Latest Buy-To-Let Craze: Buying Rooms In Care Homes

The Financial Times are calling it the new buy-to-let with a twist. So what are we talking about? Well, we are talking about the fastest growing investment sector in the world today – Care Home Investing.

And as in most forms of investment, if private individuals are waking up to opportunities, you can bet the bigger, professional investment institutions have got there first.

This is backed up by the surge of institutional investment in British care homes. Late last year a US hedge fund bought 27 care homes. Pension funds and insurers including Aviva and Legal and General are also buying, as are Asian and Middle Eastern investors.

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A Carefully Selected Care Home Opportunity

As you can see from the details above, it is a good idea to add care home investment to your property portfolio. However, selecting the right opportunity will help you achieve a profitable return – much faster.

Our West Yorkshire Care Home opportunity is a care home with a difference. Having appointed one of the best care home operators and with construction undertaken by one of the UK’s leading companies, the project is ahead of schedule and as such, you stand to receive your assured returns a lot faster, while investing in a hassle free asset.

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What’s The Difference Between Fractional Ownership And Timeshare?

Timeshare

A timeshare is a room or property you purchase to use for holidays. Most timeshares will include rules about when you can use them. Often you will receive a month’s worth of usage per year for the duration of your ‘ownership’.

The important thing to remember is that when you purchase a timeshare, you will be purchasing time in the property. The property itself will be owned by a company.

Advantages of a timeshare

  • It may be cheaper to own a timeshare than stay regularly in a hotel depending on the location.
  • Timeshares have been around since the 1960s and they have a better reputation now than in the past.
  • The company that owns the timeshare property will be responsible for looking after it.

Disadvantages of a timeshare

  • A timeshare can be difficult to sell on compared to other types of property investment.
  • You will need to spend your holiday in the same location every year to get the best out of your investment.
  • You are unlikely to make any profit from your investment.

 

Fractional Ownership

When someone purchases a room or part of a property this is called fractional ownership.

Like timeshares fractional ownership properties can be used for holidays. The main difference between them is that a fractional ownership investment is focused on making financial return.

The owner of the fractional share will receive deeds and become a part owner of the property.

One example is the purchase of a hotel room. The owner(s) of the room will receive a share of the revenue generated by hotel guests who stay in the room.

Advantages of fractional ownership

  • If you invest in a fractional ownership property, you will receive regular income from the investment.
  • You can often sell your share back to the hotel for an agreed price when you no longer wish to own it.
  • It is cheaper to own a fraction of a property than buy the whole property and you still get a share of the returns it makes.
  • It is a fully-managed investment meaning that you won’t have to worry about managing or maintaining the property.

 Disadvantages of fractional ownership

  • Using the property for holiday purposes will reduce the returns you make on your investment.
  • While it is a bit more difficult to sell on a fraction compared to a full property, you will often find the added security of a guaranteed buy-back option after a certain period of time.
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Manchester – UK’s No. 1 City For House Price Growth

Fourteen years ago, I had a dream to invest in property in order to create financial independence and to leave my day job as a financial consultant.

The only location that I could afford to buy property at that time was Manchester. It was an act of serendipity as Manchester helped me to achieve my dream as the market soared.

So Manchester is dear to my heart and I am glad to see that there is a big resurgence of this market place. I also benefit as an early investor, as a good portion of my portfolio is still stocked with Manchester real estate…so all good news!

 

House Prices Soar In Greater Manchester

According to Nationwide, the leading building society, Manchester recorded 21% growth return and achieved rental yields of around 7%.

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The BBC

As you know, the BBC has recently moved from London to Manchester creating a new “Media City” – the second biggest in Europe, it represents the largest professional market outside of London.

This is driving more financial muscle to the region, alongside the fact that 80 of the FTSE 100 companies have a base in Manchester.

There are many factors that is driving Manchester’s property market, and I believe that now is the time to take advantage of everything this fantastic city has to offer.

 

Property Growth Is Like Father Time – It Waits For No One

If you had invested last year – your investment would be worth 21% more than you paid for it.

