As more than 320,000 Britons a year move overseas… How to snap up that dream home abroad without breaking the bank

More than 320,000 Britons moved abroad last year – and plenty more dream of following suit. The most popular destinations continue to demand high prices, but there are thriftier alternatives offering the best of both worlds.

‘Spain is our most popular destination,’ says Rightmove’s Aimee Valaitis. ‘People are very keen on Barcelona and Marbella.’ Barcelona is Spain’s golden ticket – investment wise.

If, for example, you owned an elegant two-bedroom flat, costing about £400,000, in a classic building you’d have little bother letting it throughout the year.

‘Marbella is still a favourite beach destination,’ says Aimee. ‘But buyers would be wise to consider Alicante in Valencia as a smart – and cheaper – equivalent.’

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