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Guest blogs about the Overseas Property industry

Posted by jamesdearsley on May 13, 2010

Hello all,

I thought I would just share with you two aritcles that I have written recently for two websites – www.propertyadd.com and www.mypropertymentor.com which are both well respected blogging sites in their own right. Quite a privaledge really and the articles are below:

An article about using overseas property as a great secondary income for Real Estate companies – click here

An article about investment markets in overseas property with a particular focus on the lettings market – click here

Best wishes all. James


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The Overseas property market in 2010

Posted by jamesdearsley on April 27, 2010

I was very recently lucky enough to be a panelist at “The Place in the Sun” exhibition at Earls Court in London. It made me really think about the market for 2010 as it was such a positive exhibition. The stands were busy, the seminars that I was a part of were very busy and generally people seemed very upbeat. So what does this mean for 2010? Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Cyprus, France, Housing market, Italy, Overseas Property, Real Estate Industry, Spanish Property | 4 Comments »

Double dip concern mounting…..

Posted by jamesdearsley on February 12, 2010

It wasn’t long ago that I wrote a blog about a “W” shaped recovery in the housing market (click here for the article)  and I have to say I have a slight concern that it is just starting to come true – certainly in the UK. But why do I think this? Read the rest of this entry »

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House Hunters International on US primetime….what a nice opportunity

Posted by jamesdearsley on January 28, 2010

Back in May 2009 I was asked to do some filming for the US TV program House Hunters

House Hunters International

International. It was a great experience being out there with some of our clients who thankfully bought a property. Really interesting to see how it all works though and how it all gets stitched together.

We have split it into three sections so that YouTube could facilitate it all. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Atlas International, Overseas Property, Turkey, Turkish Property | Tagged: , , | 1 Comment »

Is Google getting worried?

Posted by jamesdearsley on January 28, 2010

Is Google Worried?

I was last night at a presentation given by Nick Tadd (@nicktadd) who is always an entertaining speaker and well versed in the world of Social Media/Networking but it got me thinking last night about whether Google are starting to get worried about the future of “search”. At the end of the day, it is arguably their main earner and how they built their reputation. Could we be seeing the beginning of the end? Read the rest of this entry »

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Changes in technology past and present and the affect on Real Estate

Posted by jamesdearsley on January 7, 2010

I distinctly remember my early days of working through applicant cards when dealing with potential buyers. They were fantastic times until you went on holiday for a week to come back to an empty applicant box as all your colleagues had mysteriously nabbed all of your applicants.  

I then remember the day that computers started to take over and the first so-called CRM system. It was terrible and I longed for the day when I could go back to my simple applicant cards (they were a lot faster too!). However, I remember the day that my then company, Foxtons, worked alongside CISCO systems at great expense , and started to actually build a personalised CRM system. It changed the way that I worked for life and it changed my perspective on the way that technology could not only aid the real estate market but the whole business world. 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 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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Overseas property purchases show signs of recovery

Posted by jamesdearsley on September 10, 2009

In these last few weeks there has been a lot of positive press regarding the word “recovery”. There have been fantastic indicators in the UK including the FTSE 100 reaching 5,000 for the first time since October 2008, the UK domestic Market showing promise with increases of 5.6% on the year and predictions that houses will actually be worth more at the end of the year than at the start. There are other, more economic indicators as well; GDP figures are up on forcasts, the costs for banks borrowing from each other is now cheaper than before the credit crunch and unemployment continuing to peak and given this is a lagging indicator, this is actually good news.

What does this mean for the overseas property sector however, are we seeing such bullish news from this sector; one which has been hit hard by the credit crunch? Read the rest of this entry »

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