Thursday, July 5, 2012
There has been some good news for those investing in real estate, in the form of stronger US property sales figures, according to Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA), an alternative investment advocacy group.
Boston, MA, July 05, 2012 - There has been some good news for those investing in real estate, in the form of stronger US property sales figures, according to Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA), an alternative investment advocacy group.
The National Association of Realtors has revealed that property sales had increased by over 10 per cent in April, compared with a year earlier. The Association added that sales could be up by as much as 13 per cent overall, by the end of the year.
Analysts believe that improving employment figures and falling mortgage costs are helping the industry get back on its feet, which means prices are rising. “This is great news for anyone who has invested in property over the past few years when prices were low,” claimed AAA’s analysis partner, Anthony Johnson.
“It is still a great time to buy homes in the US for investment purposes, as the market is bottoming out, which means the only way is up,” he added.
In fact, prices rose in 50 per cent of US cities in the first quarter of 2012 and this trend is expected to continue throughout the year. Mortgage rates have also fallen drastically. The average rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage a year ago was 4.5 per cent, while is now stands at just 3.66 per cent, according to a Freddie Mac survey.
Anthony Johnson stated, “investing in real estate has become more popular among those who want to diversify their portfolios against risk. It’s understandable that people want something tangible to show for their investments – especially after the economic crisis.
“We also support investment in other alternative asset classes, such as timberland, through firms like Greenwood Management, which runs sustainable plantations of non-native trees species in Brazil.” AAA claims that investing in alternatives can offer a more ethical option than stocks and bonds.
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HANOI-based Luxury Travel has launched a Central Golf Coast Tour of Vietnam tour package to leverage on Central Vietnam’s growing golf appeal, due to the improved air access and new products in the area.
Hanoi, Vietnam, July 05, 2012 - HANOI-based Luxury Travel (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) has launched a Central Golf Coast Tour of Vietnam tour package to leverage on Central Vietnam’s growing golf appeal, due to the improved air access and new products in the area.
The six-day package allows golf enthusiasts to play on Vietnam’s world-class golf courses such as Montgomerie Links and Danang Golf Club. Accommodation options include beachfront resorts in Danang or Hoi An, and sightseeing trips to Hue, Hoi An or along the coastline will be planned. Non-golfers are also targeted.
Pham Ha, founder and CEO of Luxury Travel (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com ), said: “We will launch new exciting golf packages to promote Central Vietnam as a high-end golf destination in South-east Asia as we are seeing interest from golfers from the Middle East, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand."
Danang’s new international airport now links travellers from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
Vietnam currently has 29 golf courses, and Ha added that two new golf courses, including the Laguna Lang Co Golf Club and Ba Na Hills Golf Club, will open in Central Vietnam in late 2012.
The last two years have also seen the arrival of hotels along the coastline such as Hyatt Regency, InterContinental and Fusion Maia, offering more choices for golf travellers, said Ha.
Luxury Travel Ltd. is a long established Asian golf specialist and experts in luxury privately guided and fully bespoke holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.
Earlier this month, Luxury Travel (www.luxurytravel.com.vn) opened its new office in Danang to tap the tourism boom.
About Luxury Travel Ltd:
Vietnam-based Luxury Travel Ltd (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) is a long established Asian specialist in the art of travel and serves today’s most sophisticated travelers, in luxury privately guided and fully bespoke holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. Luxury Travel excels in designing tailor-made tours and providing unique travel experiences to fulfill the most sophisticated traveler’s expectations. Luxury Travel Ltd. has won numerous travel awards for excellent performance, including the most recent award: Best Luxury Tour Operator.
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444