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Property Exchange Services - swap your Bulgarian property for house in France, Spain, UK etc

House Exchange Service


Many have a dream of living abroad, escaping the rat race of the UK and starting a new life in another country, bbqs in the evening sun, days around the pool, days at the beach, snow in the winter, running a smallholding with chickens, sheep and pigs. Some had even already planned their move and were just waiting on their house in the UK to sell. But now with property sales in the UK at an all time low and buyers a dying breed, that dream is slipping away.

On the other hand there are people that have followed their dream of living outside the UK or maybe had to go to a different country for work but would now like to return to the UK. However, they cannot afford to easily get back on the UK housing ladder, there are less buyers around for properties in places like Bulgaria, France, Spain and the housing market has pretty much stalled everywhere.

This has left many in countries such as Bulgaria, France, Spain, Corfu, Greece and Turkey unable to sell their houses in the sun, while others are left in the UK, with their property listed with estate agents for months without any viewings or chance of a sale.

One solution to this is a property exchange - one person swaps their terraced UK property for say a renovated house in the Bulgarian country side complete with 1000sqm of land, outbuildings and fruit trees. Or perhaps, the swap is between a one bed apartment in a northern UK town for a larger, seaside apartment in Spain or Bulgaria.

Ideally of course values of properties being exchanged should be about equal so there may need to be a cash lump sum given by one party, or possibly two or three properties in say Bulgaria, swapped for one house in the UK. And any paperwork needs to be properly drawn up by lawyers in the respective countries or knowledgeable of the law in the countries involved.

There are other people that simply want to move to a different area of the same country, or maybe do not want to return to the UK but would like to try living in France, not Spain, or Cyprus instead of Bulgaria and the same concept can apply.

For the last 4 or 5 years TheTravelBug website has focused on property sales within Bulgaria, helping many British buyers purchase rural village houses around the Stara Zagora area of Bulgaria, however with the economic crisis making it difficult for people to free up the cash to purchase abroad the strong Euro, as well as other factors, the housing market pretty much everywhere has stalled. This has left many in Bulgaria (and other countries) unable to sell their properties. I have therefore decided to offer a property exchange service.

Articles on House Exchanges:

Property Exchange Service - trade your UK property for a smallholding in Bulgaria

Creative Way to Buy Bulgaria Property: House Swap

House Swapping - the future of a tough market?

How to do a permanent house swap

When there's no way out try a home swap

House Swaps - not just for vacationers anymore?

Homeswapping and its role in the UK market

I am aware that there are a number of people that would like to leave Bulgaria, France, Spain etc but cannot now afford anything back in the UK, or maybe they want to move to a different country. On the other hand there are people in the UK who would welcome the opportunity to move abroad, to sunnier climates, live in the countryside etc but as selling property is very difficult at the moment anyway, they can't sell their house in the UK to release the cash so swapping their house in the UK for a house in Bulgaria or France or Spain might be a good option. And the person owning the house in Bulgaria, France, Spain etc gets back on the property market in the UK (or which ever country they choose).

The cost to list a property on the Permanent Property Exchange here on TheTravelBug is 24.95 Euros (single property) and 99 Euros for multiple listings (no limit).