Richard Butler Creagh: Real Estate Abroad Part II

In the previous article (Part 1),  we talked about best locations that are the best places to buy real estate overseas. In “PART 2”, I’ll continue sharing real estate property listing. Here it goes.

Greece.  Investors and people interested in buying real estate abroad are coming to Greece in search of cheap real estate. Due to the economic events the average prices seem to be lower however there a big spread of prices. Crete is the most popular. Real estate prices lower than in Spain and Portugal. New low cost flights to Greece, UK and Crete also determine this.Agios Nicolaos is at the forefront of popular cities to buy real estate in Greece. After this is Elounda, Apokoronas near Chania in Crete, Neapoli and Kerkyra on the island of Corfu.

Italy. Italia is always a "strong" country when it comes to popularity among investors and people interested in buying real estate with an appetite for "Bela Vita". Real estate prices more expensive than Spain and Portugal, with an average price of £254,000. Historic cities, great architecture, great food, all this encourages investors to buy a house or apartment in Italy. Scalea in Calabria in the south of the country. And in the popular Tuscany are cities like Fivizzano, Chianni, Licciana Nardi.

Cyprus.  Still a very popular place for British real estate to buy. The average price of Cyprus property is £133,000. And the most popular places to buy Cyprus property are around Paphos, Peyia, Kato Paphos, Talo and Chloraka. There are not so many new properties being built like in Greece, and it is worth focusing on the secondary market if you are thinking of buying an apartment or house in Cyprus.

Florida. Friendly Florida with English language and Anglo-Saxon culture. Real estate prices soared. The average price of real estate among those looking for in Florida is £385,000. In addition to Miami, where real estate prices are sky high, it's worth heading north to Florida theme parks. Developers and real estate agencies offer properties with a "rent guarantee". And prices around Orlando are still "reasonable" for a European and it is worth investing there, for example, in an apartment for rent.

Barbados. Not everyone is bothered by over 7h flight from Europe and high real estate prices, but Barbados is still strong investment place. The strong roots of the British community and high property prices within £350,000 do not alienate buyers and investors. The most popular places to buy real estate in Barbados are Westmoreland, Sandy Line, and Holetown. Also, around Mullins and Speighstown. It always was and is an exclusive place to invest capital.

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Richard Butler Creagh: Real estate abroad

The British – as you probably know, lead the nations that buy real estate abroad. And they mainly drive real estate markets in the most popular locations to buy real estate not only in Europe but also in the world. The best example of this is the Spanish real estate market.

Buying real estate aboard is not only an apartment or holiday home, but also as a capital investment and as an investment that is expected to bring stable cash flow from real estate.

If you are interested in real estate markets around the world it is worth looking at some facts and statistics. Over the past few years, the same countries are in the top most popular places to invest in real estate in the world.

Spain. The most favourite destination for buying property, by English investors and families looking for a second home for vacation or moving to Spain. Spain has been the number 1 property buyer abroad for many years. It is a place for those who are looking for a Life in a warm country. Property prices in Spain have been rising steadily over the past few years and still, Spain remains relatively cheap compared to other warm countries. The average property price in Spain in 2018 was £117,131. Which places are the most popular in Spain for buying property abroad by foreigners? Most foreigners buy real estate in Torrevieja on the southern Costa Blanca. Next is Camposol near Murcia. The town of Estepona on the Costa del Sol, Villamartin on the Costa Blanca near Orihuela Costa and Condado de Alhama near Murcia – one more good places to buy a property at a golf course in Spain.

FranceAlthough not as popular as Spain for the purchase of foreign real estate, France among the British “home buyers” occupies a leading place in our statistics and portal “Home in the Sun”. Closeness, beautiful properties and charming locations are decisive. Both in the south of France on the Cote d’Azur and the northern outskirts of France. The profile of a client looking for real estate in France is slightly different than, for example, Spain. They are mainly people looking for real estate for retirement. “Full time” pensioners who are looking for a quiet life in France, mainly in rural locations. Farms, country houses and country properties are selling. The average property price in France was £137,000. It’s still more attractive real estate prices compared to Great Britain. In addition to the Cote d’Azur, the most popular places to buy real estate are Britain in the north of France and around Nancy and Morbihan.

