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“April 2017 saw a very positive outlook and figures from the Notaires of France stated that 2016 had been a bumper year with a 7.7% increase in sales. I have a feeling that this may have slowed slightly for 2017; but 2018 is starting to look like it will also be a good year as viewings and sales are very strong for the first 3 months.

It is too early to predict if this will continue to the middle of the year; but with May and June already filling up it feels quite positive. It is also worth noting that the end of 2017/beginning of 2018 has seen in my opinion a significant interest from Britons moving from Spain to France; something that I have not noticed previously.

The British remain very strong in the French market; albeit with slightly less to spend than previously due to the exchange rate. They still love France and still want to put their hard earned cash into their French dream; whether that be a permanent of holiday home.”

Cathe Bower, Property Sales in France

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Discover Costa Blanca

Could you tell us a bit about your company and what you do?

Brilliant Real Estate has been established for 2 years in Moraira, Costa Blanca, Spain and helps find properties for buyers from all over the world.

There are around 3,500 properties on our website, all from a small selection of agencies in the Costa Blanca North. As we share agency fees with our partner agents when we sell properties, there are no additional fees for our clients.

Not only are there no additional fees, but we also help our buyers through the whole buying process and even after they have purchased their dream home in Spain.

What are the key features within a home your buyers are seeking?

Most of our clients look for a second home for holidays and with the option to rent it out. And of course most of them love the beach, sun and the sea, which is why they choose this region.

Do many of your buyers rent out their homes to the holiday market?

Yes. We also do rentals and about 80% of our clients buy to invest and put their property up for rent as an investment.

Which is the most popular area of the Costa Blanca that  people buy in and why?

The most popular is Moraira and its surrounding areas. They call it the Monaco of Spain, the pearl on the Costa Blanca, the place to be.

What do your clients look for in properties in this region?

Most of our clients like the villas with sea and mountain views, which are close to the beaches, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Has there been a change in what clients look for? If so, why?

Yes, after the housing crisss in these areas, they started to build new villas again and mostly modern ones to try and boost the housing market once again. However, we have found that many of our clients like to buy properties which are dated and they refurbish them into new beautiful villas.

Have prices moved in the past year? If yes, please explain

Yes, with the last housing crisis, prices have been dropping drastically but they are slowly rising again. It is a great time to buy now because prices will go up in the next few years!

Have you seen a shift in the type of buyer over the past year?

Not really, the older people want to sell there villas and want to buy a smaller apartment in a town with less maintenance. The younger generation like more modern, large villas.

Are British buyers different in their needs than other buyers?

No absolutely not, our experience is that at the end of the day, all North Europeans clients want the same thing! Sun, sea, the beach and to live the good life…

Has Brexit impacted on property sales at all?

No…not at all, we are still selling to the British and we have found that actually not so many want to return to the UK now.

What types of properties are the best sellers and why?

Most properties we sell are the readymade villas and apartments, as our buyers can just move in straight away and start living the good life on the Costa Blanca in Spain.

Is there anything you would recommend clients do before purchasing a property?

No, we provide and take care of our client from A to Z. Which means the legal matters, mortgages, banking, currency exchange and so on.

Why should clients use your company?

Because we provide and take care of our client from A to Z. We are completely reliable, experienced and have all the contacts to provide what they are looking for. We are the only one in this region with 3,500 properties listed and we take care of our clients the BRILLIANT way.

Do you offer an after sales service?

Yes, whatever clients need after purchasing their dream house we will put them in contact with whoever or whatever they need to make their lives over here more comfortable.

Finally, why should people buy property in Spain?

The life feels like paradise, the sea has very clear water, nice beaches, and good restaurants. This region is one of the healthiest places in the world. And it is fun to be here.

Thank you Arthur for taking the time to speak with us.


A few of Brilliant Real Estate’s hot properties.

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For more information on the Costa Blanca and the properties Brilliant Real Estate have available, please contact Arthur on the details below.

Arthur Karvink
0034 865 528 149/ 0034 681 645 919

Costa Rica – A Tropical Paradise

Could you tell us a bit about your company and what makes your company so special?

Yourvalleyhome has emerged with a vision which goes beyond a consultancy service related to real estate proposals into the field of design and construction for those customers requiring a specific space which suits their particular needs.

Our architecture seeks a balanced integration between us and our environment without ever losing sight of comfort and style which are always a priority for living.

Are you seeing more people invest in luxury/high end properties?

Costa Rica has long been a magnet for international celebrities seeking revitalization as well as the opportunity to invest in real estate. International celebrities range from football players, models and film directors to actors and writers including multiple Oscar and Emmy award winners.


