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Top 7 urban areas for real estate investment abroad

How the urban area will evolve is determined by a number of factors. For example, objects in neighborhoods adjacent to central areas often generate higher incomes than those located in the very center. New urban projects: the construction of airports, railway stations, parks, universities and hospitals attracts new tenants and property buyers to urban areas, influencing price increases.

How does the urban population and its income grow? How do the prices in the mikrolokatsii last year, five or ten years? How much is a square meter in the area and how much is it more expensive or cheaper than the average level in the city? What development projects are planned here in the near future? Tranio analysts analyzed seven cities with the most dynamic real estate markets and selected the top 7 city districts for investment.

Real estate in Berlin
If several years ago investors in Berlin were interested only in the central areas: Mitte, Charlottenburg and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, now the situation is changing in favor of locations located further from the center: for example, Lichtenberg, which is called “Berlin in miniature”.

Lichtenberg is one of the fastest growing areas of the city: according to forecasts of Berlin Hyp, from 2015 to 2030 the population here will increase by almost 10% (in Berlin as a whole – by 7.5%). Today, a square meter in Lichtenberg is cheaper than the city average: 2.9 thousand euros against 3.3 thousand. From 2007 to 2016, real estate here has risen by 40%.

Real estate in Berlin
Lichtenberg is located close to the center, but property prices here are 30–40% lower than in Mitte or Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Photo: Marco van Oel / Wikipedia
Lichtenberg ranks first in the number of housing under construction in Berlin: in the near future there will be more than eight thousand new apartments: these are 2 920 apartments per 100 thousand inhabitants, against 890 on average in the city.

Real Estate in New York, Manhattanville
Manhattanville (Manhattanville) is one of the most promising microlocations in New York. This quarter refers to the Harlem area, located in the north of Manhattan. According to Zillow, from 2007 to 2017, the average property price here increased by 67%: from 610 thousand dollars to 1.02 million. A square meter in Harlem costs 975 dollars – almost two times cheaper than in Manhattan (1 $ 792).

Real Estate in New York, Manhattanville
According to Zillow, the cost of real estate in Harlem will increase by 4.5% next year. Photo: Melpomene / Depositphotos
“Manhattanville refers to potential growth areas. This area has not yet been fully gentrified, and Columbia University is now actively expanding there, says Alexander Chernov, a Tranio expert. “But you need to understand: if you invest in New York today, then ideally you need to have 7-10 years left, otherwise there is a risk of getting into a bad phase of the cycle.”

Real Estate in Athens, Monastiraki
Located in the historical center of Athens, the Monastiraki area (Μοναστηράκι) attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists a year. Adjacent to it are the Athenian Agora, Plaka, and many buildings offer views of the Acropolis.

“The price of the object for repairs without a view of the Acropolis (on the basement, in the basement or semi-basement) ranges from 1 to 2 thousand euro / m², otherwise it grows to 3-6 thousand,” says Irina Rondyak, head of the agency Rondyak Real Estate, Tranio partner in Greece.

Real Estate in Athens, Monastiraki
The main sights of Monastiraki are the eponymous square and flea market Photo: igabriela /
According to the estimates of the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE), from 2012 to 2016, the number of tourists arriving in Athens from abroad grew by about 16% per year: from 2.6 million to 4.5 million. With the increase in the number of tourists, investor interest in real estate in the center of Athens is growing. According to the Greek edition of Kathimerini, apartments in the “triangle” formed by the areas of Monastiraki, Omonia and Syntagma are practically inaccessible to local people: in most cases they are already leased to foreign tourists.

Property in Barcelona, ​​Poblenou
In Poblenou, the main transport arteries of the city intersect: the L1 and L4 metro lines and the T4 tram line. Here is the famous Piazza Glories, within walking distance from it – Agbar Tower and Glòries shopping center.

Poblenou belongs to the San Marti district, where prices, having reached a peak in 2006 (4 561 euro / m²), began to fall until they reached the bottom in 2013 (2 757 euro / m²), and by the 2nd quarter of 2017 the property in San Marty went up by 53% again. In general, in Barcelona the growth over the same period was 44%. The cost per square meter in San Marti (4 231 euros) is approximately equal to the average for the city (4 253 euros).

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