What to remember when you buy overseas

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Wherever you buy, remember these top tips for purchasing property overseas.

Try to visit the country in the off-season as well as when it looks its best

Bargain on price, especially if it is a new-build home

Ensure you get a full list of relevant fees and charges

Remember to budget for any service fees for communal areas in new schemes

If buying new, research the track record of the developer

Get an independent survey

Use an independent legal adviser who knows the country

Never sign any document you do not understand

Plan ahead and change currency for the purchase when exchange rates are most favourable

Ensure flights to your chosen location run year-round and are offered by more than one carrier

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