Immigrating to the UK

The joys of a new build...

Super well insulated.

No humidity issues though as we leave a door open for the dogs most of the time.

I've been on a building site for smart home software we were assisting a company with. Let's just say if you saw how they build these new builds, joy wouldn't be the words used.
 
This is it, the potential to earn and do business in the UK is exponentially higher than in SA - you will have access to opportunities you don't here. Excellent point on housing, expect to pay 3x more for 50% less than JHB

I worked out a while ago it will cost you at least 6 times more to get a similar size house in UK that you got in SA.

Eg: So a 3 bedroom, lounge, kitchen, dinning, two baths and single garage is easily minimum £350k in urban areas, which is a cool R8.5mil, yet on SA you get the same for around minimum R1.2m

UK property ain't cheap.
 
I worked out a while ago it will cost you at least 6 times more to get a similar size house in UK that you got in SA.

Eg: So a 3 bedroom, lounge, kitchen, dinning, two baths and single garage is easily minimum £350k in urban areas, which is a cool R8.5mil, yet on SA you get the same for around minimum R1.2m

UK property ain't cheap.

But a poor comparison because you’re converting to rands for the property and trying to directly compare when there are many factors that influence the prices.
 
But a poor comparison because you’re converting to rands for the property and trying to directly compare when there are many factors that influence the prices.
It's a simple comparison that does work as it deals with people moving from SA to UK with ZAR they exchange for GBP, and how far their ZAR will stretch.

So if the person sells their paid off 4 bedroom house with double garage for R2mil thinking they can bring that money over to buy another 4 bedroom house with double garage, they will need to bring R2mil X 6 as the house this side will average £500k.
 
So if the person sells their paid off 4 bedroom house with double garage for R2mil thinking they can bring that money over to buy another 4 bedroom house with double garage

I think anyone who moves from an African country and expects to buy a house of the same size in any Western European country for the same price should probably not be allowed access to their money unsupervised…
 
I worked out a while ago it will cost you at least 6 times more to get a similar size house in UK that you got in SA.

Eg: So a 3 bedroom, lounge, kitchen, dinning, two baths and single garage is easily minimum £350k in urban areas, which is a cool R8.5mil, yet on SA you get the same for around minimum R1.2m

UK property ain't cheap.
Your argument is severely flawed tho - there are a lot of other factors to also consider (this coming from someone window shopping for severely overpriced properties in the UK).

Here is one to consider: who would potentially be in a better position after 10 years of ownership?

A: £350k house in a market with a high demand, with general low interest rates (meaning more of the capital portion can be paid off faster)
B: R1.2m in a market filled with constant uncertainty and high interest rates
 
Your argument is severely flawed tho - there are a lot of other factors to also consider (this coming from someone window shopping for severely overpriced properties in the UK).

Here is one to consider: who would potentially be in a better position after 10 years of ownership?

A: £350k house in a market with a high demand, with general low interest rates (meaning more of the capital portion can be paid off faster)
B: R1.2m in a market filled with constant uncertainty and high interest rates
You also missed the point
 
@Dave @Priapus @Tman*

So if an average 4 bed, 2 bath, 2 garage house in SA in the average suburban neighbourhood sells for R2mil, how much ZAR must a Saffer bring over to buy a similar size house in UK, which would be about £500k.

Let's do the maths....

R2mil / 24 (exchange rate give or take) * 6 = £500k
 
@Dave @Priapus @Tman*

So if an average 4 bed, 2 bath, 2 garage house in SA in the average suburban neighbourhood sells for R2mil, how much ZAR must a Saffer bring over to buy a similar size house in UK, which would be about £500k.

Let's do the maths....

R2mil / 24 (exchange rate give or take) * 6 = £500k

Stop trying to directly convert and use rands for UK purchases, that’s the first and biggest mistake. When a person is working here they don’t get paid in rands…
 
Stop trying to directly convert and use rands for UK purchases, that’s the first and biggest mistake. When a person is working here they don’t get paid in rands…

It’s the same mistake most Saffers make when they first get here: “OMG I just bought a box of smokes for R280!” Thankfully, it usually rights itself pretty quickly. Normally after that first fat pay cheque in £££ hits their bank account.
 
It’s the same mistake most Saffers make when they first get here: “OMG I just bought a box of smokes for R280!” Thankfully, it usually rights itself pretty quickly. Normally after that first fat pay cheque in £££ hits their bank account.

Anybody that says they didn't do this when they first arrive is either a liar or narcissist.
 
Why haven’t you moved there?
This is an extremely long tale which involves marriage, divorce, multiple SA businesses and quite a few local assets. I am busy unbundling my affairs, but I haven’t decided on UK vs EU for my move.

Tl;dr - was stupid, started a life in SA based on UK money and now it’s hard to change.

Tl;dr2 - stayed in SA for love, love didn’t last
 
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