Investing Opportunities in the Republic of Georgia

14915380_605027526288899_4904488283081663198_nI have now lived in the Republic of Georgia for over a year. When I first got here I believed 3 things:

  1. It is a great place to live,
  2. It is a great place to invest, and
  3. It is a great place to start and run a local business.

Well 2 out of 3 is not bad. Georgia is a great place to live and invest. Running a local business here is problematic. The rules are great, and the authorities are eager, but things are constantly changing. Very hard to deal with a system where the rules essentially do not exist because they are always being changed. I am hoping that after the recent parliamentary elections things will calm down a bit.

But there are great investments available. For as little as $10,000 you can get a darned good rate on a 1 year CD in USD or other foreign currencies (7% to 8%). For a bit more you can negotiate a higher rate, or you can take the risk of the Georgian Lari and get 12% to 13%.

If you want to invest in real estate there are a lot of short term flipping opportunities due to how Georgians must finance apartment construction. In short there is no financing; everything has to be self-financed. So as a nice project is coming to completion the builder is usually looking to sell apartments at a substantial discount. I have a few of those in the works and I expect to get a quick 20% ROI. If you are ever interested in checking it out get in touch with me. I have some nice apartments I am renting out! 😉

An interesting article on Georgia confirming my own opinion (we all like that!):