Foreign property buyers from the UK need to carry out thorough research before buying, experts have said.
According to the Your Mortgage website, purchasing a home in Spain or France can be just as stressful a process as buying in Britain.
Therefore, it has recommended that people who are thinking of entering a foreign market try to reduce the likelihood of encountering problems.
The online portal said prospective buyers need to find out as much information about their chosen market as they can.
In addition, it suggested that people try to avoid letting the prospect of buying a dream home cloud their judgement.
Your Mortgage added: "Dedicated research is even more important when negotiating a sale in another country and, presumably, another language."
According to research by A Place in the Sun magazine, France and Spain are currently the two most popular markets with British property buyers.