If you buy a property in the UK, you would pay (and have to borrow) an awful lot of money, in order to buy a property that you don't really like that much. Here in Bulgaria, you can pay relatively small amount of cash for something really, really nice. If you do not like the idea of living in Bulgaria, there are quite a few other places in Europe where you could buy a very nice property for a fraction of what you would pay for something quite grotty in the UK. Here is the view from our bedroom window. And here is a view of our house, from the end of the garden. Mrs Hippopotamus is sitting on the patio. Not bad for twenty thousand pounds. In the UK, that would not be enough for a deposit on a dog kennel.