How-to Monday: International lookylooing
That doesn't mean much for you folks who follow the blog -- I'll still try to include extras here, because I love you all so very much -- but there's one temporary blip: The How-to set to appear today ... well, it's now running next week.
But I refuse to let that mean a How-to-less Monday, not after all the How-to's through sickness, vacation and holidays. Today's post, though abbreviated, is a monument to wonkish stubbornness.
If you've ever sold, bought or thought about buying, you've probably heard the term "lookyloo." Typical definition: Curious person who checks out homes for sale and has no intention of buying. The internet has given lookyloos a lot more scope for the imagination, what with pages of loving details, photos, walk-through videos, etc. -- and now there are sites that allow you to take your inner lookyloo to the next level.
Vivirama lists a smattering of the properties for rent and sale across the world, allowing you to browse through the details of a Bangkok vacation house (amenities include a kayak), a French home that "needs some decorative work, in some rooms more work than others" and a three-bedroom Roman flat listed for 977,000 euros. (For reasons that escape me, Movable Type will not let me link you to Vivirama, but add a .com to the name and you're there.)
Other lookyloo possibilities:
Daft.ie, which bills itself as "Ireland's Biggest Property Site." See modest homes for not-so-modest-prices (converted to dollars, at least) and a waterfront home in Dublin that you could finance for just 8,466 euros per month.
If you prefer your lookylooing a bit farther afield, check out the New Zealand listings at Harcourts. "Enjoy uninterrupted river vistas & beautiful sunsets while entertaining in the secluded & stylish Italian-inspired courtyard," notes one listing for an Auckland home.
Or try out PlanetPads.com, another compilation of listings across the world. If you have $3.5 million to spare, you could buy an entire apartment complex in Riga, Latvia. (Did you know Riga "is a booming real estate market at the moment"?)
Find anything especially interesting? Have other sites to recommend? Comment away.