Transparency in the Brazilian property market has improved significantly over the past two years, which has been linked with the high levels of foreign direct investment in the country.

A new report from Jones Lang LaSalle named Brazil as one of the top ten most improved nations in terms of the fairness of its property laws and how they are...

Q I am looking to take out a mortgage in the next few months. It will be a joint application. Our combined salaries are about £31,000. I have an existing loan with a balance of £1,200, which will be paid off in February next year. Will this affect my mortgage and how much I can borrow? LW

A Your £1,200 loan could be the least of your worries. Your...

Customers due to complete on Cheltenham & Gloucester mortgages left in limbo after glitch stopped transfers to solicitors

Mortgage customers at Lloyds TSB have become the latest victims of banking IT problems, with some customers due to complete on Cheltenham & Gloucester mortgages left in limbo thanks to a computer glitch that stopped money being...

For just €2.5m the medieval village of Pratariccia, blessed with stunning views over the Casentino valley, could be yours

Proving that property deals in Tuscany are not just the preserve of rock stars and aristocrats, an entire Tuscan village has gone up for sale on eBay.

Nestled among oaks at 850 metres altitude and blessed with stunning views over...

Real estate in the UAE is experiencing "extraordinarily high" rental returns at the moment, according to one expert.

Niall McLoughlin, senior vice-president of luxury developer DAMAC Properties, told Business Intelligence Middle East that the yields are not only extremely competitive, but have remained consistent for some time.

He was...
Spain is expected to put in an official request for financial help for its banks later today (June 25th).

It is believed to require as much as €100 billion (£80.3 billion) to bail out its banking sector as a result of the country's property market crash, which has led to many financial institutions harbouring bad debt.

Other governments...

Q My parents gifted me their house nine years ago. After their deaths will I be subject to any tax if I decide to sell the house? I own my own house as well. PD

A The two possible taxes that may have to be paid are inheritance tax (IHT) and capital gains tax (CGT). You will avoid IHT if, when your parents gave you their house, they moved out and so...

A planned regeneration of Magaluf could be a boost for those hoping to invest in property in Spain.

Melia Hotels International is hoping to turn the seaside town upmarket by pushing forward with a multimillion-euro three-year project to attract high-quality tourism to the area, the Independent reports.

Susana Terren, public relations and...
International investors are feeling more confident in the UAE as somewhere to place their funds.

This is according to the latest Investor Attitudes Report from Friends Provident International (FPI), which sets out the findings of a survey on sentiment regarding assets in the UAE, Singapore and Hong Kong - including property.

The UAE appears to...

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