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Investing in Australian Real Estate Market

Investing in real estate is not just about finding a place to call home; it’s more of an idea of owning a home as a money investment for the sole objective of gaining profit. Real estate investment has become increasingly popular over the decades and is a common investment vehicle now-a-days. And Australia, one of the most multicultural nations in the world with returns over 8 percent in many metropolitan markets, is an excellent investment destination which attracts huge international interest. Over the decades, investing in real estate has proved a considerably secure investment, with Australia managing one of the most consistent property markets in the world.


T2 Capital Management Announced to invest $9 million in Commercial Real Estate

T2 Capital Management Announced to invest $9 million in Commercial Real EstateT2 Capital Management, a Real estate financier announced the closure of its $9 million, funds of T2 Opportunity real estate, which focuses on the acquisition of short-term debt and equity in the United States commercial real estate sector.Wheaton, Ill.-based T2 Capital Management stated the fund survey every CRE property types, including industrial, retail, hospitality, multifamily, self-storage and senior housing.


Residential Prices in United States Perhaps Fell as Real Estate Hindered Economic Recover

Residential Prices in United States Perhaps Fell as Real Estate Hindered Economic RecoverHousing real estate prices possibly fell in the year ended in June by the largest amount in 19 months, indicating the housing market persists to hamper the United States recovery, economists stated before a report.


Real Estate Pending Sales Rise in July

Real Estate Pending Sales Rise in July Pending real estate housing sales in July fall month-to-month for the initially since April, but rise substantially compare to that month a year before, based on a report by the National Association of Realtors. The business group's Pending Home Sales Index rises 14.4 % year-by-year in July, to 89.7. That's a 1.3 % dip in contrast to June's index. This index trails signed, but not locked, purchase agreements for resale house. An index of 100 shows the average contract movement in the index's 2001 stand year, which was a witness year for current-home sales.


Real Estate Investment Trust

Real Estate Investment TrustA Real Estate Investment Trust or REIT is a company or corporation that purchases, manages, develops and sells the real estate assets. It is a tax designation which allows investors to acquire real estate in a tax efficient manner. REIT uses the pooled capital of investors to buy and manage income property and sometimes, mortgage loans. It is a way for investors to invest in property and real estate. It can be commercial real estate, homes, condominiums, apartments, offices and industrial places.

REITs specifically invest in real estate or properties that can produce profit and pass on the profit to investors.  They are required to distribute at least 90% of their taxable profit or income annually, to qualify for preferential tax treatment into the hands of investors or shareholders. They are also required to invest at least 75% of their total assets in real estate as well as generate similar amount of contribution from mortgages or investments on real estate.


GE Capital on its way to vend Mexican mortgage portfolio

GE Capital on its way to vend Mexican mortgage portfolioAccording to the news reports, GE Capital is on a quick move to sell their $2 billion mortgage portfolio of their Mexican consumers to Santander Grupo Financiero, Mexico.

Connecticut based General Electric Company’s real estate division was impacted tremendously during the recession. According to the senior official of the company, GE Capital is expected to receive approximately $170 million and the debt with this deal. The leading unit of GE Capital, Fairfield, started offering mortgage services in Mexico in 2002.


Court confirms General Growth’s restructuring plan

Court confirms General Growth’s restructuring planGeneral Growth Properties (GGP) on Thursday announced that a bankruptcy judge had approved its restructuring plan and it will scrape through the Chapter 11 filing around the beginning of next month in what is dubbed as the biggest real estate bankruptcy case in US history.

The Judge of the US Bankruptcy Court for Southern District of New York, Allan Gropper confirmed the news about the Chicago, Illinois based company. General Growth, the country’s second largest mall operator, plans to finish its restructuring and reorganizing on or about November 8, 2010.
CEO Adam Metz said that the confirmation of their plan was an important milestone as they lay the groundwork for a successful future for General Growth. He also said that they were now prepared to begin a new era for GGP on a firm financial footing.


Choosing the right Real-Estate Agent

Choosing the right Real-Estate AgentBuying or selling property is not just about going through open houses or putting up ‘For Sale’ boards on the lawn. On the contrary, dealing in property can be quite overwhelming for the common man.  There are various reasons why it can be cumbersome for some when dealing with property. For some, it’s not possible to go through all the houses in a particular area, some don’t have an understanding of where the real estate market is headed and some may not even know how to read real estate contracts. Hence at the slightest feeling that transacting in property is turning into a headache one should consider opting for a real estate agent or broker. But before one hires a real estate broker there are some things they should take note of. Here are some of the some tips to consider when hiring a real estate agent or broker.


State Of The Union

Washington ReportsIf President Obama's state of the union address was any guidance then don't look for much in that way of new or dramatic initiatives from his administration. Most of those efforts apparently happened to set up for last year.

The president barely pointed out housing schemes and services in his 71 minute speech that though he did acknowledge that home values have declined and noted that cutting of taxes for first time home buyers. The tax credit program, however, is set only for expiration mid year. Some real estate group owners privately are suggesting the credit program might need to be extended again to prevent a sharp drop off in sales.

But there's currently little support for that and the president gave no hint that he would even consider such a move. ‘Obama’ made a pledge to step up efforts to assist and guide through financially distressed homeowners through refinancing that can change their needs into more affordable mortgages.


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