A Favorable Outlook Despite Pressing Times

Combined reports gathered this April did not show promising signs in an improving housing sector and for the overall US economy. Despite the bleak performance of the market, financial advisors at HomeUnion Investment Properties will give you a sound advice to continue your real estate investments. The downturn is not permanent and is expected to be in the short term only.

The manufacturing sector has also suffered severely by the 13 percent appreciation of the dollar against the different currencies trading in the United States. US stocks also fell short. Organic growth in corporate results is pulling the stock prices down. The prices of US government debt also fell and as a result, the dollar weakened against other currencies.

Despite the challenging times and weakness experienced by different market sectors, the housing sector still remains favorable due to a strengthened labor market.

In a separate report, the Labor Department disclosed that there is a rise in the number of Americans seeking unemployment assistance. The trend suggests that the jobs market has continued to tighten as there is an increase in the long term unemployed finding jobs. Claims for the state unemployment aid rose by 12,000. By the end of April 11, the total number reached 294,000.

However, the claims should not be the direct basis for the growing unemployment rate since the number of claims tend to be unstable especially that holidays like Easter and school spring break are moving. The model that the government uses is thrown off track due to these seasonal fluctuations.

It is to be noted though that the number of people seeking the unemployment benefits was the lowest since December of 2000. An economist at Barclays said that their company has continued to view the unemployment claims data as an improvement in the labor market.

While people are receiving pay check and lending has eased, the trend of attracting home buyers is expected within the year. America’s banking giants JP Morgan and Bank of America reported that there is a significant increase in mortgage lending in the first quarter of this year. It is expected that the numbers will double in the next quarters.


Why There Is A Sudden Demand For Smaller Phuket Villas

Over the past 10 years, Phuket’s property market has remained fluid and resilient in spite of the recent global crisis. Buyers have certainly benefitted and developers have seen the advantage of offering prices that will meet the budget of overseas investors. While there is still demand for large high quality Phuket Villas, developers have started building “boutique villa” communities on smaller land plots. These small Phuket Villas usually consist of 4 to 12 units with prices ranging from 8 million to 15 million baht.

Why is there a sudden demand for smaller Phuket Villas?

Because of the global economic crisis, buyers have reduced their budgets and while they are prepared to take risks they are only willing to invest a small capital in view of the crisis. In addition, the prices of properties of Phuket have increased substantially as well as building costs.

Developers have recognized the needs of buyers that is why they are offering two or three-bedroom private villas with a swimming pool and located in a secure and pleasant community near the beach. Buyers gain exceptional value for their money because when they own a property in Thailand, it can be easily rented out for a short term or long term period with good rental rates.

For example a three-bedroom villa with a swimming pool in Rawai and constructed with a terrace and an easy to care garden will promise unlimited enjoyment for years. There are villas with double carports, laundry/storage room and open-plan living area with a full Western kitchen featuring gorgeous wooden cabinetry, breakfast and bar and built-in stainless steel appliances. From the pool terrace, a nice landscape is within view with a pool that is perfect for relaxing.

An advantage is the view of mountains with trees peeking over the security fence. A three-bedroom apartment that is priced at 9.6 million baht usually has pool access with the master bedroom featuring an en-suite bathroom. The other two bedrooms will share the second bathroom. Built-in cabinets are present including fans and air conditioners with a dining terrace that completes a pretty picture. This is type of private villa that will generate a steady income when necessary.