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First-time buying as an investment?

Honolulu Magazine 07.11.2012
The decision to buy or lease vacation property boils down to how much cash you have

From a tax perspective, is it better for small business owners to own or lease a home or vacation property? At first blush this question seems straightforward enough. The simple answer and ultimately what should drive your decision, says Ed Foster, founder of The Tax Advisory in Oakville, Ont., comes down to the cost under each option and how much cash you have and are willing to part with.

Light the way: rising prices in the US and Japan (above) have alerted investors such as Warren Buffett (right) to their potential  Photo: ALAMY

Our award-winning writer Ian Cowie on making the most of your biggest asset. This week: investment trusts.

First-time buying as an investment?

On Saturday, I went with my partner to look at a condo in Kapahulu. For more than a year, he’s been talking about wanting to buy real estate in Honolulu instead of renting, and feels this could be the one.

Real estate investment guru

Bangkok Post 31.10.2012

How to avoid investment pain

The Telegraph 29.10.2012
Real estate investment guru

Property firm Estate Guru Co, run by a former financier at JPMorgan Chase & Co in the US, plans to launch four new projects worth a combined 1 billion baht next year.

Are you buying a 'safe' house? Ensure that the property is structurally sound

Did you know that of the 33.8 lakh buildings in Delhi, over 31 lakh face medium risk from an earthquake, while 1.46 lakh are at high risk? Given that the capital falls in seismic zone IV, this claim by the Vulnerability Atlas of India 2007 is not far-fetched. A similar story of neglect and deliberate flouting of housing laws plays out across the country, which is why the onus of checking the structural soundness of any property lies firmly on the buyer. After all, buying real estate involves a lot of your hard-earned money, and the least you can do is to ensure that the property you and your family plan to reside in is safe.

Too many people gloss over important investment property-related documents before signing a contract / File

GO go Gadget eyeballs. You may not be blessed with magical robotic body parts like fictional super sleuth Inspector Gadget, but there's plenty of worthwhile detective work to do before investing in property.

What can $650k buy in Auckland?

The Aucklander 29.10.2012

Five real estate terms you should know

The Economic Times 25.09.2012
The average house price in central Auckland will buy a five-bedroom home on more than 2ha in Feilding, or a four-bedroom property with a pool in Tauranga.

The average house price in central Auckland will buy a five-bedroom home on more than 2ha in Feilding, or a four-bedroom property with a pool in Tauranga.

5 Smart moves for first-time homebuyers

As a first-time real estate buyer, you probably have no idea how the overall purchasing process works or how to make sure you’re making a smart decision to purchase. And you’ll probably be very surprised to learn how much work it really is just to buy a home. To get you started in the right direction, and this is just a start, here are a few tips that you should consider.

Five real estate terms you should know

Carpet area is the area within the walls of an apartment that is for the exclusive use of the buyer. While computing the carpet area, the terrace and balconies are usually considered as half the actual area.

Buy a property without a deposit

Love Money 20.09.2012
Single Canadians buying real estate should be more diligent than couples

VANCOUVER — Cobi Falconer single-handedly paid down the mortgage on her Vancouver condo while also paying tuition for four university degrees and working numerous jobs simultaneously.

Buy a property without a deposit

One firm claims it can help borrowers to purchase a property without putting down any deposit.

Chancel repair liability could see local residents pay dearly for church repairs. Photo: John Morrison / Alamy

Our property experts answer readers' queries about chancel repair liability; buying unregistered land; and tenant disputes.

How to buy your first property

I Africa 29.08.2012
This 17th-century former hunting lodge in South Ockendon, Essex, used to be three council homes, and is today a six-bedroom house. It's on the market through Fine (fine.co.uk) for £449,995.

A new proposal to sell off council housing in some of Britain's best postcode areas could be a once-in-a-lifetime investment opportunity. It is no time for snobbery, says Graham Norwood.

FirstBuy weekend in Oakham can help homebuyers get onto the property ladder

Housebuilder Larkfleet Homes will show how a government-backed scheme can help homebuyers get onto the property ladder with a special weekend at its Oakham development ‘Leighfield Park' on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September.

