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Top three cities to invest in real estate around the world by Jürg Widmer Probst

by Jurg Widmer Probst
19th Jul 19 12:02 pm

In many ways the world of real estate is a relatively stable one. Compared to investing in stocks and shares for example, the ups and downs of real estate prices usually take place over a matter of years, rather than days.

But that is not to say that real estate isn’t prone to booms. In this way, property is just like any other asset class. Certain markets get hot, while others cool off.

Location is everything in real estate, and from time to time, certain locations become hugely popular. So, where are the cities where we think property prices are about to take off next?

Here is our take on the top places around the world to buy real estate right now.

1. Lisbon, Portugal

Madonna has made it her home, for one. But the Material Girl is onto something in our view – this is a city that is certainly on the up. Friendly local regulatory arrangements also reward foreign investors, and even offers a route to Portuguese citizenship for those who buy property here.

Lisbon is a city with potential for many years. Long undervalued, it is finally beginning to realise that potential.

It’s a great place to invest in high end properties, but there are also plenty of hidden gems too. The city is beautiful, culturally rich and a great place to invest in real estate.

2. Orlando, Florida

Orlando has always been a popular destination for real estate investors looking for a steady return on their investment.

Homes are still relatively affordable, compared to much of the US (around 20 per cent down on the national average) and yet we’ve seen steady growth in recent years.

In 2017, prices were up 9 per cent, and with a booming jobs market in the region things are looking good. The American economy is in reasonable shape at the moment, and Orlando, where tourism is a big earner, is doing well as a result.

3. Rotterdam, Netherlands

Forget crowded Amsterdam – for real estate investors, it’s all about Rotterdam. Last year prices in the city took a jump of around 17 per cent and there is still an impressive demand for properties, particularly in the residential sector.

There is an excellent supply of good quality properties in the city too, which is only an hour or so away from the aforementioned capital. So if  you haven’t been able to find a property that fits your portfolio in Amsterdam, we recommend you give Rotterdam a try.

That’s just a quick overview of some of the cities where we recommend getting onto the real estate market while things are still affordable.

As always in real estate (indeed in any investment) it’s all about looking for value. In our view, there is still plenty of value to be had in these great cities – but be quick: it won’t last forever.

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