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Apr 13, 2008
With the UK housing market in decline, many people are looking to overseas property investment as a source of future income and as a safe haven for their money. This can often have tax benefits and the property markets are easily researchable on the internet so you can find the best place to invest without too much difficulty and without leaving it to chance.

In the light of our current credit crunch, money is a precious commodity. To sink it into overseas property investment is one wise choice to make if you have the spare funds. There was a trend some years back for buying time shares. Several people looking for overseas investment property would purchase a portion of the ownership of a foreign villa and have use of it for designated time slots throughout the year.

For a while, this was deemed a good thing but increasingly people want their overseas property investment to be all their own. Investment properties are not the same as purchasing that classic villa in Spain and emigrating to warmer climes with the ex-pat community. That chosen lifestyle is not always an investment, just a move.

Neither is this the same as the classic timeshare. This is something for the future, not just for the odd weekend. Overseas property investment is often something people put their money into for later in life. Bricks and mortar will always be a worthwhile place to put your money and renting out is a good idea as long as you get the help of a professional agency to oversee your property while you're not in the country.

You can snap up a cheap property in an up and coming area, rent it out for the foreseeable future, then if you so wish, you have somewhere to retire to in your old age. If this doesn't suit you there is always the option of selling it on later to give you that little nest egg during your retirement or even a surprise to leave to the kids after you're gone.

If you're ready for an overseas investment property bargain right now, head for Montenegro. This is one of the latest hotspots along the Adriatic coastline that promises to see a return on your money like you never would have dreamed of. With a mixture of beautiful, clean beaches and verdant valleys, this unspoilt country is ripe for the picking.

For those who prefer the cooler climate and have a love of outdoor sports, you could do worse than an overseas property investment in Finland. Home of such activities as skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, ice hockey and reindeer rides make this a vibrant place to holiday and live. It also promises to be a good investment with property bargains still available.

Canada is not the cheapest option for overseas property investment but there is plenty of land available for sale. Log cabins are an excellent holiday home choice and the nature and wildlife to be enjoyed in this vast country are beyond compare. The fresh, clean mountain air of Canada is ideal for those who have ever suffered respiratory difficulties.

As it stands, the difficulties in the UK financial market do not make it an ideal time to be investing at home. However, do your homework thoroughly and overseas property investment can be an exciting and worthwhile project.
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Property expert Catherine Harvey looks at the best places for overseas property investment and the benefit over the UK market.
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