Freelance property, homes and interiors writing

With property buying – both in the UK and abroad – being such a hot lifestyle topic, I frequently write on property issues for magazines, newspapers, websites and blogs, such as The Telegraph, Living Abroad, PrimeLocation.com, International Property: Luxury Collection, Jet-to-Let, Buying Abroad, The Market, Evening Standard, Inhous, Delph Property Group, Houzz, Off Plan Property Exchange, International Life, SilverKris (Singapore Airlines), Villa & Vida, Owners Perspective, Your Own Home (London Borough of Hounslow), On The Ladder, Landlord and Buy-to-Let, Homes Bought Fast, HBF Investments, International Living, House Hunters in the Sun, Hot Property and MyPropertyPal.

I’ve edited the occastional Buying Abroad supplement and was previously editor of the property newsletter, Emerging Europe Property Insider. I’ve also been on the judging panel for the International Property Awards.

As well as property buying, letting and renting, I also write homes and interiors pieces – focusing on the all important issue of making a house a home – for various magazines, websites and blogs, including Houzz, Home Style, Reclaim, Period Ideas, Dulux, Dotmaison, eBay, Love Bathrooms, Foam & Bubbles, Utopia Hub, Victoria Plum, Beth Stevens, On The Ladder and my own regularly updated and top 10 ranking interiors, homeware and shopping blogs, Fresh Design Blog and Cosy Home Blog.

Houzz

Get in touch with textured-effect wallpapers

Ways to organize your kitchen for under $50

Contemporary bookcases and shelving

Decorating with contemporary wall decal stickers

Fresh white and sparking silver home accents

Contemporary Coastal Chic

Totally foxed

Wild About Robots

Decorating With Shades of Blue

Guest Picks: Contemporary Garden Ideas

Quirky, Colorful and Fun Lighting Ideas

Guest Picks: 20 Of  The Best Contemporary Chairs

Guest Picks: Map-tastic – Map Inspired Home Ideas

Guest Picks: Industrial Chic

Guest Picks: Cushion Crazy

Four A&D magazine

Hot in the City

Reclaim magazine

Perfect Parquet (the beauty of reclaimed flooring) –  Issue 2, May 2016

The Tile Files (vintage tiles) – Issue 1, March 2016

Evening Standard

Interiors: Top five trends for Spring (advertorial feature) – Feb 2016

HomeStyle magzine

Why buy new build? – March / April 2015

Foam & Bubbles

How to create a relaxing haven in your bathroom 

Bath versus shower: do you really need both?

Utopia Hub

How to make a small room feel larger

The Market

Property features for The Market magazine:

Olympic Property – June/July 2012

Homes Under the Hammer – March 2012

Ski Properties: USA versus EU – December 2011

Hot New Homes – November 2011

The Super Prime Property Market – October 2011

Investing in International Property – September 2011

Investing in a European Holiday Property – July/August 2011

The Search for UK Property Hotspots – June 2011

Land Matters: Buying Land – May 2011

Investing in a Country Property – April 2011

What Makes and Eco Home Green? – March 2011

Life in the New Build – Jan/Feb 2011

Ski Properties – Dec 2010

Investing in a London City Pad – Nov 2010

International Property: Luxury Collection

Spanish Steps (Volume 20, number 1)

Spain has long been popular with property investors and its inherent charm, good weather and ease of access are stepping up its return to full flavour.

Designs on New England (Volume 19, number 5)

With the US property market boosted by good market conditions, this feature looks at the benefits to investors of buying a second home or investment property in the popular state of Massachusetts.

Indian Inspiration (Volume 19, number 4)

West is meeting East in India, where an abundance of high-end property development is taking many areas by storm.

From NY to LA (Volume 19, number 2)

If you’re thinking of buying a place in the US, Rachel Newcombe finds that two stateside locations are proving a big hit with high-end property purchasers and investors.

The USA USP (Volume 19, number 1)

Rachel Newcombe explores the endless appeal of some favourite USA winter and spring destingations and spotlights a selection of the hottest high-end property buys.

A Trio of Island Properties (Volume 18, number 6)

The exotic islands of Mauritus, the Maldives and the Seychelles have a lot to offer the discerning buyer looking for a dream property purchase.

