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A New President for the FRAMCO

by Kijner & Sons International Realty




Kijner & Sons International Realty
is beyond thrilled and honored to announce that its very own Senior Broker Owner, Daniel Kijner, has been elected President of the French American Business Council of West Florida (FRAMCO), an affiliate to the Network of French American Chambers of Commerce.

The news came in early January, and Daniel who has previously held positions such as Treasurer and Vice President of the FRAMCO, will strive to serve the community at large to strengthen French American Business and Cultural relationships.

FRAMCO is proud to participate in fostering development and improvement of economic, commercial and educational relations between France and West Florida. FRAMCO seeks to create business added-value services and support for its members, companies or individuals, keen to develop their activities and network between France and West Florida.

FRAMCO is a member of CCI France International which regroups and manages 115 International Chambers of Commerce with more than 32,000 members in more than 85 countries and represents the first private network of French companies in the world. As a privileged partner of international French companies, the CCI proposes different services before, during and after the companies' implementation on their foreign markets.

Additionally, FRAMCO members and guests are invited to attend numerous social and networking events organized in various locations from casual to upscale venues throughout the year. From celebrating Bastille Day to enjoying a gourmet French meal, from playing pétanque to wine tasting Beaujolais Nouveau, everyone is welcomed. Join today to make new friends and mingle with driven and like-minded entrepreneurs from all over the Tampa Bay area.

With about 274 million French speakers worldwide, FRAMCO is also pleased to count among its long time friends, active members from French speaking countries. At FRAMCO we are proud to promote Francophonie and what unites us all beyond our love for the French language, culture and values.

To contact Daniel and learn more about upcoming FRAMCO events and how to become a FRAMCO member, send your inquiry at framco.president@gmail.com.



REALTORS® Confidence Index

by Kijner & Sons International Realty


Kijner & Sons International Realty
is pleased to present you the REALTORS® Confidence Index based on data gathered from the 1st to the 8th of November 2013. The data reflect transaction activities in October 2013 and how Realtors® foresee housing demands in the coming months based on fiscal and monetary policies but also flood and homeowner insurance rates. 

According to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), "[t]he REALTORS® Confidence Index is a key indicator of housing market strength based on a monthly survey sent to over 50,000 real estate practitioners. Practitioners are asked about their expectations for home sales, prices and market conditions. In addition, the "Questions of the Month," feature results of a timely aspect of the housing market."

To download the full NAR Report, please click here or on the image below



Why Costa Rica is a great place to invest in 2011

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

1) Costa Rica has low cost of living and property taxes. Property taxes are typically 0.25% of the property value. 

2) In Costa Rica there are highly affordable land and home prices. Construction costs are also cheaper than in the United States and for the same construction quality, it typically costs $50/sq ft and up depending on materials and finishing details.

3) In Costa Rica, there is no restriction to property ownership by foreigners.

4) Costa Rica has one of the highest levels of foreign direct investment per capita in Latin America.

5) Costa Rica benefits from strong foreign investments thanks to the country's political and economic stability, high education levels and various governmental fiscal incentives offered in the free-trade zones. No wonder, more and more foreign companies are opening branches in Costa Rica.

6) Costa Rica has an inexpensive and excellent social health care system.

7) Costa Rica welcomes foreigners and over 50,000 Americans are already calling this green paradise home.

8) Costa Rica enjoys stable economic growth (more than 3% in 2010). Although agriculture and tourism are still the backbone of the country’s economy, high value added goods and services, including microchips, have further bolstered exports. In deed, Costa Rica is often referred as the “Silicon Valley of Central America” and in terms of estimated GDP, agriculture represented 6.3%, industry 22.9% and services, 70.8% in 2010. 

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Sources

CIA World Factbook
http://www.kijner.com/Q-A-Costa-Rica

Thailand, the Asian tiger is still roaring

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Despite recent speculations and political events, Thailand is doing tremendously well as a stable and resilient economy. 4th richest Southeast Asian nation and 2nd largest economy in the region*, with an estimated 7.6% GDP growth in 2010, unemployment and poverty rates at their lowest and strong foreign investments, Thailand has already moved past the lingering Western pessimism resulting from the 2007-2008 world economic crisis and is starting off 2011 stronger than ever.

Through an array of monetary, exchange rate and financial institutions policies, the Bank of Thailand will play a pivotal role in 2011 to ensure capital flows and macroeconomic stability. In the private sector, a great emphasis will be placed on innovation, Thailand competing against others on the basis of quality rather than prices. In the public sector, greater and sustainable investments will be dedicated to infrastructures, improving ultimately productivity**.

BMW, Daimler Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Toyota, Isuzu, Honda and Nissan, some of the world leading car manufacturers have long called Thailand home with ever growing operation plants and investments. In addition to being the 13th world car production center, “[t]he Thailand Automotive Institute predicts that the country will pass Spain, Canada and Mexico to enter the world Top 10 by achieving the capacity target of 2.3 million units [by 2015]”***. Last but not least, let’s not forget that Thailand has a strong agriculture and is among the region’s main manufacturing giant of electronic goods and textile as well as one of the world’s leading touristic destinations.  

Thus, 2011 has never been a better time to invest in Thailand!

Do not hesitate to contact us at info@kijner.com or to visit us at www.kijner.com to learn more about residential and commercial opportunities in the land of smiles.


Estimated data for 2010****

GDP (purchasing power parity): $580.3 billion

GDP (official exchange rate): $312.6 billion

GDP by sectors

-     Agriculture: 10.4%

-     Industry: 45.6%

-     Services: 44%

Unemployment rate: 1,2%

Population: 68 million

Exports: $191.3 billion. Thailand’s main exports are textiles and footwear, fishery products, rice, rubber, jewelry, automobiles, computers and electrical appliances.

Imports: $156.9 billion. Thailand’s main imports are capital goods, intermediate goods and raw materials, consumer goods and fuels.

External Debt: $82.5 billion (ranking 42 in comparison to other countries in the world)


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Sources:

*Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Thailand

**Thailand Business News: http://thailand-business-news.com/economics/28992-bank-of-thailand’s-governor-reveal-policy-direction-for-2011

***Thailand Business News: http://thailand-business-news.com/news/headline/19360-thailand’s-automotive-industry-overview

****CIA World Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/th.html 

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