Snap up a dream holiday home for under £100,000

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The weak euro is a boom for anyone looking to buy a holiday home in Europe.

You now get a lot more European property for your money than you did a few weeks ago if you are a Brit buying abroad, with the euro lower than it has been against the pound for years.

Change your money now, and every £1 will get you about ‚ €1.32, up from ‚ €1.2 last Spring and just ‚ €1 in early 2009.

And that makes a big difference to how much house you can get for your pounds, wherever in Europe you want to buy. On £100,000, for example, you will now get £32,000 more than you would have six years ago - and £12,000 more than you would have this time last year. What's more, the housing markets in countries such as France and Portugal have suffered in recent years due to the eurozone's economic difficulties, meaning there are plenty of bargains around.

Here is our pick of five dream holiday homes you could buy for £100,000 (€132,000) or less.

Five holiday homes for £100,000 or less
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Snap up a dream holiday home for under £100,000

This one bedroom, ground floor apartment benefits from access to a stunning communal swimming pool, as well as a private terrace. Well situated near the centre of the bustling, family resort of Cala d'Or with it many restaurants, bars and shops, it is also just 65km from Palma international airport.

Price: €130,000 (£98,000)

Agent: Investa Real Estate Mallorca - 0843 314 3156

Close to the centre of friendly, French ski resort Champagny en Vanoise - part of the Paradiski ski area that also includes Les Arcs and La Plagne - you will find the small apartment block housing this new build, ground floor flat with space for two bedrooms. The 63 square meter space is sold empty, giving you the freedom to create the perfect holiday home for both winter and summer trips.

Price: €120,000 (£90,000)

Agent: RMP Immobilier - 0033 479 221050

With an open plan living/dining area, two double bedrooms, a bathroom and a utility room, this stunning Cretan villa offers plenty of space for families. Outside, there is a private garden and a shared swimming pool. The resort of Chania's white, sandy beaches are also just 10 minutes drive away, while there is a local supermarket and bar/restaurant within easy walking distance.

Price: €128,500 (£97,000)

Agent: Alpha Omega Crete - 0030 282 5031860

This beautiful stone house near the walled town of Lucca has bags of rustic charm from the outside - plus a modern, open plan interior. Arranged over three floors, it also boasts a private garden and fantastic views across the surrounding countryside, as well as the space to easily sleep six people.

Price: €125,000 (£94,000)

Agent: Essegi Immobiliare Lucca - 0843 314 3156

Relaxing on the roof terrace of this modern, two bedroom apartment, you will enjoy blissful views across the pretty coastal town of Lagos to the sea beyond. The property, which is within easy walking distance of the beach, also benefits from two bathrooms, a balcony and underground parking. And while the asking price is slightly above £100,000, an offer of under that amount could seal the deal.

Price: €135,000 (£102,000)

Agent: Sunpoint Properties Praia da Luz - 0035 191 861263


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In Scotland, Edinburgh is seen as a city with huge growth potential. In 2014, prices in Edinburgh were up 10% in a post referendum boom that shows little sign of slowing down.

Local agents are not expecting quite such stellar growth for the next 12 months, but they think price rises will be well above the average predicted for the whole country.

Rightmove named this as the area where it expects house prices to grow the most over the next five years. It says that over this period there will be a huge number of people moving out of London in order to afford to get onto the property ladder. They want a reasonable commute combined with plenty of attractions in the local area, and Southampton offers all this. With relatively affordable housing stock, it's a prime candidate for growth.

Luton was Rightmove's candidate for the second biggest house price rises over the next five years. It emphasised that this isn't a mater of opinion, it is the result of crunching the data.

Luton is another major beneficiary of the move out of London, and while it is arguably not as attractive a place to live as Southampton, it's only 23 minutes into central London - which rivals some of inner London's commuter times. With average prices of £179,368, it's clearly a far more affordable option, and the area has already started to show signs of a boom.

This was the third area suggested by Rightmove. As with Southampton, it is well positioned for London commuters, and also has huge local attractions.

A survey last year asked young professionals to name the place they would most like to live, and Brighton and Hove were the only areas that appeared on the list outside London.

One of the reasons it's not higher up the list is that houses are already on the pricey side, with an average cost of £338,956 - up 13% in the past year alone.

There may be few people who grow up with the dream of living in Swindon, but the electrification of the rail line to London will bring travel times down across the West Country, so Swindon becomes part of the outer commuter area.

Given that the average property costs £168, 968, it's easy to see why Swindon will be a popular option for commuters on a tight budget.

Bath is also going to benefit from electrification of the line, because the commute to London will fall to a manageable 70 minutes. The beauty of the city - along with a vibrant social and cultural life - makes it a clear choice for more long-distance commuters.

Of course, with an average asking price of £374,617, it's not a tremendously cheap place to buy, but the geography of the city restricts development, so these prices are expected to rise still further.

Property Frontiers says that the booming house prices in Oxford are set to get even higher. At the moment, travel to London takes 60 minutes, but this will reduce even further in 2016 when the line is electrified. Prices in the most desirable parts of the centre aren't much cheaper than London.

However, further out there are pockets of affordability, and when the Water Eaton station opens in 2015 it will open up areas to the north of the city too.

Manchester has seen enormous property price rises over the last couple of years, and Property Frontiers expects this to continue into 2015.

Other commentators are expecting the growth to slow over the next few years, especially given the gains made since 2012. However, demand for properties remains buoyant, and with the growth of the local economy, price rises seem inevitable.

Rising prices in London have pushed buyers further and further out of the centre, so estate agents are now claiming zone three as 'the new zone 2'.

Savills believes that the biggest gains over the next five years will be the less glamorous districts - putting the South and East in the frame. Gritty areas that could benefit include Ladywell, Streatham and Catford in the south, and Leytonstone, Forest Gate and Walthamstow in the east.

Cambridge could also perform well. It has already had house prices lifted by the growth of tech companies to the north of the city, and the arrival of pharmaceutical headquarters will help push prices up further.

In 2016 a new rail service from the city to the science park will keep prices rising, and beyond the opportunities presented by the local economy, Cambridge is also part of the 'outer commute' area of London, which Savills expects to shoot up in value over the next five years.


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