Portugal. Real estate in Portugal is not cheap in Europe. Portugal is more expensive than Spain and France. The average price of real estate is £220,000. According to data from “Home in the Sun”. Buyers with a higher budget seem to be choosing Portugal to buy a holiday home. Great climate, friendly nation, beautiful scenery of the south of the country, i.e. the coast of the Algarve. Real estate maintenance costs in Portugal are also higher than in Spain. Albufeira, Faro and Portimao are cities that the British choose to buy property in Portugal. Poles are also buying property in the Algarve.

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Is this technology safe?

The blockchain as a transaction book with the current technology and computing power of computers cannot be created. It is estimated that a computing power equal to half the Internet is needed to break a blockchain network. However, the introduction of quantum computers will require the implementation of new cryptographic security features according to Forbes. Blockchain transactions in the blockchain are irreversible. Attempting to change one block involves changing the entire blockchain following it. In the event that someone tries to cheat, change or enter an unauthorized transaction, the blockchain nodes in the verification and reconciliation process will discover that one of the copies of the book has a transaction that is incompatible with the records in the network and refuses to include it in the blockchain. Data, transactions and their order are resistant to counterfeiting and all kinds of manipulations. The blockchain philosophy, advanced mathematical methods, and cryptographic security allow us to trust the data contained in the accounting books of the transaction. On the other hand, is the chain because can’t get any point because of nature it works, the entire block needs to be rewritten or scrapped but for this happens this is to be identified. It is difficult to identify it the chain is many many many blocks away.

The financial industry was the first to recognize the potential of blockchain, but also the risk for its status quo that this technology brings. Since 2014, we have seen a huge flood of start-ups, which develop crypt-based technology for block-based currencies. A new industry is emerging, named for finance and technology in the FinTech industry, and in the insurance industry Insurance Tech (or InsurTech). There is a lot going on in the traditional financial industry. In 2015, a consortium of Banks and FinTech was established with the aim of developing blockchains. The consortium for September 2016 included, among others, Citi, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Societe Generale, Deutche Bank, HSBC, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and ING. In July 2016, Citi announced that it had developed its own crypto-currency, which he named Citicoin. FinTech start-up Chain.com received on October 30 million USD co-financing (from Nasdaq, Visa, CapitalOne, Orange and Citigroup) in order to build a solution that will allow you to send various valuable assets in the network (loyalty points, shares, vouchers and various financial instruments).

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London house prices: is slump coming to an end?

Welcome to the Richard Butler Creagh blog. Richard Butler Creagh helps clients find the right financial packages for their needs. Richard Butler Creagh and his team bring a consultative approach that quickly solves financial challenges. In today’s post, we talk about the slowing price growth of UK property making it harder for speculators to turn a profit.

The number of homes in England and Wales that were bought and sold twice within a year came to 17,120 in 2018 — down 11 percent from the latest peak two years earlier, and 70 percent below the high point of “flipping” in 2004, according to the estate agents.

Speculative homebuying in London almost halved in the past four years, with 1,107 homes flipped last year, as the housing market in the capital — which had led the post-crisis surge in prices — weakened. Of £3.9bn of homes flipped in the UK past year, £600m were in London. Price growth has slowed, and this combined with tax changes has meant that generally, it’s harder for flippers to make as much of a return as before.

The annual rate of house price growth across the UK in 2018 was at its slowest in five years and the slowing trend has continued since, with prices across the UK up 1.4 per cent in the year to April, while in London prices dropped 1.2 per cent.

In 2018, flippers sold homes for an average £30,150 more than they paid — although this figure does not take account of stamp duty, estate agent fees or any renovation costs. According to an online estate agent, buying and selling a home worth about £200,000 can cost as much as £20,000 in total, meaning flippers must choose carefully to ensure a profit.

