06/26/2013 03:53:49 AM
I am sorry to break the news to you you might not want to read on. You see the sad thing is, you have already missed the tipping point in Miamis property market, unless you were one of the very lucky few to get in early. Unfortunately, tipping
06/18/2013 04:31:12 AM
Theres only bad news coming out of Turkey at the moment. The more investors hear it, the more it starts to make them feel uneasy. What is happening in Turkey may not be on the scale of an Arab Spring, however what is different about this protest m
06/17/2013 04:48:50 AM
I have just returned from a holiday in central Europe. It was a nice break, the weather was good hot most days with a fair amount of sunshine. This is what I like about jetting off, it recharges the batteries and with the weather not so good in t
06/11/2013 03:00:05 AM
I was in a queue waiting to enter a waterpark yesterday and someone approached our party to ask if we wanted to buy a couple of tickets that would give us full access to all the facilities. I wouldnt normally take a risk on this type of thing, how
06/10/2013 08:00:11 AM
Turkey may have been shaken to its very foundations by the recent rioting in Istanbul, however the boom in foreign investment in Turkish property continues just ask the Russians, Arabs and British and the citizens of 80 other countries. There has
06/08/2013 03:00:31 AM
Economics is a useful subject to learn, everyone should take some time to learn even the basics. For those who dont, the world can seem like an awfully confusing place at times. In any one day you can listen to the news and be left wondering if th
06/07/2013 03:34:21 AM
Property investment is tried and tested. It works because we see that property values always rise and when you invest in something that keeps rising in value, then you will always make money right? Not in every case. There are exceptions to the rule
06/06/2013 03:00:34 AM
For every property investment success story there are thousands of hard luck stories where the investment didnt work out or, worse still, an investor ended up losing their shirt. It usually comes down to making one big mistake. Unfortunately this
06/05/2013 01:54:41 AM
Nothing lasts forever they say and that includes construction booms. Most of the time these building frenzies grind to a halt, burning themselves out to a gentle flicker when property markets overheat and supply weighs more heavily on the property ma
05/20/2013 09:59:21 AM
An old person will visit you one day. This old pensioner will have lived a cautious life right up until retirement. Unfortunately that life was lived in a time of great upheaval in the global economy. Yet even when it was clear that standing still wa
05/17/2013 09:44:08 AM
Istanbul is the only city in Europe where it is worth investing in property, most investors would agree on this. Turkey also has the best performing economy and the fastest growing property market, few can argue with that. Turkey was once, in the not
05/16/2013 04:54:03 AM
I read in the paper this morning that France became the latest big European economy to slide back into recession this week as it took a third dip into negative territory. Italy is still in its longest recession on record and even Germany, a country t
05/16/2013 03:38:33 AM
This short cut will work for you every time. It works in almost any country in Europe. It works in almost every city and state in the USA. It will work in every stable democratic country in South America, Asia, The Middle East and Africa. It works wh
05/15/2013 03:05:21 AM
Rightmove released some worrying new research this week on tenants that paints a sobering picture of the UK property market. This latest research comes after some positive news from the Halifax on UK property prices and looks to have put the brakes o
05/14/2013 12:14:57 PM
In less than 3 months time, UK property investors could be met with a nasty shock when they open their brown envelope and find they have left it too late to declare any profits made from second homes and overseas investment property. Mr Taxman, th
05/13/2013 03:00:05 AM
05/11/2013 05:45:00 AM
Turkey has the fourth best performing property market in the world according to Knight Franks most recent global house price index. It also has one of the worlds best performing economies (if you ignore last years hiccup). However, this does
05/10/2013 02:59:39 AM
05/07/2013 14:11:48 PM
3 words can be used to describe Turkey this month – spend, spend, spend. The Turkish government has taken spending on transport and infrastructure to a whole new level and we havent even made it to halfway through the year. They have reached
05/03/2013 08:50:26 AM
Knight Franks latest Global Prime Cities Index gives us a worrying glimpse into the health of some of the worlds property markets. Looking at the report there is no doubt that Europes prime global cities are struggling with the heavy burden
04/25/2013 07:58:46 AM
Make yourself at home, grab yourself a sun lounger, lie back and enjoy the sunshine – Just make sure you invest in some property. This is the message a growing number of Southern European countries including Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Portugal and
04/19/2013 10:41:44 AM
I have always had a soft spot for Brazil, but like an old lover I had grown tired of, I had taken my attention away from this Latin firecracker and onto some of the new opportunities to be had in cities like Istanbul and Miami. Brazil has since moved
04/18/2013 03:00:50 AM
A lot of investors have been getting worried about the price of gold plummeting this week. News of the worst fall in the price of gold since 1983 has left many investors rattled or in tears. These are jumpy times with golf falling 30% at one stage.
