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Archive for December, 2009

Bank Guarantees and the responsibility of the developer in the world of Overseas Property – Part Two, Cyprus

Posted by jamesdearsley on December 16, 2009

I have had a lot of positive response regarding the last blog I wrote about Bank Guarantees in Spain. It is a really contentious issue and one that is not often discussed. I felt the really interesting bit of information was that in the past it was in the interest of the client not to have a bank guarantee in the past – I thought this was a slight contradiction until I realised that the guarantee was on the money submitted and not on the paper value of the house – the developer was quite happy to hand back the money if the property was delayed as they could still sell the properties easily and this time get far more money for them! The markets have changed however and prices are not rising as quickly as before but the need for security has increased rapidly. Now it is Cyprus’ turn to be reviewed and this is a quite different market to that of Spain……. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bank Guarantees and the responsibility of the developer in the world of Overseas Property – Part one, Spain

Posted by jamesdearsley on December 8, 2009

There has been a lot of insecurity over the last year about overseas property and I have seen a real shift in the property market to people buying either resale property or key ready property. This is not surprising since a lot of the media has been filled with developers not finishing their developments and I have to admit I have seen first hand, several smaller and some larger developers having serious problems. Read the rest of this entry »

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Expansion continues in our Dutch market

Posted by jamesdearsley on December 1, 2009

Witte Woningen Broker Meeting 2009

I am sitting in Schipol airport as I write this piece as my flight has just been delayed which sadly is not the first time I have had this experience from here! Anyway, it does allow me to reflect on my experience today with the Real Estate Agent, Witte Wonigen Makleers http://www.wittewoningmakelaars.nl/

It was their annual conference and all the franchise offices around Holland came near the town of Almelo in the East of Holland (about 2 hours drive from Schipol) to discuss the market. It seems that the Dutch market has been having similar difficulties to most of its European neighbours in the last 18 months but, as with many countries, are confident about the future. Read the rest of this entry »

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