So, to go through the bucket-list: China: Parts of China are very much in job-spurt, regardless of the doom & gloom you are hearing in global papers.. Particularly the Xiamen Region of South China (across from Taiwan).. All major metros have evergreen pockets, particularly true for Beijing, with a steady supply of Government work-force, all […]Read more "GLOBAL CURIOSITY: HOW’S THE REAL ESTATE MARKET IN INDIA? CHINA? DUBAI? – PART II"
Before I start on the topic, here’s an insight into my summer strategy (and no, not trying to make you envious): Since I began playing golf in earnest this summer, been running into some real cool global-focused-investors, I’ve been able to get an outside-in perspective through them of the U.S property market, from folks in […]Read more "Global Curiosity: How’s the Real Estate Market in India? China? Dubai? – Part I"
This is a question for which I have to define the scope: Investments, even rental income, can include 1-4 units, multi-plexes, vacation rental, college housing, build-small=home-on-vacant-land (my favorite), plus others.. I’m defining it assuming a fixed income requirement, likely for a first-time investor.. So, will narrow it to 5-6% yield generating, low-maintenance 1-4 units. Given […]Read more "What areas in California would you recommend buying an investment property?"
I’m going to answer this question, assuming ‘value’ means appreciation value.. there is always value in a rental income property, SF Bay Area of anywhere else, but think the question most asked is about appreciation of a property bought for residential use.. Well… A no-frills answer is NO. As in values have gone up so […]Read more "Is there still value in SF Bay Area real estate buying?"
Firstly, It does matter how much you invest in the sense that without a minimum 25% down-payment or if the minimum isn’t in synch with your long term investment plan, you are at a disadvantage from the beginning.. But, the spirit of the question and the context it is usually asked is from first time investors, […]Read more "Does it matter if I only have $50,000 to invest? What’s the minimum I need to invest?"
Along with cash or finance, related questions I get frequently are: How do I finance my investment? What rates can I expect (if I finance it)? Caveat: Although I have an active NMLS license (i.e Mortgage Loan Officer), I’m not a practicing loan agent; a precise answer to the questions above tailored to each individual […]Read more "Do I Buy Cash or Finance my investment property?"
Tax questions are best answered by a CPA or a CFA (Certified Financial Advisor).. Setting that caveat aside, I can speak from more of a personal experience, as well from years of advising & transacting with Clients of a Real Estate Brokerage.. The biggest advantage to owning rental income properties comes from the tax treatment […]Read more "What if any are the tax advantages to buying income properties?"