Thursday, 29 December 2011

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Sunday, 18 December 2011

Indian cities -- an interesting study

It is indeed true, what social experts say, that India is a land of paradox. Interestingly, even the economic development that is growing in an accelerating pace, has done nothing to change this astounding truth!

Recently, a survey put forth the findings that Gurgaon, that tops the list of most preferred cities in India to earn a living, is not actually among the best places to live. What a paradox!
Here are some more interesting facts from the data compiled by an Economics Research firm, on residences, earnings and investments.

1.The four metros of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai are not really among the ten best cities to reside in, earn in or invest.
2.  Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai are cities preferred by millionaires to spend their life in.
3.  Gurgaon, Silvaasa, Noida, Faridabad, Rupnagar, Chandigarh, Surat, Bangalore, Gandhinagar and Pune figure in the best 'earn-in' cities.
4.  Among the best cities to reside, five are from Kerala -- Kochi, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Thiruvananthapuram, and Kannur; while the others are Mysore, Goa, Pondicherry, Shimla and Thiruvalur.

Indicus, the economic research firm, considered the following parameters -- health, education, environment, safety, public facilities and entertainment -- for preparing the 'reside-in' index; and  growth rate of employment, per capita income and listings on popular job websites, for the ‘earn-in’ index.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Purchasing for the future Aussie buyer

Purchasing for the future Aussie buyer

Monday, 5 December 2011

Knowing France... Concluding part

Bonjour! Comment-allez vous?
Learnt some French yet -- Now that you are familiar with almost all regions in France? Here is the last of the series...
Go on -- know France, enjoy the French culture, food and wine...

Capital: Lille
a.  Was once France's major industrial region in the 19th century, due to the  coal and textile industries.
b.  Heavily populated.
c.  Promises vast economic potential through the opportunities offered by the Channel tunnel and the TGV-Nord high speed train service.

Lower Normandy
Capital: Caen
a.  Significant coastline, hence great for tourism.
b.  HAs two sea ports, providing regular services with the United Kingdom.

Upper Normandy
Capital: Rouen
a.  Considerable development of the Lower Seine with its two major ports of Le Havre and Rouen (France's 2nd and 5th largest) is a major feature.
b.  Proximity to Paris is a great asset.

Pays de la Loire
Capital: Nantes
a.  Second in France in terms of agricultural production.
b.  Highest livestock breeding.
c.  The Nantes-Saint Nazaire port complex, the fourth largest in France, is the hub of activities.
d.  A striking feature is the high speed train service (TGV) that links Nantes with Paris in two hours, thus furthering development of the economy and of tourism (Atlantic beaches).

Capital: Amiens
a.  A very rich agricultural area, leading to the development of the agri-foodstuffs industry.
b.  Has a pivotal geographical position.

Capital: Poitiers
a.  Mainly rural with farmland used mainly for beef cattle and the vineyards used for the production of Cognac.
b.  A number of agri-foodstuffs industries and light industries are present.
c.  The seaport of La Rochelle and the beaches along the Atlantic are tourist attractions.

a.  Fabulous climate, great coastline and natural beauty makes this region very popular and wealthy.
b.  Marseille is France's largest port and the second in Europe and has a industries, from oil refineries to chemicals and foodstuffs.
c.  Nice and the Côte d'Azur are famous tourist resorts.

Capital: Lyon 
a.  Ranks second in importance among metropolitan France's 22 regions.
b.  Has the second most important manufacturing and services centre in France. 
c.  Lyon is well-known its universities.
d.  The region is also one of France's major tourist areas.

That brings us to the end of discovering France. Hope you had fun touring the state. I sure did!

Knowing France… contd.

Bonjour and welcome back to the second of the three part ‘Knowing France’ series. Get to know seven more provinces of France -- some well known, and some unheard of. Have fun...

Capital: Ajjacio
a.  An island by itself.
b.  Excellent coastline and exceptional natural beauty makes for a great tourist destination.
c.  Fabulous, mild climate.

Capital: Besancon
a.  This region is the capital of France’s watch and clock-making industry and of high precision engineering.
b.  Montbéliard-Sochaux is home to the Peugeot car firm.
c.  Several traditional activities like cheese-making, woodwork, etc., make this region very popular.

