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Miramare Castle

March 16, 2014

Miramare Castle is situated on the Gulf of Trieste in north east Italy. It is a 19th century castle that was built from 1856 to 1860. The castle was built for the Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian and his wife, Charlotte of Belgium. The design of the castle was based on a structure created by Carl [...]

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Olympic Village London 2012

March 16, 2014

The Olympic Village is the accommodation that is specifically built for the athletes, officials and trainers during the Olympic Games. It is usually built within the Olympic park or very close to it. Due to the Munich Massacre in 1972 the village now has high security and only athletes, trainers and officials are allowed to [...]

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Do the banks do enough to help those requiring property bridging loans?

March 15, 2014

When you are moving from one property to another you will be very lucky if the handover dates match and whether everything is seamless. When you also take into account the competitiveness across all real estate markets sometimes you don’t have the time to delay a property purchase or property sale and you need to [...]

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Flipping properties – is it still profitable?

March 15, 2014

I have just finished watching a US TV programme which shows investors buying properties auctioned off by the banks, renovating them and quickly flipping them for significant profits. While I have been aware of flipping properties for some time, it made me think, is this practice still profitable and is it something for everybody to [...]

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Is the wave of pent-up demand for UK property waning?

March 15, 2014

There is no doubt that the UK property market has been supported by ever-increasing demand and relatively low stock levels. This has been a characteristic of many buoyant property markets around the world although there are signs that the wave of pent-up demand in the UK is beginning to weaken. If this is the case, [...]

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Property investors looking toward Bangalore

March 10, 2014

While India has for many years been the darling of the worldwide economy, pushing further and further ahead, demanding more and more natural resources and attracting enormous overseas interest, the last couple of years have not been easy. Growth in gross domestic product has fallen from around 10% in 2007 to just 4.4% in the [...]

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Crazy predictions for London real estate market

March 9, 2014

London Central Portfolio (LCP) has issued guidance regarding the central London flat market aside the launch of its £100 million fund which will acquire one bedroom and two bedroom apartments in some of London’s more luxurious districts. This statement, commenting upon the expected future performance of the central London market, suggests that the “average small” [...]

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Why is the Dublin property market so strong?

March 8, 2014

When you bear in mind that Ireland is just starting to recover from a £56 billion rescue package from international lenders it may surprise many to learn that Dublin property prices have rocketed. Indeed the country is still coming to terms with a very different financial landscape in light of the collapse of the property [...]

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Dubai can absorb 25,000 new homes a year

March 7, 2014

While there is much speculation about the short to medium-term outlook for the Dubai real estate market, a report by Citibank has today cast an interesting light on Dubai property. At this moment in time the population of Dubai is rising by 7% per annum and current construction levels equate to 25,000 new properties the [...]

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Supermarket sale and lease back agreements up 50%

March 5, 2014

The property market in the UK has an array of different angles, different niches and one which has caught the mind of many real estate investors is the sale and lease back of supermarket properties. A report by Investment Property Databank and property consultant Colliers International confirmed that property deals incorporating supermarkets hit a record [...]

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Do property funds offer a safer alternative to direct real estate investment?

March 3, 2014

If you are looking at any type of long-term investment, whether a pension plan or some kind of investment fund, there is no doubt that either directly or indirectly property will play a part. Real estate has become a significant backbone of traditional investment portfolios but there is the age-old question of whether you should [...]

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