Landed Global in Tokyo

October 23, 2014 — Just back from an excellent week in Tokyo that kicked off on Thursday evening with a presentation to the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan about the Ten Things You Need to Know Before Buying International Real  Estate. Thank you to Emil Gorgees and to the ANZCCJ’s Kitaoka-san […]

Ten things you must know before buying international real estate

The following is a transcript of a presentation entitled Ten things you must know before buying international real estate that was delivered to the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan on October 16, 2014. Video of the presentation is available here. The presentation explains how to buy international real estate, including: Alternatives […]

Landed Global in the Financial Times

October 5, 2014 — Landed Global is featured in the Financial Times in a three-part series. The stories, which are based on information from my new book, appeared in the House & Home section of the London newspaper in September and October 2014. The first installment, The hidden online data that can help buyers find […]

American property conference at AmCham

September 25, 2014 — On Tuesday, I spoke at an American property conference at AmCham in Hong Kong. The event, which  featured Jennifer Anderson from KPMG and Sam Van Horebeek from East-West Property Advisors, drew a full house. You can listen to my presentation, Investing in U.S. Real Estate—Macroeconomic Considerations for Foreign Buyers, here. The […]

Why invest in U.S. real estate?

The following is a transcript of presentation entitled Why invest in U.S. real estate? at the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong on September 23, 2014. An audio recording of the presentation is available here. Why would someone living outside the United States—in particular a Hong Kong resident—invest in U.S. real estate? This presentation […]

Landed Japan update

September 15, 2014 — A lot has happened since May 2010, so here’s a  Landed Japan update. The earthquake Topping the list is the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the subsequent tsunami, and the explosion, fire and ongoing release of radioactive material from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The disaster killed more than […]

Canadian Social Insurance Number

July 22, 2014 — I obtained a Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN) for my son today in Ottawa. Along the way, I learned a few things that could be helpful for parents in a similar situation. First, a little background. I have lived outside Canada for more than two decades and my son was born […]

The launch of Landed Global

July 10, 2014 — The launch of Landed Global has begun, with a lunch presentation that was jointly organized by the Canadian and the American chambers of commerce in Hong Kong. Nearly 40 guests attended the event, which was held in CanCham’s office on July 8. A video of the presentation, which was also delivered […]

Hong Kong Cemetery

January 5, 2014 — I spent a couple of hours on Sunday morning wandering around Hong Kong Cemetery with my daughter Lindsey. It was something that we had been planning to do for some time, and the cool, dry weather made it a perfect day. We decided to skip the famous graves and explore some […]

Buying a property in Japan

The following is a transcript of a presentation entitled Buying a property in Japan that was delivered at the Smart Property Expo in Hong Kong on November 23, 2013. Video of the presentation is available here. The presentation covers: The challenges facing foreigners when they buy houses in Japan, such as finding a mortgage lender […]