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Shows the countries where buy-to-let property earns the highest returns. For assumptions see below.

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  Country/City Gross Rental Yield
(% per annum)
  Long Term Investment Rating
 0 Andorra Click to go to Andorra Overview Page. 3.16% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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1 What's good and what's bad about Andorra?

GOOD
* Very low rental income tax
* Moderate yields
* Strong tourism & economy

BAD
* Limited buying options
* Tenancy laws unknown
 1 Argentina, Buenos Aires Click to go to Argentina Overview Page. 4.48% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Argentina?

GOOD
* High yields for luxury units
* Pro-landlord rental market
* Low to moderate transaction costs
* High GDP growth

BAD
* High rental income tax
* No mortgages possible
* To buy: Full amt paid in cash
* Foreign exchange restrictions
* Very high inflation rate - official numbers not credible
 2 Aruba, Bakval and Malmok et al Click to go to Aruba Overview Page. 7.32% For a 200 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Good For a 200 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Aruba?

GOOD
* Low transaction costs

BAD
* Pro-tenant rental market
* Taxes can be very high
* Generally low yields
* Tourism dependent economy
 3 Australia, Sydney Click to go to Australia Overview Page. 4.39% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Australia?

GOOD
* Strong and stable economy
* Low to moderate transaction costs
* Tenant-neutral rental market
* Strong rental market for migrants

BAD
* Moderate effective income tax rates
* Prices have risen too far, too fast
* Interest rates are rising rapidly
 4 Austria, Vienna Click to go to Austria Overview Page. 1.96% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Austria?

GOOD
* Stable political system
* Moderate transaction costs
* Moderate yields for new units

BAD
* Complicated pro-tenant system
* Moderate to high rental icome taxes
 5 Bahamas Click to go to Bahamas Overview Page. 8.16% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Excellent For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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4 What's good and what's bad about Bahamas?

GOOD
* Stable economy & government
* Pro-landlord rental market
* Minimal property taxation
* Moderate rental yields

BAD
* Moderate to high transaction costs
* Poor recent GDP growth record
 6 Belgium, Brussels Click to go to Belgium Overview Page. 4.87% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Belgium?

GOOD
* Strong demand for rental units

BAD
* Moderate to high transaction costs
* Tiresome tenancy length limits
* Moderate to high taxes
 7 Bermuda Click to go to Bermuda Overview Page. 4.76% For a 200 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Poor For a 200 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Bermuda?

GOOD
* One of the richest in the world
* Pro-landlord rental market

BAD
* Low yields for coastal units
* Very high transaction costs
* Property taxes can be high
* Significant ownership limits
 8 BVI, Tortola Click to go to British Virgin Is. Overview Page. 2.85% For a 200 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 200 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about British Virgin Is.?

GOOD
* Pro-landlord rental market
* Minimal property taxation
* Moderate yields

BAD
* High transaction costs
* Significant buying restrictions
 9 Bulgaria, Sophia Click to go to Bulgaria Overview Page. 6.24% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Moderate to Good For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Bulgaria?

GOOD
* Pro-landlord rental market

BAD
* Yields not great
* High transaction costs
* Moderate rental income tax
* Corruption & crime woes
 10 Cambodia, Phnom Phen Click to go to Cambodia Overview Page. 5.33% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Moderate For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Cambodia?

GOOD
* Pro-landlord rental market
* Moderate yields in Phnom Penh
* High GDP growth rate

BAD
* Moderate rental income tax rate
* Corrupt, autocratic govt
* Serious ownership restrictions
* Aid-dependent economy
 11 Canada, Toronto Click to go to Canada Overview Page. 3.98% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about Canada?

GOOD
* Strong rental market for immigrants
* Low transaction costs
* Strong and stable economy
* No estate or inheritance tax
* Low to moderate rental income tax

BAD
* Pro-tenant rental laws
 12 Cayman Is., Grand Cayman Click to go to Cayman Is. Overview Page. 7.25% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Good For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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4 What's good and what's bad about Cayman Is.?

