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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Housing Options in Japan

In Japan, as in New York and San Francisco, space is at a premium in concentrated urban areas. Author Ruthy Kanagy explains the difference between a Japanese apaato (apartment) or manshon (mansion), as well as the styles of housing available in Japan, from traditional to western.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman has always viewed growing up in Northern California as both a blessing and curse. There is so much to see, do, and experience all within a short drive—from broad sequoias in the Sierras to ancient lava beds north of Mount Shasta, from creaky Gold Rush towns to the pampering Wine Country—that she began to wonder why anyone would ever leave.

Elizabeth was eventually lured out of the Golden State to Alaska’s far north, where she traveled the Inside Passage, baked bread under the midnight sun in Denali National Park, and chronicled the state’s burgeoning sustainable agriculture for Alaska Magazine. These adventures culminated in penning the travel guide InsightGuides: Alaska.

But Elizabeth knew her California roots were too deep to stay away for long. Raised in Carmel, where her great-great grandmother opened the first restaurant (a soup kitchen with dirt floors!) at the turn of the 20th century, she would always call California home. So she returned and devoted herself to writing about the state she loves most. Her work has included the travel guides SmartGuide: San Francisco and InsightGuides: San Francisco, as well as reporting on food and sustainable agriculture for local publications.

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman is the author of several Moon travel guides, including Moon California and Moon Napa & Sonoma.