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Find your perfect overseas property with

11 August 2008 / by Rachel Mason has made it easier to find the perfect property abroad, for holidaying, relocating, or as an investment, by launching a brand new property service in association with MRI Overseas Property.

For those who have ever considered a second home on the French Riviera, a beachfront house in Florida, an island paradise, or a mountain cabin on the slopes, there's never been a better time.

James Caldwell, director of said: "As a result of developments in technology, cheaper air travel, and people's changing attitudes to buying a home abroad, buying overseas property is no longer an opportunity available only to the rich or famous. It has become increasingly popular in recent years, and changes to legislation have made it easier to get a mortgage in certain countries, particularly within the EU.

"MRI sells 20,000 properties each year, in 18 countries around the world, including the USA, Cape Verde, Egypt, the Bahamas and of course Europe; with French and Spanish property still popular alongside newer favourites like Bulgaria and Romania.

"And, MRI has offices all over the world, so buyers can get the advice and assistance they need at every stage of the process, including after-sales care – they can even manage the property if the owner decides to rent it out, and help them to sell it on in the future."

MRI's independent experts can help customers choose the right financial products, and inspection trips to the country allow potential buyers to get a feel of the area and look at a number of properties. Most clients find their property on the first day of inspections, and it is often not necessary to return to the country again in order to settle the arrangements – they do it all on the client's behalf.

Darragh MacAnthony, founder and chairman of MRI, said "We are one of the world’s top real estate companies and have achieved this status by working with quality partners like

"The new property search is an excellent service; and we are looking forward to working with to provide a quality service, from search right through to purchase and after sale assistance."

Mr Caldwell added: "Whether you want an apartment in the heart of the city, a traditional villa or cottage, a chateau in premium wine country, or a ski chalet in the mountains, can help you find just what you're looking for."

Not only does offer a property search service, but can also help potential foreign property buyers with overseas mortgages and foreign currency exchange.