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Real Estate in Europe: A Safe Investment?

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November 10, 2016

when they decide to sell their property after the initial obligatory holding period ends. In order to make a hopeful profit, however, research must be conducted to try to forecast the future housing market where one is investing. This is especially important given the volatility of property markets worldwide.

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Real estate investments countries, that each offers their own immigrant investor scheme.

Spain 

Spain was praised for its remarkable economic rebound by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Property buyers from overseas are returning to Spain.

is significant. Properties located in prime areas of Spain’s main cities would have appreciated 20% since the end of 2013.

Cyprus

Cyprus thanks to its Mediterranean lifestyle as well as its proximity to the Middle East.

for foreign investors.

, even though it is forecast at only a moderate growth rate in the next few years. Cyprus has reformed laws to protect buyers, and also eliminated all future capital gains taxes for those who purchase a property in 2016. These changes have increased investor confidence in this Mediterranean nation amidst continued economic recovery.

Malta

Malta’s investor immigration program to be obtained for a minimum investment of €1.2 million into Maltese economy, including the purchase of a property for a minimum of €350,000.

, with a 7.6% increase in 2014 and 4.9% in 2015. The investor program introduced in 2013 is partially responsible for this upward price trend as it targets high net worth individuals to invest in the country.

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The Verdict

While some countries are experiencing faster growth in their real estate sector than others, there are other important factors to consider prior to choosing to invest in a country. The lifestyle, resident/citizen benefits (including healthcare), social environment, and overall economic state are but a few that should be taken into account.

In addition, program requirements and benefits should be weighed against one’s future plans. Are you looking for a second passport? While Cyprus and Malta offer citizenship for investment, Spain’s route to citizenship is a long one. Do you intend on moving to the country you are investing in? Note that while no physical residency requirement is required for Spain or Cyprus, investors interested in Malta must purchase a primary residence to be eligible for the program, and though they need not reside there 365 days a year, they must commit significant time there. These are a few questions that should be asked prior to making any investment decisions. These decisions, after all, affect yours and your family’s future.

If you are interested in investor immigration to Europe, contact our office today. We will help you find the best program based on your specific needs and circumstances.

Fill out our Free Assessment to find out if you qualify for any of the immigration programs offered.
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