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Most British buyers of overseas property come from the South

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M ORE than a third of British people buying overseas property today come from the south of the UK, with the South East being home to the largest number of buyers.

Of the 1,255 people planning to buy property abroad that took part in The Overseas Guides Company's (OGC) online survey, 34.9 per cent lived in the south of the country. Breaking this down further, 16.2 per cent came from the South East, 11.6 per cent from the South West and 7.1 per cent from London.

All of the respondents were considering a property purchase in France, Spain, USA, Portugal, Cyprus, Italy, Greece or Turkey.

Richard Way, editor of The Overseas Guides Company, says: "Crucially, our survey showed that nearly a third of respondents – 31.7 per cent - will finance their overseas property purchase solely with the proceeds of the sale of a UK home, with a further quarter buying abroad with a mortgage combined with the sale of a UK home or other funding.

"The South and London continue to record the UK's highest average property prices so clearly homeowners in these parts can afford to move abroad more easily."

The OGC survey results also revealed regional differences between British people buying overseas property. For example, Italian property appears to be especially popular with Scottish people, who accounted for 10.9 per cent of respondents looking to buy in Italy, third only to the South East (14.3 per cent) and South West (13.4 per cent).

While buyers from the South East dominated results for the USA (23.4 per cent), the second largest group came from the East Midlands with 12.5 per cent.

The one country where buyers from the South East did not outnumber all other groups was Portugal, where people from the South West came out on top with 14.8 per cent, followed by those from the North West (12.3 per cent) and then the South East (11.1 per cent).

"Another factor influencing where people will buy overseas property is air access and transfer times both ends of their journey," Richard adds.

"For example, travel to the Continent from the South West has improved hugely in recent years as airports at Southampton, Bournemouth, Exeter and Bristol have taken on more flights. Not forgetting ferry services are easy from there too, for property-owners in France and even northern Spain."


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