Packaged Property Investments Have Had An Excellent 2008. Director Matthew Banks Talks About The Future

Packaged Property Investments Ltd have had an excellent 2008 securing projects in Poland and the Czech Republic. Despite the difficulties in the financial markets, Director Matthew Banks believes the company is still set for strong growth in 2009. ‘We have broadened our geographical base of developments in Europe. We have moved into second and third tier cities in Poland whilst also entering the Silver Coast in Portugal.’

Despite the difficulty in obtaining finance in the current market he explains why sales for the company have increased for the final quarter of 2008. ‘We pick the right product, at the right price and in excellent locations. We have extremely close relationships with our banking partners and as we secure and sell our projects at excellent prices, our clients have had far fewer difficulties in securing finance than our competitors.’

When quizzed about the direction of the company in the next couple of years he added ‘I see this as an exciting time for the company. We prefer the market to be difficult as it always creates a number of joint venture opportunities in our target cities. I also welcome some realism from local land-owners. We really did forecast the market well and the entry to our current territories seems to have paid off. We have seen a massive increase in the rental market with values holding up extremely well. I can see some buying opportunities coming in the next few months and always look forward to building relationships with our partners worldwide.’

Packaged Property Investments Ltd is a UK based property investment company that is involved in a number of projects with property in Poland, Czech Republic and Portugal.

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San Blas, A Magnificently Restored Old Spanish Cortijo Set In The Beautiful Andalucían Countryside Will Be Handed Over To The Prize Winner Holding The Lucky Ticket Costing A Mere 25 Euros

The media has covered a number of raffles over the past few months in which a house or property is given away to one lucky winning ticket holder. None of these can compete however with the latest property draw ‘San Blas’ ( unveiled this week. The raffle will see San Blas, a magnificently restored old Spanish Cortijo set in the beautiful Andalucían countryside, and worth around a cool 1.5 Million be handed over to the prize winner holding the lucky ticket costing a mere 25 Euros. More unusual about this raffle is the fact that the lucky ticket holder will not only win a stunning 4 bedroom house but a complete self catering holiday business too. The San Blas raffle is truly unrivalled by any other property draw and offers the winner a truly life changing prize.

It has been quite an emotional journey for English owners Wayne and Dave who have spent the past three years lovingly restoring the property to a quite remarkable standard. For family reasons however they have been forced to make the difficult decision to say goodbye to the home and business of their dreams and return to the UK. The recent credit crunch and property crisis have led the pair to do some lateral thinking and they have come up with an alternative and novel way of selling this outstanding property. To the fortunate winner Wayne and Dave leave behind all the fruits of their hard work: a beautifully restored house, along with seven classic white-washed self catering cottages and apartments, a swimming pool, and 15 acres of breathtaking countryside. Further information and pictures of the entire property can be viewed at There is also an additional online booking website for the self-catering business.

The raffle has been carefully drawn up with full legal advice and meets all legal requirements. Each ticket will cost 25 Euros and can be purchased easily online at the website, and those purchasing 4 tickets will receive an additional ticket free. Those participating in the raffle can view online the number of tickets sold which is updated daily. Every ticket holder will be kept updated on the draw and informed within 48 hours of all tickets being sold. The grand draw itself will be overseen by a number of independent Spanish solicitors and this will also be filmed. The video of the draw will be made available for everyone to watch on the website within 24 hours of the draw taking place.

The lucky winner will receive the freehold and full & clear title deeds to the fabulous Cortijo San Blas which will include the 4 bedroom main house along with 7 self catering units comprising 12 bedrooms, 9 kitchens, 12 showers, 13 toilets, plus 15 acres and a great swimming pool – pretty spectacular for just a 25 Euro stake. The winner will also be handed over the deposits and all future bookings at the popular San Blas holiday property. With the self catering units being rented from 190 to 365 Euros per week each, this will provide the winner with a profitable start to their new life and business in the Spanish sunshine.

