Where should cautious investors look to put their money?
The economic crash of 2008 has certainly had a lasting impact on investors’ confidence with even the most optimistic dampening their enthusiasm and opting for safer returns. Double digit returns, something that was regularly seen a decade ago, are now hard to find and almost non-existent on low to medium risk investments. Beating inflation appears to be the main objective of many investors and their investment decisions reflect this.
Stocks and shares are treated with trepidation even though most major stock markets are performing well and when it comes to commodities, gold seems that natural choice – as it always has been in uncertain times. The cautious investor seems to be looking to the traditional chosen havens for their investments so gold and property are the investments of choice.
There is little that can be said about gold, it is the old stalwart that performs steadily over the long-term but property offers a whole host of different options. Investing in property takes on many different guises. There are property funds investing in everything from large projects to student accommodation, then there are those looking at the opportunities available from property renovations then of course there are all the options that are available with rental properties.
Rental properties are often favoured by many investors and if purchased in the right location for the right prices are attractive investments for cautious investors. However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t come without their own potential pitfalls but these are usually caused by the tenants rather than market conditions. Management companies can help with this but their services do eat into your ROI and there is no guarantee that the problems will be resolved – just someone else deals with them.
In the last few years we have seen the emergence of rental guarantee concepts that give that much sort after financial guarantee. Promising certain returns for a given number of years these schemes are particularly appealing and it is not hard to understand why. In fact, their popularity and the widespread uptake has led to some of the 5-star hotels jumping on the bandwagon, something that certainly appeals to the cautious investor.
So, why does it standout for these investors? Well, rental guarantee concepts offered by the 5-star hotels are always located in prime locations therefore there is an increased likelihood of capital growth as well as an income. You benefit from the skills and facilities that a 5-star hotel can offer not to mention that they have huge financial backing, excellent marketing departments and of course their own natural attraction.
Here in Thailand there are a few notable rental guarantee concepts offered by the 5-star hotels. In Pattaya one such concept is offered in the already completed Amari hotel. This deal offers investors a guaranteed return of 5% p.a. of five years, comfortably surpassing inflation. On top of this, the projected returns in future years are expected to be above 8% p.a. These returns are very healthy from a very secure investment.
Two other rental guarantee concepts that are available in Phuket are situated in two projects that will be in the Ramada and Best Western hotels which are currently under construction. The returns offered are slightly higher with guaranteed returns of 7% p.a. for five years and then anticipated returns of over 10% p.a. in the future years.
The rental guarantee concepts that are offered in these 5-star hotels are ideal for cautious investors and well worth considering.