Only 2.5 hours away and enjoys more sunshine than California!

Only 2.5 hours away and enjoys more sunshine than California! Where can you travel to that’s only 2.5 hours away from the UK, enjoys more sunshine a year than California, and is tipped as one of the top places to invest by “A Place In The Sun” magazine? Answer: The Portuguese Algarve region. The Algarve is Europe’s sunniest spot. It has 3000 hours of sunshine a year, tempered by moderate rainfall from November to March which provides the perfect environment to produce the region’s orange groves and almond trees, the scents from both fill the air when in bloom. Fresh oranges and almonds picked directly from the trees must be tasted to be believed. On the Algarve, they’re everywhere amongst the Moorish architecture which gives the region quite a different feel from neighbouring Spain. The Portuguese people seem more relaxed, down-to-earth and generally friendlier than their Spanish neighbours (if you’ll excuse...
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Island Destinations for Investment Purposes - Maria Davies

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="148" caption="Maria Davies - Island Destinations for Investments"][/caption] There’s a saying that goes “Where there’s water, there’s wealth” which is why I am a great fan of island destinations for investment purposes. You immediately have the supply/demand issue on your side as there’s a limit to the amount of land available for building. Due to the geographical layout of some islands, the available building land could be in even shorter supply. One place where there’s plenty of water and plenty of islands is the Caribbean. Visitors who’ve been before will have their favourite amongst the islands and many are stunningly beautiful. Of course, when we’re looking at the best place for investment, there are many other things to consider including: Ease of reaching the destination: Given that most tourists will travel from the US and Europe, how easy is it for travellers to reach the location and are...
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Introduction to International Property Investment

Hi there, my name is Maria Davies and I’m delighted to have been approached to write for Just Do Property. Over the coming months, you’ll get to know more about all us writers, but let me start by giving you some of my credentials in property… I purchased my first investment property back in 1990 – half a flat owned jointly with my sister on a 100% mortgage. It was her home, but my half was an investment. At that time, there were no books available on property investing for the common man (or woman), no weekend training courses and no buy-to-let mortgages. In other words, I didn’t really know what I was doing, but it didn’t take long to realise that, even after paying my share of the mortgage, I now had more money coming in than I had before buying the property, so I set about buying more. The...
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