Posts Tagged ‘Property’

Sea Side Villa In Turkey

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Instead of fantasizing about an unobtainable Italian villa, consider a more realistic, and equally elegant option, a Turkish villa.

Purchasing property in Turkey may never occur to many people seeking a resort away from home but there are several reasons to consider a property investment there. One is that this is a fairly stable and relatively modern country with a pleasant climate, lots of ocean views, and an incredible history.

Turkey is on the Eastern Mediterranean, with parts of the country located in Asia and the rest in Europe. Because of its seaside location, it offers a comfortable, temperate climate from April to October.

At the moment, property costs in this resort environment are a bargain and the cost of living in the region is quite low.

Turkey real estate is an attractive investment at this point in time due to the current low prices in combination with the great potential for higher demand and price increases. Turkish villas may not be the most attractive getaway locations, but if you pick the right location you can really get a great deal for your investment.

Property in the large cities is approaching prices you find in other Eastern European cities. But when you compare villa prices in major cities like Ankara and Istanbul to those in towns such as Alanya and Belek, you’ll find comparable villas are only about 50% of the cost.

An investor can also consider Turkey real estate as a rental income source, a sort of do-it-yourself time share; except that you own the property, and reserve the time you want for yourself while using local services to rent it out as vacation property to others when you are not using it.

Many realtors offer attractive incentives for those who make buying trips there and purchase Turkey real estate on the visit. The incentives include huge discounts on housing and even substantial rebates or assistance on airfare.

It’s time to become familiar with Turkey and its rich history if you are interested in a unique place to retire, invest, or just get away from it all for awhile.

When you’re considering buying Turkey real estate, don’t limit yourself to just the big cities. Make sure that you get a sample of prices both in major metropolises of Istanbul and Ankara and smaller villages like Alanya and Belek.

Prices in these smaller centers can be as much as 50% lower, while still offering exceptional quality.

Investment in Ukraine Land Makes Sense

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Farmland in Ukraine is one of the world’s most fertile and has the potential to become one of the most productive. New technology and better farming techniques are being introduced with excellent results. The ever-increasing yields from land mean that Ukraine is now among global leaders in grain sales. In 2009, Ukraine became the market leader in Spain, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt and Saudi, and also entered the Far Eastern markets of Japan and Korea for the first time.

Ukraine farmland has several advantages in a very competitive industry. Along with more effective farming methods, Ukraine has reduced freight prices. In addition, the devaluation of the Hryvnia currency has increased profitability.

Agricultural land in Ukraine is currently under-exploited. However, as the pressure for more food rises globally, more land in Ukraine is being farmed. Just a decade ago one million hectares were under crops. In 2009, Ukraine farmed 4.2 million hectares, a massive increase of 420%. Likewise, farms are getting bigger – the average farm size grew from just 28 hectares to 101 between 1999 and 2009. Reflecting this growth in agriculture are the production volumes from Ukraine land. These saw a year-on-year increase of 5% in January this year.

The rich and fertile soil found throughout Ukraine produces grains (corn, barley and wheat) and sunflower. Together with Argentina and Russia, Ukraine forms part of the so-called Sunflower Triangle. The increased quality of Ukraine sunflower crops plus a consistent export level of an average of 1.76 million tonnes over the last three years ensure that Ukraine is a leader in the sunflower industry.

But all this is just the tip of the iceberg. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Ukraine has huge potential in agriculture, a potential that will gradually be realised over the next ten years. The recent USDA ‘Agricultural Projections to 2019’ report finds that Ukraine along with Russia and Kazakhstan will become major agricultural players by 2020.

The report says that traditional exporters such as Australia, the EU and US will “remain important in global trade in the coming decade. But countries that are making significant investments in their agricultural sectors and increasingly pursuing policies to encourage agricultural production, including Ukraine and Kazakhstan, are expected to have an increasing presence in export markets for basic agricultural commodities”.

The report highlights corn exports from the Former Soviet Union, which are predicted to rise to 8.4 million tonnes by 2019. The bulk of these exports will come from Ukraine where “favourable resource endowments, wider use of hybrid seed, and greater investment in agriculture, stimulate corn production”.

Barley is also hugely important crop for Ukraine, which together with Russia, has an almost 50% share of the world’s barley trade. According to USDA, “Ukraine became the world’s largest barley exporter in 2009 and is projected to remain so throughout the projection period (2019)”. With farming productivity increasing annually, the future for investment in Ukraine land is very bright.