On July 23, the Parliament of Great Britain introduced a new law on the creation of a public registry, in which foreign companies owning real estate in the country would have to disclose the names of their final beneficiaries. Those who hide this information or enter false information in the register will face fines and imprisonment up to 5 years for nominal ownership of real estate for the purpose of money laundering. If the law is adopted, the register of foreign companies will be operational by 2021. Continue reading
In 2008, a financial crisis began in Europe. The problems in the economy affected the state of local real estate markets: the volume of investments decreased, real estate prices fell by 20–40%. In order to stimulate capital inflows from abroad, some countries in southern Europe have launched “golden visa” programs: Greece, Spain, Cyprus, and Portugal have started to issue residence permits to foreign investors in exchange for investments in the economy of their country. Continue reading
On 2 August, for the first time since November 2017, the Bank of England raised the base interest rate by 25 basis points to 0.75%. This is a record rate over the past nine years – so the financial regulator is trying to slow down inflation from 2.4% to a target value of 2.0%. How will the real estate market change? Continue reading
In early 2018, Tranio once again investigated the behavior of Russian-speaking investors abroad. We relied on the results of an online survey, which involved 476 real estate market leaders from 33 countries.
The survey covered both Russian-speaking realtors working in foreign countries and Tranio partners who do not speak Russian (19% of respondents). Continue reading
On July 26, the Montenegrin authorities announced the launch of a citizenship for investment program. To get a passport, an investor must buy property on its territory and invest 100 thousand in a special development fund of the country. For the lagging regions in the north, the minimum cost of facilities is 250 thousand euros, for developed southern ones – 450 thousand. Continue reading