I am excited for Cayman’s future. Sensible financial management by government, developing infrastructure, coupled with an improving U.S. economy all point towards Cayman’s economy leading the region in the months and years to come.
Just over six years ago marked the start of the current ‘financial crisis’ when two CDO hedge funds run by Bear Stearns that had large holdings of U.S. subprime mortgages declared that they were halting redemptions
Keeping Cayman’s primary industry on track means real estate can continue its upward trajectory.
There are so many benefits that can be enjoyed by owning a property in the Cayman islands, not least of which is that it is a beautiful jurisdiction with year-round sunshine and just an hour’s hop from the States, so buying a home in the Cayman Islands should be at the heart of any investors wealth management programme.
So, what’s happening in the real estate market and what factors are there that may have significant impact on it in the coming months or years?
Well, Coldwell Banker’s mid-year Market Report is now out in hard copy and on our website. There is not room to reprint it here, but in summary the last six months have continued the downward trend of prices and sales volume. However, just in the last month or two we have seen a marked increase in activity. Why? Well, there are several possibilities.
Tax is always an important question when considering the ownership and sale of property. Cayman has many desirable aspects with respect to taxes that make investment in Cayman Islands real estate a wise decision.
The Cayman Islands Government recently announced that it had concluded negotiations with the United States on a Model 1 intergovernmental agreement with regard to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and a new tax information exchange agreement (TIEA) also with the U.S.
There is an underlying disdain currently being expressed globally, especially within North America and Europe, with regard to the way they are being taxed, with rising taxes choking investment choices and stifling growth. Such pressures have encouraged investors to look for better ways to seek investment returns.
The frustrating part is that sellers do not want to hear what we have to tell them, in other words, that their property is not worth what they think it is and that they have to list lower if they expect to get their property sold. This was an inevitable reaction to the worldwide economic crisis, which is heavily affecting the US. Real estate values had been inflated in the US for some time and it was only a question of when (not if) their market would turn. That, combined with the decline in the stock market and very tight credit, has made it difficult for many Americans to make discretionary purchases. As much of our buying pool is from within the US, the slowing of our real estate market should surprise no one.