Brits still lusting after overseas home – with Spain, Portugal and Florida big draws

first_imgHomes at The Grove Resort & Water Park in Orlando, Florida start at £217,000 Demand for overseas property remains very strong – despite Covid ­– according to new figures from Europe’s largest privately owned real estate agency, Ideal Homes International.The firm has already sold 150 properties in 2021 across Spain and Portugal, and is now turning its attention to Florida – where the strong pound is proving “extremely appealing”.Pre-Covid, Ideal Homes International was running 20 holiday home exhibitions a year in the UK. The company has shifted everything online, from virtual events to hosting its own digital TV show on YouTube – with nearly 3,500 subscribers and counting.Since late 2020, chairman and founder Chris White and his team have also begun negotiating package deals, with discounts of 5-10% passed on to those looking to buy homes in the sun.“Covid has certainly pushed us to be more imaginative in the way that we connect with potential buyers, but it has done nothing to lessen the depth of the desire that many of those in the UK have to own property overseas, whether as second homes, rental properties or main residences,” said White.Disney magicIdeal Homes International’s latest promotion is The Grove Resort & Water Park in Orlando, Florida, where the 10% discount it has negotiated means prices start from just over $300,000 (£217,000) for a two-bedroom/two-bathroom unit on the resort.Only five minutes from Walt Disney World, The Grove is ideally located for access to Florida’s main attractions and has its own on-site water park, three large swimming pools, a 20-acre activity lake, a spa, a marketplace and multiple restaurants and bars.“Florida itself is very much open for business right now, with packed accommodation and theme parks open as usual, though America’s borders are closed to international travellers until at least 21 April,” added White.“The pound’s stellar performance against the dollar thus far in 2021 means that Florida property prices are extremely appealing right now.”The state is the most popular destination in the US for foreign homebuyers, with one in five of all foreign buyers picking up property there, according to the National Association of Realtors.Prices in Orlando rose by 8.1% in the year to February 2021, according to Zillow, and White believes the potential for capital growth will be an additional lure for many buyers.PORTAL FOR PORTUGALAn expat property professional living in Portugal has launched a unique portal which only lists properties once, significantly enhancing the experience for buyers looking to invest in overseas second homes and holiday lets and offering UK-based agents with an alternative to the major players.Unlike the UK, where only a couple of agents market a single property, the Portuguese property market is overcrowded with some 30 agents potentially listing the same property for sale, and ‘working the system’ to re-list these properties as new or ‘recently added, resulting in buyers seeing the same properties multiple times.With this platform, agents can apparently achieve a higher level of serious interest and faster sales by guaranteeing prospective buyers that the listing they are viewing is the only and latest version.Gavin Middleton, founder of, says, “Those agents, approached to market their clients’ overseas properties should be aware that their newly listed property could so easily be buried on other portals. This new portal is starting to gain real traction among buyers interested in Portuguese property and agents should take note.” homes Florida homes Buying abroad April 6, 2021Richard ReedWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Brits still lusting after overseas home – with Spain, Portugal and Florida big draws previous nextLand & New HomesBrits still lusting after overseas home – with Spain, Portugal and Florida big drawsStrong pound makes Orlando homes a bargain at just over £217,000, says overseas-property sales firm Ideal Homes International.Richard Reed6th April 20210529 Viewslast_img read more

4 more Antique PUIs discharged

first_imgHe added that with the trained WVMCpersonnel, the laboratory specimens of PUIs in Antique can be transportedfaster.  The laboratory results of the eight PUIsturned out negative based on the examination conducted by the ResearchInstitute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa. Antique Integrated Provincial HealthOffice chief Dr. Ric Noel Naciongayo said that of the 13 PUIs who were admittedat the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital (ASMGH) since March 5, the firstfour were discharged over the weekend. “The WVMC already has an existinglaboratory set up and is capable of doing testing on dengue, which is a diseaseneeding the same laboratory procedure for COVID-19,” Naciongayo stressed.(With a report from PNA/PN) Dr. Ric Noel Naciongayo. PNA SAN JOSE, Antique – Four more patientsunder investigation (PUIs) in this province were discharged on March 23 aftertheir laboratory results for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) came outnegative, bringing the total now to eight. As of March 22, Antique has 41 PUIs whowere home-quarantined because they only exhibited mild COVID-19 symptoms suchas cough and are being managed by their respective local health authorities. Thesame day, meanwhile, recorded some 4,248 persons under monitoring in thisprovince. Naciongayo said: “It is not that simpleto only buy test kits from abroad because of the standard country requirements.” “I learned that there were personnel ofthe RITM who have flown now to train the personnel at the WVMC in Iloilo cityon how to use test kits on COVID-19,” he said. “We are just waiting for the results ofthe five remaining PUIs – which we hope would also be negative – to arrivebecause they are also in good clinical condition now,” Naciongayo added. Naciongayo said they are nowcoordinating with the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao,Iloilo City in hopes that they could also avail the service of its COVID-19laboratory. “Our good news is that an additionalfour PUIs will be discharged today because they will no longer be necessitatingin-patient care,” he said. Antique lone district representativeLoren Legarda and Gov. Rhodora Cadiao have been exploring possibilities ofpurchasing COVID-19 test kits from abroad. last_img read more

