Welcome to the Property Forum

by Mark Benson on October 1, 2013

Thank you for visiting the Property Forum which is an enlargement of the old Property Community website which proved to be so popular among those looking to buy and sell property overseas. You can now access an array of new forums from here which complement the property investment section which has been the foundation of the website for many years. We hope that the ability to talk in general terms about buying properties, selling properties, legal issues and an array of other everyday elements associated with the property industry will give you a wider picture of the overall sector.

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Relaxation on pension rules offers new chance to invest in property development.

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The Government’s new freedom on pensions (announced recently) will give over 55’s a new chance to invest in property – securing a far more attractive return during their retirement years than a pension. The Treasury insists that thousands of pensioners will benefit from a new freedom in rules, allowing savers to dip into their pension [...]

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In a sign of the times, the Ontario authorities in Canada have issued a statement today confirming speculation that they are looking at esignatures as a means of completing real estate transactions. While the idea of electronic signatures on official documentation is not new, it is not something which is widely advocated in the real [...]

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