Australia celebrates as lockdown begins to lift

Australians are celebrating as lockdown begins to ease. While you might not be able to travel there yet, it is only a matter of time – and you might be surprised at how much you can do from the UK. See how Covid-19 is affecting prices, the timescale for the lifting of restrictions and why you don’t want to be last in the queue when they are.

How is New Zealand coping with coronavirus?

New Zealand was one of the country’s that has acted the fastest in response to the coronavirus outbreak, with Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern ordering Level Four lockdown when the country had only 238 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and zero fatalities. This swift and strict approach appears to have worked and as of Monday 20th April, the country only has 1,440 confirmed cases.

Self-building in Australia, part 2: architects and permissions

Last month we wrote about buying the land to build on in Australia, and discovered that it’s easier than you might imagine. So now you’ve got the perfect plot and evicted the wildlife, how do you go about getting your home-of-a-lifetime not only designed, but approved by the authorities too? We’re going to meet some architects….

Yes, you can buy an Italian property for one euro!

We’ve all heard the stories, gorgeous Italian properties to buy for just one euro, but is it true? Well, it is for this property in Emilia-Romagna, about an hour’s drive from Bologna. Of course there are strings attached, about 1.5 million strings, in fact. But it still represents an awesome opportunity to create anything from a stately home, to a hotel or apartment complex.

Finding good tradespeople in Cyprus

Buying your dream home in sunny Cyprus is just the start of the adventure. Now you have to ensure it’s perfect for you, and that’s quite likely to include a lick of paint, maybe a wholesale renovation. So where do you start on finding good tradespeople in Cyprus? Who do you ask? What will you pay? Our writer in Cyprus investigates.