Buying in the USA: Part One

Buying in the USA: Part One

The US economy is booming, the housing market is strong and you’ve got an almost incomparable choice of locations to buy in – whether you want tropics, desert, moorland, mountain or bustling city. We firmly believe that 2019 will be a fantastic year to buy, so we’re excited to launch our six-part series, Buying in the USA, to help you along the way to making your American dream reality. 
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6 reasons to buy property in the USA in 2019

With the end of the year fast approaching (can you believe it!), it’s only natural for thoughts to turn what you want from next year. If, for you, that means moving to the United States, 2019 could be the year. With the United States in the news every day, and not always for the brightest reasons, you might be wondering whether this is the right choice for you and your family. However, experts are predicting good things for those who want to buy property in the USA in 2019 and 2020.
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City living in Sarasota

How would you like to live in a peaceful coastal city of just 52,000 people, right on the warm waters of The Gulf of Mexico? If this sounds like your idea of pure bliss, Sarasota could be an excellent option when you buy property in Florida. This Florida city is located in between Tampa and Naples, which are both highly sought-after, lively locations that you’ll love having just down the road.
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Registering a car and getting a license in the USA

As of 2016, there were 222 million registered drivers on the road in the USA. Having a car is essential for getting round, even in most large cities. Even more so if you’re keen to make like Kerouac and go ‘on the road’ to see what your new country has to offer. Today we’re looking at whether you need a US driving licence, and if so, how to get one. We run through how to register a vehicle. Plus, you’ll find some quick, handy tips about how to drive safely when you move to the USA.
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How to rent out your American home

If you’re looking to establish a little side-line in holiday rentals to see you through retirement, buying property in Florida could be the perfect way forward. But navigating the US holiday rentals market can be a little bit of a minefield. And the US taxman is not to be messed with! So today we’re explaining all you need to know about renting out your property in the USA.
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Where are the cheapest homes in the US?

Over the last year, house prices in the USA have snuck up by 8.3%, with a 6.6% expected this year. According to Zillow, the median price of US property sold in the last year is $231,700. This increase is mostly due to less properties being on the market – so increased competition for what stock there is out there. While the days of four-bed properties being available for just a few thousand dollars may be behind us, it’s still possible to find cheap American property if you know where to look. While it may prove trickier to find bargains close to America’s popular coastal cities, it’s certainl
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Why move to Central Florida?

Central Florida’s Top of the Pops with the Brits for a reason (or several): year-round sunshine, world-class beaches, no state taxes – and surprisingly affordable property. If you’re looking to make a move to Central Florida, this one’s for you. We’re exploring the property hotspots, what you can expect to pay in each area, whom these areas would suit, as well as our favourite topic, the weather.
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Moving your kids to the USA with you

If you’re considering a move to the USA with your children, chances are, like many, you’re emigrating for a fantastic job opportunity. As of 2018, the USA ranks third in the world in terms of income after Luxembourg and Switzerland. The average wage taken home in the USA sits at $58,700 (£45,400) per year. Furthermore, should you be moving for a management-level position, you can expect to earn up to six times the average! This could mean taking home as much as $382,200 (£282,600) per year for certain roles, which will certainly improve life for your family!
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The USA property market’s on the rise – so now’s the time to buy

The US economy grew by 4.1% in the last quarter – and that growth is reflected in house prices. The latest figures from the Federal Housing Finance Agency show a definite upward trend. For international buyers looking to purchase USA property, this means now is the time to act – before prices rise higher. However, the US is a huge country, so these figures aren’t reflected everywhere. We look at what’s happening in the most popular US expat regions, including where you could find a bargain.
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10 best places to buy a holiday home in the USA

According to the National Association of Realtors, the US holiday home market is currently booming. In their report on Investment and Vacation Home Buyers 2018, they revealed 72% of vacation property owners and 71% of investment property owners believe now is a good time to buy a holiday home in the USA. Of these eager buyers, 33% are snapping up holiday homes in resort areas, 24% are looking to rural locations and 18% are keen on that small town vibe. 33% want to be by the beach and 21% wish to hear the lake lapping on the shore outside of their bedroom window.
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How to make friends in the USA

How will you make friends in the USA? The question might seem laughable to many who have made the move: “you’ll be fighting them off, with that accent!” But while striking up conversation is easy, making real connections involves a touch more work. So whether you’re moving to the USA or just buying a holiday home there, the prospect of recreating your friendship and support network can be daunting. Here are our suggestions.
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