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Quality vs budget. I want to change the competition between these two options to Quality within Budget. I'm sure you have addressed the issue several times over in your businesses, "how much should I be spending on the right marketing tools" and "should I be investing that money elsewhere?" 

Investing money in the right marketing tools is one of the most important parts of your business. The internet is your shop front to the world and with the amount of competition out there, you want to ensure your property, hotel or product has the best chance of being noticed. Research shows that people are likely to spend 3 times longer on a website with virtual tours and that the amount of clicks to a website increases by 48% when there is a quality eye catching photograph. Marketing tools will not only make you stand out from your competitors, it will return your initial investment with new clients and earn your current clients ongoing loyalty.

The problem is we don't all have thousands to spend with advertising companies and we tend to start doing these things ourselves with out much success.

I believe that everyone should have access to these tools regardless of budget. I cater for what your needs and costs are as an individual business. I have put together new marketing bundles that work with a range of different budgets. They include photography only packages to social media sharing, to virtual tours, blogging and videos.


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The Metro East is a region in Illinois that comprises eastern suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri.  Investors find the Metro East to be booming with potential.  While the Missouri side of the region is flooded with investors, the Metro East is a well-kept secretuntil now.  

The Metro East is the second largest urban area in Illinois after the Chicago metropolitan area and, as of the 2000 census, the population of the Metro East statistical area is 599,845 residents, a figure that has risen above 700,000 in 2010.  The significant growth in the Metro East is mainly due to people in smaller outlying towns in Illinois and Indiana moving to the area for better job opportunity.” 

Property values are stable, and on the rise.  The price to “buy in” to this area is relatively low compared to other metropolitan areas, and rent rates are competitive.  With a large number of higher education facilities in the area, the student population is ever-increasing, making the need for housing on the rise.

According to an April 2015 RealtyTrac report, the Metro East shows as an area of “High Return” compared to all U.S. markets.  With a steadily increasing population, a high-demand job market, and exceptional higher education facilities, the Metro-East maintains competitive rental rates compared to other U.S. cities.  Coupled with prices below the U.S. average, the Metro-East is a great choice for investors.


Strong growth in the purpose-built student accommodation is set to continue. With student numbers increasing from both home and overseas and a lack of supply to accommodate them, the demand for high quality purpose-built accommodation has never been higher.

The demand vs. supply ratio will clearly differ from town to town and city to city depending on the maturity of the existing market and the location and price of the existing supply. Cities such as London, Birmingham and Manchester continue to need more supply and are magnets for investors but there also excellent opportunities to be had in places like Brighton, Bournemouth and Bath where the student numbers exceed the property that is available.

Outperforming ISAs, Equities and Bonds

Increasingly students are looking for quality accommodation that comes with all the benefits of professional management, good internet connectivity, rents that are inclusive of bills and an environment that is safe, secure and close to the campus. This is where the main investment opportunities lie and where some of the best returns can be gained.

Even though the student property investment market is becoming more saturated and competitive with the influx of overseas investors, the yields are still greater than your average buy-to-let investment and continues to outperform other investment options such as ISAs, equities and bonds.

Demand for student accommodation at record levels

The only potential spanner in the works is the impact of political change. Factors such as the EU Referendum and the rhetoric around migration could potentially affect numbers of international students in the future and creates a degree of uncertainty. Nobody can really predict what pulling out of Europe would mean for Britain’s universities or whether this would increase university costs for international students.

However, the fact remains that students play a big part in the economies of our towns and cities and they have a significant impact on local housing markets. At the moment the demand for purpose-built student accommodation is at record levels and savvy investors are taking advantage now.


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Good news as the rebirth of this once great motor city continues to gain traction, with money pouring in to Michigan’s greatest city things are looking up for Detroit. As the revival grows Detroit is becoming a magnet for outside investment, and there are great opportunities in the residential real estate market.

Detroit tech companies are expanding at the same rate as Silicon Valley, start-ups are on the rise and the rebirth of motor industry, alongside the urban gentrification of the riverside and the redevelopment of iconic buildings means that the mood is upbeat.  Detroit is even attracting New York hipsters, priced out of Brooklyn who are keen to take advantage of the business opportunities and cheap rental housing.

An Emerging Market that happens to take dollars

Detroit is expected to grow at 2% higher rate than the rest of the US and as Sandy Baruah, CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, said that Detroit has been described as “an emerging market that happens to take dollars”.

Indeed Detroit is now seen as a rare growth area within North America with lots of potential at low cost, making it a very attractive region for investment and the real estate market is ripe for investment.

