Holiday Apartment Rental or Purchase in Valencia, Spain

A holiday apartment rental in Valenciais a really good base from which to explore the city. You will find that there are many properties which can be rented from the private owners.


If you are trying to decide where to go for a weekend away; try Valencia, the third largest city in Spain. There is an interesting selection of Spanish bank repossessed property for sale on the Costa Blanca that could be the perfect home for you!

This vibrant city still has plenty of historical influences which blend successfully with the modern buildings that characterise this area. Valencia is one of Europe’s hottest and most fashionable destinations and is a major cultural and industrial centre for international business and trade. No wonder then that it has become a popular place in Spain. However not all visitors stay for a short time, some people book holiday villas in Spain here and spend some quality time exploring this exciting city, while still more decide to make Valencia their home, or second home.

Valencia Weather

Many people choose Valencia because as well as there being plenty to do and see, the weather is good all year round. The average temperature in the city rarely drops below 12°C and summers in Valencia are hot but not unbearably so. Throughout July and August the average daily temperature is about 30°C with mild humidity. Like many Mediterranean coastal cities Valencia is cooled by the sea breezes which start blowing around mid-day but have usually calmed by early evening.

Public Transport

What is the best way to get around the city? Actually travelling on public transport is relatively easy and not as expensive as in many other major European cities. There are plenty of metro stops, buses and even trams that come directly into the city centre. All have easy to navigate websites where you can plan a trip round in Valencia. Another way to get around is on a bicycle; this is becoming increasingly popular and as Valencia is totally flat, and has many cycle paths, it is not too arduous!

Valencia Tourist Card

I would recommend buying a Valencia Tourist Card. It is a combined card that offers free public transport (city bus and metro) and discounts in museums, leisure activities, shops and restaurants for 24, 48 or 72 hours. They cost is 10 Euros, 16 Euros and 20 Euros respectively, at time of printing. Establishments which offer discounts for Valencia Tourist Card buyers are indicated with a sticker, so you’ll always know where you can use it. You can buy the card from Tourism Offices and Booths, Tobacco Kiosks, many hotels and some Metro stops. Alternatively you can buy on-line from various websites.

Sights to See

One of the most enjoyable things to do in the old quarter of Valencia is to stop by one of the many cafes, restaurants, or bars, and sample a feast of tapas, paella or freshly caught seafood. A good contrast to the old quarter is the ultra-modern City of Arts and Sciences, a unique complex devoted to science and culture. It consists of five main elements: the Hemisfèric which has an IMAX cinema and digital projections, the Umbracle which is a vantage point and car park, the Principe Felipe Science Museum, the Oceanográfico (the largest aquarium in Europe) and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia which has a programme of operatic performances.

The Beaches

Apart from all the amazing things to do in the city, many visitors are attracted to Valencia because of its proximity to the beach. The city beaches are a short journey away from the centre by tram or by bus. If these beaches are too crowded, which they can be in the summer, try the beautiful blue flag beaches of Pinedo and El Saler in the south of Valencia, which are close to the fresh water lagoon and national park of la Albufera.


8 Tips Selling a Luxury Home

Selling a home is not the easiest of tasks but it also doesn’t have to be as hard as figuring out the rubrics cube!  The level of difficulty does increase though when selling a luxury home.  With the increasing level of difficulty comes an increased level of expertise that is required to sell a luxury home.

Many real estate agents don’t have a clue when it comes to selling luxury homes.  The same can be said for the owners of a luxury home.  It is important that the proper steps are taken to ensure the home is sold in a timely fashion and for a fair, market value price!

Here are several tips for selling luxury homes that are helpful for any real estate agent or homeowner.

Is The Price Right?
Pricing a home correctly, from the beginning, is extremely important whether selling a $100,000 home or a 1.5 million dollar luxury home!  A common real estate pricing mistake that is made is hiring the real estate agent who suggests the highest price and in the luxury home market, this can be a huge mistake.  It’s extremely important that a luxury home is priced competitively or aggressively from the beginning to attract buyers from the beginning.  It is more common for a luxury home to sit on the market for longer than a lower priced home, however, a luxury home does not have to sit on the market if priced properly from the beginning!

