On July 23, the Parliament of Great Britain introduced a new draft law on the creation of a public registry in which foreign companies owning real estate in the country would have to disclose the names of their final beneficiaries. Those who hide this information or enter false information in the register will face fines and imprisonment up to 5 years for nominal ownership of real estate for the purpose of money laundering. If the law is adopted, the register of foreign companies will begin to operate by 2021. The UK will be the first country in the world to create such a tool. Continue reading
In 2008, a financial crisis began in Europe. The problems in the economy affected the state of local real estate markets: the volume of investments decreased, real estate prices fell by 20–40%. In order to stimulate capital inflows from abroad, some countries in southern Europe have launched “golden visa” programs: Greece, Spain, Cyprus, and Portugal have started to issue residence permits to foreign investors in exchange for investments in their country’s economy. Malta, where such a program has been operating since 1988, has made conditions for investors more flexible. Continue reading
The Greek program for obtaining a residence permit in exchange for investment is one of the most profitable in Europe. To acquire resident status, it is enough to buy one or more real estate objects in Greece for a sum of 250 thousand euros or buy a hotel or tourist furnished apartments as part of a timeshare contract. In addition to the main applicant, a spouse, their parents and children under 21 receive a residence permit. Continue reading
On 2 August, for the first time since November 2017, the Bank of England raised the base interest rate by 25 basis points to 0.75%. This is a record rate over the past nine years – so the financial regulator is trying to slow down inflation from 2.4% to a target value of 2.0%. How will the real estate market change?
Due to the growth of the key rate, mortgage loans will rise in price. According to the calculations of The Guardian, an additional 0.25% will add an average of £ 25 per month to a loan worth £ 200,000. Continue reading
In early 2018, Tranio once again investigated the behavior of Russian-speaking investors abroad. We relied on the results of an online survey, which involved 476 real estate market leaders from 33 countries.
The survey covered both Russian-speaking realtors working in foreign countries and Tranio partners who do not speak Russian (19% of respondents). A notable result was that the answers of many Russian and non-Russian realtors to many questions differed significantly. Continue reading