Good Quality Low Cost Housing from only £20,000.00

What better time than now than to get in on the act and buy good quality, low cost, high yield rental properties.  We have some amazing opportunities including beautiful, brick houses for only £20,000 fully tenanted and managed by professional management companies.

Ready Made Portfolios of low cost, high yield three house multiple buys for only £67,000.00

Increasingly clients are looking for ready-made portfolios and we have put together some amazing package deals of low cost, high yield multiple buys in good quality areas.  For £67,000.00 you can invest in 80% of three fully refurbished houses with finance, land contract with a year guaranteed rental and a year’s maintenance guarantee. With NET yields of 20% the first year’s rental income pays for the rest of the investment and with our track record of over 99% tenancy for our properties means that your tenant is likely to stay put.


“The time is now to invest in Detroit, and if Warren Buffet says he’d invest in Detroitwho are we to argue! There are so many great opportunities for overseas investors keen to get in on this growing economy.  We are lucky enough to great contacts with suppliers of good quality housing stock that comes fully tenanted”, says Darren Brown, CEO of PCG Invest.




For further information please contact: Caroline Ratner Communications, caroline@carolinecomms.com020 8209 0120


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Before you complete on any investment within our buy-to-let sales portfolio you will be provided with:

·         proof of the rent being paid since the tenancy began

·         the current lease agreement,

·         a full internal property inspection with video walkthrough if required,

·         a clear title statement showing the property is clear of all debts and encumbrances

·         and you will be connected to a professional management company to look after your property and tenants.








The best city in the world to live in Spain is: is Palma de Mallorca.
That, at least, is what ensures the British newspaper The Times, which has published its list Sunday 50 favorite cities.

"The capital of the Balearic Islands has a picturesque old town with beaches that can be reached on foot and with an exceptional climate," says The Times in its annual supplement. Palma outperforms rivals Toronto (best destination for urbanites), Auckland (the best maritime city), Hoi An in Vietnam (the bow of gastronomy) and Berlin (the best big city on a tight budget).

The list have made the team in travel journalists of The Times, who have used various statistics about the quality of life, infrastructure, food, climate, environment and the ease of "assimilation" of the British. "That makes it our favorite destination," concludes the newspaper, Palma qualifies as "one of the most picturesque cities of Spain".

"We live in an increasingly globalized world with the digital economy, so that the potential for year-round living for several months or weekends are increasingly handy places," writes the director of The Supplement Home Times, which recommends Mallorca for holidays or to go to live.

The countries most 'winners' list are the United States (with 10 cities among the 50 elected), France (five), Spain, Italy and Australia (four each)

According to STR Global, Southern Europe reported a demand increase of 4.2 percent year-to-date October 2014, with the highest occupancy change (+3.6 percent) of all sub-regions in Europe.

As supply showed low year-over-year growth of 0.6 percent, average daily rate (+3.7 percent) and revenue per available room (+7.4 percent) were able to pick up and display a positive performance outlook for year-end 2014 and the start of 2015.

Spain and Portugal have reported RevPAR growth since 2011. The consistent demand increase for Spain (+4.8 percent) and Portugal (+6.6 percent) positively affected all performance measures as both countries were able to achieve RevPAR increases more than 10.0 percent.

Portugal achieved the highest ADR level in seven years, with YTD October ADR reaching EUR86.32. Spain maintained a healthy balance between occupancy (+5.6 percent) and ADR (+4.6 percent), therefore RevPAR (+10.4 percent) increased to EUR65.41, compared with EUR59.25 in YTD October 2013.


Portugal is performing at a lower ADR and occupancy level than Spain; however, RevPAR in Portugal increased at a faster rate (+12.5 percent). While the two major cities, Lisbon (+9.2 percent) and Porto (+11.4 percent), mainly increased occupancy, the Algarve region had the strongest ADR (+17.4 percent).

In Spain, Barcelona has been consistently performing with high occupancy and ADR levels, with comparable performance in the past year. The Balearic Islands and Canary islands were able to strongly increase ADR by 9.3 percent and 11.1 percent, respectively. RevPAR in Andalusia increased 10.5 percent to EUR58.78 as a result of positive growth in occupancy and ADR.


According to global real estate consultant Knight Frank, after staging a strong recovery, Madrid is forecast to be one of the best performing European office markets within the next two year.

This change reflects the much improved economic backdrop, providing occupiers and investors with renewed confidence and optimism. Historically, the Madrid office market has correlated closely with corporate performance and employment levels.

