A row of purple and white buildings with large wooden doors, known as mews in England.

Useful London Real Estate Terms

There are numerous types of properties available in London, and the range is staggering: from converted lofts to terraced houses to apartment blocks—with everything in between. The whole process of finding accommodation in London (especially a home purchase) is very different from the procedure used in the United States, so be prepared for a bit of a roller-coaster ride when trying to rent or buy a home in London. To get you started, here is a helpful list of important British real estate terms for both buyers and renters.

A typical small town house in rural New Zealand. Photo © Gina Smith/123rf.

Buying Property in New Zealand

Buying property in New Zealand is a big investment. While the process itself isn’t much more or less complicated than elsewhere, there are a handful of unique considerations to be made. Here are explanations of leaky liability, cross-leases, and common terms used in reference to housing and real estate.

Aerial view of Auckland suburbs. Photo © pstedrak/123rf.

New Zealand’s Prime Living Locations: Auckland

Once you’ve committed to making your move to New Zealand, choosing a place to live is probably the biggest decision you’ll face. Living in Auckland is popular because it offers the widest range of cultures, employers, and products in New Zealand.

Apartment blueprints in French.

Tips on Renting in Paris

Renting has its advantages over buying, the most obvious being a much lighter initial investment. Paris rental laws are particularly strict, and French bureaucracy doesn’t end at the front door of your new house or apartment, which can make finding a place to live a challenge, particularly if you are short on time or funds. Use these tips to ease the way.

Both renters and buyers will find good housing values in France, but owning a car is tres cher.

Living in Paris: Housing and Transportation Costs

Both renters and buyers will find good housing values in France, but it’s très cher (very expensive) to own a car in France, particularly in the big cities where forking out €50,000 for a permanent parking spot is not unheard of, plus maintenance, fuel, and insurance. Alternative transportation is a must.

A multi-story concrete building at the seaside.

Building and Restoring Homes in Belize

Living abroad doesn’t always mean renting a home. If you’re planning to build your dream house in Belize, author Victoria Day-Wilson gives you a head start with an overview on budgeting and building materials.

View of a two story wooden house with a porch running around the second floor.

Building a House in Costa Rica

Even if you live in a beautiful region of Costa Rica, you may long for the comfort features of North American-style homes. It can often be beneficial to build your own home to include luxuries like high ceilings, custom finishes, and tropical hardwood floors. Erin Van Rheenen weighs the pros and cons of building a house in Costa Rica.

Houses cluster on a narrow peninsula that rises up on steep rocky cliffs above the ocean.

Housing in Italy: Renting vs. Buying

Renting or buying property, like a house or a condo, is the essence of living abroad—it’s what separates you from the tourists who are just visiting. Italy expert John Moretti covers the upsides and downsides of long-term housing options in Italy.

Plants and ivy line a narrow street in Rome with stone steps leading up to a second level between buildings.

Where to Live in Rome

When choosing where to live in Rome, the greatest factor is location. Rent for apartments inside the city’s Aurelian walls is almost always more expensive than for those outside them. These helpful descriptions of neighborhoods give an indication of what you might expect to pay (and experience) when living inside or outside the city.