To ensure the price is right, an in-depth comparative market analysis, must be completed on a luxury home in order to determine a competitive or aggressive price.  A real estate agent should spend several hours massaging the data, touring other comparable luxury homes currently for sale, and calling other real estate brokers who have recently sold comparable properties to the subject home.  Often times there are homes that are extremely similar to others in certain neighborhoods.  It is rare to find a luxury home that is identical to another, so knowing every amenity a luxury home has is crucial when determining the price!

How Will The Luxury Home Be Marketed?
The price a home enters the market at does a fair amount of the marketing in itself, however, there are other marketing tools that should be used when selling a luxury home.

Print advertising and direct mailing should still be apart of any real estate agents marketing plan/system.  The internet, however, has significantly changed how consumers shop.  This is no different in the real estate industry!  It is extremely important that a real estate agent who is selling a luxury home, is utilizing the internet.  It’s important that a real estate agent has their own website and/or blog and that it is mobile responsive as well.  Many home buyers are shopping on their tablets and mobile devices.

When selling a luxury home, it’s important that a real estate agent uses social media.  Social media is an extremely important marketing tool for real estate agents that can help give their clients maximum exposure!  It is a marketing tool that most real estate agents don’t utilize and/or understand.  Ask yourself, what percentage of people in the market to buy or sell a home have a Facebook Page, Twitter Handle, or Pinterest Account?  95%+?  By not marketing a luxury home for sale on social media, a real estate agent is doing their client a huge disservice!

When selecting a real estate agent to sell a luxury home, it’s critical to know where the luxury home will be marketed, how it will be marketed, and how frequently it will be marketed.  When selling a luxury home, a real estate agent must have a comprehensive marketing plan/system and cannot list a luxury home, wait and hope it sells.  These type of real estate agents are also known as a “post and pray Realtor.”

High Quality Photos and Videos are Important When Selling a Luxury Home

What Will The Quality Of The Photographs/Videos/Virtual Tours Be?
Most have heard the saying, “quality over quantity.”  This relates perfectly to the quality of photographs and videos of a luxury home for sale.  With over 90% of buyers beginning their home search online, it’s critical the photographs and videos of a luxury home are outstanding and nothing but the best!

Every real estate agent will offer to take photos of a home, but it shouldn’t be as easy as just leisurely taking photos.  When selling a luxury home, if the real estate agent is not having a professional photographer take photos of the home, they better have some great equipment.  Top real estate agents who choose to take their own photographs of their luxury home listings must have experience and also high end equipment such as a wide angle lens.  When taking photos of a luxury home a few things that need to be considered are, is the lighting right for the photos, are the amenities being photographed, and is the exquisite location being highlighted.

A picture may be worth a 1,000 words, how much is a video or virtual tour worth?  A billion?  When selling a luxury home, a professionally created video or virtual tour can be the difference of whether or not the luxury home sells.  Most local MLS’s have a limit to the number of photos that can be placed on-line, but allow a location where a video tour or “virtual tour” can be placed.  Many luxury homes are much larger than 25 photos can showcase and also much more glamorous than 25 photos can showcase, so video is a great way to allow potential buyers the ability to “walk-through” the luxury home in the comfort of their present home.

Is It The Right Time To Sell?
When selling a luxury home, timing plays a larger role than when selling non-luxury home.  For instance, if a waterfront luxury home is being sold in Rochester, NY, it’s important to select the correct time of year to sell.  Selling a home in the middle of the cold, blustery winter would not be a good time to showcase the waterfront!  The same can be said for a luxury waterfront home in Jupiter, FL, selling a home during hurricane season may not be the best time to list a luxury home for sale.

Will There Be Any Open Houses?
A very popular question many home owners have for real estate agents is, are you going to have an open house?  There is much debate whether public open houses help sell homes or not.  When it comes to luxury homes, public open houses do not help sell homes.  When it comes to selling a luxury home, public open houses often bring in people just interested in seeing how the “rich and famous” live.  There is absolutely no way to determine whether the people coming through the open house are qualified to purchase the luxury home or not!

While public open houses do not help sell luxury homes, broker open houses can be helpful.  A broker open, which is an open house for local real estate professionals, allows real estate agents who have buyer prospects looking for luxury homes to view possible matches.  A broker open is much more successful if the real estate agents who sell luxury homes locally are able to attend, as they have the greatest probability of having a client for the home!

Are The Location & Lifestyle Being Portrayed Correctly?
Luxury homes are often luxurious because of their location and lifestyle.  If a luxury home is part of a development which includes a clubhouse or yacht club privileges, it is important they are being showcased in the listing information.  This is another reason why utilizing video or virtual tour when selling a luxury home is a great marketing tool as it is a very good way to present a homes location as well as the lifestyle.

