Future-proof your real estate portfolio

We all share a sense that the world we live in at the moment is an uncertain one.

Take the prediction from the experts at Absolute Strategy Research, that there is a 45 per cent chance of a global recession in the next 12 months.

Or, the projections from the US National Academy of Sciences that suggest that we might see sea level rises of 2 metres by 2100, potentially displacing hundreds of millions of people. Or, Pew’s projections that the global population will rapidly grow to a staggering 10.9 billion by 2100.

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By |September 4th, 2019|Real Estate|0 Comments

Selling real estate at the right time

In my experience, success in real estate investment often comes down to two very basic things: knowing when to buy, and knowing the best time to sell real estate. In fact, it is a decision that is at the heart of every kind of investment strategy. As markets rise and fall, timing is everything. But knowing when to hold on to a piece of real estate – and when to get rid of it – is a fine art.

With that in mind, I thought I’d share just a few thoughts on how I think about this challenge. Of course, much […]

By |August 27th, 2019|Real Estate|0 Comments

Beyond Mexico City: Where to invest next in real estate in Mexico

For many people, their interest in real estate investment in Mexico often begins and ends with Mexico City. This isn’t surprising, given the scale and potential of the capital city. And yet it is also a huge missed opportunity for investors, according to real estate investment expert Miguel Sánchez Navarro Madero.

“Mexico City quite rightly gets a lot of attention from real estate investors,” Miguel tells us. “There are an enormous range of options there for any real estate investor. Whether you are interested in investing in a shopping mall or a residential block, you’ll find it in Mexico City.

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By |July 29th, 2019|Real Estate|0 Comments

What will be the next big disruptor in the real estate industry?

As a successful real estate investor over many years, I have always been fascinated by the idea of ‘disruptors’ – not just in real estate, but across the whole of the global economy. It feels as if many sectors have experienced changes in recent years that have been truly transformative, and these kinds of dramatic, game changing dynamics should, I believe, be of huge interest to anyone who is trying to predict the future direction of the markets. But before we look at potential disruptors in the real estate market, it is probably worth exploring exactly what mean by the […]

By |September 20th, 2018|Real Estate|0 Comments

Does ‘bricks and mortar’ retail real estate have a future?

Apocalyptic storylines are big business. There is something thrilling about the idea of everything dramatically changing (whether for better or worse), so it is no surprise that the idea of a ‘retail apocalypse’ has been a compelling narrative for some people. While many in the industry will say that much of this kind of talk is media hype, it is also clear that there are some seismic changes going on in the retail landscape.

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By |September 10th, 2018|Real Estate|0 Comments

How might AI and VR change real estate investment?

We are living through arguably one of the most fascinating revolutions in human history – one of those points where everything shifts dramatically forward in a way that has deep and far reaching consequences for everyone. The revolution I’m talking about, of course, is the one that we are experiencing thanks to the huge advances we’re seeing in technology.

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By |September 7th, 2018|Real Estate|0 Comments

Five golden rules for investing in real estate

It’s true: investing in real estate can be a complex and sometimes daunting experience for the uninitiated. The risks can seem frighteningly large, and the opportunities are often tough to spot.

I’ve had many years of experience working within the real estate sector as an investor, on a huge range of different projects, each with their own challenges. Thankfully, most of the projects I’ve been involved with have been successful, and I put a lot of this down to good judgement, thorough market research and the confidence that only a lot of experience in the sector can bring.

It hasn’t always worked […]

By |August 30th, 2018|Real Estate|0 Comments

Beyond Mexico – new opportunities for real estate investment

Working with my business partners, Mexico has presented me with many fantastic real estate investment opportunities over the years. I’ve been lucky enough to work with many talented people in a variety of sectors, helping to develop ambitious retail projects such as Via Vallejo Park in Mexico City through to operating highly successful car agencies such as Chevrolet Taxqueña and BMW Autobahn Interlomas.

So, Mexico has been the core of much of my real estate investment business during my career – but I thought that it would be interesting to look as well at some of the opportunities for investors in […]

By |August 4th, 2018|Real Estate|0 Comments

Quick primer: five things you need to know before investing in Mexican real estate as a foreigner

In my long experience in the sector, it’s become clear that many real estate investments in Mexico offer a wonderful opportunity for foreign speculators. I’ve spoken here before about why I believe that the country is one of the best in the world for those investors looking to get a good return on their investment, with a vibrant young economy, a favourable regulatory environment and a huge market for rental properties in particular. Read the full article here. 

By |July 19th, 2018|Real Estate|0 Comments

Should you go for long or short term real estate investments?

Over the many years I’ve been involved in real estate investment, I’ve found that it takes many different kinds of personal qualities to be a successful speculator. One of the most important, I’ve discovered, is patience. The ability to be patient, and to be able to hold your nerve is an absolutely fundamental skill, I believe, for any potential investor, in any market.
The waiting game
Why? Well, for a number of reasons. Patience is required when market conditions aren’t suitable for a particular kind of investment. Sometimes, you need to wait until economic, political or demographic changes occur and alter the […]

By |July 11th, 2018|Real Estate|0 Comments