Capital: Paris
a.  Includes about 18 per cent of France’s population.
b.  Highest concentration of economic activities, including industry and services. Also, all government departments, national headquarters of public authorities and the head offices of the main companies are located there.
c.  Paris houses a number of international organizations including UNESCO and the OECD.

Capital: Montpellier
a.  Important University centre.
b.  Currently in a revival mode thanks to the diversification of its agriculture, the expansion of tourism, the establishment of advanced technology industries and research.

Capital: Limoges
a.  Main activities are the agri-foodstuffs industry and the production of leather.
b.  Famous for the ‘Porcelaine de Limoges’ which produces luxury wares of world-wide renown.
c.  A special effort is being made to open up the region.

Capital: Metz
a.  This region was once known for the iron and Steel industry as well as the coal mines, on which its wealth was built.
b.  With the dwindling status of the industry, the region has faces a great amount of economic problems, but is now undergoing some far-reaching programs of industrial reconversion and diversification of activities. 
c.  Nancy, in this region is a university centre.

Capital: Toulouse
a.  Largest of metropolitan France's 22 regions.
b.  Toulouse is the main centre of France's aerospace industry (the Airbus is assembled there).
c.  It is the second in importance for advanced technological activities in France (research, data-processing, computers, robotics).

Look out for the last part. Watch this space again.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Knowing France

France is a very big, diverse country. Each province is very different from one another. If you ever want to live in France, you have to first understand which province might suit you best.

The best part is that all of France has very good properties to live in. So whichever province/ region you choose, you may find lovely apartments or chateaux!

In all, there are 22 provinces in France.

Here is an interesting run through to pick the right province -- The first of the three part series...

a.  Links France to Germany.
b.  Highly diversified (engineering, textiles, chemicals, breweries, etc.).
c.  Strasbourg is the home of the European Parliament on whose presence it seeks to increase its development.

Capital: Bordeaux
a.  Famous for the vineyards and pines forests.
b.  Has a varied coastline, therefore a tourist region -- Biarritz, St Jean-de-Luz, Arcachon.
c.  Fresh impetus has been given by the new TGV train.

Capital: Clermont-Ferrand
a.  Heart of France.
b.  Mountainous region, so relatively isolated.
c.  Tourist region, owing to natural spas.

Capital: Dijon
a.  A great thoroughfare on the European north-south axis.
b.  Offers a wide variety of activities in agriculture - wines, beef cattle, etc.
c.  Known for architectural treasures.

Capital: Rennes
a.  Well developed road and rail links.
b.  The cities have new industries -- motor vehicle plants, engineering and electronics.
c.  Plays a significant role in France's fishing industry.

Capital: Orleans
a.  High agricultural potential.
b.  Important tourism region because of historic heritage (Chateaux of the Loire, Chartres cathedral, etc.)

Capital: Châlons-sur-Marne
a.  Abundant in cereal crops and vineyards.
b.  Famous for Champagne production

These were just seven of France’s region. Watch this space for the next part! Au Revoir!

Living in Singapore

It’s a dazzling cosmopolitan city that is complete with rich culture, vibrant sights and modern infrastructure blending beautifully with sound educational systems. What would it be to live there? Read on...

It’s true that Singapore is a fascinating mix of the Western and Asian culture. Spread across an area of roughly 700 square kilometers, the city is full of dazzling skyscrapers, Chinese shops, temples and mosques, and chain and chains of upmarket super cool shopping malls.

What’s more, the city is clean and green!

Some Important things:
 Cost of living: In 2011, Mercer’s cost of living index pointed out that Singapore became the 8th most expensive city in the world, for expatriates! And, after Tokyo and Osaka, it s the the third most expensive in Asia. 

 Transport: Singapore has an excellent public transport system, making it easy for people to move around the city.

 Language: There are four official languages -- English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. However, most people speak in and understand English!

 Buying Property: The Residential Property Act (RPA), as amended in the year 2005, allows foreigners to purchaseapartments in non-condominium developments of less than 6 levels without the need to obtain prior approval.

 Vacant land, landed properties such as bungalows, semi-detached and terrace houses, etc., fall under the category of ‘restricted property’ and purchasing such properties require prior approval for foreigners.

 Education: The City is home to some of the best educational establishments offering several courses to encourage creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. The choices are plenty and the entry top notch universities and institutions in the city is only growing.