Fresh Design Blog

I run and edit Fresh Design Blog, a home, interiors and shopping blog focused on contemporary and modern homes and gardens. The blog is updated regularly during the week with topical posts on home and garden products. Some examples include:

Festive Christmas wreath decorations for your home

Create your own home decor with a 1Wall creative collage

A taste of vintage with Etsy’s Vintage & Main Collective

Six ways to use contemporary open shelving units

Christmas gifts and decor ideas from Lime Lace

Top 10 free online interior design room planner tools

Top 10 tips for buying a bed

Victoria Plum – Love Bathrooms

Five ways to add shabby chic style to your bathroom – Love Bathrooms

Ideas for creating a winter themed bathroom – Love Bathrooms

Villa & Vida magazine

Ski Properties: The Best of France and Switzerland (December 2011)

PrimeLocation

Blog posts for the Prime UK and Prime International blogs:

UK:

Keyword Search of the Week: Converted Chapels

Rent an Extraordinary Home

Small but beautiful: Toll houses

Pros and cons: Buying a brand new home

Keyword Search of the Week: roof garden

New landlords clueless about letting legislation

Ideal Home Show

London’s 12 least eco-friendly buildings revealed

Keyword Search of the Week: Annexe

Top 10 facts about listed properties

Moving house: what to leave behind

Keyword Search of the Week: Thatch

The Listed Property Show 2009

Somebody’s dream home: a £100,000 water tower

A room with a view: windmill properties

Wood, glorious wood

Renting in a royal park

Boost your home’s selling potential

To bling or not to bling?

International:

Trulli unique to Puglia, Italy

Fine time for a Finca

Where to live: Island life in Malta

Own your own private island

Better quality of life for British expats

European holiday home owners could claim tax rebate

Five great reasons to buy an established overseas hotel

The happiest places for holiday homes

Revealed: The true cost of expat food

Snap up a city pad

World’s top 10 most expensive cities

And the least expensive property markets are…

Victory for Brits in Spanish property tax grab

Buying in Berlin

Equipping your holiday property, part one

Equipping your holiday property, part two

Slovakia joins the Eurozone

Why do people let their holiday homes?

The world of vineyard properties

10 tips for letting your overseas property

Where to get a 007 postcode

Moor appeal

Dotmaison Blog

Five reasons for using wall stickers in interior decorating

From Russia with love: Matroyoshka’s in your home

Spring is sprung: Inject a spring feel into your home

Five favourite salt and pepper sets

Hot designers – Orla Kiely, retro rules!

How to hang wallpaper

Fabulously funky modern clocks

Dotmaison’s brewing guide

Investment Property Blog

Twice weekly blog posts for property investor, David Coughlin’s, UK investment property blog:

Finding property hotspots part 2: Regeneration schemes

Finding property hotspots part 1: Improved transport links

10 top tips for maximising kerb appeal

Are you an energy savvy landlord?

Common winter property problems and how to avoid them, part 2

Common winter property problems and how to avoid them, part 1

Five tips for letting properties to pet owners

Emergency information to tell your tenants

Do you let properties to tenants with pets?

Last chance to take advantage of stamp duty holiday

Are your rental property gas appliances safe?

How to create an inventory for your rental property

10 top tips for preparing your property for viewing

Pros and cons of property investing with friends or family

Why property investors should use Google Eart: part 1

Why property investors should use Google Earth: part 2

Five common mistakes made by property investors

6 ways to identify the right investment property location

5 tips for avoiding tenant problems

Increase in buy-to-let investors

Investing in student property and HMOs

Period Ideas magazine

Fresh and Natural – August 2010

Decorate your home with the soothing shades of duck egg, fern and moss.

Rhapsody in Blue – July 2010

Enrich your home with the beautiful shades of turquoise, cyan and cobalt. Three page decorating feature covering wallpaper, paint, fabrics and accessory ideas.

On The Ladder

Credit Crunch Home Style Ideas

Moving House: Self-Hire Van or Removal Firm?

Getting on the Ladder During the Credit Crunch (Jan/Feb 09)

How to Buy the Perfect Bed (Jan/Feb 09)

Setting the Mood in Your Home for Valentine’s Day (Jan/Feb 09)

Choosing Lighting For Your Home, Autumn 2008

Natural Accessories For Your Home, Autumn 2008

Buying Abroad

I wrote and edited a special Buying Abroad magazine supplement that was distributed with Sunday Telegraph and Telegraph on various dates in 2008.

