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Changing dynamics of Asian commercial property investment

Posted on 19 June 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

IPD has announced that the local currency return for Asian commercial property investment was 8.4% in 2011, according to the IPD Pan Asia Return Research (PARR).
This performance is modestly better than in 2010 when the total return was 6.6%. The Pan Asia 2011 return combines an income return of 5.6% with a capital growth of 2.7%. The income return is unchanged on 2010, but the capital return is up from 1.0%………………………………………..Full Article: Source

IPD Pan Asia return research reveals changing dynamics of Asian commercial property investment

Posted on 18 June 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

IPD has announced that the local currency return for Asian commercial property investment was 8.4% in 2011, according to the IPD Pan Asia Return Research (PARR). This performance is modestly better than in 2010 when the total return was 6.6%.
The Pan Asia 2011 return combines an income return of 5.6% with a capital growth of 2.7%. The income return is unchanged on 2010, but the capital return is up from 1.0%………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Asean’s real estate to chart stronger growth

Posted on 15 June 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

The Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) real estate industry is poised for stronger growth in tandem with the strong economic growth in the sub-region, concludes the World Economic Forum on East Asia 2012 recently.
“Major differences between Asean markets such as foreign property ownership, alien business laws and tax system need to be fine-tuned and managed efficiently in order for the markets to be competitive and capture all the opportunities that follow the connectivity and collaboration within the sub-region,” said Suphin Mechuchep, Managing Director of Jones Lang LaSalle Thailand………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Asia’s prime residential market beset by weaker price performance, concerted efforts made

Posted on 15 June 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

While capital market flight from emerging economies to safe havens has been integral to the performance of the world’s luxury housing markets, the story that grabbed the media’s attention in 2011 was the potential for a Chinese property crash.
According to Knight Frank and Citi Public Bank’s Wealth Report 2012, A Global Perspective on Prime Property and Wealth, this concern was hardly surprising. China’s housing market arguably formed the single most important sector in the entire global economy………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Asia Pacific property markets face varying outlook for rest of 2102

Posted on 15 June 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Real estate markets in the Asia Pacific region are likely to see varying fortunes in the coming months as various government policies continue to affect the sector, according to Knight Frank.
Continued government intervention in property markets across Asia has proved effective, as lending restrictions, additional taxes and protection from hot foreign money has led to a quarterly drop in mainstream prices across Malaysia, Taiwan and Singapore, its latest report shows………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Australia: “Long, slowish recovery for property”: John McGrath

Posted on 15 June 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Australian housing prices are unlikely to rise in winter despite an increase in buyer enquiries, says McGrath Estate Agents chief executive John McGrath, who is forecasting a “long and slowish recovery” over the next three to five years.
In his latest winter market review, McGrath, notes that in March, “the country’s largest mortgage broker, AFG, had its second biggest month ever in NSW since their index commenced in 2004 with $842 million in new lodgements”………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Asian property market sees double digit million dollar online portal deal

Posted on 13 June 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

PropertyGuru, which describes itself as Asia’s leading property portal group, has announced that it has secured a double digit million Singapore dollar strategic investment from ImmobilienScout24, Europe’s top property portal group and a subsidiary of global company Deutsche Telekom.
This is one of the biggest online deals in Asia this year, and re-enforces the rapidly emerging online media opportunity in South East Asia………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Asia’s real-estate markets show signs of cooling

Posted on 04 June 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Measures taken last year by Asian governments to cool their countries’ property markets are proving effective, according to a study by real-estate firm Knight Frank, though the intended slowdown is coming at a time when the global economy is hitting the brakes.
“These huge booms that we saw from 2009 to 2011 are coming off now,” said Nicholas Holt, research director at Knight Frank and author of the firm’s Asia Pacific Residential Review………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Asia pacific office market rents holding steady in Q2

