Top 10 Most Scorching Property Hotspots in the World


Throughout the global economic crisis and the recessions that followed, seasoned investors have been adding tangible assets to their portfolios to protect their capital.

The world's most popular tangible asset is property and in recent years, with prices tumbling to well below peak levels, it's been very much a buyer's market for quite some time.

What's in a Name?: The Incredible Stories Behind 10 Country Names


Have you ever wondered how the Solomon Islands got their name? America? Barbados? Wonder no more and take a look at our countdown…

Home Turf: Properties of the Brazilian Internationals


As Brazil prepares to stage 'the greatest show on earth', we take a look at the homes that belong to some of the host nation's most famous footballing stars.

Top Ten Tips and Tricks for First Time Home Buyers


There are many things to be aware of when preparing to buy your first home: take a look at our top tips and tricks before you start house hunting.

Expert Agent Interview: Elite Realty Dubai


Our current ‘Elite’ team collectively has over 50 years’ experience in Real Estate and Customer Service Industries and we believe working as ‘ONE’ and not as separate entities benefit our clients best interest, so we work together to achieve our goals and therefore achieving yours to buy or sell your Dubai Property. When you choose to use Elite Realty's services you are choosing our ‘team’ and not one individual and you can be assured that you not only have selected the best Dubai Real Estate Agency but the most ethical and well trained ‘team’ you can find. Our reputation for discretion assures that our clients retain their privacy and confidentiality setting standards above the rest.

Upcoming sporting events make Brazil 'one of the most exciting property markets in the world'


Aided by its status as host country for two of the most high profile sporting events in the world, Brazil is emerging as ‘one of the world's most exciting emerging property markets’, according to recent reports. As the country prepares to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, experts predict that the Brazilian property market will enjoy increased activity with investors hoping to benefit from elevated levels of tourism by purchasing buy to let properties in the country to rent to spectators.

Expert Agent Interview: Sea Saran


Sea Saran Condominium is developed by Sisaran Development Co., Ltd. leading developer of off-plan condominium developments on Thailand's Eastern Seaboard. Sisaran has over 25 years of property development experience managing and developing world class condominium developments. With a focus on value and customer satisfaction Sisaran prides itself on delivering excellence to all of it's stakeholders.

Expert Agent Interview: Leapfrog Properties


Leapfrog Properties is a developer of luxury health resorts and Spas in France. The properties and facilities they build are aimed at the wealthier international and French market and are designed to incorporate luxury living with solid investment returns for the owners.

Expert Agent Interview: The Real Estate Agency En Murcia SL


Fastighetsbyran was established in Sweden back in 1966, and today has around 250 offices and 1,400 employees. They have been in Spain since 2008, and are currently setting up a network of offices along the Mediterranean coast, in Mallorca and the Canary Islands.

The Silent Cinema


At the end of the – aptly named – Dusti Road on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt and just 12 miles from the popular resort of Sharm El-Sheikh there lies a wholly unexpected sight.  Row upon row of wooden seats

Hermit vs NYC Real Estate Tycoons


Real estate of virtually any description in New York City is an invaluable commodity, but some NY addresses are more invaluable than others. 15 Central Park West is just one such address. Overlooking Central Park, the building is now one of the most exclusive locations in the city and an array of celebrities inhabit the luxury apartments within the development. Yet before 15 CPW could become such a desirable location, the developers would have to engage in a lengthy battle with Herbert Sukenik – an inhabitant of one of the tiny rent-controlled apartments that previously occupied the space within the building.

Party in the USA - Have They Killed It?


Spring breakers and other revellers could be on the search for a new stomping ground if potential Floridian legislation comes into effect banning homeowners from advertising their Miami Beach residences as 'party houses' to let. Just last week a preliminary vote by the City Commission passed a motion that could see advertisements for 'party houses' become violations of Miami 'city code' and a second vote in favour of this motion could see the proposed ruling become a bona fide piece of legislation in the Floridian city.

The Rise and Fall and Rise of the Spanish Property Market


From the glory days of the Spanish property market in 2004, to the year Spain's economy is set to grow 2014

A slice of recent movie history for sale


Following last week's blog post that explored the subject of veteran movie homes for sale, this week we take a look at their young pretenders. For those who can't move into the exact house that featured in their favourite movie, the answer, apparently, is to simply to create their own replicas …

Movie Stars For Sale


Movie memorabilia is big business, but for those who still can't get enough of their favourite films buying a slice of movie history in the form of one of the property movie stars of the big screen may go some way to satisfy their appetites.

