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I want to sell my house in the UK, but I live abroad

The Property Buying Company is the right choice if you're looking for speed, convenience and assurance,

Are you living outside of the UK & want to sell your property with minimal hassle or fuss? It can be tricky if you choose to go through a traditional route such as estate agents, with having to organise viewings and chase them up. In this article we go into detph on:

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Below you can find out everything you need to know from selling whilst you are out of the country:

Can I Sell My UK Property From Abroad?

Yes. This is a fairly straight-forward process.

If you use an estate or online agent then they can do all of the leg work for you regarding viewings and offers. You don’t even have to come back to the UK to deal with contracts and other legal documents as your solicitor should be able to recommend a trustworthy courier service. It’s also possible for you to give power of attorney to a relative or close friend who can act on your behalf from the UK.

If you're selling from abroad then the main thing you need to have is a team you trust, and what we mean by that is estate agents, solicitors and everyone else involved who are reliable and who you know won't let you down.

Choosing The Right Sale Method

Choosing how to sell your property is a big deal anyway, but it's a bigger deal when you're living abroad as you have to have a lot more trust that they have your best intentions at heart. Here are a couple of options that you have, and an overview of how this might look when your selling from abroad:

  • Auction: If you're interested in selling your property at auction, but live abroad, it's still possible. It will require a lot of conversation with the auction house and you'll likely need to provide keys for the auctioneer to show potential bidders around the property, however this isn't always necessary. The main aspect of this is that you need to have a lot of trust in the auction house you choose, so make sure that you read reviews. Communication is also key, so you want to choose an auction house which are easy to get a hold of and are in continual contact.
  • Estate Agent: The most important thing with choosing an estate agent when you plan on selling from abroad is making sure you choose an agent that you can trust. you'll need to trust that they are making a correct valuation of the property and making the most of it's features during viewings, it's also harder to keep track how they are marketing your property locally. You need to also choose an agent that has the logistical capability of handling a long distance property sale, so it goes without saying that you'll need an agent able to do the viewings for you.
  • Quick House Sale: The left field alternative, us! We can buy your house quickly, and handle everything for you. We'll organise and pay for the solicitors, keep in constant communication and make the process as easy as possible, on top of that we will of course buy the property in as little as 7 days.

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Choosing The Right Conveyancer

Sell My House From AbroadOne of the main things to be aware of is that it's even more important that you choose the right solicitors. Before commiting to a solicitor you should ensure that they can corresponde mostly through email or online to make the whole process as smooth and easy as possible.

You might be surprised but a lot of solicitors are still in the pen & papers era. Some solicitors will only accept hand written or signed documents which could mean the whole process is stretched out in comparison to choosing a solicitor that is based purely online, which means you don't have to rely on sending post back and forth which from abroad can cause significant delays and even cause a sale to fall through if the buyer becomes fustrated.

Do I Pay UK Capital Gains Tax If I Live Abroad?

Another thing to be aware of when you sell your UK property whilst living abroad, is that you might have to pay Capital Gains Tax.

Capital Gains Tax is essentially a tax on any profit you have made on the property, which might apply if you where previously renting out the property. The Gov website states that you may be subject to CGT if:

  • When you sell a property or land in the UK and make a gain
  • Assets you've sold where used in a UK branch of a foreign business
  • You where formerly a UK resident and return within 5 years

You won’t generally pay tax for any tax years in which you, your spouse or civil partner spent at least 90 days in that property. To qualify for this, you must state that the home is your only or main home when you inform HM Revenue and Customs that you’ve sold it.

Why You Should Choose Us

If you're selling from abroad it can be a little bit awkward, you've got to try and organise everything over the phone, pick the right solicitors and get a trustworthy estate agent that isn't going to try.

We present an option that is much easier than the traditional route, here's some of the reasons why:

  • We can buy it in 7 days, the process isn't drawn out
  • We can handle everything for you. One point of contact
  • We'll pay your solicitors fees & ensure that they can do everything remotely
  • Our sale process is stress free

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As cash buyers, The Property Buying Company can buy your property from you, even if you live abroad. We make the whole process of selling from abroad as easy as it possibly can be, we handle absolutely everything for you including organising the solicitors and we'll even cover the costs, we can also complete to a timescale to suit you. We're transparent from the start and will tell you straight away that we unfortunately can’t pay the full price for your property, but we will pay a fair price including all the costs we cover and the timeline that we are able to purchase within.

Our service is perfectly suited from selling from aborad, our team of property experts make it a seemless property sale, with no stress or hassle.

  • We cover all your costs & including solicitor fees
  • Our customer service & support is fantastic
  • We can buy your home in a timescale to suit you, and can do so in as little as 7 days
  • We deal with properties of all values & types

To find out how we can help you today, call us on:

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    Receive an offer from us within 24 hours

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    We’ll visit your property & formalise our offer

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    We’ll instruct solicitors and pay all fees

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    Exchange contracts & complete as usual

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Why choose us as your cash house buyers?

We’re one of the leading we buy any house UK companies for residential/commercial property and land in England and Wales. We buy using our own cash house buying facility meaning we can offer the best prices in our industry and complete the sale quicker than anyone else.

Your options Average sale length Typical cost to you
The Property Buying Company 2-3 weeks £0.00
Other House Buying Companies 2-10 weeks £1000
Property Auction 6-10 weeks £2500-£5000
Online Estate Agents 16-52 weeks £1000(upfront)-£5000
Estate Agents 16-52 weeks £5000

Unlike most of the other options available to you, we are not a broker or middle man, meaning you skip the fees and get a sale quickly and easily.

The Property Buying Company is registered with the Property Ombudsman and is a member of the National Association of Property Buyers

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