What are the key features within a home they are seeking?

Most clients seek tranquility and privacy. Design requirements vary tremendously. Some opt for resorts providing a multitude of facilities such as tennis courts, golf course, swimming pools and proximity to the sea whilst others value absolute privacy and have opted to acquire land for custom built houses.


Do many of your buyers rent out their homes to the holiday market?

This varies greatly depending on the type of housing. Resorts or Condominiums typically offer a rental service via the administration of the complex which most buyers choose to use.

In other cases where the owners acquire a property that is not part of a housing complex, the tendency is to hire a company which manages the property. Services may include maintenance, security and vacation rentals amongst others.

Which is the most popular region of Costa Rica people buy in and why?

Guanacaste has long been a real estate Mecca for foreign buyers due to its climate, variety of stunning beaches and natural beauty.


What do your clients look for in properties in this region?

Climate, Access, Quality, Comfort…


Has there been a change in what clients look for? If so, why?

A new trend towards sustainability is emerging. Clients no longer search for merely comfort and style but also take into account factors such as recycling, conservation and renewable energy when making decisions regarding the purchase of real estate.


Have prices moved in the past year? If yes, please explain

Prices for real estate in the coastal areas of the country have remained relatively stable. The metropolitan area has witnessed the greatest appreciation both in commercial and residential development. This has led to a phenomenon of new local buyers investing in vertical apartment towers under the boutique living concept as well as the development of new class A and A + corporate complexes with prices ranging from $ 21 to $ 24 per m2 including maintenance.


Have you seen a shift in the type of buyer over the past year?

There has been greater participation and an increase in real estate sales in the younger generations who are opting for vertical housing in metropolitan areas.


Are British buyers different in their needs than other buyers?

I would say that that British buyers are more specific when it comes to expressing their needs and they are very determined when they have made a decision.


Has Brexit impacted on property sales at all?

Well, in Costa Rica, the British community is relatively small, which is why Brexit did not generate a mayor impact in our real estate market.

What types of properties are the best sellers and why?

Foreign clients favour the beach or mountain properties close to the sea.

The tranquility it generates; the sound of the sea; the temperature of the water; the intense colorful sunsets; the variety of natural species; healthy food which includes a huge variety of local fruit, vegetables and sea food are all big influences on clients buying these sorts of properties.


Is there anything you would recommend clients do before purchasing a property?

Definitely. Visit the country, discover different regions, and eat different foods.

We will gladly help you coordinate your stay in the country, and if you need advice, we can talk in person while you are touring the area.


Why should clients use your company?

One of our main objectives is to provide exclusive attention for our clients. We aim to provide as much comfort as possible. Providing a personal service and getting to know our customers is of great importance to us.


Do you offer an after sales service?

Not at this moment, but our doors are always open to our customers and if it is in our hands we will gladly help you.


Finally, why should people buy property in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is a place for rest, tranquility, relaxation and adventure sports. People who in some way appreciate the harmony between nature and lifestyle.

From the appreciation of whales and dolphins at the beginning of June, to the arrival of hundreds of turtles on the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, or the flight of colourful macaw parrots, toucans and quetzals which inhabit our tropical jungles and forests, or the colourful hummingbirds and butterflies which appear in the gardens of our homes.

If these characteristics are to your liking, Costa Rica is the ideal place to buy your international property.


A few of Yourvalleyhome’s hot properties.

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                 Flamingo                                             Orotina                                                 Nosara

For more information on any properties shown through out this article, please contact Sheilyn and quote the property name.

For more information on Costa Rica and the properties Yourvalleyhome have available, please contact Sheilyn on the details below.

Sheilyn Chang
(506) 8979 57 22

Curaçao – The Blue Heart of the Caribbean

Could you tell us a bit about your company and what makes your company so special?

Hi I am Farah Kabbara and I am one of the Sales Associates for RE/MAX BonBini – Curaçao. What makes our company so special? We are a worldwide company, so I think that speaks for itself.


Where are your clients based?

Most of our clients come from Europe, predominately the Netherlands, but we do have lots of American clients also. We find that most people come to Curaçao for return on investment properties and this suits our client base.


Are you seeing more people invest in luxury/high end properties?

Yes definitely. Most of our clients are looking in the high end pat of our property range. Most are investors that come from abroad that want the beach, pool, hotel style apartments etc.


What are the key features within a home they are seeking?

Our clients look for the paradise life beach, sun, sea. But they also want to live there but feel like a tourist every day.


