At one point I had around 12 Bulgarian houses, spread out around various villages in the Stara Zagora region. With hindsight it was not the best idea to sink money into buying all these dilapidated houses, but I got caught up in the excitement, the property market in Bulgaria was booming and the idea had been to buy them cheap, do them up and sell on for a profit.
Of course this did not happen. Plans and circumstances change (I ended up moving over on my own and not with my partner at the time as had been planned), I did not have much of a clue about building or renovating at the time, specially in a foreign country and so was totally ripped off and then the bottom fell out of the market here.
So slowly over the last few years I have been selling off some of these properties, downsizing my property portfolio so we can concentrate on our main home and the couple of Bulgarian houses we own on either side of this.
We have over the years bought a few apartments as well. One of these was purchased when we were working at the coast (Pete, my other half is a musician and used to play in a couple of bars in Sunny Beach) and another as a rental but now we no longer do this, so we have sold the rental studio and are looking to sell the one bed apartment we have at the coast and may get one small house or plot of land close to the beach.
For a number of years we split our time between Bulgaria and France and then Bulgaria and Austria but we are now based solely in Bulgaria and so this means are life can go in different directions.