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CONTENTS


21 FEATURES


21 CURRENCY: THE RATING GAME When you need to exchange pounds into another currency and transfer these funds abroad, we recommend using a specialist currency broker. We’ve worked out a timeline showing the ways they can help you save money along your buying “journey”


34 ITALY: MAGICAL LE MARCHE With stunning hilltop villages, exciting mountains, unspoilt beaches and cheaper homes than the neighbouring regions, Le Marche in Italy should be on the radar of anyone in search of la dolce vita


36 LESSONS IN LEASEBACK Leaseback is deemed a safe way of combining a French holiday home with a guaranteed source of hassle-free rental income. That said, the harsh economic climate has put pressure on developers, so it’s worth being choosy about what you buy


41 FLORIDA: IT’S ALL GO IN ORLANDO It’s a buyer’s market in Central Florida, where property now is as cheap as it was 13 years ago. We recommend some buying spots there, whether you’re looking for a lettable holiday home or a more permanent residence


49 IN SEARCH OF WILD TURKEY A magical lunar landscape, quirky cave homes, a very authentic lifestyle and hot air balloons – not what draws most people to Turkey, but precisely why some Brits have fallen for Cappadocia


55 PARADISE ISLANDS Idyllic Caribbean beaches, little or no tax, year-round sun and surprisingly affordable property – we reveal some of our favourite buying spots in the Bahamas and Cayman Islands


61 EGYPT: THE CHARM OF SHARM It attracts 60 per cent of Egypt’s holidaymakers and is the resort that put the country on the world tourism map. We look at property on offer in Sharm el Sheikh, and why, given recent events, it could be the time to pick up a deal there


64 EXPATS IN EGYPT Jenny and Dave Cooper remained in Egypt throughout the events that led to the downfall of Mubarak, so we asked them what it’s been like living at a resort by the Red Sea during this historic period


49 4 A PLACE IN THE SUN APRIL 2011 61


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FIND YOUR PLACE IN THE SUN Dozens of properties for sale in our country guides


BRAZIL 74


FRANCE 76


ITALY 80


GREECE 82


PORTUGAL 86


SPAIN 88


TURKEY 92


USA 94


Exchange rates used in this issue:


£1 = €1.17, £1 = $1.62


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