The volume of searches by Britons for homes located overseas has surged amid the coronavirus lockdown, according to property website Rightmove (RMV.L), with Spain, France and Portugal the most popular destinations.
Searches on Rightmove Overseas were up by a third (33%) in May compared with May 2019.
In April, earlier on in the coronavirus lockdown period, searches for overseas homes were also up 18% compared with a year earlier.
The Costa del Sol, Ibiza, Brittany, Normandy, the Loire Valley, the Algarve and Lisbon were also among popular hotspots.
“The surge is a mixture of people seriously thinking of buying a holiday home, those contemplating a relocation, and some who are dreaming of a trip abroad after their holiday was cancelled,” the company said.
Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: “Lockdown has allowed many people time to re-appraise their
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