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The Sun: Bulgaria is the Cheapest Place for a Family Holiday – AND it Costs Less than in 2017
IF you still haven't booked the summer holiday, it's time to head east. The best... Read more
The Price of Agricultural Land in Bulgaria has Risen by 5%
The price of agricultural land in Bulgaria has increased by about 5% according to the data of the... Read more
Sunny Beach in Bulgaria ranked 1st for the best all-inclusive summer holiday deals.
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Sunny Beach ranked 6th by for most affordable international beach towns for expats
Sunny Beach ranked 6th by for most affordable international beach towns for expats

Somewhere between whipping up batches of fresh (and medicinal) mint mojitos in your cramped city apartment after work and getting sunburned on exotic beaches during your two measly weeks of vacation a year, a lightbulb switches on. Why not live the tropical life all year round? It's a not-uncommon fantasy in these waning days of a long winter: Ditch the high heating bills, smothering winter coats, and oppressive tweetstorms of your homeland, decamp to an inexpensive beach town abroad—and live like royalty.

We're here to tell you: It can be done.

But buying a home on U.S. soil is stressful enough. Finding an abode abroad can be even more so—you want somewhere both safe and affordable, with a community of expatriates for company. And once you whittle down your list of potential new homelands, you'll have to contend with a host of laws governing foreigners buying property.

This is where the peripatetic data team at® comes in. We found some of the most affordable international beach towns where expats-wannabes will want to live—and where the regulations make it entirely possible.

To create our list, the data team first ruled out countries that have extremely restrictive policies on foreigners buying property.  We also eliminated landlocked countries, and limited the final ranking to no more than five countries per continent. Then the following data points* were pulled in:

Citizenship ranking from U.S. News & World Report, which measures human rights, gender equality, and religious freedom
Top expat destinations ranking of 65 countries from InterNations, a global network
-Average internet connection speed (so you can work remotely)
-Coastline size
-Low homicide rates
-Home affordability index from, a global consumer prices website
-Cost of living index from
-Average yearly temperature, to ensure plenty of beach days
Once we got our list of countries, we aggregated several international beach rankings from publications such as Condé Nast Traveler, CNN, and TripAdvisor to help us come up with our list of beaches. And we eliminated beach communities without nearby homes under $250,000.

Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
Bulgaria population: 7,084,571
Coastline length: 354 kilometers

Sunny Beach is a formerly notorious resort located on the coast of the Black Sea. It was built in the 1950s by the former Communist regime as a playground for the Soviet-era elite. Over the past decade or so it has come into its own as an expat hot spot for European and U.S. home buyers alike.

Buying in Bulgaria attracts mostly people seeking an alternative life: freelancers and IT professionals who can work from anywhere they choose. In Bulgaria there is great broadband internet everywhere, good quality of life, and foreigns can integrate with locals.

But where Sunny Beach really has the advantage is dollars and cents. Bulgaria is inexpensive. Among the countries on which we collected data, only three European countries had a lower cost of living: Belarus, Serbia, and Romania. And the country is friendly to foreign investment.

Foreigners are inquiring about Sunny Beach–area homes as of late. Most are looking around the 20,000 euro ($25,000) price point, for either a studio or one-bedroom. Bulgaria allows foreigners to buy apartments, condos, and homes—just not the land they sit on. But once you own the home, you're allowed to rent it out. So you can net a little side cash.


Real Estate Prices in Bulgaria See Slight Rise

Real estate prices have recorded a slight increase in 2014, according to Bulgaria's National Statistical Institute. The main reason for the growth is the increased demand for property, which leads to quicker transactions, notes. According to the real estate website, the average one-bedroom apartment available for sale in Sofia is of 45.15 square meters and is...
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Holiday home on a budget? Here's what €1 could get you

Sourse: Towns and cities across Europe have been forced to slash house prices to attract spenders from abroad. Owning a dream holiday home might not be as difficult as you think High property prices in the UK have been described by the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, as the ‘biggest risk’ to the UK economy. With properties in areas such...
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Housing Prices in Bulgaria are Rising with one of the Fastest Rates in the EU

Household prices in Bulgaria registered one of the biggest increases in the first quarter in the European Union on an annual basis - 8.8%. This shows latest Eurostat data released on Wednesday. Reports Investor. Thus our country ranks fifth in the ranking, with the Czech Republic having a 12.7% increase. Lithuania followed by Lithuania (10.2%), Latvia (10.1%) and Ireland (8.9%). The...
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Select Properties Bulgaria in The New Your Times press release! House Hunting in ... Bulgaria

MARKET OVERVIEW The housing market is still reeling from the global crisis. During its bubble period from 2000 to 2008, home prices grew 300 percent, partly in anticipation of the country’s joining the European Union in 2007, said Stanislav Petrov, the sales manager for Select Properties Bulgaria, an agency based in the coastal city of Bourgas. During that period, particularly from...
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Sofia, Varna Property Prices Rise, Still Well Below Pre-Crisis Peaks

Property prices in Sofia and Varna last month were higher than they were a year earlier but still well below the pre-crisis peaks of 2008, a real estate consultant has said. According to the latest price index update compiled by Bulgarian Properties firm, August prices in Sofia were 0.92% higher than a year earlier, while those in Varna were up 13.3%. Sofia and Varna led the way in...
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Bulgaria's Bansko named best-value destination for ski holidays..., 4 November 2014 For a week away skiing with the family Bulgaria is where Britons will find the best value while Austria's St Anton will hit the budget hardest. Bulgaria's Bansko topped a poll of 42 European ski centres that factored in average hotel, ski pass, ski hire, ski lesson, evening meals and drinks for over the course of seven days for a family...
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Bansko in Bulgaria is the perfect ski resort for an absolute beginner, Nov 19, 2014 Standing halfway up a ski road that sliced through a Bulgarian mountain, I whipped off my goggles, took in the view and grinned. Skiers, nearly all better than me, whizzed by doing moves I could only dream of, driving up clouds of snow as they zigzagged down the slope. But I didn’t mind being in with the rookies here in the Pirin Mountains, in...
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At a Glance: Buyers in Bulgaria take to the ski slopes Sunny Beach is the most popular place to buy property in Bulgaria, according's At a Glance infographic. The report compares the 12-month period to the same period two years ago, revealing that the Black Sea resort remains the number on sought-after location, accounting for 1 in 10 searches on the portal in the year to October 2014. Demand...
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Video: Bulgaria - Land of Opportunities

Why to invest in Bulgaria!? These different features give a full overview of the economic situation in a country and promote trade and investment opportunities. Thanks for watching...
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Bulgaria property has "most successful year since crisis"

A new report from Bulgarian properties says that confidence is back in Bulgaria, as prices showed signs of rising through the year. Indeed, according to data from the National Statistics Institute, property prices climbed 1.6 per cent in the third quarter of 2014, once adjusted for inflation, the third increase recorded last year. Real estate prices are now at the same level as 10...
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