Opalesque Real Estate Briefing http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing Daily global real estate investment news Mon, 26 Aug 2013 06:03:33 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.5.1 en Canadian house prices edge higher in April http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62542 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62542#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 00:49:48 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62542 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62542>Article Link</a> Canadian home prices rose in April from March as three strong cities in Western Canada more than offset weak showings elsewhere, while the annual gain in prices slowed, the Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price Index showed on Tuesday. (more…)

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Canada: Flaherty dismisses worries over housing market amid ‘healthy’ correction http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62541 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62541#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 00:49:26 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62541 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62541>Article Link</a> Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is dismissing fears about Canada’s housing market, saying the current slowdown is welcome news and that there is no need for further government intervention. (more…)

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US: A reality check on real estate http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62540 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62540#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 00:49:10 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62540 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62540>Article Link</a> New statistics on the real estate market show home prices have risen by about 9% over the past year. Does this mean that real estate is back? On April 30, the Standard & Poors/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices release showed that a composite of real estate prices in 20 major metropolitan markets had increased by 9.3% over the past year, the best annual gain since May 2006. (more…)

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Trulia: It’s still a housing rebound, not a bubble http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62539 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62539#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 00:48:51 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62539 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62539>Article Link</a> Home prices today are rising nearly as fast as they did during the peak bubble years of 2005 and 2006. Since that bubble helped push us into the Great Recession, we should all be on high alert for the next housing bubble. (more…)

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UK housing demand and home prices rise strongly, surveyors say http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62538 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62538#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 00:48:35 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62538 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62538>Article Link</a> The post-recession recovery of the UK housing market revival is in full swing, an industry survey has shown. New buying inquiries soared last month and home prices continued to rise as property investment sentiment benefitted from government initiatives that give potential buyers greater access to mortgages. (more…)

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Gov’t schemes boosting housing market: Rics http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62537 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62537#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 00:48:17 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62537 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62537>Article Link</a> Demand for property rose to its highest level in over three years during April, as the government’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme began to make an impact on the UK’s housing market, the latest residential market survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has revealed. (more…)

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George Osborne’s housing market sweeteners set to leave a bitter taste http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62536 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62536#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 00:48:01 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62536 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62536>Article Link</a> Boosting the housing market to provide a feelgood factor is unlikely to work in the long term – and an economic study from Denmark suggests it won’t work in the short term either. (more…)

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British Land to exit mainland Europe amid economic woes http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62535 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62535#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 00:47:46 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62535 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62535>Article Link</a> British Land is looking to exit its £255m retail property business in mainland Europe after their assets lost almost a fifth of their value on the back of the economic crisis in Spain and Portugal. (more…)

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German real estate funds in the Euro crisis: Solid returns in local markets http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62534 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62534#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 00:47:13 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62534 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62534>Article Link</a> First quarter 2013 results for German institutional property funds and German retail property funds stood at 0.3% and 0.0% respectively. In both groups of funds, those vehicles invested in Germany substantially outperformed European-targeted funds. (more…)

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JLL: Good beginning to the year for the investment market in Poland http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62533 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62533#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 00:46:57 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62533 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62533>Article Link</a> The period from January to the end of April of 2013 in Poland came in strong with an investment volume of €748 million. So far, the office sector has the largest share 2013 transactions (€424 million), followed by industrial (€184 million) and retail (€126 million), with the hotel sector rounding things off with €14 million. (more…)

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Real estate development in Moscow! What will those crazy Russians think of next? http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62532 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62532#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 00:46:38 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62532 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62532>Article Link</a> Moscow is one of the world’s most expensive cities. It can vary a bit depending on who’s doing the ranking, but for the past several years Moscow usually comes in 3rd place after Tokyo, Japan and Luanda, Angola. It’s true that some of Moscow’s most ridiculously priced items are not housing-related, and it’s equally true that the Moscow real estate market is hardly the world’s most liquid or liberal, but housing in Moscow, as any expat can attest, is very, very expensive. (more…)

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S.Arabia: Residential construction industry ‘very competitive’ http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62531 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62531#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 00:46:24 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62531 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62531>Article Link</a> Actual demand for housing in the Kingdom is huge and the supply doesn’t meet the demand. “Saudi Arabia is a major player in the region both in political and economical terms; today the government is spending billions of dollars in infrastructure development, which is why we are noticing a new hub for infrastructure development in the region,” says Hossam Al-Rashoud, CEO of Maskan Arabia. (more…)

