10 good reasons to invest in properties in Liguria

For anyone new to investing that may not have decided on which sector they should invest their money into, below are the top 10 reasons why property should be considered as one of their investments.

Region Liguria is situated in a very strategic position in Italy and has one of the most beautiful and diverse natural landscapes in the country thanks to its unique micro-climate.  The combination of the two make it an excellent location for property investment.

Liguria Homes has come up with 10 reasons why you should consider investing in the Ligurian property market:

  1.     Liguria is one of the top holiday destination in Italy and renting out a property here with a good return is very easy
  2.     Properties in Liguria are a profitable investment and a good hedge against the inflation too
  3.     Their starting capital value is revalued all the time
  4.     Properties in Liguria have both high yields and low-risks so that no other region could be able to compete with them
  5.     They are real and tangible and they don’t change their stuff in accordance with the economic situation too
  6.     Their value can change, but in the last 60 years it is always increased
  7.     Properties in Liguria are suitable for all the “portfolios” because of their flexibility and adaptability
  8.     A property in Liguria is “cashable” in short time
  9.     Fly to Nice, only 2 hour flight time from all the european countries with direct flights during ALL year
  10.     Ligurian people are the most friendly, welcoming and outgoing people you could wish to meet

These are only 10 simple reasons, but, believe me, there are millions…

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Foreign Buyers Spare No Expense in Liguria

From: Italymag.co.uk

Demand for homes in Liguria, Umbria and Tuscany is reaching an all time high among foreign buyers. The competition for Ligurian properties is driving prices up, and attracting homeowners who will spare no expense in finding the perfect Italian getaway.

Expatriates are willing to pay enormous sums for a Ligurian address. According to entrepreneur Martin De Rosa, Germans spend an average of 300,000 Euros and 76% of British buyers look at buildings in the 300,000 to 500,000 euro price range. The Russian buyers put other foreign homeowners to shame, willing to put down over 900,000 for the perfect Ligurian home.

Property values have risen throughout Italy in spite of the global economic downturn, and 61% of real estate agents expect the housing market to get even better in the next two years. The thriving market is attracting buyers who are willing to pay up to 17,000 Euro a square meter for properties in Ligurian towns like Santa Margherita Ligure.

The increased interest in the region may signal a trend of foreign buyers moving away from major cities and preferring to purchase homes in smaller villages.

Record-Breaking Blue Flags

As prices hit record highs, Liguria has achieved a record number of Blue Flag beaches. In fact, the award-winning beaches play a major role in increasing the desirability of property in the region.

Blue Flags are awarded around the globe by the Foundation for Environmental Education. The sought-after distinction is bestowed according to a range of environmental indicators such as water quality and protection of nature.

In 2011, Liguria was awarded the most blue flags out of all the regions in Italy, so those seeking a prestigious coastal location can head east or west to find decorated beaches.

In the Western Riviera, blue flags were awarded to Camporosso and Bordighera in the province of Imperia. In the province of Savona, Albissola Marina, Albisola Superiore, Bergeggi, Celle Ligure, Finale Ligure, Loano, Noli, Spotorno, Savona-Fornaci, and Varazze were the most decorated beaches.

 in the Eastern Riviera, Chiavari, Lavagna and Moneglia were the recognised coastal towns in Genoa. Lerici and Ameglia-Fiumaretta in La Spezia were also awarded blue flags.

Location, Location, Location

It is unsurprising that foreign buyers are willing to pay high prices given Liguria’s incomparable location. The small region is bordered by the sea, the Alps and the Apennines.

Liguria is home to the famous Mediterranean seaside towns of Cinque Terre and Portofino.

In addition to beautiful beaches, the region is best known for its fresh seafood cuisine and as the birthplace of pesto.


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Casamare Real Estate on the “Financial Times”…

This is an interesting article published on the “Financial Times”, 20 June 2009:

“It’s a little paradise” by Carolyn Reynier

As you travel along the Mediterranean coast from France to Italy the French Riviera becomes the Riviera dei Fiori, or “coast of flowers”. You leave behind Menton, with its famous microclimate, and arrive in the Ligurian border town of Ventimiglia in the province of Imperia. Hillsides that in France are covered in concrete are choc-a-bloc full of greenhouses here. Further west is San Remo, the city that each year sends blooms to Vienna’s Musikverein hall as decoration for its famed New Year’s Day concert.

