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

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 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

Resources and Specialists to Help you Purchase a Property in Australia

Buying a property is a big investment, and it can be even more daunting when you are purchasing it in a country that you don’t live in or have just moved to. Trying to make sense of the different regulations and processes can be challenging, so to make sure that you get it right without costing more than it should, it is worthwhile to invest in some help. In Australia

Retiring in Australia – Visas and Other Legal Aspects

Australian Retirement VisaAustralia is a great place to retire. The climate is temperate, the lifestyle is relaxed and infrastructure such as public transport and healthcare and of high quality. If you do not already have permanent residency or citizenship in Australia, but are thinking of retiring there you have a few options available to you, depending upon your age, business experience and available assets.

Under 55 years of age

If you are

Moving to Australia as a Business Owner – Visas and Other Legal Aspects

Australia business visaAustralia welcomes new businesses, and encourages people who have innovative business ideas. It can be scary setting up a business or taking over an existing one in a new country, because there are so many things to consider. The first step is obtaining the right visa so that you can get started.

The Australian government has recently made changes to its business visa scheme, so if you have already lodged

Buying a Property in Australia as a Foreigner

AustraliaAustralia is a great country to live or to holiday.  Many people dream of moving to its golden shores because of the relaxed pace, comfortable lifestyle and stable economy. Thankfully, owning residential property in Australia is not too difficult for foreigners provided they meet some regulatory processes first.

The primary body that regulates investment by foreigners into Australia is the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB), who approves all property purchases