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Doha residential realty market remains stable http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62530 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62530#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 00:46:09 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62530 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62530>Article Link</a> The residential property market in Doha appears to be stable and may see steady growth both in outright sales and rentals in the upcoming quarters, according to Al Asmakh Real Estate report. (more…)

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Demand for office space in Asia Pacific subdued http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62529 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62529#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 00:45:53 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62529 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62529>Article Link</a> Leasing activity in Asia Pacific’s Tier 1 office markets remained generally subdued in the first quarter of 2013, according to real estate advisory firm Jones Lang LaSalle, in its latest Asia Pacific Office Index. (more…)

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China: Property market maintains stable growth momentum http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62528 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62528#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 00:45:36 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62528 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62528>Article Link</a> Investment rises 21.1% in past four months, sales value eases to 59.8%. China’s real estate investment growth quickened in the first four months of the year, but property sales growth dipped slightly due to the government’s latest round of policy tightening. (more…)

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Hong Kong property investors switch search to overseas markets http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62527 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62527#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 00:45:05 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62527 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62527>Article Link</a> A growing number of Hong Kong property investors are shifting their investment focus offshore - prompting local brokers to widen their sales’ lists in order to capture commissions on deals taking place overseas. (more…)

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Coming soon to Singapore: Relief for home buyers, renters http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62526 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62526#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 00:44:39 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62526 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62526>Article Link</a> A flood of new homes is headed toward Singapore and it will carry with it a buyer’s market, analysts say. Developers in Singapore are already offering discounts and freebies such as furniture vouchers and will probably give away more expensive “toys”–maybe even cars–as new properties begin hitting the market in force, says Chris Comer, CEO of Castlewood Group, developer of Nikki Beach properties in Asia. (more…)

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NZ housing market overcooked: IMF http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62525 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62525#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 00:44:11 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62525 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62525>Article Link</a> New Zealand housing is already overvalued by about 25 percent and if it continues to rise may force the Reserve Bank to hike interest rates, according to the International Monetary Fund. (more…)

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Housing improvement may herald return of U.S. workforce mobility http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62498 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62498#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 03:15:21 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62498 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62498>Article Link</a> While far from their 2006 peak, home prices in major metropolitan areas have been rising since early 2012. If that persists, it should make it easier for Americans to move and for employers to match job seekers with available jobs, lowering the jobless rate and increasing overall economic productivity and growth.
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Distortions of US housing markets http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62497 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62497#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 03:12:05 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62497 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62497>Article Link</a> Housing is usually more stable because the motivations of the buyers are for long-term occupancy rather than exclusively for profit. But by rigging the market toward speculators, the Fed may have queered the pitch. (more…)

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US housing groups to launch IPOs http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62496 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62496#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 03:11:35 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62496 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62496>Article Link</a> A handful of companies that rent houses to single families are preparing to launch initial public offerings on the US stock market as their private equity and hedge fund owners take advantage of investor interest in the US housing recovery. (more…)

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Sign of another U.S. housing market bubble? http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62495 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62495#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 03:11:00 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62495 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62495>Article Link</a> All you have to do is look at a price chart of Lennar Corp to see the proof that the U.S. housing market is on the mend. Since January 2012, shares of the Miami, Fl.-based new homebuilder have more than doubled. (more…)

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Is the Canadian housing market falling apart? http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62494 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62494#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 03:10:38 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62494 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62494>Article Link</a> Home prices in the greater Vancouver area are down 3.9 percent from a year ago, according to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. In West Vancouver, which is sometimes said to be the wealthiest municipality in Canada, home prices have fallen 5.6 percent. Sales are down 20 percent from a year ago. (more…)

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European retail volumes reach EUR5bln in Q1 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62493 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62493#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 03:10:15 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62493 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62493>Article Link</a> European retail real estate investment totalled €5.1 bn in the first quarter of 2013, up nearly 60% on the year-earlier period, according to Jones Lang LaSalle. (more…)