Also unique to this property raffle is the fact that tickets will retain their full face value as they can be exchanged at any time before the draw for accommodation at the complex. Indeed Wayne and Dave are keen to encourage as many people as possible to view the property whether passing through the area or staying to see for themselves what a fantastic home and ready-made holiday business awaits the lucky winner.

To purchase tickets or to find out more about the most exciting property raffle ever launched and the chance to enjoy a fantastic new life in the Spanish sun – and remember, somebody has to win and it could very well be you!

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Select Property Reports That As The Credit Crunch Takes Hold Now Is The Time To Invest In The UAE For A Safe And Secure Investment

Select Property reports that their purchasers’ investments will be protected following the announcement from the UAE government that they will guarantee all National bank deposits and savings.

With daily reports of the credit crunch’s latest victims it is understandable why there is widespread panic across Global markets. Leading banks are turning to their governments to bail them out, the stock market has fallen the most it ever has and Iceland is on the verge of declaring National Bankruptcy, it would seem that no investment is safe.

Select property believes that the news that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Government is guaranteeing all deposits and savings in all its National banks, is great news for those people who do have money to invest, This means that any money that is held in a UAE Bank, including Dubai and Ras Al Kahimah, will be protected by the UAE Government.

In the current global financial crisis finding an investment that is classed as ‘safe’ is hard to find, with many investor’s now ploughing money into property after losing faith in the banking system. Select Property has announced that it has taken steps to ensure that their investors’ money is as safe as possible, with any money paid to Select Property held in Escrow in a Dubai bank. This means that investments are fully protected and guaranteed by the UAE Government.

As well as protecting purchasers’ money, the Ras Al Khaimah and Dubai investment property markets are currently continuing to grow even in the present situation, so all investor’s money is not only seen as secure but is also expected to make a profit as well. Select Property believes that there has never been a better time to invest in the UAE.

Since its launch in March 2008 the Select Property and Select Group’s joint overseas property development, Pacific, in the emerging emirate Ras Al Kahimah has benefitted from a 10% increase on its property prices and is already over 70% sold out. If the growth continues to rise in this manner, investors are likely to see property price increases of 20% per year.

Select Property and Select Group are one of only a few developers in Ras Al Khaimah to offer a payment plan together with the security of Escrow.

About Select Property:
Operating since 2004 Select Property has become a leading specialist in off-plan overseas investment property. Following initial success marketing and selling luxury residential property, on an exclusive agreement basis, in March 2008 Select Property took the landmark decision to move into overseas property development launching Pacific the first of two residential projects located on Al Marjan Island, in the emerging emirate Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. Pacific is a joint development with Select Group

The company currently has 90 employees operating out of offices in the UK and Dubai. By May 2008 Select Property had successfully sold over £550 million worth of property to customers in 53 countries including investment property in Dubai.

Select Property has enjoyed a successful relationship with Select Group Developments, working on four off-plan Dubai property developments, including the Marina’s Bay Central, the iconic super tower The Torch, The Point, and Botanica, the only residential development with a sky garden. Most recently the two companies have announced their collaboration on Pacific, Al Marjan Island and Ras Al Khaimah, the first project, which is being developed jointly by the two companies.

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The new feature allows users to browse through the latest property news on selling, letting, buying and renting property, as well as information on estate agents, property prices and general market news. updates this news in real time via a bespoke news content feed on the site.‘s directory of locations has also been improved to include targeted news content, as well as local area information such as school performance results and sold prices. Users can continue to browse through locations using the existing sitemap, but can now also perform a property search from the directory itself.

Mark Goddard, Managing Director of comments: “We are delighted with these exciting additions to We know that research forms a large part of the home movers process when buying property, renting or selling property. Both of these changes will further enhance the user experience of the site, which remains at the heart of our development focus. “ holds over 600,000 properties from the UK and overseas, including 40,000 rental properties, and is currently working with over 6,000 estate agents who are uploading their stock to the site and benefit from an increasing number of leads originating from the property portal. places Web 2.0 methodology at the heart of its functionality, with market-leading functionality including Google mapping, property ranking, RSS and Video Tours being core features.

