Top 5 French villages with a buzz

What comes to your mind when you think of a picturesque lively ancient French village? Perhaps pavement cafes, timber framed buildings, cobbled streets, local art, a market, the smell of freshly baked bread emanating from the local boulangerie? What about affordable property? Let’s take a look at some beautiful villages with a buzz and find you your dream home in the process!

What should you bring with you from the UK to France?

Once you have the keys to your new French home in your hand, it is incredibly exciting to think about furnishing it, stocking up on consumable items, perhaps a bit of DIY and browsing what the French shops and brocantes have to offer. However, some things are a bit more difficult to find – so here’s what to bring with you when you move.

Why Alentejo’s coast is tempting us from the Algarve!

Known as the bread basket of Portugal, the Alentejo is known for its farms and vineyards. It’s also got a gorgeous coastline, with some of Europe’s best (and secret) beaches. This paradise is one of the best value places to buy in Portugal, too. While house prices are booming in Lisbon and the Algarve, the Alentejo is 5.8% down on its peak levels.

5 places to buy within an hour of Athens

Athens may be one of the greatest cities of the world, but living there can be a little frenetic! So where offers the best of both worlds – countryside, seaside, and a base near the city? Long-term expat in Athens, Lynne Evans has a few suggestions.
The 10 questions your estate agent must answer

The 10 questions your estate agent must answer

Your estate agent is one of the three experts who are crucial to a successful overseas purchase. Their knowledge about the properties they sell, the local area and the general buying process is invaluable. Never be afraid to tap them up for information or ask them to shed light on any concerns you might have about a property or its vendor. Here are 10 questions buyers would do well asking their agent before paying a reservation deposit…

Italy auctions off its palaces

The Italian government is selling off a selection of its state-owned properties in an ambitious plan to raise €1.2billion. Most exciting are the buildings of historic interest and those in prime city centre locations.