Posted on 01 June 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

According to Jones Lang LaSalle’s regional market experts, office rents in Asia Pacific are holding steady in Q2 while more companies are maintaining a ‘wait and see’ approach to location decisions.
Jones Lang LaSalle’s Asia Pacific office leasing markets report for the second quarter of 2012 says those markets that were experiencing office rental declines in previous quarters are anticipating a slowdown in the rate of decline………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Australia: How red tape is holding up housing market

Posted on 01 June 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Bureaucratic obstacles are helping prop up Australia’s $4.5 trillion housing market and neutralising the biggest risk to the country’s mortgage bonds.
While affordability measures such as household debt and home cost-to-income multiples exceed peaks seen in the U.S., U.K. and Spain, prices in Australia are showing signs of stabilising after dropping 7.6 per cent from their November 2010 high. That’s because there’s one missing ingredient for a property collapse: oversupply………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Asia Pacific investment fell over 40 pct in Q1 2012

Posted on 24 May 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Asia Pacific investment fell by over 40 per cent in the first quarter of 2012, revealed the latest CB Richard Ellis report. The Capital Markets MarketView report, published by the global real estate services firm reported that investment fell 42 per cent quarter-on-quarter to US$ 11.6billion.
The downturn in investment can be correlated with calendar holidays during New Year. The removal of several assets from the market also contributed to the decrease in capital investment………………………………………..Full Article: Source

VietNam: Investors fleeing from resort real estate projects

Posted on 24 May 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

The investors, who believed that resort real estate, unlike other property market segments, would never fall into decay, have changed their thoughts and tried to run away from the market.
By the end of December 2011, the Binh Thuan provincial authorities had revoked the licenses of 165 real estate projects due to the investors’ delay in implementing the projects, including some huge ones………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Asia retail rents see sluggish growth as store expansions slow

Posted on 23 May 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Asia-Pacific retail rent growth “remains sluggish” as Europe’s debt crisis causes retailers to put expansion plans on ice, said property broker CBRE Group Inc. An index of 16 Asia-Pacific market rents recorded an increase of 0.4 percent in the three months ended March 31 from the prior quarter, CBRE said in an e-mailed report.
Hong Kong’s average prime rents rose 1.9 percent, slowing from the 3.3 percent growth recorded in the fourth quarter of 2011, while rents across south-east Asia and in Australia and New Zealand fell 0.3 percent………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Tokyo opens world’s tallest tower to about 200,000 people

Posted on 22 May 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

The Tokyo Skytree, twice as tall as the Eiffel Tower, and its surrounding retail and office complex opens today to an estimated 200,000 visitors.
Developer Tobu Railway Co., which expects the project to draw 32 million visitors in its first year, will hold an opening ceremony at 9:15 a.m. local time to be attended by Yoshizumi Nezu, president of the railway and retail group, and Noboru Yamazaki, mayor of Tokyo’s Sumida City ward………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Investments in Asia’s commercial, industrial real estate markets tumble 42pct in Q1, Hong Kong the exception

Posted on 17 May 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Is it a blip or a bump? Analysts aren’t sure as they ponder the 42 percent drop in Asian commercial and industrial real estate in the first quarter. Hong Kong was the exception. Investments doubled in that market, according to Los Angeles-based CBRE.
The recent CBRE research covers investments closed on offices, retail complexes and industrial facilities. The total investment for the January-March period totaled $11.6 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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How to repair Australia’s property sector

Posted on 16 May 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

At last we can see some improvement in the property market in Sydney and to a lesser extent in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The reason is definitely the lowering of interest rates. It is too early to say by how much the properties rose, but the effect is definite.
The migrant intake must grow by at least half a million people per annum. It is impossible to run a huge continent with 23 million people. It does not matter whether Prime Minister Gillard or Tony Abbott will rule the country. With migration rising there will be more need for accommodation and we must build more………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Real estate investment plunges 42pct in Asia Pacific