About is wholly owned by GMG Property Services, a division within Guardian Media Group.

GMG Property Services Group also owns Vebra, the UK’s leading provider of software to independent estate agents, Core, CFP, The Media Design House and, the consumer-facing portal.

Guardian Media Group plc (‘GMG’) is one of the UK’s leading multimedia companies. Its diverse portfolio includes the Guardian and Observer newspapers and the Guardian Unlimited network of websites, the Manchester Evening News, a number of other regional newspapers in the North West and South of England, the Channel M city TV station and the Manchester Online website.

GMG also owned 13 regional radio stations by the end of 2007 under the Real Radio, Smooth Radio, Century FM and Rock Radio brands. Trader Media Group, one of Europe’s largest specialist print and online media companies, and publisher of the Auto Trader magazine and website is jointly owned by GMG and Apax Partners, with GMG as the majority shareholder.

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US Probate Leads Has Designed A Program Specifically For Individuals Seeking Alternatives To Their Current Job Situation

Do you want to protect your financial security? Are you concerned that today’s economic conditions will impact you personally? Do you have a realistic back up plan? There is a way to insure your future – you can now start your own real estate company with just a small investment and can begin changing the way you look at life.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a monthly revenue stream that could replace your salary and that would give you the financial independence to no longer worry about whether or not your job will be there tomorrow?

US Probate Leads could well be the answer! They have just announced a program for people living virtually anywhere across the US that allows an individual to begin making money in real estate within 30 days of the day they begin. They provide complete training through a 3 day workshop. This training will teach you everything you need to know to be successful using their proven methodology. They offer workshops around the country and you can even participate in their program in the comfort of your own study!

You will own your own business – this is not a franchise opportunity. The US Probate Team can help you in everything you need in getting your new business started. They even have a program to assist those of you that have never owned your own business.

They will work with you to define your Corporate identity (name, logo, correspondence, marketing materials, etc), they will assist you in choosing the appropriate corporate organizational type and will assist you in the incorporation process, they will give you a list defining what tasks you should complete in the first 90 days of operation, they will help you prepare your business plan and will even provide your initial web site.

For those of you that are aware of this unique real estate niche, the probate market is huge. It is estimated that more than $100B of Real Estate is in probate across the US, at any one point in time. What really makes this market interesting is that the individual tasked with responsibility for settling the estate most often must sell property in the estate in order to pay the bills. This opens up an opportunity for the well trained investor to step in and provide assistance in making that sale.

An estate may consist of any of the properties accumulated by the deceased –
• Real estate is typically very high on this list – and can include residential property, commercial property, acreage, duplexes, condominiums, apartment buildings, strip malls, office buildings, ranchland, farms, etc.

• You will also find personal property such as that ‘65 Mustang parked out in the garage (long since forgotten), the baby grand piano in the living room, the ski boat, down at the lake house, and many other items that have residual value.


• Don’t forget businesses owned and operated by the deceased – these may well be viable entities that the heirs simply do not wish to continue or the heirs may not have the knowledge necessary to keep operational.

The real key to the US Probate Leads program is something that very few other companies offer. Each and every month they will provide you, fresh, new, individual leads helping you build your own customer base. These leads are extracted from local probate courts and identify the specific individual with responsibility for settling a probate estate. Furthermore they only offer their data to a small handful of individuals in each county. You will be receiving fresh leads each and every month that only you and a very few peers will see.

Until today the only way an individual could get this information was to visit their county court house and retrieve the information each morning. Folks that have tried this approach soon found that they were spending all of their time retrieving information and little of it in talking with potential customers. As data specialists, the US Probate Leads team has devised a proprietary approach that allows them to retrieve data from virtually any probate court and make that information available to you.

You can get more information about this exciting opportunity by visiting their web site at or by contacting them at (877) 470-9751.

