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An interesting article at Boston.com recently compared buying property in the Massachusetts capital to buying property in Italy and other attractive locations around the world. The value of an article like this is that it has the potential to shatter pessimistic expectations about the cost of real estate ownership in places that you’ve only dreamt about. Buying property in Rome, the article explains, is actually no more expensive than in the North End of Boston. And that is based on the average prices specifically in the Italian capital’s historic district. If you’re interested in buying property in Madrid, you’ll find ownership opportunities in its most expensive neighborhoods, which would cost you barely more than half of the average price for central Rome. It’s only natural to disregard the price of investments that we’ve already made – as a matter of necessity – in our home cities while also assuming that prices in more desirable or “exotic” locations will be prohibitive. But often that is not a rational conclusion, and if you’ve ever fallen victim to those assumptions, you’d be well advised to actually crunch the numbers and see whether buying property in Italy is more feasible than you thought. If Read more…

At the beginning of this month, Investopedia posted an article offering advice to people interested in buying property in Tuscany. It indicates that now may be the best time to do so. The real estate market took a hit at the time of the 2008 global financial crisis, and buying property in Italy became a more risky proposition. Despite its particular appeal for foreign buyers, Tuscany proved to be no exception. Only now do real estate analysts find that the situation has begun to stabilize. But for the time being, stabilization means a rise in the numbers of homeowners and investors buying property in Tuscany, not a rise in the price of those transactions. Of course, the basic laws of supply and demand suggest that this situation will not last for very long. So if you are thinking of buying property in Tuscany, you still have time to do your research on prospective purchases before negotiating a contract, but only if you get started right away. Investopedia doesn’t recommend haste in buying property in Tuscany or anywhere else, and neither do we. In fact, the article recommends talking to locals and expatriates and taking other measures to have a full Read more…

This month, the travel section of the Telegraph featured an article on Venice in which Jonathan Glancey detailed some of the off-the-beaten track locations that are waiting to be discovered in a city so heavily favored by international tourists. Apart from presenting practical advice for your next visit, the piece hints at a general fact about Venice that makes it a delight to return to again and again: it is a city of hidden gems, with many of its charms being visible only to locals and frequent returners. Glancey lists ten of his favorite Venetian campi, including the lively market square of Campo Santa Margherita and the quiet, frequently empty Campo dell’Anzolo Rafael. If you’ve missed them on prior trips, these ought to provide significant incentive for buying property in Venice so that you can go back, discover them, and enjoy them just as local residents do. Indeed, buying property in Venice will look like an infinitely attractive investment in long-term travel plans when you consider that these campi constitute only a handful of the Venetian locals that are hiding out of plain sight but are every bit as worth visiting as the typical tourist traps. Connection Italia can help Read more…