Learning the Basics of International Investing

Approved by the Dept of State for 3.75 hours of Continuing Education

Cost:  $50 

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Course Objectives

o Basics of international investing
o Important considerations
o Opportunities
o Risks

Course Highlights

1. Basics of International Investing
    a. Individuals purchasing internationally
    b. Investment vs. Lifestyle

2. Opportunities
    a. Exposure to emerging/growth markets/distressed markets
    b. Diversification
    c. Currency
    d. Tax

3. Research required to invest internationally
    a. Due diligence
    b. Market data
        i. Economic drivers - Macro
        ii. Industry centers
        iii. Diversified economy
        iv. Demographics
        v. Micro – property market
        vi. Supply vs. Demand

4. Key things to consider
    a. Legal
    b. Leverage
    c. Yield
    d. Tax
    e. Currency
    f. Liquidity
    g. Management
    h. Purchase process
    i. Transaction costs

5. Risks
    a. Foreign markets
    b. Legal
    c. Rights
    d. Market changes – risk tolerance

6. Market comparison example
    a. UK vs. Panama


Who are the instructors - Hugh Zaretsky and Adrian Berger

Hugh is a real estate investor, entrepreneur, author, and speaker.
He describes himself as someone who "took the long road" to real estate investing after enjoying much success in his corporate career.

Hugh began his professional career consulting for Fortune 500 financial services companies. Next, he joined a global leader in the photo industry, where he quickly rose to the top as one of the youngest directors in the company. While there he become an expert on commercial real estate transactions, from building out new office locations to shutting down or relocating acquired companies.

After being in NYC on 9/11, Hugh's world was turned upside down. This tragic event led him to pursue his real estate investing career. In 2005, he left the corporate world for good to launch his own real estate investment and consultant business. Since then, his companies have invested in projects all across the United States and overseas. In 2008, he helped launch an asset-based (hard money) lending company that lends in the NY tri-state area. Currently his companies are involved in all types of real estate transactions, from single family homes to land and condo developments.

Hugh is a graduate of Binghamton University Watson School of Engineering, where he received a degree in Computer Science. Coming from three generations of teachers, teaching and speaking are in Hugh's blood. He is a certified continuing education instructor in New York, Texas and Florida, and has trained thousands of real estate investors and entrepreneurs all across the United States.

Hugh has traveled to all 50 states and is an avid athlete who plays softball and soccer. He also runs half marathons in support of "Team In Training" and the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society. He shares a close-knit bond with his family and resides in New York, NY.

Adrian is an experienced business development and client manager working with institutional and individual clients for more than 14 years across the real estate and technology industries.

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Adrian has worked in the USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines and Australia assisting clients achieve their individual and corporate investment goals.

With a family background in real estate, Adrian has been involved in the industry from a young age making his first investment when he was 18; and today continues to be an active investor in both commercial and residential real estate.

More recently Adrian has been working with clients advising on investments in emerging and recovering real estate markets across the globe, including the USA, Latin America, Australasia, Europe and the Middle East.

Adrian is a qualified engineer, has an MBA in General Management and is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in New York State.


Where do I take this course?
New York Real Estate Institute
139 West 35th, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10018
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