Do many of your buyers rent out their homes to the holiday market?

Yes. We also have a management side to our business that deals with return on investment.


Which is the most popular region of Curaçao people buy in and why?

The most popular is the Blue Bay development. This is on the golf course but also has the sand, sea and sun that is craved by our clients.

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What do your clients look for in properties in this region?

Most of our clients like the ready-made developments as these have communities, pools, cafes, restaurants, spas etc so they can enjoy Curaçao life and not feel isolated.


Has there been a change in what clients look for? If so, why?



Have prices moved in the past year? If yes, please explain



Have you seen a shift in the type of buyer over the past year?

Since Trump was elected, there have been more investors from the US.


Are British buyers different in their needs than other buyers?

We only have a few British buyers and no their needs are not different. However, we are trying to open up connections with the UK so that we can help more British clients move here.


Has Brexit impacted on property sales at all?



What types of properties are the best sellers and why?

Ready-made, ready to move into properties, as our buyers can just move in straight away and start enjoying Curaçao.

Is there anything you would recommend clients do before purchasing a property?

No. Our buying process is straightforward and clear. Any international client looking to invest here can get residency for themselves and their families, so there are no issues with that.

Why should clients use your company?

Because we are reliable, experienced and have the most beautiful listings!


Do you offer an after sales service?

Yes, as previously mentioned we offer return of investment management.


Finally, why should people buy property in Curaçao?

Tropical paradise, clear water, white sand, sunny island, beautiful people!


Any final thoughts?

We are currently re-running the offer below, so take advantage of this great price!

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A few of RE/MAX BonBini’s hot properties.






For more information on Curaçao and the properties RE/MAX have available, please contact Farah on the details below.


Farah Kabbara
Sales Associate
Tel. (+5999) 462-9770, Cel. (+5999) 690-8067




NZ Harcourts Rental Division Answer Your Questions

Case study example:
I am a UK citizen who has secured full time employment as a teacher in NZ, I will be teaching in Auckland and will need to rent a two bedroom house. I am not sure where in Auckland at the moment probably the North Shore


1. What documentation do I need to provide?

You will need to provide evidence of who you are – passport, drivers licence etc, our offices usually require at least two types of identification.

2. Can I secure a rental property before I arrive in NZ?

Most of our offices prefer that you view the property before making the decision whether to rent the property as if you arrive and it is not what you expected it can end up in a dispute that means a court appearance as once a tenancy is signed it cannot be broken without a very strong reason.

3. What costs do I need to factor in on top of the weekly rent?

You will need to pay for water, electricity, possibly gas, telephone and living costs.

4. How long will my rental agreement be?

This varies and depends on the owner’s situation and wishes – it is usually between 6 months to a year if a fixed term is offered by the owner. If a periodic tenancy is offered then it requires 21 days notice in writing from the tenant if they wish to move.

5. What is the rental market like?

At the moment there is strong demand for rental properties – particularly on the North Shore. Of Auckland. The regions are not quite so sort after.

6. Should I get reference from past landlords and friends in the UK?

All references need to be verified so any references provided must be from someone that can be contacted by our office.

 7. Do you need to see a copy of my employment contract?

Although not mandatory this would assist an office in knowing that the applicant for the property has a stable income and can afford the rental property they are wanting to rent.

8. Can I rent the property with other teachers coming into NZ from the UK?

Each application for a property is looked at individually so I could give a blanket statemen there. A lot of factors come into this, such as, how many people the owner is comfortable living in the property, what the parking arrangements are etc.

9. Can I be a flatmate as opposed to a tenant if I flat share?

This is a possible scenario depending on the property and the owner. We don’t handle flatmate enquiries however there are websites that tenants advertise for flatmates on.

10. Do you provide a viewing service?

Yes, our Property Managers show the available properties, usually using a structured ‘Open Home’ situation where all interested parties are given a time when the property manager will be at the property to show interested parties through.

11. What are your costs on top of the rental cost?

The offices charge a letting fee consisting of one weeks rent plus GST, there is a bond payable prior to moving in which is equivalent to four weeks rent and the first weeks rent is payable before moving in as well.

12. What percentage of rentals are furnished?

There are very few furnished properties on the North Shore of Auckland. There are not very many furnished properties available throughout New Zealand as it there is not the demand for them.

13. Are any part furnished with whiteware?

A lot of apartments come with whiteware but other than that it is not usual to supply whiteware with a rental property.

14. Is it easy to buy furniture to set up a flat when I arrive?

Yes, we have a number of relatively inexpensive places to purchase furniture.

Information supplied by Harcourts.

