Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New York Holiday Property Rentals

New York Holiday Property Rentals

New York is a great destination for a holiday property rental! This amazing American state has a good selection of self catering accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, so you can plan an enjoyable vacation for all the family.

Not surprisingly, there is so much to see and do in New York! But one place you should visit is New York City, the largest city in New York State and also the largest city in the United States!

With so many sights, attractions and places to visit in New York City, which is also known as the Big Apple, you won't know where to begin!

There are five boroughs in the city, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island, and all are well worth a visit.

The Bronx is a great place to check out during your stay. Here you will find a wealth of attractions, such as Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Garden and more!

Brooklyn, meanwhile, is home to Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Children's Museum, New York Aquarium and so much more. While you are in the area, why not take a walk across Brooklyn Bridge and take in the fantastic views?

Manhattan also boasts numerous visitor attractions and sights. You can see the famous Empire State Building (also admire the breathtaking views of the city from the building's 86th Floor Observatory), the Chrysler Building, Times Square, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rockefeller Center, Central Park etc.

The borough of Queens also has some interesting places to visit, such as The Museum of the Moving Image. And Staten Island, also one of New York City's five boroughs, includes Staten Island Zoo, Staten Island Botanical Garden and Staten Island Children's Museum among its attractions.

If you want to make the most of your visit to New York City, you should take one of the many sightseeing tours in the city that never sleeps! For example, there are hop-on, hop-off bus tours, harbour cruises and even helicopter tours available!

You can easily get around New York City, whether it's by bus, taxi, subway, bicycle or foot! In fact, you will get to see so much more when you walk around the city, as you will be able to stop off where and when you want, take a look around you and explore the areas you might have missed if you'd travelled by bus or taxi.

If time allows during your stay, try to sample some of the fantastic entertainment in the city. There's a huge variety of productions to choose from, with something for everyone. Why not head to Broadway and enjoy one of the many shows on offer?

New York City is also a perfect destination to go shopping! Here in the Big Apple you will be able to shop until you drop! But shopaholics beware! Here you will find the famous Macy's Herald Square, Bloomingdales's and Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as numerous other stores and shops for everyone.

During your stay in New York City, you will definitely want to sample some of the food available. You will be spoilt for choice by the number of cuisines on offer here. And you should be able to find a restaurant which suits your taste, whether it's French, Thai, Italian, Chinese, Vegetarian etc! Also, don't forget to try some of the tasty pizza and bagels that New York City has to offer!

New York City is perfect for a long weekend break to go shopping or a longer sightseeing holiday. But whatever your reason for visiting this exciting and vibrant city the first time around, you will probably want to make another visit to the amazing Big Apple before too long.

By Daryl Self

Daryl Self is the Managing Director of Self Property Rental, offering a wide selection of holiday rentals in New York!

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Roomspace Serviced Apartments comes to Esher by Bard Vos

Roomspace Serviced Apartments comes to Esher by Bard Vos

A brand new selection of two bedroom two bathroom apartments "Orchard Place" located in Portsmouth Road, Esher in Surrey. The apartments are opposite Sandown Park (race course), 2 minutes from the town centre and train station with direct connection to London Waterloo. They are also in close proximity to Cobham, Oxshot, Thames Ditton and Surbiton. The Apartment Service is opening these apartments to cover an area, with previously no serviced apartment offering. The Apartment Service is forging ahead with the expansion of its Roomspace Serviced Apartments brand led by a buoyant demand for serviced apartment accommodation in the home-counties from key corporate clients. This is in line with the ongoing planned expansion of the brand in the UK and other key European destinations. The apartments are all fully furnished and equipped to the highest specifications and are located within easy reach of all amenities and transport options. Specifications * Two bedroom two bathroom * Minimum stay one week * Fully furnished and equipped * Prices from £875 per apartment per week (discounts available for longer stays)


For more information contact Bard Vos, Marketing Executive for The Apartment Service via email

About The Apartment Service The Apartment Service is the largest European booking agent for serviced apartments worldwide. We offer thousands of serviced apartments for stays of one night or more in many global destinations. We have been nominated for an award in the Business Accommodation category by the prestigious Business Travel World Awards 2009.

In the summer of 2008 the first Global Serviced Apartment Industry Report was commissioned by The Apartment Service. A survey was held amongst 20000 industry professionals (serviced apartment operators, corporate bookers and travel agents) and the report was launched in September. This can be downloaded for free from our website About Roomspace Serviced Apartments Roomspace Serviced Apartments offers fully furnished and serviced apartments for stays of one week or more in a growing number of UK destinations and other key cities in Europe. All our apartments are within easy reach of key business locations, not only looking at accommodation in major cities, but also focusing on demand in regional areas with good transport connections.

