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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…

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…

2017 has been a challenging year so far for real estate. Most of the year has been rapt with uncertainty in the aftermath of two seismic events—Brexit and the US elections. Anyone thinking of buying property has become hesitant; prudence is the name of the game until there is more clarity about how these unexpected events will affect global markets. Now that Theresa May has only managed a minority coalition, English investors are once again caught in a seemingly endless loop of instability. These are the five trends we expect will shape the second half of 2017. Steady as she goes With torpid real GDP growth across most of emerging markets, governments are reluctant to raise interest rates. So where does that leave the market? In many cases due to difficulties securing construction financing and the cash required to purchase prize locations, there is now a situation where investors will…