You’re absolutely right katy, the British and others have fallen out of love with 2nd homes abroad and even sometimes the lifestyle, you can have too much sun and learning a foreign language is important but difficult too for many. Plus all the ways and things that you’re not accustomed too.
Quite a few people I know say the same as you that ‘why tie up large sums of money abroad on property and then have all the upkeep and worry about it’s condition and safety, when the money or interest (normally) will buy continuous holidays abroad in different countries?’
Even now you can get 4% on money in the UK which on £200k say earns £8k enough for a holiday or two.
I also think Mark’s website has at last opened the eyes of naive and even the braver buyers to so many overseas property scams.