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Check out the latest real estate news, trends and reviews to see what is going on in the international property market. Share your opinions with other forum members, find answers to those real estate questions on your mind and enjoy the positive feedback.
The international real estate market is an ever-changing animal and keeping up with the latest property news and investment discussions may well present a number of opportunities for you in the future. Check out the news and views of other forum members who often have invaluable information.
If you want to chill out away from the main property forum why not take a seat in the lounge where you can discuss off topic subjects. It is good to sit back sometimes, brainstorm while checking out off topic threads and posts.
We understand that timing is vital to many property market investments therefore spotting real estate market trends at a very early stage is priceless. Why not swap your views and opinions with other forum members and no doubt new trends will emerge.
Do you have a new real estate development which you would like to showcase on our website? Is your property currently undergoing a major makeover which other forum members might be interested in? Or perhaps you are just looking for inspiration and ideas for your own property project?
Do you have a property development you are proud of? Would you like other real estate enthusiasts to see what you are doing with your investment? This is the place to showcase your property with high-definition pictures showing step-by-step developments.
Has your property undergone a massive makeover? Are you looking to showcase your ideas and efforts to others with an interest in real estate makeovers? Do you have any advice or are you looking for advice about property makeovers? This is the place to share your thoughts and experiences.
Looking to revamp your property? Is it time for a makeover? Are you not quite sure what design or style to look at? Check out this real estate inspiration section for some great ideas about how you can change the look and feel of your property.
Mixing with successful people in the real estate market is inspirational and for some people it can be life changing. This is a section where we will be bringing you a number of interviews with those who have been there, done it, time and time again, in the international property market.
They say that a picture paints a 1000 words, well this property gallery will certainly inspire you, give you some great ideas for the future and show you just what can be done with a little bit of thought and imagination.
Are you looking to move to Latin America and need to check the real estate market? Are your property investment funds destined for the Far East? Perhaps you're looking to emigrate and need advice on international property? Understanding the make-up of international real estate markets is half the battle in the fight to obtain value for money.
In some countries you require specific visas to invest in property and real estate while in others an investment can open the door for residency visas and other methods of entry. The visa situation is something you need to be aware of from an early stage when investing in international real estate.
Whether you are looking to buy a property, sell or rent, our real estate and residential property section offers some invaluable feedback. Learn how to find the best realtors, real estate agents and advisers to close your deal.
International real estate markets are all very different and changing all of the time so take nothing for granted when buying a property. A simple checklist will allow you to tick off all of the tasks you have completed and plan ahead for the ones left.
Once you have found a buyer for your real estate, completing the selling documentation as quickly as possible, and as accurate as possible, is very important. Ensure that your deal is watertight, you are fully protected and it goes as smoothly as possible.
As more and more people look to rent property across the world there are a number of ways in which you can protect yourself and your deposit. Finding a good landlord is vital for any tenant and thankfully there are ways and means of checking out your home and your landlord of the future.
The student real estate market is one of the fastest-growing in the world as overseas students and local students vie for the best student premises. Whether you are looking to buy, sell or perhaps rent a student property, this section is a hive of information.
Advice and guidance on how to invest in buy-to-let property locally and overseas. Chat to investors who have profited from buy-to-let property investments and get advice and tips on how you can get started on the buy-to-let ladder
Building your own home or office can be a minefield of legal and practical hurdles from simple planning permission to construction, from actually buying a plot to architecture and detailed plans. Speak to people who've been there, done it and have their dream property to show for it.
As more and more people look to buy a building plot and build their own dream home, there are certain legal aspects and practical aspects you need to take into account. Learn how to get the best value for money, trends in the building plot market and innovative financing methods.
Many of us have a dream of constructing our own dream home which will be to our exact specifications and design. Learn how to avoid some of the simple traps which may delay completion of your property and ensure that you get the best value for money.
