Men and women chat on the sidewalk of Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee, 1944. Across the street is the Palace Theatre, located at 324 Beale and the One Minute Lunch Room, at 328 Beale. Other visible businesses include the Buffington Tailors, the Wyatt Hat Company, and the Savoy Social Club. (Photo by Walter Sanders/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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Memphis: no longer singing the blues

After a steep decline in home prices, the US city known for its music history is poised for substantial growth in 2016

Bleeker Street in Greenwich Village
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New York’s Greenwich Village in demand

Homes in the neighbourhood are highly sought after, but residents are fighting to protect its identity and limit new development

The Snow PoloWorld Cup in St Moritz
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St Moritz, Switzerland: polo and Prada

The third most expensive resort in the Alps to buy a home is a property market largely closed to foreigners — but not quite

Green Lake in Whistler
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Canadian ski resorts target intrepid buyers

Kicking Horse and Whistler offer challenges for high-altitude skiers and opportunities for high-end buyers

Verbier, Switzerland
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Verbier, Switzerland, and its second homes

The resort boasts a long ski season and lively nightlife, but how have restrictions on holiday homes affected its market?

The ‘Manhattanisation’ of Boston

A new generation of high-end residential towers is being built in the city centre — but some residents aren’t happy

Leipzig, Germany: Bach, bohemians and BMWs

The city has a young population, historic architecture and an artistic culture, all helping it to attract wealthier buyers

View of Sugar Loaf
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What Rio’s economic woes mean for buyers

The city’s building boom has stalled and discounts on sale prices are available in high-end districts such as Ipanema and Leblon

Casa Bellota in November 2015

Couple’s battle to build Andalusian home

How a dream of building an eco house in Spain turned into a 13-year nightmare of bureaucracy, bad weather and dead fish

The view from ‘Umbila’ overlooking Praia de Barra
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My beach pad in Mozambique

FT writer Paul Murphy chose an up-and-coming, if unusual, place to build a family holiday home

Dome sweet dome in an Egyptian oasis

Heba Saleh built a traditional desert house — with a little help from The Economist — using local materials and know-how

Jakarta ruin turned modernist haven

Indonesian house was designed for family living, dinner parties and withstanding earthquakes

Florida’s Palm Beach: olden opportunities

Wealthy retirees are the most active buyers in town, drawn by its tropical climate, busy social scene and low tax rates

Shanghai, a global city with old-world charm

The Chinese megalopolis’s mix of modern and traditional styles is a magnet for homebuyers

Munich: highest home prices in Germany

The city has mountains, lakes and a strong economy — attracting buyers to one of the 10 most liveable cities in the world

Welcome to Lake Geneva . . . Wisconsin

The waterfront city 80 miles from Chicago is drawing a new wave of buyers, drawn by its sailing and golf facilities

A fresh catch in the Seychelles

The islands offer peace and privacy but slow turnover means buyers often need patience to land their perfect hideaway

Arles: French city with a bullish outlook

The city has heritage, bullfighting traditions and a growing arts scene, helping it stand out from the rest of Provence

Panama City: new view of an old quarter

Almost 20 years after gaining world heritage status, the historic district of Casco Viejo is flourishing

St Lucia: a Caribbean rock star

Less developed than nearby locations and famed for its volcanic Pitons, the islands’s charms are luring high-end buyers

Buyers know the way to San Jose

Real estate in California’s third-largest city is booming thanks to an influx of tech wealth

More ebb than flow in the Loire Valley

The pretty French river valley has plenty of good-value manor houses on sale, but is market confidence about to return?

The bright lights of Charlotte

A booming financial sector has helped make the city’s real estate market one of the strongest in the south-east region of the US

Small is beautiful for buyers in Montana

The Big Sky State is renowned for its open spaces and views but it is its modest ‘ranchettes’ that are now in demand

Fiji buyers bet on better times ahead

The country’s return to democracy and growing economy are attracting more foreign investors to its idyllic shores

Broadway’s real estate showstoppers

A surge in new condos on Manhattan’s famous road offers a snapshot of the changing real estate scene in the borough

Dublin harbours ambitions for docklands

New residential projects in the ‘Silicon Docks’ tech hub are a sign of renewed optimism in a city short of homes

Texas property boom: Dallas v Houston

One city has diversified its economy, the other still relies largely on oil. Yet home prices are rising in both thanks to low supply and high demand

Prosperous on the Bosphorus

Investors eye return to double-digit growth — provided Turkey’s political stability can hold

Lake Tahoe rides the tech wave

Billionaires help revive the market at the lake on the state line with Nevada

Jackson Hole: homes within range

The 50-mile valley in the Rockies offers buyers a taste of the high life in one of the most tax-friendly states in the US

The artists reclaiming prime real estate

Development in areas of Paris, London, New York and Berlin is threatening creative spaces — but some people are fighting back

Greece’s Corfu offers a sheltered cove

Foreign buyers continue to favour the island where agents say prices are staying firm despite the country’s wider woes

Is skiing going downhill?

Skiers are deserting many of the world’s slopes, but some resorts are doing better than others. How can buyers take advantage?

Escape from New York: rural Westchester

Buyers seeking more space but still within reach of Manhattan are being drawn to the picturesque county

Return to Sydney’s centre of attraction

Homebuyers are being tempted back to the inner city by a series of bold urban renewal schemes

Paris v London: prime property rivals?

How do the two city’s high-end housing markets compare — and what does the future hold?

The world’s riskiest property buys

How to decide whether to gamble on real estate in trouble spots where the fundamentals are good, even if the times are bad

Investors move in on Australia’s Canberra

The capital’s highly educated, transient workforce is helping to transform city-centre districts

Denver’s tech boom lures young buyers

Colorado’s capital has one of the strongest property markets in the US, attracting 100,000 out-of-state residents in four years