Migrant Information Fact Sheet for Australian Mortgages

Items to help you prepare for applying for Home Loans in Australia:

• Copies of past Pay Slips
• An Employment Letter on Company Letterhead
• Details about your new employment
• Certified Identification for 100-points requirement (Drivers Licence, Passport, Marriage Certificate,
Credit Cards)
• 3 months of loans and savings account statements
• Credit Card Statements
• Tax returns, Australian or from overseas
• Credit History from overseas if available
• Details of your residency Visa
• Proof of ownership of any other major assets or investments

Please don’t hesitate to contact us to preposition you for your move

Vicky Devine: +61406 863 226,
Karen Laursen: +61427 757 281,

Homes near some of the best golf courses in the Iberian Peninsula

Both Spain and Portugal are famed for their colourful histories, rich cultural heritage, distinctive gastronomy and impressive architecture, but the nations should also be known for developing a golf infrastructure that’s up there with the best in the world. A strong emphasis on the quality and environmental sustainability of the developments has meant they now set the standard other nations must try to meet.

Given that the Iberian Peninsula enjoys an impressive average of over 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s not surprising that golf is one of the most popular pastimes in the area.

The concentration of the best courses in the region follow its southerly coastline. Starting from Portugal’s enchanting capital city of Lisbon, following the Atlantic shore south to the Algarve, then crossing into Spain and continuing along the Mediterranean Sea to the Costa del Sol.

From here, Iberia’s golf trail continues northeast, hugging the Mediterranean shore to Valencia, then Barcelona and onward to the French border.


With 325 miles of coastline in Portugal, another 1,000 miles in Spain, and some of the best golf courses Europe has to offer, its little wonder that so many Brits buy properties there.

If you’re a golf enthusiast, search for your own piece of the Iberian Peninsula today.

The scope of properties available in the region is impressive, and you can find homes to suit any budget. However, whatever the price of the property, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the most for your money.

That’s why it’s so important to consider how you’re going to move your money abroad to purchase your property. While you could use your bank, you won’t get a great exchange rate and you’ll probably have to pay transfer fees.

Doing a bit of research into your options and choosing a money transfer provider that doesn’t charge fees, offers excellent exchange rates, and provides a range of transfer services could save you thousands. This could give you more of a budget to make any improvements to your new home, and leave you with enough change to invest in a new set of golf clubs!

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Praia D’el Rey 

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Real Club de Golf las Brisas

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Parador de El Saler

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My Overseas Dilemma – Which Canary Island is right for me?

No doubt about it, the Canary Islands rank high among Spain’s most visited destinations with 12m visitors per annum. It is not surprising when the climate, considered among the best in the world, is a constant warm ranging from an average 19C in winter to a pleasant 23C in summer.

The Canary Islands are made up of eight islands: Tenerife, the largest in terms of size (2,034 sq km) and population (906,850), Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuertaventura, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa with an overall population of 2.1m. They are located off the coast of northwestern Africa, and part of the autonomous community of Spain.

Getting to the Canary Islands is simple and relatively cost efficient given the number of charter and scheduled flights flying from major UK destinations to Tenerife and Gran Canaria. British Airways this winter launches new routes to Tenerife from Heathrow, to add to its six-weekly flights from Gatwick.

The Canary Islands are the perfect place for any type of person: singles, couples, families.

In terms of property, the market is most active between €200,000 and €300,000.

In Gran Canaria this buys a two- or three-bedroom bungalow in a residential complex, or a highly specified apartment.

On Fuerteventura this buys a detached villa.

On La Palma this would buy a ‘Canarian’ villa for renovation.

Generally, if you are looking for a high quality detached house, three or more bedrooms, on a 1,000m2 plot with pool, expect to pay over €400,000 across any island.

The general Canarian architectural style is of stone buildings but Lanzarote lays claim to a Cubist whitewashed style with green paintwork and
onion-domed chimney pots, thanks to its famous resident architect, Cesar Manrique.

The question is, which island is right for me?

All round action
The largest of the islands, Tenerife seems to have it all: 15 Blue Flag beaches and marinas, two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Mount Teide National Park which is also an active volcano (last eruption 1909) and the islands’ highest peak, as well as the 15th century San Cristobal de la Laguna, whose colonial buildings are seen as an architectural link between Europe and the Americas. The capital Santa Cruz is a year-round bustle and hosts one of the world’s largest street festivals, second to Rio.

