For investors, the race is on to find the best property investment
opportunities the world has to offer, investors generally look to
acquire a property portfolio that has a combination of short and long
term opportunities in a variety of different countries therefore
diversifying their investments and therefore they can minimalise their
It has been suggested that during all stages of the property cycle,
diversifying by adding international property to a property investment
portfolio can significantly increase returns and decrease risk.
“The case for global diversification over the long term is strong. In
a boom, a bust, or even in a long period of similar conditions, an
investor with global real estate assets would have significant
improvements in risk adjusted return and increased returns overall.
Globally, the increasing attractiveness of property and greater
capital mobility have made cross-border investing more popular. This has
also been aided by the increasing accessibility to finance for non
foreign nationals in many countries.
By taking advantage of lags in timing in the different property and
economic cycles, an investor can insulate a portfolio from some of the
domestic ups and downs.
Many people feel that, international property is out of reach. There
are also practical challenges to cross border investment for example,
culture, currency, tax and legal jurisdictions. As finance becomes more
easily available the foreign markets are becoming increasingly
accessible to small and medium investors.