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Buying international property is a life-enhancing experience but the process can be tricky, especially if you’re dealing with a foreign currency and legal system.

That’s why Smart Currency Exchange and our sister companies, Your Overseas Home and Property Guides, produce impartial guides for aspiring buyers.

With over 20 guides on a range of topics, from buying a holiday home in Italy to buying an off-plan home in France, there’s sure to be something for you. Here, we’ve pulled together five invaluable guides for the average international property buyer.

The Property Buyer’s Guide to Currency

The Property Buyer's Guide to CurrencyWhen buying a property overseas, transferring a large sum of money is inevitable so you need to be sure to plan your transfers in advance to ensure you avoid the risk of exchange rates moving against you. Learn more with our dedicated guide.


  • A step-by-step guide to transferring money internationally.
  • Why using a currency specialist could save you time and money.
  • How to manage ongoing payments for your international property.
  • Tips for a successful international property purchase.

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Emigration guide

Moving overseas is exciting but requires a lot of careful thought and planning. You’ll need to transfer significant sums of money, and that means being exposed to constantly changing exchange rates.


  • How to organise your finances for a move abroad.
  • What is ‘currency risk’ and how to avoid it.
  • Send money overseas at the right time for the best rates.
  • When to open a foreign bank account.

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Buying a property abroad with family or friends

If you have your heart set on a specific property type, perhaps a villa on the French Riviera or a place in the Algarve, but your eyes are bigger than your budget, have you considered buying with friends or family?


  • Why buying with your family makes sense.
  • How to finance the purchase.
  • Organising legal ownership.
  • Legal advice from local lawyers.
  • How to get along!

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Read all about business partners Sian and Sarah’s decision to buy a place in France.


Your Viewing Trip

A successful trip to view properties is crucial in finding your perfect property overseas. The Viewing Trip Guide has been written to help you get the very best from your viewing trip, detailing the key steps to take throughout the process and providing advice and pointers on the expert professionals you will need to help you along the way.


  • Tips from lawyers on what to ask.
  • How to choose the right estate agent for your needs.
  • The most important financial considerations.
  • How to build the perfect property checklist.

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Buying Guides

Your Overseas Home publishes Buying Guides specific to the country you want to buy in. Each one provides a definitive guide to buying international property with vital advice on legal and financial issues.

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Remember, should you need any help or have a currency-related query, your Smart Currency personal trader is only ever a phone call away. Contact them on 0808 163 0102 from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday – Friday.

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For more information about buying international property, speak to one of the friendly property consultants at Your Overseas Home on 020 7898 0549 or email the team at info@propertyguides.com

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