Your architect will be your best friend as you are building your dream property and will be somebody who will give you ideas, give you advice and guidance. Finding an architect to trust is a major part of a house building project as no doubt your plans and drawings will change going forward.
The world of building regulations and planning permission seems to change on a regular basis in international real estate. Keeping up-to-date with recent changes and forthcoming changes could be the difference between a successful property venture and expensive delays.
Loft conversions, extensions, security and even redecorating your property can increase its marketability and its value. Learn the dos and don'ts of property DIY, which changes will add to the value of your property and which changes are money down the drain.
Whether looking to sell or rent real estate to a third party, a simple splash of paint and some redecorating of certain rooms can make your house more marketable and increase your return. Find out the best decor to suit your specific target market.
For many years the jury was out regarding the long-term value of loft conversions but with housing stock at a premium in the international property market, loft conversions can certainly be an interesting way to improve your standard of living and potentially increase the value of your property and your ultimate return.
Is your kitchen a little outdated? Have you been looking at some of the new trends in the kitchen sector? Whether you are looking to install the kitchen yourself, take on the skills of professional tradespeople, more and more people are now looking at revamping their homes.
Is your bathroom looking tired? Is it time to take advantage of the new space saving styles and technologies available? Whether looking to revamp your bathroom prior to sale or as an investment for the future, you can change the look and feel of your bathroom relatively quickly.
International planning regulations are very different from country to country and we recommend visiting this section if you're planning a property extension. You will find advice on discussions about foundations, materials, style of extension and the impact this may have on the value of your real estate investment.
International property building regulations can vary enormously from country to country so it makes sense to do your own investigations prior to considering a real estate investment. What is very simple in one country may be slightly different in another, do not fall into the trap of assuming like-for-like building regulations around the world.
One of the first things you see upon visiting any property is the garden and depending upon the style and the location of the property it can have a major impact upon its marketability and its long-term value. Check out some ideas for landscaping, garden buildings or perhaps you have always wanted your own fish pond?
The financial, legal and practical implications of working from home are discussed at great length in this section. The working from home trend has taken some time to take off but the Internet is now allowing more and more people to work in the comfort of their own homes.
Many investors, homeowners and tenants are now more aware of security than ever before and this section allows you to discuss some simple security options available to those more expensive, all-encompassing services. Whether looking to introduce more secure locks to your windows and doors or taking on a home security company, this is the place to discuss your thoughts and ideas.
There is no doubt that a modern day heating system will add to the value of your property and in the long run, taking into account environmental issues, will likely be cheaper to run. Deciding to introduce a new heating system can be a difficult decision and you may need some help finding the best value for money.
Does your local climate encourage an outdoor swimming pool? Is your property large enough to incorporate an indoor swimming pool? For many properties around the world a swimming pool is taken for granted and can be a very visible and very strong selling point.
Incorporating property with new technology whether this is renewable energy, green technology, wireless technology or even the latest surround sound system, can change the ambience and value of your property. Keep up-to-date with the latest technology and practical ideas.
While solar panels have been around for some time they are now more popular than ever and offer individuals the chance to save significant money in the long run. Keep up-to-date with the latest solar panel technology, the latest developments and the latest products.
Miniature household wind turbines are more visible each year as international real estate markets react to the environmentally friendly government policies of today. Wind turbines offer you the chance to not only reduce your own electricity costs but where you produce surplus power this can be sold back to the energy suppliers.
This is the section where you can discuss the latest energy-saving equipment, from lightbulbs to TVs, from the latest water systems to simple loft insulation. Governments are promoting energy-saving equipment that reduces environmental damage and will also keep your future energy bills under control.
Combining real estate with the latest technology can add not only to the value of your property but also the atmosphere and ambience. Whether this incorporates the latest surround sound TVs, wireless networks, user-friendly lighting or perhaps a modern day wood-burning or multifuel stove, the potential is endless.
