April 21, 2011
Venice in Italy is one of the world’s most enchanting cities thanks to the almost fairytale allure of landmarks such as St Mark’s Basilica and Square, the Palazzo Ducale, the Grand Canal and the Bridge of Sighs.
This is understandably one of the most desirable places in which to own a property in Italy. Yet with prices of apartments in St Mark’s Square, for instance, routinely changing hands for US$9.75million, many investors have shied away from buying real estate in Venice. As have many locals, in truth, and since the 1950s the city’s population has shrunk by two-thirds to its present 60,000. Read more
Popularity: 48% [?]
February 16, 2011
When will the nation’s property values begin to appreciate again? This is the $64,000 question that real estate professionals, investors, and mortgage professionals would like to know. The truth is nobody can accurately predict the return of the real estate market. Like everyone else, I can’t predict the end of this crisis either, but what I can do is tell you what will have to happen to facilitate that change. The answer is quite simple: America must reinvest in herself once again. Without an investment, real estate is as worthless as the Dollar is today.
Popularity: 80% [?]
August 22, 2008
Looking for a blissful winter wonderland vacation home in a location that most people have never heard of? Up until a few days ago, I have never heard of it either but now I’ve got the urge to go.
For those of you not familiar with Tremblant, it is located about one and a half hours northwest of Montreal, Canada. It’s a large year round resort and Mont Tremblant is best known as a ski destination, but also features a lake suitable for swimming, and a golf course in the summer months. The name of the mountain, Mont Tremblant, means “trembling mountain” in French.
For Mont Tremblant Real Estate to be an attractive place to invest, the prices need to be in an affordable range. After doing some searches online I found a nice site which lists all types of Mont Tremblant Properties. Some of them are rather high which are out of most people’s price range ($1 million +) but this site also lists Mont Tremblant Condos in the $175k + range. These are called condo/hotels which is a fairly new concept. Read more
Popularity: 30% [?]
May 7, 2008
When many people think about Caribbean property, images of sandy white beaches and lush tropical greenery may spring to mind. However, it is not just these pleasant images which make Caribbean property so appealing. There are many Caribbean property opportunities available which are tailored for investment and anticipated to generate substantial profits for astute investors.
For a Caribbean property to be tailored for investment, there are two important principles which must be followed.
- Firstly, setup costs must be minimized to allow investment opportunities to be a viable option to most investors. Also, the less your setup costs are in comparison to profit, the higher your return on investment will be.
- Secondly, profit must be maximized. To maximize profit on your Caribbean property, there are several factors which must be given due care and consideration. Read more
Popularity: 75% [?]
April 9, 2008
Most property investors that have been active over the last few years have probably considered looking overseas in their quest for decent investment opportunities. I myself have, on countless occasions, looked into overseas property but most of the time find myself put off by what seems a very difficult and long winded process. One angle I do love the idea of is buying an overseas investment property in an area where you would enjoy holidaying but also getting the added bonus of good capital growth.
I know there are plenty of overseas opportunities out there which give you 30 days free use a year, but how strong are these as investment opportunities and should you be governed by this or not?
I think the first thing to look into is what you expect to gain out of overseas property investment?
- Medium to long term capital growth
- Rental Yield
- Buy to sell opportunity
- An investment to holiday in as well
Now if your overall aim is to make money from this overseas investment then you should probably take it that if you can get an element of “free holiday” a year it will be a bonus. As far as looking into the individual overseas investment opportunities available I will not go into specific countries now. Read more
Popularity: 12% [?]
April 8, 2008
Property investment has greatly increased in popularity over recent years. Lenders offering tailored mortgage products have helped feed this ever-growing industry. Many individuals, groups and companies are now being advised to invest in UK and Overseas property as an alternative to using conventional pension funds. Amazing returns on investment have been realized. Rather than making a profit on the capital you invest, the use of mortgages allows profits to be made on the full property value with comparably minimal capital outlay.
It is plain to see how just one of the above factors would be sufficient to stir great interest in property investment.
No matter what your reason is for choosing property investment, there are several crucial factors to consider before searching for the right property.
There are many methods which can be applied to property investment, dependent on your goals and what you want to achieve. Without going into further depth and variation, this can be broken down into two general aims: Read more
Popularity: 8% [?]
August 28, 2007
Real Estate investing is one of the best tools to build long term wealth and financial security. About 70% of millionaires in the US built their fortunes in Real Estate, so it is obviously an excellent tool. There are several ways to incorporate Real Estate into one’s overall financial picture.
The first method I’ll cover to invest in Real Estate is a shorter term option called “flipping”. Basically, flipping a property is buying a property at a below market price and then selling it at a market price. The property may be purchased below market value because it needs repair, or because the sellers have a need to sell the property quickly. The advantage of flipping a property is that it creates a shorter term profit compared to holding a property. Read more
Popularity: 12% [?]
August 26, 2007
Buying HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) homes isn’t necessarily a way to get rich quick. These homes are supposed to be sold at market value, after all, which would seemingly make the great deals you hear about a myth. However, there are some profit opportunities here.
One of the reasons you still find good deals on HUD homes – even though they are supposed to sell at market value – is that they are sold “as is.” These are houses that have been foreclosed on and repossessed, so the previous owner may not have had the means nor the motivation to properly care for the home. They often have enough problems to scare away most home buyers. Read more
Popularity: 23% [?]
July 16, 2007
When it comes to investing in property there is no right time or wrong time, anytime is good when investing in property. The market is so wide and high that it is always possible to find some value in there. It can be easier or harder to find value depending on the state of the market but it is always there. There is always some sort of property that has been in neglect, disrepair, or simply has motivated sellers that must make a sale. Properties such as these make for a great buy at any time no matter the state of the market. Read more
Popularity: 12% [?]
June 17, 2007
Do your due diligence when investing in real estate. You’ve heard that before, but what is due diligence? A simple definition: “The investigation and verification of the details of a particular investment.” Start the process before the offer, but in the offer you also will want to include clauses that allow you to have inspections done, look at certain documents, and review the books.
Due diligence should always include a look at the books. Review the last 24 month’s income and expense statements, and watch for anything unusual, like expenses that are too low or income that seems higher than usual. Look at the rent roll, and investigate whether rents are over or under the market rates for the area you are in. Check the payroll records if there are employees, and watch for surprises, like accrued vacation time that you’ll have to pay as the new owner. Read more
Popularity: 4% [?]