All Eyes on Egypt: Pros and Cons of Investing in Real Estate in the Land of the Pharaohs

To be honest, when people think of investing in real estate, Egypt is probably not the first place that comes to mind - or maybe not even one of the first 50 places. However, this African nation holds a lot of potential for real estate. Like many other developing nations, Egypt is seen by investors as a current ‘hot-spot’, but is it really one, or is it just a buzz and no more than that? [Read More]

Was 2020 a ‘Lost Year’ for Entrepreneurship?

There’s still much we don’t know about the effects of the ‘year of the pandemic’ on our lives and our futures. This statement is even more relevant financially speaking since the true aftermath of the global economic crisis is yet to be felt. Right now, governments around the world are still using existing and non-existing funds to help markets keep running - but what happens when that strategy runs out of time? [Read More]

You Don’t Need Millions to Invest in Real Estate

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]

Things to Consider Before Buying a Home in South Africa

Buying a home will be one of the most significant investments of your life, and because of that, it requires an extensive process. The ultimate goal is to feel happy inside your house, but some people don’t manage to understand that in order to reach that level, a few things must be considered before actually buying the house. These things apply also for the South African real estate market, so without further a due, let’s talk about them. [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]