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Real Estate Briefing - Archive | April, 2012

The world’s hottest real estate markets

Posted on 30 April 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Global real estate markets had a forgettable last year, with prices rising a paltry 0.5 percent, leading to gloomy forecasts for 2012. But over the past five years, prices have registered huge gains, sparking fears of an asset bubble and concerns over the impact of high household debt.
We’ve put together a list of the world’s 10 hottest property markets based on research by global real estate consultancy Knight Frank, which ranks countries according to highest average growth in housing prices from the fourth quarter of 2006 to the same period in 2011………………………………………..Full Article: Source

US: Housing ends slide but faces a long bottom

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Nearly six years after home prices started falling, more U.S. housing markets appear to be nearing a new phase: a prolonged bottom.
Hitting a bottom, of course, isn’t the same as a full-fledged recovery, which is still years off for many housing markets—as well as for millions of people who purchased homes or took cash out during the bubble. The good news is that housing construction and home sales appear to have hit a floor………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Has the housing market finally hit bottom?

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Housing and jobs: these are the two keys to the economic recovery really taking off, and while we’ve gotten some positive news on the jobs front recently, real estate prices have more or less continued to decline steadily since their peak in 2007.
Housing represents a huge portion of yearly GDP, but more than that it is most consumers main source of wealth. If home prices are rising, so are American’s net worth, and increased wealth will usually lead to increased confidence and spending………………………………………..Full Article: Source

European office rents soften: JLL

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Prime office rents in Europe fell by 0.3% in Q1 2012, according to the Jones Lang LaSalle European Office Index. This is the first overall recorded reduction in rents since Q4 2009.
The net reduction masked both rises and falls across several prime office rental markets. Falls were recorded in Brussels (-5.0%), Madrid (-1.9%), Barcelona (-1.4%) and Paris (-1.2%) whilst rental increases were recorded in Luxembourg (+5.3%), Stockholm (+2.4%) and Hamburg (+2.1%)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

U.K. house prices rise in demand boost that may fade

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U.K. house prices rose in April for a second month, according to Hometrack Ltd., which said gains may not be sustained as demand fails to keep up with supply.
Values rose 0.1 percent from March, when they increased 0.2 percent, the London-based property research company said in an e-mailed report today. An indicator of demand rose at half the pace seen in the previous month………………………………………..Full Article: Source

UK: South ‘driving house price rises’

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House prices have risen for the second month in a row, but the whole of the increase has been driven by London and the South, a study found.
Prices increased by 0.1% on average across England and Wales in April, but they were either static or fell in the North, the Midlands and Wales, property analyst Hometrack said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Germans lead cross-border dealmaker ranking in Benelux

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Germans fund managers were the largest cross-border investment group in the Benelux region last year.
Data compiled by PropertyEU Research on transactions of large deals of EUR 20 mln and above indicates the Germans accounted for EUR 660 mln of investment in the Netherlands last year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Portuguese index posts positive performance in 2011

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Portuguese property funds delivered a positive performance of 1.2% in 2011, according to the APFIPP/ IPD Portugal Property Fund Index just released.
The index is based on a sample of 37 property funds with a combined total value of assets under management of EUR 7 bn. It reports annual returns, released on a quarterly basis………………………………………..Full Article: Source

House prices rise for second month in a row

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House prices rose by 0.1% in April, according to new figures. This is less than the 0.2% rise recorded in March, but it’s still the second month in a row that prices have increased.
However, ‘a clear divide’ continues to grow between London and the rest of the country, according to property website Hometrack………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Dubai investors to get full refund if developers default on handover

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Property investors in Dubai will be eligible for cancellation of their contracts and may seek “full” refunds if the real estate developer fails to provide the promised unit or services within a specific timeframe, according to a proposed new Investor Protection Law.
From a delay in handing over of units to a failure to deliver promised facilities as per the sales contract, the proposed law gives property investors in Dubai the right to seek cancellation of their contracts and get “full” refunds………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Kuwait: Housing units for expat laborers almost ready

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Major works on the housing units for expatriate laborers in Shadadiyyah and Subhan have been completed and both projects will be handed over to the Ministry of Finance in May, says Director for Expatriate Labor Housing Projects Hayel Al-Mutairi.
Al-Mutairi explained the two projects are aimed at providing better accommodation for the expatriate workers, affirming the Ministry of Finance will appoint a certain government department to manage these residential areas after its Social Affairs and Labor counterpart issues a decision in this regard………………………………………..Full Article: Source

What housing? India’s realty sector data is an opaque house

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In India, no matter how much you want to, you cannot do any analysis because the data does not exist. Despite the centrality of real estate prices in the economy, as well as in the lives of people, these are an almost completely opaque part of the Indian economy.
This is all the more galling because with financial savings less developed than the western countries, real estate (along with gold) is a much bigger part of people’s savings………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Inside Australia’s housing shortage myth

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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

Property market waits for RBA rate cut, but experts warn banks hold all the power

