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Huge fines loom over energy efficiency certificates

From December 1 anyone selling or renting a property must have an energy efficiency certificate. If they don't, they risk startling new fines, ranging from €250 to a whopping €45,000.

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This year we held our fifth garden fair on Saturday, October 26 to take advantage of the extra hour of sunshine but we had a particular challenge - to hold our event and to comply with the recent...

Alternative lawns

I was fortunate to recently attend an inspirational talk by renowned plantsman Olivier Filippi about the huge variety of alternatives to the traditional lawn. Author of Alternatives au Gazon (...

Three bedroom villa with pool on the outskirts of Silves

Price: €279,950

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This spectacular three bedroom villa located on the outskirts of Silves will appeal to those wanting the calm of the countryside while being just a five...

Meaningful home improvements for sellers

Today’s real estate market continues to be a buyer’s market, making it difficult to get top dollar for your property. However, try some of the following affordable DIY home improvements to...

14,000th property goes live on Meravista

Algarve property portal Meravista reports strong growth after its first eight months in business and now has more than 14,000 properties listed on the site.

Meravista says its “exclusive...

Renovations, experience is paramount

Following on from my article last month where we looked at the renovation potential of a property, it’s all well and good generating ideas and concepts to improve a property, but everyone has a...

Eliminating and preventing mold and mildew in a property is a constant challenge. The presence of moisture in the bathrooms, kitchen, roof spaces and basement makes these areas of the house the...

The potted garden

Since becoming a professional gardener, I have only ever lived in apartments, so my own gardens have been limited to what will grow well in pots. I had always seen this as a misfortune, forever...

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