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The return of international property investment

July 17, 2015Article by Ray Withers

For years UK investors have been keeping their eyes down and largely looking to their homeland when it comes to property investment, but now three key reports have heralded the return of international property investment.

Three – that’s the magic number

With three respected industry reports – the IMF Global House Price Index, Economist House Price Index and the Knight Frank Global House Price Index all indicating that the global property market is back, it is time for investors to once more cast their gaze overseas to see what the world has to offer.

The IMF Global House Price Index is showing a gentle, sustained recovery, with prices rising consistently since 2012. The report confirms that real house prices increased over the past year in most countries, based on Q1 2015 data. At the same time, many countries showed strong real credit growth.

The Knight Frank Global House Price Index is also showing positive growth, with annual growth of 0.3% in the year to March 2015. Around 75% of the countries that the index tracks showed flat or positive growth over the year, compared to just 47% three years ago. Europe led the charge in terms of price growth, while Africa also recorded a respectable growth rate of 2.6%.

Finally, the Economist House Price Index, which looks at 26 markets around the globe, has seen prices in 19 of those markets rising at a median pace of 5.2% per year.

Where to invest

Of course, the world is still a pretty big place, despite technology making it seem ever smaller, and it can be time-consuming identifying those areas that are promising for viable property investments. Thankfully, that’s where Property Frontiers excels!

Right now, we are considering a number of innovative investment opportunities in both Europe and Africa, and are also sharing with investors our US buy-to-let opportunity in South Carolina, Chandler Oaks.

Chandler Oaks is a collection of newly refurbished, fully managed apartments that are ideal for university students and young professionals. Available from $48,671 for a one bedroom apartment, they offer contracted 8% NET income to 2020. The two bedroom apartments, thanks to a contractual agreement with nearby Limestone College, offer a minimum of 11.4% gross yield.

Of course, the UK is still part of this exciting new world of property investment and there are some excellent buy-to-let opportunities on home soil right now. It’s just that they are no longer the only ones to pique the global investment community’s interest.

For more information about exciting investment opportunities around the globe, contact Property Frontiers or call +44 1865 202 700.


Ray Withers

Ray has over 17 years’ experience in the international property market and bought his own first international property investment back in 2002. Aside from running Property Frontiers, Ray has been involved in residential, hotel, student and commercial property investment and development in both the UK and overseas and co-wrote "Where to Buy Property Abroad - An Investor's Guide". As Founder and Trustee of the Frontiers Foundation, Ray is directly involved with many of its projects to ensure they have a direct and tangible impact in individual communities across the globe. He is passionate about property, travelling, scouting out new opportunities and finding time to spend with his young family.
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