A home from home: working from abroad

Has lockdown made you consider working from abroad?

The number of Britons seeking property abroad has surged since the coronavirus outbreak, with a record number of Brits searching for overseas homes according to the property portal Rightmove. Rightmove said demand for overseas property ‘rocketed’ this summer when lockdown 1 restrictions were eased, with users of Rightmove Overseas increasing by 41% in June 2020 compared to June 2019. Perhaps it was all the free time that was suddenly available, or maybe people used the lockdown to reassess their lives, but the property buying site reports that it has never before seen the volume of interest in buying overseas properties from people in the UK.

Jo Leverett, head of international sales at Cluttons has seen a particular increase in buyers who are looking to work from abroad as well as just use the purchase for holidays. She comments: “Lockdown has proved to many people that modern technology means they can work from anywhere. Furthermore, the travel restrictions have meant that having an overseas property of your own gives you more flexibility for overseas travel. People can see that a second home abroad could be used for more than just a holiday.”

According to Rightmove, the most sought-after location has, not surprisingly, been Spain. Then France, Portugal, Italy and Greece completed the top five. France is seeing an increasing interest as the pandemic goes on from buyers who want to be able to drive to their holiday home rather than rely on flights right now. Echoing what we are seeing in the UK with people looking for more outside space, houses or apartments with gardens and access to countryside, beaches or the mountains are driving demand.

Buyers who had planned to retire abroad in the future are now considering bringing the purchase forward with more flexible working conditions potentially allowing them to use the home for longer periods during the year.

Some buyers are not just looking for holiday homes, many are looking to relocate full time, driving demand for properties in European cities, especially those that have recently invested in infrastructure such as coworking offices and international schools like Lisbon, Malaga and Malta. Frederico Mendoca, head of the Cluttons Lisbon office comments: “Over the past few years Lisbon has seen an increasing demand from investors all over the world looking for a European base to live and work from. Its favourable climate, fantastic beaches, variety of housing stock, investment in infrastructure, new international schools and tax advantages have all helped fuel this interest.”

If you are planning to work abroad it is important to check the tax implications and local laws, we would always recommend speaking with your tax adviser and lawyer. Also bear in mind some employers will have their own restrictions.

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Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1
£6,500,000