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Kenn Renner Top Austin Realtor begins a series of real estate finance and foreclosure seminars in Austin Texas

On Saturday, October 25th national speaker and Austin real estate expert, Kenn Renner, will be presenting a free real estate finance and foreclosure seminar at the Brockton location of Amplify Credit Union (formerly IBM Credit Union). The seminar is part of Amplify University’s on-going educational series. The two part seminar will focus on the current status of the mortgage market and investing in foreclosures.

Kenn will discuss how the “credit crisis” has affected lending policies, interest rates and the availability of funds. He will separate fact from fiction and dispel many of the falsities that the national media has purported. The truth is that banks “are” lending and those that want to buy in today’s buyers market can get the financing they need – especially first time home buyers. Austin’s strong economy will be discussed and how it has been relatively sheltered from the housing crisis that has hammered other parts of the Nation. Part II of the seminar will focus on foreclosures, short sales, REO’s and HUD Repos. Strategies for capitalizing on some of the best real estate bargains in recent history will be covered in detail. Case studies and actual foreclosed properties that are available right now will be discussed. The seminar is free and Kenn will be giving away copies of Gary Keller’s (Keller William’s CEO) best selling books from his “millionaire” series. For first time home buyers Kenn will be providing free copies of “Your First Home – A Proven Guide to Home Ownership” ($20 Value). Previous seminars and presentations can be found at Kenn’s video site and at Kenn Renner’s Youtube video channel.

Seminar information:

Where: Amplify Credit Union
2608 Brockton Drive
Austin, TX 78758
(Brockton @ Burnet)

When: Saturday, October 25th, 1 P.M.
Cost: Free

To register for the free seminar – visit

About Kenn Renner:
Kenn Renner is a top selling Austin realtor and national speaker on the subject of real estate and real estate investing. He is a frequent guest expert on local and national investment radio shows. His twenty five year career has spanned three states including Alaska, California and Texas. In the past three years, Kenn has closed over $80,000,000 in home sales. He has been featured on several episodes of HGTV’s #1 rated show “House Hunters”. Kenn lives with his wife and two children near scenic Lake Travis just outside of Austin.


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USSA1, a Florida based real estate and mortgage business is online with their new website at

Florida consumers can take advantage of a library of real estate and mortgage articles along with services to assist them with refinancing, loan modification, distressed properties, title services, document and loan processing and short sale information and negotiation.

Businesses in Florida can avail themselves to USSA1’s services that range from mortgage processing and compliance auditing to document management and title services.

With a staff of qualified and trained professionals USSA1 is dedicated to providing its clients with quality and professional services. Their experience and expertise has enabled them to negotiate the best options to help consumers resolve their financial needs and make intelligent decisions about investing in the Florida real estate market.

Their business to business services are backed by a solid foundation of maintaining equitable relationships with their partners and helping businesses to offer the best in mortgage and real estate services to the general public.

The website design is very user friendly and is set up to provide solutions for consumers and businesses. It is broken down into four areas: Why Use Us, What We Do, Free Access and Get in Touch. Why Use Us provides the latest information and professional services for consumers, lenders and brokers as well as Realtors.

“Clients will find a number of free member benefits from publication information, article searches, document locations and more in the Free Access pages of the website” said Regina Rivard the Operations manager.

USSA1’s What We Do pages showcases materials and information businesses need to help their clients handle all of their real estate and mortgage functions.

Members will be able to reach a USSA1 professional via email, phone, fax and live chat on their Get in Touch page.

Their website also has a blog that allows for clients to interact with professionals and stay up to date on the latest real estate and mortgage trends for the state of Florida.

The consumer services are designed for non-professional and do-it-yourself real estate investors, providing information about short sales, foreclosures, loan modifications, refinancing, title services and Realtors in cities throughout Florida while their business services seeks to help professionals provide their clients with better service as well as the latest changes in the mortgage and real estate industries.

With corporate offices located in Apollo Beach, Florida, USSA1 serves the entire state of Florida with the promise to increase client benefits and show value in all the services they offer. Their services, along with a dedicated staff, produce some of the best results in the real estate and mortgage industries throughout the state of Florida.

