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Costa Rica > Articles

Costa Rica

Tis’ The Season To Be Bitten In Costa Rica

Posted on Friday November 22, 2013 (15:06:26)
Pit Viper
3 Steps to Keep You Safe

The green season could also be called the slithering season due to the increase of snake sightings. The rain brings the snakes closer to residences, because of this fact, you should know a few things about them. Out of 139 species of snakes in Costa Rica, only 22 of them are venomous.

Some species spend their time on the ground, camouflaging in foliage or puddles, while others live amongst the trees. Costa Rica is host to two venomous snakes per hector of land. While they may be neighbors, no two venoms are alike. Pit Vipers carry hemotoxin, which affect the blood and muscles. The Ferde-Lance or Terciopelo, as the locals refer to it, is part of the Pit Viper family and is responsible for more deaths than any other snake in Costa Rica.   more ...

Turkey > Articles

Turkey

Rob Thomas, Ozsubasi Homes

Posted on Tuesday November 19, 2013 (13:28:15)
Rob Thomas
Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company

My wife Carol and I came to live in Didim (on the Aegean coast of south west Turkey) in 2007, and we are both in our 50’s. I’ve been with Ozubasi Homes since then, although it wasn’t the plan when we arrived . We bought through them, I wanted something to do and it just fell into place. The company are primarily developers but also act as agents, and have been established since 1987.

My office only covers the Didim area but we also have offices in the regional city of Aydin. Carol is part owner of a bar near to our home, which is a two bedroom apartment close to the town centre.   more ...

France > Articles

France

Freddy Rueda, Real Estate Languedoc

Posted on Monday November 18, 2013 (21:28:44)
Freddy Rueda
Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company

Freddy Rueda's estate agency 'Real Estate Languedoc' has been helping clients find their dream property in the Languedoc region in the south of France since 1995.

Specialising in the Hérault and Aude departments of this beautiful wine-producing region, our agency's goal is to help our international and local clientele in their search for properties in all price ranges. Our agency prides itself on having one of the most extensive portfolios of quality properties in the region, from land to build on to village houses, from villas with pools to small chateaux.   more ...

Spain > Articles

Spain

Hans Drees & Lynda Thomson, Miraflor

Posted on Monday November 18, 2013 (17:41:08)
Hans Drees
Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company

Hans Drees, along with his wife Lynda Thomson are the proud owners of one of the most respected, successful real-estate agents in the Costa Blanca “Casitas Miraflor” based in the centre of the village of Els Poblets near to Denia.

Our story is much the same as many who come to live in this area where you are looking to improve your life but still need to work. You do tend to fall into a type of employment which revolves around the property or tourism industries. We actually met way back in 1987 while working for separate property companies in the Javea / Moraira area. Hans is of German origin, speaks four languages fluently and has lived and worked for most of his life in Spain, always in the property industry. Lynda was a newcomer to the region, spoke very little Spanish and had left a very good job in a UK bank. Again, like many expats Lynda chose to come to the region after falling in love with the area and lifestyle during holidays enjoyed in her parents’ holiday home in Denia.   more ...

Thailand > Articles

Thailand

Ashley Tiernan, Pattaya & Jomtien Real Estate

Posted on Monday November 18, 2013 (17:22:14)
Ashley Tiernan
Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company

My name is Ashley Tiernan, I am a partner in Direct 2 Developers and Pattaya & Jomtien Real Estate in Pattaya Thailand.

I was born in England and have lived in Pattaya Thailand since about 2000 with my wife and 3 kids. Most of my time has been in the property sector for major developers and my own agency.

I teamed up with my partner Alan Beilby in 2012 and set up this company. Alan has many years’ experience managing real estate companies in Australia, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, he holds an Australian real estate license and is accredited with ASIC (Australian Securities and Investment Commission) as a financial / investment advisor.

Pattaya & Jomtien Real Estate Co. Ltd. sells previously owned condominiums and houses / villas at realistic prices and offers rental condos, houses and villas throughout the Pattaya and Jomtien region.   more ...