With an overall development, this city certainly seems to be the perfect choice for students and career driven professionals. Are you planning to move there, yet?

Monday, 28 November 2011

Saturday, 26 November 2011

KENYA -- Growth vs Development

Kenya is a magical spot in the African continent. Filled to the brim with exciting safaris, the region is also rich in geographical, cultural and natural diversity. Apart from being a tourist’s delight, this east African country is now gradually making it’s way up into serious investors’ heart as well.
Investments and opportunities
Currently, there has been much excitement about President Mwai Kibaki’s announcement regarding the start of the construction work on Lamu Port! This is, arguably the country’s largest investment so far and has created a buzz among investors across the world. 
The project is being marketed around the world for investors, and news has it that China is already the biggest contender for the project. There are several developed countries that have shown interest in the project, viz., Germany, Canada, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.
The project, when launched and developed, will provide Kenya with not only a a deep-sea port, a second one at that, but will also open up a route to the landlocked countries of Ethiopia and the newly independent, oil rich South Sudan. 
Total Project Cost
The total cots of the project, which will include a railway line, a modern road that will link the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and the South Sudan capital of Juba to the Kenyan coast Lamu Port, and an oil refinery, is estimated to the tune of $16 billion (shs1.4 trillion), and is said to be much larger than the country’s budget.
What does it mean for Kenya?
The Positives:
  1. With this launch and development, Kenya is poised to leap into the middle level economy segment.
  2. It is sure to drive meaningful economic growth.
  3. Rise in real estate investments. Experts speculate that there will be an impressive growth in foreign nationalities investing in holiday homes, luxury properties, etc., in anticipation of a growth in the cruise tourism.
  4. Growth in tourism as well as agriculture sector are also expected.
The negatives:
  1. Environmental issues, such as danger to the delicate marine life, coral reefs and mangroves, surrounding the port.
  2. As a result of the above, the fishing industry may be hit adversely.
  3. Piracy is a major concern now for shippers, once the ports open up.
  4. Some fear that the costal tourism industry may suffer since the dredging activities may ward off tourists from snorkeling or even basking in the bright African sun!
With enough assurance from concerned authorities, one can only hope that along with the growth in the economy, overall development is also kept in focus. Balancing infrastructure growth with a strong environmental, cultural and tourist protection regulations is important to ensure justifiable and equal enjoyment of progress!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011


Living on a private island may not necessarily have to be a dream anymore!
It’s indeed good news for affluent and upwardly mobile families, that several international private islands now are listed for less than $500,000 USD. In fact, a little time spent on good research and browsing online, may even fetch great islands at less than $100,000. Let’s take a peek...

 Before we do that, a few points to remember: 
  1. Cheaper islands are almost always undeveloped. Therefore, there may be a whole lot of work to be done -- acquire electricity, plumbing; get the land suitable for building. Valuation processes are mostly in place, so obtaining a mortgage for island purchases or a finance option, may not be available. This means you will have to keep cash in hand for the BIG BUY!  
  2. Each country has it’s own set of real estate rules and regulations regarding land/ island purchases. Do make sure you are well versed with them, before you plunge in for a ‘great-international-buy’!

Now for the top FIVE islands within a budget of $100,000!
WHAT: A website recently published an article about these two neglected lighthouses/ islands being auctioned by the U.S. General Services Administration in New York.

WHAT: 6,000 sq. ft, near Panama, with views of the Dlphin Bay

WHAT: Fishermen’s paradise, located on the Stuart Lake, in British Columbia, Canada. One acre land. 

WHAT: Lies in the bay of Port Felix, about 30 Km from the city of Canso, Nova Scotia.

WHAT: Two islands -- an area of approximately one hectare located in Jordan. 

A thorough online research and analyses is, however, most important before we decide to buy an island. What looks like the need of the  hour now, more than anything, is a global portal that let's us view islands across the world, and helps us compare each to the other, to pick the right one! The Heart of India The Heart of India: The tourism ad goes, "HINDUSTAN KA DIL DEKHO", meaning: See (read experience) the heart of India! True. The heart says it all. Madhya Prade...