When buying a luxury home, the prospective purchasers will often want to know who else is living in the general vicinity of the home.  It’s important to know or find out who else lives in the area and ensure this information is available to real estate agents who are showing the home.

Staging with a Purpose Helps Sell Luxury Homes

Will Any Staging Be Done?
Staging does not sell homes but it certainly can help!  There are many sellers who believe that by hiring a real estate agent who has a staging designation, their home will sell because their home has been staged.  This is wrong.  Obtaining a designation for staging doesn’t necessarily mean they are a great real estate agent.

When selling a luxury home, staging will help maximize price and minimize time on the market.  When staging a luxury home, it is important that the amenities which make the home luxurious are being showcased.  If there is an outdoor BBQ, is it staged so that potential buyers can envision their summertime gatherings?  A luxury home with an over-sized formal dining room should have elegant place settings with fine china at each place setting to help a buyer envision what their fine dining parties may look like.

Can You Be Patient?
One of the biggest things that a seller needs to consider when selling a luxury home, patience is a must!  Selling a luxury home will normally take longer than a non-luxury home.

One major reason that luxury homes take longer to sell than non-luxury homes is the number of possible buyers available to purchase the home.  Face it, there are many buyers who can afford a $150,000 home entering the market on a daily basis.  There aren’t many buyers who can afford a 1.5 million dollar home entering the market on a daily basis.  For this reason alone, it’s important to be patient and understand that if the above tips are being practiced, a buyer will surface!

For example, in Monroe County, New York, there have been a total of 58 sold properties in the +/- of $500,000 price range in the past 12 months versus 891 sold properties in the +/- of $100,000 price range in the past 12 months.  The average days on the market for the $500,000 homes was 73 and the average days on the market for the $100,000 homes was 39.  As the statistics prove, in the Rochester, NY luxury home market there are less buyers in the marketplace than there are in the Rochester, NY non-luxury home market.


10 Quick Facts About Property Investment

1. Leverage enables you to borrow other peoples money;
2. Compounding will let you maximise the benefits of borrowing other peoples money;
3. Historically the longer you hold onto a property the greater the capital appreciation, which is what makes you wealthy in the long-term;
4. Roughly around 10% of Australians own an investment property which is negatively geared;
5. New properties tend to have higher rates of depreciation compared to old properties;
6. Capital city areas continue to have growing populations and increased property demand;
7. Properties have grown by over 14 times since the 1970’s in Australia;
8. The interest component of mortgages on investment properties is tax deductible, which is why many people feel interest only loans are the best option for property investors;
9. Units and Houses have performed very closely over the last years in Australia;
10. Property near public transport tends to be in more demand compared to property far away.

4 Things to Know About Investing in International Real Estate

Real estate is a tricky game – you must become very knowledgeable about your target markets and your competitors in order to become successful. That’s true in North America, as well as anywhere else in the world.

But when you start to branch outside of the U.S. real estate market, that’s when things can really start to get complicated. The rules are different, and mistakes can be costly.

Here are a few things you need to know if you’re considering investing in international real estate.

You Need To Know What Stage Your Market Is In

There are roughly five stages to every emerging market. If you don’t know what stage that market is in, you could get taken to the cleaners. The first stage is usually reserved for locals only. This means that locals are using the land for their own purpose, like agriculture and business.

An outside party can bring that land to the second stage, which means that large swatches of land are bought for the purpose of developing them at a later date (or hanging onto them indefinitely).

These large swatches are eventually broken up into smaller parcels, becoming further developed and moving into stage three of the real estate market stages. These parcels can become small enough that homebuyers can actually come in and purchase, as well as speculators.

The land switches to a mainstream homebuyer market in stage four when restaurants, hotels, and other consumer-driven developments arrive. This then becomes a full-fledged city at stage five, with all the infrastructure and civil services that come with it.

Each stage has its own advantages and challenges. For the risk-averse, the early stages are the most risky – but do provide the highest beta. This means that with a higher risk, comes a higher reward.

You Must Have A Plan

Without a plan, you’ll never have a clear vision of what to do with your new investment. Knowing if you are planning on renting the house, living in it, or just holding onto the property until property values rise are important questions to ask yourself before diving into real estate.

