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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’ve recently bought property in Portugal with Winkworth International, we’d like to congratulate you. Perhaps at this very moment you’re sipping champagne and leafing through photos of your luxury villa in Carvoeiro or apartment in Praia da Luz.
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?
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.
With its haute cuisine, wine, iconic attractions and diverse landscape, France remains a prime destination for global property investors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Own a house in the UK and thinking of buying a second home this year? Avoid the additional stamp duty and buy overseas.
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.
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.
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!
Congratulations! You’ve made the decision, your UK home is up for sale, and you’re definitely doing it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2013 BNP Paribas carried out a survey of specific projects and expectations of expatriates investing in France.
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.