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. 

Top ski resorts for the 2019/20 season

There’s a hint of winter in the air and the first dustings of snow have been reported in the Alps. The build-up to the new ski season is always an exciting time for winter sports fans, especially if you’re in the market to buy your own ski pad. If you’re unsure about which resort to focus on, here are some nuggets from the French Alps.

Live like the Obamas in Martha’s Vineyard

Imagine having the Obamas living next door; waving at Barack as you walk the dog or popping in to borrow a cup of sugar from Michelle. Well, now you can. Apparently, they’re purchasing a palatial waterfront home, with its own private beach and boat deck, in Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. We take a tour of this iconic spot for luxury property (and seek out some more affordable spots).

Could you live next to a UNESCO World Heritage site?

Italy has 55 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than any other country. This recognition and the high visitor numbers each site attracts, demonstrate how highly regarded Italy’s culture, archaeology, environment and landscape are in the world. What’s amazing is that you can actually live near many of these sites.

Where to buy for the best sea views in Cyprus

I’ll never tire of the sea views here in Cyprus, whether it’s in the humid heat of summer or a mild winter’s day. And the best thing about Cyprus, as a mountainous island, is there are stunning views to be had even when you go inland. Sunset and sunrise are a sight to behold. So if you’re looking where to buy here, don’t miss my top five sea view villages.