Orlando home sales set record for June – Orlando Sentinel

If you measure the health of Orlando’s housing market by home sales, it is ready for an Iron Man competition. If you measure it by monthly price growth, maybe it’s more like a nice stroll. Home sales in the core market of Orange and Seminole counties set a record of 3,435 sales, according to a report released today by Orlando Regional Realtor Association. From a year ago, monthly sales were up more than 20 percent. Source: Orlando home sales set record for June – Orlando...

Buy-to-let returns beat all other mainstream investments

Buy-to-let investments have outperformed all major asset classes over the past 18 years, according to a study of the sector. As well as reflecting property price growth over the period, the data highlights the effect of borrowing – or “gearing” – which has hugely magnified total returns. Every £1 invested in buy-to-let is now worth £14.90, if investors put down a deposit of 25pc and borrowed the rest via buy-to-let mortgages. These specialist loans first became available in 1996, the point from which performance is calculated. This has produced net annual returns 16.2pc over the past 18 years, compared with 6.5pc if the same amount was put into the stock market.Cash buyers who poured money into buy-to-let 18 years ago have now turned £1 into £5.07 – a net annual return of 9.4pc. The study, published today by former economist Rob Thomas, found that landlord returns outstripped the earnings from investments in cash, stocks and shares and commercial property. In the same time-frame, commercial property investments turned £1 into £4.49. Source: Buy-to-let returns beat all other mainstream investments –...