Report identifies goldmine countries for expat property investors

Published:  29 Apr at 6 PM
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Along with an increasing reluctance to invest with banks due to exceptionally poor returns on fixed rates, reports on countries with stable economies are encouraging expat property investors.

According to government surveys, international capital flows were on the increase in 2013, as were investment property purchases. Now that 2014 is here, along with the glimmerings of a global recovery, purchasing principles haven’t changed but the choice of specific countries is experiencing an update.

Exotic hotspots in the Middle East and North Africa are sinking below the investment radar as soaring property price increases last year and the possibility of a slowdown are putting off all but the very rich. With property investment, an above-average yield is the buzzword, with even popular central London seeing price increases unlikely to serve anything but the long-term view.

Reasonable risks are still acceptable, and recent lessons are well-remembered, causing locations such as Eastern Europe, African countries and some southeast Asian spots such as Thailand and Singapore to attract far less attention than previously. Savvy expat investors are looking for proven political stability rather than a fast buck with inherent risks.

According to analysts, older investors may well be including upscale local health facilities in their criteria for investment, as many now retiring are considering warmer climes for personal comfort and rental condos as an extra income. Changing demographics are expected to continue reshaping the expat investment property market, and suggestions vary as to the top ten for growth and rental rate increases.

Florida is creeping back up the table, with Miami holding its place on the list for its weather, medical services and choice of properties. Malaysia’s comparative stability and first-world technological infrastructure still attracts, but Thailand’s present political chaos and small risk of civil war or dictatorship is changing many well-thought-ought plans.
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