Real Estate in England
Last updated on Jan 04, 2023
Summary: An expat looking to buy a home in the UK should start by researching the local housing market and familiarizing themselves with the different types of properties available. They should also consider their budget and the type of property they are looking for. It is also important to consider the location of the property and the amenities it offers. Foreigners are allowed to buy property in the UK, however, there are restrictions on the type of property they can purchase. For example, foreign nationals are not allowed to buy properties that are listed as “protected” or “special”. Houses in the UK typically include amenities such as central heating, double glazing, fitted kitchens, and bathrooms. Some properties may also include a garden, garage, or off-street parking.
How do I find a place to live in England?
We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:
"When looking for a place to live in England, start with conducting research online. Look up areas and neighbourhoods of interest, compare housing prices and what it would be like to live in them. Alternatively, you can connect with people already living there who can let you know more about an area. Check out both the private and public housing market and decide which would suit your needs better. If you’re relocating for work, talk to your employer to find out what assistance they may be able to provide. Also, check for any property schemes or advantages of the area that may help you with your decision. Once you have narrowed down some options, it’s time to look for listings. Take advantage of the internet and popular sites such as Rightmove, OnTheMarket and Zoopla. Lastly, book viewings and visits to determine which place is the best fit for you," said another expat in UK.
"My brother lives in Sheffield, so I was lucky to have him show me around," remarked another member in Sheffield.
What is a typical expat home or apartment like in England?
"Expat homes in England tend to be well taken care of and decorated in an attractive contemporary style. Ideally located close to the city centre, they often have good access to local amenities, services, and entertainment. They may feature modern appliances, air conditioning systems and double-glazing, as well as outdoor spaces such as gardens, balconies and terraces. Common features of expat apartments in England include large windows, hardwood floors and modern bathrooms. Many are fitted with fire safety alarms, telecom and internet systems, as well as security systems," remarked another foreigner who made the move to UK.
"I live in a terraced house that is moderately priced. There are many options that appeal to expats alike," explained one person living in Sheffield, UK.
What is the average cost of housing in England?
If you are thinking about moving to England, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:
"The average cost of housing in England varies by region and type of housing, but typically falls in the range of £100,000 to £400,000," said another expat in UK.
"So far, accommodation in England is more expensive than any other country I've lived in thus far. I pay 400 Pounds for my house," remarked another member in Sheffield.
Should I buy or rent a home in England?
If you have not spent a lot of time in England, you should rent before even thinking about buying. We asked expats there about the buy vs. rent decision:
"Deciding whether to buy or rent a home in England depends on a number of factors, such as your budget, home prices, long-term prospects, and lifestyle. Buying a home is a good option if you have enough savings and are able to take out a loan or mortgage. Buying a property allows you to build equity over time and you’ll end up owning the property when the loan is paid off. However, the home buying process can be expensive due to fees, registration costs and stamp duty. Renting a home is the more flexible choice and gives you the opportunity to trial different areas and properties before committing. However, monthly payments are usually higher in the long term and you won’t build any equity in the property. Ultimately, both buying and renting a home in England come with pros and cons, so you should assess your personal circumstances and requirements carefully before deciding which is best for you," added another expat who made the move to UK.
What appliances are typically included in a rental?
We asked foreigners in England what appliances are typically included in a rental, and, if there is anything else included or not included that a newcomer would not expect. Replies included:
"Properties come with a cooker and most rentals provide a fridge and washing machine," said another in Sheffield.
About the Author
Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.
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