04/12/2013 02:00:05 AM
We all get scared sometimes. For some property investors it is often a deep seated fear of the unknown. Properties for sale overseas in countries like Brazil, for example, are often ignored in favour of something that seems safer closer to home. This
04/10/2013 03:00:15 AM
Do you ever get that feeling when you wake up in the morning when the sun is blazing in through the curtain and you suddenly feel really optimistic? This year is shaping up to be a year of improvement for property markets that have been frozen in a w
04/06/2013 02:45:32 AM
There is nothing more frustrating for a buy-to-let investor than static rents. If static rents are getting you down, the case for turning your attention away from the UK and other European countries towards Istanbul property has never been stronger
04/04/2013 03:00:25 AM
Just ask my friend Richard. He spent most of his working life sat behind a desk feeling bored until he discovered property. Now his only wish was to find a property investment with a high return. Five years on from his first investment, he had starte
03/27/2013 05:00:58 AM
Im sure you dont need me to tell you that Miami is the USAs hotspot when it comes to 24-hour nightlife, city life – and property. Who wouldnt spend millions on property in this city? Miami is one of those cities that has a natural a
03/20/2013 02:00:53 AM
It seems a long time since I last went on holiday. Thinking about it now reminds me of those spectacular sun rises, the coolness of the early morning breeze before I head out on my morning run putting the towels out early. There is just one thing
03/16/2013 02:30:50 AM
Miami real estate – if anyone had asked me three years ago about investing, I would have said are you crazy? Last year, however, stock levels fell to their lowest level since the peak of the housing boom and this has had the effect of jum
03/13/2013 05:54:52 AM
A something strange is happening in the UK property market. Walk around most new build developments and you will see them packed with buyers. If you want to invest in one, you will need to queue for over an hour in some cases just to speak to a sales
03/12/2013 06:27:39 AM
It may not seem like much, but a fall in the value of a currency, even if it only knocks a few cents or pennies off, can be worrying when it is multiplied by the hundreds of thousands needed to invest in property. Of course property investors are unl
03/08/2013 06:00:09 AM
Competition is hotting up In Istanbul. When you see a boom in an emerging market, it will often attract a flood of investors from all around the world who want to get in on the action. This can often mean that all those special deals start to dry up.
