Retirement homes - an investment in perspective
Over the last 15 years, investments in non-traditional types of commercial real estate in Europe have increased by an average of a quarter annually. One of such assets is the…

Continue reading →

4 reasons why the market for cross-border real estate investment will grow over the next 10 years
According to CBRE and Real Estate Analytics, from 2007 to 2016, investors invested more than $ 6.7 trillion in overseas real estate. Since 2010, investments in this sector have grown…

Continue reading →

Save on lawyers later, and not at the beginning: Dew-diligence of commercial real estate in Germany
German real estate is one of the most reliable assets in Europe. Partly because of this, modern Germany is considered to be the seller’s market: good properties are bought up…

Continue reading →

Russian-speaking investors in profitable real estate abroad: an analytical study of Tranio

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). A notable result was that the answers of many Russian and non-Russian realtors to many questions differed significantly. This may mean that those and other realtors work with different segments of Russian-speaking investors, and also that their methods of work differ.

The Tranio study showed significant differences between Russian-speaking and non-Russian-speaking realtors.

The number of investors is growing
45% of respondents believe that in recent years the number of Russian-speaking investors in real estate abroad has been growing. This is confirmed by previous Tranio studies: in 2015, 17% of respondents noted that people from Russia and other countries of the former USSR represent one of the main categories of customers, and in 2016, 27% of survey participants indicated this.

However, the statistics of the recent survey suggests that the growth of the audience of investors is accounted for mainly by non-Russian realtors, and the Russian-speaking clientele does not show a distinct dynamics.

How has the number of Russian-speaking buyers buying property for income generation changed over the last two or three years?
According to George Kachmazov, managing partner of Tranio, “among local agents there are more sophisticated specialists who can offer more interesting objects and more attractive conditions. On the other hand, Russian investors have also become more sophisticated, they often speak English, and it’s easy for them to turn to foreign-language agents. ”

The number of Russian-speaking investors in real estate abroad is growing, but this growth is mainly due to the clientele of non-Russian realtors.

A particular increase in the number of investors was noted by respondents from the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Greece and Germany. These countries are traditionally interesting for Russian-speaking buyers, moreover, now their markets are on the rise, and in many of these countries mortgage has become more profitable than a few years ago. Yulia Kozhevnikova, an expert at Tranio, adds that “interest in Greece and Cyprus is spurred by an attractive program of residence permits (in Greece) and citizenship (in Cyprus) for investments.”

Portugal, Austria, Spain and Thailand were also among the countries where there is a tendency to increase the audience of investors. However, in all these markets there is an influx of not only Russian-speaking investors, but also immigrants from other countries, in particular from China and the countries of the Middle East.

A particular increase in the number of investors is noted in the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece and Cyprus, and a decrease in Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Latvia and France.

On the contrary, a decrease in investment interest was noted by respondents from Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Latvia and France. Latvia, which in the first half of the 2010s was one of the most sought-after countries among Russian-speaking property buyers, lost its appeal after the cost of the “golden visa” in 2014 rose from 140 thousand to 250 thousand euros, and the authorities became more negative treat investors from Russia.

Investors are interested in apartment houses and mini-hotels.
Previous Tranio surveys showed that the overwhelming majority of Russian-speaking investors abroad acquire residential apartments and rental houses: 60–80% of respondents noted this option. In the 2018 survey, we focused on other types of investment property, the leaders among which were mini-hotels (up to 80 rooms) and apartment buildings, which collected 33 and 31% of the votes of the respondents, respectively.

Russian-speaking investors in profitable real estate abroad: an analytical study of Tranio (2018)
Some types of real estate demonstrate a significant difference between the responses of Russian-speaking and non-Russian realtors. In particular, among non-Russian realtors, the “Profitable houses” option scored 65% of the votes and was in the first place with a huge margin from other types (only 31% of respondents in this category indicated mini-hotels). At the same time, among Russian-speaking realtors, 33% chose mini-hotels and 27% – apartment buildings; the gap between these indicators is insignificant. The option “Cafes and Restaurants” was not mentioned by any non-Russian respondent, but every fifth Russian-speaking one chose him. Supermarkets and street stores received respectively 13 and 9% of the votes of Russian-speaking realtors and only 4% each – of non-Russian.

The most popular types of investment real estate, in addition to residential apartments and rental houses, are mini-hotels (in the first place among Russian-speaking respondents) and apartment houses (among non-Russian-speaking).

Top 10 locations in Greece, where the profit from daily rent grew the most
Profit from short-term rentals in Greece over the past two years has grown stronger in locations less popular with tourists - analysts of AirDNA, a service that processes ads published…

...

What pitfalls are fraught with high yield?
According to the data of the German Institute for Economic Research (Deutsche Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung), in every fourth case, real estate yields a zero return, and every twelfth investment is…

...

How to invest in German development projects
For the last three years, we have been actively looking for projects for investment in Germany, but every year it becomes more and more difficult to find them, because there…

...

Coworking - a growing trend in the office market
The concept of coworking (from the English. Co-working - collaboration) is simple, but very functional: the interested party (employee) on a rental basis offers a comfortable and fully equipped workplace.…

...