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Your step-by-step guide to buying abroad

This guide has been compiled by Rightmove Overseas with support throughout from expert advisors and sponsors to provide you with accurate advice to highlight the key areas when buying abroad.

Preparing To Sell Your Property

Once you've made the decision to sell your property, it's important to make it appeal to as many potential buyers as possible. Making a few minor changes can make the difference between making a sale or not.

Think about...

  • Keep the property clean and tidy at all times - It's especially important to keep on top of this if you have pets or small children
  • De-clutter your property as much as possible - Pack all unnecessary things away ready to move
  • Neutral colour schemes throughout the property - Paint colours and decoration should be as unobtrusive as possible
  • Finish all the odd jobs and DIY around your property - Often buyers will assume that anything broken or unfinished will need replacing, which could affect the value of an offer
  • Define room purposes - If you are marketing your property as having 3 bedrooms, make sure you have 3 bedrooms (not 2 bedrooms and 1 study/storage room!)
  • Tidy up the exterior - Make sure gardens are neat, pools are clean and doors and windows are freshly painted. First impressions count for a lot
  • Is your property priced correctly? - Research other similar properties in the area - How much did they sell for? How long did they take to sell?
  • Seek the aid of a lawyer wherever possible - Unless you're fluent in the language, make sure they speak English
  • Decide how you will sell - either through an agent or sell privately

Selling through an Agent

Agents will actively sell your property for you, arrange viewings and liaise with potential buyers on your behalf. If you decide to use an agent to sell your property overseas, you will need to determine a few key details before agreeing to sign with them.

  • How long have they been in business?
  • Are they a legally registered agent?
  • What commission would they charge?
  • Would they expect a sole agent agreement? How long for?
  • What is their marketing plan for your property?
  • Do they have testimonials or can you contact some of their past clients?

An easy way to find suitable agents on Rightmove would be to search for property in the location your property is located and contact them through the Rightmove website.

Selling Privately

Selling your property privately can be one of the most inexpensive ways of selling but will need a bit more of your time and effort. If you choose to go down this route, you will need to consider where you will be marketing your property:

  • Websites - Use search engines to find the most popular website for advertising in the local area. International portals will generate interest from holiday home hunters, and buyers relocating from abroad.
  • Local Press - Most towns will have a local paper or magazine, which will circulate to local residents. Consider taking out an advert or listing.
  • 'For Sale' Sign - The board outside will immediately draw attention to your property. Make sure this is professionally made and contains all your relevant contact details.
  • Social Media - Ask friends and family to promote your property online through social networking, such as Twitter or Facebook, by creating groups, pages or re-posting links to property details.

Selling Guides

The Overseas Guides Company provide detailed and helpful advice from people who have been through the property buying process and know exactly what it takes to move overseas. The guides are written in plain english without jargon and clearly explains everything you need to know.

To see the full guide and to search for Overseas property, Go to Rightmove Overseas at: www.rightmoveoverseas.co.uk