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1

Park Mansions, London, SW1X
Guide Price £3,300,000

Park Mansions, London, SW1X

Porchester Place, W2
Guide Price £3,295,000

Porchester Place, W2

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £3,000,000

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1

Cormorant Lodge, London, E1W
£2,650,000

Cormorant Lodge, London, E1W

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1
£2,500,000

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1

Sussex Lodge, London, W2
£2,500,000

Sussex Lodge, London, W2

The Boathouse, London, SE1
£2,500,000

The Boathouse, London, SE1

Godolphin Road, W12
£2,350,000

Godolphin Road, W12

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1
£2,150,000

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1

Spice Quay Heights, London, SE1
£2,000,000

Spice Quay Heights, London, SE1

Cinnabar Wharf West, London, E1W
Offers in excess of £2,000,000

Cinnabar Wharf West, London, E1W

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1
£1,950,000

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1

Chantrey House, Belgravia, London, SW1W
£1,850,000

Chantrey House, Belgravia, London, SW1W

The Quadrangle, W2
£1,850,000

The Quadrangle, W2

Elephant Lane, London, SE16
£1,795,000

Elephant Lane, London, SE16

The Triangle, London, SE1
£1,750,000

The Triangle, London, SE1

Portsea Place, W2
£1,749,000

Portsea Place, W2

Southacre, London, W2
£1,650,000

Southacre, London, W2

Luna House, London, SE16
£1,595,000

Luna House, London, SE16

The Quadrangle, W2
£1,500,000

The Quadrangle, W2

Devonia Road, N1
Offers in excess of £1,500,000

Devonia Road, N1

New Concordia Wharf, London, SE1
£1,350,000

New Concordia Wharf, London, SE1

The Quadrangle, W2
Offers in excess of £1,300,000

The Quadrangle, W2

Wheat Wharf Apartments, London, SE1
£1,300,000

Wheat Wharf Apartments, London, SE1

Wapping High Street, E1W
£1,200,000

Wapping High Street, E1W

Sherwood Court, London, W1H
£1,175,000

Sherwood Court, London, W1H

The Quadrangle, W2
£1,100,000

The Quadrangle, W2

Kensington Gardens Square, W2
Offers in excess of £1,100,000

Kensington Gardens Square, W2

The Quadrangle, W2
£1,050,000

The Quadrangle, W2

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £1,000,000

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1

Sunderland Terrace, W2
£1,000,000

Sunderland Terrace, W2

Norfolk Place, W2
£975,000

Norfolk Place, W2

Riverlight Quay, SW11
£950,000

Riverlight Quay, SW11

Waterside Building, London, E1W
£950,000

Waterside Building, London, E1W

Portsea Hall, London, W2
£900,000

Portsea Hall, London, W2

Cinnabar Wharf Central, London, E1W
Guide Price £900,000

Cinnabar Wharf Central, London, E1W

Portsea Hall, London, W2
£900,000

Portsea Hall, London, W2

Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3
£900,000

Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3

Granary House, London, SE16
Offers in excess of £900,000

Granary House, London, SE16

Peninsula Court, London, N1
Offers in excess of £900,000

Peninsula Court, London, N1

St. Luke’s Street, London, SW3
£895,000

St. Luke’s Street, London, SW3

Hays Court, London, SE16
£895,000

Hays Court, London, SE16

West India Quay, E14
£850,000

West India Quay, E14

Goswell Road, EC1V
£850,000

Goswell Road, EC1V

Compass Court, London, SE1
£825,000

Compass Court, London, SE1

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1
£800,000

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1

Devonport, London, W2
£799,000

Devonport, London, W2

Stanhope Terrace, W2
£795,000

Stanhope Terrace, W2

Juniper Drive, SW18
£795,000

Juniper Drive, SW18

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1
£775,000

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1

Balmoral House, London, SE1
£770,000

Balmoral House, London, SE1

Clifton Place, W2
£750,000

Clifton Place, W2

Granary House, London, SE16
£750,000

Granary House, London, SE16

The Water Gardens, W2
£700,000

The Water Gardens, W2

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £700,000

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1

Halcyon Wharf, London, E1W
£700,000

Halcyon Wharf, London, E1W

Boss House, London, SE1
£700,000

Boss House, London, SE1

Grange Road, London, SE1
£700,000

Grange Road, London, SE1

Scotts Sufferance Wharf, London, SE1
£695,000

Scotts Sufferance Wharf, London, SE1

Halcyon Wharf, London, E1W
£690,000

Halcyon Wharf, London, E1W

Halcyon Wharf, London, E1W
£660,000

Halcyon Wharf, London, E1W

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2
£650,000

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2

St. Anns Villas, W11
£650,000

St. Anns Villas, W11

Chimney Court, London, E1W
Guide Price £630,000

Chimney Court, London, E1W

The Triangle, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £625,000

The Triangle, London, SE1

Cinnabar Wharf West, London, E1W
£625,000

Cinnabar Wharf West, London, E1W

Westbourne Street, London, W2
£625,000

Westbourne Street, London, W2

Hermitage Waterside, London, E1W
£620,000

Hermitage Waterside, London, E1W

Tamarind Yard, E1W
£600,000

Tamarind Yard, E1W

Leigh Road, N5
£600,000

Leigh Road, N5

The Porter Building, London, SE16
Offers in excess of £595,000

The Porter Building, London, SE16

Park West, W2
£590,000

Park West, W2

Eluna Apartments, London, E1W
£575,000

Eluna Apartments, London, E1W

Ashmore Road, W9
£575,000

Ashmore Road, W9

Free Trade Wharf, London, E1W
Guide Price £575,000

Free Trade Wharf, London, E1W

Cinnamon Wharf, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £575,000

Cinnamon Wharf, London, SE1

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2
£565,000

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2

Cinnamon Wharf, London, SE1
£550,000

Cinnamon Wharf, London, SE1

Tamarind Court, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £550,000

Tamarind Court, London, SE1

Angelis Apartments, London, N1
£550,000

Angelis Apartments, London, N1

Ann Street, N1
£550,000

Ann Street, N1

The Water Gardens, W2
£549,500

The Water Gardens, W2

Forset Court, London, W2
£520,000

Forset Court, London, W2

The Triangle, London, EC1V
£500,000

The Triangle, London, EC1V

Corio House, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £500,000

Corio House, London, SE1

Sloane Avenue Mansions, London, SW3
£495,000

Sloane Avenue Mansions, London, SW3

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1
£485,000

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1
£485,000

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1

Raleigh Mews, N1
£475,000

Raleigh Mews, N1

Tollgate Gardens, NW6
£475,000

Tollgate Gardens, NW6

West End Lane, NW6
£475,000

West End Lane, NW6

Westbere Road, NW2
Offers in excess of £455,000

Westbere Road, NW2

Canaletto Tower, London, EC1V
£450,000

Canaletto Tower, London, EC1V

City Island Way, Tower Hamlets, E14
£450,000

City Island Way, Tower Hamlets, E14

Porchester Place, W2
£445,000

Porchester Place, W2

Park West, London, W2
£425,000

Park West, London, W2

New Atlas Wharf, London, E14
£425,000

New Atlas Wharf, London, E14

Java Wharf, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £400,000

Java Wharf, London, SE1

New Caledonian Wharf, London, SE16
£350,000

New Caledonian Wharf, London, SE16

Forset Court, London, W2
£350,000

Forset Court, London, W2

Sussex Gardens, W2
£345,000

Sussex Gardens, W2

Edgware Road, W2
Offers in excess of £295,000

Edgware Road, W2

Edgware Road, W2
£285,000

Edgware Road, W2

Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3
£275,000

Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3

Upper Berkeley Street, W1H
£270,000

Upper Berkeley Street, W1H

Curlew Street, London, SE1
£30,000

Curlew Street, London, SE1

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