Real Estate Mania in Turkey

    Nov 17, 2020 @ 06:45 AM / by Samuel Pearl Schwartz

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    Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the overwhelming majority of housing surveys I’ve conducted revealed similar impacts on expatriate rental markets. In countries all around the world, the sudden and significant decline in demand has either pushed prices down or allowed for increased negotiability from listing prices. However, there has been one notable exception to that trend – Turkey.

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    Wuhan, China: Update on post-COVID-19 recovery

    Nov 10, 2020 @ 01:45 AM / by Kathy Lam

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    While many parts of the world are struggling to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, Wuhan is now back to business as usual. The lockdown was lifted in April and there have been no local cases since May.

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    Housing in South Korea: A variety of ways to pay

    Dec 12, 2019 @ 11:25 AM / by Zach Rossignol

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    Before assignee’s arrive in South Korea, it’s important for them to understand the variety of ways to rent a property. In general, there are three different rental payment methods in South Korea, and a mix of all three is typically used in any given city.

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    Water Heater Rentals in Canada: A hot topic for International Assignees?

    Nov 20, 2019 @ 08:00 AM / by Zach Rossignol

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    Tenants in Canada (and most of the world) are required to pay for rent and utilities, as well as extra amenities like cable TV and internet. There are some parts of Canada, however, where renting water heaters is common, and the question of who pays – tenant or landlord – can cause confusion.

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    Obvious Change: My Third Survey of Far East Russia

    Oct 08, 2019 @ 02:00 AM / by Philli Wong

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    I recently surveyed Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, a city in the far east Russia, for the third time. Given the city’s size, it is easy to notice any changes. Sakhalin Island is developing in accordance with the government’s plan to promote tourism, which would also increase recreation options for expatriates. 

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    What is ABL in Argentina and how does it impact expatriate housing?

    Oct 03, 2019 @ 07:30 AM / by Zach Rossignol

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    As expatriates assigned to Buenos Aires search for rental housing, they may soon ask an all too common question: "What is the ABL Tax and how much does it cost?”

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    Georgetown, Guyana Growing to Meet International Demand

    Oct 01, 2019 @ 12:16 PM / by Andrew Morollo

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    Oil was discovered offshore Guyana nearly five years ago, but the country has taken a fairly measured approach to development, bringing in consultants to ensure that the oil industry (and the country’s future economy) is stable. The first extraction project, Liza Phase I, is on schedule to begin production of 120,000 barrels of oil per day starting in Q1 2020. The rate of incoming workers is picking up speed and demand has risen quickly not only for rentals properties, but also goods and services.

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    Guyanese Oil Boom Disrupting Georgetown Housing Market

    Sep 24, 2019 @ 05:03 AM / by Andrew Morollo

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    Since the 2015 discovery of vast oil deposits two hundred kilometers off Guyana’s coastline, the country has become one of the hottest oil and gas locations in the world. The capital city of Georgetown is now a center of activity as exploration, planning, and infrastructure development progress.

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    Tourism Turmoil: Barcelona and Madrid’s Rental Markets

    Sep 10, 2019 @ 12:59 PM / by Yimkwan Tsang

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    Barcelona has 1.6 million residents and an annual influx of 30 million temporary residents. This excessive number of tourists has brought instability to the city’s housing market as many long-term rentals have turned into short-term furnished units to cater to demand.

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    What is 'Key Money' and how does it impact renters in Japan?

    Sep 04, 2019 @ 12:50 PM / by Zach Rossignol

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    As expatriates in Japan search for rental housing, they should be aware of a common fee required on top of rent and security deposit. This payment is called ‘key money’ or in Japanese, ‘reikin’ (礼金).

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