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]
Best European Places to Invest in Real Estate in 2020
If you believe that 2020 will be another exciting year for real estate investing, then you must do your homework from an early stage and find out what could be the best possible places to invest. I’m Ofir Eyal Bar and today I would like to talk about some of the top European real estate places that from my point of view, still have a high potential for growth this year. Please be aware that all the locations mentioned in the article had been found based on personal research and nothing written here can guarantee future real estate performance. Without... [Read More]
5 Pro Tips for Real Estate Investors During a Market Slowdown
Difficult times require us to take well-thought decisions and the COVID-19 outbreak is one of those risks that create a lot of uncertainties in the short-term. If you would like to know what you should do in the months ahead for real estate investing, my name is Ofir Bar and I will provide 5 useful tips that will certainly alleviate most of the risks. [Read More]
Brexit Effects on the European Real Estate Market
Following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union back in 2016, European politics had taken an unexpected turn, confirming divisions among country members existed, despite the apparent image of unity. This is a situation that could reshape the economic picture, both in a positive or negative way, meaning we must keep track of the latest developments and act accordingly. I’m Ofir Eyal Bar, a real estate investor and I would like to talk briefly about Brexit and how it could impact the real estate market in the months ahead. [Read More]
Investing in Real Estate vs. Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
Since an increasing number of investors are becoming aware of the need to have a more diversified portfolio, real estate continues to be one of the “safe-haven” assets. When it comes to investing in real estate, there are two main options, namely traditional real estate ownership or Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). [Read More]