Canada > Articles

Canada

Sam McDadi, McDadi Real Estate

Posted on Monday November 18, 2013 (16:44:15)
Sam McDadi
Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company

I have been a realtor in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, for more than 25 years. To date, my team and I have achieved approximately $2.5 billion dollars in sales, with more than 7,000 homes having been sold. We help families, friends, and clients buy and sell homes—everything from small condos to expansive mansions— throughout the Greater Toronto Area; mainly in Mississauga and nearby areas.

Throughout my career, I have always remained committed to my clients. My strategic approach to the real estate business includes having an amazing team of professionals. My team allows each and every client to receive the highest level of service possible—we have home inspectors, photographers, stagers, graphic designers and writers on staff. We also have an extended team of lawyers and mortgage brokers that our clients are preferred customers with. As a direct result of our efforts, Team McDadi continues to be one of the top-ranked teams of real estate professionals in all of Canada.   more ...

Austria > Articles

Austria

Stefan Gassner, SAGE Immobilien

Posted on Monday November 18, 2013 (16:26:22)
Stefan Gassner
Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company

Our company is one of the leading real estate agencies in the federal state of Salzburg and Tyrol in Austria, offering more than 450 properties. The area covered includes all major skiing destinations in Salzburg and Tyrol. 17 full time employees provide a full-service real estate agent service at three offices. Our service includes an in-house legal department that is handling communication between seller and buyer and the notary handling the purchase transaction. Our company takes care of everything involved in the purchase, including handover service and after-sales services like help with public utility companies or small renovation works. The company was founded in May 2006, starting with one office in Zell am See. In 2011 we opened our first branch office in St. Johann im Pongau. Our second branch office was opened in 2013. Since our founding in 2006 our company has grown to 17 full time employees. Our company is a family run business. Our CEO is Mag. (FH) Stefan Gassner, he studied Management and Law in Innsbruck and Budapest and has been in the Real Estate Industry since 2002.   more ...

Malta > Articles

Malta

Ian Zammit, Sotheby's Realty

Posted on Monday November 18, 2013 (16:08:10)
Ian Zammit
Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company

Malta Sotheby's International Realty is the local arm of Sotheby's International Realty brand. The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand’s history goes back to 1744, when Sotheby's Auction House was established; in 1976 Sotheby’s expanded into real estate to service the property needs of the most prestigious clientele in the world.

Working from our headquarters situated in the Tower Business Centre in Swatar, and our luxurious walk-in office at 200, Tower Road, Sliema, Malta Sotheby’s International Realty offers an unrivalled service to both buyers and sellers of premium property on the island. We boast a network of over 650 global Sotheby’s real estate offices, with whom we work closely to refer clientele to our portfolio, listing each home on our luxury property portal www.maltasothebysrealty.com. Our associates are leaders in their field with high-net-worth contacts - both in Malta and overseas.

Malta Sotheby’s International Realty covers the islands of Malta and Gozo, managing residential, commercial, sale and rental properties.   more ...

General > Articles

General

Where Are You in the Expatriate Journey? A Roadmap of Expat Acculturation

Posted on Thursday November 14, 2013 (22:14:31)
Michelle Sullivan
You made it happen. You are now living abroad. You have deftly completed the tasks on a long checklist from having a garage sale back home to figuring out how to open an electricity account in your new home country. You maintained a brave face so far, as the journey that has been paved with twists, turns and the occasional bump in the road. Some you anticipated; others, not so much. Or… maybe you dream of living abroad some day, or just arrived to your new country, or perhaps a few years into your new reality. No matter where you are in the expatriate journey, an understanding of the stages of the expatriate integration process will help to serve as guide throughout your experience.   more ...

Singapore > Articles

Singapore

Car Trouble In Singapore

Posted on Sunday November 10, 2013 (12:17:42)
Justin Harper
Having been an expat now for three-and-a-half years, I keep asking myself when I will stop converting things back into British pounds. The realistic answer is probably never. The exchange rate for sterling in some countries makes it very easy to make a quick conversion – for example in Singapore, one pound equals two dollars. So all you need to do is divide the price in half to get your pound equivalent. If you are a tourist I can see the benefit of doing this. But when you are an expat, who earns their salary in Singapore dollars, there will never actually be any “’conversion’’ taking place. But that doesn’t stop me doing it in my head anyway. It would be better if I lived in Hong Kong as it takes much more mental arithmetic to divide prices by 12.   more ...