The latest peak for flipping was in 2016, when some 19,180 homes in England and Wales worth £4.2bn changed hands twice in a year. National house price growth began to slow that year, after coming in at 8.3 per cent in the year to March. But that paled in comparison with the boom of the early 2000s, when 56,560 homes, worth a total of £8.2bn, were flipped as house prices shot up by 20 per cent in 2004.

The capital of rapid buying and selling for the past three years has been Burnley in Lancashire, where more than one in 10 homes that changed hands were flipped in 2018. Burnley has some of the lowest house prices in England. This allows flippers to buy properties worth more than £125,000 that do not incur basic stamp duty, although they may still be liable for the 3 per cent surcharge applied to second and additional homes.

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Richard Butler Creagh: Luxury Goods

Welcome to the Richard Butler Creagh Blog. Richard Butler Creagh provides bridge loan funding for a wide array of commercial and personal requirements.  In today’s post, we talk about the key trends shaping the luxury market. Read on to find out more.

An in-depth knowledge of the culture and realities prevailing in a given country combined with the knowledge of the local language can be a unique asset when thinking about your own business. Nothing prevents me from checking what market niches are in other countries or what popular product in one of them could make a sensation in the other. One thing to consider is that the natives probably know their own market better than you however perhaps not the product.

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Italian pizza, French cheese, Swiss watches or German chemistry is a clear message for the customer that the offered product is of the highest quality. However, if someone intends to base their business on such a pillar, they should gain knowledge why a particular product is the best from this particular country, learn about traditional methods of its production and culture related to its consumption, use, sale, etc. Each entrepreneur will make it more credible in the eyes of consumers. However, often businesses outside of the well-known location register to be able to have the fame of quality on their side.

Of course, you do not necessarily have to focus on offering products that are synonymous with their place of origin. Because although everyone knows that Italy is the homeland of pizza, there are thousands willing to run a pizzeria, so the competition will be huge in this case. An investment based on the distribution of a traditional commodity for a given country, in the absence of recipients’ knowledge about it, requires more effort in marketing and education, but it also gives the chance to gain a pioneer in the market.

Until recently, yerba mate was known to a few South American lovers and connoisseurs of tea drinks. The brew prepared from the leaves of Paraguay holly has become more popular in European recent years thanks to travel programs. Both journalists, talking about Latin American cultures, repeatedly presented themselves to the viewers with matero and bombilla in hand (a vessel and straw used to consume a drink).

From the KPMG report shows that by 2017 the value of the home luxury clothing market will increase. This means that it will still be the second largest segment of luxury goods in the country, right after luxury and premium cars. This high demand for luxurious goods created diversification within the market for high luxury and low luxury goods. The results of the report also indicate worth emphasizing that the brands of luxury clothing and accessories from Italy and France play the most important role.

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How to use bridging finance

Richard Butler Creagh On Bridging Finance

Welcome to the Richard Butler Creagh blog. Richard Butler Creagh is a financial consultant providing clients with specialized financial, property and investment guidance. In today’s blog, we’re talking about what bridging finance is. Read on to find out more.

Bridging financing is a great way to provide our company with financial liquidity at a difficult time between the start of an investment and the reimbursement of its costs or obtaining a payment The use of this form of assistance can significantly reduce the risk of company bankruptcy, which is why this form of support is very popular among entrepreneurs.

Bridging financing allows you to maintain financial liquidity in the period between covering the project implementation costs and their reimbursement, allows for patching the budget hole, ensures continuity of investment financing and funds for current expenses of the enterprise. By undertaking this type of commitment, we significantly reduce the risk of losing financial liquidity at the time of large expenditures on selected investments.

Investing in innovation and improving the company’s services is an indispensable task for every entrepreneur. It is in this way that he can provide his brand with a competitive advantage, strengthen its position on the market or gain the trust of customers. Unfortunately, investing almost always means considerable expenses that can undermine a delicate financial balance of the company – at that moment, bridging financing comes to our aid.

