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Overseas Property Market Investment Predictions for 2008
January 6, 2008Article by Ray Withers
With the New Year already upon us, Property Frontiers’ Research Team has compiled this brief overview of 2008′s most interesting investment opportunities. We have also highlighted those markets which have come off the boil.
Following the American sub-prime crisis and the subsequent credit crunch, the question as to which markets are likely to perform best this year, and to what degree, carries particular weight.
Although the US market has largely gone into reverse and the UK market has slowed, many other markets remain buoyant. Whilst western markets flounder it is the emerging market economies that have come to stand as the global economy’s pillar of stability. Large currency reserves have protected these economies from the US slowdown whilst surging internal demand has seen impressive economic growth rates continue. The stable growth in emerging markets continues to be reflected in their property markets. Many parts of Asia and South America still seem cheap and are yet to experience the long property boom that the developed world has seen over the last 10 years.
Stable market conditions, growing economies, increasing urbanisation and further liquidity are all factors that should continue to drive sustainable price growth in many urban real estate markets throughout 2008. In addition, rapidly growing demand for quality hotel accommodation in emerging resort destinations, combined with an increase in the number of hotel developers using property sales to fund development will also lead to further opportunities in this market.
The developed world may finally be seeing the end to the largest property boom in history, but many emerging economies are currently at an early stage in the growth curve which means, we believe, that in 2008 we will continue to see some excellent investment opportunities.
Countries to watch include:
South & Central America
Trinidad & Tobago
Brazil – Natal and Sao Paulo
Uruguay – Punta del Este and Montevideo
Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur
Kazakhstan – Aqtau