Colliers Names United States Most Attractive Region To Invest In For 2013

Warren Lewis
31st January 2013

The future is looking bright for the United States with President Obama back at the helm, positive GDP forecasts of 2% growth in 2013 and the residential real estate market finally emerging from its recession hangover with the construction sector cr ...

Global investor confidence is in fact so high at present that the experts at Colliers International in their Global Investor Sentiment Survey 2013 name the US as the most attractive region in which to invest immediately. Continuing to beat off increasingly stiff competition from Canada, Western Europe, SE Asia and the BRIC nations, the world's largest economy remains top choice for savvy investors, especially those keen to capitalise on its ever more appealing housing market.  

Ray Withers, Chief Executive Officer of Property Frontiers, comments:

"We have for some time now been tracking the US residential market, from its peak in 2006 to its recession low and gradual recovery. We, along with many experts, firmly believe that the bottom of the market has been reached and that now is the time to invest.

"Indeed we are already seeing prices creep up with the Knight Frank Global House Price Index Q3 2012 revealing that prices are 3.6% higher than the same period in 2011 and vacancy rates are at their lowest since 2005. One sector of the market, previously owned homes, are in particularly high demand and are proving to be a stable investment with sales reaching a two year high in October last year according to the Trulia Housing Barometer."

The experts at Global Property Guide also report on the US housing market recovery revealing in its Q3 2012 survey that the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) seasonally-adjusted purchase-only house price index rose by 2.31% year-on-year in Q3 2012, the highest growth seen since Q2 2006.

Realtors on the ground are also seeing increased levels of buyer activity with the National Association of Realtors' (NAR) Pending Homes Sales Index (which provides an early indicator of market activity) reporting an increase of 5.2% in October 2012, its highest level in 5 years. However in addition to American nationals purchasing homes once again, the NAR also revealed the significant level of investor interest with 20% of all home sales in October last year made by this group. And it is investors such as the clients of Property Frontiers who are realising the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities in the US market.

Ray Withers goes on to explain,

"There is indeed great potential in the US housing market but with seemingly endless low grade stock in poor locations often presenting itself as a 'bargain', investors can all too easily get it wrong. From experience we have learnt that the most successful approach is to work with reputable partners on the ground who will know the exact fabric of the local economy, the current demand for housing and the right homes to buy in the right neighbourhoods.

"In fact we have gone one stage further and taken all the stress out of buying in the US with our pioneering exclusive new investment opportunity which is 100% hands-free. Our partners on the ground across the US buy, renovate and sell property on your behalf enabling investors to enjoy fixed returns of up to 80% over 5 years, as well as a defined exit strategy and be reassured by the security offered by the FSA regulated UK Trustee."

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