Monday, 21 November 2011

The Heart of India

The tourism ad goes, "HINDUSTAN KA DIL DEKHO", meaning: See (read experience) the heart of India! True. The heart says it all. Madhya Pradesh -- the name literally means, 'CENTRAL STATE' -- has everything uniquely India, in it -- from breathtaking natural beauty, to flora and fauna in abundance to historical significance to heritage properties and architecture, and now, the state is also ready with a whole lot of modern infrastructure to give an impetus to growth!

Living in Madhya Pradesh 
Holy Places: If it’s a home near a holy place that one is looking for, the options are plenty and interesting. Madhya Pradesh boasts of several temples and mosques and cities and towns that have ancient shrines. While Ujjain is best known for it’s magnificent temples, Bhopal is more famous for it’s mosques. The source of the Holy Narmada, Amarkantak, abode of the Gods, Chitrakoot, and the home to one of the 12 JyotirLingas, Omkareshwar, are popular pilgrim centres.

Mountains and Hills: MP has one hill station -- Pachmarhi, but word has it that the God’s were so taken in by the beauty of this town set in the midst of the Satpura range, that MP really did not need another one. 
Heritage Places: Cities of Indore, Gwalior and Sanchi have great historical stories to say, while Mandu, Chanderi, Khajuraho, Orchha and Dhar come alive with forts and palaces, not to miss Bhind and Burhanpur for their forts. 
Nature and wildlife: Everyone has heard of Bandhavgarh and Kanha, but not many know that MP has more that a dozen national parks and sanctuaries -- Phen, Singhori, Veerangana, Sardarpur are some, to name a few!
They say, when the heart grows stronger, the body and mind follows. Going by that, will it be true for India too?
The heart of the country, Madhya Pradesh, is growing at a fast rate. The state can easily be classified as the land of plenty -- from awesome natural beauty and prospering flora and fauna, to advancing power, irrigation and connectivity in the economy.
Madhya Pradesh is poised to give to it’s people and the country an investment hub, what with it’s friendly investment policies and gainful packages for industries.

Where will YOU like invest in a home? Amidst Nature -- overlooking a waterfall or a pristine lake, or overlooking a range of misty hills? Around Holy Places, perhaps?  

Thursday, 17 November 2011

SKI PROPERTIES -- Where and why?

For an overseas property buy, a ski property may be the right decision. Reasons?
  1. High demand in winter season, therefore, impressive amounts earned on rent.
  2. Snow mountains are now open through the year, owing to the varied activities in the warmer seasons, so again, an op to earn more rents!

  • Top of the list destination
  • Easy access with plenty of regional airports and low-cost airlines
  • Excellent quality of the slopes 
  • Historical importance of the resorts
  • Rugged scenery in the Pyrenees 
  • Modern resorts, again in the Pyrenees, with access to the Mediterranean and the Atlantic coasts.
  • Improvement facilities currently and the challenge for the nomination for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
  • Great for beginners and families.
  • Pamporovo is the most southerly ski resort in Europe and has good weather.
  • Offers a wide range of supplementary winter sports choices, from snowmobiling to snowshoeing. 
  • One of the few places in the world where there is still plenty enough space to get good and lost in the countryside and enjoy the clean air. 
  • Properties often promise to be grander than in Europe. 
So, where can one find ALL the available ski homes across the world?

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Neral - A residential Hotspot

It’s best known as a railroad junction. For nature enthusiasts, this place is a paradise en route to Matheran, a very popular hill station cradled in the Sahyadris, just on the outskirts of the bustling commercial capital of India, Mumbai.
This lush green town, set right in the middle of the looming Sahyadri Mountains around it, is a railroad junction with trains arriving from Mumbai and Pune and a narrow-gauge rail line, 21 km long, running upto Matheran, with a huge amount of NA (non agricultural) plots available for sale, in varied sizes.
So, what makes Neral a hotspot for residential projects?
  • Upcoming Infrastructural projects like the International Airport
  • A centre for nearby major destinations like Badlapur, Kalyan, Karjat...
  • Plots available at very cheap rates
  • Attractive weekend tourist spot for hiking, river rafting, mountain bi-cycling and jungle trekking.
Having a home in Neral is sure to guarantee the view of the beautiful Shayadri mountain range.
Where else can one find MOUNTAIN VIEW homes? We’ll have to wait and watch!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

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