About USSA1

USSA1 is a Florida Company with more than 35 years of experience working with banks and mortgage companies. Our experience and expertise allows us to negotiate the best options to help resolve consumer’s financial needs.

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Select Property Has Created A New Charitable Foundation In Conjunction With The Duchess Of York, Sarah Ferguson

Select Property, the UK based property developer, has joined forces with the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and the Dubai based Select Group to unveil a charitable foundation called “Sarah Selects”, set up to help disadvantaged children in the United Arab Emirates.

The new charity was unveiled at the launch of the new £1.1 billion luxury residential development “Aquitainia” from Select Property.

Sarah Ferguson kicked off the spectacular soiree by auctioning off a luxury one bedroom suite in the Madrid region of the Aquitainia development, which is on The World, Dubai. After frenzied bidding, the lucky bidder snagged himself an exclusive suite for £500,000. The money is to be held in an Escrow account until the Duchess makes her decision on which charities will benefit from the auction. Potential projects include the Make a Wish Foundation in the UAE, Support to Children with Diabetes and there are talks of supporting a school in a village in Northern Iraq.

The Duchess of York commented; “The plight of children is an issue close to my heart, and I intend to devote time to choosing the right causes within the UAE in which to donate the money. The Aquitainia launch party was the perfect opportunity to coincide the launch of Sarah Selects as the event was attended by some of the most influential people in the UAE.” She added, “The UAE is the springboard for launching Sarah Selects globally, helping children’s causes all over the World by using Select Property and Select Group’s development locations as the foundations for growing the charity.”

Commenting on the launch of the charity, Mark Stott – CEO of Select Property – said;“Select Property and Select Group are incredibly pleased to launch Sarah Selects with the Duchess of York. The Duchess is extremely committed to helping children all over the World, which is an issue cause close to my heart”.

Following the auction, the guests were treated to a live performance from double Grammy award winner Kelly Rowland who gave a dazzling performance and had the guests dancing the night away.

About Select Property:
Operating since 2004 Select Property has become a leading specialist in off-plan overseas investment property. Following initial success marketing and selling luxury residential property, on an exclusive agreement basis, in March 2008 Select Property took the landmark decision to move into overseas property development launching Pacific the first of two residential projects located on Al Marjan Island, in the emerging emirate Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. Pacific is a joint development with Select Group

The company currently has 90 employees operating out of offices in the UK and Dubai. By May 2008 Select Property had successfully sold over £550 million worth of property to customers in 53 countries including investment property in Dubai

Select Property has enjoyed a successful relationship with Select Group Developments, working on four off-plan developments, including the Marina’s centrepiece Bay Central, the iconic super tower The Torch, The Point, and Botanica, the only residential development with a sky garden. Most recently the two companies have announced their collaboration on Pacific, Al Marjan Island and Ras Al Khaimah, the first project, which is being developed jointly by the two companies.

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HGTV House Hunters Films Kenn Renner From Buy Austin.Com And His Family In Search Of Their Very Own “Dream Home”

On Monday, October 13th, HGTV’s number one rated show “House Hunters” will feature one of Austin, Texas’ top real estate agents, Kenn Renner, on the “hunt” for his own lake side dream home.

The nationwide cable House Hunters show airs at 10 P.M. Pacific and Eastern and 9 P.M. Central and will showcase estate-sized homes in the pristine Lake Travis area just west of Austin. Sarah Allison, one of the shows producers explained, “We love shooting in Austin – it is just very scenic and friendly as well as incredibly affordable. Our film crews just love Austin and having a show featuring one of Austin Top Realtors searching for his own home really makes for a good storyline.”

Kenn Renner ( is no stranger to national TV – in fact this will be the seventh time he will be on HGTV. “Filming this show was a lot of fun and I learned a lot about producing video. We actually got to do two shows with House Hunters and the other show will air in November. It was an incredible experience, especially the fact that we were able to include our family & friends. Even our golden retriever – “Angel” appeared in many of the scenes.”

