Holiday Home Times


Are you Really cut out to Retire or Relocate Abroad?

Retiring abroadOn an average, thousands leave their countries each year to go in search of a new life abroad with most leaving their countries being retirees looking for a golden retirement in the sun. So are you planning to be one of them in the near future and thinking about whether you should look elsewhere for your retirement home?

The reality which most people underestimate is that this big step can

Find out How Much Money You Need to Retire

Retirement planning

Simplify your retirement planning by breaking it down into two important principals — make sure you are saving enough toward your retirement and that you have no housing expenses then.

Whatever our age, we need to plan our retirement – there is no argument to that. Whether we start planning early or late in life if we don’t take a calculated approach, we just might end up either in debt

Enter One of Australia’s Hottest Real Estate Markets: Granadilla Tropical Estates

1014-1665Far North Queensland is one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations.  With the Great Barrier Reef on one side, rainforests and the Great Dividing Range on the other, is a spectacular place to both visit and to live. It is rare to have the opportunity to build your own dream house here, but now you can with Granadilla Tropical Estates.

About Granadilla Tropical Estates:

Granadilla is a residential land only

Regional Property Markets in Australia to Buy a Holiday Home

Fremantle AustraliaWhilst property in many urban centers in Australia are becoming prohibitively expensive, there is still opportunity in the regional market. Thankfully this is also the best place to look for a holiday home. So whether it is a house by the sea or a home in the hills that you are searching for, we outline some of the best opportunities (and worst) for capital growth and rental returns in regional

Choosing Where to Invest: Australia vs New Zealand

For holiday home buyers choosing between Australia or New Zealand can be a difficult decision.  Both countries have beautiful locations to holiday in and offer a similar quality of lifestyle. Whilst the countries also have similar regulatory environments, from an investment perspective there are some differences that can have a significant impact on the value and returns you earn on your investment.

Foreign Ownership Rules:
Both Australia and New Zealand

Landcorp’s Development in Cervantes – Western Australia’s Latest Holiday Destination

Located on Western Australia’s Coral Coast, the small town of Cervantes is fast becoming an attractive destination for tourists and sea changers alike. Home to the magnificent Ningaloo Reef and miles of stunning coastline, the Coral Coast is a beautiful part of the world. You can find more information about investing in the Coral Coast here.

The small town of Cervantes is about 250 kilometres north of Perth

Buying a Property for Your Child Studying in Australia

Sending your child halfway around the world to study can be one of the hardest things a parent can do. Whilst you know it is in their best interests, the distance can make it hard to know if they are safe, comfortable and have somewhere good to live.  One option that many parents choose to help alleviate their concerns is to purchase a property for their child to live in

Getting a Mortgage in Australia as Foreigner or New Resident

Obtaining finance in a new country can be challenging, and Australia has particularly conservative credit rules, which can make it even more difficult.  Whilst it is not impossible, it is worthwhile understanding and being prepared for some of the things you will need to help you get a mortgage for your property in Australia.

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Each bank in Australia has their own risk and credit policies regarding

Holiday Home Hotspots in New Zealand’s South Island


If budget is an important consideration when purchasing a property in New Zealand, then the South Island is your best bet. Sheltered from the high prices that are creeping over the North island from Auckland, the South Island offers some stunning locations at very reasonable prices. Of course one issue to consider here are the recent natural disasters that have caused considerable damage to Christchurch and surrounds. Whilst reparation

Holiday Home Hotspots in New Zealand’s North Island

Bay of Plenty

The North Island of New Zealand certainly has the most action when it comes to investment properties.  This means prices are also significantly higher than in South Island, but choice is much greater. Whilst New Zealand generally has not experienced huge rates of property growth, it has been steady over recent years in the North Island and rental returns are relatively good in many areas. Rental opportunities

Retiring in New Zealand – Visas and other Legal Aspects

Lake Forest Mountains, New Zealand

View of the picture-perfect Lake Forest Mountains in New Zealand

When looking for somewhere to retire to, New Zealand really does have it all.  With a relaxed lifestyle, so much natural beauty and great infrastructure, it is hard to go past this part of the world as somewhere to spend some time in your twilight years. For those who would like to either retire permanently in New Zealand, or spend

Moving to New Zealand as an Investor or Entrepreneur – Visas and Other Legal Aspects


View of the Auckland Sky Tower at night

New Zealand encourages business investment with a view to economic growth, expanding business expertise and attracting “smart” capital to the country.  New Zealand may be a small country, but it is growing fast thanks to its supportive and progressive migration program. For those who wish to set up an entrepreneurial venture or invest in New Zealand, there are several options available.


Buying a Property in New Zealand as a Foreigner

Humboldt Mountains South Island New Zealand

View of the picturesque Humboldt Mountains in South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand welcomes foreign investment, and whilst there are some restrictions to foreign ownership of property, it is far from being impossible to buy a property here. Generally considered to be one of the most liveable countries in the world, this is good news for investors and those seeking a different pace of life in New Zealand.

Generally a

Holiday Home Hotspots in Western Australia

Western Australia has long benefited from the resources boom, with demand outstripping supply in many regions.  With significant investments being made in minerals, natural resources and local infrastructure, there are some great opportunities to cash in on the expanding economy.  Western Australia is Australia’s largest state, and home to both stunning coastlines and the outback, so there is sure to be something to suit anyone here.

North West:
The North

Holiday Home Hotspots in South Australia and the Northern Territory

From north to south, the middle of Australia is home to significant industrial investment, from mining in South Australia to gas and oil in the Northern Territory.  This is driving both jobs and demand for property in some key regions.  Fortunately, the region is also home to some beautiful holiday destinations, not to mention some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, that also have potential for future growth.

Eyre Peninsula:


Holiday Home Hotspots in Tasmania


Tasmania is Australia’s smallest state, and as an island it is often not sheltered from economic fluctuations in the same way as mainland Australia.  Reliant heavily on tourism and exports, external factors can impact Tasmania’s economy quite significantly, with the strong Australian dollar currently having an impact on this sensitive state.

As a consequence, property prices in Tasmania are not expected to rise considerably in the near future, but this

Holiday Home Property Hotspots in Victoria

As property prices in Melbourne continue to escalate, investment opportunities in the southern Australian state of Victoria are now looking towards regional areas for growth potential.  Victoria is a relatively small state, so no matter where you are, you will never be more than a few hours away from Melbourne. This can also make it an ideal place to look for a holiday home where you can commute to the

Holiday Home Hotspots in New South Wales

Port Stephens

View of the coastline at Port Stephens

New South Wales is Australia’s most populous State and has a wide diversity of towns to suit anyone, from the wine region of the Hunter Valley to the surf beaches of the South Coast, there are some great places to both holiday and perhaps even retire.

Central Coast:

One of the most popular holiday and retirement destinations in New South Wales, the

Holiday Home Hotspots in Queensland

Queensland, Australia

View of the coastline of Queensland

Almost anyone who has visited Queensland fantasies about owning a holiday home there.  What is not to love? Miles of pristine, golden beaches, crystal clear water and a beautiful tropical breeze.  The Sunshine State has been Australia’s premier holiday home investment spot for decades and significant development has occurred along almost the entire coast. This means there is an abundance of properties, and in

Additional Costs Associated with Purchasing a Property in Australia

Purchasing a property is a big financial investment, but aside from the actual cost of the property there are many smaller costs that also need to be taken into account when budgeting. Generally, these extra fees and charges can add an extra 4-5% to the original purchase cost, so it is best to know about them before you sign on the dotted line.

Property buying costsMany of the additional costs associated with