Posted on 15 May 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Major capital markets in Asia Pacific saw subdued sentiment in real estate investment in the first quarter of this year with the Chinese mainland recording a dive of 70 percent in volume, an industry report has found.
Investment volume across the region fell 42 percent quarter on quarter to US$11.6 billion during the three-month period ended on March 31, partly due to new year holidays in January and the high investment volume witnessed in the second half of 2011 which removed several assets from the market, CB Richard Ellis, the world’s largest commercial real estate services provider, said in its Asia Pacific Capital Markets Marketview report………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Billionaire Godrej sees growth in India with real estate

Posted on 14 May 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Indian billionaire Adi Godrej said real estate will deliver his company’s fastest growth over the next five years as foreign rivals such as Unilever Plc and Procter & Gamble Co. constrain his flagship consumer-goods unit.
“The strongest growth potential we see is in our property- development business,” Godrej, chairman of the Godrej Group, said in an interview at his office campus on the outskirts of Mumbai. “No one has any significant market share. It is divided among a large number of players.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Asia commercial real estate investment drops in 1st quarter

Posted on 09 May 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Commercial and industrial real estate investment in Asia tumbled 42% in the first quarter from the prior three-month period, signaling an across-the-board weakening, apart from Hong Kong where investment doubled, according to a report Tuesday by CBRE.
The transactions, involving offices, retail complexes and industrial facilities, totaled $11.6 billion for the quarter, CBRE said. The real estate services company said the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday dampened activity in the January to March period, while buoyant sales activity in the second half of last year was also a factor casting a softer tone on this year’s figures………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Asia Pacific Office Index reports slowing rent increases in Q1

Posted on 04 May 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

According to Jones Lang LaSalle’s Q1 Asia Pacific Office Index Report that monitors grade “A” net effective rents in 27 key markets in Asia Pacific, found that in the first quarter, compared to Q4 2011, rents increased in 13 markets, were static in three markets and declined in 11 markets.
Aggregate rental growth across the region in Q1 2012 averaged just 0.2 percent quarter on quarter, slowing further from 0.9 percent in the previous quarter………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Inside Australia’s housing shortage myth

Posted on 30 April 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

One of the great mysteries of real estate is the lack of strong rental growth in a land that allegedly has a chronic housing shortage crisis. The latest rental report from Australian Property Monitors – which covers the eight capital cities – records falling rentals in some markets, zero growth in most and small increases in a few.
The only market to deliver rent rises consistent with the so-called dwelling shortages is the Darwin housing market………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Australia: Housing industry encouraged by higher prices after 15 months of falls

Posted on 27 April 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

House prices throughout Australia grew slightly over the March quarter, the first positive news for the housing market in months.
Between January and March prices rose 0.9 per cent, the second consecutive quarter of growth, figures from property data provider Australian Property Monitors show.
The rise in prices over the last two quarters follows 15 straight months of falls, APM said. It also comes after a recent slump in building approvals, new home sales and lending………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Luxury properties in S’pore, HK ‘most sought after by the super-rich’

Posted on 02 April 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Luxury properties in the Republic and Hong Kong are the most sought after in the Asia-Pacific region by global high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs).
Both markets are known as “super prime” destinations for the rich to buy properties worth at least US$20 million (S$25.14 million) each. This is among the findings highlighted in The Wealth Report 2012, released by property consultancy Knight Frank and Citi Private Bank on Friday………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Asia preferred by investors in non-listed real estate funds

Posted on 28 March 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Investors in non-listed real estate vehicles will allocate more to funds in Asia than to funds in Europe, according to a comparison of the two markets carried out by INREV.
The European Association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles and its sister organization, ANREV – the Asian Association for Investors in Non- Listed Real Estate Vehicles………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Emerging South East Asian property markets grow stronger

