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Buying property abroad: Advice from Know Before You Go and A Place in the Sun

The Foreign Office's Know Before You Go team will be at the A Place In The Sun Live show in Birmingham on 30 September to 2 October.

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Stephen Jones and Zoe Woodward from the British Consulates in Spain and Cyprus will be taking questions from the public. They’ll be on panel sessions throughout the three days, and available the rest of the time at Know Before You Go stand (stand number B13)

Brits remain one of the biggest ex pat groups overseas, with over 5.6 million living abroad. Research is key to planning to move or buy property abroad. Property laws in other countries often differ from the UK, and it is also important to ensure you plan for the long term, for example pension arrangements.

Stephen and Zoe regularly hear from British nationals who have got into difficulty as a result of not researching fully before signing that contract.

The Foreign Office has produced advice on before you go, when you arrive and buying property to help get you started.

Published 29 September 2011