Finding A new Home or residence abroad

Finding a New Home Overseas The process of finding a suitable home in your destination country can be anything from a relatively simple matter to a nightmare. There are many variables: the housing market in your destination country; the size of your family; the expected length of your assignment; costs and allowances. In most, but not all circumstances, you will probably be looking to rent your new home. The number of rentals in keeping with international standards may be limited, and language and cultural differences may complicate the negotiation of leases. By contrast, you may be entering a well-supplied housing market, where property owners are accustomed to accommodating the requirements of expatriate families.

You can make your experience easier, if you maximize the contacts and resources available to you. This is not a time to refuse help or advice.

Get as much advance information as possible. Ask your employer for contacts, and if possible, retain the services of a relocation consultant or destination services provider. The Internet provides an ever-increasing supply of information and resources. Get to know expatriate colleagues who already may be living in your destination country; find out whether there is an established community of foreign residents, who can provide advice and assistance.

To rent or buy A new Home

The process of finding a suitable home in your destination country can be anything from a relatively simple matter to a nightmare. There are many variables: the housing market in your destination country; the size of your family; the expected length of your assignment; costs and allowances. In most, but not all circumstances, you will probably be looking to rent your new home. The number of rentals in keeping with international standards may be limited, and language and cultural differences may complicate the negotiation of leases. By contrast, you may be entering a well-supplied housing market, where property owners are accustomed to accommodating the requirements of expatriate families.

You can make your relocation experience easier, if you maximize the contacts and resources available to you. This is not a time to refuse help or advice.

Get as much advance relocation information as possible. Ask your employer for contacts, and if possible, retain the services of a relocation consultant or moving consultant. The Internet provides an ever-increasing supply of moving or relocation information and resources. Get to know expatriate colleagues who already may be living in your destination country; find out whether there is an established community of foreign residents, who can provide advice and assistance.

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