You Won’t Get Rich Quick

Real estate investing is a long-term investment. There’s no way around that – while people in distinct markets may have sped up this timeline, the fact of the matter is that real estate is hard work, and may not pay off in the end if you don’t do your research beforehand.

You Must Study Up

Becoming a successful international real estate investor means knowing everything you possibly can about the situation you are putting yourself in: the local market, the neighborhood, and even the property itself. If you don’t know what your cash flows will be, like how long it usually takes to rent a property in your market, you may have too much overhead to cover each month. Know before you buy!

Final Tips

As a final word of wisdom, becoming a real estate tycoon is hard work, and isn’t for everyone. If you take on something that is a little too far over your head, you run the risk of damaging your livelihood, your family, and your future. Know yourself before buying any property, and understand the risks and time commitment involved.


10 Top Real Estate Tips for 2015

The recovery has yet to arrive in many states, reinforcing the notion that real estate growth is regional. No one can accurately predict when this real estate uptick will end or how hard, or soft, a landing it will make. In the meantime, let proven fundamentals, applied with a few modern wrinkles, rule the day. Here are 10 tips for 2015 to help the real estate process.

1. Do sweat the small (cheap) stuff, sellers

Little touches go a long way in the buyer’s eye, starting logically with the entry. Trim bushes, wash walkways and change out trampled welcome mats. Inside, de-stink with candles and counter sprays, de-jam closets and de-clutter rooms, focusing keenly on kitchen counters. Hide scrub brushes and other fantasy-killing labor tools. Dust, wax, scrub toilets, wash windows, test and clean lights, put out fresh towels, winnow family mementos, harness or hide that avalanche of toys, remove prescription drugs from medicine cabinets and police the yard for “pet bombs.” It’s time well-spent.

2. Take note(s), buyers

In a whirlwind house-hunting tour of several properties, buyers benefit by keeping a pro-and-con checklist of each home they visit. Otherwise, the features of several homes tend to blend together in a tired brain by day’s end. Creating a rating scale of 1 to 10 also helps, as does carrying a checklist of specific features that you seek in an ideal home.

3. Sell by season

Though spring is optimal, home selling is a year-round sport. Use seasonal accents to make buyers linger longer.

Winter: Unfurl throw rugs and spotlight functional fireplaces. Near holidays, add touches like wreaths and pine-cone centerpieces. Display photos of your home a season ahead, particularly in winter, so buyers can see the house ensconced by greenery.

Spring: Fresh-cut flowers and candles bring spring scents indoors. For that new-start look, do extra spring cleaning and use brightly colored linens, spreads and pillows. Add little pops of color to the entry and landscape.

Summer: Highlight patios and other outdoor areas. Swap out dark towels and curtains for light colors. Put out a seasonal fruit basket or add hanging flowers. Keep the house cool but not cold.

Fall: Display pumpkins by the door and vases of fall foliage or tricolored corn inside. Use seasonal scents such as baked apple. Keep those leaves at bay.

4. Drill deeply

Buyers are regularly advised to scope out the block at varying hours, but why not drill down further to see if your potential new neighborhood is fading or flourishing?

  • Bad signs: A major local employer is struggling or moving away; adjacent neighborhoods are progressively turning into rentals; and a few too many for-sale homes are lingering on the market. Nearby commercial spaces remain persistently vacant.
  • Good signs: Schools are in high demand and well-rated. Young families and artsy types are moving in. Older couples are “aging in place” and nearby commercial properties are getting redeveloped and quickly leased. For-sale homes are generating multiple offers.

5. ‘Big data’ is everywhere, so tap in

While local knowledge and old-school networking will always be valuable, the latest technology lets agents offer much more. Some agencies offer “livability” ratings by ranking and contrasting neighborhoods by air quality, traffic choke points and specific data on a home’s energy efficiency. In 2013, the National Association of Realtors introduced its Predictive Analytics group. Banks already use “big data” to gauge the worth of foreclosures and short sales, and mobile apps now offer it for consumer and agent use. Ask agents if they offer this and other edgy technology such as high-definition aerial footage shot by drones. Should your grandiose home merit that, go big!

6. Transparency equals trust

Buyers will certainly enlist inspectors to twice-over your home, Mr. Seller. So instead of inviting disappointment, delay and distrust, go transparent with your own presale inspection.

It’s far better to know now about issues with the plumbing, HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning), foundation, electrical systems, siding and roof. Raleigh Siding recommends you provide the buyer a copy of the inspection along with repair receipts, and explain if or how you’ve adjusted your price accordingly.

