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Posts Tagged ‘Overseas Property’

The Autumn Exhibition season gets under way….

Posted by jamesdearsley on October 19, 2010

It has been a tremondous start this year to the Autumn Exhibition Seasson. So far we have had Exhibitions in the UK, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Russia and Germany with a lot of success at each.

It is also interesting to see that Spain is by far the most popular country once again with over 90% of all leads gathered at the fair wanting Spain. It seems the ease of travel, the lower prices and the strengthening currencies are all contributing to the return of the Spanish markets.

Below are some of the photos of the latest exhibitions for your perusal. Please click on the “i” on the centre of the image if you want any more information about the picture

http://www.slideflickr.com/slide/wQG9wc6o

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Introducing our new Finnish Agent

Posted by jamesdearsley on October 11, 2010

In my industry and established Agent Network is paramount. Without good distribution networks into Europe you are simply a one dimensional sales machine. I have seen this first hand in the last two years as the companies only focussing on the UK and Irish Markets have fallen flat.

Fortunately because we had diversified over the last five years into the European market place and focused our systems to be European friendly we have flown through with flying colours as our European network has supported the UK markets; often seen as the breadwinners. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Agent Network, Finland, Housing market, Overseas Property, Real Estate Industry | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »

Worlds best places to retire?

Posted by jamesdearsley on July 19, 2010

A recent article in the Sunday Times (Money Section, 18th July) reviewed the top five places to retire and fortunately three of the top five are countries that we deal with. They analysed the countries based on nine key indicators (a mark out of 10 was given to each):

  1. Income Tax
  2. Inheritance Tax
  3. Property Tax
  4. Property Costs
  5. Living Costs
  6. Ease of gaining residencey
  7. Healthcare
  8. Climate
  9. Culture

Let me just cover the three that we deal with quickly. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Belize, Cyprus, Italian Propety, Italy, Overseas Property, Real Estate Industry | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Another guest post written for “The Big Property List”

Posted by jamesdearsley on July 12, 2010

One of the top UK property blogs recently asked me to open their account on the overseas market place. Therefore I wrote about now being right time to be investing in the overseas property market. Read more about it here.

The Big Property List Link

Hope everyone is well.

James

Posted in Blogging, buy to let market, Overseas Property, Real Estate Industry, Spanish Property, Turkish Property | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

Google property launched in the UK but would it work in the overseas market place?

Posted by jamesdearsley on June 17, 2010

So the big day has arrived. The moment that some had feared, some had fascinated about and some had meerly been curious. Google launched their property “portal” search function on the Google Map platform.

Having been fascinated by the progress they were making for some time now (it was an immediate give away when Street View launched) and having written about it back in July last year I felt I had to comment once more. If you want to try it click here as it is well worth it but to be honest it is what I would call a “Ronseal Ryanair” website in that it does exactly what it says it will with the little or no additional features. Read the rest of this entry »

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Property Exhibition in Poland

Posted by jamesdearsley on May 18, 2010

I was lucky enough to recently attend an exhbition in Polands 2nd largest city, Lodz. Very interesting and quite eye opening I have to say. It was predominantly an exhibition promoting Lodz and there was a surprising amount of choice it has to be said. However, my agents felt it was worth the risk to show some overseas property there as well. After all prices in Spain and Turkey are now far lower than buying a property in Poland. Where would you rather be? 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 »

Posted in France, investment, Italian Propety, Italy, Overseas Property, Real Estate Industry, Spain, Spanish Property, Turkish Property | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

What is really happening with the Spanish Property Market?

Posted by jamesdearsley on May 27, 2009

What is really happening with the Spanish Market?

What is really happening with the Spanish Market?

The Spanish property market has been and always will be the major market for the British and European second home buyers. However, it has had a troubled time over the last couple of years and has been lambasted in the media, as so often is the case with a  market leader.

In this article I am going to give a balanced view of what I feel has happened in the past and where this market is set to go now, given all the media exposure it has had, both positive and negative. Given my position in the industry it could be argued that I would want to talk up the market but that is not my aim here. Read the rest of this entry »

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