2014 - Phoenix Year for Real Estate


With housing markets around the globe finally beginning to show real signs of recovery after the crisis of 2008, experts are touting 2014 as a "phoenix" year for real estate in which property prices will rise from the depths, continuing the positive trend that started to emerge in a number of countries in late 2013.

Why England Will Lose To South Africa In The Rugby World Cup Final


If an octopus can predict the future for football, can property do the same for Rugby? Leading international property portal Propertyshowrooms.com has looked at the year’s greatest sporting event in terms of international property data. To date they have correctly predicted the results of 90% of the tournament’s group games.

Spain Cuts New Build Property Taxes


Last week, Spain announced a temporary reduction in tax on new-build properties – from 8% to 4% in a bid to stimulate the sale of unsold new properties across the country...

Top 4 Property Investments of 2011


The world’s economy may be all over the place at the moment, but this does not in any way mean that there is not still plenty of money out there for the making in the property market. It is now about four years since the financial problems first begin radiating out from the USA and most markets are still trying their very best to find their feet again.

However, by turning attention away from domestic shores when it comes to property investments, it soon becomes clear that some of the greatest hopes the world currently has for growth and prosperity lie in what would have until recently been described as modestly developing nations.

Acquiring Real Estate


Real estate you will invest in should be situated in proximity of transportation systems and in walking distance of a good number of local shops and services. It is essential to purchase the correct house or apartment for the market. It is beneficial to be patient and to discover the representative tenant in the selected region and the expected amount of rent they would pay. As soon as you have identified a probable type of renter, select properties that will fit this type.

Taking the credit


Way back on the third of November, I advocated in this very blog, that central banks needed to slash interest rates in order to help boost flailing economies. And guess what? I was right! So I reckon I’m going to take the credit for this one (let’s face it, this doesn’t always happen, so milk it while the going’s good, I say!)...

Head For The Sea


What’s a property investor to do? Tales of a banking crisis in one country or another, falling stock markets and general doom and gloom predictions. Well, you could do worse than head for the sea. Not to drown your sorrows in some misplaced suicide bid, but to invest in property by the waterfront...

A New Dawn


Today, we wake up to a new President-elect of the United States of America. Thank goodness. At last, Americans can travel the world and not feel embarrassed to open their mouths, lest someone hears their accent and vilifies them for it (I met an American couple at Heathrow Airport once, who were pretending they were Canadian, just to avoid abuse)....

Slash Those Rates!


There’s only one way to curb the current worldwide economic crisis, and that’s by dealing with the problem that started the whole thing in the first place...

The investor mindset


Now that the dust (or most of it) has apparently settled following the almost cataclysmic worldwide banking meltdown, the question many property investors are asking themselves is: ‘where is now the best place to buy?’

Short term memory


It’s a fact that people have short memories. I mean, after the shocking bombing of the London Underground in 2005 (was it really three years ago?) it seemed that no one was ever going to use the Tube again. Everyone went out and bought bicycles. But how short-lived all those healthy intentions were. The London Underground is now as packed (and miserably sweaty) as it always was...

Could China be next?


It is an undisputed fact that China’s economy has been booming beyond recognition. Unprecedented growth rates and out of this world building construction (Shanghai wouldn’t look out of place in any science-fiction movie) have led to a country which is unrecognisable from twenty years ago – well, the cities anyway. All of which has stunned the world.

Banking Blues


Blimey, what a few days it’s been. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry of a financial expert has been jumping on the bandwagon using the word ‘crisis’ to describe the current banking chaos enveloping the United States and beyond. And they’re not wrong. The astonishing collapse of the Lehman Brothers investment bank (the fourth largest in the US) and the even more astonishing bail out of insurance giant AIG has left financial analysts and institutions rooted in the headlights of pure panic, horror, and disbelief.

Cyprus is flying high


Skydiving is a cool (if somewhat mad) activity, and I’m told that the island of Cyprus is now a trendy place to do it. It basically entails jumping out of an aircraft at about 10,000 feet, enjoying the exhilaration of freefall, before opening your parachute for a (hopefully) soft landing.

The Terror of Television


Companies in general (and property companies in particular) are often scared of Television. No, not scared – terrified. It’s because they’ve all seen those undercover TV programmes where secretly recorded dodgy sales people promise clients the Earth in exchange for their hard-earned cash, with unrealistic claims over property appreciation etc...