Kallicharan believes Windies U-19s can repeat 2016 success

first_imgLINCOLN, New Zealand (CMC) – Batting star Kirstan Kallicharan believes the Caribbean’s capture of three titles in 2016 was a huge filip for the region, and he is convinced the current West Indies Under-19s can repeat their success at the ICC Youth World Cup bowling off here next weekend.Kallicharan was part of the Young Windies squad, led by current Test batsman Shimron Hetmyer, who stunned pundits to capture the ICC title in Bangladesh two years ago.West Indies men and women then swept the titles at the Twenty20 World Cup a few months later in India, to make the Caribbean the toast of the cricketing world.“At that time it was very important for cricket in the West Indies, especially because in that time cricket in the West Indies was just going down,” Kallicharan said.“Nobody wanted to support the West Indies, especially in the Caribbean itself. From the senior men to the women in the T20 formats, to the Under-19s I think we brought a lot of joy to the Caribbean people.“I learned a lot on that tour, about how I wanted to be at my best, and wanting the West Indies to be like they were in the past.”Kallicharan is part of a strong Young Windies squad who are expected to again challenge strongly in the January 13 to February 3 tournament.The Windies will contest Group A alongside South Africa, Kenya and hosts New Zealand, and open the tournament with a clash against the Kiwis on Saturday.The vice-captain of the 2016 squad and now one of the mainstays of the batting, Kallicharan said they were confident of a successful campaign.“Watching the videos from that World Cup, watching the guys go out there, I can say it was a very good experience,” Kallicharan noted.“For the guys on this team, I think that inspires them to want to do well for themselves and the West Indies. Most important is to enjoy it, but I think we can bring back the title again.”Kallicharan had limited playing time in the last Youth World Cup but now sees himself as a mentor to the inexperienced players in the current squad.“I was the youngest one in that Under-19 squad, so chatting to the older guys I learned a lot,” he explained.“I also learned a lot from meeting new people from around the world and seeing how they played, not only on TV but live and getting to talk to them and learn from them. One main thing I learned was to stay humble.“Now I try to share my experience. It helped me a lot then so I think I can help them a lot by talking to them, trying to bring them out of down days, trying to help them, uplift them spiritually and mentally can help them reach a long way.”last_img read more

Wisconsin slides to 1-8 in Big Ten

first_imgWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Having fought a nasty streak of roster-plaguing injuries, numerous close matches falling into the hands of opponents and a schedule that has made hotel rooms the weekend norm, the Wisconsin women’s tennis team had braved seemingly every element possible going into its matches against Purdue and Illinois this Saturday and Sunday.But after suffering a duo of losses over the weekend, mother nature saw clear to adding insult to injury for the embattled squad, grounding its bus in Champaign, Ill., while tornado alerts and stormy weather claimed control of the Midwestern town. The storm started building up Sunday afternoon while the Badgers were on the singles court against the Illini, peaking only after the completion of play.”At first it was very humid — it was very deceiving,” junior Kaylan Caiati said. “It actually was pretty hot considering it was pretty dark and windy.”And as the Badgers fell 4-3 to the Illini on the heels of a 7-0 loss to Purdue Saturday, that storm front almost certainly made an impact on the court.”In my singles match, serving, I tossed it up and hit the ball completely behind my head because the wind pushed it back,” Caiati recalled. “It is a finesse game, not a power game, when the wind is that much of a factor.”Though Caiati fell short to Macall Harkins, 7-5, 6-0, in singles play, she and UW freshman Elizabeth Carpenter pulled off an upset 8-1 victory over the Illini’s No. 41 tandem of Harkins and Emily Wang in doubles play earlier Sunday, helping the Badgers earn the day’s first point. “In doubles, I was very happy with how I played and how Liz played. I think we kept our focus,” Caiati said. “We started off very strong … and we just kept that momentum throughout the entire match.”Wisconsin’s other two points on the day came by way of singles victories from Carpenter and Chelsea Nusslock, defeating Wang and Momei Qu 6-2, 7-5 and 6-3, 6-2, respectively. “It felt really good to win [Sunday] after a few losses,” Nusslock said. “We all really wanted to show something for ourselves, to do well … after the 7-0 loss, we wanted to redeem ourselves.”And that 7-0 loss here Saturday certainly did mark a point of difficulty for the squad, as only one Badger managed to claim more than three games in a set during singles player, with sophomore Morgan Tuttle eventually dropping to the Boilermakers’ Anna Dzeva 6-4, 7-6(1) in the day’s closest — and longest — match. “Hats off to Purdue, because what they did do — and what Purdue has done — and they did it the best that I have ever seen a Purdue tennis team do, is that they were as cohesive as they ever have been, they were behind each other, and they individually imposed their games on us,” head coach Patti Henderson said after play Saturday.last_img read more