Showing posts with label real estate investing. Show all posts
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13 July 2018

Cedar Park, Texas – Small City-Town USA

Cedar Park, Texas is part of the Greater Austin Community.

It is is a small city-town, near Austin, Texas, the state capital, that was incorporated in 1973. Since 2005, the community’s population has grown by about 30%. In 2010 the population was a little under 50,000 and by 2015, it is projected that the population will have increased by another 30% to approximately 65,000.


The boundary lines encompass two Texas counties, Travis and Williamson, and it is is the third largest city in the Austin Metro area.

It is a lovely and thriving family oriented community with a rural feel to it; located just 20 minutes from downtown Austin, the state’s capital; making it close enough to provide easy access to all the facilities and services the big city has to offer. A current project, the Schlitterbahn Cedar Park; a water park resort, had a targeted opening date of May 2012; however, the incentive package expired. The City Council is still interested and they are optimistic about reaching their goal. Visit the city’s official website to view more projects.

Home building efforts for this lovely city can be credited to a response by the city’s economic development representatives who invited IBM (over a decade ago) to relocate their business to Austin, Texas. IBM indicated that if they accepted the invitation they would need a place to relocate their employees along with their families.

The real estate market consist mainly of single-family homes for sale, starting in the low-$100,000s and can go as up to $650,000 plus. It has all the appeal of small town charm with the conveniences of living in and living close to a metropolitan city. There are golf course properties, condominiums, townhouses; and land is also available for custom building. Investors (or home-buyers) can locate foreclosures, short sales, bank owned properties, and other investment real estate.

Having lived in Cedar Park, Texas, it has my personal stamp of approval as a fabulous place to work, live and raise a family. Below are all of my plusses based in my family priorities:
  • Excellent schools
  • Low crime rate
  • Convenient access to major highways
  • Nice neighbors and nice neighboring communities (Leander, Georgetown, etc.)
Perfectly situated between metro Austin and the Texas Hill Country, it could easily be classed on any official listing of Best U.S. Cities to Live In. It’s a fine place to own your home, excellent for real estate investing, and a great place to retire.

Image credits: www.cedarparktexas.gov and Texas_flag_map (Public domain)
*** Original Post Feb 01, 2014, at Treasurepen.com

18 April 2017

International Real Estate Investing - South Africa, Costa Rica, Panama and The Bahamas are Awesome Choices!

International real estate investing is not for the faint of heart.  Many investors vie to own a piece of South Africa. It is considered by some to be the most coveted prime real estate on the planet. But think also about Costa Rica, Panama and The Bahamas as international real estate investment choices. Why pass on an opportunity to own a small part of a paradise? The political climate in these 3 countries is much less volatile than South Africa. Plus they all have great diving and fishing spots! :) 

International Real Estate Investing - Awesome Choices!




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International Real Estate Investing Choices: South Africa, Bahamas, Panama and Costa Rica

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Panama Welcomes Foreign Investors

Panama is a Republic in Central America, right next door to Costa Rica.  Years back, well-known publications such as Business Week were touting Panama as being "the New Florida

True, Panama and Florida have so much in common they could easily pass for twins. Like Florida, Panama has beautiful scenery with exotic looking flowers and dazzling sunsets, great fishing spots, fantastic weather, and it is already a place where many retirees opt to spend their golden years.

But in case that isn't enough, Panama has implemented a program to woo foreign investors. Through its Pensionado Program, foreigners - US investors, in particular - are welcomed to buy real estate, relocate or retire there. Experts in retirement planning state that Panama is recognized as one of the world's top offshore havens for investment purposes.

Shared this info multiple times at my various blogs.  But hey!  When something is good it bears repeating. :)

Why Invest in Panama Real Estate?

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A Young Panamanian Woman Wearing the Traditional Pollera

"The Pollera is the most beautiful and admired national costume of the Americas. There are many tales related about its origin, but the popular opinion is that it was adapted from a gypsy dress worn in Spain at the time of the conquest of Peru and brought to Panama by the servants of the colonial families. It normally consists of a blouse or shirt and a two-tiered full skirt. ..." (Source: Polleras of Panama | PanamaLiving.com)


Coat of arms of Republic of Panama.
Coat of arms of Republic of Panama. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)





International Real Estate Investing Choices: South Africa, Bahamas, Panama and Costa Rica

Thinking of international real estate investing? South Africa, Bahamas, Panama and Costa Rica invite and encourage foreign investors. Here is a quick overview of their programs.


Real Estate Investing in the Rainbow Nation, South Africa

Opportunity cost is the term used to calculate the difference in return between a chosen investment and one that is necessarily passed up. To say it differently, you gave up the opportunity of another investment to put your money in an alternative investment and there is a cost associated with making that decision. In other words, it helps you measure a trade-off.

Do you live in the United States but want to explore buying commercial property or a retirement or vacation home in a foreign country? When it comes to purchasing property overseas, U.S. Investors must always consider the opportunity cost and those who have invested would say the trade-off is worth it.




When it comes to Africa, South Africa is at the top of the rest of the African continent in offering prime real estate for investment purposes. Since apartheid is no longer legal, a major trend in the housing market is that home ownership is becoming more representative of the South African population. Home buying among the blacks, Asians, and other non-whites is on the rise. In addition, South African law permits foreigners to purchase or own real property in South Africa. Even though the political climate appears unattractive when viewing or listening to reports in the media, real estate professionals in the business of selling realty in South Africa have indicated that foreigners, particularly, Americans are still buying. In fact, some of the best prime property with awesome views of the sea, Table Mountain and Robben Island, is owned by foreign investors.

There is East, West, North and South Africa. Sure one can speculate and debate about international markets, the politics, wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes, famine, the future, etc. But no one has ever debated that the continent of Africa is the place for gold, diamonds and prime real estate. If interested in international investing, why not begin looking for prime real estate in South Africa? With the income from your ROI (return on investment), perhaps you can buy a diamond or a gold mine.

As of 2012 total South African real estate was valued at approximately $604 Billion ( http://www.worldpropertychannel.com/middle-east-africa-commercial-news/property-sector-charter-company-portia-tau-sekati-south-african-property-owners-association-cape-town-real-estate-market-6136.php ); and most recent reports indicate that green buildings are gaining in popularity. International real estate investing is definitely not for the faint of heart. But if you want a reliable information resource to begin your education, SouthAfrica.info ( http://SouthAfrica.info/ ) is an all-in-one official gateway to South Africa and supplies comprehensive country information for investors, tourists, citizens and South Africans abroad.



*** Previously Posted Feb 1, 2014 at TreasurePen.com



International Real Estate Investing Choices: South Africa, Bahamas, Panama and Costa Rica

Thinking of international real estate investing? South Africa, Bahamas, Panama and Costa Rica invite and encourage foreign investors. Here is a quick overview of their programs.

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