Property Investment - how do I raise the finance?

It’s the $64,000 question when starting out in property investment.  How do I raise the finance to begin?  If you are starting from the privileged perspective of having a good chunk of capital or you are able to release equity from a property to work with when you begin to buy property then that is great.  It makes the process much easier from many angles.  It gives you the confidence to know that any offer you make is backed up by funds in the bank and therefore offers you greater bargaining power.  Coupled with the right knowledge and guidance, it also means that you can start your search sooner rather than later and get going on your chosen strategy. Starting from scratch? If, however, you are starting from scratch, then things can be altogether different.  In my opinion it all depends on your mindset.  If you are truly open to...
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Investing in Chinese Property

From a practical point of view, property investing in China is advisable to only be undertaken with a reputable broker or trusted contact with proven experience. Indeed, the ruling Communist party retains a monopoly power over politics, the law and the economy which needs to be well understood.
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Manchester pin Meeting - had any BFOs lately?

What an amazing evening Wednesday night at Manchester property investors network meeting.  With over 60 investors, professionals, experts and novices in the room the atmosphere was buzzing and we really got 2011 off to a flying start.  Thanks to everyone who attended and made it such a great evening. Also thank you to our two speakers for the evening Sally Lawson and Sarah Harkness. Sally Lawson found plenty of pin members wanting to catch up with her in the networking break, having shown them how much money there is to be made managing other peoples property. She ended her talk asked the audience, "If youre interested in working with me, showing you in minute detail the very best of what Ive learned over the last 20 years...heres your chance?" It appears shes decided to open up her expertise and experience to a small select group of investor landlords, to work with...
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Property and Land in Brazil - Pros and Cons of Investing in Latin America’s Largest Country

The effects of the economic downturn on the global housing industry have bought into light the importance of analysing investment destinations from a broader and more detailed perspective. Despite the difficulties in marketplaces across the world, Brazil has continued to be publicised as a so-called ‘emerging’ country that offers investors solid and stable returns. However, as with any developing economy, risks do occur – many of which are not mentioned in the glossy sales brochures and marketing hype. So, is Brazil really the next global property hotspot?
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Diary of a Land Finder Virgin (August 2010)

Ive just been through the whole of the land finding course by Lyndon Forshaw.  It really is an excellent course as it contains such detailed information... Lyndon even gives information about dealing with the land owners and provides letters to send to them and responses to any questions that they may ask.  It really does cover you for any eventuality and makes you seem like a professional developer or land finder.  Even if you are just getting started you can seem like a seasoned professional. I went over the course as I want to progress with one of the pieces of land that I have found in my local area.  Ive done all my desktop research, following Lyndons course.  I now need to build relationships with my local commercial agents and surveyors. I visited the site today and the only concerning thing is that it has a line of trees in...
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BSA - Industry can work to reform home buying process

Residential landlords in the UK who are looking to add to their rental portfolios could be among those to be encouraged by recent discussions about the home buying process. The Building Societies Association (BSA) said the housing industry can work together to make the process of buying and selling property easier. A recent thought leadership discussion saw the organisation meet with representatives from conveyance firms, estate agencies and consumer bodies to discuss where the housing industry and the government should be looking to aim. According to the BSA, the recent change in government means there is now an opportunity to "get reform right". Paul Broadhead, head of mortgage policy at the BSA, said: "Consumers need to be put back at the heart of the home buying and selling process. "The new government has acted swiftly since coming to office suspending Hips within its first few weeks. Work must continue to ensure...
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Nationwide: Prices still rising (0.5%), yet out of double digits for yearly growth

Nationwide reports House Prices still rising though by only 0.5% as opposed to 1.0% last month. Yearly growth now at 9.8%, out of double digits.
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How is the Property Investor Impacted by the new Govenerment?

So we now have a new government, a new type of government! All great, we hope, for the economy and for Britain, but how does the new agreements made between The Conservatives and The Liberal Democrats effect us, the property investor?
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