We compare Zoopla Overseas to Homesgofast.com and review Zoopla overseas section. Zoopla offers a section an overseas property section of their UK property website. This is much is the same as many other UK based property portals, such as Rightmove.co.uk, Primelocation , OnTheMarket & TheHouseShop.com. These sites are all popular with UK home buyers searching for mainly UK property listings. They all have capitalised on the fact that a proportion of their users may also be interested in buying a property abroad.
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Zoopla at the time of writing doesn't allow private sellers to list on their portal so someone from Spain for example with a villa to sell will need to employ an agent to list on Zoopla Overseas. So if you're looking to advertise a holiday home or your property abroad directly you will need to find a real estate agent that lists on Zoopla Overseas.
Homesgofast.com offers owners a Free platform to promote all types of sellers listings, so if you want to sell a property without an agent or you are actually a real estate agent with property abroad you are in the right place!. The site has been working with owners since 2004 putting them together with potential buyers and tenants.
Overseas property agents
Zoopla Overseas features an impressive directory of overseas agents covering all the popular places to buy abroad. Homesgofast.com know that buying a property abroad requires lots of research, local advice and comparisons between agencies, developers and of course properties. The directory could make a great place to start.
Like Zoopla overseas Homesgofast.com offers an international agents directory, allowing potential buyers to contact real estate agents worldwide for advice. Many agents listed with us are used to dealing with foreign buyers and can offer a hand holding service from locating the right property right through to purchase.
Advice when buying abroad
Its sounds obvious to write but independent advice is always going to be the best sort of advice. Agents receive a commission and will have a vested interest in the purchase.
Top tips for buying a property abroad
research and follow local laws on buying and renting out property always get written confirmation of what has been agreed in any negotiations and always insist on a paper (preferably not electronic) receipt for monies paid check that the seller or property developer owns the title deeds to the property or land and can transfer them to you. If buying brand new, or partially built, from a developer, check that the title deeds for the property in question actually exist check that the deeds to the property or land have not been offered as collateral for any loans check whether the owner has outstanding utility bills, local tax demands etc that you may be liable for on purchase of the property check that all utilities e.g. water, sewage and electricity, are connected and that you will be able to use them talk to other property owners in the area or on the development to establish if there are any issues you should be aware of before purchasing (such as floods in winter, lack of water or electricity supplies in summer) ask the developer to show you some projects that s/he has completed and talk to owners of properties on these developments to see if they have had any problems establish whether the developer has outstanding commitments to utility suppliers to bring water, sewage, electricity etc to the development
See: Buying overseas property UK government advice
Overseas property show
Overseas property buying is without a doubt helped by visiting overseas property exhibitions. Here buyers can speak face to face with developers and agencies. The most popular have hundreds of exhibitors from around the world ready to showcase their collection of beautiful overseas homes. In the UK for example, Spain is always well represented with agents from all over the mainland, the Canaries and Balearic Islands.
People who may have started their search online using sites such as Homesgofast.com Zoopla Overseas and Rightmove Overseas benefit from meeting real estate agents from France, Italy, Portugal and Florida. When looking for property elsewhere in places such as Brazil, Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Egypt and the Caribbean its always good to check if the show is represented by those regions
Zoopla overseas offers guides and expert advice on legal, financial, tax and currency. Homesgofast.com offer industry experts referrals to lawyers, specialist mortgages companies who can be on-hand to talk you through the buying process and answer any questions you may have
Zoopla equivalent in USA
Unlike the UK the biggest property websites in the USA don’t seem to offer the equivalent overseas sections offered by Zoopla.
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source: Property Portal Watch Top US Property Portals
Zoopla overseas offers thousands of properties for sale from all over Spain. Spanish real estate is the most popular for UK buyers and its weather and proximity means Spain remains top of the list for Brits buying abroad.
The British government has gone to the efforts of creating bespoke guides aimed at British citizens who want to buy property in Spain The guide sets out essential information for British nationals wanting to buy property in Spain, including advice on legal advice, buying in certain areas, complaints and more.
see UK government buying abroad advice
Zoopla Listings in France
Zoopla Overseas does not offer a French version of the site, it does carry a good selection of homes for sale in France. However unlike Homesgofast.com you may not find French property for sale by owner as they cannot advertise on Zoopla Overseas. Popular locations to buy French property are
Upper Normandy Nord-Pas-de-Calais Lower Normandy Paris Brittany Dordogne
Zoopla TV Advertising Campaigns
Zoopla Overseas don't feature in any existing TV campaigns which are aimed at the UK property market only, they make some interesting TV adverts attacking the property portal wars in different ways.
Reviews of Zoopla Overseas
Website comparisons and third part reviews are a great way to find out what others really feel about a service. It's true that some people who review can have differing levels of satisfaction and what mya please one person may not please another. However, reviews are a great way to get a feeling or indication of how a service is performing. Importantly a company that responds to reviews is showing that they are willing to take feedback to improve. We could not find reviews for Zoopla Overseas but did find Trust Pilot reviews for Zoopla the mains site
Overseas property investment
Homesgofast.com has seen price reductions of up to 50% compared to 2007 in the South and East coastal regions of Spain. Overseas property investors have been in search of cheap property to buy in Spain as well as bank-owned Spanish listings. Searches on both Homesgofast.com and Zoopla Overseas reveals that Spanish property prices are increasing once more. Properties in the Costa del Sol and the Costa Blanca seem to be the most sought after. Homesgofast.com has seen owners from Spain list homes who are still prepared to lower prices for a quick sale
Zoopla Overseas part of ZPG
Zoopla Property Group is a digital media business that owns and operates some of the UK’s leading online property brands including Zoopla and Primelocation.com
SmartNewHomes and uSwitch. The overseas section is simply a part of the main Zoopla website.
The FTSE 250 firm is funding "promising and innovative property technology start-up companies" to help ramp up their expansion and improve the experience across its own platform.
The start-ups include Landbay, a peer-to-peer lender; Trussle, an online mortgage adviser; FixFlo, an online platform, which helps agents manage tenant maintenance issues and repairs; PropertyDetective, a website which provides homebuyers with facts on their neighbourhood such as crime rates, schools and whether the property sits under a flight path.
More about ZPG
Unlike the main site, Zoopla overseas does not seem to promote overseas listings and the international section using Youtube. To date, we have not seen the power of Zoopla marketing being applied to its overseas property listings. See Zoopla Youtube Channel and you will find little to do with international homes on Zoopla
We compare more UK based international property websites including:
- Rightmove Overseas
- A Place in the Sun
- Gumtree International property
- Knight Frank International Property
- Zillow International
- Century21 Real Estate