Tag: investment

2015 in Buffalo

It's felt like a quick 2014 here in Buffalo, but all in all it's been the best year since I moved here. Momentum is gathering and in certain areas, house prices are rising fast (Overall, Buffalo prices rose 16 percent since May 31, 2006 – highest among the nation’s 100 largest metro areas, according to research by Clear Capital) The biggest risers have all been the more upmarket city districts,...

US Market Powers Ahead Again…

Great news for existing investors in US residential market - here, as the UK's Guardian Newspaper talks about the US markets ongoing recovery. Rising US house prices, coupled with the rising US Dollar (vs Pound Sterling and Euro) continues to confound the investment bears as the Dollar remains the 'World Currency' in the face of stalling confidence in Europe and around the world. A strong US Dollar...

House for Sale: West Side, Buffalo

Large 4 unit building for sale in West Side, Buffalo, USA. This building, fully let for $2100 a month and in great condition is in an excellent up and coming location on Buffalo’s West Side. The famous ‘West Side Bazaar’ is round the corner as well as the café’s and shops of Grant Street. This would be an excellent growth play as the neighbourhood improves rapidly and potential values and rents...

Education and medicine – booming recession proof industries in Buffalo

I was looking through the stats of various state, and cities, looking for trends, and I noticed the chart below. It plots the increase in employment in Education and Medical professions in Buffalo, since 2002 to it becoming the city’s largest employment sector in both terms of numbers and as a %. As you can see, regardless of the economic situation, the number of jobs here are growing, replacing...

Risks of investing?

Someone asked me the other day – ok Alan, if I should be looking at about 15% return plus capital growth, there MUST be some risk involved there. What are those risks? So I thought I’d share my thoughts on this with you. 1. Management Good management is the overriding factor in making the difference between a successful investment and a bad one. Having bad or ineffective management of the property...

The Year of Cash

More than any year in the recent economic troubles, this year ahead looks to be the most interesting yet. The general public are now belatedly coming round to the idea that valuing real estate on a ‘future capital growth’ basis is simply not sustainable. In other words, one by one everyone has finally admitted to themselves, in Europe and the States, that it was just one big bubble. But the...

Successful Real Estate Investing 3 – Focus On Cashflow

In the past, there was a received wisdom (usually among agents selling overpriced ‘investments’ for high commissions) to ‘invest for capital growth’ – i.e. don’t worry so much about what the Yield is, just buy where you think is an ‘up and coming area’ or ‘the next big thing’ – these in Europe were places like Capital cities in Eastern Europe (Tallinn, Riga, Sofia, Prague, Budapest) and Holiday...
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