You’ve made the decision to relocate to a new home in a new country. Now it's time to get organized, locate international movers and pack up all of your belongings and place some in storage. You must also tackle the big question pertaining to your living arrangements: Do I rent, or do I buy?
Many factors are going to play a role in this decision, including how long you plan on spending in the new location, how much you can afford and the time you will be spending abroad. If you are moving abroad for a short period of time it will probably make more sense to rent. Some families like to rent first so they become familiar with their new surroundings. Renting is also a great option if you are uncertain where you want to live since you can check out various neighborhoods and better the housing market in your new country without committing to a permanent home.
If you decide to buy, we suggest that you start house hunting early. The sooner you start looking, the more likely you will find something within your budget as well as something in your desired location. There are many realtors that specialize in the purchase of international homes, which you can find on USRealEstate.com. Your employer may also have useful information on real estate and may be able to set you up with a local realtor. Family and friends can also play a big role when moving internationally. Ask if they have visited the country or if they have any contacts in the country you are moving to. Friends of friends living in the destination country may be able to offer the best advice but local blogs, city websites and local newspapers online also contain useful real estate information.
There are many resources available when you are deciding to rent or buy internationally. After you located your international moving company, the next big decision you will make is whether to purchase a new home. With some research, time and effort you will have an exciting new property as you start your new life abroad.