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The hot name on every international property investor's lips right now is Poland. With impressive capital growth, an improving economy, tourism that's outperforming Greece and a sophisticated lending market which allows owners to release equity while holding onto their asset it's not hard to see why.

However, despite everything Poland has going for it, there are plenty of Polish property losers as well as winners.

We asked Tim Hill, author of "Buying Property in Poland" and a veteran of the Polish property market, for his top 3 tips.

Don't Follow The Herd - Blaze a Trail
It's easy to be excited about news of massive growth in a
city and to head straight there to get a piece of the ie.
Unfortunately, by the time the media is reporting on this
growth the rapid profits have already been made. The better approach is to work out why the rapid growth happened and to look for the trends that indicate it's about to happen elsewhere. Popular cities and locations are still good and safe investments but if you rely on others to lead you'll always be paying more and taking longer to realise capital growth.

Don't Let Trends Distract You - Become a Specialist
Apartments, land or houses? Residential or commercial? Cities or resorts? Pundits will continue to share their opinions and trends will change. I say all investments an
be good, as long as you understand your market, buy carefully and have a plan for making a success of your investment. The worst thing you can do however is react to the next "big thing" and mix up your portfolio just because somebody else said you should. A healthy portfolio will probably contain a mixture of properties eventually, but if you're new to the market you should aim to specialise in a particular type of investment in a particular area and let the pundits continue to yap.

Don't Trust Analysts' Predictions - Make Your Own Analysis
Property analysts have been using the link between average salaries and the supply of new homes and getting it wrong for decades. The only way to accurately evaluate your own investment is to get out there, look at what's really happening now and consider the growth of Poland overall.

Michael Jones, MD of The Right Move Abroad, has it right,
"It is important to look at the country as a whole, and not just the property market. What state is the local economy in? Is there room for further growth?" The richer a country gets, the more house prices will rise.

"Buying Property in Poland" by Tim Hill contains everything an investor needs to be a winner at the Polish property game and is available now from Amazon, and all good bookshops.

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About Tim Hill
Tim is's Operations Director managing a team of consultants who help foreign buyers identify and purchase suitable Poland property opportunities for investment, development and relocation. As well as speaking regularly at seminars on the Polish real estate market his comments are often quoted in the domestic and international press. Tim, originally from South Africa, is married and currently lives with his wife, Agnieszka, in the Polish city of Lublin.

Tim's views have been featured in Times Online, Telegraph, Property Mart Overseas, Contact: International Business Voice, and on Polish TV. If you'd like to interview him or get his expert opinion for a feature then email...

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