Building your own home, part 2: getting an architect and planning permission

Building your own home, part 2: getting an architect and planning permission

For part two of our ‘Building your own Home’ series, we’re taking a closer look at how to find a reputable architect in Ireland and what steps you need to take to obtain planning permission before you can break ground on building your dream home. If you missed part one, make sure to have a read of it to find out how to find the right plot of land.
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No problem? No deal for property buyers in Spain

Playing golf in the warm January sunshine. Eating al fresco by your pool. Renting out your holiday home for a profit all summer and enjoying it in winter for yourself. However you see your life in Spain, you can do all this and more, however Brexit works out. Here’s why you shouldn’t be too worried about no deal for property buyers in Spain
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My magical new village life in the Charente

If you’re thinking of making that leap of moving permanently to France and think you already know what to expect, think again. Village life in France may well surprise you with the joy and beauty it has to offer. Every day is a new adventure – a beautiful, colourful, joyful and glorious one. Enjoy every single minute of it.
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Build your own home in France, part 1: buying land

If you’re making a life-changing move to France, maybe you want to make it perfect. And one way to do that could be to build your own house. Think how thrilling that would be. We’ve all imagined it. What we would like, what our priorities would be, what it would be made of and most of all, what the outlook would be, from rolling fields, glittering seas, charming vineyards, to soaring mountain ranges….
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Family-friendly Greece: the islands where your kids never be bored!

If your kids are only used to swimming in their local pool or, heaven help them, the English Channel, they won’t be able to believe the crystal clear waters of the seas around Greece’s islands. But where you want to be (smart restaurants, posh shops, peace and quiet!) might not be where your kids want to be (waterparks, fast food, pedalos!), so here we bring you five Greek islands your kids will love, and you will too. 
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Where are the best places to live in New Zealand’s South Island?

New Zealand’s South Island is known the world over for its incredible beauty, from snowy mountains and glaciers, to tropical peninsulas and lakes so blue you won’t believe your eyes. Basing yourself here means a relaxed pace of life, outdoor adventures, a decent climate and – in some places – affordable living. So, what viable options does the South Island have for people looking to move to New Zealand?
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How do taxes in New Zealand work?

Just when you thought you’d heard every ranking New Zealand tops, here’s another one: the world’s best personal tax system! Even moving to the other side of the world might not free you from paying up, but, luckily, the tax system that you will be greeted with is incredibly easy to navigate and is focused on fairness and predictability.
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New rules come in around Airbnb rentals

Many European cities are struggling to contain the rise of Airbnb-style rentals. Their proliferation leaves local residents complaining of a lack of affordable homes. In a move that could have an impact on Airbnb in Portugal, Porto’s city council has decided to temporarily stop issuing licenses for new short-term rental properties in certain areas. 
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Build your own home, part 1: buying land

If you’ve spent any length of time browsing property listings in Portugal, you’ve probably noticed a wide selection of land for sale. Large plots of land, often with one or more ruins for renovation, are easy to find. Sometimes the prices seem incredibly tempting too. So, is buying land in Portugal and building a house to your dream specification a good option? This article explores the practicalities.
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