Top 3 Things to Consider in International Real Estate

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Back before the Web was around, real estate professionals had a hard time acquiring promising investors from outside the country.

The business of selling international real estate is increasing, largely as a result of the connectivity of our society and the Internet.

Shocking to many would be the fact that 10 percent of the overall sales of real estate in the US is linked to international buyers. Additionally total sales numbers in 2017 are revealing a trend deserving of your attention because they are escalating by nearly fifty percent every year totaling more than $150 billion. Considering that the National Association of Realtors (NAR) is stating the aforementioned numbers then clearly you must recognize that the international consumer is worthy of consideration when promoting real estate.

International investors in real estate frequently lend to a more rewarding result for the brokers. And then you will find the statistic revealing that of all international bidders, plenty of them are affluent individuals hoping to expand their wealth in foreign real estate market segments.

Nevertheless breaking in to this valuable business is complex.

Robert Talbeck is a Lo de Marcos realtor in Mexico who knows this better than anyone. Having moved to the Riviera Nayarit in 2010, Robert realized early in his real estate venture that attracting international investors would be the only way to survice.

Positioning yourself with good international buyer leads is complex that can also involve additional complications such as language hurdles that domestic deals just don’t face.

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Which country reigns over international real estate buyers in the United States? Why China silly. You heard right, China retains a huge half of the whole sales volume credited to foreign investors and yes, even with all the differences concerning how business is conducted in the language & countries

So is there a greater method for realtors to position themselves for this sizeable, highly profitable market?

CPROP’s end to end digital transaction administration software is made to present real estate agents to international prospects and assist them to safely and close deals with full transparency.

The startup applies blockchain to authenticate and record actions pertaining to deeds and closing paperwork. Additionally, it plans to construct a formidable, user created specialized network by offering its utility tokens to buyers and sellers who leave rankings and reviews of the broker, agent or agency they choose on the platform.

Technological advances is definitely critical for virtually any purchase from beginning to end. We are going to set out a couple of methods any real estate brokers could get in to this market component.

Register With A Transparent International System

Raising your exposure to the worldwide target audience is not always easy. Do not go getting all dollars signs in your eyes rather than extensively exploring where on the internet these kinds of networks may be. Once you have located them you’re going to have to hedge in and gain trust within the international real estate buyer community.

One more thing you’ll want to be on the lookout for is areas of the web with service providers which also allows automatic language translations.

Think Trust And Stability

Remember the film Lost in Translation? Actually when it comes to international real estate transactions this is certainly the case where the two parties involved communicate in different languages.

That is why agents searching to develop their international dealflow need a platform to accomplish these transactions with security & confidence mechanisms inclusive to the platform.

Brett Elliott of (CRREC) had this to say,

In any international real estate deal, one must side in favor of caution first over profits.

Probably one of the greatest techniques to protect transactions lies with block-chain tech. Block chain lets real estate contracts to generally be so closely encrypted that prevents any changes be undetected.

Similarly another excellent benefit to using crypto money in transactions is the protection for the investor in knowing their money is secure.

Obtain Trusted, Streamlined Collaboration

Each realtor recognizes, even finalizing local deals can be a struggle, however when you enter in to the foreign real estate buyer/seller market, this might be even more true.

Understanding each of the moving parts to your pending clients, leads and contracts is crucial to your successes. Do you know the real time status of anybody in your pipe at the moment? If not you need to.

“Consider this though, as a realtor dealing in global transactions, wont it be beneficial to have a SaaS program that managed all the online digital elements from beginning to end for any international real estate contract? Routine openness simplifies interactions, frees up realtor time and relieves everybody’s mind.” claims Armando of Galvan Real Estate Services

Home Design Trends 2018

When it comes for designing and decorating a house, there are many trends that come and go every year and here we will look at the trends which we are likely to see in 2018 for Homes designs and decoration.

Floral Prints

While floral were not so much trendy in 2017, many interior design expects predict that bold and contrasting color floral prints should be trendy in 2018. They are more likely to be used on chains, pillows, bedsheets and drapery.


Colorful Kitchen

The all white color scheme for kitchens is now a thing of the past and more vibrant colors are being used while decorating kitchens to give it a warmer and personal touch. For example, use of the purple color on walls and creative lighting.

Rich colors overall

Aside from bedrooms, people are preferring rich and vibrant colors throughout their house, especially for furniture and walls.

Light wood Cabinets

Many homeowners are preferring the look of a medium and light wood cabinet. It gives warmth, texture and a natural element which gives a more lively feeling.

Open Kitchen Shelves

Apart from giving the option of showing off your dish collection, open kitchen shelves provides more storage options, especially when you have large and bulky items. Also gives a stylish and modern look to your kitchen.

Attractive Flooring

The trend of attractive and decorative walls has passed and people are now looking to make their flooring look as attractive as the walls. Statement floors will be to look out for in 2018 as they will be a great tool to make even a small room pop.