In regards to the actual shooting of the show Kenn explains, “I was amazed at how thorough and lengthy the filming process was for HGTV. We filmed every single room and each scene was filmed at least two times. Filming just one home took an entire day! Our feet were very tired to say the least.”

The homes Kenn and his family toured were priced between $800,000 and $1,200,000.“The homes we toured were just amazing – most of the homes we looked at were over 5000 square feet,” he adds.

“I have spent my 25-year career as a real estate agent helping others find their dream home. It was extremely rewarding and a lot of fun to finally be the one hunting for a dream home and to have HGTV to share the experience with our family. We feel so blessed to be now living in the house of our dreams in Austin, Texas.”

About Real Estate Agent and Broker, Kenn Renner:
Kenn moved to Austin in 1993 after working in the real estate industry in both California and Alaska as an investor. He started investing in Austin after researching areas of the nation to invest in. During his first visit to Austin, Kenn purchased three investment homes and fell in love with the City. “Austin is so fresh, vibrant and electric. There is an atmosphere of opportunity and possibility for entrepreneurs and businesspeople tempered with a passion for recreation and relaxation. It is much more laid back than the rush- rush California lifestyle that I’d been accustomed to,” he adds.

In addition, Kenn Renner is an Austin Real Estate Agent and Broker with Keller Williams – Lake Travis and is a national seminar speaker on the subject of real estate and finance. He has closed over $80,000,000 in real estate transactions in the past three years making him one of the top real estate brokers in the region. His website: is content rich with video presentations and hi-tech real estate resources. He just finished developing his newest website – which features Austin home videos, interviews and educational forums.

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Think Money Commented That While The Government’s Scheme Will Benefit The Housing Market In The Short Term, It Fails To Address The Underlying Factors Affecting The Whole Credit Market

Following the Government’s announcement of a scheme to help those most in need due to the housing market slump, financial solutions company Think Money commented that while the scheme will benefit the housing market in the short term, it fails to address the underlying causes of the credit crunch.

Some of the measures aimed at helping the housing market include:

· A £300m shared equity scheme offering 10,000 first-time buyers currently frozen out of the mortgage market a chance to get onto the property ladder

· A £200m mortgage rescue scheme aimed at supporting 6,000 of the most vulnerable homeowners who are facing repossession

· A £400m boost in spending for social housing providers, in order to deliver 5,500 more social houses over the next 18 months

· Working with Regional Development Agencies to support the most critical regeneration schemes with the most potential to transform communities

But Melanie Taylor, Head of Corporate Relations at Think Money, said that the new measures do not adequately address the underlying causes of the credit crunch – and this extends to the whole loan market.

“In many respects, it’s more of a short-term cure than a long-term prevention,” she said,“and this means that once the scheme is finished, many homeowners could find themselves in exactly the same position they were in before.

“It also begs the question: if the measures are set to help 6,000 vulnerable homeowners and 10,000 first-time buyers, what happens to the many others who don’t get help from the scheme?” she continued.

Taylor added that the measures also miss out a very large part of the problem facing lenders and consumers alike: a lack of available funds for credit, including loans and other forms of credit.

“A lot of economists argue that a better solution would include measures to help the whole credit market, not just mortgages,” she said. “Mortgages are a very important part of the loans market, but the market for other forms of credit, such as secured loans, is also in need of some help.

“The main issue is the liquidity crisis – banks and other financial institutions are unwilling or unable to lend to each other, and that means the funds for loans and mortgages simply aren’t there in many cases.

“The Bank of England’s Special Liquidity Scheme has done most towards relieving the pressure on lenders – and as Mervyn King said last week, the Bank of England alone cannot prop up the housing market. Unless more money is pumped into the financial markets, we may have to simply wait and let the economy take its course.”

But Taylor was keen to emphasise that although the market is struggling, it is still possible to obtain a loan. “As long as your credit history is good and you are in employment, it’s still very possible,” she said. “But it’s important not to make too many applications – if you apply with several lenders and are rejected, your credit history will look worse for it, even once the loans market recovers.”