Buyers appreciate candor.

7. Math versus ego

Too often, buyers get caught up in win-at-all-costs negotiation. They’ll stubbornly let as little as a few grand lock them out of the right house. At an interest rate of 4.5 percent, the difference between paying $200,000 and $195,000 — assuming 1.25 percent property tax and 15 percent down — is only about $25 per month on a 30-year mortgage, or about the cost of lunch for two at a fast-casual eatery, before the tip. Don’t let that ruin your chances at your dream home.

8. Retain mineral rights

With so many giant natural-gas fields (shales) in play across the U.S. and new ones pending, homeowners should exercise “seller’s market” clout to retain mineral rights. While that intent needn’t even be mentioned in the sales contract in some states, it’s always safest to note it, provided the buyer doesn’t protest. Avoid that scenario by conveying those rights to a trustworthy relative or to an energy company buying them before putting the house on the block. “Mineral rights? Oh, so sorry, I no longer own them.”

9. Buying? Then cool it for a while

Refrain from making big capital purchases like a new car, opening new credit cards or amassing big chunks of other new debt before buying a home. These raise your debt-to-income ratio, which lenders examine to determine the mortgage amount you can afford. Also avoid moving large sums of money around, changing banks, changing jobs and becoming self-employed before buying a home.

10. The price is right

Trite, you say? Perhaps. But accurate home pricing from the outset never goes out of style because it sells homes. Some agents advise sellers to overprice because inventory is low. Others say go below market to spur a bidding war. Don’t get caught up in pricing games.

Activity in the first month of a listing is always the best, so don’t risk wasting it. Price too high, and scare off many buyers and agents. Price too low, and risk leaving dollars on the table. Hiring the right agent based on recommendations, response time, in-person interviews, track record and data support will yield that pricing expert you need.


Is Real Estate Really the Best Investment?

Last decade’s housing bubble is becoming a distant memory. Mortgage rates are near historic lows, interest-only loans are back and everyone loves real estate as an investment again.

More than 1 in 4 Americans (27 percent) said real estate was the best investment for money they would not need for at least a decade, according to a new Bankrate.com survey of 1,000 investors. Cash came in second with 23 percent of investors, only 17 percent said the stock market is their preferred place for long-term money and just 5 percent said they would put their long-term money in bonds.

It is the first time real estate has taken the top spot in the three years Bankrate has been conducting the survey. Cash was investors’ favorite in 2013 and 2014. “It begs the questions if more Americans are once again viewing real estate as a golden ticket,” said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst for Bankrate.

Credit is harder to come by than a decade ago and lenders face more regulations, but financial advisors say many clients are catching the real estate bug again.

“Justlast week,a high-tech corporate boomer client with no experience in renovating and selling real estate told us he wanted to go into flipping a property with his friend, who does this for a living,” said Jon Ulin, certified financial planner and managing principal of Ulin & Co. Wealth Management in Boca Raton, Florida. His client wanted to liquidate 25 percent of his IRA to invest in the project and told Ulin it would “diversify” his portfolio.

“I advised him that putting a quarter or more of his life savings into flipping and renovating one property with the hopes of making a possible 14 percent profit is not a good idea and a gamble,” Ulin said.

Real estate has curb appeal that other financial assets can’t match.

“For many investors, the tangible nature of real estate simply offers much more peace of mind than the intangible nature of stock and bonds,” said Stephen Doucette, a certified financial planner and vice president of Proctor Financial in Sherborn, Massachusetts. “Real estate pricing also adds peace of mind to investors as pricing seems more stable because it is not updated daily by the media.”

Investors should weigh the long-term return potential of real estate investing compared with other assets.

The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Home Price Index, which measures the value of residential real estate in 20 major metropolitan areas, has generated a hearty annualized 9.2 percent return over the past three years through June 30, but produced an annualized 0.4 percent loss over the past decade. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index, a broad measure of the U.S. stock market, grew an annualized 14.8 percent over the past three years and 5.87 percent over the past 10 years.

But investors with good credit can borrow to buy real estate, which can enhance returns—or magnify losses, depending on the market. “The singular and best reason to own real estate as an investment is to use leverage,” said Stephen Lovell, a certified financial planner in Walnut Creek, California. “Without it, your return on investment tends to be about 2 percent to 3 percent.”

