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An insiders views on the up and coming areas of the world with property hot spots, what to look out for when buying abroad, how to get the best currency exchange rates and news on events from around the world connected with emerging markets.

Selection of European Luxury Villas for Sale

Looking for that exclusive luxury villa?


luxury villas for sale in Quinta do lago, Algarve

luxury villa for sale in Quinta do lago, Algarve

Gatehouse-Elite have a large selection of worldwide luxury villas for sale including this beautiful mansion in Quinta do Lago, Portugal.

View from luxury villa for sale in Quinta do Lago

View from Luxury villa for sale in Quinta do Lago, Algarve

Available at €6.5m, this Quinta Property is a wonderful example of a beautifully appointed villa, sitting on the edge of the golf course, with golf rights included. As you might expect, this recently built villa boasts supreme luxury with a high quality finish. Set in tranquil surroundings with views straight down a beautifully manicured fairway in the highly exclusive resort of Quinta do Lago. The original stone features are balanced beautifully with the practicality of modern living. More information on this luxury villa…

The local office for Gatehouse-Elite is managed by Gary Thomas, who will be happy to provide a selection of luxurious Algarve properties to choose from. Gary offers properties for sale in the Algarve, including Quinta do Lago, Pinheiros Altos, Vale do Lobo, Vila Sol and Carvoeiro.

 t: 00 351 289 355 433.

To view a greater selection of properties for sale above €1m, visit

Buying Australian Dollars when Emigrating

Emigrating to Australia on your own steam
The first step in emigrating, is to find out if you are eligible to live in Australia. You can do this by contacting your nearest Australia High commission who will be able to assist. They will send you the relevant information regarding your application process.
You should allow a minimum of 12 months for a successful application to be processed. It is absolutely crucial that any paperwork submitted to Australia House is done so correctly or your application will be returned to you, and you will, unfortunately, have to re apply. Fees will also vary dramatically depending upon the visa category you are applying under. With police checks, medical records, government fees, and more, the cost of the application can sometimes be a considerable expense.
Use an emigration specialist consultancy
A migration agent is like using a lawyer to represent you in court. They will initially give you a free consultation and will let you know straight away if you are eligible for migration. If you are, they will begin to advise on the fees and time limits involved. They will then advise you of all relevant forms, references and documents that you will need to obtain for them to submit the application on your behalf.
If you choose to use an agent your migration process can be a lot quicker. In some cases, they may even save you money as you can be certain that your application will be submitted correctly the first time. It certainly will take a lot of unnecessary stress away from the migration process. For that reason alone, we would strongly recommend to anyone who is considering emigrating, to use a Migration Agent.
Buying your Australian Dollars.
Whether you are buying your Australian Dollars with British Pounds, American Dollars, Euros or any other foreign currency, it pays to shop around.
The standard route, involved beating a path loyally to your local bank and asking them to make the money transfer on your behalf to Australia. This generally involves a few costs that you won’t have to bear elsewhere. You are likely to be charged extra for making the currency transfer, and for your Australian bank to receive the funds. In addition, a high street bank doesn’t necessarily give the best foreign exchange rate which is the biggest difference between the bank and a foreign currency exchange specialist.
Consider this:
Your bank offers you a rate of 2.10 Australian Dollars to £1. You buy £150,000 worth at that rate, believing that it’s the same everywhere and you end up with 315,000 Australian Dollars, before they have taken their commission!

currency conversion by professionals

currency conversion by professionals

OR, you use a global currency exchange specialist and they give you a better rate of 2.1549 Australian Dollars (as it is today) to £1, giving you net proceeds of 323,235 Australian Dollars for your £150,000.
Net result, you have saved yourself £3,821 ( or 8235 dollars) to spend on something else when you get to Australia like a second hand car, tax and insurance! No effort was required. It didn’t take any longer. You just end up with more money.
Save money when emigrating, buy your Australian Dollars here, or just visit the site to view the latest rate.

Dealing with difficult Tenants

A property with a problem tenant is the biggest risk facing landlords, as often it is a bigger liability to have a bad tenant than no tenant at all.

This is due to the fact that often problem tenants do not pay their rent & usually damage your property. Then follows the long drawn out process of the legal proceedings in order to gain possession of the property back from the problem tenant.

At Gatehouse Estates all of the tenants are fully referenced and in the event that you are unlucky enough to have a problem tenant they offer a rent guarantee & legal expenses policy which gives all landlords total peace of mind knowing a dedicated legal team are working to obtain vacant possession back from the problem tenant and handle the entire process. Plus the rent guarantee payment takes away the pressure of trying to fund the money to cover the mortgage payment supporting the investment.

For more information please visit or call (01480) 433933/(01234) 345353.

Energy Performance Certificate for Landlords

From 1st October 2008 all rental properties with a new tenancy agreement in England and
Wales will be required by law to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

If you rent out a property that does not have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) you could receive a £200 fine.

We can arrange for you to have a Energy Performance Certificate on your rented property by a fully accredited Domestic Energy Assessors.

Our EPC for rental properties prices remain the same regardless of location, size of the property or number of bedrooms your rented property has.

Please call (01480) 456520 now to find out our fantastic rates in order to get your Energy Performance certificate (EPC) in place before 1st October 2008.

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