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Hong Kong, Brazil or France are in the top list for real estate investment 

Even as the value of residential real estate around the developed world continued its multi-year plunge in the second quarter, some countries bucked the trend. In seven national markets, housing values rose by more than 5 per cent in the second quarter compared to the second quarter of 2010. In two countries, prices rose nearly 20 per cent.

Data from the Global Property Guide for second quarter real estate values around the world reveals values in the U.S. dropped by 9.05 per cent in the period. Predictably, Greece, Spain, Ireland, and Portugal are the other nations with deep housing value problems. In Greece, property values fell 9.9 per cent in the second quarter of this year from the second quarter of 2010. That drop was 15 per cent in Ireland. Each of these European nations has deep deficit problems and has instituted austerity packages, which have tended to hurt growth and employment. Also, each is in the process of being financially bailed out by other nations in the EU.

Among the top countries to invest are: Hong Kong, Brazil, Thailand, Taiwan, Norway, Singapore, France or Switzerland.

Read complete list here: 247wallst.com

Analysis of US stock market situation

Amid a sluggish U.S. job market, a patch-work recovery in the housing market sector, and now damage from Hurricane Irene, it's understandable if U.S. investors are hesitant regarding deploying new money to the stock market.

Conclusion regarding where the Dow Jones is headed, near-term:

Technical Indicators: Neutral. The Dow is firmly below the 50-day (11,937) and 200-day (11,988) moving averages -- which is bearish. However, the Dow, as noted, did hold support at/near 10,700.

Fundamental Indicators: Slightly Bearish. During the second quarter earnings season, corporate earnings were adequate to slightly better than expected.

Monetary Policy: Bullish. Inflation remains low, at the core level (which excludes food and energy prices). Fed will at least continue to reinvest the proceeds of the second stage of it's quantitative easing policy to help stimulate the economy.

Fiscal Policy: Bearish. The U.S. Congress, led by the Tea Party-pressured Republican majority in the U.S. House, implemented austerity measures too soon.

Credit Markets: Recovering, but still strained, with still too many small/medium-sized businesses arguing they're not getting the level of credit they need to expand operations. Home mortgage qualifications terms remain very high.

Europe's sovereign debt situation has improved somewhat, but there could be more financial market ripples if Portugal or Spain require a bailout. So far, each has said they won't need outside intervention funds.

ibitimes.com

Creative wallpapers for your home or business

Carnovsky wallpaper before

In a piece for Forbes, Hayden Shaughnessy writes:

The Carnovsky papers have been on display elsewhere — I can’t help thinking this is as good as any screen-based, tech-centric innovation. I love it and the sense of renewing the visual landscape.

Color perception is somewhat subjective. Choosing what color to paint your walls is no small task, and the process doesn’t get easier when you decide to go with wallpaper.

This new type of wallpaper not only changes colors under certain light, it changes patterns as well.

Carnovsky wallpaper after

 

New Neighbourhood in Abu Dhabi 

Could be a good investment opportunity. A new neighbourhood is being built off  the Abu Dhabi-Dubai road east of the Abu Dhabi International Airport.

With a total area of 12.5 million sq. metres, the new neighbourhood will have 4.857 residential villas and all the necessary utilities. The area will give residential and other facilities for over 60.000 persons.

Divided into five villages, the project envisages all amenities and vital utilities such as shopping arcades, service centres, schools, healthcare centres, play grounds and community centres designed in the most modern way.

gulfnews.com

 

Property confidence increases in Portugal 

People interested in investing in European property should consider Portuguese property after research showed that property confidence in the country had improved.

The RICS/Ci Portuguese Housing Market Survey revealed that both the National Activity and National Confidence indices improve in July and weakening demand remains the main factor weighing down on Portuguese prices. This weakening demand is one reason why Portuguese property could be available at knock-down prices.

stride.co.uk