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Invest in a future-proof French property

ski-chalet in The Alps

If you're thinking of buying French property, read on for a few pointers on how to invest in a deluxe home which is future proof.

Portugal property for your Xmas list

property in Praia da luz

The beauty of buying property in Portugal is that it really is for Christmas. Try visiting in early December, when local markets from Porches to Carvoeiro take on a distinctly festive feel or on New Year's Eve (Vespera de Ano Novo), which is celebrated nationwide with fireworks and music.

Tuscan homes for buyers with green fingers

If you have green-fingered ambitions, a property in Tuscany might just be the ideal home for you. A warm, sunny climate, abundant water sources flowing down from the mountains and loose clay-like soil makes this region the perfect environment for plants, trees and vines to take root.

Perfect Portugal property to retire to

From climate to low living costs, competitive health care and a mere two and a half hour flight from the UK, we’ve enthused before about the multitude of benefits you’ll reap by choosing to retire to Portugal and if further proof of its attractions were needed, this sun soaked country at Europe’s southwesternmost point has once again been voted the most popular retirement destination in the world.

Five famous quotes to live by in Paris

1. “Paris is always a good idea” - Audrey Hepburn

Whether you’re increasing your property portfolio or moving to France for work, a robust economy is just one factor in its favour. Paris is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and global humanitarian organisations, affording diverse job-opportunities to well-qualified French speakers.

Distinctive properties in Lucca

Ancient cities, Roman coliseums, classical piazzas, unparalleled art, culinary delights, vineyards, rolling hills, rugged coastlines and snow-capped mountains…..an endless list of the attractions that dazzle visitors to Italy with their beauty, while the layers of history and colour beneath the surface charm make them long to stay.

Provence properties for all seasons

Do you remember your summer holiday with nostalgia, dreaming of an escape to sunny southern climes? The opportunity to refresh yourself with food, culture and gentle activity amidst a Mediterranean landscape a short flight from the UK?

Exploring Cyprus - Make Paphos Your Starting Point

Thinking of buying property in Paphos? Lucky you! Whether you’re planning a permanent home here or a holiday getaway, your “to-explore” list will be endless.

Medal-worthy investment opportunities in Portugal’s sports resorts

With the nation basking in the afterglow of Olympic sporting success, we turn our attention to property investment opportunities afforded by world-class sports resorts across the Algarve.

Why Nice is ideal for your second home

Foreign buyers eager to invest in a second home in France and especially on the Côte d'Azur are drawn to Nice, the glamorous capital of the French Riviera. The French properties in this city where old-world charm and urbanisation go hand in hand are stunning and offer panoramic views of the Mediterranean.

Buying French property post Brexit - Know your rights

With its haute cuisine, wine, iconic attractions and diverse landscape, France remains a prime destination for global property investors. 

Cyprus - Europe's best investment destination

This Mediterranean island with its subtropical climate, beautiful beaches, vineyards and pine-clad mountains is fast becoming one of Europe’s best kept secrets. Added to this, tax and crime rates are low and virtually everyone speaks English.

Burgau - The Algarve’s hidden gem

Located in Western Algarve, this hidden gem with its golden beaches, cobbled pathways and tranquil village centre is a stunning place to live. Quaint whitewashed houses, fishermen mending torn nets and colourful boats bobbing about on the waves are trademark characteristics of this coastal town, popular for its unspoilt beauty.

Why Portugal is a great place to spend your golden years

Located along the Mediterranean, this beautiful country with its sandy beaches, world-class golf resorts, high-quality wines and sunny climate has so much to offer. 

Defining French property boundaries

France - with its bastides nestled among fragrant Lavender fields, châteaux and exclusive waterfront homes on the glittering Côte d'Azur - has caught the eye of foreign buyers eager to enjoy a taste of the French lifestyle - skiing in snow capped Alps, sampling haute cuisine and local wines and exploring the exquisite art housed in some of the world’s best museums.

New Developments in Paphos

This stunning Mediterranean island with its pine-clad mountains, vineyards, world-class golfing facilities and Golden Visa program has caught the eye of foreign investors who are snapping up Cyprus properties.

Portugal property for 2016 in Carvoeiro

Popular with holidaymakers looking for a scenic vacation spot, golf enthusiasts eager to tee off on the nearby championship golf courses and British retirees looking for a second home close to family and friends, this tranquil sun-drenched seaside town with its cobbled streets and chic nightclubs is finding favour with foreign buyers seeking to purchase investment properties.

New Developments in Downtown Miami

White sandy beaches, trendsetting nightclubs frequented by A-Listers, a sizzling street scene and colourful art deco architecture ensure Miami properties are sought-after by buyers looking for luxurious new developments in the USA.

Buying a second home in France; Is this the right time to invest?

The glittering Côte d'Azur, picturesque villages on vine clad hills and a sizzling nightlife scene in Paris attract hordes of international buyers in search of well-appointed French holiday homes.

Avoid the additional UK stamp duty and buy overseas.

Own a house in the UK and thinking of buying a second home this year? Avoid the additional stamp duty and buy overseas.

Top picks in Tuscany - Great Italian homes to buy

Considered to be one of the most beautiful regions of the world, Tuscany is home to some of the most famous cities in the world including Pisa and Florence.

Why You Should Move Abroad, Whatever Age You Are

The desire to move abroad isn’t just the distant dream of pensioners anymore, as two-thirds of Brits under the age of 40 are considering taking the leap. 

Submit your claim!

Yesterday it was confirmed by the European Court of Justice that charges imposed by the French government on foreigners who sold or rented out houses from 2012 is illegal!

Make Your First Month Living Abroad a Successful One

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision, your UK home is up for sale, and you’re definitely doing it.

How To Keep In Touch When You Move Abroad

If you’re browsing the Winkworth website in the hope of finding a property for sale in Portugal, or another foreign country, it’s likely that one of the big reasons you haven’t made the leap just yet is the fear of impending homesickness. 

(Part 2) Wanting to Retire Abroad? Things You Need to Consider

We recently wrote a post that looked at things you need to consider if you are thinking of retiring abroad. This included researching the countries, researching the different locations and taking time to learn the language.

(Part 1) Wanting to Retire Abroad? Things You Need to Consider

It’s estimated that between 4,000 to 8,000 British people choose to retire overseas every single year. In a recent study, HSBC found that one in ten people consider making the move abroad after they have retired. 

OUT NOW! Winkworth Country Life Special: Home from Home

Lifestyle buyers are returning to the international market thanks to a combination of favourable exchange rates and greater confidence, says Zoë Dare Hall.

The French Alps – Fall in love with the mountains all over again in Summer

The French Alps – Fall in love with the mountains all over again in Summer. 

Buying in France for future retirement, for leisure or to better enjoy the Tour de France?

In 2013 BNP Paribas carried out a survey of specific projects and expectations of expatriates investing in France.

Provence and the Art of Fine Food

Quality of life, climate and gastronomy have the largest positive influence on buying property in France. Few regions in France can rival Provence for the quality of life available, its climate and its cuisine.