Articles on Real Estate

This article explains the different types of investors that are present in the real estate market. Various classifications have been made based on different criteria to explain the diversity present in the markets.

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This article uncovers the various myths present in the real estate market. It then debunks them one by one in a logical and structured manner.

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This article explains the relationship between the real estate prices as well as the money supply in an economy. It explains how the fractional reserve banking system has led to a complex interaction between the two which influences the entire economy.

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This article lists down some of the expenses that are commonly incurred when one invests in properties. An explanation has been provided regarding the behavior of these expenses.

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This article lists down some of the emotional reasons that people base their real estate investment decisions on. It contrasts these reasons with financial logic that are ideally supposed to dictate such decision making.

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This article explains the concept of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). It also explains why Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) have become as popular as they have and how they can provide advantages to small ticket retail real estate investors.

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This article explains the rent vs. buy choice that investors face when it comes to real estate. It explains a framework for making this choice and lists down the pros and cons of buying as well as renting.

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This article enumerates the details of the Japanese real estate boom of the 1980’s and the crash of 1991. It also explains how the Japanese market has still not recovered from the real estate shock even after the passage of more than two decades!

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This article explains the history of the American real estate market after 1980’s. It also explains the two major economic slowdowns that this sector has witnessed in the past three and a half decades.

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This article provides an account of the transformation of the Chinese real estate market. It explains how the rules were slowly changed and private ownership was allowed in a communist economy.

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This article provides a brief history of the Indian real estate market. It explains how the market went from being a conservative market to a highly speculative market that it is today.

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This article examines the gloomy outlook for the real estate sector in India based on recent trends and other aspects that have been commented upon by experts. In addition, this article spells out some steps that the government and other policymakers such as the Reserve Bank of India can take and are taking to remedy the situation. The key theme in this article is that systemic and structural reforms are needed to overhaul and revamp the real estate sector in India.

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This article lists down the different metrics that investors have to view in order to gauge the performance of their real estate investments. It also explains why gauging the true value of real estate investments is a difficult proposition.

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This article explains the concept of subvention. It also describes how this concept is heavily biased in favor of the builders and why consumers must avoid falling prey to such schemes no matter how lucrative they may seem at first.

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Real estate appreciation is the result of several factors. In order to predict the future appreciation, an investor needs to understand the relevant factors and make an educated guess about how they will play out in the future.

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Much has been written about the Indian Real Estate Sector by experts. This article adds to the available commentary on the sector by outlining the problems plaguing it and discussing some of the attempts at reform that have been undertaken by the government. It also suggests some added measures that can be implemented. The key theme in this article is that the problems of the sector are structural in nature and which can only be fixed by radical measures and bold and innovative policies.

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This article explains why building more houses are unlikely to solve the problem of high real estate prices. It explains why real estate prices are not a function of supply and demand. It also explains how speculative cash flows affect real estate prices.

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This article explains the root cause of the housing shortage in Hong Kong. It lists several reasons that have made Hong Kong the most unaffordable housing market in the world.

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This article explains the business model used by Invitation Homes. It explains how the funding was raised and acquisitions were made even though the entire real estate market was in a downturn. It also explains how this model can be replicated in other countries as well.

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