The Spanish government has amended laws relating to the country's property rental market to make them more favourable to landlords - and particularly those from overseas.

Writing for Mortgage Strategy, managing director of CHL Mortgages Bob Young explained this has created opportunities for foreign buyers who want to receive a rental income from a ...

The pace of house price decline in the Spanish property market accelerated in the third quarter of 2012, but there is some way to go before the real estate bubble bursts and the market returns to normal.

This is according to the latest Eco Flash for Spain from BNP Paribas' Economy Research Department, which revealed prices were down 9.3 per cent...

ON OCTOBER 10th Brazil’s Central Bank cut its policy interest rate for the tenth time in just over a year, to 7.25%. The move surprised analysts, since rates were already historically low and inflation above the centre of the monetary-policy committee’s 2.5-6.5% target. Neither economic growth, likely to finish the year at an anaemic 1.5%, nor the

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The property market in north-east Brazil is booming, with one estate agent noting that developers are struggling to keep up with the level of interest from buyers.

Samantha Gore, sales manager for real estate firm UV10, explained there are many demographics looking for homes in this part of the country.

She said that Brazilians from cooler states...

CHINA’S statisticians this week revealed that the country’s economy had grown by 7.4% in the third quarter. That was China’s slowest rate of expansion since early 2009 (see chart), and a pale shadow of the 9-12% rates it recorded back in 2010. So why did stockmarkets and economists around the region react with such relief?

The 7.4% figure was a

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HOMEOWNERS who don’t keep up with their mortgage payments are liable to see their property repossessed by the bank. The same fate can befall private-equity firms that used large amounts of debt to finance big takeovers in the boom years, and can no longer pay back the loans. Just ask CVC, a London-based private-equity firm, which this week lost c

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Prices of new homes on the Thailand property market are on the rise as land prices increase for developers.

This is according to a new market report from CBRE, which found new developments in Bangkok are at a premium at present, meaning only a small percentage of potential buyers are able to afford a purchase, Propertywire reports.

CBRE noted the...

LIKE doctors seeing the first heartbeat in a cardiac patient, Europe’s financiers have cheered recent signs of life in bank-funding markets. Yet the celebrations may be premature. The recovery in funding markets has been uneven: smaller banks are not benefiting as much as bigger ones. And for the giants, the improvement may reflect the p

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IN TOKYO last week the bigwigs of international finance paid close attention to a speech by Ben Bernanke, chairman of America’s Federal Reserve. His speech urged them, in effect, to pay less attention. Many policymakers in emerging markets complain that Fed easing destabilises their economies, contributing to higher inflation and asset prices. Mr B

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