03/06/2013 02:00:54 AM
House prices are returning to normal said the headline on CNN this week. They were of course referring to the USA as a whole. What isnt normal, is the speed of growth in Orlando’s property market, which has taken even us by surprise
03/04/2013 08:26:45 AM
After my recent trip to Istanbul, I flew back in the UK only to be greeted by some news on the economy that brought me down to earth quicker that the airline pilot this time, from my taxi driver. As if the unseasonably cold weather wasnt enoug
02/22/2013 05:51:49 AM
A year ago, I wrote about Turkeys property market and how it was performing remarkably well – even at a time when things were still looking fairly gloomy elsewhere in Europe. Since then, Europe is looking a little brighter, and Istanbuls
02/18/2013 05:00:59 AM
A wise person once told me, one of the keys to property investment success is having the vision to see the potential for growth in a location when others dont. It is only two years since Florida was written off as an investment location, however,
02/15/2013 05:00:15 AM
Back in 2007 I worked for a property investment firm that would only deal with off-plan property in Eastern Europe. This was what investors used to buying off-plan in the UK wanted and the relatively low price of property and high capital growth pote
02/13/2013 02:00:00 AM
My old mum always says, If you buy cheap you buy twice however this is not necessarily true for property investors. Investing in cheap property in America can spell disaster for the unwary, who can find themselves trapped in areas that may see
02/11/2013 05:00:05 AM
Property investment can be a step into the unknown so it is useful to have some kind of plan that will help you avoid some of the traps that might be waiting for you along the road to success. Because most people know that real estate is one of the m
02/08/2013 05:00:27 AM
My friend Cliff, who owns a holiday home in Devon, told me some bad news he had heard this week about the way UK holiday homes are taxed. Cliff is in his early 50s and bought his house with a sea view 15 years ago thinking it would provide an ideal n
02/06/2013 02:00:54 AM
One of the things I love most about property in Turkey are the low prices which mean excellent great capital growth potential. So when one of my real estate experts out in Istanbul called me up this week to tell me that prices could be rising by more
02/04/2013 09:50:32 AM
Sometimes in life, an opportunity comes along that is irresistible and at the moment that opportunity for property investors can be found close to Floridas beaches. Why is it such a big opportunity? We can put this down to two words – inflat
01/24/2013 02:00:07 AM
If you have ever experienced root canal therapy, then you will know how Im feeling today. One of my molars that hasnt given me any trouble for years decided it was time to give me a heavy dose of pain yesterday. Sometimes a tooth can look healt
01/23/2013 09:20:49 AM
How long has it been since you last invested in property? I asked an investor friend of mine recently. Ive pretty much been a spectator since 2008 was his reply. This is typical of so many investors patiently waiting for property prices to s
01/22/2013 02:00:56 AM
Unless you are lucky enough to live in a country that doesnt try to take all your hard-earned profits away from you in tax, it is probably that time of year when you wake up in a cold sweat having nightmares about your liabilities. One of my grand
01/21/2013 02:00:43 AM
Do you remember watching the Bond film Casino Royale and the torture scene involving the wet rope with the knot tied at the end and the chair with the hole underneath? I dont know about you but whenever I see it, it makes me want to say pleas
01/18/2013 02:00:25 AM
Im not saying that all over 50s are worried about their future, but some of those people I know who are around this age seem to be in a state of denial when it comes to their future financial security. For some reason, despite working hard for mos
01/14/2013 05:30:06 AM
The saying goes that no matter where you wander, there is no place like home. Unfortunately when it comes to property investment, I have discovered that this isnt always true. It can be hard to find even a good real estate investment opportunity i
01/12/2013 02:00:08 AM
We are all familiar with the seasons. From a young age, I remember reading a book about how the world and everything in it is governed by cycles. This very basic understanding of how cycles work can certainly help with your investment decisions. Cycl
01/09/2013 07:19:58 AM
If youre a property investor, it is my guess that apart from a few outposts like Brazil, Turkey and Florida, you will be glad to see the end of 2012. At least we can now look forward to 2013 with property still the number one investment choice for
12/20/2012 02:00:28 AM
Something is definitely wrong. Every time I pick up the phone and speak to an investor they are asking me the same thing, Is there anywhere that is safe to put my cash? There is no doubt, I say, 2012 almost marked the end of the world
12/19/2012 06:50:34 AM
I often hear from my friend Steve out in Miami around this time of year. Steve is one of the guys who likes to gloat about the weather and all those other things that are great in America. He couldnt resist telling me how hot it was outside, 26 de
