UK interest in Australian property on the rise
Yearning for warmer climates and year-long barbecues has been the desire of many northern Europeans as they struggle through the dark, cold days of winter.
Now more than ever Brits aren't satisfied with the fantasy and are taking steps to turn it into a permanent reality. Searches on the Rightmove immigration website found the biggest rise in popularity amongst British people looking to move was for property in Australia, which increased by a massive 114 per cent.
"We always see a pick-up in January and February of "reamers' visiting the site," says Robin Wilson, the head of Rightmove Overseas, "but nothing on this scale before."
Apparently it was also noticeable that searches for properties in Spain and Portugal were down on previous years with people moving towards wanting more authentic destinations.
Which country's properties attract attention is also closely correlated to national and world events with earthquakes and floods having an effect. Television programs - themes such as relocating to Australia - can turn trends.