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Balli Real Estate Have Created A New Website To Showcase The Core Activities Of Investor-Developer

Balli Real Estate Ltd, the UK and UAE based investor-developer, have launched their new website, located at, to showcase the company’s brand, services and its $3.5 billion property investment and property portfolio on the internet.

Built using a mixture of HTML and Flash Shockwave programmes, the new website is designed to be simple, stylish and easy to navigate. It sets out the company’s vision through a mixture of images and editorial contained in five main sections, complete with a series of sub-navigation drop down pages.

The new website provides a review of Balli Real Estate’s four core activities: fund management, joint venture developments, direct developments and bulk purchase investment.

Drawing on a series of panoramic images, the website explains how Balli Real Estate is involved in some of the most exciting and prestigious real estate projects in the world.

Balli Real Estate currently has a property portfolio of over $3 billion, comprised of more than 900,000 square feet of property under development with a Gross Development Value (GDV) of $800 million, and an additional 2 million square feet and a GDV of almost $2.5 billion in the pipeline.

The company operates in the UK and UAE and the Balli property portfolio includes four major residential and mixed use projects in Dubai providing a combined total of more than 1000 luxury residences.

The website contains details of the company’s senior management team including Vahid Alaghband, group chairman, Hassan Alaghband, Director, and Group Finance Director, David Spriddell. It also features testimonials from some of the company’s professional advisors and partners, including Sunland Group, CB Richard Ellis, Bank of Scotland Corporate and Forsters LLP.

As part of Balli‘s focus on customer service, the website has a special password protected information centre for clients, enabling them to gain access to development brochures, investment documents, development floorplans and legal contracts wherever they are in the world.

The website also has a careers and recruitment section, setting out Balli’s employment opportunities, as well as an interactive press centre which enables journalists to download press information and imagery and make enquiries.

Vahid Alaghband, Group Chairman of Balli comments: “Over 60% of potential purchasers looking for property use the internet as their primary research tool. We therefore felt it essential that we created a property specific website to complement our existing Group corporate website.”

The website was designed and produced by TTA Group, a specialist property marketing consultancy, part of PR market leader Chime Communications plc.

About Balli Real Estate
Balli Real Estate is a leading multi-national real estate investment and development company operating in the UK, the Middle East and other lucrative markets. In the United Arab Emirates the company operates under the Peacock Ventures Ltd brand. The company focuses on four key activities: fund management, joint venture developments, direct developments and bulk purchase investment, and is involved in some of the most exciting and prestigious real estate projects in the world such as luxury property in Dubai.

Balli Real Estate forms part of Balli Holdings, one of the UK’s largest private, multi-national corporations, headquartered in London. Established in 1982, Balli Holdings operates a number of affiliated companies specialising in commodity trading, real estate, industrial activities and aviation, with offices in key economic and business hubs around the world and operations in over 20 countries.

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Select Property Launched A New Exclusive Luxury Development, Called Aquitainia

Select Property, UK property developer, and Dubai based Select Group have teamed up to launch the exclusive luxury development; Aquitainia, which is located in Dubai on the fabulous ‘The World’ development.

Located just four kilometres off the coast of Dubai, the project is scheduled to be completed in 2012.

The new Aquitainia property development is situated on the fusion of the two islands, France and Spain, which form part of the awe-inspiring archipelago cluster of 300 islands which create ‘The World’.

Designed to compliment the artistic creation of The World, the £750million development combines the Mediterranean elegance and minimalism of modern contemporary living. Set within a truly sensational setting, Aquitainia consists of 816 properties spanning over 1 million square feet. The properties will comprise of one and two bedroom suites, three bedroom penthouses, as well as beach and water villas. Each unit will include state of the art equipment and the villas will have stylish rooftop plunge pools with spectacular views across the Indian Ocean.

Aquitainia is centrally located amongst the islands and is close to the four main transportation and commercial hubs, offering easy access to Dubai’s white washed shores. Sailing enthusiasts will also able to accommodate their yachts in Aquitainia‘s marinas which will have ample berths for hundreds of boats. The marinas will offer residents a variety of amenities such as cafes, restaurants and shops or simply a place to absorb the fun and sporting atmosphere.