The Telegraph

A Haven of Delights Plus Duty Free (fantasy islands), 14th April 2007

They tick all the boxes. Unspoilt, blue seas and year-round sun. Rachel Newcombe discovers some remote idylls.

Hit the Heights (ski properties), 27th January 2007

Some resorts are established, while others are emerging markets. Rachel Newcombe looks at the investment and enjoyment potential of six countries.

Jet-to-Let magazine

Features for Jet-to-Let, a quarterly property investment magazine:

Cyprus: How Is It Faring in 2009?, Issue 7, 2009

Focus on Italy, Issue 6, November 2008

Focus on Turkey, Issue 6, November 2008

Focus on India, Issue 5, May 2008

Dubai: Opportunities in the Middle East, Issue 5, May 2008

Cape Verde: An Island of Opportunity? Issue 4, January 2008

Focus on France, Issue 4, January 2008

Croatia: Still an Attractive Investment? September 2007

Focus on Brazil, September 2007

Spain: Is the Party Over? Spring 2007

Bulgaria Beware? Spring 2007

Focus on Crete, Winter 2006/2007

Focus on Cyprus, Winter 2006/2007

Focus on Morocco, Winter 2006/2007

SilverKris magazine

Dream Vacation Homes

In a soft market, prime real estate – while not exactly peanuts – may be more within reach than ever. Rachel Newcombe picks eight of the best luxury home bargains in property hotspot around the world – from a cut-price chateau to a discounted hamlet – for you to grab or drool over.

Landlord and Buy-to-Let magazine

Who Needs Agents? March 2009

Buying and Selling Tenanted Properties, January 2009

Living Abroad magazine

Regular property features between 2005 and 2009 for the monthly (was previously bi-monthly) publication for people interested in moving abroad:

The New Caribbean, March 2009

Eager property investors, including Hollywood stars, are setting their sights on the delights of Central America.

City by the Sea, December 2008 / January 2009

Voted the world’s most liveable city, Vancouver has everything a property buyer needs for a great quality of life.

In With the New, December 2008 / January 2009

The opening up of New Europe’s property markets to foreign buyers gives Brits the chance to get in on the ground.

Exploring Eastern Europe (Part 1), November 2008

As the UK housing market flounders, investors are looking east to find the best rates of return.

Cities of Gold, November 2008

While many move to Tuscany dreaming of that farmhouse in the countryside, there is just as much to attract the confirmed city-dweller too.

A View to a Thrill, October 2008

James Bond’s latest adventure, Quantum of Solace, is set to put Central America firmly on the filmgoer’s map, but property there is definitely no shot in the dark.

Oh Canada! October 2008

Whether you’re thinking of emigrating abroad or fancy owning a holiday home on foreign shores, Canada has plenty to offer the discerning buyer.

The Tide is High, September 2008

Buying property with added extras is a great way to maximise your investment, and with sailing becoming increasingly popular, here’s our guide to the top 10 marina developments.

Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry? September 2008

Already popular with North Americans and Canadians, the lure of Panama is now attracting interest from UK and European buyers too.

Magical Le Marche, September 2008

Want to move to Italy, but can’t decide between being near the beach or the mountains? Le Marche is the place for you.

Down Mexico way, September 2008

This vibrant country is bursting with Latin spirit – along with bountiful property opportunities.

Get Lost at Sea, August 2008

With Mamma Mia showing off Greece’s picture-perfect whitewashed villages, sunny days and warm seas, it’s no wonder that the islands are attracting more and more property investors.

There is a Green Hill Far Away…August 2008

Known as the heart of Italy, Umbria’s verdant countryside and rolling hills attract buyers looking for traditional charm.

Coasting to Success, July 2008

With coasts on the Adriatic Sea, just a hop from Italy, Montenegro, Albania and Croatia are quickly becoming property hotspots.

Tempted by Tuscany, July 2008

If there’s one part of the world that has eternal appeal for investors, it’s Tuscany, home to rolling hills, romantic scenery and surprisingly affordable property.

Cape of Good Hope, July 2008

There’s never been a better time to invest in property in South Africa, and to take advantage of the boom around 2010’s World Cup.

The Magic of Arabia, June 2008

With strong growth potential and increasing levels of tourism, the Arabic world has a lot to offer property investors.

Cashing in on the Weak Dollar, May 2008

Things may be difficult for our friends in the US, but the low dollar exchange rate opens up a world of bargain properties.