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U.K. house-price gauge rises to highest in almost three years http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62492 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62492#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 03:09:56 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62492 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62492>Article Link</a> A U.K. house-price gauge rose to the highest in almost three years last month as government measures to support the housing market spurred demand, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said. (more…)

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House prices rise for first time since mid-2010, finds surveyors report http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62491 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62491#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 03:09:01 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62491 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62491>Article Link</a> Government measures responsible for pickup in demand that has yet to be matched by increase in supply, says Rics. Fresh evidence that Britain’s housing market is recovering from its long post-recession torpor has emerged as estate agents report the first upward trend in house prices in almost three years. (more…)

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UK commercial property total return increases to 0.6pct http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62490 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62490#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 03:08:44 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62490 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62490>Article Link</a> UK commercial property performance remained largely unchanged at the All Property level in April, according to the latest CBRE UK Monthly Index. Total return increased from 0.5% in March to 0.6% in April, with the annual return also picking up to 3.1% for the year to April 2013. However, capital values remained flat, and have declined by -2.8% over the course of the last twelve months. (more…)

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German asset managers join forces to launch US property boutique http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62489 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62489#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 03:08:28 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62489 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62489>Article Link</a> A German asset management boutique and a US property investor, both based in Germany, have launched a joint venture to create a new company targeting institutional and private clients looking to invest in US real estate. (more…)

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Spain home expropriation plans seen violating EU bailout http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62488 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62488#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 03:08:13 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62488 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62488>Article Link</a> Spanish politicians trying to cushion the blows of austerity plan to seize foreclosed homes to house the needy, discouraging foreign investment and threatening to violate terms of the European bailout of the country’s banks. (more…)

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Turnover of real estate market in Azerbaijan grew by 40pct up to AZN 900 mln for past quarter http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62487 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62487#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 03:07:47 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62487 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62487>Article Link</a> The Central Bank of Azerbaijan reports that turnover of country’s residential property market for 1st quarter of 2013 increased by 40.1% against the same term of 2012. In 2012 the index grew by 24.86% against 2011. (more…)

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18.3pct price increase puts Dubai among world’s hottest property markets http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62486 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62486#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 03:07:32 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62486 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62486>Article Link</a> Property prices in Dubai rose 18.3 per cent in the past one year (March 2012 to March 2013), with the emirate maintaining it’s position among the top five best performing real estate markets in the world, according to a new report. (more…)

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Dubai: Hiring spree as property market rebounds http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62485 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62485#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 03:06:45 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62485 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62485>Article Link</a> Property brokerage firms in Dubai are on a hiring spree with hundreds of new brokers likely to join company rosters in coming months. The local firms have stepped up hiring following Dubai property transactions rising 63 per cent to Dh44 billion in first quarter 2013 following rising global investor confidence in the emirate’s realty sector. (more…)

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Average property prices rise across most of Asia in first quarter of 2013 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62484 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62484#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 03:05:38 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62484 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62484>Article Link</a> Average luxury property prices in Asia are continuing to increase with only Hong Kong and Singapore seeing values fall, according to the latest residential index from Jones Lang LaSalle. (more…)

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Mumbai property rates soar 66pct in 4 years http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62483 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62483#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 03:05:00 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62483 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62483>Article Link</a> The Mumbai residential property rates, touted as the most costliest in India, appreciated by a whopping 66% during the last four years, quashing reports of an ‘imminent correction’, according to a report. Other satellite areas such as Thane and Navi Mumbai saw an even steeper rise in property prices compared to Mumbai’s average increase, growing by 70% and 74%, respectively. (more…)

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China April home sales fall 13pct as property curbs take toll http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62482 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62482#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 03:04:24 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62482 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62482>Article Link</a> China’s home sales transaction value fell 13 percent in April from the previous month as the government’s new property curbs started to take effect. (more…)

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China: Property market slows as panic subsides http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62481 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62481#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 03:02:52 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62481 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62481>Article Link</a> The value of new home purchases in China rose at a slower pace in the first four months with home seekers feeling less panicky in April compared to a hectic March. (more…)

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China likely to ease property controls by year-end -Former PBOC Adviser http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62480 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62480#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 03:02:06 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62480 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62480>Article Link</a> China’s policymakers will likely ease back on controls over the property market by the end of the year as such measures could hurt growth, a former academic adviser to the nation’s central bank said Monday. (more…)

