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.

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.

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.

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.

Important Housing Considerations in Brazil

The issue of housing is a complex one when planning a move to Brazil. For those interested in living abroad, author Michael Sommers covers the topics of crime, the elements, renting versus buying, and more.

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.