Making Waves in the Med, May 2008

With property prices on the up and the reassuring stability of the Euro, now is the moment to invest in Cyprus.

This Side of Heaven, April 2008

With perfect white sandy beaches, azure seas and well-developed tourist facilities, it’s no wonder Mauritius is an exclusive idyll.

Winter Warmers, March 2008

If you’re fed up with UK weather and fancy jetting to sunnier climes during the winter months, owning a property in country where sun is guaranteed at this time of year is just the ticket. From the familiar, to the more unusual, this article looks at the top 10 winter sun property destinations.

From Head to Toe, March 2008

Italy’s Calabria region is the toe of the country’s boot, and is proving to be a bargain hotspot for canny property investors.

Top Five Property Cities, March 2008

Choosing a city property is a great way to maximise your investment as well as your rental income. Whether you fancy a city pad for weekend breaks, a long-term rental property for local residents or a place to let out for holidays, cities are a great option to consider.

A Little Bit of Paradise, February 2008

A guide to buying the perfect exotic beach hideaway.

A Piece of the Action, February 2008

All about fractional ownership.

Into Africa, February 2008

Follow in the bike tracks for Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, and snap up bargain property in the process.

Discovering New Europe

Puglia, Italy, June 2007

Safe as Houses, May 2007

As a long-term favourite with British expats and holidaymakers, Portugal is a good bet if you’re after a safe property investment.

Red Sea, April 2007

Bulgaria, April 2007

Islands, April 2007

Hot in the City, March 2007

Not everyone dreams of living in a rural idyll or island paradise – cities provide nightlife, culture and much-needed jobs.

Buys from Brazil, March 2007

The country famous for its fabulous beaches and rainforest is the property investor’s next big thing.

Yes, You Can Afford Italy, March 2007

If you fantasise about a life of pasta and Pinot Grigio, but your budget doesn’t stretch to Tuscany or Umbria, look further South.

Double O Heaven, February 2007

Give your new life abroad a touch of Bond glamour by checking out homes in these top secret locations.

This is Paradise, February 2007

Year-round sunshine, good schools and a great standard of living – no wonder Cyprus is top of the popularity stakes.

Leave Your Umbrella at Home, February 2007

When you buy a home of the Cape Verde islands, you buy into a totally tropical lifestyle at an affordable price.

Bloc Party, December 2006/January 2007 

Since they joined the EU, the Baltic states have been growing in popularity with travellers and foreign property buyers.

Bright Lights Big City, December 2006/January 2007

There’s more to Las Vegas than casinos and showgirls, as an increasing number of expats are discovering.

Snow Globe, November 2006

Your dream of owning a home near the slopes could be closer than you think.

Safe as Houses, November 2006

Already established and popular with Britons, you’re bound to get a retun on your money when you buy in Spain.

Relax – You’ve Made a Great Investment (spa properties), October 2006

Buying on or near a spa is not purely an indulgence; you’re tapping into a growing trend that will reap rewards in the future.

A Good Thing Growing, October 2006

The rolling countryside, vineyards and olive groves of Umbria and Tuscany have seduced many. And this is a love affair with a happy ending.

Turkey…And All The Trimmings, October 2006

The popular country has much more than just beaches and coastline. If you join the property market soon enough, you’ll grab yourself a real bargain.

Join the Club (golf properties), September 2006

You don’t have to play the game to enjoy the investment opportunities on golf courses. And now the whole world is getting in on the act, says Rachel Newcombe.

Two to Watch (Croatia and Montenegro), September 2006

Want to get in early in emerging property markets? You could do no better than Croatia and Montenegro, tipped as the fastest growing destinations in the world.

Green and Pleasant Land (Cape Verde), July 2006

With their tropical climate and emerging economy, the Cape Verde islands are a real hot spot.

Heaven in Miniature (Cayman Islands), June 2006

The Cayman Islands are a popular tourist destination, attracting thousands of visitors each year, but they’re also the home of about 19,000 expats. If you fancy the idea of a tropical lifestyle, could it be the place for you?

Totally Tropical Life (Dominican Republic), December 2005/January 2006

With its idyllic beaches and exotic lifestyle, the Caribbean is a dream holiday location. But, for many foreign nationals, it’s now proving to be an equally perfect place to live.

Always The Sun (Tenerife), December 2005/January 2006

It’s described as the ‘Island of Eternal Spring,’ so if the thought of another British winter is getting you down, Tenerife could be your ideal home location.