GOOD
* Complete tax freedom
* Pro-landlord rental market

BAD
* Quite high transactions costs
 13 Chile, Santiago Click to go to Chile Overview Page. 4.26% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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4 What's good and what's bad about Chile?

GOOD
* High yields in coastal areas
* Politically stable w/ strong econ
* Tenant neutral rental market
* Low to moderate transaction costs

BAD
* Complicated income tax
 14 Colombia, Bogota Click to go to Colombia Overview Page. 6.51% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Moderate to Good For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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5 What's good and what's bad about Colombia?

GOOD
* High yields in Bogota
* Low transaction costs
* Neutral to pro-landlord market

BAD
* Very high rental income tax
* Insecure property rights
* Political and security issues
 15 Costa Rica, San Jose Click to go to Costa Rica Overview Page. 7.48% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Good For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about Costa Rica?

GOOD
* High yields for coastal units

BAD
* Pro-tenant rental market
* Moderate transaction costs
* High rental income taxes
 16 Croatia, Zagreb Click to go to Croatia Overview Page. 5.63% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Moderate For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about Croatia?

GOOD
* Strong tourist rental market
* Moderate tax rates

BAD
* Multiple foreign ownership limits
* Moderate to high transaction costs
* Vulnerable & unstable economy
 17 Cyprus, Limassol Click to go to Cyprus Overview Page. 5.12% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Moderate For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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1 What's good and what's bad about Cyprus?

GOOD
* Moderate transaction costs
* Rapid growth with EU membership
* Moderate rental yields
* Low effective rental income tax

BAD
* Conflict divides island into 2
* Pro-tenant rental market
 18 Czech Republic, Prague Click to go to Czech Republic Overview Page. 3.74% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Czech Republic?

GOOD
* Pro-landlord rental market
* Moderate yields in Prague
* Low transaction costs

BAD
* Moderate to high rental income tax
* Aliens cant buy land directly
 19 Denmark, Copenhagen Click to go to Denmark Overview Page. 4.84% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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What's good and what's bad about Denmark?

GOOD
* Strong and stable economy
* Low transaction costs

BAD
* Extremely pro-tenant market
* Limited ownership for aliens
* Very high rental income tax
* Low yields in Copenhagen
 20 Ecuador, Quito Click to go to Ecuador Overview Page. 8.04% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Excellent For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about Ecuador?

GOOD
* High yields in Quito

BAD
* Pro-tenant rental market
* High rental income tax
* High transaction costs
* Volatile political situation
 21 Egypt, Cairo Click to go to Egypt Overview Page. 9.40% For a 150 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Excellent For a 150 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about Egypt?

GOOD
* Very high yields in Maadi
* Moderate transaction costs
* Low effective income tax, no CGT

BAD
* Pro-tenant rental market
* Succession worries when Mubarak dies
* Lowish long-term GDP growth
 22 El Salvador, San Salvador Click to go to El Salvador Overview Page. 8.49% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Excellent For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about El Salvador?

GOOD
* High yields in San Salvador
* Low transaction costs

BAD
* High rental income tax
* Pro-tenant rental market
* Still weak economy
* Insecure property rights
 23 Estonia, Tallinn Click to go to Estonia Overview Page. 6.64% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Moderate to Good For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about Estonia?

GOOD
* Very low transaction costs
* Moderate yields in Tallinn
* Strong economic growth

BAD
* High rental income tax
* Slighlty pro-tenant market
 24 Finland, Helsinki Click to go to Finland Overview Page. 4.11% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Finland?

GOOD
* Low to moderate transaction costs
* Strong and stable economy
* Tenant-neutral rental market
* Moderate yields in Helsinki

BAD
* High rental income tax
 25 France, Paris Click to go to France Overview Page. 2.79% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about France?

GOOD
* Low effective rental income tax
* High yields in Paris
* Global political powerhouse

BAD
* Moderate to high transaction costs
* Pro-tenant rental market
 26 Germany, Berlin Click to go to Germany Overview Page. 3.99% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about Germany?