Unfortunately, no one on planet earth can predict what this year’s growth rate will be; however, it is good judgement to assume we will see double digit growth again.

The property growth cycle will not wait for any investor to join it, therefore, to maximise your upside and to enjoy more of the growth pie, we recommend that you contact us straightaway to discuss your options. We have some great investment opportunities in Manchester available right now, though you have to be quick – they do sell out fast.

 

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Can I Buy An Investment Property In A Country That I Do Not Live In?

If you buy a property in another country and that country is not your home country you will be classed as a foreign property investor.

25 years ago many countries placed restrictions on foreign investment in property. Many of these restrictions have long since been removed in Europe and the USA.

Europe, in particular, has seen dramatic changes. Foreign investors can invest in property in most countries. This includes those in former communist central and East European countries that are now part of the EU.

The only exception in Europe is in parts of Switzerland where some restrictions have been put in place on holiday homes.

In Asia and the Middle East barriers to foreign ownership remain. In China, non-Chinese buyers must be resident in the country for one year and they will only be allowed to buy one unit for personal use. In India, foreigners will need a residence permit to buy property unless they are of ‘Indian origin’.

Other countries are still in the process of bringing down restrictions on foreign property ownership with one example being Cuba. Brazil, meanwhile, allows unrestricted access to its property market.

The attractions of buying property in a foreign country

One of the main attractions for foreign property investors is the low price of property and the high investment returns. Some locations might also offer an improved lifestyle and a better climate in which to live.

Some points to remember about investing in property abroad

  • You will require additional documents to prove your identity.
  • Tax rules may be different to your home country. In the UK, for example, stamp duty is payable on properties over £125,000.
  • You may need to own the property for a minimum amount of time before selling it to avoid paying tax on profits from the sale.
  • The culture will be different to what you are familiar with. There can be language barriers for example.
  • It is important to use the services of a lawyer who speaks the language of the country you intend to invest in to prevent complications.
  • Currency values are volatile and can rise and fall depending on the state of a country’s economy. Currency fluctuations can either increase or bring down the price of property in your home currency.

 

 

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Living In Miami Today

Who would have imagined in 2010 that Miami would be the city with one of the fastest growing property markets on earth?

MSN placed Miami in their “Top 10 Best US Cities” this year, highlighting its
fine cuisine, nightlife and fashion sense. So if you’re the kind of person who likes haute couture fashion and fine dining, then Miami is the city to be seen in.

It is a city of relaxing solitude for many stars of the stage, screen and music scene – Julia Roberts, Matt Damon and Enrique Iglesias to name a few – even ageing rock star, Iggy Pop, has been quoted as saying:

“Second only to the sea, the Miami sky has been the greatest comfort in my life past 50.”

Miami is a city of beautiful beaches, baking hot sunshine, blue seas and a varied arts and culture scene. Its Art Deco architecture has to be seen to be believed. No doubt it attracts both investors and lifestyle buyers from around the world.

If you’re looking for a property in Miami, we have some great deals available right now!

 

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Is Miami The Ultimate Safe Haven?

Miami is not just about Latin America. It is seen as a safe haven for the world’s wealthy. Knight Frank’s Wealth Report ranks the city 7th in its list of the world’s most important cities.

It’s one of only two North American cities, alongside New York, to make this exclusive list:

Miami Global Rank

Miami is the perfect location to diversify your investment portfolio and live your dream.

The property market is supported by a strong and growing economy and the long-term interest it attracts from South America and investors from around the world.

There are few cities in the world where you can enjoy yourself as much or see such an ideal combination of great lifestyle, wonderful climate and of course high capital growth on your investment.

If current growth rates continue, then investors will potentially double their return within 5 years. Miami presents a great opportunity for the investor who is looking to maximise capital growth while receiving strong and consistent rental returns.

If you’re one of such investors, have a look at the list of our carefully selected Miami properties here or contact us to see how we can help. 

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What’s So Good About Miami Today?

