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Reading Time: 1 minute Chateau Miraval This abode in the south of France is the home of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The 17th-century palace has a vineyard and just the 35 rooms, which given how they like to adopt, this might just cover it. In classic castle style, there is a moat with extensive manicured gardens, a fountain, and a church. There is also an olive grove close by to rare Aleppo pine trees. House of Windsor The $10.5 million home of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin of Coldplay is located in L.A, Brentwood. They purchased the country style villa in late 2012. The concept house was built by Walter Smith and has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, of course, there is a guest cottage on the land. Playboy Mansion When people think of celebrity dream homes, High Hefner’s palace of hedonism springs to mind. Equipped with a wine cellar, 22 rooms, a…

Reading Time: 2 minutes 2017 has been jam-packed with international conferences and events aimed at developers, stakeholders, and investors. Here, we highlight some of the most interesting real estate events which are coming up over the next few months. Cityscape Abu Dhabi, April 18th-20th 2017 Described as the “barometer” for the Middle East’s Property sector, Cityscape Abu Dhabi welcomed over 17,000 attendees last year from over 67 countries. Hundreds of properties from the Middle East and other regions will be showcased at this comprehensive real estate expo. Many high profile partners are joining the event, including Forbes Middle East, Sky News, and Modern Business Emirates. Whether you are an investor or a real estate professional, this event is not to be missed! 2017 SIOR Spring World Conference, New Orleans, USA, April 26th-29th 2017 The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors is a leading professional real estate association. This year, their Spring World Conference will…

Reading Time: 3 minutes Finding a less obvious real estate investment choice for 2017 is a challenge. Global markets are struggling and the more recognized cities are saturated with buyers. Casting your net further afield could be the answer to higher returns. From Vietnam to Pakistan, these investment hotspots warrant a place in your real estate portfolio, whether you are saving for retirement or just looking for reliable rental returns. Vietnam As the exotic and compelling Vietnam opens up from a controlled economy to a ready-for-business market economy, it presents great opportunities for real estate investors. As big Chinese manufacturers continue to relocate their manufacturing base to Vietnam, it is predicted the country will overtake Indonesia and Thailand in the long term. While many investors are entering the market as part of a greater Asian fund, others are putting their money directly into real estate. Vietnam is experiencing a construction boom in part due…