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Argentina is one of Latin America's largest and wealthiest countries with a mainland area of 2.8 million square kilometres and a population of 41.8 million people. With a combined GDP of US$ 3.5 trillion, Argentina has a diversified economy supported by highly qualified human resources, high productivity levels, a modern and permanently expanding infrastructure and a solid macroeconomic context permeating across primary, secondary and tertiary sectors.
In November 2015, after 12 years of a leftist government that ran with policies that thwarted growth in many respects, Argentina made a political shift to the centre-right when Mauricio Macri, formerly the mayor of Buenos Aires, won the presidential runoff. Macri has promised to strengthen institutions, introduce more pro-business policies, cut deals with foreign creditors and realign Argentina’s foreign policy away from Venezuela and Iran and closer to the US, bringing a more market-friendly approach to fixing the nation’s currently precarious economy. Marking the beginning of a new political era for Argentina, the political change will have large implications for the economic future of Argentina, with a forecasted potential to show exponential growth and tremendous long-term appreciation.
The increase in confidence that is expected over the coming months in light of the introduction of a fresh political party will spearhead the country's recovery. Investors in Argentina are already placing a lot of faith in the ability of its president-elect to turn the country into the thriving economy it once was. The Merval stock index has jumped 40 per cent since the start of October, when opinion polls kindled the hope that Mauricio Macri could become the country's first centre-right president since 1999. The rally in bonds has been even more prominent, with 10-year yields shrinking from 9 per cent to 2.25 per cent over the same period.
In 2016, Argentina will be moving forward with clearer economic policies, benefiting existing investors and acting as a significant catalyst to attract new investors with their eye on real estate prices that are among the lowest in South America.
"Argentina's future economic outlook is promising," David Sutton, CEO of Alvear Group a long-term investor in Buenos Aires, says "We are convinced this is an excellent time to invest in real estate in this country. Relative values of quality properties will see a significant appreciation in the next few years."
Dubai has spearheaded development in the UAE over the last few years. Access to massive reserves of capital have enabled the Dubai government to invest in new developments and build substantial infrastructures fostering an environment that ignites confidence in global investors.
The city has established itself in recent years as one of the most talked about places on earth, boasting a wide variety of brand new residential and commercial developments that continue to expand and develop as high demand persists. Dubain enjoys mid to high temperatures year round, can be easily accessed for a large is home to a host of world records including the world's tallest building, largest shopping mall, tallest hotel, largest indoor ski resort, man-made island, the longest fully automated railway system and largest man-made marina.
Dubai is a tax-free environment. Not only is there no tax on corporate profits, but the lack of personal income tax also results in the significant added benefit of attracting skilled personnel to the region. In addition, there are over 70 free zones in Dubai offering companies a host of advantages including 100% ownership of their businesses and no restrictions on the repatriation of profits to their home country.
An in-depth look at Dubai's thriving hotel and tourism industry and just how profitable investing in the sector has become is highlighted in the sheer popularity of the city as a holiday destination. In 2013, Dubai welcomed a record 11.01 million visitors, while 2014 saw a total of 11.6 million people flock to the city, representing a 5.4% increase.
Investing in the real estate sector in Dubai is straight forward and hassle-free as there are no special visa or permit requirements. Dubai offers the worlds highest rental returns and is one of the fastest growing economies in the world with a huge influx of visitors and tourists. Forecasts show that demand will continue to increase, with thousands of new units needed to supply Dubai's property market in the coming years. With visitor numbers also predicted to follow an upward trend, Dubai's tourism and hotel industry will require continued growth to support the city’s unprecedented popularity. These are two reasons why hotel property, above and beyond residential projects, has become one of the most attractive choices for over- seas investors.
Dubai's successful bid to host the World Expo 2020 is expected to be a tremendous feat for the future of the city and also marks the first time this distinction has been awarded to a country in the middle east. It is forecasted that 25 million people will visit Dubai during the six months of the prestigious global exhibition which will have a significant impact on the Emirate’s economy, specifically the tourism and hotel industry.
Sunshine, mid to high temperatures year round and relatively low cost of living, the innately relaxed lifestyle that characterises Spain is imprinted in its rich culture and environment. Following one of the worst economic downturns in the country’s history, Spain is now making a full recovery due to its ever-present allure amongst foreigners, as well as a number of favourable market conditions. A fast-growing economy, falling unemployment, an increase in bank lending and a re-adjustment of property prices are currently creating an opportune moment to invest in Spain.
Spain ranks sixth globally for real estate investment, ahead of other major markets such as France, Hong Kong, Canada, China and Italy, according to a global capital markets report published by real estate consultants, CBRE in November 2015. With investment levels up across the board, Spain continues to climb in the ranks of the annual report, rising from 16th place in 2013, to 11th in 2014, to now being considered the 6th largest and most important market for real estate investment in the world. Looking to 2016, CBRE forecasted that investors interested in European real estate will increase their exposure to risk in the new year, while the volume of real estate investment in Spain is predicted to reach around 13,000 million euros by the end of 2015.
According to the INE, the Spanish economy expanded by 3.1% in the second quarter of this year, up from an annual real GDP growth rate of 2.7% in the previous quarter and the biggest expansion since Q4 2007. The economy is expected to grow by 3.1% this year and by another 2.5% in 2016, up from a growth of 1.4% last year.
The current growth in the Spanish property market is largely driven by strong foreign demand. Approximately 750,000 Britons live permanently in Spain, accounting for 16% of purchases by overseas buyers, followed by the French with 10% and buyers from Russia, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Italy all sharing just over 5% of the market.
Post-recession property prices are spearheading international interest in what is still a vast (but ever-depleting) selection of property that are available for up to 41.9% below peak level prices. Amidst continuous improvement in economic conditions, an increase in consumer confidence and foreign demand, Spanish house prices have not only stabilised in most regions, particularly in Barcelona, Madrid and popular coastal areas such as the Costa del Sol, but are also registering healthy increases of up to 4.2% on a quarterly basis, the third fastest rate in Europe.
Spain is one of the most popular destinations in the world, attracting record-breaking figures of tourists each year. In 2014, a total of 65 million international tourists holidayed in Spain, while the Costa del Sol alone received 10.6 million visitors between January and July this year. Areas with significant high levels of tourist demand provide fantastic rental yields and secure opportunities for buy-to-let investments.