Posted on 19 March 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Rental growth is being driven forward by strong occupier demand in emerging South East Asian economies claim market experts at Jones Lang LaSalle. Jakarta and Manila are expected to benefit from 6 to 8 per cent growth and 3 to 5 per cent growth respectively in grade A office rentals in the first quarter of 2012.
Established markets such as Hong Kong and Singapore will experience a decline in grade A rentals during the first quarter………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Australian housing market just a jobs crisis away from collapse

Posted on 19 March 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Stocks of unsold apartments and houses are growing as buyers desert the housing market. While the rate cuts late last year helped to stabilise property prices, the market remains vulnerable and would be threatened by any rise in unemployment.
Australia has so far been saved from the kind of housing market collapse witnessed in the US, Britain, Spain and Ireland by the lack of forced sellers………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Asia Pacific leads commercial real estate investment in 2012: DTZ Research

Posted on 09 March 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Asia Pacific continues to lead the way for commercial real estate investment with 33 per cent of investment capital expected to come from outside the region, according to the DTZ Research. Titled ‘The Great Wall of Money’, DTZ’s latest data shows increased levels of cross border investment into Asia Pacific as well as Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) during 2012.
While Asia Pacific continues to be a bright spot for investment, capital available for investment this year has declined 6 per cent to US$298 billion from an estimated US$316 billion as of mid-2011………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Vietnam: Real estate market needs restructuring: economic experts

Posted on 06 March 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

The government has stepped up efforts to open the real estate market of late, by attracting investments in low-income housing for poorer residents; however there is still a lot to be done in this sector.
According to economic experts, for successful restructuring of the real estate market, the government should support a switch from luxury housing to low-income housing, as well as warn businesses against depending too much on capital from banks………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Australia: Housing market on the upturn

Posted on 02 March 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Home values have turned a corner after months of declines, with new research showing prices on both units and houses rose last month. Capital city dwelling values, a measure that combines prices on houses and units, improved by 0.8 per cent during February, according to RP Data-Rismark’s home value index.
The result follows a 1 per cent fall in capital city home prices in January when far fewer homes were for sale………………………………………….Full Article: Source

Aussie property slowdown has just begun

Posted on 27 February 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

These days it’s cheaper to buy a home in the playground of New York’s rich and famous, The Hamptons, than it is to buy in most Australian capital cities. Home prices in New York’s beachside retreat fell 13% last year, and are expected to tank again this year.
Today, the median sale price in The Hamptons, the home of Madonna and Lady Gaga, is US$780,000, which equates to $726,828 in Australian dollars. For this money, you’d be lucky to pick up a fibro cottage in Brisbane or a pokey townhouse in Newtown………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Australian offices ’set to outperform other commercial assets

Posted on 23 February 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

The value of offices down under has been predicted to rise above other commercial property in Australia. A survey from National Australia Bank (NAB) showed that capital city office values will grow by three per cent in the next couple of years, including a 1.6 per cent rise by December 2012, Bloomberg revealed.
Despite this boost for office properties, the report showed retail real estate values will drop by 0.5 per cent by December, while the industrial property market will be static………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Asia Pacific property transactions fall in Q4 2011

Posted on 22 February 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

A quarterly report released by the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA) and Real Capital Analytics showed a 32 percent decline in real estate transactions in the Asia Pacific to only US$85.3 billion (RM257.89 billion), year-on-year as of 31 December 2011.
“It moderated by as much as 18 percent since the end of the third quarter last year,” added the report………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Asian property funds must ‘improve’ transparency – ANREV

Posted on 22 February 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Asian property funds lack transparency, nearly two-thirds of respondents of a new survey by the Asian non-listed real estate fund association ANREV have said.
In the organisation’s fifth annual Investment Intentions Asia Survey 2012, nearly 80 industry responses also showed China to be the focus of many investors’ attention, with Chinese retail units the preferred choice for both investors and fund-of-fund managers………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Real estate sales volumes in Asia Pacific down 32pct

