Purchasing a house overseas can be a good strategy as a long term investment or simply a change of lifestyle and career. But an international purchase. I have changed country and houses a couple times already, but never as an investment specifically and I want to outline what I feel is important regardless of the motive. Individuals that do decide to sell their houses and buy one overseas have to be well informed, prepared, and ready for any unusual challenges. Since countries strategize differently, some basic knowledge of the following may become an advantage: understanding the locals, cultures, nearby areas, the economy, and basic ways things are done in the country. First and foremost, some of the main questions that should be on your mind should include: what overseas country are you buying in, location or scenery of your choice, are you making the right choice based on needs (not only emotions), and or how will you fit in with the economy and the locals. It is highly recommended to take time and visit the country of your choice while responding to any questions they may have. Obtaining the feel and understanding of the country personally is imperative as opposed to simply reading and depending on “word of mouth.” Some individuals may favor country living outside the city, while others may choose living a few blocks away from the city with more action. London is an example where a lot of action takes place during the tourist season and disappears around non-seasonal tourist periods, in such instances, it is a good idea to immerse yourself in the culture outside of tourist spots or off season. Panama City is relatively small city; the diverse lifestyle options encourage friendlier neighborhoods that reside close to each other. Overseas home buyers in search of privacy have less interest in the closeness of neighbors. Buying houses overseas may seem cheaper sometimes (or not!); however, timing and choices made can become expensive as well. For instance; when a property value in a sudden area is appreciating this may attract earlier buyers who would result benefiting the results of the appreciation. Most of these countries profit on a “first come first serve basis”, and wrong purchases can be costly and inconvenient. Individuals have to keep in mind that moving overseas and making upscale purchases means moving some of the money out the native country and putting it in another form for regular usage and focus on finding ways to merit more profits. Different forms of bribes may be accepted in some countries meanwhile are unacceptable in others. Bribes that are accepted tend to advance towards the highest offer. Individuals have done well by seeking assist with professionals that are linked to the market industry. The local area may be of convenience based on the surrounding areas such as; the shopping facilities, restaurants, medical facilities, nightlife, and auto basics. Some understanding the general living factors is mandatory such as; main languages spoken, cultures, finances, main rules and regulations for the area, and different lifestyles. Locals may become hostile when their languages or customs are used or treated wrongfully. Buying a house overseas can be a major challenge with a definite need to move forward. Some of the most common mistakes individuals make do involve dragging on the old accommodations with the new lifestyle changes. Self-tests can include the following thoughts; original motivations, thorough updated research, levels of commitment, tested levels of risk, tolerance, and individual readiness. Keeping these thoughts in mind can be a guide to drastic changes that maybe involved. Moving from a country such as Australia, Canada, United States or the United Kingdom that are the typical developed world may seem difficult; however, being well prepared may take some time, but is doable as thousands of home owners have purchased a house abroad and are living there.