About the Author
Bard Vos - marketing executive at The Apartment Service


Monday, June 22, 2009

Residential Investment Property Advice for Sydney Buyers

Residential Investment Property Advice for Sydney Buyers

When investing in residential property one of the key factors to consider is your net return on monies invested. This will be a primary indicator on whether or not to proceed.

To assess the net return you will have to compare it with the average returns for similar properties. Too low a return may mean that alternative investments should be reviewed, while a very high relative yield may mean there is an accompanying risk factor that is higher than normal.

Please remember areas that produce lower yields predominately have a higher capital gain and at the end of the day that is what its all about when investing your money in property.

The yield is calculated by starting with the purchase price. This is the denominator. The numerator is your net yearly income.

To figure out the net income you take your yearly gross rent and subtract your outgoings. Outgoings for residential properties include your managerial fees paid to the letting agent, council and water rates for the year, estimated repairs and maintanence and land tax if applicable.

You should set aside a yearly amount for repairs and maintenance, since big expenses occur periodically and not necessarily yearly.

When investing in property plan to hold the property a minimum of five to seven years. This accounts for economic cycles and changing conditions.

Rental returns are still on the increase due to short supply of investors, particularly within 20km to the Sydney CBD. Several leading commentators of the real estate market have spoken out recently regarding this issue.

Steve Martin, President of the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales has spoken recently in the media about the rental crisis and has called for changes to taxation for property investors.

With winter here buyers are probably thinking let's hibernate until spring time, well don't. I have always found that in winter it is usually the vendors that have to sell putting their properties up for sale.

With a downturn in the market, and in most cases less competition through this period, you could be looking at a three to five percent difference in your purchase price, maybe even more.

There is no doubt that during winter you have a little less variety to choose from than you would during spring, but it is still worth getting out there.

Please remember buyers by the time you search, negotiate and settle your property you are looking at a minimum of around four to six months. If you need to sell a property you could even be looking at longer. So make sure you plan way ahead when you are buying and selling.

By Peter Kelaher

Peter Kelaher is the Managing Director of PK Property, a firm of Sydney Buyers Advocates catering for Sydney home buyers.

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Buying A Property In One Of Australia's Capital Cities by Max

Value of housing property has dropped across all over Australia, with cheaper interest rates of mortgages you can say that it is the best time to buy. According to surveys there will soon be a growth in the market nationally. If we see some more rate cuts more and more people will be ready to afford home loans. In the future there may be greater home loans on offer.

Darwin is the fastest growing capital city, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. No doubt that many people are moving to Darwin, with the median house price less than the national median. Thus, buying a house in Darwin can be a great investment opportunity. Houses in Adelaide are slightly more expensive than Darwin.

Melbourne is Australia's second-largest city and the third-cheapest for house prices. Melbourne is quite charming and livable city in the world. As a result, houses in Melbourne are selling relatively fast as compared to other capitals. There are good prospects for renting suggesting Melbourne as a good city for investment properties.

Canberra shows a drop in prices and high rental yields; Canberra that is the political centre of the country and a tourist place, it has good prospects for investment in property.

Perth is Australia's second-most expensive house market carrying more than the national median. It might be considered as a good city to buy in for residential purpose but may be less attractive for a rental investment.

Sydney houses are the most expensive in Australia and the city has recorded a substantial increase in values. The rental market yield in Sydney is 4.63 per cent and this figure could continue to rise. Sydney has a good ranking for its quality of living, so if you have a higher disposable income it might be a good place to go.

Research well in advance and make sure you get sufficiently informed from various sources if you are bearing in mind buying a property in one of Australia's capital cities.

About the Author

Max is a Mortgage Broker who has specialized in no deposit home loans for over 5 years.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Property of the month - The Address Chidlom

Property of the month - The Address Chidlom

The Address Chidlom is Bangkok’s finest landmark building and will fill the final prestigious piece on the heart of Chidlom. Surrounded by five-star neighborhood like Central Chidlom and Park Nai Lert Hotel you will enjoy the ultimate luxury living. Located at Soi Somkid, The Address Chidlom’s location is extremely convenient with direct access to Chidlom BTS station

The Address Chidlom offers a choice of studio to three-bedroom luxury condominiums provides a full range of magnificent facilities including luxury outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and sauna that ensure the superb lifestyle. Priced from 115,000 baht per sq.m.

It's a selling opportunity for Bangkok Property

It's a selling opportunity for Bangkok Property

Thailand's property market has faced a slowdown in the past few months. However, the result is not as negative as it might seem. Because the property market in Bangkok is much more affordable than other Asian cities such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo. This brings a lot of international businessmen and expatriates to the city looking for high quality property.

The property that is attractive to the middle and upper-middle income buyers are typically one and two bedrooms units ranging in size between 45 square meters to 80 square meters. For the high-end market, the ultrahigh net worth individuals are looking for two and three bedrooms from 90 square meters to 190 square meters in the Sathorn, Silom and Sukhumvit areas.