Winter might not be here yet, but it's definitely on the way - the mercury is dipping, the days are getting shorter and an extra layer is becoming essential if you want to leave the house without getting frostbite.

So as the eurozone lunges from one crisis to another and with the weather on the continent generally much better than it is in the UK, many Brits with some cash to spare are likely to be tempted by the idea of grabbing a bargain and purchasing a holiday home in a bid to dodge the cold months ahead.

Indeed, as's figures show, asking prices for Spanish properties have dropped by 8.5 per cent in the past 12 months and the pound is continuing to perform particularly well against the euro.

And if you are seriously considering investing in a second home overseas, one expert explains that it's vital you don't cut any corners when it comes to the legal processes.

"It is still quite rare to see problems with overseas property buyers, but it is immensely important that people make sure they get proper legal representation and carry out all of the checks that they need to," said Paul Collins, editor at BuyAssociation.

"Sometimes people can be encouraged to perhaps cut corners that they wouldn't normally do. It is very important to make sure that all of the legal checks are made."

Considering that everything from finance and holiday home insurance policies to visas and legal fees have to be taken into account when moving abroad, making sure you tick all of the right boxes is essential to enjoying a hassle-free transition.

But once the checklist has been completed and the purchase has gone through, the chance to escape the British winter and enjoy some Mediterranean sun is likely to be well worth the effort.