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Merci beaucoup! Algarve enjoys ‘French invasion’

The much-publicised French tax exodus is having a desirable effect on the Algarve’s property market. Estate agents up and down the region report an influx of French buyers.

“We are at the...

Natives, exotics and invaders

Without wishing to get too political, when it comes to invasions the British have a lot to answer for. I am not talking about the re-designing of frontiers on maps, but rather our grand tradition...

Euphorbia is a very varied genus of about 2,000 species, one of the largest genera in the plant world. There are annuals, perennials, shrubs and many succulents – all with the characteristic milky...

|| Price: €425,000

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This three en-suite bedroom villa with private pool and garden is close to Carvoeiro and only a short drive from local restaurants and shops, as well...

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.

As...

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...

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