Realising The Dream, December 2005/January 2006

France is one of the top destinations for Britons dreaming of making a new start abroad. Tempted by the cheese-and-wine lifestyle, the number living there has risen by almost 50 per cent in the last five years and estimates suggest about 100,000 Britons now live there permanently, with many more owning holiday homes.

Moroccan Magic, October/November 2005

Tucked away at the tip of North Africa, between Algeria and Western Sahara and bordering the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, lies the vibrant country of Morocco. Steeped in cultural history, boasting a diversity of wildlife, stunning coastlines and even snow-capped mountains with skiing opportunities, Morocco offers a completely different lifestyle, yet is only three hours from the UK.

Welcome To Boom Town (Buying Property in Lithuania), October/November 2005

Since its entry into the European Union last year, Lithuania has been increasing in popularity as a place for foreign buyers to live. With only two hours’ time difference to the UK and a semi-continental climate – warm and humid in the summer, cooler in the winter – plus regular cheap flights from the UK, it has much to recommend it.

Delights of Eastern Canada, August/September 2005

Clean air, space, wonderful countryside, rivers, lakes and the sea – Eastern Canada offers it all. The natural beauty, particularly the renowned colourful displays in the autumn, is one of the main reasons people flock to the provinces of the country.

Easy Living (Buying in Portugal), August/September 2005

Portugal ranks fourth on the wish lists of Britons keen to head abroad for a new life, according to recent research. It’s awash with history, boasts beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes – no wonder it’s a popular destination.

Passionate About Portugal, August/September 2005

How often have you wanted to get away from it all and move somewhere completely different? For Stephen and Andrea Hutton, that thought was on their minds for 15 years. Their dream was to move to Portugal, but for years it didn’t seem as though it would be possible. Then a chance encounter finally presented an opportunity to make it happen.

Bargains in Bulgaria, June/July 2005

Property in Bulgaria is currently well priced and is proving increasingly popular with people looking to relocate overseas. There’s even the suggestion that it could become the ‘new Croatia,’ and take over as the place to buy. But what exactly is available, how easy is the buying process and could Bulgaria be your dream location?

Slice of Tropical Life (buying in Costa Rica), June/July 2005

Lush rainforests, open spaces, exotic plants and amazing animals, birds and insects – Costa Rica has it all. Once thought of as a merely a holiday destination, it’s now becoming a location for foreign buyers wishing to settle down and make a new life for themselves abroad.

Temperature’s Rising: Buying Property in Croatia, April/May 2005

For a while, it was a country people avoided, but now they’re flocking back – not only to visit, but to buy property and live in Croatia. It’s an increasingly popular destination for UK buyers wanting to move abroad, but what’s so good about the country and what do you need to know if you’re interested in buying property?

Malta’s Old and New, April/May 2005

With breathtaking coastlines, ancient architecture and a sunny, warm climate, it’s no wonder Malta has become one of the latest property hot spots. But if you’re keen to buy property here, what’s currently available, what do you need to know and are there any potential pifalls to be aware of?

Off Plan Property Exchange

Blog posts on worldwide and European property issues written for the Off Plan Property Exchange blog:

Tune into Phil Spencer’s Property Podcasts: Phil Spencer on the House

Brits Fleeing Abroad – and Buying Property There – Due to Rising Crime

Top Ski Property Destination for 2008: Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

10 Top Tips for Buying Property Abroad

Valentine’s Day Report: One in Five Brit’s Ready to Move Abroad for Love!

Big Names Boost Brazil’s Property Market

What’s Hot in Turkey’s Property Market?

Turkish Property Legality Check

Santa Claus and Buy-to-Let

Location Research and Viewing Trips

EasyJet to New Property Investment Locations

Cheap Flights Boost Property Sales

Swiss Buying Moratorium Lifted in Valais

Cambodia: Land of Opportunity?

2008 Foreign Property Predictions

International Life

Features for International Life magazine and website:

Property Competitions

Fractional Ownership in London

Foreign Property: Spain

Foreign Property: Dubai

Foreign Property: Panama

Other property features

Passionate About Portugal – British Expats

The Charm of Tenerife – British Expats

Fractional Ownership: Property You Can Afford – written for Owners Perspective

Buying Property in Cyprus – written for MyPropertyPal

A Rural Retreat in Bulgaria – written for MyPropertyPal

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