Properties on Aquitainia will use the names of some of the most popular regions in both France and Spain to compliment the islands themselves. Monaco, Cannes and St Tropez will be used to represent France, whilst Marbella, Barcelona and Madrid will represent that of Spain.

Residences are already being made available for private purchase with a choice of one-bedroom suites starting from £498,000. Dubai’s thriving population and increasing popularity ensures great investment potential whilst providing an ideal tax free lifestyle.

About Select Property
Operating since 2004 Select Property has become a leading specialist in off-plan overseas investment property. Following initial success marketing and selling luxury residential property, on an exclusive agreement basis, in March 2008 Select Property took the landmark decision to move into development, launching Pacific the first of two residential projects located on Al Marjan Island, in the emerging emirate Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. Pacific is a joint development with Select Group

The company currently has 90 employees operating out of offices in the UK and Dubai. By May 2008 Select Property had successfully sold over £550million worth of property to customers in 53 countries.

Select Property and Select Group have enjoyed a successful working relationship since 2004, with Select Property exclusively marketing and selling Select Group’s off-planProperties in Dubai.

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Select Property Has Reported That The United Arab Emirates Offer A Safe Haven For Investors Who Are Currently Suffering Under The Credit Crisis

Select Property, the overseas property specialist, has reported that while US, UK and European markets remain firmly in the clutch of the credit crunch, the UAE has become an increasingly attractive investment.

Property investments in the UK and Europe no longer deliver the returns they once did ‘pre crunch’. However, the growth in UAE economies, such as those of Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah, continues to offer a return on investment which is simply unachievable closer to home.

Mark Stott, CEO of Select Property explains “In contrast to the instability that many markets now face, the UAE continues to show considerable growth. Unlike US and European markets, the UAE is based on liquidity rather than borrowed money. What’s more the UAE has distanced itself from sub-prime lending, meaning they haven’t had any significant exposure to the effects of the crunch.”

The growth of the UAE economy is set to continue, with expectations for GDP growth at 8.3% for 2008 compared to just 1.3% in UK. Growth in the UAE will be further supported by recent increases in crude oil prices. The UAE produces approximately 2.6 million barrels of oil a day and has reserves of 97.8 billion barrels meaning the oil revenue coming into the UAE will increase by 23%, earning the UAE an extra $65 million a day.

Stott continues “This rise in the oil prices makes the UAE an even more attractive market for foreign investments, providing a stable alternative to other major global markets where returns are falling. With growth and stability comes people looking to capitalise on it; for example there has been an increasing trend of foreign bankers migrating into the UAE, attracted by more desirable employment and lifestyle opportunities. This influx of investment and the people it attracts means that the demand for real estate in the UAE is set to continue to outstrip supply with rental yields at 7-10% and projected capital appreciation at 18-20%.”

Evidence of current demand for real estate in the UAE can be seen as Dubai Cityscape, a high profile property exhibition, is poised to break new records this year, with more than 60,000 participants from over 150 countries attending.

Stott concludes “Obviously choosing the right investment is crucial for delivery of the highest returns and Select Property works hard to identify the most desirable locations in the UAE for residential property. One such location is Dubai Marina, where we have recently launched our luxurious West Avenue development. Prices in the Marina for example have soared over the last few years with the average price per square foot rising from £120 in 2005 to £342 in 2008.”

On the 25 September, Select Property launched Aquitainia, a spectacular residential located on ‘The World’ project, four kilometres off the Dubai coastline. This development will offer those looking for a Dubai property investment opportunity the chance to own a truly unique island residence, insulated from global troubles in more way than one.

About Select Property:
Since coming into operation in 2004, Select Property has become the UK’s leading specialist in off-plan overseas property for investment, identifying and delivering high quality projects, which offer high returns to its customers. The success of Select Property is driven by an innovative and unique approach to the overseas property market, which focuses on exceptional customer service and product innovation.

Via EPR Network
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