Jeremy Hurst Broker/Owner of IRG and President of the Cayman Islands Real Estate Brokers Association writes a regular market report and update for the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce
Jeremy Hurst Broker/Owner of IRG and President of the Cayman Islands Real Estate Brokers Association writes a regular market report and update for the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce:
Overview of the Cayman property market from CIREBA as of June 2010
So now we know what it’s like to experience a real downturn in the economy as a result of recession! For perhaps the first time in a quarter century we’ve seen substantially falling sales volumes coupled with significant reductions in sales and listing prices. However a lot has changed since my last report and the encouraging news is that the fundamentals that directly affect these statistics have changed substantially for the better.
The prime cause of the substantial drop in the Cayman market was the uncertainty caused by the continual rearing of the ugly head of possible direct taxation. The mere mention of it was enough to deter both foreign and local investors from parting with their funds in our direction. Now that’s been hit squarely on the head and relations with the FCO under the new Conservative Coalition Government in the UK appear to be on a much more positive footing, international investors are definitely coming back into the Cayman market again and starting to spend their money.
As one of our premier local realtors is renowned for saying – now is the time to buy! Well I have to say on this occasion I wholeheartedly agree with him. There has probably been fewer better times to buy Cayman real estate. Let’s consider what we have to offer:
Oh and by the way – we still have no direct taxation in case in case you missed the point!
In short, at a time when the living in the rest of the world is becoming more difficult, Cayman is becoming increasingly attractive by comparison.
The National Investment Council supported by the Cayman Islands Investment Council, The Chamber, CIREBA and of course Government is starting to deliver results. The red carpet treatment they are able to offer major investors is impressive and presents Cayman in the best possible light. Those investors who are new to Cayman are wowed for the reasons mentioned above. However let’s not forget that their investment dollar is being keenly competed for so we cannot afford to relax. The reforms that are being discussed in terms of the streamlining of the bureaucratic road blocks within Government Departments and the general cost cutting to make Government more effective and efficient need to be thrust forward and must not lose momentum. Bear in mind our competitors are doing exactly the same thing. We also need to continue to work on areas such as immigration and education that are key to our continued stability.
However real estate prices are down and the market has been slow. But for once that is the best possible news! Cayman is on the rebound and prices will start to rise again we feel within the next 6 months. Certainty has replaced uncertainty in the market and as such the next few months there may never be a better time to invest in Cayman property. Get in whilst you can!
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