12/16/2012 11:10:50 AM
Turkey is a fairly straightforward country to invest in if you know the rules, however some investors still get caught out by unscrupulous developers and red tape. To complicate matters there have been some major changes to the law in 2012 investors
12/15/2012 03:30:46 AM
Did someone mention the B word? The B word is something that is putting a lot of people off investing in property. It again popped up in a conversation I was having at a dinner party last night. Someone did say the word bubble and i
12/13/2012 05:32:57 AM
As I write this, I am sitting in a country that was once one of the best places to invest in property in the EU. The temperature outside is -5, possibly several degrees lower with the wind chill. The country is Slovakia and there are only a few peopl
12/12/2012 13:45:20 PM
Investing in a foreign country can cause a lot of headaches for the unwary. So before you can enjoy the many benefits of investing in property in Turkey, I thought it would be useful to advise you about the most important thing you need to prove your
12/07/2012 10:45:26 AM
One of the questions I get asked a lot at this time of year is Where should I be investing next year? There was a time when I could have held up several as candidates for the hottest property markets, however with Europe still in economic decli
11/23/2012 02:30:03 AM
As most of Europe faces a minimum five years wait for growth, celebrities like Jennifer Lopez are turning their attention to Istanbul. Lopez once called herself Jenny from the block and it might soon be Jenny from the Istanbul block if
11/21/2012 05:00:47 AM
I think it was Warren Buffett who once said, “When the tide goes out you can see who has been swimming without trunks.” In the UK at the moment there are a few investors who are probably feeling a bit over exposed when it comes to UK prop
11/19/2012 02:00:48 AM
I had an investor call me up the other day to get some advice on where he should invest. He had looked through the selection of properties on our website and couldnt decide which offered the best return on investment. This was a tough question and
11/14/2012 11:29:11 AM
I went to Spain for a holiday this year, the first time I had visited the country for a beach break. I took my family with me and we had a great time playing in the hot sun, watching the waves crashing onto the beach and collecting pebbles. My nephew
11/12/2012 04:23:11 AM
The world is full of stories of those who wish they had invested in something years back. Some people will say If only I hadnt missed the opportunity that was right there under my nose. I myself had one of those opportunities when I was youn
11/09/2012 03:39:50 AM
I dont know about you but when it comes to property investment, I dont like to part with too much cash. I would much rather invest in a market where prices are low and capital growth is high but also a market where the property will pay for its
11/07/2012 14:20:02 PM
I returned from a busy trip to Istanbul this week to hear news that the UK property market is unlikely to reach its 2007 peak until 2019 and 320,000 NS&I Isa savers will see their rate drop from 2.5% to 2.25% with immediate effect. I also heard Presi
11/03/2012 05:22:56 AM
Every property investor I speak to at the moment is talking about Florida – the reason? This years dramatic rebound in property prices. This is quite a turnaround when we consider that the Florida property market was seen hurtling to the bot
10/24/2012 03:00:52 AM
Turkey has the only city in the world (Istanbul) that stands on two continents, so such a cosy position means it is a good idea that the country gets on with its neighbours and particularly some of its near neighbours if only for reasons of trade. Falling out with the neighbours is not really a...Read more...
10/22/2012 07:23:17 AM
I flew into Istanbul this week and it was nice to feel the heat again after a disappointing summer in the UK. I soon discovered that the weather is not the only thing that is hot about Istanbul at the moment. One of the best things about investing in property is that no matter what...Read more...
10/17/2012 06:02:43 AM
Taking a leap into the unknown can sometimes be daunting even if you have all the safety nets in place. I have had several enquires from investors considering it and they are all asking the same thing, is now a good time to take a risk and invest in Spanish property? I watched Felix Baumgartners...Read more...
10/15/2012 03:00:46 AM
An old property investor friend of mine said to me the other day, “Turkey is pretty interesting at the moment isnt it.” I told him that is a bit of an understatement. Like many other UK investors, this particular investor is not actively looking to buy abroad at the moment, however European investors are not...Read more...
10/12/2012 03:00:45 AM
Warren Buffet thinks single family homes in Florida are cheap and now a major investment firm has decided they are now such good value they are prepared to invest a cool $150 million in 1,200 repossessed and foreclosed property in South Florida. As I have been telling for months on this blog, Florida property is...Read more...
