Recent Articles by OPP Connect

Screen shot showing detail from Lamudi.com home page. The fastest-growing property search portal you've never heard of

The fastest-growing property search portal you've never heard of

Fast-growing international property website Lamudi has more than doubled its listings in just six months. The real estate network, which specializes in emerging nations, began a year ago with 16 countries and now covers 28 nations in Asia, the Middle...
By OPP Connect | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Shanghai, China image via Shutterstock. Overseas property show expected to bring 30,000 visitors to Shanghai

Overseas property show expected to bring 30,000 visitors to Shanghai

A major Chinese overseas property and immigration show is expected to attract record numbers of foreign exhibitors, says the organizer. The 7th Shanghai Overseas Property & Immigration & Investment Exhibition (OPI) is being held in the Shanghai Everb...
By OPP Connect | Friday, June 27, 2014
Bitcoin as global currency image via Shutterstock. Hong Kong buyers pay in bitcoin for 2 London homes

Hong Kong buyers pay in bitcoin for 2 London homes

An investment company says it is the first brokerage firm to accept bitcoin for London property. Richard Mathieson, managing director at Cai-Capital Ltd., in Gloucestershire, is helping two Hong Kong buyers purchase a £1 million home and a £750,000...
By OPP Connect | Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Euro vs. dollar image via Shutterstock. Eurozone rate cut could create bargains for overseas property investors

Eurozone rate cut could create bargains for overseas property investors

Currency and financial experts believe the 0.1 percent cut in the European Central Bank (ECB) benchmark and the historic deposit rate reduction to below zero could weaken the euro, benefiting international homebuyers funding purchases of eurozone pro...
By OPP Connect | Friday, June 6, 2014
Screen shot of redesigned Juwai.com home page. Juwai.com brings feng shui to website design

Juwai.com brings feng shui to website design

Top Chinese language property website Juwai.com has redesigned its website -- by using feng shui principles. Juwai.com says its new site at www.juwai.com, which has just been launched, benefits from feng shui to make it even more effective and use...
By OPP Connect | Thursday, June 5, 2014
Money in need of laundering image via Shutterstock. International real estate could face 'onerous' anti-terrorism and money laundering regs

International real estate could face 'onerous' anti-terrorism and money laundering regs

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) -- an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat money laundering and financing of terrorist groups -- is carrying out a sector-by-sector review, with updated guidance on how the real estate sector sh...
By OPP Connect | Friday, May 23, 2014
Portraits image via Shutterstock. How to take the perfect agent headshot

How to take the perfect agent headshot

An international real estate brand consultancy has put together a list of do’s and don’ts on taking Realtor head-and-shoulders photos. Ron and Alexandra Seigel, managing partners of Napa Consultants, International, based in California, say the...
By OPP Connect | Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Berlin image via Shutterstock. A nation of renters is changing its tune

A nation of renters is changing its tune

Known as a nation of renters, only around 43 percent of those living in Germany own their property, but the number is slowly increasing. The Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln (IW) has conducted a five-year analysis of all 402 counties and ci...
By OPP Connect | Friday, May 16, 2014
Katherine Welles / Shutterstock.com New homes promise easy commute to Disney World

New homes promise easy commute to Disney World

An experienced developer has targeted an up-and-coming area of Florida that has improving transport links for a new project and expects strong demand from buyers. The Tuscany Preserve project, from leading developer Feltrim Group, is in the Poinciana...
By OPP Connect | Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Vault image via Shutterstock. Mortgage lenders warming up to international investors

Mortgage lenders warming up to international investors

Overseas property finance is in increasing demand, particularly from Asian investors, says a leading provider. Despite rising inquiries for foreign finance, some wealthy property investors, particularly from China and Russia, are able to pay in ca...
By OPP Connect | Thursday, May 8, 2014
Hong Kong image via Shutterstock. Asian investors still looking but in no hurry to buy

Asian investors still looking but in no hurry to buy

Asian property investors are still mainly looking to Australia, Singapore and the United Kingdom, but most are in no hurry to buy, a new survey reveals. Despite that, most respondents to the iProperty.com 2014 semiannual Asia Property Market Senti...
By OPP Connect | Friday, May 2, 2014
Historic map image via Shutterstock. Homes for sale, rent-paying tenants included

Homes for sale, rent-paying tenants included

Investment properties with tenants are being provided by investment specialist JWB Real Estate Capital, based in Jacksonville, Fla., which is ripe for further economic and real estate market growth, it argues. “Investors who are considering a re...
By OPP Connect | Friday, April 25, 2014
Singapore image via Shutterstock. Skyrocketing prices trigger backlash against foreign buyers

Skyrocketing prices trigger backlash against foreign buyers

This article by OPP Connect editor Adrian Bishop was originally posted on OPP Connect. Leading overseas real estate expert Andrew Batt has told Singapore TV there is a lot of money being invested in foreign property and it will go ......
By OPP Connect | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Screen shot of home tour created with Google Glass by Ariana Rios of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.-based Mainstreet Realtors. Google Glass goes on sale Tuesday

Google Glass goes on sale Tuesday

The Google Glass “smart glasses” are going on sale in the United States on Tuesday, April 15, as rising interest is being shown by property professionals around the world. The high-tech eyewear costs $1,500 (almost £900) and is on sale for one d...
By OPP Connect | Monday, April 14, 2014
Canadian flag image via Shutterstock. Canadian Realtors boost projections for 2014 home price gains

Canadian Realtors boost projections for 2014 home price gains

Canada’s property market is set to perform better than previously thought, with average prices rising 3.8 percent during 2014 to $397,000. Prices are also expected to increase 1.1 percent on average in 2015, says the Canadian Real Estate Associatio...
By OPP Connect | Monday, April 7, 2014
Marco Island, Fla. image via Shutterstock. WikiRealty 'virtual town square’ with a mix of local insights and data

WikiRealty 'virtual town square’ with a mix of local insights and data

A new real estate website that claims to offer the ideal mix of subjective local information and objective market data has been launched. The WikiRealty website at www.wikirealty.com covers Naples and Marco Island, Florida, and Milwaukee, Wisc., b...
By OPP Connect | Friday, March 28, 2014
Screen shot of meiaoju.com homepage. Meiaoju.com serving up U.S., Australian listings to Chinese buyers

Meiaoju.com serving up U.S., Australian listings to Chinese buyers

A new overseas property website just launched in China claims to be the first to concentrate on Australia and the United States. The Chinese-language site, meiaoju.com, aims to provide quality listings, real estate information and high levels of c...
By OPP Connect | Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Miami image via Shutterstock. Latin American buyers heat up Miami market

Latin American buyers heat up Miami market

This article by OPP Connect editor Adrian Bishop was originally posted on OPP Connect. Prime property in Miami Beach is fetching up to $50 million, says an international agent. Overseas buyers from Latin America, who are looking for secure investment...
By OPP Connect | Friday, March 21, 2014