A lot of people ask me whether they should invest in real estate or in the stock market. Naturally, some people think that real estate investments are reserved for those who can pull out their checkbook and jot down a 6-digit number on the spot. Maybe that’s how things used to be a few decades ago, but today an investment of this sort does not require a whole lot of initial capital. My name is Ofir Bar, and I’ve been investing in tech start-ups, and real estate for the past 25 years, globally. Naturally, I’ve gotten to see my fair... [Read More]
3 Commercial Real Estate ‘Not’-Spots Worth Avoiding
2021 is going to be a better year for real estate investments, we hope. Well, that’s not too much to ask for, with all that has happened to the global economy in 2020. With that in mind, some real estate investment venues are going to recover and thrive much faster than others - and some are going to need a little more time to get back to business as usual. In this blog post, we’ll be focusing on commercial real estate. [Read More]
Thinking About Real Estate Investments in South Africa in 2021? You May Want to Think Again
If you ask any real estate investor that has been in the game for at least a decade, they’ll probably tell you that the South African market has been one of the hottest in the past few years. However, things are changing in the tip of Africa, and not for good. Projections for 2021 are not very optimistic about the financial state of South Africa, and there are two main reasons for that. Before I mention them, one must ask If an economic slowdown is a good or bad thing for the real estate market. Well, that depends on a... [Read More]
Looking for a Real Estate Investment? Rural is the Way to Go
My name is Ofir Eyal Bar, and I’ve been investing in real estate ever since I can remember myself doing business. With successful ventures around the globe, including South Africa, western Europe, North America and more, I can safely say that I’ve seen a lot. One of the things I see often in this market is a rising buzz about a certain place, venture or type of property being a ‘trend’. So let me just stop all of those ‘trend setters’ right here: In real estate investments, which may take a while to turn from vision to concrete, a trend... [Read More]
The UK Real Estate Market Over the Years – Has the Boat Been Rocked?
It is pretty fair to say by now that real estate today is nothing like it was nine months ago before the COVID-19 entered our lives by storm. Investors have found themselves needing to completely change the way they see reality. But the most important factor in this equation is the ungraspable difference of the effect of the virus on each town, city, country, and region around the globe. What can be said about Omsk, Moscow, has nothing to do with the new reality in Recife, Brazil. The way I, Ofir Eyal Bar, see it, it is very hard to... [Read More]
What Caused the Spike in the South Africa Real Estate Market?
Even though South Africa had been severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, a surprise uptick in the real estate market had been signaled recently. The actual numbers are above the consensus estimates, with several factors supporting such a development. As always, I am Ofir Eyal Bar, and today I will use my insights into the South African real estate market to better understand why we see these positive developments. [Read More]
Real Estate Investments in Western Europe Suffered a Major Blow in Q2
The COVID-19 pandemic is now under control in most of the Western European nations, but the lockdown imposed during the second quarter of the year had a major impact on the real estate industry. I am Ofir Eyal Bar and since I am also having several investments in the region, today we’ll analyze some of the figures for Q2 and how the recovery is unfolding. [Read More]
Real Estate and High-Tech – Two Worlds Colliding or Merging?
Although two decades ago, real estate and technology were uncorrelated industries, with the latest advancement we’ve seen a gradual shift towards a symbiotic relationship. More specifically, real estate can benefit from advanced technology and the technology can advance more rapidly as real estate develops. [Read More]
Is It the Right Time to Invest in Real Estate?
Economies are starting to reopen now that new COVID19 cases seem to have decreased and stabilized. We’re still not sure if the worst is behind us, but it’s obvious social distancing measures and restrictions had prevented a much bigger tragedy. Economic indicators in Asia, Europe, and North America are starting to signal a bottoming, but does this mean it is the right time to invest in real estate? I’m Ofir Bar and today I want to use my knowledge in the industry to analyze both positive and negative factors for real estate as we move forward. [Read More]
How to Buy a House During a Market Slowdown?
Since we’re now sure 2020 will mark the first economic downturn in more than a decade, our only choice is to adjust how we spend money, and that applies to buying a home as well. I’m Ofir Bar and throughout the years I’ve seen the real estate market moving up and down. I’m active in markets like South Africa, Germany, and the Netherland, and if I’ve noticed something important is that people all around the world are eager for greater financial education. [Read More]