Bridging financing is a type of commitment that allows our company to obtain the funds necessary to maintain financial balance. We reach for such a solution especially when we undertake investments that require large financial outlays. Even if the invested funds are to be refunded to us, the process of receiving the necessary money may drag on and thus expose the company to financial difficulties. Bridging financing allows us to avoid this because it ensures financial stability even when large investment costs are incurred. In this way, we can devote additional cash, gained through bridging financing, to current expenses when we spend our own funds on a specific investment goal.

The market offers a wide variety of opportunities to take advantage of bridging support. Most often it takes the form of bridging loans, advances granted from the entity reimbursement of a given investment, bridging loans and loans granted by other entrepreneurs. Choosing the right commitment is a very important issue that can affect the fate of our company. When making decisions, one should take into account the credibility and reliability of the company in which we want to obtain financial support, and then compare its terms with the offers of other lenders. It is also worth considering a few different offers and choosing the one most suitable for the financial situation of our company. The obligation that will help us to keep our financial liquidity in the face of large investment expenditures can be obtained at a bank, in a large enterprise or in a non-bank institution.

Bridging financing and non-bank market.  The non-banking sector more and more often sees its chance in offering not only financial obligations for individual clients but also loans adapted to the needs of entrepreneurs. For consumers, non-bank loans for companies are a great alternative to bank liabilities, mainly due to the limited amount of formalities and accelerated time to obtain access to cash, as well as a competitive price.

The number of non-bank offers is increasing all over the world, targeted at business owners who need financial support. The attitude of entrepreneurs to this type of solutions is also dynamically changing – initially, they approached them with reserve, but nowadays they are more willing to reach for this form of additional financing. Bridging loans are a great alternative for people who have been refused at the bank or lack of funds to complete their investments.

“We make sure our investors are protected so that no one project can affect another. The borrower gets protection on the basis that we don’t take anything on unless it has stood up to our due diligence process and is viable. We are rigorous but in the end everyone benefits. Our aim is to help all sides of the project thrive.” Richard Butler-Creagh, 2017

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What is Bridging Finance

Richard Butler Creagh Shares about Bridging Loans

 

Welcome to the Richard Butler Creagh blog. Richard Butler Creagh founded Henley Finance in 2013. a short-term bridging finance company that specializes in loans between three months to a year, of £100,000 to £1,000,000 for experts in property development.  Here we explain the basics of bridging finance loans. Read on to find out more.

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People who take out mortgage loans know the concept of bridging loan or bridging insurance, It is used to secure a liability to the bank or another secured creditor until the mortgage is established on the property. A mortgage loan for a mortgage of a house or flat, or even land. However, before the borrower formally registers a mortgage with the bank in the land registry he secures his interests through bridging insurance. A short term facility securing interest in the property

A bridging loan granted to entrepreneurs has a slightly different dimension. Namely, it is granted in the form of assistance in the implementation of the investment. Its aim is to secure investment and develop the property before it is ready to re-mortgage. Further, in Europe bridging finance is often used to secure European Union subsidies for projects.

The basic purpose of the bridging loan is to enable or facilitate the implementation of investments From the moment the beneficiary incurs the first expenses related to the project implementation until the moment the refund is received, he may use the own funds or just from the bank’s funds as part of the bridge loan. The loan may be granted on a one-off basis or in tranches, up to the amount of the subsidy granted. It helps in maintaining financial liquidity before the project is due and receiving a refund.

How to get a bridge loan? Depending on the lender that offers the bridging loan, other conditions may apply. The loan is usually granted on simplified terms and it is easier to obtain it then, for example, receiving a positive decision from the bank on your investment loan application for the company. As a rule of thumb, the only security for the bridging loan is the assignment of rights under the co-financing agreement with the attached blank promissory note of the borrower and the security vested in form of a mortgage.