Film sets and botany
Gran Canaria has been been the backdrop for Moby Dick, Fistful of Dollars, Clash of the Titans and Wild Oats among others. 40% is a dedicated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and nurtures about 100 plant species that don’t grow anywhere else in the world. Head to the north of the island for the cooler mountainous region, while warm beaches are on the south and east.

Back to nature
For those wanting a less touristy and unspoilt idyll, head to La Gomera, La Palma, and El Hierro.
La Gomera’s national park, Garajonay covers 11% of the island and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its luscious rainforest, the only tertiary ecosystem remaining in Europe. Uniquely La Gomera has a special whistling language, also UNESCO-protected, and is hailed as a stopover point for Columbus en route to the Americas.

La Palma is known locally as La Isla Bonita. The island’s clear skies coupled with 2,267-metre peak has made it home to the Great Canary Telescope which has been hosting scientific observations for nearly a decade. Its crystal clear waters, fine black sand, and volcanic seabed make it a heaven for scuba diving while above ground is a 1000 km network of paths for cycling and hiking. It is also home to theatre, opera, art and culture and has long shipbuilding legacy.

All of El Hierro, the westernmost Canary, is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and was the first island to produce 100% of its energy from renewables. It was once home to the smallest hotel on Earth. Accessible only by ferry or small connecting plane from one of the islands, El Hierro is the youngest of the Canaries formed 1m years ago rather than 12-20mya. It is a walkers’ paradise with ancient tracks through lava fields.

Relative seclusion
For those seeking remote privacy, La Graciosa is the smallest with only 700 residents and all vehicles banned except those used for essential services. It is accessibly by ferry from Lanzarote, only 2km away to the south.

Spain’s Caribbean
Fuerteventura has among some of the best beaches in Europe, six of them Blue Flag, with turquoise waters and sand dunes. Often referred to as Europe’s Caribbean island, it is excellent for various watersports and diving, and hard-ground activities such as horse-riding, golf, tennis and mountain biking. Keep a watchful eye for Star Wars’ cast, which is being filmed on the island this summer.

The rain in Spain does not fall on Lanzarote:
Since modern records began no rainfall in July has ever been recorded on Lanzarote. It is the Canaries lunar landscape, with black volcanic rock and cones contrasting with white sand and clear water. Its Timanfaya National Park was home to the largest and longest-lasting (six months) volcanic eruption in 1730 but there have been no eruptions since 1824.
Excellent for water sports and cycling thanks to its quiet roads, it also hosts the annual Iron Man endurance test.

For more information on the Canary Islands or Natalia’s services, please contact her on,, tel 0034 651624616.

Text supplied by Natalia.

Vdrup – Real Estate Personal Shopper in the Canary Islands
Natalia Villendrup has more than 10 years experience in the luxury property sector working in different places around the world including the exclusive resort of Punta del Este in Uruguay, in chic and hip Ibiza in Balearic Islands and in all the Canary Islands, especially in exclusive Lanzarote and in Gran Canaria, where she is now based. Her background has given her a real understanding of how estate agency works in different locations and her experience and professionalism makes her the ideal choice for buyers in the Canary Islands who want someone who is 100% on their side throughout the purchase process.Natalia made the crossover from selling agent to buying agent after being asked to help a buyer relocating from Denmark. When she started on the property finding process for this client she realised immediately that there was a difference; instead of the usual estate agent approach of listing any property they are offered it was as though she was buying a property for herself and she only reviewed properties that exactly matched her client’s criteria. With this new perspective she realised it was time to move away the from selling side of the real estate sector, with the conflicts of interests, grey areas and lack of due diligence that are common, and in 2016 she began her Real Estate Personal Shopper service, the first and only genuine property finder in the Canary Islands and she underwent training with AEPSI, the association that represents the growing number of buying agents in Spain. She also speaks several languages: Danish/Norwegian, English, Spanish, Italian and German. In 2017 she opened Villendrup Real Estate Personal Shopper to cater for buyers and their needs.
The property market in the Canary Islands is very fragmented with hundreds of traditional real estate companies all trying to keep one step ahead of the competition. Properties are often listed with multiple agencies, often at different prices, all very confusing for buyers who have no realistic chance of uncovering everything that is for sale. So what should be a pleasurable experience becomes a stressful, time-consuming, frustrating and expensive one.
With Natalia working on your behalf finding the right property in exactly the right location becomes a reality; she is an expert in the Canary Islands market and as property finders are able to access the many properties that are not listed with agents but are privately for sale, nothing will be missed. If a property matches your criteria, Natalia can find it. Although based in Gran Canaria, Natalia carries out property searches on all the islands so contact her today by filling in the form below and tell her what you are looking for.