Posted on 21 February 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Real estate transaction volumes in Asia Pacific as at 31 December 2011 decreased by 32% year-on-year to US$85.3 billion, and have moderated 18% since the end of Q3, according to a quarterly report produced by the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA), which promotes and represents the Asia Pacific real estate asset class, and Real Capital Analytics (RCA).
Peter Mitchell, CEO of APREA, commented, “Concerns over the Eurozone debt crisis contributed to the moderation in the fourth quarter. A strong performance by Singapore helped mitigate the declines in other countries.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Property boom predicted in the Philippines during 2012

Posted on 15 February 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

The Philippine’s property market is bracing itself for a strong 2012 with interest rates down and an expected increase in foreign investment. The real estate firm CBRE believes the current economic downturn in Europe will force companies to outsource operations to Asia.
“The outsourcing story is no longer questioned, just accepted—with the only question being the pace of expansion,” said Rick Santos chairman of CBRE Philippines………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Asia real-estate bull turns bearish

Posted on 09 February 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Asia’s gradually cooling property markets aren’t the great buys they once were, according to one expert in the region, who says better bargains can be found in the depressed markets in the West.
Tim Murphy, the Hong Kong-based chief executive officer of property advisory group IP Global, says he’s telling his clients to look more towards New York and San Francisco for deals, although London also ranks well in terms of rental yield in some projects………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Asian luxury markets slowing

Posted on 07 February 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Values of residential property in the world’s prime cities rose only 0.2 per cent in the last quarter of 2011, shows the latest Knight Frank Prime Global Cities Index.

According to the index, which tracks the performance of the world’s leading luxury residential markets, prices rose 3 per cent overall in 2011, while the last half of the year saw the pace of growth slowing down considerably……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Luxury home prices in Asia expected to slide further

Posted on 02 February 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Prices of luxury homes in eight key Asian markets are expected to slide further this year as the impact of new government cooling measures become more visible.
In the latest Asia Pacific Residential Index by property consultancy firm Jones Lang LaSalle, prices of high-end homes in Hong Kong fell the most - dropping by 3.3 per cent in the fourth quarter - while those in Shanghai declined by 0.5 per cent from the third quarter………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Australian property market stalls on eurozone concerns

Posted on 02 February 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

The seasonal summer downturn in home prices and sales has been worsened by concerns among potential buyers about the eurozone, according to a leading economist. New official statistics out today reveal that home prices in Melbourne fell by 1.6 per cent in the December quarter - among a one per cent drop nationally - more than economists expected.
Melbourne was the only city where new home prices fell in the December quarter - by 0.3 per cent, the Bureau of Statistics figures showed………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Office rents, capital value growth in Asia Pacific moderate in 4Q

Posted on 01 February 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

According to Jones Lang LaSalle’s latest Asia Pacific Office Index, office markets in Asia Pacific experienced mixed fortunes in the fourth quarter of 2011. Despite a slowdown in average office rental growth and capital values, growth in some markets continued whilst others saw a slowdown in growth rates.
Rental growth in most major markets slowed in the final three months of 2011. Of the 27 featured office markets, only 14 saw an increase in net effective rents while for the remainder rents stabilised or recorded declines. Aggregate rental growth across the region averaged just 0.9 percent quarter-on-quarter, slowing from 2.5 percent in the previous quarter………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Australia December capital city house prices down 0.2pct -RP Data

Posted on 31 January 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Australian monthly house prices declined in December, adding to growing concern among banks and property firms that a deterioration in prices across the country will resume this year.
The December decline came just a month after house prices rose for the first time in a year in November. That gain was supported by the first interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank of Australia since early 2009, and occurred ahead of the removal of a tax exemption for certain purchases………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Housing market healthy - but prices will slip, ANZ says