Between these two large Riviera settlements lies Bordighera, originally a small fishing village founded towards the end of the 15th century. “It’s a little paradise,” says Christian Choquenet, a surgeon who has owned a second home in the town for 10 years. He and his wife, Anna, originally bought an apartment in the centre. Three years ago, prior to the birth of their son, Julien, moved to a new villa on a nearby hillside. “As the crow flies, we’re about 1km from the sea and a 10-minute walk to the centre. We have a lovely view of Bordighera, the Italian coast and along the French coast to the Cap d’Antibes.”
Both commute to work in Monaco – “it takes me 30 minutes to get to the hospital,” Choquenet says – and they use Nice airport when travelling abroad.

The development of tourism in this part of Italy started with the arrival of the railway in 1872, bringing French, Russian, Austrian and particularly British families. The journey from Nice-Ville station along the coast must rank as one of the loveliest in the world and Bordighera has its station right in the town centre. Between its rail tracks and its sparkling sea is the Lungomare Argentina, a promenade lined with restaurants and cafés, where an animated Thursday market takes place.
To the north is the Via Vittorio Emanuele, the town’s main street, running parallel to the Mediterranean. To the east is the small port, which is being enlarged with plans to double the number of moorings and add a hotel, restaurant, bar and shops. But it will remain “in keeping with the tradition of Bordighera”, says commune surveyor Geòmetra Davide Maglio.
Up the hillside there are houses and apartments with port and water views, including the fine 19th-century Villa Garnier, built by French architect Charles Garnier, of Paris Opéra, Monte Carlo casino and Nice Observatory fame. Then, on up through the verdant Giardini del Capo, is the centro storico (old town), where early British settlers left their mark with buildings such as the Biblioteca Civica Internazionale, the Istituto Internazionale di Studi Liguri and the museum of western Liguria, which bears the name of its founder, one of Bordighera’s most famous English residents, the Protestant pastor Clarence Bicknell.

Yet this is very much an inhabited old town, too; the large car park on prime real estate with fine sea views is testament. Unsurprisingly, houses in the narrow lanes are subject to strict building controls and expensive. Most prospective purchasers turn to an apartment down in the town centre or a villa on the prima collina, the first hillside behind it, instead. A centrally located studio south of the Via Romana – uno monolocale – will cost about €170,000, while two-bedroom apartments go for €320,000 or more, even after recession-related price falls of about 10 per cent.

Buyers looking for a vista mare typically retreat to the prima collina, where there is still a refreshing breeze in the height of summer and any new construction is limited to three storeys, according to Maglio. Simone Ramoino at Casamare Real Estate recently sold a small villa – about 160 sq metres – to an Irish family for about €800,000. A 300 sq metres hillside villa in ample grounds will command a price of about €4m.
Michaela Posch, an interpreter from Germany, bought a newly constructed prima collina home a few years ago. “It was summer so there were concerts, Neapolitan music. We sat among the pine trees listening to the birds, the music, looking down at the little village and we said: ‘We can imagine living here.’”

Although buyers are predominantly from northern Italy, there are also foreigners – Russians, British, Irish and French – picking up second homes with a view to taking up permanent residence in the future. “Our daily bread is the Turin and Milan market [but] we have a page in Russian on our website,” Ramoino says. Last May he sold a villa in Ventimiglia to a Russian family – “300 sq metres, pool, sea view, 600 metres from the beach” – for just over €1.2m. A similar villa in Bordighera would be nearer the €2m mark, he says. Indeed, the town’s property values have shown more resilience than those in the larger cities and sales of “substantially significant value” are still going through, according to Fabia Devia at Agenzia Domus.
There is also an active market in seasonal and annual rentals. A studio in the centre of Bordighera might cost about €400-€500 per month and a two-bedroom or small three-bedroom apartment about €1,000 per month.

There are options outside Bordighera too. To the west is the coastal village of Vallecrosia; 5km to the other side, just before the Capo Nero, is charming Ospedaletti, where a new marina is being built. “When it’s finished, we’ll see an increase in prices [there],” says Ramoino.
Residents of the area say they care less about investment than the friendly, Italian seaside atmosphere. Posch says: “In Munich, I was looking out at the snow; nobody talks to you. But here – I love this. It’s really so different.”

From: The Financial Times