Decorative Plants

Plants have been a very famous and natural tool to decorate your house and with the availability of many vibrant indoor plant options which are available now, and as everyone loves a natural look and an element to their house, they should be a part of house designs in 2018.

Soothing Bedrooms

While people tried using vibrant colors in their bedrooms in 2017, soothing colors and minimalist designs make bedrooms more relaxing and restful so we are not expecting to see the use of vibrant colors in 2018 claims top Florida realtor Suzanne McGhee

So these were some trends we hope to see in Home Designs in 2018.

Stay in an actual tree house!

A whole lot of real tree houses that people live in:

1. Sanctuaria Treehouse

On the west coastline of the Philippines you will find this gem of a place to stay.

Nestled in your treetop cabin you can sit on your veranda and watch the sun go down.

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2. Garden Village Resort

In Slovenia Lake Bled there is an entire village of treehouses these wooden style cottages are nestled high in the trees.

The village boasts a restaurant with a river dividing some of the tables.

These wooden cottages resemble dolls houses perched on the treetops.

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3. Chewton Glen

Treehouses for those more prone to the luxury side of wanting to stay in a treehouse and wanting it to resemble a house in a tree instead of the “glamping” style treehouse.

These come packed with luxuries, like a widescreen TV, a gigantic bath, hot tub and a king size bed

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4. Artsy and Rustic 1927

An 89-year-old cabin between the trees in Hollywood boasting a great view of the Hollywood sign. This cabin is as the name indicates a rustic and artsy cabin complete with a creaky old door and uneven floors.


5. The Magic Home

This is not a place you can go to stay as it is a privately commissioned treehouse built by an innovative company called Blue Forest.

This magic treehouse was created for a family to enjoy time together in their own garden.

Named the magic treehouse as it is packed with enchanting hidden staircases, giant books that are stacked to form a desk, a metal tube slide at one side of the house in the secret playroom which the hidden stairs lead too, there is a wardrobe which hides the entrance to the long slide on the side of the house.

As this structure is designed for the entire family it even contains a small marble kitchenette.

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The resurrection of the conversation pit

Eero Saarinen, a Finnish-American is an architect who designed the first ever conversation pit for an industrialist called J. Irwin Miller in 1957.

It was a square sunken structure in the middle of a modernist floor, painted white and the built-in stone bench like structures was adorned with brightly colored cushions.  By 1963 Time magazine did an expose on the what become known as the “conversation pit” labelling the trend over as stories of mishaps at various parties and everyday occurrences of people falling into the pit.  So, the trend dyed out until recently.

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Now we are seeing varying versions of the conversation pit from outdoor sunken fire pits, the conversation pit that is more like a conversation lounge as the built-in couches surround a low walled enclosure that is on the same level as the rest of the house to full-blownround or sunken pits housing either a coffee table or some form of fireplace in the middle of the room.  Regardless of the varying styles these pits all have one very unique and currently, welcome and appealing design aspect in common – it is a conversation pit so there is no television!

The way the couches are designed to wrap around the entire space of the room leaving only a small gap for the entrance into the pit makes it great for actual human face time and not the one on the smartphone either.  Being forced to look at the person in front of your or within your peripheral vision with nothing to distract your attention like the TV or gaming console.

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Let’s hope that with the resurrection of the conversation pit will mean the resurrection of actual conversation and not a bunch of people sitting in a square or circle communication to the person across the way on their smart device!

The glass bottle house in British Columbia

The Glass House in British Columbia is quite a site to see and an attraction well worth the trip.

The house was built by David H. Brown in 1952 when he retired from the funeral business and struck upon a revelation that glass bottles should have some practical use after their contents were finished.  And so, to, as quoted by Mr. Brown “to indulge a whim of a peculiar Nature” he set about travelling western Canada visiting various friends in the funeral business collecting the square empty embalming fluid bottles until he had collected 500,000 of them.

The house is built in a cloverleaf shaped pattern, it is 48 feet long and 24 feet wide, alltogether including the upstairs room of the house, it has 1,200 square foot of floor space, three main rooms that are circular in shape.  The house is built upon solid rock and overlooks the Kootenay Lake.  The bottles have a square shape giving the fantasy-style castle shape of the house a mosaic type look.

There is a short staircase in the center of the house that leads up to the upstairs bedroom, the master bedroom, living room and kitchen are on the main floor.

The house attracted a lot of attention with its unique appearance resulting in a loss of privacy for the Brown family and as such, they decided to turn it into a roadside attraction for the summer months.

There are about 500 dozen flowers that run along different pathways around the house and lovely well-kept lawns.

In the gardens, there is also a bridge, an archway, a water wheel and a wishing well.
The house is still owned and run by the Brown’s, who continually make additions to the property keeping the attracting fresh and making people want to come back to find out what has changed at the Brown’s embalming fluid bottle house!