GOOD
* Low to moderate transaction costs
* Largest economy in Europe
* High yields in Berlin

BAD
* Pro-tenant rental market
* Moderate rental income tax
 27 Greece, Athens Click to go to Greece Overview Page. 4.17% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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1 What's good and what's bad about Greece?

GOOD
* Moderate yields in Athens
* Tenant-neutral rental market

BAD
* Property is expensive
* Rental income tax can be high
* Moderate to high transaction costs
* Weak economic performance
 28 Guadeloupe, Grande-Terre Click to go to Guadeloupe Overview Page. 4.94% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about Guadeloupe?

GOOD
* Low effective rental income tax

BAD
* Strongly pro-tenant market
* Low to moderate yields
* Very high transaction cost
 29 Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island Click to go to Hong Kong Overview Page. 2.62% For a 130 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 130 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Hong Kong?

GOOD
* Pro-landlord rental market
* Low transaction costs
* Strong & stable economy
* Moderate rental income tax

BAD
* Low to moderate yields
 30 Hungary, Budapest Click to go to Hungary Overview Page. 5.24% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Moderate For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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4 What's good and what's bad about Hungary?

GOOD
* Good yields in Budapest
* Low to moderate transaction costs
* The law is pro-landlord

BAD
* Minor ownership restrictions
* Moderate to high rental icome taxes
 31 Indonesia, Jakarta Click to go to Indonesia Overview Page. 8.61% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Excellent For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about Indonesia?

GOOD
* Very high yields in Jakarta
* Tenant neutral rental market

BAD
* Serious ownership limits
* High rental income tax
* High transaction costs
* Perhaps overbuilt
 32 Ireland, Dublin Click to go to Ireland Overview Page. 7.18% For a sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Good For a sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Ireland?

GOOD
* Strong and stable economy
* Low to moderate costs and taxes
* Strong rental market for migrants

BAD
* Rent decline in recent years
* Significant pro-tenant laws
 33 Israel, Tel Aviv Click to go to Israel Overview Page. 2.68% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Israel?

GOOD
* Moderate yields in Tel Aviv
* Low to moderate transaction costs
* Low effective rental income tax

BAD
* Low recent GDP growth
* Minor property ownership issues
* Several conflict areas
 34 Italy, Rome Click to go to Italy Overview Page. 2.37% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about Italy?

GOOD
* Europes historical center
* Strong tourist rental market

BAD
* Strongly pro-tenant laws
* High roundtrip transaction costs
* High income taxes
 35 Jamaica, Kingston Click to go to Jamaica Overview Page. 9.75% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Excellent For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about Jamaica?

GOOD
* Luxury market is pro landlord

BAD
* High murder & crime rate
* High transaction costs
* High rental income taxes
* Low GDP growth
 36 Japan, Tokyo Click to go to Japan Overview Page. 2.66% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Japan?

GOOD
* Strongly pro-landlord system
* Low to moderate transaction costs
* Strong rental market in Tokyo
* Stable political system
* Low effective rental income tax

BAD
* Economic malaise for 10+ yrs
 37 Jordan, Amman Click to go to Jordan Overview Page. 8.13% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Excellent For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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5 What's good and what's bad about Jordan?

GOOD
* High yields in Amman
* Rents paid 1 year in advance
* Moderate buying costs
* Low effective rental income tax rates

BAD
* Minor buying restrictions
* GDP growth has historically been weak
 38 Kenya, Nairobi Click to go to Kenya Overview Page. 6.66% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Moderate to Good For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about Kenya?

GOOD
* Pro-landlord rental market
* Moderate yields in Nairobi

BAD
* Corruption & poverty woes
* Security & political concerns
* High rental income tax of 30%
 39 Latvia, Riga Click to go to Latvia Overview Page. 3.80% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about Latvia?

GOOD
* Pro-landlord rental market
* Low effective rental income tax rates
* Low transaction costs
* High GDP growth
* Housing market's recent correction has restored value to market

BAD
* Low to moderate yields in Riga
* Minor ownership restrictions on land
 40 Lebanon, Beirut Click to go to Lebanon Overview Page. 4.51% For a 150 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Poor For a 150 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Lebanon?

