Archive for December, 2013

Price Growth Slowdown Expected

The U.S. housing recovery is expected to march into 2014 without any serious hiccups, but experts are predicting that price growth will slow in the new year. Reports from Zillow show that price growth is already slowing, which analysts say is to be expected, particularly in areas that saw significant…

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Dubai Landlords Get New Laws

Dubai’s government has set out new laws for landlords as part of real estate sector reforms that give them more power to raise rents far beyond the 5% cap set in 2008. Now landlords may be able to raise rents as much as 20% in some cases and applies to landlords who work in both the private and…

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Hot Franchise Investment Ideas

It may be tempting to think that all the good franchise ideas are gone and that the market is saturated, but experts with an eye for bargains have selected several hot business models that can be had for a song. Some franchises take a great deal of startup capital, but there are also many that have…

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Hot Franchise Investment Ideas

It may be tempting to think that all the good franchise ideas are gone and that the market is saturated, but experts with an eye for bargains have selected several hot business models that can be had for a song. Some franchises take a great deal of startup capital, but there are also many that have…

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Cities Welcome Small Businesses

When it comes to starting a small business some cities are more welcoming than others. Affordable office space, friendly tax codes and willing consumers are just a few things that might make one city more appealing than other for a prospective business owner

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Irish Property Market Improves

Ireland’s Central Statistical Office reports that property prices in the country have increased an average of 5.6% over last November’s prices, although they remain far off peak levels. Improvement in Dublin is driving the recovery numbers, however, as the rest of the country remains exposed…

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Experts Predict High 2014 Office Rents

Analysts at CBRE are expecting office rates to increase by a significant amount in 2014 due to higher demand and constrained supply forced by a lack of new construction. More office hiring will also be a factor as the economy improves, particularly in areas with strong energy and technology sectors…

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Tax Reform Threatens Commercial Real Estate

New changes tax laws pertaining to commercial real estate (CRE) could threaten the way CRE investors and developers currently do business. Some in the industry feel that the elimination of so-called “1031 exchanges” will depress real estate sales and transactions as more investors attempt…

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Navigating Rising Mortgage Rates

The Federal Reserve has announced it intends to cut back on its bond-buying program, which is likely to lead to a rise in mortgage rates, and many prospective homebuyers may take that as a sign to invest while rates are still low. Experts say, though, that prices probably won’t increase that quickly…

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Investment Drives US Housing Recovery

End-of-year housing transaction data provided by RealtyTrac indicates the U.S. real estate recovery is being driven by cash buyers and investors as more lenders disposed of bank-owned inventory and foreclosed properties. The pace of residential property sales increased less than 1% from October to November..

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