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Overseas Property Investment for Long Term Gains

Aug 17, 2007
Overseas property is becoming a popular investment choice these days. Many people in wealthy nations are purchasing properties in other nations to use as retirement homes, holiday homes or as an investment. Most countries welcome the invasion of foreign property owners, because it is often beneficial for the local economy, and brings with it foreign currency. However, some countries resent this practice, and even have legislations to prevent foreigners from owning any property.

When it comes to investing in overseas properties, the world is a big place as there are various destinations to choose from. There has been a significant increase in the number of people buying property abroad solely for the purpose of investment. Although there have been global predictions about the slowing down of the real estate market, this trend does not seem to be abating. Investment in property is seen as one of the best ways of diversifying savings from the inconsistent and risky stock markets.

If you examine the various asset classes, property is generally less volatile than stocks or shares, and tends to bring long-term profit to people who invest sensibly. However, even though property investment has many advantages in terms of building wealth, it can be risky as well. During the global property boom in the 1980s, many investors learnt that their properties were worth far less than they had actually paid for, and the bottom, seemingly, fell out of the over-inflated market.

However, the prices of properties in some countries are soaring, and first time buyers are trying hard to be on the first rung of the property ladder. Newly discovered property markets are expanding quickly in several countries. For example, South Africa, North Cyprus, and Bulgaria are some of the countries where potential investors can get an incredible value for their money by investing in property.

Property markets in these countries have always been artificially restricted due to political instability or the threat of war, but now that they are stable countries, being governed by people with a first world perspective, and investors are finding potential and diverse markets in them. Other promising markets for overseas investment are: Poland, Malta, Cyprus, and the Czech Republic. Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, and Turkey are also lining up with solid emerging property markets.

These countries are making efforts to improve the infrastructure and economy, which is the reason property speculators are getting attracted to such markets. Dubai is another country that has interesting and lucrative investment opportunities to offer. The crown prince of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoom, issued a decree in order to allow foreigners the right to purchase freehold property in Dubai. This has led to the explosion of the property market in this country.

Properties in Dubai range from simple one-bedroom flats to exclusive freehold islands, and still offer good value for money. The business and tax advantages in this country are very appealing, and this is the reason why the property investors are enjoying an upward trend in long-term profits. France, Spain and Florida, the old favorites with a long history of property investment, are where Northern Europeans and Britons especially invest. These countries offer the investor potential for the growth of their real estate, whether they look for a home for holidays, or as long-term investment.

Investment in overseas property or real estate is a tried and tested method for long-term gains, but you need to consider whether the property investment matches your circumstances, and if it is right for you, as there is an amount of risk involved in it.
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