Prime rents reached their floor in 2013 and increased by 14% in H1 2014, to currently stand at EURO28 per sq m per month.  Office investment has risen sharply, with volumes amounting to EURO 700 million in H1 2014, compared with EURO 400 million for the whole of 2013.

There has been limited development over recent years, which has helped to stabilize the vacancy rate at 11.5%. With limited development in the pipeline, a shortage of good quality stock is expected in the medium term, which is expected to lead to further rental growth.

An increasing number of companies are looking at relocating; having delayed their expansion plans throughout the recession which adds weight to the view that increasing demand will further boost take-up over the coming months.

At a recent investor breakfast hosted by Knight Frank, a live opinion poll of the 200 attendees showed that Spain was year's top target country for investment, chosen by 26% of the audience, knocking the UK off the top spot.  This is unsurprising given the strength of the rebound currently being seen in the Spanish market. However, the UK and Germany again featured strongly on investors' radars, gaining 25.3% and 19.2% of votes respectively.

Humphrey White, head of commercial, Knight Frank Madrid said, "Overall office vacancy stands at 11.5%, however, Grade A supply in Madrid's centre stands at just 2%; this, coupled with a 25% increase of take up year-on-year, will lead to significant rental growth in the capital. We are also seeing a polarization of the office market as tenants become more demanding, leading to a flight to quality - the best within the CBD dramatically outperforming others in the immediate surroundings."

Darren Yates, Knight Frank's global head of capital markets research commented, "As 2015 approaches, the combination of a more active occupier market, limited development pipeline and low rents offers a realistic prospect of strong rental growth. In turn, this will further increase Madrid's appeal to investors, leading to yield compression and enhanced growth in capital values. The investment case for Spanish property is compelling."

The Corporate Real-Estate Opportunity in the U.S., The European Diversification.

The next seven years will bring a growth cycle of real-estate investment in the U.S., that will be driven by several factors and in different areas. These will stem from a growing appetite for real asset investments, foreign investment, geographic diversification and macroeconomic events.

“For the first time since 2009, the U.S. was the top destination for capital going into real estate markets, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s annual report”. Source WSJ, March 11, 2015.

The economic events in Europe are driving major changes in corporate investments and geographic expansion decisions. In this particular situation, the expansion would be better defined as an exodus from European markets to developing and growing in the U.S.

In a nutshell, European companies will be setting-up offices and transferring employees to the U.S. - The main drivers are:

• Taking advantage of the rising dollar.
• Diversifying from the euro € and ECB risk.
• Revenue recognition outside of the EU tax base.
• Off-setting U.S. Tax liabilities by balance sheet real-estate investments.
• Leveraging ROI on liquidity for cash flow businesses.

In the 1990’s, U.S. Corporations underwent a similar expansion process into Europe. This time, the expansion phenomena will be European corporations expanding into the U.S., albeit the reasons and drivers being fundamentally different.

These European expansions/exodus will come in the form of large corporations accelerating investments and SMB’s (small & medium businesses) that will be new players in the U.S.

This, especially in the SMB market, will create a need for a new approach to serving expansions that go beyond simple relocation, site selection, etc. The gap of what is normally delivered by economic development organizations and real-estate teams will need to be filled.

This will bring cross-country collaboration to a whole new level and include partnerships in many areas, in order to successfully serve this market opportunity. For example:

• Agent network to support U.S. Wide coverage.
• Handholding of employees across professional and personal needs.
• Helping companies build there supply-chain in the U.S.
• Helping companies with U.S. Compliance & Regulations.
• Deliver to relocation needs and temporary transition needs.

This can be a new era of Corporate Real-Estate business models and teaming opportunities.
International investors dominate the industry motivated by the low prices.
There is increasing interest from us buyers in Spanish coastal areas Barcelona, Ibiza, Costa Brava, Marbella and Mallorca, pockets of real estate investment.
Foco inmobiliario de inversión en Ibiza.

Real estate prices of luxury in Spain have been stable in the first half of 2014, according to the Lucas Fox real estate agency in Barcelona. The transactions are increasing in all its areas of reference to measure that reduces the gap between prices of output and sales. International customers represent 90% of the sales of Lucas Fox and the interest of investors in Far East and Middle East is gaining momentum.
The residential market of Ibiza continues to grow with strength, with an increase in transactions compared to the same period in 2013. The prices of the luxury properties in some important areas begin to increase as demand exceeds supply. The interest on the part of us buyers has doubled.
The residential market of Ibiza continues to grow with strength, with an increase in transactions compared to the same period in 2013. The prices of the luxury properties in some important areas begin to increase as demand exceeds supply. The interest on the part of us buyers has doubled.
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