GOOD
* High yields in Beirut
* Low rental income tax
* Moderate transaction cost

BAD
* Unstable security situation
* Minor ownership limits
* Heavily damaged by attacks
 41 Lithuania, Vilnius Click to go to Lithuania Overview Page. 4.69% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Lithuania?

GOOD
* Very low transaction costs
* Low effective rental income tax rates

BAD
* Generally low yields in Vilnius
* Slighlty pro-tenant market
 42 Luxembourg Click to go to Luxembourg Overview Page. 4.40% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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1 What's good and what's bad about Luxembourg?

GOOD
* Moderate transaction costs
* Low effective rental income tax rates

BAD
* Extremely pro-tenant market
* Low yields in city center
 43 Macedonia. Skopje Click to go to Macedonia Overview Page. 4.98% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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4 What's good and what's bad about Macedonia?

GOOD
* High yields in Skopje
* Pro-landlord rental market
* Low transaction costs
* Moderate income taxes

BAD
* Serious ownership restrictions
* Political and security concerns
 44 Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur Click to go to Malaysia Overview Page. 4.53% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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4 What's good and what's bad about Malaysia?

GOOD
* Low transaction costs
* High yields for luxury condos
* Reforms improved rental market

BAD
* High rental income tax
* Pro-tenant rental market
 45 Malta, Valleta Click to go to Malta Overview Page. 4.35% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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1 What's good and what's bad about Malta?

GOOD
* Pro-landlord rental market
* Low to moderate transaction costs

BAD
* Low yields
* Significant ownership limits
* High rental income tax
* Weak economic performance
 46 Martinique, Fort-de-France Click to go to Martinique Overview Page. 5.12% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Moderate For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Martinique?

GOOD
* Low effective rental income tax

BAD
* Strongly pro-tenant market
* Low to moderate yields
* High transaction costs
 47 Moldova, Chisinau Click to go to Moldova Overview Page. 10.00% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Spectacular For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about Moldova?

GOOD
* High yields in Chisinau
* Pro-landlord rental market

BAD
* Secessionist problems
* High effective tax rates
* To buy: Full amt paid in cash
* One of the poorest in Europe
 48 Montenegro, Coastal Areas Click to go to Montenegro Overview Page. 7.53% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Good For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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4 What's good and what's bad about Montenegro?

GOOD
* High yields in Podgorica
* Low transaction costs for old units

BAD
* Moderate to high taxes
* Corruption & titling woes
* One of the poorest in Europe
 49 Morocco, Marrakesh Click to go to Morocco Overview Page. 5.52% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Moderate For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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4 What's good and what's bad about Morocco?

GOOD
* Moderate transaction costs
* High yields in Marrakech
* Pro-landlord rental market

BAD
* Taxes can be very high
* Weak property rights
* Macroeconomic woes
 50 Netherlands, Amsterdam Click to go to Netherlands Overview Page. 3.72% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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4 What's good and what's bad about Netherlands?

GOOD
* Moderate yields in Amsterdam
* Strong & stable economy
* Moderate transaction costs
* Moderate rental income tax rates

BAD
* Pro-tenant rental market
 51 Nicaragua, Managua Click to go to Nicaragua Overview Page. 7.70% For a 200 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Good For a 200 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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4 What's good and what's bad about Nicaragua?

GOOD
* High yields in Managua
* Pro-landlord rental market
* Increasingly attractive to foreigners

BAD
* Fragile economy, high poverty
* Insecure property rights
* Moderate to high taxes
* Weak GDP growth track record
 52 Panama, Panama City Click to go to Panama Overview Page. 5.75% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Moderate For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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5 What's good and what's bad about Panama?

GOOD
* High yields in Panama City
* Pro-landlord rental market
* Low transaction costs
* Moderate rental income tax

BAD
* Overbuilt?
* New restrictions on foreigners
 53 Peru, Lima Click to go to Peru Overview Page. 5.77% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Moderate For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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5 What's good and what's bad about Peru?

GOOD
* High yields in Lima
* Low transaction costs

BAD
* High rental income tax
* Pro-tenant rental market
* Volatile political situation
 54 Philippines, Metro Manila Click to go to Philippines Overview Page. 6.13% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Moderate to Good For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about Philippines?