The allure of Miami has brought the city to the attention of the world’s property investors. It has always been a favourite holiday and investment destination for wealthy South Americans from Brazil and Venezuela and, more recently, retiring American baby boomers.

This non-stop influx of tourists, investors and businesses keep employment high in the city and this helps drive the local economy. Employment prospects have improved considerably and unemployment has been on a downward trend since 2011.

Miami Unemployment

What drives the property market in Miami is foreign investment.

Foreign investment is currently making up 90% of demand for apartments in Miami according to local real estate agents. Locals are more likely to rent than buy.

75% of Miami apartment purchases are made in cash compared to just 30% nationwide. This means Miami’s property boom is not as dependent on mortgage lending as in other cities making it an unusual case.

At Colordarcy we specialise in helping international buyers to get most of their Miami properties. Feel free to contact us if you’d like to discuss your options.

 

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Property, Money And Miami

Miami’s property market has seen prices rise so fast, all kinds of real estate records have been broken.

The following table sourced from Zillow shows what has happened to the average value of property across the whole of Miami Dade County since January 2011.

Miami Average Property Prices

This chart also shows you the prediction for prices in 2015 when Zillow expects average house prices in Miami to reach $228,000.

This would be a $21,000 rise in the value of property in 12 months.

“Property prices have been rising for 37 consecutive months since 2011”

All this is a giant leap from where the market began to take off in 2011. Back then Miami had seen prices drop well below the levels seen 10 years ago. Since then house prices have been rising for 37 consecutive months.

There is still a lot of catching up to do just to hit the long term average. With the added benefit of strong demand for rental properties, Miami continues to provide an incredible opportunity to make money and diversify your portfolio.

Have a look at the range of Miami properties we currently have on offer!

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Everything You Need To Know About The New London Crossrail

Apart from world’s first Underground railway opened in 1863, London has many other rail networks used by millions of commuters every day, including London Overground, District Light Railway (DLR), National Rail and Tram service.

Even all these, however, are not enough to accommodate the increasing number of passengers, especially those on London Underground trains. Because the tube system is so old, there is very limited space for improvement in terms of capacity.

Crossrail is a new railway line providing high-frequency passenger service across Greater London. The construction of this 118km (73 miles) long railway began in 2009 and the network is due to be fully operational in 2018.

Crossrail Train

It will run through Heathrow in the west, Paddington, Bond Street and Liverpool Street stations in central London, and through Stratford in the east.

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The project will drive urban regeneration of the newly connected areas and have a significant impact on the property prices. That’s great news for those of you who are looking into investing in London right now, you may say that it’s the right place and the right time.

London Crossrail Times

Over 40 new stations will create numerous opportunities and some places may see property prices soaring by up to 60% within the next four years! Some areas experienced significant growth since the moment the Crossrail project was approved.

Our Ilford Apartments are a great example of a low-entry investment opportunity that will benefit from the Crossrail. If you’d like to know more or need assistance with your property search, please feel free to email us or give us a call on +44 (0) 207 100 2393 today!

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Miami Properties – Capital Growth And Rental Market

Consistent, High Growth On Investment

You will be paying a lot less for an apartment than in most other mature property markets with plenty of room for capital growth and tenants waiting to put cash back in your pocket.

The biggest rises this year have been seen in the prices of 2 and 3 bedroom properties, according to real estate agents Trulia. 2 bed properties have seen an increase of 17% in the 12 months since 2013.

Miami’s Rental Market

Miami continues to be a solid investment for the property investor looking for excellent long term growth prospects. Miami like Chicago and New York, Miami is a city of renters. Only 34% of the people who live in Miami own their own homes in the city.

Combine this with property prices that are still well below their 2004 level and you can see why Miami has become a safe haven for investors from all over the world.

 

At Colordarcy we carefully pick properties that offer high capital growth and rentability. Click here to see our selection of investment opportunities in Miami.

