In this book you will find the necessary information to join the property ladder, even with a small amount of capital. Property investment not only remains a good investment, but also the one preferred by Italians. Property investment can be more lucrative then one thinks, if for example you wanted to buy stock or bonds and had one hundred thousand euro available, you could buy stocks or bonds worth one hundred thousand euro or if you are lucky a little more. Yet with the same one hundred thousand euro you could buy a property worth two hundred thousand, using a mortgage of 50% or three hundred thousand with a 66% mortgage or even five hundred thousand with an 80% mortgage, in fact it is not hard to get a mortgage from your bank. They won’t however lend you money to buy shares, stocks, bonds, gold or diamonds but they will for property. Do you know why?..... for the simple reason that they believe it to be a good business venture. If they didn’t they wouldn’t lend you the money and might I add, at a rate much lower than any other business loan. If you buy a property for five hundred thousand and re-sell it for five hundred and fifty, its value will only have increased by 10% or fifty thousand, but this represents around 50% of your initial investment. Obviously the property can not increase in value immediately, the price could even decrease momentarily seeing that there’s not a safe formula for earning, but the risks aren’t high and if you buy well profit is guaranteed, in some cases profit can even be as high as 200-300% in less than one year. In various chapters we will analyze the types of properties and the speculation in this market. Italians always like to buy their homes given the tradition that property is a “safe bet “as it tends to keep its value. An astonishing 80% of Italians own the property they live in which means that at least four fifths of Italians think that property investment is a sound investment. In the rest of Europe the percentages are slightly lower, 60 % in Germany, 42% in France. Perhaps this is because the price of property is more consistent (especially in nearby France) but a huge factor is that Italians consider property investment to be the safest way even more than gold.
Although there has been less property development over the last ten years compared to other countries in Europe almost none of the new developments are destined for leasing, even the most conservative investor has decided that ”there’s no place like home“ .
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