“Enjoy going slow”: the van Hartens’ new life in southwest France

“Enjoy going slow”: the van Hartens’ new life in southwest France

Anglo-Dutch couple the van Hartens have ditched the rat race in the UK for the more relaxed pace of life, sunnier weather and affordable property of southwest France. Mrs van Harten describes the move as ‘the most relaxed move I’ve ever made’ – we caught with her to find out her top tips for a smooth relocation, and to hear how she and her husband are enjoying their new life.
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What’s in store for the New Zealand property market in 2019?

While prices grew consistently in many parts of the country, it was finally a different story in Auckland and Christchurch, where prices actually declined over the course of the year. It seems measures imposed by the Labour government to control prices may have worked! So, what can we expect from the New Zealand property market in 2019?
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What’s next for the Irish property market in 2019?

Looking back on 2018, the Irish property market could characterised by growing prices across the board and many people hoping to buy, but facing strict lending conditions from the Central Bank. Today, we’re providing an update on how the Irish market is performing currently, as well as providing some insight into the year ahead.
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Italy property market update: overseas buyers snap up rural homes

I’ve often said that Italians think we’re a bit crazy with our love of buying old, rural homes in need of restoration. Well, the figures bear it out, with Italians largely preferring to purchase in cities and rural homes attracting overseas buyers. So what’s next for the Italian property market in 2019? What are prices like and what trends are there?
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Why I love Italy in winter

Italy in winter is full of music, carnival and delicious food. A time when you can explore cities, beaches and countryside and learn about the local traditions before the influx of summer visitors. It may be the ‘quiet season’, but there’s still plenty going on – here are some of my favourite things about winter in Italy.
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Moving to Greece as a single person

Greeks are famously hospitable people – you go from stranger to friend in a flash, as long as you’ve answered the series of questions on where you’re from, why you came and your entire family history on both sides. And there’s nothing a yiayia loves questioning more than someone moving solo! So what is life like moving to Greece as a single person?
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What’s it like moving to France as a single person?

The French have a reputation for being serious about love and romance, but is this reputation deserved?  And what is life really like for singles (or as the French call them, ‘celibataires’) in France? Many people who move to France are couples nearing retirement who dream of a life in the sun, with delicious French food and wines to sample and stunning landscapes to discover. But how moving to France as a single? What is life like for the unattached in France, and those seeking ‘amour’ in the country that includes Paris, the famous city of love.
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Emigration without tears, as the world gets closer

For most of us, leaving family behind is the only bad thing about moving overseas. But today’s modern telecommunications, together with more plentiful and cheaper flights, mean you can emigrate without too many tears. Here are three reasons that starting a new life abroad can be a positive experience for the whole family. I’ve offered my own experiences too…
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Buying in New Zealand, part four: how to buy

So you’ve decided where to buy, and you’re about to get your hunt for the perfect home underway. But first, you need a realistic idea of your budget: what finance can you raise, what costs should you expect and how will you transfer your money? Find out in today’s article about how to make your budget for buying a house in New Zealand.
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