 

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Free Property Investment Guides

There are plenty of investment opportunities for international buyers out there. In case of every market, whether emerging or mature, there are things that can go wrong…

If you’re stuck in the research stage, undecided where to make your purchase, have a look at our free investment guides! Whether it’s Florida, Brazil or United Kingdom, you’ll get a good insights and recommendations that will help you make up your mind.

Our guides are free to download, no need to sign up – click here now!

 

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Miami Economy And Business

Miami’s city economy ranks among the 20th largest in the world. Its gross metropolitan product was nearly $300 billion last year. This means that Miami produces more than some countries.

Miami Growth GDP

Business people love Miami because they don’t have to pay as much tax as in other US cities and the authorities are equally relaxed about business rules and regulations.

It’s no coincidence that 1,400 multinational companies have set up their headquarters in Miami.

If you happen to set up a business in Miami, you will be in good company with Bill Gates’ Microsoft, AIG and American Airlines.

You will also find a lot of South American companies in Miami. Wealthy Brazilians and Venezuelans not only love to take their holidays in Miami, they also like to set up business there too.

Miami exports more than twice as many goods to South America as it imports. South America is hugely important to Miami’s economy.

Miami Imports And Exports

Miami economy will continue to grow and the property market will remain attractive. Don’t forget though, if you’re looking into getting most from your investment, the best time to buy a property there is now!

 

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Bright Future For UK Student Property Market

Over the last few years UK student accommodation sector has outperformed all other traditional asset classes. Due to huge demand for purpose built accommodation in the United Kingdom, and limited supply of such properties, investors can count on stable returns and rental guarantees. According to Knight Frank the trend is very likely to continue in the coming years:

Throughout 2014 we have been very busy helping international and UK investors to find and secure best units across the country. The UK investment opportunities we currently have on offer can be seen here. If you are looking for a student property investment that is fully built, 100% tenanted and paying you an instant 8% NET return per year, then we recommend you to have a closer look at The Mill. Starting at just £39,000, it’s an opportunity not to be missed.

 

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You Don’t Need To Be A Millionaire To Invest In Miami

The Atlantic Coast includes some of North America’s most desirable and expensive locations, such as Palm Beach, where prices are routinely sold for millions of dollars. The record currently stands at $50 million for a beachfront apartment!

50M Miami Apartment

The good news is you don’t need to be a millionaire to invest in Miami… Not everywhere on the Atlantic coast will burn a hole in your pocket. If you choose your location carefully, you don’t need the budget of a Hollywood celebrity to invest.

A luxury apartment in downtown Miami can still be purchased for as little as $400,000 / £250,000. Please contact us if you need advice or help with your Miami property search.

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7 Tips On Buying Profitable Florida Property

Tip 1: Make Sure You Invest In Areas With Strong Rental Demand

The most important thing to remember when investing in property is to buy in an area that is in demand. There is really no difference between the sunshine state of Florida, or a row of terraces in Bradford in the UK when it comes to choosing the right area.

By right area, we mean one where there is likely to be a good supply of prospective tenants willing to pay the level of rent that will not only cover the cost of your investment, but also generate a decent profit each month. Any rise in the value of the property then becomes a nice little bonus to enjoy.

 

Tip 2: Look For Properties That Have Tenants Already In Place

This may sound obvious, however it cannot be stressed enough that “tenanted” should mean just that. The promise of tenants is really not enough in the Florida market as there should be enough demand in the area you are investing in to have them already in place or waiting to move in.

Florida tenanted properties are the easiest way to generate positive cash flow from day one and cover the costs of ownership. As any serious property investor will tell you, having tenants in your property long term is the best way to make money rather than having your tenant rent short term and the associated hassles that go with it.

 

Tip 3: Is It Close To Major Business Districts?

Back in the old days before the credit crunch, many property investors were fooled into thinking that no matter where you invest in a growing market, as long as your property was within a 30 mile radius of the city centre then you could expect high rental demand and benefit from any ripple effect. This is not the case anymore; with the rising cost of fuel, people prefer living closer to their place of work so that they can avoid travelling on congested roads. They also prefer having access to good local amenities.