10/10/2012 05:44:59 AM
The Kyero Q3 Spanish House Price Index has just been released and it isnt good news
In fact it is another blow for those owners and developers who have Spanish property on their hands and need to sell. This is because over the last 12 months, the average asking price of Spanish property has again...Read more...
10/09/2012 11:45:26 AM
The IMF is predicting that the global recovery is going to be held back by the huge floppy eared elephant we call the EU, so where does this leave property investors? The answer has to be Istanbul property. Did you ever read the book about the family of mice and their stock of cheese? I...Read more...
10/02/2012 09:00:39 AM
As property investors we are often challenged to think about a piece of news we hear and it might even affect our decision to invest. It could be down at the local pub, at the golf course or as a result of something we listened to on the news. The latest challenge to investors in...Read more...
09/25/2012 03:00:12 AM
Once upon a time, there was an island where property prices looked like they would keep rising forever. All the investors on the island earned great wealth from their investments and expanded their property portfolios to the point where many of them became millionaires. Unfortunately, one day it all came to an abrupt end. It...Read more...
09/24/2012 03:00:19 AM
Like a gambler who bets on the horses, as property investors we are always looking for that property investment that makes a quick return and better still makes us rich. Unlike a gambler however you can help minimise the risk by investing in the right property markets for that quick return. I must admit that...Read more...
09/20/2012 11:08:18 AM
We are into the second week of September, most investors in Europe and the US are now back from their holidays. Two things have changed since they have been away, stock markets are up and so are Florida house prices heres why we think you should put your money on Florida Property for the...Read more...
09/17/2012 04:21:39 AM
I recently met up with a few former colleagues this week and we got talking about the credit crunch and property. Working as a property investment analyst back in 2007, both they and I personally felt the full force of the tidal wave that was about to hit investors and the companies who helped them...Read more...
09/14/2012 04:31:32 AM
The euro has fallen 3.4 percent this year making it the second-worst performing among 10 developed-nation currencies tracked by Bloomberg. Even though summer is over for most of us, this along with talk of recessions in Europe means it is time for a holiday or better still a holiday home in the sun
I dont...Read more...
09/12/2012 00:00:28 AM
Are you confused about the UK property market? Finding the best place to invest in UK property at the moment is no easy task, as property investors, we need to consider prospects for capital growth, look at the potential for property prices to rise and rents to grow in a particular area. The areas where...Read more...
09/10/2012 05:22:33 AM
UK property prices fell 0.4% in August and most people agree that unless an investor is looking to invest in the property in London and the South East, they are unlikely to see any return on investment through house price rises in the short to medium term so how can investors profit? First let...Read more...
09/08/2012 03:43:57 AM
The rising value of a countrys currency can make investing in overseas property more expensive, however for foreign investors with stronger currencies, Florida property is now even better value for money. Once upon a time it was unthinkable that you could invest in property in Florida with cash. Yet this is now happening due to...Read more...
09/07/2012 03:20:27 AM
Back in 2007 when I worked as an investment analyst for a well-known UK property company, most of my attention was focused on countries like the Czech Republic and Poland. Times have since changed of course and most of the smart investment money is heading out of Europe and into the USA and Turkey. There...Read more...
09/05/2012 08:24:37 AM
It has been a long summer of activity and some property investors have started to ask me this week if they have missed out on the London property boom. I told them that in my view there is still plenty to look forward to. It is only a month or so since I wrote a...Read more...
09/03/2012 04:58:01 AM
I was out at a local business network meeting last night and got talking to a couple of guys about Spanish property. One thought prices were unlikely to fall further while the other, more cautious, businessman had the opposite opinion and believed much of what he had been reading in the press this year. So...Read more...
