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‘Search agencies areas, local for and properties knowledge online. In via can rural be helpful as well – visit cafés, bakeries or a post office in your chosen location and talk to the owners – you never know what information you may glean. In addition, in many countries, owners still sell properties or land directly without using an estate agency, so enquire about where you could find these listings.
Study the buying process, especially if you need to sell a property in the UK first. The process may be more rigid than in the UK and you could incur a penalty and lose your deposit if things do not go to plan. Also speak to a mortgage specialist or a currency-exchange company, if you will require their services. Before you buy your plot or house, take time to prepare a budget and seek advice from an architect and, if needed, a local builder. Be realistic and allow for a contingency as at this stage there are many unknowns.
If you want to buy a plot of land, do confirm with the local planning office that it qualifies as a building plot and not agricultural land, for example. There may even be an indication of maximum surface area that a future property can have.’