Real estate also comes with different risks than other financial assets. You cannot sell it as quickly as stocks and bonds. You have to pay for insurance, maintenance and property taxes that can eat into your profits.

“You can’t sell real estate short so you cannot hedge against a down market and the market for real estate is too local,” warns Wes Shannon, a certified financial planner with SJK Financial Planning in Hurst, Texas. “You may live in a state or city going through an economic boom, but if the other houses on your street start to decline or convert to rentals you can see a depreciation of your [home] value … even one bad neighbor can ruin an investment in real estate.”

Don’t trust your needs to just any commercial real estate broker. Call the experts at RSA today

Seriously, let’s think about what we’re doing when it comes to commercial property. Most of us wear many hats – some of wear too many. Whether by choice or because you feel there isn’t a choice, you juggle too many balls in the air every day. And wouldn’t it feel great to lay a couple of those down – just give the jobs to someone else who can do them faster and better than we can? You know it would feel terrific. So, in the words of a famous phrase, just do it.

Commercial real estate is vast – the subject and the tasks associated with it are all nearly too numerous to list. If you can list overall categories, digging deeper becomes a big maze you can’t find your way out of anytime soon. One of the biggest topics that is complicated right off the bat is property valuation. Doesn’t matter if you are buying or selling commercial property, valuation is the linchpin on which the transaction turns.

You have to know two things about the piece of property – absolute value and relative value. If you don’t have both pieces of information, it would be like driving down the road on three tires – you’re not getting anywhere fast. With absolute value, you can tell what the property is worth including potential cash flow from tenants if there is space you can lease or rent. With relative value, you understand what the property is worth as compared to its peer group of properties in the area.

Getting to one figure with both of these valuations is fairly complex mathematically. Unless you are a numbers nerd or a math major, it is probably not up your alley. That is where a really good Commercial Real Estate Broker comes in handy. If you don’t already know one, you need to get to know Retail Solutions Advisors. They have brokers who can work through these complex mathematical equations and calculations as though they were nothing – because they are good at them as they do them every day.

This is where you take an opportunity to work smarter, not harder. Let experts do the work that they are good at so you can go do what you are good at when it comes to commercial property. It only makes sense to let the experts do their thing so you can tell when you’ve made a good deal or when you’ve just driven off the cliff so you can get out while you can. Retail Solutions Advisors can help you make that determination – fast. Their team has experience with just about every element of commercial real estate, so you can get that expertise whenever you need it.

So if you need assistance with assessments, or getting appraisals, or figuring out cost reductions, or tax accrual forecasting to name just a few, you can get it with Retail Solutions Advisors. Don’t go it alone – get a qualified and experienced personal commercial real estate broker from Retail Solutions Advisors and be as successful as you want to be.

If you need a Commercial Real Estate Broker in Florida, you need to call Retail Solutions Advisors. They are the leading commercial real estate brokerage service in Florida.

London Apartments

London is a big, big place. It is full of weird and wonderful shaped buildings that are used for all purposes, the home of the Royal Family, and also home to many of the world’s best hotels (which are great if you need a place to stay).

Talking about a place to stay in London, have you ever considered that hotels may not be your only option? If you look in the right places you will find that there are lots and lots of apartments around the capital, and also they may be a much better option for you if you are planning on a stop – over.

So, why would you look to choose a London apartment over a hotel you ask? There are plenty of reasons why, but some of the most beneficial to you are:

More Space

An apartment is a lot less crowded than a normal hotel room, and offers a lot more space by way of having separate rooms for you to use. For example in a hotel room, you literally have a separate (and usually small) bathroom, but everything else is an all – in – one job. A London apartment will have separate rooms for different activities e.g. bedroom for sleeping, bathroom for washing, living room for relaxation time, and a kitchen for cooking. Having this extra space keeps you feeling less stressed and fresher.

More Money

Don’t worry, it won’t cost you more money, it will actually save you money when compared to a hotel of a similar standard. Sometimes the savings can be in excess of 30%, which when thinking of how expensive London generally is, can be a big saving for you. That extra money that you have saved can be spent on shopping or other attractions in the City. Surely having more space for less money is a massive plus point for you?

They are serviced

Depending on the length of your stay, the whole apartment can be cleaned / serviced, providing you with a home away from home that you do not have to clean. You will also be provided fresh linen to use, and another bonus is that apartments usually have free Wi-Fi available (contrast this to a hotel who usually charge per 3 hours or per 24 hours!).

