Holiday homeowners want their property to earn its keep. The rental potential is the top question asked by would-be buyers, says Robert Green, managing director of luxury property agents Sphere Estates. Rents should be sure to cover running costs. Utilities, maintenance and service charges can rise steeply from year to year, so owners must understand how rents are calculated. For example, a private property in the Algarve will be considerably cheaper to run than a resort home in Barbados that will charge you a percentage of the resort’s running costs. A net yield of two per cent should cover those costs. A four per cent-plus yield on a holiday home is considered good in today’s market, says Green. FOR YEAR-ROUND INCOME Holiday appeal throughout the year will strengthen rental yields. Chamonix in France, for example, welcomes as many climbers, hikers and bikers in summer as skiers and snowboarders in winter. Read more Where to buy in this gourmet city on the Med with 25 … [Read more...] about where to buy a holiday home in Europe for the best rental returns
Peter Booker, the President of the Algarve History Association, writes about at the lead-up to the events in 1974 that changed Portugal from an unhappy, tense place under the Estado Novo regime, even after the death of the dictator António de Oliveira Salazar, into a fledgling democracy: The dictatorship in Portugal had its roots in the military coup of 28 May, 1926, and this day was officially celebrated until 1974. The disestablishment of the republic was a military affair, and when António de Oliveira Salazar came to power, he never forgot that his success depended on keeping the armed forces happy, or at least quiet. His successor, Marcelo Caetano, was unable to follow the same guideline. Opposition to the Estado Novo of Salazar was continuous during the life of the Estado Novo (1933 – 1974), and it became noticeable on a number of occasions. In 1937, Salazar narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in Lisbon. Founded with government … [Read more...] about Why April 25th is a holiday
Whether you're looking for a cheap break or a last-minute holiday, if you want to bag a bargain trip to Europe then Eurocamp needs to be on your radar. It makes for the ultimate budget-friendly family holiday, not to mention there are plenty of brilliant destinations on offer across France, Italy and Spain, including the sun-soaked French Riviera. They've even started opening parcs in budget-friendly Croatia where you'll find a wealth of historic buildings and cultural landmarks to explore alongside the beautiful beaches you can find on the picturesque islands. If it's France that's proving particularly tempting, then you'll want to check out our ultimate guide to holidaying its prettiest regions, from must-visit sights to the best foodie spots and the best camps in the heart of the action. We've also highlighted some of the best toddler-friendly Eurocamp parcs as well as the top latest deals to help you find the ultimate bargain for your next family holiday. What destinations are … [Read more...] about Eurocamp already has some great offers on summer 2018 holidays
UK By Reality Check team BBC News 23 April 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43865286 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Claim: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says the UK has the fewest public holidays of any European Union nation.Verdict: It's true of England and Wales, but not Scotland or Northern Ireland.Labour leader Jeremy … [Read more...] about Reality Check: Are you getting enough bank holidays?
HE's the patron saint of England who famously slayed a dragon, but surprisingly not many people can tell you much more about Saint George. We celebrate his life on Saint George's Day every April - here is the lowdown on the English legend and the St George's Cross... What is Saint George’s Day and when is it? The feast day of Saint George is celebrated by various Christian Churches and several countries and cities where Saint George is the patron saint – including England. The day is celebrated on April 23 each year – this is the date traditionally accepted of his death in AD 303. While St Patrick's Day and St Andrew's Day are bank holidays in Ireland and Scotland respectively, St George's Day is sadly NOT a bank holiday in England. The country of Georgia also celebrates the feast of St George on 23 April Who was Saint George and where did the legend of the dragon come from? Although Saint George is England’s patron saint, George would likely have been a … [Read more...] about Happy St George’s Day 2018! Is today a UK bank holiday and who was England’s patron saint?