Properties are heavily discounted enough to buy without resorting to investing in areas that have low levels of rental demand because they may appear to be a bargain.

 

Tip 4: Research The Local Environment

As you might have heard on the news there are good and there are not so good areas of Florida. Your typical young professional or growing family will not want to live in an area with high levels of crime or where gangs roam the streets at night.

Investing in an up and coming area is one thing, but if an area has gained itself a not so good reputation over the years, this will be impossible to shake off. To avoid these risks, opt for new developments in areas that offer a combination of green space and on good routes into the city centre.

 

Tip 5: If You Want To Invest In A Short Term Holiday Rental, Prepare Yourself For Seasonal Lulls

For those investing in holiday homes in Florida, the potential rental income can bring in between $700 and $1000 a week plus in areas of Orlando.

Again a property will need to be chosen carefully and after the costs of ownership are taken into account, the slow steady route of Florida tenanted property will generate a better return on investment in the long term. Think of it as comparing the tortoise with the hare.

 

Tip 6: Is Your Property Fully Managed?

If you are investing from a distance it is a good idea to have your property managed by a team of competent professionals. This just makes things a lot easier when it comes to the day to day running of the property including maintenance issues, collecting the rent and utility bills.

With the right property management in place, you can, for a fee typically between 8-10% of the rental income, just rent it and forget it.

 

Tip 7: Seek Advice From An Expert

Property prices may be low in Florida, however investing in property can be an expensive business which is why it is useful to have someone looking out for your interests and helping with due diligence in any deals you make.

In most cases, a property consultancy will be happy to help you through the process and any negotiations. This will save you a lot of time and hassle unless you really know what you are doing in this market. It is also recommended that a Florida property lawyer is appointed to review any purchasing agreements and title deeds.

 

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5 Main Reasons Why Student Accommodation Makes A Perfect Investment

I once lived in a five-bedroom house with four other students in what was known as Cardiff’s student village. The house was furnished with second hand furniture, the kind that most people would throw into the nearest rubbish bin and forget about. My friends and I did not care. As for me, I was riding the crest of a wave at just being given that opportunity to study at one of the UK’s leading universities.

I thought nothing about paying the old landlord £300 a month for my room. Most students don’t. Then soon it began to dawn on me – a house that holds many books is also a good store of wealth. Many things have changed in the decade or so since then, apart from one property investment that has always stood the test of time.

 

5 Reasons Why Student Property Makes A Perfect Investment:

  • Student Property In The UK Is In High Demand
  • Rental Yields Are 8% Plus
  • 68% Of The UK’s Top University Cities Have Seen Student Rents Increase
  • Student Property Offers A Low Cost Entry Into UK Property Investment
  • It Is Easy To Invest In UK Student Property From Anywhere In The World

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Holiday Home Or Investment Property – What’s Right For You?

For investors looking for positive cash flow, the rental market, particularly in South Florida is seeing strong growth. Rents increased 2.9% year on year to 2012 in Florida as a whole, 5.6% in Miami Fort Lauderdale Metro and 3.8% in Orlando Metro area. On the other hand, if you plan to use the property as a holiday home and regular cash flow is not an issue, then a holiday home will be the perfect choice for you.

Each type has its advantages and disadvantages, especially in the US where land is divided into long-term ‘residential’ zones and short-term ‘holiday’ zones. Before you invest your money, make sure that you’ve found the right property type!

 

Holiday Home

A holiday home investor will crave the excitement Florida has to offer, the beaches, Disneyland and the fantastic climate. The chances are you will make a good return on your investment by renting the property and this is why historically, people are so attracted by the idea of a property in America’s Sunshine State.

Thanks to the great USA real estate downturn, property is now so cheap you can pick up villas in Florida with a pool for less than half the price of a two bedroom apartment in Bolton, UK. However, before we dive into the pool let’s take a closer look at some of the pros and cons, which one unfortunate investor failed to do fully before taking the plunge.

