Looking To Buy An International Property?

Carrick Property’s carefully considered investment options in the UK, Europe and Mauritius offer attractive diversification and an excellent hedge against the current market risks.

Every investment manager and wealth management specialist will tell you that a diversified portfolio is the best way to achieve your investment goals. But in those conversations, global property is often overlooked as an investment vehicle. It shouldn’t be.

It’s not uncommon for South African investors to have a local investment property. International property investments offer so much more, though, unlocking opportunities in terms of investment benefits, risk exposure, returns and reliability (international property tends to be less impacted by prevailing economic forces and political conditions).

“By externalising wealth through property purchases in carefully selected international jurisdictions, Carrick clients are achieving peace of mind as regards the safety and the future health of their investments,” says Carrick Group Sales Director Bradd Bendall. “Offshore property is outperforming other products on the market and producing really good returns.”

Much of your success in global property investments will, naturally, depend on which market you invest in – which is why engaging with an expert partner is important. Carrick Property offers independent professional services for clients who wish to diversify their investments through structured portfolios in international property. 

 

Unpacking global options 

Carrick Property focuses on secure and developed property market jurisdictions including the United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal and Mauritius.

“Investing in the UK property market or in the largest economy in Europe – Germany – through brick-and-mortar assets makes solid financial sense,” says Bendall. “In many cases it was a bridge too far for South African investors, but Carrick’s offering now makes it absolutely viable for many people. It’s a unique investment opportunity.”

The UK is regarded as a strong and stable market with solid income prospects. While the UK government determined average supply levels to be 160 000 homes per annum over the past decade, new statistics show that 300 000 new homes are needed per annum to meet demand.

“We’ve selected cities in the north of England,” says Craig Featherby, founder and CEO of the Carrick Group of Companies. “Bracknell, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Slough are cities which have phenomenal regeneration programmes, converting old shipyards and docklands into highly desirable mixed-use areas.

In Germany, properties are available in Berlin (with its low unemployment rate of 3.1% compared to the European average of 6.1%) and in Leipzig (at an accessible entry point in a finely restored building). Then in Portugal, the beautiful coastal cities of Lisbon and Porto provide an appealing opportunity – and a very different offering to the UK and Germany.

Finally, Beau Plan in Mauritius has the added security of development company, The Novaterra Group, which has been in operation on the island since 1838. Novaterra’s strong balance sheet and substantial business interests in diverse sectors such as energy, brands, financial services and real estate make this an appealing investment.

 

The Carrick Property Proposition 

Prospective clients can engage with Carrick Property on either a transaction-only basis or (as many prefer) by including offshore real estate as part of a holistic, integrated financial planning model. “We want to make sure we give the right advice, and the right advice is providing a diversified portfolio of assets in which the property component complements the fixed interest and equity-based investments,” says Featherby. “In this case we need to establish where the client is today, where they want to be tomorrow and what the best way is of achieving this. We also need to carefully ascertain their attitude to risk.”

Featherby adds that international property is an important building block for a well-diversified investment portfoliobacked by Carrick’s choice of reputable partners and developers on the ground. As he puts it: “It delivers an exciting and lucrative property opportunity to clients looking to future-proof the money they have worked hard for.” 

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