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Australian March home-loan approvals rise by most in four years http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62479 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62479#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 03:00:43 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62479 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=62479>Article Link</a> Australian home-loan approvals rose the most in four years in March as central bank interest-rate cuts lured buyers into the market. (more…)

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10 hottest U.S. housing markets of 2013 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61989 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61989#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 02:39:42 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61989 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61989>Article Link</a> After a long and painful downturn in the housing market, home prices in many—but not all—regions of the U.S. are showing signs of recovery. According to Zillow, a real estate listing website, home values rose 5.1% across the U.S. between February 2012 and February 2013. (more…)

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Housing recovery opens window to fix homeowner tax breaks http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61988 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61988#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 02:39:29 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61988 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61988>Article Link</a> The U.S. housing market continues to recover. This week, we learned that the number of homeowners who are newly delinquent on their mortgages has fallen to pre-2007 levels. Housing prices also rose 9.3 percent in February for the biggest year-to-year advance since May 2006. To top it off, Fannie Mae, the government-owned mortgage financier, said it is returning $59.4 billion to taxpayers after a record quarterly profit. (more…)

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U.S. housing market: 5 things every homebuyer needs to know right now http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61987 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61987#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 02:39:10 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61987 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61987>Article Link</a> The U.S. housing market’s recovery is gaining momentum, but there are still a number of issues for homebuyers to be cautious of.To get to the bottom of what’s really going on in the housing market, we talked to Gerri Willis, author of “Home Rich”, about the key things homebuyers need to know in today’s challenging market. (more…)

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Is this the spring for real estate? http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61986 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61986#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 02:38:54 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61986 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61986>Article Link</a> Real estate enthusiasts are well aware of the seasonal strength usually seen in the business in the springtime. However, so far this season it has been hard to find sign of a spring fling, save perhaps in the performance of the iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate ETF (IYR), up 16% year-to-date through May 8. (more…)

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Cuba’s real estate market on the rise http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61985 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61985#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 02:38:38 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61985 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61985>Article Link</a> In some ways, Yosuan Crespo’s real estate office resembles any you might find in New York, London or Tokyo. There are slick posters of hot properties hanging from the ceiling, a steady stream of hopeful buyers and sellers and a constant clack of computer keys. (more…)

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UK: Housing market ‘most positive’ in five years, says housebuilder Barratt http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61984 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61984#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 02:38:26 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61984 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61984>Article Link</a> The housing market is at its strongest in five years, according to Barratt Developments, Britain’s biggest housebuilder. “The present market backdrop, in terms of consumer demand and mortgage supply, is the most positive we have seen for five years,” Barratt said in a trading update on Tuesday. “The group expects to deliver a significant year-on-year improvement in operating profit.” (more…)

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In London, an underground real-estate revolution http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61983 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61983#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 02:38:10 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61983 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61983>Article Link</a> A new $23 billion rail link in London could transform the property landscape around key stations as developers pour in; analysts predict big price bumps for Tottenham Court Road and Canary Wharf. (more…)

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Dubai: Delinking valuations from real estate cycles http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61982 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61982#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 02:37:58 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61982 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61982>Article Link</a> Valuations should be based on solid surmises rather than led by demand spikes. “It usually takes five or six years to recover from a downturn” — such a statement was repeatedly used by many after the Dubai property market’s decline in 2008… and they were right. (more…)

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Dubai ready to launch $500 million property fund http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61981 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61981#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 02:37:40 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61981 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61981>Article Link</a> A $500 million investment fund targeting distressed and stalled properties in Dubai should be operational by the end of the year, according to the fund’s chief executive. (more…)

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Real estate markets in the emirate of Sharja remain resilient says Cluttons http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61980 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61980#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 02:37:23 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61980 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61980>Article Link</a> The real estate market in Sharjah remains resilient and is one of the Emirate’s top performing sectors, according to the latest report from property firm Cluttons. (more…)

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India: Weak demand for real estate may continue in June quarter http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61979 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61979#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 02:37:07 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61979 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61979>Article Link</a> India’s real estate market is likely to continue to remain sluggish in the quarter ending 30 June and developers may have to drop prices to revive demand for offices and homes, according to industry reports and analysts. (more…)