More benefits of choosing a London apartment over a London hotel can be found online, but if after reading this article you are a little bit more interested that just generally having a look, please visit Austin David Apartments by following http://austindavidapartments.com/ and have a browse around their site to see which apartments catch your eye. The team there are very accommodating and will be happy to assist you with any queries you may have.

Search away, and enjoy a London Apartment today!


What To Look For In Golf Course Homes?

Golf course homes are epitomes of luxury. Picking a good property does not come so easy. One has to spend time searching and evaluate the finds to many parameters before making a final decision. Here are some essential characteristics you must look for in golf course homes for sale.

  1. The backdrop

What makes a golf course home unique from other properties is its picturesque backdrop settings. Verdant, serene and naturally beautiful locations are the best backdrops for a gold community home. Ensure that your choice of a property has at least a good view of the sun set from all corners of the home.

  1. A feeling of living amidst a community

Mean being a community animal requires a life amidst people of his own taste and likes. Meeting likeminded people should be possible when you are living in an upscale environment like a golfing community. Have a ground check of whom you will be sharing your community with. An aristocratic society is built when people of great qualities come together for residential living.

Ample amenities for residential living

Golf community homes are usually equipped with all necessary amenities required for healthy living. From supermarkets to pharmacies and even covered parking facilities, the amenities are countless in golf course homes for sale. Make sure you pick a property which provides as much as amenities as possible within a short distance.

Exceptional designing

What sets apart normal homes from other homes is that they are built of exceptional materials. Golf course homes in Florida are built using the finest furnishings that boast of great quality and splendid looks. They impart the homes with a unique aesthetic appeal that cannot be seen in homes of ordinary nature.

Who choose Florida for golf course homes

There are plenty of reasons why Florida ranks number one as a locality for golf course.

  1. It boasts of a pleasant climate all around the year,
  2. There are more number of retirees in Florida than anywhere else,
  3. Winter or snowfall, nothing ever reaches extreme situations in Florida.

Florida, popularly referred to as the Sunshine State is a great choice of place to settle down in a golf course home. From golf’s stalwart players to CEOs who engage in casual plays, there are plenty of opportunities for a golf enthusiast to engage with likeminded people. Living in a Florida golf course home is definitely the perfect way to live in luxury.

Rental Property Investment Strategies

There are many ways to invest in rental property.
Renting real estate can be a profitable venture for investors to consider. Rental properties provide a monthly cash flow, offer tax advantages including property depreciation and the property may increase in value depending on location and the local economy. Just as there are many ways to profit from rental real estate, there are many different investment strategies to gain exposure to the rental market. Investors should consider these different ways to enter the rental market to determine which best meet their individual needs.

Single Family Homes

  • Renting single family homes is the easiest way for new investors to buy real estate and enter the rental market. By choosing homes in good neighborhoods, investors should have little trouble renting their properties or selling them when needed. The primary downside of single family properties is selecting and dealing with tenants. Hiring a property management company to screen tenants, deal with the late night service calls and other problems can reduce the stress, but the costs will also reduce the profitability of the investment.

Multi-unit Buildings

  • Apartment buildings have the potential to provide a large stream of income that will produce significant profits. However, multi-unit buildings also hold the possibility of requiring substantial investments for maintenance or repairs. Investors may have to invest large sums of money into the building to make the property desirable to prospective renters. Multi-unit buildings are also more dependent on a strong local economy to produce the number of tenants needed to fill the building. These large buildings are more difficult to sell due to high costs and a limited amount of potential buyers.

Commercial Real Estate

  • Commercial real estate can vary from storage facilities to shopping malls. As with residential properties, the cost of these properties will have a wide range. Renting commercial properties often has less risk from destructive tenants, but the number of prospective tenants is much smaller. This can lead to properties being on the market much longer, both when renting and selling. Combination residential and commercial properties, most often with a street level commercial unit and apartments above, can present an opportunity for a compromise real estate investment.


  • Real Estate Investment Trusts, REIT, provide a way for investors to gain exposure to the rental real estate market without the significant investment of time and money required to purchase and hold real estate. A REIT is a trust that may hold various types of real estate properties, including residential and commercial rental real estate. A REIT’s management may choose to specialize in certain types of real estate or real estate in certain areas. REITs buys and sells on the stock market like any other stock which makes getting into and out of the investment quick and easy.