Currency games: to whom and where it was profitable to buy overseas property
Currency fluctuations are affected by various factors: monetary policy, inflation, consumer confidence, GDP dynamics, and the balance of payments. As a rule, along with the growth of the currency, real…

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Investments in utility meters: coworking, coliving, spontaneous shops and warehouses
Since the mid-2000s, an economic model of joint consumption has spread throughout the world. Its main idea is that it is more convenient to pay for temporary access to a…

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“Now it's the other way around”: investors choose Valencia after a referendum in Barcelona
On October 1, 2017, a referendum on independence was held in Catalonia, 90% of those who voted in favor of separating the region from Spain. Since then, uncertainty has reigned…

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Commissions of real estate agents in different countries

Austria
In Austria, the commission in most cases is paid by the buyer, its size is 3% (including VAT 20% – 3.6%). The amount of remuneration is regulated by the Code of Acts for Real Estate Agents (Rechtsvorschrift für Standes- und Ausübungsregeln für Immobilienmakler), and the realtor does not have the right to demand more than what he should be. Continue reading

Why to invest in Barcelona value added projects in 2017–2018

Recovering after the crisis, the Spanish economy is regaining lost positions: if in 2009 the GDP growth rate fell to a record low of −3.57%, then from 2012 the figure shows steady growth, reaching 3.2% in 2016.

Catalonia is the most developed region of Spain, the GDP of Catalonia is 20% of the GDP of the whole country. The unemployment rate in Barcelona is consistently below the national average: in 2016, the gap was 3.7%. Continue reading

What will happen to the real estate market if mortgage rates rise?

In recent years, mortgage rates in Europe and the USA have fallen, dropping to a record low by 2017, while real estate prices have grown at an accelerated pace.

However, in 2015, the US Federal Reserve System (FRS) began to gradually increase the discount rate. Many assume that, following this rate, mortgage interest will begin to rise (both in the United States and in Europe), and this will put pressure on the value of real estate, as investors will expect a higher return on invested capital. Continue reading

Investments in utility meters: coworking, coliving, spontaneous shops and warehouses
Since the mid-2000s, an economic model of joint consumption has spread throughout the world. Its main idea is that it is more convenient to pay for temporary access to a…

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Barcelona real estate market: 2 months after the split
The last few years the real estate market in Barcelona has experienced a boom. in 2013, prices reached the bottom and began to grow rapidly: according to the portal Idealista,…

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Real estate in 12 districts of Berlin: prices and prospects
The real estate market in Berlin is one of the most dynamic in the world. Each year, the number of residents of the capital is growing by about 40 thousand…

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