Real Estate Investment Property - Good or Bad?

Investing in a 'real' asset, as opposed to an intangible one can sometimes provide more stability, and property tends to hold its value better than other commodities. You do need to be aware that the overall liquidity and health of the investment property markets, and possible fluctuations in interest rates and inflation can affect the value of your investment portfolio, but generally it is possible to achieve a very healthy return on your investment.

Property Investment Abroad

Can I make money investing buying investment property abroad?

Buying investment property abroad, can generate fantastic returns - if you are in the right place at the right time. Buying an investment property can be one of the most profitable and enjoyable forms of medium to long term investment there is. Diversifying your investment property portfolio by buying property in several different countries, for example, can help to cushion you against downturns in any one particular market.

The Lazy Way

Buying Investment Property Abroad - The Lazy Way

If you decide that buying a real estate investment property abroad is for you, there are several different ways of going about it. Those with neither the time nor the inclination to become landlords, or who simply want to diversify a top-heavy portfolio, might choose to invest indirectly, using one of the many real estate related funds available.

Funds

Investment Property Funds

Ground rent funds, for example, are proving increasingly popular with investors, and offer a relatively low risk and secure investment with the possibility of high returns. As with all mutual fund investments, there are specific advantages and disadvantages, but if you are interested in the growth possibilities in this market and would prefer a less 'hands on' approach, then this may be for you.

Other Options

Hands On Investment Property On the other hand, you may not even have an investment portfolio - you may just be looking for somewhere nice and sunny to retire to. Or you may be an ex pat looking to supplement your income.. There could be any number of circumstances, both personal and financial, driving you to consider buying investment property abroad.

Worth it!

Investment in Property - Is it worth it?

The answer to this question will depend on your personal circumstances, what you hope to achieve by investing, and how much you can afford to spend. There is a vast spectrum of opportunities available within the property investment field, ranging from the ridiculously expensive to the nicely affordable, and with the help of an international broker or IFA, you should be able to find something suited to your tastes and pocket.

New Markets

Property Investment in New Markets

New markets are opening all the time, for example: Costa Calida in Spain, New Zealand and South Africa. The latter is of particular interest to investment property speculators as it is set to host the World Cup in 2010, the Rand is weak, the political situation is stable and the scenery is diverse, breath taking and stunning and the property market is definitely hot .



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