Buying Property

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Investing into a property portfolio has been the dream of many would be entrepreneurs. While investors can quietly build a fortune by buying into the right market, the whole process can just as quickly bring you from utter excitement to gloom.

It isn’t enough to simply find a lovely looking property for the right price anymore. There are a lot more factors at stake and much can go wrong. It’s bad enough to own property in the UK if you want to believe the many horror stories about renters from hell, but what do you do if your property is thousands of miles away and you can’t just drive there to see what is going on?

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Just five hours away from the UK, lies a different world – Egypt. Known for its rich and history laden past, Egypt has attracted tourists for many years. In more recent years however Egypt has been known to attract a good number of property investors because of the favourable prices.

The market is buzzing with retires, investors and second home buyers. One huge advantage of living in Egypt is the cost of living. Compared to Western Europe, a decent lifestyle can be enjoyed by home owners without busting their budget.

Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect from Egypt and what it takes to make the transition.

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China’s property laws are not easy to see through if you have never been there or are not familiar with local laws and customs. On our journey through the online world of information we came across many contradicting messages and while trying to sort through all the stuff we came up with the following information. To stay true to all the sources we have quoted many and hope the result is a somewhat informative guide to buying real estate in China.

According to a recent report by WorldBank, 120 cities and regions within China have been surveyed for their overall investment climate.

Taken into account were differences in the importance of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in local industries, over staffing of labor, firm access to bank loans, confidence in protection of property and contract rights and overall adequacy of local transport and power.

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Donald Trump made U.S. real estate history this month when he sold the 80,000 SQ. FT. Maison de L’Amitie, based in Palm Beach, Florida to a Russian fertiliser billionaire by the name of Dmitry Rybolovlev. Rybolovlev who is listed as number 59 on the Forbes list of the world’s richest people is estimated to be worth $12.8 billion.

He is believed to have bought the super luxurious property for the 475 feet beach frontage it commands. Rumours that he will tear it down have surfaced which would make the piece of land on which the property stands one of the most expensive in the world.

Back in April we posted about the Malaysia Property Time Train. In this article we mentioned the possibilities of an economic stalemate, affected by outside forces more or less. Crude oil prices, interest rate hikes and other factors could well influence the market as it was.

Well, fast forward a little bit over two months later and the Malaysian property market looks unaffected. Hailed as one of the strongest markets in the world right now, Malaysia is still attracting an influx of developers and investors looking for the property mekka.

With an expected appreciation of around 15% over the next two years, current buyers seem to be in the right position for future growth.

Therefore we thought it a great idea to showcase a property buyers guide to Malaysia, helping you to understand what needs to be considered when buying into Malaysian real estate.

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Fly-to-let Landlords have dealt with some pretty nasty events while renting out their property overseas. Every now and then we hear horror stories and some of them are reason enough to ruin the fun for good. While most tenants are as good as gold or close to, landlords can never be too careful with regards to protecting their own rights.

We have compiled a list if ten tips that will help you to stay on top as a fly-to-let landlord so you can sleep better at night. We hope they can serve as some kind of guideline. However, since every country has their own rental laws you are well advised to check legal issues with a lawyer before you become a landlord yourself.

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International real estate portal Properazzi.com, which had more than 1 million visitors last month, is reaching out to buyers in new locations in the coming weeks, launching six new languages on its website. Investors and cross-border buyers will be able to search for properties in Arabic, Greek, Hungarian, Swedish, Norwegian, and Czech, with Finnish, Danish and Hebrew to follow later this Summer. The developments mean that estate agents with properties and/or buyers in these countries can use Properazzi.com to target foreign buyers and renters more effectively, and with no additional effort.

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With the spring season already in full swing, we thought that we’d share a couple of overseas property exhibitions for 2008 that you can pencil into your dairies. It might be just the right time to find some bargains or establish some key relationships. Please drop us comments on any exhibitions we might have left out as the list open & bound to grow.

Malaysian Buyers Guide - Overseas Property Mall

Where to Look

Kuala Lumpur is in a class apart as the country’s business capital and definitely the focus of most activity in residential, retail and office real estate. The city’s central business district is currently undergoing rapid change. However, KL’s long term prospects are not guaranteed despite all the activity. Singapore (pop. 4.5m) is only as far away as London is from Paris and this proximity means that Kuala Lumpur only has Malaysia (pop. 27m) as its hinterland. Given that KL and the KL – metropolitan region’ have populations of 1.8m and 6.9m respectively, it seems unlikely that the city can surprise by growing into a different league, either in terms of wealth or size. However, genuine friendliness and cooperation between the two countries could herald impressive new opportunities. WTW’s (CH Williams, Tahar & Wong) series of annual property reviews provides a good breakdown of developments around the country.

Kuala Lumpur Skyline

There is no doubt that Edmonton, Canada has seen some spectacular increases in property value over the last ten years. 200%+ in fact. But will this continue and what is Edmonton’s future prospect as a property investment? As usual, the analysts and estate agents disagree.

What caused the real estate boom?

Oil. Oil was discovered in Alberta in 1947, much of it concentrated in central and northern Alberta, making Edmonton the base for much of the oil industry. Edmonton did see a drop in values during the 80’s, but made a full recovery very quickly thereafter. Nevertheless, Edmonton’s continuing growth is based heavily on oil extraction and processing. the Conference Board of Canada’s ‘Autumn 2007 Metropolitan Outlook,” forecast that Edmonton’s GDP for 2007 will be $44.1 billion (2007 dollars), a 3.6% increase over 2006.