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Monday, March 15, 2021   /   by Vanessa Saunders

The hidden costs of living abroad.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
Does life in the United States ever get so (insert your own adjective here - boring, irritating, complicated, expensive, whatever bugs you,) that you think about just cashing it all in and moving to another country? You can, but be prepared for some unexpected costs of living. When you discover that many of the things we take for granted here in the good old U.S. of A are either more expensive, heavily taxed or totally unheard of in the States, you may just decide that the "Ex" in Ex-Pat stands for "Expensive."
Car insurance and healthcare
Compared to many countries, U.S. car insurance is relatively inexpensive. Not so in other parts of the world. But don’t scrimp on coverage. Be sure you have the insurance you need for anything that might happen on the road. And if you plan to avail yourself of your new country’s legendary free health care system, think again. Unless you’re a cit ...

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

100 little ideas you may see in use at tonight's Democratic Party debate.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems
Morgan Housel, a partner at Collaborative Fund and a former columnist at The Motley Fool and The Wall Street Journal has compiled a list of "100 Little Ideas" that help to explain how the world works; In reading them over, I found a lot of them apply to the upcoming election in general, and tonight's Democratic Party debate in particular. For example, we might experience the candidates practicing Courtesy Bias: "Giving opinions that are likely to offend people the least, rather than what they actually believe."
Another tactic we may see is called Poisoning the Well: Presenting irrelevant adverse information about someone in a way that makes everything else that person says seem untrustworthy. “Before you hear my opponent’s healthcare plan, let me remind you that he got a DUI in college.”
Or how about the unfortunately named Buridan’s Ass: A thirsty donkey is placed exactly midway between. ...

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Bad world news may be good news for Hudson Valley real estate in 2020.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems.

As a global real estate marketing brokerage, we here at Global Property Systems keep an eye on international news and world concerns. Because many of our clients are from abroad, their worries are our worries. Few people realize that troubles such as unrest in the Middle East or the spread of the coronavirus in Asia actually have an effect on markets and real estate investments in the United States.
Surprisingly, in the midst of all this seeming chaos and bad news, one sector that improves with bad news is real estate.
Mark Fleming, the chief economist for First American Financial Corporation said in a recent report: 
“Global events and uncertainty…impact the U.S. economy, and more specifically, the U.S. housing market…U.S. bonds, backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government, are widely considered the safest investments in the world. When global investors sense increas ...

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Where have all the Chinese investors gone?

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems.
The Chinese Coronavirus has been all over the news lately, causing anxiety and worry on both sides of the globe. China used to be a big player in New York real estate investing, but Chinese buyers have all but disappeared. The virus, which has led to over a thousand deaths to date with more reported each day, is just another blow to the market.
A report from Cushman & Wakefield noted the first beginnings of a “frenzy of disposal activity” among Chinese commercial real estate investors in the United States. In 2018, there were 37 property acquisitions by Chinese buyers worth $2.3 billion, but $3.1 billion of commercial real estate was sold off. The report said that the treatment of Chinese conglomerate Healthcare Networks of America and tough trade talk made Chinese investors feel unwelcome.
Chinese investors are also showing less appetite for residential real estate in the United States. Buyers. ...

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Are you ready to become a landlord?

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems
Are you thinking about taking out a mortgage to purchase a rental condo in that hot new neighborhood across town? Has a co-worker you know funded their summer vacations with a dedicated AirBnB? Would you like to set up your own, and do you see yourself owning a commercial property? In other words, are you ready to become a landlord?
Before you become personally responsible for decisions that will impact the success of your investment, consider the following questions before you jump into that landlord suit.
1. How much money do you need to get started?
Buying a property directly — land, building and all — either for rental or resale can be an expensive prospect. Plus, many such projects involve some improvement work, renovations and repairs. And don't forget ongoing costs, including property taxes, insurance and mortgage insurance.
2. Should you take on a debt position in your purchase, or do you wi; ...

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