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The property market is begging for a cut to the official interest rate tomorrow, but experts warn everything depends on the big four banks, and whether they will decide to follow the Reserve Bank’s actions.
The comments come as the auctions market dropped to a new low in Sydney, while remaining steady in Melbourne, although listings are still well under the same levels recorded last year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Pending sales of U.S. existing homes increased 4.1pct in March

Posted on 27 April 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Signed contracts to buy U.S. homes rose more than forecast in March as low interest rates drew buyers back into the market. The index of pending home purchases rose 4.1 percent to 101.4, the highest level since April 2010, after a 0.4 percent gain in February that was revised from a previously estimated 0.5 percent drop, the National Association of Realtors reported today in Washington.
The median forecast of 43 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News called for a 1 percent rise in the measure, which tracks contracts on previously owned homes………………………………………..Full Article: Source

A healthier real estate market, but for whom?

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Liz FarmerWashington has artificially limited the supply of buildings, and that has resulted in a tight market with high prices. That’s great if you’re an incumbent owner of a building. It’s not so good if you’re someone who wants to be able to afford to live or start a business there.

Caps on development can prevent vacancy and make a city look “full” and “built out.” But this comes at a real cost—higher rents and lost opportunities for economic growth………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Falling U.S. home prices drag new buyers under water

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More than 1 million Americans who have taken out mortgages in the past two years now owe more on their loans than their homes are worth, and Federal Housing Administration loans that require only a tiny down payment are partly to blame.

That figure, provided to Reuters by tracking firm CoreLogic, represents about one out of 10 home loans made during that period………………………………………..Full Article: Source

U.S. housing market may see `little boomlets’ (Video)

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Karl Case, co-creator of the S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values in 20 U.S. cities, and Michael Feder, chief executive officer of Radar Logic Inc., talk about the U.S. housing market. They speak on Bloomberg Television’s InBusiness With Margaret Brennan.……………………………………….Full Article: Source

America’s cleanest cities

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When it comes to ozone levels and year-round smog, these cities have the top air quality in the nation, according to the American Lung Association’s State of the Air rankings for 2012.
If you’re looking to breathe easier, look no further than Santa Fe. It took the top spot for cleanest air in all three of the American Lung Association’s pollution categories: ozone, as well as short-term and year-round particle pollution………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Canadian waiting game for U.S. property ending

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A report by BMO says the waiting game for Canadians interested in buying U.S. real estate in select regions could be at an end. “While there’s little urgency, now is likely a good time to buy U.S. real estate in regions with relatively low foreclosure rates, as conditions should improve enough to put a floor under prices this year,” said Sal Guatieri, senior economist with BMO Capital Markets.
“The inventory overhang has ebbed, prices are low, and some pent-up demand exists. However, patience is a virtue for bargain hunters in areas saddled with distressed properties.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Brazil property boom to last another five years

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Over the last five years, Brazil has been one of the best performing property markets in the world. MoneyWeek recently reported that prices in Rio De Janeiro and São Paulo have gone up 140% since 2008, while those in Brazil’s seven most important districts are up around 25% in the last year alone. And now, another leading analyst believes the boom is set to continue for another five years.

Forbes report that the Brazilian real estate market ‘has legs’ and that prices are expected to continue rising in the country until 2017. Keep reading to learn more about the excellent prospects for property in Brazil………………………………………..Full Article: Source

UK: Newbuy set to re-energise the UK housing market

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NewBuy is set to benefit both first-time buyers and those looking to make their next move up the property ladder. If you’re a first time buyer looking for a new home chances are the biggest obstacle you’re currently facing is raising the funds for the deposit.
With many mortgage lenders requiring a deposit of around 20 percent many first-time buyers are being priced out of the property market………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Irish house prices fall by 16.3pct in the year to March 2012

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In the year to March 2012, Irish house / residential property prices at a national level, fell by 16.3%. This compares with an annual rate of decline of 17.8% in February and a decline of 11.9% recorded in the twelve months to March 2011.
Residential property prices remained unchanged in the month of March, according to the Central Statistics Office. This compares with a decline of 2.2% recorded in February and a decline of 1.7% recorded in March of last year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Colliers: 300,000 m² of commercial space under active construction in Romania

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The retail market in Romania remains active in terms of constructions, both in Bucharest and in the countryside, according to a recent study published by Colliers International.
Although in the first quarter, only 5,000 m² of retail space were delivered to the market, by Nepi and Carrefour in Brasov, there is an additional area of 300,000 m² under active construction. Out of this, another 170,000 m² are announced to be delivered in 2012, most of it in the countryside………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Ukraine: Real estate market shows signs of life once again

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Ukraine’s real estate market has yet to recover from the bubble that burst in 2008-2009, triggering a freeze in construction and a tumble in residential property prices from a peak price of $4,000 or so per square meter.