08/31/2012 04:05:55 AM
My good friend Alex who lives out in Tampa Bay Florida had been bracing himself for the latest Hurricane to hit the Florida Coast. Fortunately he and his family were spared from the worst of this latest storm. As a precaution my friend stocked up on tins and other essentials in anticipation of the storm...Read more...
08/24/2012 04:09:51 AM
I revealed some time back that the Florida property market was at a turning point, nobody believed me at the time, however over in the US even the most cautious investors accept that prices are on the rise. I may be a bit biased when it comes to talking about property in Florida. This is...Read more...
08/22/2012 02:26:36 AM
The UK and most other property markets in Europe are still on life support however look east to the fringes of Europe and you will find a country that has seen prices rise 11.4% since last year. So what is so special about property in Turkey at the moment? Turkey is one of the few...Read more...
08/20/2012 02:56:53 AM
If you are 40 or over is it safe to put your money in a pension? I had an alarming conversation with someone yesterday who told me he had just turned 40, yet he had not even thought about retirement. He even asked me where they should be investing for a better retirement
There is...Read more...
08/18/2012 03:00:30 AM
Is your savings account earning enough interest? The reality for most people today is that savings paying back just 3% interest are not meeting the needs of individuals. Those hard earned savings need a place where they can grow and provide either a nest egg or a boost to retirement income. While banking is becoming...Read more...
08/17/2012 03:24:25 AM
Annuity rates have fallen again. As much as I would like to tell you that your retirement is safe, if you havent diverted at least some of your hard earned savings into property, then the future could be a lot more uncertain. Annuities are what you buy when you reach retirement age in the UK...Read more...
08/16/2012 03:22:15 AM
I was at a kids birthday party this weekend. Lots of people came, there was a disco, everyone brought presents and those kids who received an invite had a whale of a time. Unfortunately there were inevitably some kids who were left off the list for one reason or another and they missed out. Even...Read more...
08/14/2012 04:14:09 AM
Void periods, they can be a huge burden on your shoulders and your wallet. You might remember me mentioning my investor friend Ken in a previous blog. This is the guy who only invests in UK student property because he likes to have things closer to home. He tells me it just feels safer for...Read more...
08/13/2012 10:20:11 AM
I have a few friends who are in the business of selling Spanish property, they haven’t had a happy time. It has been a rollercoaster time for them since 2008 with the problems in Europe, however they are now lifting their heads out of their hands, straightening their ties and feeling a lot more upbeat...Read more...
08/10/2012 08:20:08 AM
I had a call yesterday from an investor who was beating himself up over where he should be investing his money. He was interested in buying property for investment, yet frustrated at failing to get the right balance between what he put in and having some positive cash flow to take out. Of course as...Read more...
08/09/2012 05:00:32 AM
Finding a property market with high capital growth potential isnt easy. Most economies in the world are either in recovery, slowing down or at a standstill. Mr Bank Manager is reluctant to give you any change either, so where do you go for high capital growth? Fortunately I can show you a part of the...Read more...
08/07/2012 10:45:25 AM
It is make or break for the Euro. Political leaders in Greece have declared that their country is heading for its own Great Depression and Spain as well as Italy are looking on nervously. With all this going on, if like me you are contemplating what a return to the Drachma, Lira and the Peseta...Read more...
08/04/2012 04:32:20 AM
Has there ever been a time in your life when you really wanted something only to be told you cant have it? I have been turned down for things more times than I can remember and it only makes me even more determined to find an alternative or something even better. Likewise there is nothing...Read more...
07/25/2012 03:37:54 AM
Okay have you thought this through? I am guessing that you are tempted by all the rewards that a property investor enjoys like positive cash flow, passive income and happy tenants. My guess is that people choose to become landlords because they want to create a business that will generate passive income. As I said...Read more...
07/24/2012 03:26:35 AM
People are starting to ask me, can I still make money from London property? To which my answer is this – investors who know the best areas to invest will almost certainly make a profit as well as being able to EXIT with a profit . The UK might still be flirting with recession, meaning...Read more...