Investment Watch: Investors go to Disneyland

Disney homes in Florida attract property investors in January

Photo credit: Michael Huey

Real estate investors went to Disneyland in January, reveals TheMoveChannel.com 's latest Investment Watch.

The report, which ranks the monthly level of interest in the portal's listings, saw the majority of investors turn to townhouses two miles from Mickey's home in search of a dream come true. The newest vacation home community in the Disney area, the Florida development was built in 2007 but a price reduction of one-third last month saw investors flock to buy a holiday home with strong buy-to-let potential.

While Florida topped the Investment Watch rankings for the second month in a row, Disney was not the only resort to receive attention, with a Bulgarian ski hotspot and a hotel in Marrakech providing popular commercial opportunities for buyers looking abroad. For buy-to-let investors closer to home, student accommodation in London and Cheshire saw similar levels of demand, taking eighth and ninth place respectively.

But January saw a new investment product climb up the chart.

Plots of land in Brazil and the UK generated lots of interest, but a carbon credits project in Australia emerged as the month's second most popular listing, proving that investors don't need to go to Disneyland to find a happy ending.

The alternative investment programme promised a 30 per cent return and a government-backed exit strategy on a reforestation scheme in Victoria – enough to attract almost double the number of enquiries received by a coastal villa in Murcia with 107 per cent finance.

Director Dan Johnson comments: "The demand for Florida's Disney homes was always going to be high – the combination of location, price and commercial opportunity is hard to beat. The popularity of the carbon credits project is more surprising though. Is this a sign that property investors are starting to consider more unorthodox investment vehicles for their capital? That remains to be seen, but with a variety of alternative schemes hitting the market, 2012 looks like being a growth period for that particular sector.

The Top 10 investment properties for January 2012 are as follows:

Rank

Property

Country

Company

1

Disney Pool Townhouse, Florida

USA

Starfish Property Investments

2

Carbon Credits, Victoria

Australia

Best Overseas Property

3

Below Market Value Hotel, Marrakech

Morocco

Best Overseas Property

4

Buy-to-Let Townhouse, Detroit

USA

Target Market Ltd

5

Land Development, Minas Gerais

Brazil

Obelisk

6

New Building Plot, Hampshire

UK

Landmark Developments

7

Ski Resort Hotel, Pamporovo

Bulgaria

Imagine Overseas

8

Student Apartments, London

UK

Principal International

9

Student Apartments, Cheshire

UK

Principal International

10

Financed Beach Villa, Murcia

Spain

Blue Med Repossessions

 

Notes to Editors

Founded in 1999, TheMoveChannel.com is the leading independent website for international property, with than 400,000 listings in over 100 countries around the world, marketed on behalf of agents, developers and private owners.

The website address is http://www.TheMoveChannel.com and the office address is 24 Jack's Place, Corbet Place, Spitalfields, London, E1 6NN. 

Contact Dan Johnson on 0207 952 7650 for further information.

 

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