Luxury Real Estate Blog and News

How to buy in Italy

June 14, 2010 - Italy
The Italy Property Buyers Guide will give you an idea of the buying process and some useful tips for your property purchase in Italy. 1 The buyer will seek the assistance of a licensed real estate agent (agente immobiliare) for the initial property search; 2 Planning activity: buyers will generally have to decide whether to purchase the property directly under their individual name or rather indirectly, by means of a limited liability entity. Such a decision is of utmost importance as substantial legal and tax consequences will be associated with it;

Meditations on Land

May 27, 2010 - Sanya
Mainlanders are descending on Hainan in search of the exclusivity, privacy, and quality of life unique to this tropical island. Demand for high-end properties is strong and products are popping up at warp speed, but the business of building cannot remain the sole domain of property developers. The island’s future success also depends on government planning and policies implemented to guide development in the right direction.

Villas and luxury properties at Lake Como

April 30, 2010 - Lombardy
“This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty” the English poet P. B. Shelley once wrote about Lake Como. Located on the Italian-Swiss border, the picturesque lake town, known for its villas, palaces, cultural gems – and more recently, George Clooney sightings – has been attracting the upper echelons for centuries. It's easy to see why Lake Como is one of the most desirable locations in the whole of Italy.

Buying Property in Macau

April 29, 2010 - Macau
Property prices rose significantly in Macau beginning around 2002, when the government broke the monopoly of a local gambling magnate, Stanley Ho, and allowed foreign investors to build casinos.

Property Prices Cool Off in Niseko

April 27, 2010 - Hokkaido
Second homes became major casualties of the economic crisis, and, since the “hot money” that rushed into Niseko has cooled down, it’s very hard to sell off-plan. However, some developers say it’s good that Niseko has taken a bit of a break before it gets ahead of itself. “It has been kind of a nice breather because things were getting too hot and going up too quickly,” says C.J. Wysocki, one of the two developers behind the Suiboku apartment. Suiboku has 10 apar tments in all, four of which remain on the market.

Hainan Island Makover

April 21, 2010 - Sanya
Sometimes considered ‘China’s Riviera’ or the ‘Miami of China’, Hainan Island, and in particular Sanya, is the site of a booming property market and a vastly ambitious lifestyle revolution. Arriving in Sanya, the only thing as conspicuous as the balmy weather is the island’s booming property sector. Real estate ads dominate billboards along the airport expressway, project flags flutter throughout the city streets, and the faces of Chinese stars like Zhang Ziyi and Fan Bingbing adorn commercial banners – the latest branding experiment for developers.

Japan - The One and the Many

April 20, 2010 - Japan
Japan. Few places evoke such a rich and varied collection of images in the mind’s eye: blue hills shrouded in rolling mist; bullet trains moving at the speed of light; tranquil temples, bonsai gardens; futuristic cities flooded with neon light; colourful kimono-clad Geishas; businessmen in monochrome suits…remarkably, most of these images fulfill an accurately descriptive function. The particular fusion of ultra-modern industrialised wealth with time-honoured cultural codes is part of what distinguishes this archipelago of islands in the Pacific – as do the gracious hospitality and attention to detail that render anything from dining, shopping, sightseeing and relaxing an absolute indulgence.

Investment Property In Cape Verde

April 02, 2010 - Cape Verde
Buyer confidence is returning to the real estate market in Cape Verde indicating that it is coming out of the general property downturn that has hit even popular emerging markets, it is claimed. Some Real estate agents have not survived the downturn but those that have survived are reporting an increase in activity. According to one of the leading agents, Nôscasa, interest from UK and Irish buyers looking for an affordable property in Europe’s most easily accessible tropical destination is increasing.

Island Oasis

March 26, 2010 - Bali
Bali‘s seductive beauty, culture and architecture continue to attract investors looking for their own piece of paradise. It’s not hard to see why Bali has become such a venerated tourist destination, or why its property sector has quickly followed suit. Even within Asia’s resort region, Bali occupies a singular place for many within the plethora of holiday destinations.

Greece: Throne of The Gods

March 25, 2010 - Greece
As the cradle of Western civilization, Greece enjoys an enduring reputation as one of the Europe’s most popular travel destinations. The country also offers holiday home seekers everything from whitewashed houses on the Aegean Sea to villas nestled among the ancient ruins and stunning terrain of the Peloponnese peninsula. Welcoming more than nineteen million tourists in 2007, Greece has been consistently ranked as one of the top ten tourist destinations worldwide.