Primelocation Overseas Property Boost

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Primelocation join the host of UK based overseas property websites that have seen a leap in both traffic and online searches for international real estate. The anticipation of end of year bonuses has fuelled a 23% surge in interest in international property purchase, as confidence returned against a backdrop of improved economic prospects, according to Primelocation International.
 
The Primelocation International Search Index recorded over 1.8 million foreign property searches in December and an annual increase of over 200%. Spain and Turkey saw the highest monthly rises of 48% and 36% respectively.
 
Agents have reported an increase in bankers looking to invest their bonuses in international property in the more traditional locations towards the end of the year and in January. However, amounts to invest are slightly lower and more discretion is being exercised. The trend of City workers seeking lower tax environments abroad also continues.
 
Interest in the U.A.E has dropped off substantially, with property searches down 9% annually in December and 12% on the previous month, causing the country to slip from sixth to seventh place in the ranking. This dampening of interest can be attributed to Dubai’s much-publicised financial difficulties, relating to the Dubai World debt.
 
Ann Wright, International Development Manager of Primelocation International, comments: “Anticipation of banker bonuses has driven a recent spike in searches for overseas property, with many potential buyers looking at the traditional and generally more stable locations. However, purchases are lower key than in previous years as the bonus backlash continues.
 
“The dissatisfaction among City workers with the way in which the Government is handling the income tax, regulation and bonus situation is also continuing to fuel searches for property in more hospitable tax environments.
 
“However, the outlook is certainly positive. The overwhelming choice of international property as an investment is encouraging, indicating a renewed consumer confidence in the foreign markets. With the economy now out of recession, a fall in unemployment and house price indices showing an upward trend, we may be able to look forward to a steady recovery over the course of 2010.”
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