The Hop Shop
The Hop Shop's Philosophy
The Hollingworth Overseas Property Shop was born out of a determination
to find property investments opportunities underpinned by facts,
stats and a level of due diligence that significantly mitigated
the risk of investing in emerging markets.
Detail and Transparency
On top of the cracking capital growth available, we wanted more
than just a few indolent words of thin reassurance to back the
potential financial risk we were taking.
We know through our personal experience as investors that there
is a wealth of additional information required beyond the glossy
brochures before we want to part with our hard-earned cash.
But many agents seemed unable to offer the level of detail we
required to make an informed decision. After all, most of them
are not in it for the long haul. They want their commission and
then they're off, which means they don't have to worry about the
repercussions of a development that doesn't live up to its initial
Above all, we wanted detail and transparency - especially in
emerging markets, where the overseas
property industry is still finding its feet, and where its
immaturity is more likely to be exploited unless you understand
the system or have the right contacts.
H&A therefore demands top down, bottom up market intelligence
that give us the tools to judge a prospective property
development on its present and future investment potential
based on thorough research, market knowledge and a realistic assessment
of how the property would fare in a downturn.
We like to base our purchases on more than a great climate, or
whether there is a new golf course or swimming pool nearby. These
aspects count for nothing if a country is on the verge of recession,
or if the developer has built a property in the middle of a protected
Not Just Location, Location, Location
From years of researching the marketplace, we know that the best
property investment is not just its location. It is also about
choosing the right market, getting the timing right, assessing
the surrounding infrastructure, identifying the political and
economic outlook, and perhaps most importantly looking to the
future to gauge a market's sustainability.
It's vital to analyse the country you’re buying in, right
down to the region, and thoroughly examine the local property
market. A bargain only becomes a great investment opportunity
when it has a sustainable value. Click here to read more about
H&A’s Property Investing Criteria.
That Sells Itself
Only when a development meets our property investing criteria
do we propose it to other investors. (Click here for further information).
- We visit every development we promote
- We meet the developers and as many of their team as possible
- We inspect any previous developments they have produced
- We check the surrounding area and assess the local infrastructure
- We meet their lawyers and bank manager
- We request site plans and expect copies of title deeds, planning
permits and licenses
- We view comparables in the area
- We visit local attractions and gauge an area’s ‘pull
At the end of the day we like to sleep at night, so it is against
H&A’s beliefs to flog any old property.
What we sell is only what we believe is worth selling. And frankly,
any investment opportunity we offer should sell itself –
either because the property is just what you’re looking
for, or because it’s the deal of a century.
Therefore, the information we provide will never be biased in
favour of the seller. We will give you a clear picture of why
we’re backing the developments we’re offering you,
and describe any drawbacks alongside the plus points. That way
you can make a fully informed decision, which is the only way
to invest in our opinion.
Time And Money
We recognised that other investors simply don’t have the
time to invest in weeks of painstaking research looking for just
the right the property.
Trawling through endless websites, and making countless pricey
trips and phone calls abroad looking for suitable properties and
reputable services can be an extremely
frustrating and stressful business – especially if it’s
not your day job and you don’t speak the local lingo.
Our hope is that you will start to recognise that H&A is
here to provide you with some of the best property investment
In the more mature markets, such as the USA and the UK, it is
increasingly difficult to find rental yields that cover mortgage
and maintenance payments, as well as capital growth in double
This has led many investors to seek out property investment opportunities
in the emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe, Australasia,
and South America, where a good majority of the best deals are
to be found at the moment.
While there are many lucrative deals to be had, H&A recognise
that looking after a property from thousands of miles away, or
even up the road, is practically an impossible task. The distance
can be a major financial drawback - unless you’re willing
to throw in your day job and concentrate on maintaining your investments
Therefore, the miles between you and your asset make it vital
that you have access to a reputable team of professionals who
can ensure your property’s value is maintained, and who
can act as a lifeline from a distance.
H&A’s property decision-making process factors in these
aspects of the deal. On this basis we like to provide a ‘complete
buying package’ for each of the developments we offer. This
includes recommendations for independent solicitors, mortgage
brokers, tax advisers, insurers, property management companies
and letting agents. We will also arrange an independent surveyor
to inspect the development.
These professionals are independent of the developer and their
credentials will always be available to you.
Fees for their services will be clearly identified, so that you
can budget for your property, and plan your investment strategy
It is also worth noting that we rarely trust a ‘guaranteed
rental yield’. The reason for this is that unless there
is a bona fide tour operator on board actively promoting the development,
it is most likely that the developer or an in-house managing agent
has simply over-inflated the per square metre price, and will
be providing the yield via the extra amount charged.
If you have a mortgage on the property, the potential of a developer’s
monthly payment may be beneficial in an emerging market, though
it should not be considered a ‘genuine rental yield’.
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