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Shoaib Manso..
( 328 posts )

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I am a professional working in Saudi Arabia since last 2 years. Alhamdulilah have been able to manage a little saving of around Rs 50+ lac so far. I visited Pakistan start of 2012 with some amount which is less than what is now i have. Wasn't sure where to invest that, and i put it in Rs saving account as few people told me to stay away from Pakistan real estate... Now time has proven me wrong for my decision to keep saving in Pakistan rupees account, as it is devalued quickly since last 12 months.

I will visit Pakistan again in a couple of months or so, needs a very very brotherly and honest advice from experts on this forum to guide where to put my only harvest which should be consistent in terms of growth and safest from any devaluation or fraud etc? One thing to mention that don't have any near future (like 3 to 4 years) plans to settle back in Pakistan.

Please give advice considering yourself in my situation.

    2545 days ago In General Advice
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    PAKISTANI-1
    (3020 posts)
    Best Answer
    The rate at which the rupee is falling against the dollar is not the same as the rate of property increase in good investment areas especially Islamabad. If over the last 3-year period, you compare the graphs of dollar appreciation and property appreciation in specific zone i and zone ii sectors of Islamabad, you will notice that property beats dollar.

    In fact, even if the Pak rupee slides against the dollar due to devaluation, you must not forget that the dollar itself is also losing its purchasing power due to inflation and economic difficulties in the us.
      2538 days ago 

      PAKISTANI-1
      (3020 posts)
      Invest partly in B-17 Islamabad and partly in PECHS Islamabad.
        2545 days ago 

        Shoaib Manso..
        (328 posts)
        Where is PECHS? And what are the prospects of investment returns for those two schemes? Actually I am little new for real estate thing, esp for Islamabad as i am a resident of Lahore. I have seen many times on this forum experts wrote in favor of B-17... What are the property rates there i.e. Historically & to date? Can anybody give me a brief perspective on this?
          2545 days ago 

          PAKISTANI-1
          (3020 posts)
          PECHS is near new Islamabad airport on Fateh Jang road. B-17 has different rates for same size of plots depending on block. A, b and c blocks of b-17 are developed. Block b is most expensive with one kanal plot costing about 5.5 million... C block one kanal is between 3.6 and 4.4 depending on location.
            2545 days ago 

            Shoaib Manso..
            (328 posts)
            Thanks! And can you let me know that what are growth rate (avge %) in B-17? Say for the last three years i.e. From 2009 end to 2012 end?
              2545 days ago 

              PAKISTANI-1
              (3020 posts)
              The growth rate in the last one and a half years is more than healthy. Zameen management has done an article on this discussing the trend in B-17. You will have to look for it - it is on one of the links - I don't recall which one.
                2545 days ago 

                Shoaib Manso..
                (328 posts)
                Couldn't find that article. Thanks anyways.
                  2545 days ago 

                  OKha
                  (156 posts)
                  Keep your saving in US$ bank a/c for now ... Wait and see what happens in 2013... In 2013 we will know if the govt. Goes for IMF... And the dollar crosses 100+ etc. Then think of investment ... In near future US$ looks the best compared to Rs savings and Pakistani real estate
                    2545 days ago 

                    Nafees Bhatt..
                    (336 posts)
                    Here's the report.

                    B-17 Islamabad.
                      2544 days ago 

                      Shoaib Manso..
                      (328 posts)
                      Thanks Nafees! But the blog is blocked here in my office! :(
                        2544 days ago 

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