We judge the “investibility” of a country′s residential property market for capital gains and buy-to-let purposes in terms of rental yields, round-trip transaction costs, rental income tax, capital gains tax, landlord and tenant law, and over-all investment climate (GDP growth and country risk particularly). Country ratings are based on a five point grading system;
The ratings should serve as an over-all guide. The situation may widely differ between cities and even between particular districts within a city – and our earnings figures are for desirable upper-end districts in the premier city. The ratings are also based on current conditions and conditions may change remarkably within months. In very small markets, a completion of a single building or development can suddenly swamp the market with new supply. Or the closure of a foreign firm or embassy may suddenly lead to a glut in demand.