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Posted April 28th, 2016 by Charles Purdy

Have you thought about attending a property show to help with your overseas property search?

From 6th-8th May, the team at Smart Currency Exchange will once again be taking to the stands at the largest overseas property show in Europe, A Place in the Sun Live! at Kensington Olympia. Shows like this are a great place to visit if you are thinking about buying property overseas, as almost all the service providers you will need to help you safely and successfully purchase your dream home are there to discuss your plans in person.

If you are considering purchasing an overseas property, or even part way through your process, we thoroughly recommend attending A Place in the Sun Live! or another property show. Not only does this bring you into contact with numerous property agents, showcasing their properties, but you can also gather advice on legal, financial, tax and currency exchange – speaking to the experts on the stand about your personal questions and circumstances.

There are three key professional services that we believe are essential for an overseas property purchase, and a visit to a property show could help ensure that you find these – giving you the chance to speak to a range of different providers and choose the right company for you. These key professional services are:

A trusted estate agent
Unsurprisingly, your estate agent is one of the most important ingredients to ensuring a successful property purchase – finding the right one will help make your purchase process safe and seamless. Finding an estate agent before you even head over to your chosen country on a viewing trip will give your agent the chance to hear about all your specific needs and requirements and put together a list of properties to view before you arrive, so you can really maximise your time on your viewing trip.

An independent solicitor
When buying property overseas, you are not only making one of the biggest purchases of your life –through an often complicated process – but you are also doing this in a different country, often speaking a different language. Having someone on your side who can knows this process inside out and can explain everything to you in ways you understand is invaluable. The most important thing to remember when choosing your solicitor is that he or she should be entirely independent and working for you alone – and in your best interests.

A currency specialist
Of course, we would say this, but using a currency exchange specialist really is essential to making the most of your property purchase. The ever fluctuating exchange rate will have a significant impact on the actual cost of your new overseas property, making it very important to stay on top of this and to be able to budget accordingly. At Smart Currency Exchange, we provide a number of tools and resources that you can use to maximise your funds and minimise your risk, as well as offering exchange rates that can save you up to 4% on your purchase. As soon as you open a no-fee, no-obligation account with us, you will be allocated your own, independent currency specialist, who will guide you through the whole process and help you to make your transfers at a time and a rate to suit your needs.

To find out more about how important these services are to a successful property purchase abroad, come along to this year’s A Place In The Sun Live! – and make sure you say hi to us on stand B51. Free tickets to the show are available here.

If you are unable to come to the show but would like to find out more information about what we can offer you, click here for a free quote.

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