourself using a specialist
holiday publication (or several of these) or try the national newspapers. Advertising
costs can mount up, particularly if you are not getting the enquiries. As more
and more people are turning to the Internet, look for a specialist site like
low cost villa advertising service
pay an annual fee of under £100 and the enquiries go straight to you. Many people
then decide to have their personal website. This can provide a lot more additional
information about the property, area and if it is well illustrated with photographs,
you have then developed your own brochure on line. The costs of building a website
can be quite high, so shop around and dont go for something that is too
fancy, has long introductions and large photos\that take a long time to download.
People using the web, so get bored and want quick results.
remember get your rental price attractive
to attract renters
You should make arrangements whilst you are in the process of purchasing your
property to make a will in that country in relation to the overseas property.
In some countries like France there can be inheritance problems whereby children
automatically benefit rather their mother. The lawyer handling your purchase can
be consulted about local formalities.
List rules for a Buy to Let Property
in a country that you know As you will also be wanting to stay there, make
sure that you can get there easily.
the up and coming areas.
the market you want your property to appeal to.
make too many restrictions on the letting You must consider family lets,
pets travel all over Europe these days.
the rental price correct. It is no good setting a high price when people are not
interested in renting your place. Check out the prices of the competition.
of property is it within easy traveling distance of an airport? How far
away is the nearest motorway town or beach or lakes the property located
with regular water supplies and electricity? If the property is on a septic tank
remember that the maintenance has to be arranged.
just buy a property that appeals only to you if you are buying to let you
need to consider firstly those who will be paying the costs your paying
Your rental income has to cover the mortgage the upkeep of the property
the marketing costs Paying for a local agent to administer guest
transfers Tax (local property taxes plus income tax in the country the
property is located in / or back in your home country)
must think about this as a long term investment you should also take into
account that you might buy when property has had a history of rising in price,
however there can always be the possibility of prices falling in your chosen country
or region and your property no longer being in a fashionable holiday
the property Buildings, contents and for your paying guests.
your visitors with an Information folder for the property and dont refer
to them as Tenants. Many people do not like this term.
you are going to spend your own holidays at the property and want to keep some
of your own personal belongings away from your paying guests, try and build, or
use a specific cupboard, cellar area etc to keep locked.
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