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Boise's Turn to Shine
Residents and investors alike are attracted by Boise's sunny weather, recreation, sports, job opportunities and family-friendly atmosphere. Boise offers strong job growth in diverse industries and a pro-growth government with tax structures that benefit businesses and investors. Limited land supply, increased demand and rapid appreciation have recently pushed Boise onto the national stage, and local experts believe the area offers strong potential as the rest of the nation discovers Boise's attractions.
Berlin: Historic Values
After the reunification of East and West Germany, the country's economy was devastated; Berlin in particular suffered because government subsidies were eliminated. Now, Germany has the third largest economy in the world while also boasting low real estate prices. Berlin, Germany's cosmopolitan capital city, features lower real estate prices than any other capital in Europe.
Grape Expectations: Vineyard Investing
For some people, wine is a passion; many are choosing to channel that passion by investing in wine. Investing in wine tends to produce more lifestyle benefits than financial benefits. There are various ways investors can get involved; fractional ownership of a winery or vineyard offers myriad options and benefits, such as cases of wine and invitations to special events. Ambitious investors can even open their own vineyard or winery.
Other People's Money
If you are a person of vision who can create value in a business, real estate or any other type of investment transaction, your opportunities are truly limitless, regardless of whether you have the funds to do the transaction on your own. But raising capital from outside sources can be tricky. With potential sources ranging from banks and credit cards to friends and family to angel investors and venture capital funds, it can be difficult for an investor to figure out where to start. Smart, strategic planning can make the process much easier for a first-timer.
Look Before You Lease
Lease options can be a powerful tool to benefit both landlords/sellers and tenants/buyers. Investors benefit from greater than average rental rates and often receive an up-front payment as well, while some tenants/buyers find lease options to be a good transition into homeownership. Lease options have received negative press in recent years, and some states are passing legislation to protect tenants/buyers from landlords/sellers.
Investor Highlight: Scott Greenburg
An angel investor and attorney, Greenburg invested in Starbucks and T-Mobile in their early stages. He has more than 25 years of experience in venture capital, public offerings, intellectual property and technology issues, mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial transactions and international product distribution. Greenburg discusses his experiences with angel investing and gives advice for both entrepreneurs and angel investors.