Buying and Selling

Buying and Selling

Buying or selling a home? Be prepared with market trends and activity updates to tips on what will make your transaction go smoothly.

Chinese motorway built around house

A Chinese couple have seen their house turned into a roundabout after a motorway was built around their property. Duck farmer Luo Baogen and his wife refused to move out of the house because they felt the government compensation for relocating was not high enough. The authority's response was simple: build around them.

New Portuguese immigration law invites non-EU property investors

Portugal is set to invite property investors in from outside the EU with new immigration laws. The draft regulation, approved in March, was presented to Parliament this month.

Greece puts Royal Palace up for sale

Greece is planning to put its Royal Palace up for sale. The historic Tatoi Palace, home to the Greek royal family since 1871, boasts 40 outbuildings, a swimming pool and a royal graveyard. But the expansive estate will be listed on the market as part of a fire sale that will clear Greece's books of any unneeded property. And palaces are just the beginning.

Now is the time to buy Spanish property

Investors seeking a safe haven during turbulent global times are increasingly turning to the Canary Islands.

Ratified: What does France’s property tax mean for you?

This month, the French National Assembly ratified President Hollande's financial proposals, bringing into effect a raft of new property taxes from January 2013. For non-resident home owners, the levy on rental income has increased from 15.5 per cent to 35.5 per cent. Tax on property gains has also increased from 19 per cent to 34.5 per cent. But now these changes are official, what do they mean for investors?

Right to Buy: Margaret Thatcher’s housing legacy

In 1980 Margaret Thatcher introduced a policy that transformed the UK property market: Right to Buy. The scheme saw a three-bed house in Romford sold to its council tenants for just £8,315. Now, that house has sold for £180,000 - almost 22 times its original value.

Oil drop weighs on Aberdeen house prices

The recent drop in oil prices is weighing on Aberdeen's housing market, with the city's property values falling by the largest amount in Scotland in August.

Second steppers still struggle to move up UK housing ladder

Despite improved conditions for homeowners ready to take their second step on the property ladder, an increasing number think it will be harder to sell their home this year, according to new research from Lloyds Bank.

British investors still thirsty for French vineyards

British investors are still thirsty for vineyard properties in France, say agents.

Home buyers in Spain offer 20pc below asking

Home buyers in Spain typically offer 20 per cent below asking price, reveals new research.
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2022/08/18 08:47:48pm