GOOD
* High yields for luxury condos
* Pro landlord luxury market
* Strong expat rental market

BAD
* High transaction costs
* High taxes & corrupt system
* Foreigners cant buy land
 55 Poland, Warsaw Click to go to Poland Overview Page. 5.50% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Moderate For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about Poland?

GOOD
* Low transaction costs
* Strong post-transition economy

BAD
* Low to moderate rental yields
* High rental income tax
* Strong pro-tenant sentiments
 56 Portugal, Lisbon Click to go to Portugal Overview Page. 5.64% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Moderate For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Portugal?

GOOD
* Moderate rental income tax rates
* Low to moderate transaction costs

BAD
* Low to moderate yields in Lisbon
* Strongly pro-tenant laws
* Weak economic growth
 57 Puerto Rico, San Juan Click to go to Puerto Rico Overview Page. 7.12% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Good For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Puerto Rico?

GOOD
* Dynamic, robust economy
* Moderate yields in San Juan

BAD
* High rental income tax
* Pro-tenant rental market
 58 Romania, Bucharest Click to go to Romania Overview Page. 6.07% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Moderate to Good For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about Romania?

GOOD
* Moderate yields in Bucharest
* Pro-landlord rental market
* Low to moderate transaction costs

BAD
* Foreigners cant buy land
* High inflation rate
* Property is expensive relative to GDP
 59 Russia, Moscow Click to go to Russia Overview Page. 3.22% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Russia?

GOOD
* Rapid economic growth

BAD
* High costs yet moderate yields
* High rental income tax & VAT
* High transaction costs
* Pro-tenant rental market
* Several ownership issues
 60 Serbia Click to go to Serbia Overview Page. 4.44% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Serbia?

GOOD
* Low transaction costs
* Good yields in Belgrade

BAD
* Political and economic woes
* Moderate rental income tax
* Foreigners cant buy urban land
 61 Singapore Click to go to Singapore Overview Page. 2.54% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Singapore?

GOOD
* Strong & stable economy
* Low transaction costs
* Pro-landlord rental market

BAD
* Very low yields
* Moderate rental income tax
 62 Slovakia, Bratislava Click to go to Slovak Republic Overview Page. 4.47% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about Slovak Republic?

GOOD
* Low to moderate rental income tax
* Very low transaction costs
* Tenant-neutral rental market

BAD
* Minor issues w/ property rights
* Low rental yields
 63 Slovenia, Ljubljana Click to go to Slovenia Overview Page. 5.13% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Moderate For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about Slovenia?

GOOD
* Pro-landlord rental market
* Low transaction costs
* Strong post-transition economy

BAD
* Low to moderate yields in Ljubljana
* High rental income tax
* Minor issues w/ ownership
 64 South Africa, Cape Town Click to go to South Africa Overview Page. 3.88% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about South Africa?

GOOD
* High yields for luxury units
* Pro-landlord rental market
* Moderate transaction costs
* Strong rental market with economy

BAD
* Moderate to high income tax rates
 65 Spain, Madrid Click to go to Spain Overview Page. 4.70% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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1 What's good and what's bad about Spain?

GOOD
* Stable & dynamic economy
* Moderate transaction costs

BAD
* Strongly pro-tenant laws
* Generally low yields
* Multiple and high taxes
 66 St. Kitts Click to go to St. Kitts & Nevis Overview Page. 4.90% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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1 What's good and what's bad about St. Kitts & Nevis?

GOOD
* Pro-landlord rental market
* Minimal taxation

BAD
* Low to moderate yields
* Very high transaction costs
 67 St Lucia Click to go to St. Lucia Overview Page. 3.57% For a 200 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 200 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

Click to view square metre prices, rents and yields in St. Lucia .
2 What's good and what's bad about St. Lucia?

GOOD
* Moderate yields for houses
* Rapid economic growth

BAD
* Very high transaction costs
* High rental income tax
* Significant ownership limits
 68 Switzerland, Geneva Click to go to Switzerland Overview Page. 3.33% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Switzerland?

