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Reading comprehension: islands for sale
ISLANDS FOR SALE
Almost anyone can buy an island. 'If you can buy a car, you can buy an island', says Mr Vladi. He estimates that if the place is uninhabited and there is no infrastructure in place, you need around £ 70,000 to buy an island. 'All I can say is that my clients have a connection with nature, they have high intelligence, they have to be able to improvise, and above all, they are individualists.'
Desert islands have changed, solar energy is not difficult to get, the laptop computer and mobile phone era has arrived.
Many of Mr Vladi's islands are priced around £150,000. For that you can buy Flatholmen, a 5,000 square-metre islands in a Norwegian fjord.
In the same price range there is Ilhote Grande, 42,000 square-metres, south of Rio de Janeiro. It has a rocky coastline, a four-room house, bananas and coconuts.
Mr Vladi's biggest sale was an island for $ 12 million. There are a lot of Japanese customers around. Because of the financial crisis in the Far East, there are plenty of people wanting to move their capital into islands.
Mr Vladi himself now owns a Canadian isle and shares one in New Zealand.
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