Location, Location…Location. I expect you have heard this said many times before, but it is worth remembering.
You may have found the perfect piece of land with stunning sea views or a development to die for with magnificent villas, but it is miles from anywhere.
How are you going to get there? Is there an International airport nearby or a private airfield? Do you have to get there by boat? If it is on a deserted island, is there infrastructure on the island or is it going to be constructed one day to far in the future to bother about?
With global warming on everyones mind, what about sea levels? Will your paradise island be under water in ten years time? Are you really looking for a celebrity hideaway that no one can get to except the very rich?
These are just some of the questions you will need to ask yourself before you get carried away and sign on the dotted line.
If you are a property investor you will already be doing your research based on investing in the right location and South East Asia is one of the areas you will be looking at first, as Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia are amongst the most popular destinations and have continuing growth.
With positive GDP and the culture and natural beauty of these countries they are perfect for making good returns on your investment, as well as places to enjoy and relax in.
Despite the global downturn there are still opportunities to be had in these countries, but choosing the right location is even more important than it was before.
Unless you are a professional investor you may not have the time to do all the research necessary to know where the next up-and-coming place to invest in will be.
Start by researching some of the boutique property specialists on the Internet such as Claire Brown Realty.
Claire Brown specialises in South East Asia and has a very good network of professional advisors who provide formal and informal intelligence on property investment opportunities.