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Consolidation in China’s property sector appears underway http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61978 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61978#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 02:36:33 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61978 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61978>Article Link</a> A long time coming, consolidation in China’s property sector seems to finally be starting. State-owned Greenland Holding Group Co. late Wednesday said it bought a 60% stake in luxury property developer SPG Land Holdings Ltd. for US$389 million, the largest-ever acquisition of a controlling stake in a Hong Kong-listed Chinese real estate developer by value. (more…)

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Australia: Confused by reports on what the property market is doing? You’re not alone http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61977 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61977#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 02:36:11 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61977 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61977>Article Link</a> Did city prices stagnate in the March quarter? Or did they show moderate growth? Or perhaps they rose strongly? All three interpretations are possible, depending on which information source you choose to highlight. (more…)

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Canada: Housing starts fall 3.5pct in April as market faces ‘new reality’ http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61976 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61976#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 02:48:05 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61976 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61976>Article Link</a> Housing starts cooled in April, suggesting that home builders are scaling back construction in the wake of the decline in home sales. And, notably, the consensus estimate among economists for this important spring month was virtually bang on. (more…)

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Moody’s: US commercial property market outlook broadly stable in 1Q 2013 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61975 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61975#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 02:47:48 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61975 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61975>Article Link</a> The outlook for the major US property markets was broadly stable in the first quarter, consistent with the generally slow pace of both construction and absorption, the supply and demand components of real estate, according to Moody’s Investors Service’s Red-Yellow-Green quarterly property assessment. (more…)

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Winners of the investor-led housing recovery http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61974 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61974#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 02:47:33 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61974 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61974>Article Link</a> The housing market recovery is gaining momentum, but it’s not your average homebuyer behind the push, it’s investors. Low interest rates and recuperating home prices have investors flocking to the market to find bargains and they’re pricing out traditional buyers. (more…)

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Is the U.S. housing market shortage just a mirage? http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61973 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61973#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 02:47:16 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61973 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61973>Article Link</a> Thanks to the near-record-low interest rates, many Americans are ready to jump back into the housing market. Unfortunately, many are running into one obstacle—there aren’t enough homes for sale. That’s a good sign, though! After all, a leading indicator of economic growth is a healthy housing market, and a lack of housing should mean that builders can’t keep up with demand. (more…)

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US housing market passes half way mark in return of ‘normal’ http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61972 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61972#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 02:46:58 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61972 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61972>Article Link</a> Most of us already realize “normal” is relative. Yet, we are only human. And as such, we can scarcely stop ourselves from the very-human behavior of seizing every available opportunity to try to quantify and define the term. (more…)

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Fund targets Latin American housing http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61971 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61971#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 02:46:43 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61971 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61971>Article Link</a> The U.S. government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation is investing $100 million in Paladin Realty Latin America Investors IV, a fund targeting housing development in Latin America. Paladin aims to build 12,000 affordable housing units for Latin America’s growing workforce, particularly first-time home. (more…)

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JLL: European logistics markets remain stable despite subdued Eurozone outlook http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61970 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61970#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 02:46:16 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61970 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61970>Article Link</a> The Q1 2013 European logistics real estate take-up market continued to demonstrate steady performance, according to the latest analysis from Jones Lang LaSalle. Germany was once again the most active European market, whilst Spain was the only other market to demonstrate growth. Completions have fallen, but six million sq m of space under construction is the highest amount since 2008, demonstrating the confidence in the sector. (more…)

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UK: House prices rise in April, says Halifax http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61969 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61969#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 02:45:48 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61969 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61969>Article Link</a> Prices rose 1.1% over the month and 2% over the year, but significant constraints remain on housing demand, according to the bank. House prices continued on their upward trajectory in April, partly driven by a big drop in the level of new borrower’s mortgage payments in relation to their income over the past six years, according to the Halifax. (more…)

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London hotel real estate more attractive than New York http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61968 http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61968#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 02:45:31 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61968 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Realestate_Briefing/?p=61968>Article Link</a> London is outpacing New York in the real estate market - especially with wealthy buyers from overseas, analysts say. InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is still waiting to sell the InterContinental New York Barclay hotel, one of its limited number of trophy properties, but it had no problem marketing another of its key assets in London recently. (more…)

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