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Scotland’s Sporting Estates Are Proving to Be Stable Investments

Scotland’s Sporting Estates Are Proving to Be Stable Investments

Scotland’s sporting estates, with their sprawling acres of forests, fields of purple heather, flowing rivers and rugged hills dotted with red deer, are more cinematic than most other global real estat  Read more
Los Angeles Market Levels Off, But It’s Still a Good Time to Buy

Los Angeles Market Levels Off, But It’s Still a Good Time to Buy

For 23 straight quarters, the price of a single-family home or condo has increased year over year in Los Angeles, according to a Douglas Elliman report. But that changed last quarter, as the median sa  Read more
Why Brand-Name Developments Are Safer Investments

Why Brand-Name Developments Are Safer Investments

What’s in a name? For wealthy buyers of real estate, quite a lot. Developments with a brand name attached also come with added value, like attentive service, extensive amenities and a sense of securit  Read more
Miami’s Condo Surge: Why the Time to Buy is Now

Miami’s Condo Surge: Why the Time to Buy is Now

Miami has seen increased sales this year, market reports have shown, with Europeans and Americans from the northeast looking to get in on the city’s sleek new condominiums. Miami developers and broker  Read more
Hot Southeast Asian Markets Are Likely to Keep on Booming

Hot Southeast Asian Markets Are Likely to Keep on Booming

The real estate markets of Southeast Asia—including those in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia—have been booming in recent years, and development and investment in the region show no signs of letting up.  Read more
Amid Changes, London Landlords May Still Fare Well Holding on to Rental Property

Amid Changes, London Landlords May Still Fare Well Holding on to Rental Property

The U.K.’s rental sector is in the midst of a period of uncertainty, as a triple threat of gradually disappearing tax relief, new energy efficiency rules, and an upcoming elimination of tenant fees ha  Read more
Over-Customizing a Home May Lead to Trouble Selling It

Over-Customizing a Home May Lead to Trouble Selling It

From the nightclub in the cellar, complete with a DJ booth, to the 36-foot skateboard ramp in the backyard, Slash’s audacious Los Angeles home had niche appeal, to say the least, when the rockstar tri  Read more
Boston Offers A Strong Real Estate Market if You Are Considering Buying for Your College-Bound Child

Boston Offers A Strong Real Estate Market if You Are Considering Buying for Your College-Bound Child

Parents with college-bound kids have a lot to consider when it comes to making the best investment in their child’s future, from academic programs to athletics to internships. Real estate, too, should  Read more
Selling Season: Fall is a Prime Time for Sales

Selling Season: Fall is a Prime Time for Sales

When it comes to getting a house ready for the busy fall market, brokers have plenty of advice. From getting a jump on the competition to repainting, staging or doing a more elaborate redesign, the ke  Read more
Where Are Manhattan’s Safest Bets?

Where Are Manhattan’s Safest Bets?

The ongoing lull in Manhattan’s real estate market might have some homeowners feeling bitter, but more than a decade of housing data shows the borough remains one of the safest real estate investments  Read more
For Stable Long-Term Investments, Look to Canada’s Secondary Markets

For Stable Long-Term Investments, Look to Canada’s Secondary Markets

Real estate in Canada has been booming over the past decade. In Vancouver, the price of single-family homes skyrocketed from C$400,000 to C$1.75 million in just 15 years. Toronto saw a jump in average  Read more
When It’s Time to Consider an Auction for Selling Your Home

When It’s Time to Consider an Auction for Selling Your Home

There are some things that don’t age well, and a “For Sale” sign is one of them. “Days on market are not your friend,” said Laura Brady, founder and president of Concierge Auctions. “It’s like U.V. ra  Read more
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