As the story of one UK investor tells us… “I bought a villa in Florida three years ago. I chose a location I knew attracted a fair amount of tourism. I figured that I could enjoy the twin benefits of a rental income in peak season and a place to spend my vacations and get away from the cold grey winter days back in the UK.”

So far so good, however he didn’t consider all the associated costs that he failed to cover due to longer void periods than he would otherwise have had with a Florida tenanted property. If we look beyond the obvious attractions and take off the rose tinted specs, we find there are costs associated with running this particular holiday home that this investor didn’t foresee at the time. Consider the following:

  1. Council Tax
  2. Community Fees
  3. Property Booking Fees
  4. Property Management Fees
  5. Property Cleaning
  6. Building Insurance
  7. Contents Insurance
  8. Furniture
  9. Pool Cleaning
  10. Electric Bills
  11. Water Bills
  12. Telephone Bills
  13. Internet Bills
  14. Lawn Cutting
  15. Annual Hotel Licence

As you can see owning a holiday home in Florida can be an expensive business and you will need deep pockets, even if the property appears to be a bargain. That said, depending on the area and the season, you might also see the benefit of $700 to $1,200 a week for a four-bedroom detached property in Florida.

You will need to rent the property for more than 30 weeks a year in Florida to make a potential return. Outside of peak season it will be more challenging to find regular tenants without you or your management company putting in some hard work on advertising your property and even more work dealing with the needs of multiple tenants during the main holiday season.

However, if you are looking for a lifestyle investment, then a holiday home is the right choice for you, but you must be prepared to accept the higher running cost that comes with such an investment.

 

Investment Property

The most profitable way to make money from Florida property is to choose properties that already have the tenants in place. Like any good investment this will require a degree of sacrifice, you won’t be able to spend your holidays in it, but it will turn the notion of a “holiday home” on its head.

A tenanted property in Florida will fund your holiday and more importantly pay for itself with steady cash flow. Your tenanted property is then your “holiday property” for a few reasons:

  • It will reduce your associated property costs by more than half.
  • It will produce a constant and steady flow of income.
  • You can use the savings and profit to spend on holidays.

A famous economist named Paul Samuelson once said, “Investing should be more like watching paint dry or watching grass grow, if you want excitement take $800 and go to Las Vegas.” 

Before you fly west, the exciting thing about Florida tenanted property is that there are now opportunities to earn a profit of up to $8,000 per annum based on net yields of between 7-10%. This is after you have paid out the following:

  1. Council Tax
  2. Community Fees
  3. Property Management Fees
  4. Building Insurance
  5. Contents Insurance

Now doesn’t that sound more exciting than watching paint dry? Also imagine those extra holidays you could have with that sort of rental profit. So, instead of taking a bet on a holiday rental, I would recommend a more relaxed route to property wealth generation, where the tenant pays your mortgage and costs – allowing you time off to enjoy your holidays.

If you have any questions or comments, please put them in the comments section below and we will get back to you! In the meantime, have a look at the properties we have for sale in Florida.

 

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10 Good Reasons To Invest In Florida’s Cash Flow Positive Properties

Reason 1: Grab Yourself A Bargain!

We all like a bargain and as property investors we like them even more so. However, there are signs that those huge $150,000 discounts are coming to an end as the market recovers and growth returns. Property remains undervalued, so taking advantage of this window of opportunity should be high on any investor’s agenda.

 

Reason 2: Strong And Growing Tourist Market

Tourism is worth an annual estimated $57 billion to the Florida economy and a 4.1% increase in hotel bookings in 2012 has been greeted as a sign that Florida is well on the road to recovery. The extra jobs this brings to the state will provide an extra boost to the rental market in areas close to tourist hotspots like Orlando.

 

Reason 3: No State Tax

There is no state tax in Florida which has positioned the state as a shelter state for wealth for both individuals and corporations and of course you, the property investor.

 

Reason 4: Unique Combination Of Knowledge And Infrastructure

No other location in the western hemisphere can match Florida’s unique combination of a strategic geographic position, strong knowledge base, state-of-the-art infrastructure, entrepreneurial spirit, and concentration of corporate and financial resources.

