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So you’ve decided to make the big move overseas, but what about your pets? Luckily, today, it is much easier to move your pets to Europe from the U.S. Find everything you need to know below and make sure to consult with your primary veterinarian so your pets can travel comfortably and safely.

1. Veterinarian Forms & Requirements:

Your pet’s two main requirements for entry into the EU will be (1) rabies vaccination and (2) an EU-compatible microchip

The chip must be an ISO 15-digit microchip, either 11784 or 11785. Your pet must also have a rabies vaccination after the chip is implanted and at least 21 days before your flight departs. This is the case even if your pet already has a valid rabies

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Costa Rica is not a hard sell to those looking for a sunny, relaxing vacation. It has so many different attractions to offer its guests. One day, you could be sitting on a warm beach and the next, you could be zip lining through the rainforest canopies. From exploring volcanoes to relaxing in the hot springs, there are an endless amount of activities to busy yourself with while on vacation. What many people don't realize, though, is that Central America is growing in popularity as a second home destination. Because of Costa Rica's political and financial stability, many believe that real estate is largely a low risk investment. Here are five reasons to consider purchasing property in Costa Rica.

1. Beautiful Beaches Around (Just About) Every

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It's no secret that Italy has been, and continues to be, a popular second home destination for many around the world. Umbria is a region in the center of the country that is largely known for its incredible history and rolling hills. While it is a bit further removed from the city-centers that many are more familiar with, the value of the properties (when compared to the dollar amount spent) more than makes up for this slight drawback.

The region of Tuscany is especially popular among home buyers at the moment, and its prices reflect that fact. Many don't realize that Umbria is only a short distance away from Tuscany, and some will argue that the regions' countrysides are equally as beautiful. There is plenty to love about the many different

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With amazing cities like Florence, Rome, and Venice, Milan is sometimes overlooked when planning a trip to Italy but the fashion mecca is definitely worth a visit. Milan offers fabulous shopping, impressive Neo-Gothic architecture and of course--pasta! 

Best time to go: May and June when the weather is starting to warm up and prime tourist season hasn't started yet. 

Where to stay: Chic 2 bedroom apartment right in the heart of the shopping district and across the street from the Armani hotel! 

What to see: below is a 24 hour itinerary of all the top places not to miss! 

1. A Double Decker Bus Tour is the perfect way to see a city like Milan! This is a great way to kick off a trip since this allows you to see everything in a short period

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Brittany, France is truly a treasure when it comes to exploring the country; known for its culture, beautiful beaches, gastronomy, and panoramic views.  Though it is known for many of its exciting activities, Brittany can also be an exciting destination and opportunity for many a hiker's dream! Brittany also is a top destination when it comes to hiking and walking in France, giving nearly 500,000 tourists the opportunity to discover the beautiful regions of Brittany from the coast to the hillside each year.  

  

Prefer a walk on the beach? Brittany has nearly 360 miles worth of coastal lines for any local or tourist to explore! One of the most popular waterfront resorts is Dinard, featuring several lovely sandy beaches. One in particular, plage

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France is one of the most beautiful places in the world to vacation in, so why should where you stay be any less spectacular! We're taking a close look at some of the best places in France to own a second home.  Proximity and area are absolutely key when it comes to where you should stay and the convenience it makes to its owner.  Each region of France offers a variety of culture, dining, and entertainment.  Hotels are always a nice stay, away from home, but to call something other than a hotel room your own makes any stay even more extraordinary.  We've broken it down by region on where we consider the best places to own a second dwelling when in the great country of France.  

Cannes

Situated just south of Monaco and on the coast of France,

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Located hillside next to Paris, Montmartre is packed full of history, gastronomy, and truly is the epitome of the francophone culture.  What many people are not aware of, however, are the many hidden and beautiful walkways that surround this district of Paris as well as what lays on them.  This large hill, located in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, use to be home to a multitude of artists during the impressionistic period, including Renoir, who famously painted Le Bal du Moulin de la Galette while sitting on a café aside the walkways of Montmartre.  



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The history of Montmartre is something worth exploring, only observable to the well trained eye, and of course, the locals who inhabit this gorgeous hillside region.

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Known formally as the Golden Visa Program, Spain has since used this as a form of boosting business development as well as ridding the market of vacant homes.  The program was launched in 2013 and has been a tremendous help in building  Spain and its economy back up since it had a collapse of the real estate market in 2008.  Spain ever since has been going through a stagnant period causing it to lose buyers to its real estate market and growth of businesses from 2008 to 2016.  The Spanish Golden Visa Program has since helped bring businesses, entrepreneurs, as well as families looking to buy homes.  It is a great opportunity to anyone looking to purchase, which is why we are sharing for all those looking to possibly buy residential, commercial, or any

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Two weeks ago, Handsome Properties International was fortunate enough to travel to Barcelona for the 11th Annual International Symposium of Luxury Real Estate. At the conference, we were able to collaborate with 40 of the best luxury real estate brokers from around the world, and learn about the ins and outs of the Spanish market first-hand from one of Barcelona's top real estate professionals.

Similar to Handsome Properties International's approach, this brokerage focuses much of its time and effort on marketing. While luxury properties are, by their nature, visually pleasing, it takes some work to ensure they are visible across a variety of platforms. Having an international presence is key with properties of this caliber and that's just what

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When it comes to luxury, great travel, dining, and a fantastic place to stay, the Italian Riviera is unquestionably a destination that deserves recognition for its superb cuisines, hotels, sights, and cruises.  We've outlined some of the best places to go to the next time you're visiting the Italian coast, especially when it comes to eating, relaxing, and a little bit of leisure.  The Italian Riviera truly is a splendor of beauty mixing both the land and sea aspect when it comes to Italy and its coastlines.  We have outlined some of the greatest parts of the Italian Riviera just below that any visitor needs to be aware of when traveling abroad to this gorgeous area of Europe.  

 

 

Beaches 

The Italian Riviera has some of the best seaside

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