GOOD
* Strong & stable economy
* Low transaction costs

BAD
* Very high rental income tax
* Pro-tenant rental market
* Serious ownership limits
* Low yields in Geneva
 69 Taiwan, Taipei Click to go to Taiwan Overview Page. 1.57% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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1 What's good and what's bad about Taiwan?

GOOD
* Moderate transaction costs

BAD
* Low yields in Taiwan City
* Pro-tenant luxury market
* High rental income tax
 70 Tanzania, Dar es Salaam Click to go to Tanzania Overview Page. 8.57% For a 100 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Excellent For a 100 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Tanzania?

GOOD
* High yields in main centers
* Pro-landlord rental market

BAD
* Unstable union w/ Zanzibar
* High rental income tax rate
* Limits on alien land ownership
 71 Thailand, Bangkok Click to go to Thailand Overview Page. 5.13% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Moderate For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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4 What's good and what's bad about Thailand?

GOOD
* High yields in Bangkok
* Pro-landlord rental market
* Unusually low prices offer buying opportunity

BAD
* Complicated buying process
* Foreigners cannot buy land
* Political uncertainties
 72 Trinidad Click to go to Trinidad and Tobago Overview Page. 6.88% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Moderate to Good For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about Trinidad and Tobago?

GOOD
* High yields in Tobago
* Strong economic growth

BAD
* Very high rental income tax
* Moderate to high transaction costs
* Pro-tenant rental market
 73 Turkey, Istanbul Click to go to Turkey Overview Page. 3.62% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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4 What's good and what's bad about Turkey?

GOOD
* Low costs in coastal areas
* Moderate to high yields
* Rapid economic growth
* Low to moderate transaction costs

BAD
* Pro-tenant rental market
* Moderate to high income tax rates
 74 Ukraine, Kiev Click to go to Ukraine Overview Page. 9.09% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Excellent For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about Ukraine?

GOOD
* High yields in Kiev
* Pro-landlord rental market
* Low transaction costs
* Moderate rental income tax rate
* Strong GDP growth

BAD
* Expensive property relative to GDP
* Corruption & instability woes
* Vulnerable to winds of crisis
* Weak property rights
 75 UAE, Dubai Click to go to United Arab Emirates Overview Page. 5.19% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Moderate For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

Click to view square metre prices, rents and yields in United Arab Emirates .
2 What's good and what's bad about United Arab Emirates?

GOOD
* Very low rental tax of 5%
* Low transaction costs at 8%
* Dynamic, intelligent government

BAD
* Moderate rental yields at 5.5%
* Capped rent increases
* Plentiful new supply expected in 2009 and 2010
* Debt burden quite high
 76 UK, London Click to go to United Kingdom Overview Page. 2.61% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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2 What's good and what's bad about United Kingdom?

GOOD
* Generally low transaction costs
* Low to moderate income taxes

BAD
* Very high prices
* Affordability stretched
 77 US, New York Click to go to United States Overview Page. 2.91% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Very Poor For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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3 What's good and what's bad about United States?

GOOD
* Strong and stable economy
* Low to moderate transaction costs

BAD
* Yields now moderate to poor
* Complicated tax system
* Pro-tenant rental market
 78 Uruguay, Montevideo Click to go to Uruguay Overview Page. 7.18% For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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Good For a 120 sq. m. property, usually an apartment.

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5 What's good and what's bad about Uruguay?

GOOD
* High yields in Montevideo
* Pro-landlord rental market
* Strong economic recovery

BAD
* Moderate transaction costs and taxes

Our Gross Rental Yield figures are based on the average yields for 120 square metre properties (in most locations - see mouse overs).

- Our Long Term Investment Rating is based on many factors:

  • Gross rental yield
  • Income tax
  • Capital gains tax
  • Round-trip transaction costs
  • Potential landlord and tenant problems
  • Long-term GDP growth
  • Potential over-supply
  • Affordability
  • A view of long-term appeal to investors

For an explanation of the research and data on which* the table is based, see DATA FAQs

 

 

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