Find the best mortgage deals, the best all-round insurance packages and ensure that you are fully aware of any tax obligations connected with your real estate investments. Financial rules and regulations change on a regular basis and you need to keep up to date.
First-time buyers, buy to let mortgages or investment loans, the worldwide mortgage arena can certainly seem fairly complicated from the outside. Keep up-to-date with the latest deals, the latest trends and allow yourself to plan ahead for the future. Finding value for money with a mortgage is not always easy but the chance to discuss your ideas and swap experiences is invaluable.
Whether you are looking for traditional household insurance, tenant insurance or some form of property development insurance, you need to be sensible as cutting corners could cost you dearly in the end. Check out the latest package deals, the latest price trends and who is offering the best overall deals.
Capital gains tax, income tax and property taxes vary enormously in international real estate markets. Save yourself from any unwanted surprises in the future and check out this forum to see the latest developments from a taxation point of view.
It is vital that you are fully aware of real estate legal issues when buying, selling or renting a property. There is an array of regulations about energy efficiency and other obligations which you need to do to abide by for building regulations clearance. Property ownership documents can also be a minefield in some international markets.
Surveys are very often a legal requirement of international property markets and it is essential that your survey confirms everything required. Check out the latest regulations and ensure that you do not fall foul of law changes.
If you're looking to buy, sell or rent a property it may seem complicated and long winded on the surface. However, splitting each option into individual mini-tasks will allow you to keep control of your finances. Discuss your plans and your experience of buying, selling and renting real estate in this forum.
There are now an array of regulations regarding energy efficiency for both real estate and residential property. It is vital that you are up to speed on any changes in regulations and this is the perfect forum to discuss ongoing developments.
The transfer of ownership deeds on any property, whether investment or residential, is a vital element of the overall process. This is an area where you can discuss the very different property ownership regulations across the international real estate market. Do not automatically assume that all property markets operate in the same manner.
Real estate auctions and foreclosures are more popular today than they ever have been but what is the process for buying and selling property? What is the etiquette for property auctions and foreclosures? Give yourself a chance to get the best real estate deal at a price you can afford.
Many famous properties around the world are inspirational, from the White House to Buckingham Palace, from the Eiffel Tower to the Colosseum not to mention the Taj Mahal and the Sydney Opera House. Learn the history of these iconic buildings, and many more, which often have an eventful past spread over hundreds of years.
Iconic buildings such as the Old Wembley, the leaning Tower of Pisa, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State building and many more from around the world attract great interest and breed inspiration. Check out the history of the most iconic buildings in the world as many of them have a very interesting story to tell!
Do we do enough to protect listed buildings around the world? Are we losing parts of worldwide history as listed buildings disappear? Check out some of the most famous listed buildings in the world and see why they have reached this iconic status and why they are being protected.
Check out the latest property developments in your area, the latest public real estate forums and events for property developers. Relive your favourite property TV shows online with comments and feedback from other forum members.
International real estate investment is one of the largest investment arenas in the world hence there are property meetings and property forums occurring every day. Check out some of the mainstream events in your area offering the opportunity to broaden your horizons.
Relive some of the best episodes from your favourite property shows including House Hunters, Income Property, My First Place, Grand Designs, Escape to the Country and Location, Location, Location. Why not keep an eye on the new up-and-coming property TV shows which may catch your eye?
There are many real estate resources available including magazines, the latest property terminology, development plans and simple property calculators. The array of real estate information at your fingertips continues to grow and will certainly give you food for thought.
Many people prefer to invest in real estate shares, unit trusts, REITs and investment trusts which offer a collective investment in a variety of different properties. While no advice is given in this property investment section it will allow you to highlight specific issues, companies and trends going forward.
Have you ever wondered what the monthly payments would be on a £200,000 mortgage with an annual interest rate of 3.99%? This is just an example of the various real estate calculators which will help you to understand the long-term implications of investment, rental yield and running costs.
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