Double Good News on Spanish Property Prices

There was double good news for Spanish property buyers when Spain’s biggest valuation survey reported prices of resale homes went up by 16.6% in the first three quarters of 2005.

That was the good news for UK residents who have already purchased their properties in the last year or so and there was further good news for investors and buyers planning to buy in the next few months – the survey showed equity growth was down 3% for the same period last year, resulting in ownership for less and with a good equity growth.

The Spanish Real Estate Association (Tasaciones Inmobiliarias -TINSA) said the average price of a ‘used’ or second hand house per square metre (psqm) was EUR 1,772. This meant home prices had risen 16.6% in the past year to September. In larger cities, the price was higher, with the average being EUR 2,304 psqm – a 16% rise.

But TINSA, the firm who will be providing valuations for the SIPPs in Spain pension property owners, said in its report that despite these rises, the deceleration of house price increases in Spain was continuing. A year ago, house prices had risen 19% during the previous 12 months. TINSA carried out a study of 190,000 homes, many in favourite second home areas favoured by buyers from the UK and northern Europe, to produce the report. Ildefonso Ortega, TINSA president, said there had been a “smooth fall” in house prices and predicted the next yearly rise in prices would be between 5 –10%.

SIPPs in Spain spokesman, Alberto Linares welcomed the TINSA report, saying: “Our Spanish banking partners predicted a 12% increase for this year and the same for next year. While it’s good news for those who have bought property in Spain already, its also good news for the many SIPPs property pension purchases planned for next year when UK tax breaks will encourage second home investment because prices are likely to be lower than in previous years.”

The SIPPs in Spain grouping includes 50 leading Spanish banks and developers, PropertyInSpain.Net, Mortgages In Spain, Travelex, TINSA, Siemens Smart Homes and specialist SIPPs providers who have put together a one-stop, buy-manage-rental package for SIPPs property purchasers and their financial advisors. More than 2,500 carefully selected apartments, penthouses, townhouses and villas are on offer currently with a further 7,000 likely from next year.

As expected, the European Central Bank increased the base bank rate by 0.25% to 2.25% – the first increase in the five years. Experts say the increase will have little impact in booming Spain. Spanish mortgages rates can be half the UK interest rate.
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Freedom of Self-Employment Ownership

Many Americans dream about the freedom of self-employment ownership but aren’t quite sure how to go about starting their own company and then succeeding in the world of business. The freedom of self-employment ownership doesn’t have to be an empty dream. There are many ways to help maximize your possibilities for success in the world of business without taking a huge financial risk. One of the most popular ways that individuals are achieving the freedom of self-employment ownership is by a mortgage franchise with minimal investments. Working with a mortgage franchise can help you achieve the freedom of self-employment ownership while allowing you to get the best products, the best rates, get paid better than a broker, have the buying power to be your own boss with the power and back up of a huge company, and capitalize on an established and trusted name in the world of business. Working with a mortgage franchise with minimal investment helps you to have the security of working within a larger company framework and established and time-tested guidelines for business success without making a huge financial risk before you even open your doors for business. Working with a mortgage franchise helps you get a foot into the world of business by giving you ties to established client bases, marketing and training strategies, business practices, and many other necessary tools for financial success. Combining forces with an established mortgage company by working as a franchise can’t guarantee you success in the world of business, but it can give you a good start and a better chance of succeeding by mentoring you along the way in established successful business practices. Working with a mortgage franchise can help you achieve that dream of having the freedom of self-employment ownership without having to worry about investing everything you have into a company just starting out. Mortgage franchises with minimal investments can help to give you the tools necessary to creating a successful company and having the freedom of self-employment ownership while still having the safety net and help of an established company to help you make it good in the world of business.

Emerging Trends in Dubai Property Market

Dubai real estate is witnessing a number of changes in the commercial sector.

One of the emerging trends in the commercial property market is the conversion of warehouse space to office premises. Companies that require large open plan spaces, such as advertising or marketing companies have been seen to lease warehouse space and easily transform it into efficient office space. This provides a cost effective solution for businesses that need to be near the business centre but may not wish to pay the premium rates of prime location office space. Warehouse rental rates suitable for office conversions fluctuate between 40-65AED per sq. ft (warehouse space rent exclusively used for storage purposes averages 28-35AED per sq. ft), whereas rents in the Central Business District (CBD) may be 225-250AED per sq. ft.

The property market in Dubai is tight and therefore the concept of Split Offices has come into being. Many professional services firms, faced with the prospect of particularly high rents in prime locations tend to lease a small space suitable for client meetings in the Central Business District so as to boast an address on a prestigious location such as e.g. Sheikh Zayed Road, and move their operations to a secondary location where rents may be more affordable e.g. Garhoud, thus effectively saving on huge overheads.

Thus, supply of the real estate market in Dubai is shaping up to meet the property demand.

