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2010 Predictions On The International Property Investment Market By Property Frontiers

January 12, 2010Article by Ray Withers

What an amazing year 2009 has been. Although the world of property and investment seemed to have been turned upside down recently; the final year in the noughties produced a plethora of exciting investment opportunities from amazingly low priced deals in America to Eco bio fuel and forestry opportunities across the globe.

But where and what should we be looking to invest in during 2010?

The art of predicting where or where not to invest has changed dramatically over the last few years.  Whilst one could assume that the international recession would have limited investment opportunities the opposite has happened creating numerous potential property hotspots.  For example, whilst Dubai does not offer the best investment now, in 6 months time prices may have dropped so dramatically and distressed sales risen to such a degree that huge opportunities exist.

What we can predict with some certainly are the following investment hotspots:

With the property market in the United States still languishing there are countless distressed sale opportunities to be had across the country.  Florida was the epicentre of the global property boom and crash, and now presents us with some very attractive property deals.  More interestingly are the opportunities that exist in the major urban areas which have healthy population growth and flourishing economies.  Washington DC is thriving due to the multitude of government jobs that have not been cut in the recession and the high-tech and biotech industries that feed off the government programmes.  Other major gateway cities (with links to alternative global capitals) such as San Francisco, Boston and New York will also fair well.

Much as the market has seen some improvement over the last few months we still consider there are some excellent discounted opportunities to be had in 2010.  We are predicting that the market will not bottom out until the end of the year.

With its temperate climate, limited land and strict planning rules, Madeira offers an excellent opportunity to invest in top luxury property. A popular holiday destination with the Portuguese, South African’s and Spanish amongst others the island bucked the trend by registering 91% occupancy for 5 star accommodation in 2008.

With one of the world’s healthiest economic growths, Brazil’s population is becoming wealthier year on year.  Investing in both first home and holiday accommodation for the local market offers excellent growth potential.

Eco Spa Boutique Resorts:
The big growth area in the international holiday market is for upmarket Eco Spa Resorts across South America, Asia and Africa. Whilst island paradises still appeal, the latest trend is for Ecological, back to nature, Jungle locations far from the crowds.

Tropical Agricultural Land:
Investing in agricultural land rather than developed land is now offering excellent financial returns.  By investing in bio fuels, bamboo, hardwood forestation and carbon credits you can help the world’s ecology, improve your carbon footprint and profit from one of the hottest investment opportunities around.

Read more about Where to Invest in 2010 on our weblog.

For Further information please contact Property Frontiers on +44 (0) 1865 202700.


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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