Holiday lettings in France

Buying a property that will earn its keep as a holiday letting in France is a big part of many British buyer’s ‘French dream’. Some buyers hope to fund their new French lifestyle by buying a home with an annex to convert to a gîte and earn some extra income. How viable is that and what are the opportunities and challenges of running such a business?

Let’s retire to… the Northern Costa Blanca

With warm sun, a warm welcome and easy access from the UK for visits from the family, no wonder so many of us fancy a retirement on the northern stretch of the Costa Blanca. Dénia, Javéa and the villages between are the perfect place to start your quest for the perfect retirement in Spain.

New Zealand’s property market predictions in 2020

When planning a move to New Zealand, how far will your money stretch when the time comes to buy a home? This article investigates what happened to prices over the course of 2019 and reveals what property experts are predicting for New Zealand’s property market in 2020.

7 ways to make new friends in Spain

In our last readers’ survey, over 30% of you said that making new friends was a big part of your move to Spain. But that’s not always so easy, with language difficulties and people coming and going. So how do you find a regular, reliable and permanent group of friends in Spain?

Your favourite spots in the Algarve

With over 300 days of sunshine each year, miles of sandy beaches and lots of world-class golf courses, it’s easy to see why the Algarve is one of Portugal’s most attractive places for foreign buyers.

Where do the rich and famous buy in Italy?

Italy has more than its fair share of style and glamour, but it’s not the glitzy cities that are attracting celebrities to buy property here. You are more likely to find your favourite film stars with their feet up on the terrace of their country villa, overlooking a lake or vineyard. Italy is the place to escape the pressures of being a global icon and experience a more authentic and grounded lifestyle.