Posted on 31 January 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Home prices will continue to weaken - but only because of subdued sentiment by buyers rather than fundamental problems in the market, according to a report on the health of the sector. ANZ analysis suggests that home prices should continue to ‘‘drift sideways to slightly lower through 2012’’ as buyers’ attitudes towards housing remain cautious in the year ahead.
‘‘Economic fundamentals suggest this weaker momentum is being driven mainly by a shift in market sentiment rather than any significant forced liquidation of housing due to financial stress,’’ ANZ senior economist David Cannington writes in the report published today………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Australia: Property taking longer to sell as stock levels hit record highs in some areas: RP Data

Posted on 24 January 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

The glut of property sitting unsold on the market means 2012 buyers could find reduced prices in capital city markets given vendors face lengthy blowouts in the number of days on market before sale.
Premium housing has recorded the highest blowout in the average time on market before sale, according to a RP Data survey. Perth’s Cottesloe houses are currently taking up to 160 days to sell, up by 74 days over the year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Delhi, Mumbai slip in APAC realty rankings, Bangalore holds on

Posted on 17 January 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Delhi and Mumbai have slipped in an Asia-Pacific real estate investment opportunities list for 2012 owing to economic and inflationary issues, says a joint report by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PwC.
The report, titled, ‘Emerging Trends in Real Estate Asia-Pacific 2012′, found Delhi and Mumbai dropped from fifth and third place in last year’s list of real estate investment prospects to 12th and 15th position, respectively, in 2012………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Brighter outlook for Australia’s housing market

Posted on 17 January 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

The number of home loans approved in November has beaten market expectations and the prospects for 2012 look good, economists say. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said today the number of mortgages approved in November rose 1.4 per cent to 46,953.
Macquarie senior economist Brian Redican said the data was encouraging. “Definitely, we are seeing a step in the right direction,” he said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Australia’s housing bubble is finally ending and prices will fall

Posted on 12 January 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Mortgage debt is by far the largest component of debt in Australia today—government debt, which is the focus of political debate, is trivial by comparison (a quick caveat though—finance sector debt may be larger again than mortgage debt, if this claim, sourced from Morgan Stanley, is accurate— since it shows Australia’s aggregate private debt ratio as almost equal to the USA’s).
The household debt to income ratio may have topped out now, after growing fivefold in the last two decades………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Asia-Pacific underpinning commercial real estate growth

Posted on 11 January 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

The Asia-Pacific region has been a strong driver of global commercial real estate growth, but the US market is on an uneven road to recovery, according to a Deloitte report on the outlook for 2012.

Deloitte Australia real estate partner Alex Collinson said the Asia-Pacific has had the largest share of global real estate transactions since 2009, which was due to the relatively faster growth of Asian economies since the global financial crisis…………………………………….Full Article: Source

Gains and losses for Malaysian developers

Posted on 06 January 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

One person’s loss is another person’s gain. That is the lesson for Malaysian property developers who may see increased investor interest on the back of the latest cooling measures in Singapore.
The additional taxes on property purchases for both locals and foreigners in the Lion City are expected to have investors looking for opportunities elsewhere, especially in Malaysia’s special economic development zone, Johor, where property will appear to be cheaper as a result………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Thailand: Real estate firms prepare for future floods

Posted on 04 January 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Location, location, location has been a byword for all parties related to the real estate industry for a long time. This word is still applicable in all situations, even in the country’s worst inundation last year. People are now looking for non-flooded locations.
Flooding has become a new decision-making factor to consider when buying a house, acquiring land and approving home loans and it will also affect the design of houses, condominiums and property projects which will all require flood-protection systems………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Realty 2012: Optimistic or pessimistic?

Posted on 03 January 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Owning a property is a major investment for Indians. The market is experiencing sluggish economic growth yet there are movements in real estate industry. With the end of 2011, People are eagerly waiting to know the real estate market of the Year 2012. Previous year, the demand and supply market was consistently low on record which is why it is now a big question whether the New Year market will bring boon or hindrance?
Prominent people and real estate analysts have expressed their viewpoints towards the market of 2012 such as:……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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