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Mar 12 2008

Manchester property show attracts thousands

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A recent property exhibition in Manchester has been deemed a “runaway success” after attracting more than 8,000 people.

Brooklands Group said the good attendance at the A Place in the Sun Live event highlighted the continued demand for property abroad.

This show for people looking for new homes, which was held in Manchester earlier this month, was the first to be held in the north-east of England.

Darren Styles, chief executive of Brooklands Group, said its success showed that industry commentators were wrong to suggest that an exhibition in the city would not work.

He added that the analysts were also wrong in saying that the foreign property market has been brought to a standstill by problems in the global economy.

Mr Styles commented: “It’s a fantastic start to the 2008 UK show calendar and augurs well for our return to London at the end of April.”

According to A Place in the Sun magazine, Spain, France and Turkey are currently the three most popular locations among overseas property buyers in the UK.


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Mar 12 2008

Brazilian economy grows by 5.4%

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The Brazilian government has revealed that the country’s economy expanded by 5.4 per cent last year.

This was attributed to a number of different factors, such as increasing personal wealth among the country’s population and greater demand for property.

Officials added that Brazil also saw higher levels of consumer spending and business development last year.

However, the increase itself was not the only notable aspect of the figures, as the rate of growth was also found to have gone up.

Economic expansion in 2006 was rated at 3.8 per cent, which means the Brazilian economy is now growing at a faster rate.

This is likely to be good news for owners of property in Brazil, as it suggests that investors could possibly get high returns.

Brazil was recently highlighted by the Foreign Property Website as a location that offered strong investment potential.

According to the online portal, rising land prices were pushing up the value of property in many areas.

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Mar 11 2008

New flights draw visitors to Cape Verde

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More and more people are choosing to visit Cape Verde due to the introduction of direct flights, an expert has said.

Sarah Brown from said the country is currently attracting a record number of foreign visitors as it is now more easily accessible.

She stated that this has resulted in the creation of extra leisure facilities and amenities, such as supermarkets, bars and recreational outlets.

In addition, she said property in Cape Verde has also benefited from investment in various infrastructure improvements across the country.

This means the archipelago now offers the living standards and convenience demanded by foreign visitors.

As a result, it has become a popular choice for overseas property investors and second home buyers from abroad.

Ms Brown remarked: “Cape Verde has become something of a magnet for property investors.”

According to the Office for National Statistics, about 848,000 people from the UK currently own a second home abroad.

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Mar 11 2008

Investors seek returns in emerging markets

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Emerging markets are now seen as more lucrative investments than more established locations, a new study has found.

According to a report by the Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), cities such as London and Paris are becoming less popular with foreign property buyers.

The British capital has fallen out of a list of the top ten locations for the first time in the history of the annual survey.

This coincided with a surge in the popularity of places such as Istanbul, where investors are optimistic about the chances of collecting strong returns.

John Forbes, head of real estate at PwC, said this showed there is an “increasing appetite” for emerging markets.

He told Bloomberg: ”Russia and Turkey are regarded in the same way as the India of Europe. They are top for economic growth.”

This comes after the Association of International Property Professionals revealed that the number of overseas transactions went up by 21 per cent to 240,000 last year.

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Mar 11 2008

UK Buyers Favour Established Markets

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The latest report published by the Association of International Property Professionals (AIPP) reflects that British buyers continue to purchase abroad, although their preferred locations contradict the negative media coverage on the more  established markets.

AIPP’s annual research report is possibly the only independent, authoritative and definitive market report of its kind in the UK. In its 2007 edition, the Association saw Spain come out on top, being the country where the most British buyers have completed overseas property purchases.

Spain is still popular with British investorsOver 25.4% of properties purchased by British buyers in 2007 were in the beautiful Spain. And although the country remains king to most UK buyers, the market in Spain is down 6.2% compared with 2006 figures

Established destinations continue to hold the top spots in the ranking; 17% of UK buyers chose property in France as their preferred purchase although this market has also seen a fall of 1.9% in 2007.

Surprisingly, third place went to theUSA with an increasing 9.7% of the UK buyers’ market share. Likewise, the country is the only established market augmenting its market share, up 2.2% from 2006. The figures correlate with those recently published by NAR, the American National Association of Realtors, who saw most internationals purchase real estate in Florida being carried out by UK citizens (33%).

AIPP comments: “It is clear that once again the established destinations are holding up well against the huge number of emerging markets.” With Spain, France and USA amounting to 52.1% of the market share, Paul Owen, Chief Executive of the AIPP, continues to explain: “When we add in other established markets like Italy, Portugal and Cyprus, nearly 2/3rds of property purchases last year were in established, familiar markets.” However, the last three countries appear in rankings 7-9, beaten by new emerging destinations.

The new kid on the block is Morocco, in 5th place, with a healthy market share of 4.9%. Dubai follows directly behind in sixth place although the emirate has been the overall winner, seeing the largest increase of UK market share, up to 4.8% from a mere 1.5% in 2006.

Finally, Mr. Owen concludes: “The market needs factual data. Previously, there has not been an official body with the time, knowledge and desire to produce information; the AIPP fills that void.”

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Mar 10 2008

Europe opened up to people in Scotland

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Second home buyers in Scotland look set to benefit from the introduction of new flights to mainland Europe.

Budget airline Ryanair has confirmed that it will roll out services from Edinburgh to a number of destinations across the continent.

The flights to places including Spain, Italy and France will make these countries highly accessible to consumers in the vicinity of the airport.

As a result, they will become much more viable locations for those who are thinking of buying a holiday home overseas.

Their appeal should be enhanced by the fact that they will be serviced by a low-cost airline, as this means that air fares will be highly affordable.

David Johnston, managing director of the airport, commented: “We expect [the flights] to prove popular with inbound and outbound passengers.”

According to the Office for National Statistics, almost 850,000 UK nationals now own a foreign property.

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