How to buy your first property

For first-time buyers taking their initial steps towards purchasing a property, there are a few essential aspects that should be considered beforehand such as whether the buyer is ready for the investment and well researched on all the types of options available to them, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.

Ask an expert: What's the risk of buying a condo that's converting?

Buying into a conversion can be a fantastic investment opportunity, but there aremany things to look out for.

Tips for Building Your Brand New Real Estate Business

Buying investment property isn’t rocket science, but when you are just getting started it can seem overwhelming. It’s hard to know just where to start. There are definitely some tried and true things you can do that will help ensure your success. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Wall Street's Hottest Investment Idea: Your House

Your house might be a better investment than you think. At least Wall Street seems to think so.

How to buy property in an auction

The Hindu Business Line 08.07.2012
Property Advisor Rick Otton Shows First-Time Homebuyers How to Buy Houses With Deposit Finance

Home ownership has always been a challenge for young Australians, and most parents want to help their children buy their own house. However Australian finance advisors warn of the dangers that arise when parents volunteer to guarantor their children’s home loans.

Buying a new home? Start with the right real estate agent.

A shortage of new apartment construction has rental rates going through the roof in many Texas cities. At the same time, mortgage rates are still hitting record lows across the country.

How to buy property in an auction

Do you yearn to buy a house in the city but find realty rates prohibitive? You could try bidding for properties being auctioned by banks. The laws allow banks to recover dues from defaulting borrowers by auctioning the properties they pledged.

Prospective buyers at tomorrow’s Allsop Space auction should do their research, or repent at leisure

Ask an expert: Is it better to buy an apartment with a lax co-op board?

Experts weigh in on if it is easier to resell an apartment where the building has lots of strict rules, or one where finances and renovations aren’t tightly controlled.

In the market for a new estate? Consider the unique services you may need from your agent.

Despite a slow upturn for the housing market at large, luxury real estate is enjoying momentum – especially in the Southern California coastal markets like San Diego and Orange County. For those looking to make a real estate change in theses areas, now is an ideal time to act. However, unlike the market for more modest properties, luxury markets come with their own set of rules. When trying to select the best real estate agent to help you buy or sell a high-end home, consider the following expert tips.

A Property Buyer's Guide to Bulgaria

The Wall Street Journal 18.06.2012
A Property Buyer's Guide to Bulgaria

From zoning and mortgages to documentation and taxes, what you'll need to know when buying a property in Bulgaria.

Property update: What is estate planning and how should you do it?

Estate planning is not only about property, but about all assets that one has secured in one’s lifetime. Technically, the concept of estate planning includes assets such as automobiles, insurance policies, bank accounts and fixed deposits, stock market shares and mutual funds, pension plans and anything that can be considered an asset.

Homebuyers offered chance to try before they buy in Oakham

Larkfleet Homes has launched a brand new scheme that will allow potential homebuyers to ‘test-run' a Larkfleet property.

Good/bad agent: You be the judge

Chicago Tribune 08.06.2012
Good/bad agent: You be the judge

For many travelers and restaurant patrons, it has become almost a reflex action to go online first to see what other people have to say about hotels and places to eat. Indeed, many companies regard online customer reviews as a crucial component of their marketing.

How to buy ... investment real estate

CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — Investing in real estate most likely won't produce the get-rich-quick results promised by many a late-night infomercial. But for investors willing to do some homework, make a good purchase and properly manage a piece of property, the rewards can be substantial.

Photo credit: Getty Images, 2011 | Houses in some stage of the foreclosure process, like this one in Miami, saw their share of overall U.S. home sales grow in the first quarter of 2012 even as sales of bank-owned homes fell, according to RealtyTrac.

There are still lots of foreclosed homes out there, and they could be your ticket to a bigger, better home than you could otherwise afford. We’re about halfway through the housing crisis. About 4 million homes have been foreclosed on since it began in 2007, and lenders are expected to seize and sell about 4 million more over the next couple of years.

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