Following A Builder for Profits

As the real estate market begins to calm down, many worry about making a profit on their homes. Here’s an example of the “follow the builder” profit strategy.

Follow That Builder

In many areas of the country, there are builders who build hundreds of houses each year within a fifty mile radius of each other. They build entire communities, or are one of three to five builders who build entire communities around big employment centers. This is important. Hang with me and you’ll find out why.

Serendipity

The first couple I met who worked the pattern I’m talking about did it the first time almost by accident. They bought one of the first houses built in a neighborhood that took about two years to build out. Toward the end of the two year period, they were out for a walk and, on impulse, went into a house under construction that represented a bit of a “move up” from their home. The same builder who had built their home was building it.

The couple went to the sales office of the builder and found out that the house they’d walked through was already under contract. They were shocked to find out the price was $150,000 more than they’d paid for their home! The house was a little larger, but not enough to account for the difference. In fact, they found out their home had increased $100,000 in value.

A Repeatable Pattern

Builders usually have bright, attractive, cheerful, enthusiastic people on their sales forces. These people often have a wealth of knowledge. They know (or can usually find out) which communities the builder has built in, is building in, and maybe even where they’re going from there. They know a lot about the pattern of price increases for various models. They have some idea of the speed of build out.

It’s also possible to take walks in a builder’s neighborhoods and ask people how that builder is to work with, if construction and “punch list” completion are done reasonably and well, and if they’d choose that same builder again under similar circumstances.

If all the information you develop is favorable, you can start to “follow that builder.” Builders usually sell the first few houses in a neighborhood for less money than any of the homes subsequently built. They’re contracted for before the streets and amenities are complete, and it takes a lot more imagination to see a charming, pleasant neighborhood where now there’s only mud and bulldozers.

Follow the builder is a strategy that has been used. If you like a particular builder, you can use the strategy to put serious money in your pocket.

Discovering The Weak Link: Optimizing Your Commercial Real Estate Investment Strategy

Being an investor is a lot like owning your own business. You have money and people to manage, important financial decisions to make, and systems that represent your strategy. While these assets and operations result in successful and profitable deals, there are always problems arising, just like in a normal business, that can slow down productivity and progress of whatever activity is currently in motion.

A problem with many investors is that they do not view their process as a business. They do not have a company name or multiple teams working below them. They do not have business rules, regulations, checks and balances, or protocol for the people they work with. However, the truth is, commercial real estate investing, no matter how small, is a business all itself. In order to optimize this fact, one should follow proven business strategy that allows great companies to flourish with very little constraint or pain.

A very important theory that is used not only in business, but in science, politics, sports, and even everyday life is the Theory of Constraints. This theory literally transcends all boundaries as it is a scientific principle that can be applied to any relationship between two or more subjects. You have all heard of the expression, “You are only as strong as your weakest link.” This is in reference to the Theory of Constraints.

What is basically introduced is the concept that you can look at a process or relationship as a chain. One link to another, that chain is reliant on the strength of the relationship. If it is a process, and each link is a task, then each task must be working optimally so it does not weaken the chain. If one link becomes tired, lazy or behind, then the chain is all together weaker and ineffective at producing the result.

At any one time there can only be one constraint. You must tackle that constraint, and then another may appear. However, at that time, there is only one constraint to attend to. In order for a process or system to be working 100%, each link must be strong. If not, you suffer from inefficiencies; suboptimal performance and a complete slow down of the process.

Do you find areas in your business of commercial real estate investing that you are not pleased with? Are there areas you feel you and the people you work with and rely on could improve? Could wasted time be eliminated? What areas could you improve that would increase overall profitability of your commercial real estate strategies?

Within these questions you will uncover the areas where a streamlined process can greatly improve performance and decrease crisis and other problems. If your current strategy and processes are running at 100%- then there is no need to read this article. However, if you feel there could be considerable improvement, or even a small improvement that could increase your results exponentially, please read on!

Implementing processes and systems are the best way to optimize total performance. How this is done is you write down every single task within a certain boundary. For example, write down every task in creating the information packet to submit to a lender to get approval for a loan on a project. Write down every task for this specific process and then number them in how they follow in sequence.

Are there certain people involved who make this process happen? You may realize how you can cut out duplicated efforts, combine tasks into a single person who performs them, and completely streamline the process. What you do now is create a process map or flow chart showing the entire process from first step to last in the proper sequence. Identify who does what task and any time allotments or due dates if necessary. You know have a tangible, easy to learn, communicate and control process for submitting a proposal to a lender for a new project. Doing this alone will allow others to follow along with your process and have a clear understanding as to what is supposed to be done.

Do have protégés or other eager minds willing to help you in order to gain a valuable education from an experienced investor? Now you don’t have to worry about being the only one who “knows” the business. With a clear system and process map, you can now teach those around you the same, working, proven systems. With a process map individual tasks and relationships can be easily changed as continuous improvement is a benefit of process maps.