 

Reason 5: Industry Growth

The area’s industry growth is focused on the professional medical and business service sector; all these are likely to see significant growth and investment both now and in the near future.

 

Reason 6: Strong Rental Demand For Quality Real Estate

Rental returns on tenanted properties in carefully selected areas can yield approximately $10,000 per annum.

 

Reason 7: Foreign Direct Investment

The state has emerged as a hotspot for foreign direct investment (FDI), where total holdings by non-US companies are valued at $40 billion. Investment brings employment and demand for housing.

 

Reason 8: Fastest Growing U.S. State

Over 350,000 people move to Florida every year, making it the fastest growing US State. The Gulf Coast is particularly popular with second home buyers and investors.

 

Reason 9: Strong Demand

Baby Boomers are retiring in record numbers and flocking to the Sunshine State to invest in second homes. These are joined by investors notably from Canada and other international investors looking for their own piece of the Florida sunshine. This trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

 

Reason 10: Price Growth

Prices are rising in the large metropolitan areas, most notably in Orlando, Tampa and Miami, which have all seen astonishing growth, even before the recovery was underway.

 

Are you ready to invest in Florida? Have a look at our properties here.

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Why Is Student Investment Better Than A Typical Buy-To-Let?

Student property in the UK is all about high rental yields. Investors can invest remotely and have the whole process and hassle removed by the management company who will take care of collecting the rent and any maintenance. There is absolutely zero hassle, and rental returns are higher than from any other buy-to-let investment.

Getting a college degree is a minimum requirement to get a good job – it opens more doors. UK universities will continue attracting home and international students. UCAS, the company which deals with applications to Britain’s universities, reported that an additional 19,000 students applied to go to university in 2013 compared to 2012 and the trend is said to continue.

Student property has always been a way for buy-to-let investors to benefit from houses of multiple occupation (HMOs). Student houses offer higher yields, simply because each individual person who lives in the property has to pay rent. This is quite unlike the typical buy-to-let investment where one family pays the rent for the whole apartment or building.

A major benefit of investing in student accommodation over other property types is almost no void period. Because of the huge demand and low supply levels, you can count on 99% occupancy rates and students with year-long tenancies.

According to one survey, leasing property to students on a per room basis, landlords were able to achieve yields of 6.45% on average in the UK, compared to 5.94% from properties rented out to families. Have a look at the selection of our Student Properties.

Have you got any questions? We’d love to hear from you! Please leave your comments below and we will get back to you.

 

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How To Use Cement To Predict Property Growth

Today, I will explain how you can predict housing markets, just by watching how much cement is being bought. 

My analysis will focus on one of the fastest growing property markets in the world today, Istanbul. We have seen growth of 17% in 2013 and Istanbul ranks 1st in the latest Price Waterhouse Cooper survey, “Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe 2013.”

There are many reasons for the strong house price growth in Istanbul, spanning from the demographic dynamics of a young and growing population, the growth of income and tourism, the growing foreign investment, through to the domestic real estate market. 

When assessing a property market there are many factors that you can use – most of them you probably know already. However, reviewing data that shows how “the cement” is flowing, is another method that can give you great insight. 

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As we look at the chart above, it is logical to conclude that the growth of house prices is accompanied by a strong increase of Cement Domestic Sales, indicating a rising demand in the real estate sector. 

If I reviewed the Cement Domestic Sales in say two years’ time and saw a drastic downward curve, I would keep a closer eye on the market place and probably limit my investment into the region. A slowdown in Cement Domestic Sales, could mean demand is falling – which is never a good ingredient for property growth. 

The vibrancy and forward motion is with Istanbul for sure. The government is undertaking a series of major infrastructure projects, such as; the construction of the third Bosphorus Bridge, the building of an artificial canal connecting the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and a new airport is also planned for Istanbul. 

In summary; the Cement Domestic Sales are booming, international investors are pouring in from 183 countries and double digit growth has been achieved every year since 2009… No wonder Istanbul is ranked the number one in emerging market investments today. 

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