In this issue...
This month we take a look at the buyer’s market currently in Central Florida, where property now is as cheap as it was 13 years ago and seek out the different kind of properties around Orlando.
Continuing our Egypt series we visit the popular destination of Sharm el Sheikh on the Sinai coast and talk to local expats there about their experience of country in flux. We also go in search of a wilder side to Turkey as we discover the magical lunar landscape offering quirky cave homes and some of the world’s best hot air ballooning.
Not to be missed this month we take lessons in France’s leaseback scheme and what to look out for when searching for a leaseback investment and we also cover currency exchange in ‘The Rating Game’, presenting you with a handy timeline to show how the whole process that could save you thousands works.
In this month’s alternative destinations we make a port of call to the lush Portuguese island of Madeira, famous for its cake, wine and fireworks and see why Brits have been flocking there for centuries. And we meet the salon owner who moved to Lanzarote to start a new life with her three daughters.
And for those in search of secret destinations we explore the magical region of Le Marche, Italy and some of our favourite buying spots in the Carribbean in ‘Paradise Islands’.
There’s also the usual round-up of the best properties from around the world , follow us as this month we spotlight property in Malta and go on a property hunt in green Spain. We hear from A Place in the Sun presenter Amanda Lamb on her experience at the recent A Place in the Sun Live exhibition at Earl’s Court and take a look at some of the great deals and exotic destinations that were on show there.
Features in this issue
After a summer job in Crete, Helen Papadoyianni never left and before long she was married and running a bar...
In 2003 recently divorced Mandy Wood moved to Lanzarote to start a new life with her three daughters. She had no home or job to go to but after eight years of hard work she's now the proud owner of a successful hair and beauty salon...
Our tour of places popular with expats takes us to Madeira, a lush Portuguese island that was once – briefly – under British rule and is known for its eponymous cake and wine, and fireworks.
Our experts answer your questions on rentals: I’ve heard that the taxation rules for furnished holiday homes
are due to change in the next budget. Could you shed some light on this
Our experts answer your questions on inheritance: My mother (a widow) has lived in the Costa Blanca since November
2004. She is a UK passport holder but a Spanish resident. She has made a
will in both the UK and Spain. She has no mortgage and very little
money in a Spanish bank account – all her savings are in the UK. She is
the sole person on the deeds to her property. I have heard that the
Spanish government would be entitled to 40 per cent of the value of her
home on her death. Is this correct? Also how does this affect my Mum’s
Our experts answer your legal queries: I keep hearing the word “iskan” when discussing property with
agents. What is this and why is it important when I buy property in
Leaseback is deemed a safe way of combining a French holiday home with a guaranteed source of hassle-free rental income. That said, the harsh economic climate has put pressure on developers so it’s worth being choosy about what you buy.
With stunning hilltop villages, exciting mountains, unspoilt beaches and cheaper homes than the neighbouring regions, Le Marche in Italy should be on the radar of anyone in search of la dolce vita.
Amanda Lamb reflects on her visit to the recent A Place in the Sun Live exhibition in London.
It attracts 60 per cent of Egypt's holidaymakers and is the resort that put the country on the world tourism map. We look at property on offer in Sharm el Sheikh, and why, given recent events, it could be the time to pick up a deal there.
When Editor Richard Way met Jenny Cooper in Egypt last December, there were no signs that something monumental was about to unfold there. Jenny and husband Dave remained in the country throughout the events that led to the downfall of Mubarak, so we asked them what it’s been like living at a resort by the Red Sea during this historic period
Idyllic Caribbean beaches, little or no tax, year-round sun and surprisingly affordable property – we reveal some of our favourite buying spots in the Bahamas and Cayman Islands
A magical lunar landscape, quirky cave homes, a very authentic lifestyle and hot air balloons – not what draws most people to Turkey, but precisely why some Brits have fallen for Cappadocia.
It's a buyer's market in Central Florida, where property now is as cheap as it was 13 years ago. We recommend some buying spots there, whether you're looking for a lettable holiday home or a more permanent residence.
When you buy or move overseas, chances are you'll need to exchange pounds into another currency and transfer these funds to a foreign bank account....
It wasn't so long ago - in the immediate wake of the credit crunch - that the chances of getting finance for an overseas purchase were extremely slim. Here we assess if the general availability of mortgages in some of our favourite destinations has improved - or not...
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