When the bridging loan feasible? Bridging finance is one of the more expensive form of financing the project and at the same time, it is the most popular amongst new developers who might struggle with big lenders due to lack of investment history. The concept from the perspective of bridging company is to secure the loan with equity.  If the finance is 70% of the loan amount it should be feasible. However, one thing worth considering is that the interest is paid monthly and often one or two months of none payment will trigger default interest which will eat the equity very quickly. Therefore, it is worth considering the value of the project and rolling up the interest for a period of time. This has to be carefully planned as not only it will increase the initial debt but interest payments thereafter.

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About Henley Finance

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Richard Butler Creagh is the founder of Henley Finance. Henley Finance was established in 2013 and is a short-term bridging finance company specializing in loans between three months to a year, of between £100,000 to £1,000,000 for the professional property developer. This approach is borne out when Richard attended a Risk Management Seminar at the Van Tharp Institute in the USA. The learning Richard took from this informs all decisions at Henley Finance, from the core of how the investments are placed to ensure our borrowers have the best exit strategy. Having this insight had also led to the development of some of the company’s own lending products.

The relationship with our client is the key to being able to understand their requirements and deliver our promises. Consistent communication is an element that is present throughout the life of the loan so Henley Finance relies on people who share its values in business, making the process transparent and understandable for everyone involved.

“We make sure our investors are protected so that no one project can affect another.  The borrower gets protection on the basis that we don’t take anything on unless it has stood up to our due diligence process and is viable. We are rigorous but in the end everyone benefits.  Our aim is to help all sides of the project thrive.” – Richard Butler-Creagh, 2017

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Buying the Right Investment Property

Richard Butler Creagh is a financial consultant who founded Henley Finance since 2013 which provides short-term bridging finance to the property development sector. Here is Richard Butler Creagh’s advice on your next property investment.

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You’ve made a windfall and you’re looking to buy an investment property you can turn into a steady source of cash flow in the form of rental income. If you’re ready to become a property owner-cum-landlord, here are three things to remember before you buy your first rental home.

Stick with a budget. Whether you’re looking to invest your personal funds or taking out a property loan, have a budget and stick with it. Success in real estate investment takes time and patience, so don’t rush into a buying spree. Instead, learn more about the trade and make informed decisions.

Research rentals in the neighborhood. You may have decided upon a location simply because someone recommended it or a real estate agent is pushing you to buy there. Tread with caution—your entire business plan could go for a toss if you fall for inflated rental figures. Do your own research, find out the going rentals in the area, and factor in the associated costs of acquiring a property, advertising it to potential tenants, maintaining it until a good tenant comes along, and government taxes and agent fees, if any.

Buy through a reputed local real estate company contact a seasoned and well-established.  house buying company and let them know you’re looking to invest in a home or commercial property that will fetch you good rent and will also see considerable appreciation in the coming years. By partnering with a local real estate business, you’ll benefit from their resources and expertise in scouting your preferred location for a good deal.

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How long does it take to get a Bridging Loan?

Bridging loans can be arranged within a matter of hours with funds released within 72 hours although usually this takes a bit longer and can take a couple of weeks. While a bridging loan may be arranged much quicker than could be achieved through a traditional bank, most bridging finance companies still apply sensible and relatively conservative lending criteria. Usually, such lenders are smaller nimble operations and specialise in doing all of the usual checks that a bank will do but without the encumbrance of bank bureaucracy.

Every bridging loan that’s arranged has an exit strategy agreed with the lender – the means by which you’re going to repay it. You might be planning to sell the property after renovations are complete, arrange a long-term mortgage on it or sell another property to pay off the loan.

Interest rates are quoted per month. After the first month minimum, interest is calculated daily. For example, you take out a £100,000 bridging loan on 1st August at 0.75% monthly. If you repay it on 6th October you pay one month’s interest (£750) plus 6 days’ interest (£148) = £898 in interest. (Plus the loan set-up fees.)

Fees include the usual search fees and land registration fees, the lender’s valuation fee (which you need to pay) and both your legal fees and the lender’s (which you may be able to minimize by using the lender’s solicitor to do your own legal work as well). Then there’s the lender’s arrangement or facility fee of around 2% and your broker’s fee (which will be least of all the professional fees).

This is a very useful form of finance for the property.

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