Planning the Perfect European Fall Getaway

If you’ve found yourself staring out the window lately, maybe it’s time for an invigorating European getaway. And, no, it isn’t too late to plan an excursion across the Atlantic. In fact, tourism in Europe hasn’t been showing any signs of slowing down this fall. Not convinced by gorgeous views, amazing food, enriching architecture, and an enchanting lifestyle? Maybe the economic incentives will tempt you; the dollar and euro are holding an unprecedented, nearly equal value—making right now the perfect time to set sail.

Once you’ve decided to book a trip, you’re left with your most important choice: where do you go? The unique personalities of Europe’s many countries, communities, and cul-de-sacs can complement a myriad of vacation hopes and dreams. As such, we took the liberty of breaking down a few different paths for you to consider for your fall European trip:

The museum-goer

Without a doubt,  museum enthusiasts must visit Paris, France, a city densely packed with over 250 museums and galleries. Albeit most famously known for The Louvre, our advisors at Engel & Völkers Paris can happily steer you in the direction of the galleries known and loved by true Parisians. 

The would-be beacher

Although we are in the midst of planning a fall European getaway, the ease and allure of a summer climate can still be wistfully enjoyed in certain spots. In Tenerife, the sun continues to shine over world-famous beaches—creating an ideal destination for beach lovers in need of a little autumnal rest and recovery.

Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, is home to idyllic fishing towns, lively beachside oases, and everything in between. To discover the best spot for your vacation, reach out to one of our advisors at Engel & Völkers Costa Adeje

The city-dweller

For those truly entranced by romantic European architecture, Budapest, Hungary, may be just the spot for you. Its Central Market HallOpera House, and Castle Hill are accentuated by the season’s change, an ideal time to visit this bustling European center. 

Engel & Völkers Hungary can give you the full rundown on must-see streets and sites that await your Hungarian holiday. 

The foodie/adventurer

For true adventurers, the Puglia region of Italy, while not a common stop on regular tours of the country, epitomizes the Italian spirit and lifestyle 

If you’re yearning for an Italian excursion, chances are you are also craving some Italian food; Lecce will happily provide this—and our advisors at Engel & Völkers Lecce can point you to the best-of-the-best restaurants in the city. Between stops, make sure to enjoy its famous and historic Roman amphitheater

No matter where you are going in the world, our global network of local experts will undoubtedly be able to assist you—from knowing the true local hotspots to extending your vacation to a lifetime, helping you achieve your goals is just what we do. 

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Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

Buying a home is one of the most important personal and financial decisions that you’ll make in your life. In today’s market, it is essential that you understand the journey you are about to embark upon. Complex and seemingly contradictory economic headlines have misled many potential buyers into hesitance. While it’s easy to prioritize mortgage rates in your decision-making process, the economy is just one factor, but should not be the sole deciding factor. Your personal finances, life journey, and local market trends should all be taken into account and given their own weight.

There are a number of elements that may make this the ideal time for you to buy a home. Engel & Völkers has compiled a list of some of the most important factors to consider.


Credit. A high credit score will help you lock in a lower interest rate—which could save you thousands over your loan’s lifetimeAnd, get this, a recent credit scoring ruling has given millions of U.S. consumers 22 extra credit score points.

Savings. Lenders want to see that you have cash set aside in case of an emergency. While your down payment should cover 3.5 – 20% of the listing price, it’s essential to have extra cash—be it in savings, retirement, or anything else—so you can have a fallback in case of a job loss or need for major repairs.

Debt. Lenders considering your mortgage applications will be sure to look at your debt-to-income ratio. As its name implies, this number gives insight into how much of your monthly income is being used to pay off debts. Most lenders look for a ratio lower than 28%

Market Prices vs. Your Budget: While both listing prices and your budgets are influenced by the economy, higher market prices do not necessarily mean your dream home is unaffordable. The trick is to evaluate the homes available in your desired market at your desired price range to see if they meet your needs.

Investing in Your Future

Over the past month, you’ve probably heard a lot about mortgage rates, inflation, and a pending recession. If these headlines are making you hesitant to buy a home, rest assured that the real estate market is in a much better position than they imply. Here’s why:

Historically low mortgage rates: Despite recent increases, mortgage rates are still historically low. However, they will continue to rise. By purchasing today, homebuyers can lock in lower rates and lower monthly payments than those that will be available in the future.

Prices are rising: While the real estate market has slowed, home prices have continued to climb—albeit more slowly. Delaying purchasing a home in the hopes that prices will fall does just the opposite: it ensures your new home will be more expensive. The moment buyers who are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach return, the market will accelerate again.

A substantial investment: As prices around the world rise, property values also increase—ensuring that real estate remains a stable investment. A home you purchase today could be worth significantly more in the future.

Make a deal: As the market cools, home sellers are more open to negotiations. Where earlier in the year buyers have been compromising on home inspections and inadvertently entering bidding wars, buyers now have more opportunities to make a deal. In fact, listing adjustments were up slightly from August 2020, with 17.3% of active listings having seen a price adjustment.

These market conditions will only hold for so long, and buyers who act quickly have the opportunity to purchase a property to secure their future. 


Like many others, you’ve probably considered whether today’s economy is conducive to your homebuying goals. While mortgage rates and inflation are meaningful considerations, the real question is whether you are ready to buy a home. 

Starting a family? Need to relocate for a new job? Or, perhaps, you finally have enough savings to enter the real estate market? No matter why there’s likely a timely reason that you are considering buying a home. Don’t delay in taking the next step in your life…the timing won’t be right forever.

National vs. Local Trends

Finally, most headlines focus on national and international housing trends—not those impacting your local market. It’s important to research local housing conditions, specifically mortgage rates, housing inventory, and listing prices. For example, cities like Cleveland, Ohio, are seeing median listing prices of less than $120,000 USD and are also reporting discounts in selling prices over the past months.

In order to properly assess your local market, it’s essential to work with an expert real estate advisor like those at Engel & Völkers—who, first and foremost, are your neighbors. Our local advisors have a comprehensive understanding of the trends affecting their markets and are well-equipped to evaluate how the market looks given your personal circumstances.