With prices across the board settling in at more realistic levels, activity is simmering again, most notably in the commercial real estate segment. Investment is slowly finding its way, rebooting once-frozen construction projects even on the residential side. Demand remains strong for residential property………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Dubai property market defies easy generalisations

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Although the Dubai property market is showing signs of a recovery, experts warn that potential buyers should avoid making sweeping judgments about price rises and use caution when comparing property values as the market is becoming increasingly fragmented.
Optimism about the Dubai property market has grown in recent months amidst a wave of positive reports from analysts. According to Jones Lang Lasalle, villa prices in the emirate began to recover towards the end of 2011 and are now at levels similar to early 2008………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The luxury real estate market in India

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The macroeconomic trends have positively contributed to the demand of luxury real estate in India. For instance, higher income levels, changing demographics, growing aspirations, better availability of loans, etc., have all contributed towards the growth in demand.
Rapid globalization has also led to a seamless inflow of global lifestyle trends. Trends that exist globally are being incorporated in Indian projects on a real-time basis as many Indians today are frequent global travellers………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Smart homes: The plugged-in life

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Home automation is the one of the latest marketing buzzwords in the Indian real estate market. But do buyers care? Inside a spacious, 6,000 sq. ft, five-bedroom apartment of an upscale gated community in a Bangalore suburb, its inmates can put on the music, draw the blinds, and dim the light—all with a few touches of a touchscreen.
The mother can quickly check on her child playing in the garden, while sitting on her couch in the living room watching her favourite TV show………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commercial realty in Mumbai offers big opportunities

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The number of high net worth investors (HNIs) and corporates seriously looking to invest in Indian office space has increased manifold in the last few years. Mumbai continues as India’s numero uno office space investment destination, with companies from all over the world unerringly zeroing in on the financial capital.

As South Asia’s only true financial hub, Mumbai is among India’s best places to invest in commercial real estate. In times of global economic uncertainty, investors flock to markets that have consistently proved their long-term stability and fundamentals………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China gambles on affordable housing

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The Beijing Star Brand Building Materials West Factory has been demolished, and in its place is a construction pit crawling with dump trucks as cranes tower above. This is the future home of the Taiheyuan Affordable Housing Project, which will have grocery stores, restaurants, and 2,400 apartments for factory hands and other low-income residents.

As growth slows and real estate values slump, Chinese officials are counting on cheap housing to help prop up the economy………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hong Kong property: Mid-levels they ain’t

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If property prices are a guide, Hong Kong is the most desirable place on Earth. Office rents, at some $160 per square foot a year, are now the world’s highest. New homes are also the dearest: one estimate puts prices 55% above those in London.
The luxury real-estate arm of Christie’s, a British auction house, has just opened its first Asian outpost in the city. That is a bold move. Prices have surged by some 50% since early 2009, returning them to the level seen before Hong Kong’s last property crash in the late 1990s. Is history about to repeat itself?……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Hong Kong: High on property

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Hong Kong did not learn from the property crash and economic collapse of 1998. Instead, it has tried hard to reinflate the bubble. After squeezing supply for over a decade and with the help of the US Federal Reserve’s zero interest rate, the bubble is back. But it is a Pyrrhic victory.

Hong Kong’s economy is suffering. Between 1997 and 2011, nominal gross domestic product grew by 2.6per cent, per capita income by 2per cent, and the average salary by nearly 2per cent every year. Over the same period, the cost of living shot up - oil prices quintupled and food prices doubled - while China’s labour costs tripled. It’s easy to see why Hong Kong people are not happy………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Singapore Q1 private home prices down 0.1 pct vs Q4

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The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) released detailed private home price data for
the first quarter of 2012 on Friday: The URA’s flash estimate earlier this month showed private home prices fell 0.1 percent in January-March from the preceding three months.
The 0.1 percent drop marks the first quarterly decline in Singapore private home prices since the second quarter of 2009………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Australia: Commercial property market down

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Australia’s commercial property sector continued to weaken in the first three months of the year, with the slump expected to continue and retail properties faring the worst, a survey shows.

National Australia Bank’s (NAB) quarterly Australian commercial property index fell to -8 points in the March quarter, compared to -6 points in the December quarter, with forward expectations also dropping slightly………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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

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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

Optimism is up, but the U.S. housing market faces a painful shift

Posted on 26 April 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

It’s spring, the time when Americans traditionally think about new homes — trading up for growing families, downsizing for retirees, picking up a vacation home or buying a starter home to escape renting.
But four years after the start of the financial crisis, and six years after home prices began to collapse, the market is still shaky. Nationally, prices are about 35% below their peaks in 2006, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices released on April 24, and in some markets homes have lost 60% of their value………………………………………..Full Article: Source

US housing bottoming out as six-year slump eases

Posted on 26 April 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

The US housing market is showing more signs of stabilization as price declines ease and home demand improves, spurring several economists to call a bottom to the worst real estate collapse since the 1930s.
“The crash is over,” Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania, said in a telephone interview yesterday. “Home sales — both new and existing — and housing starts are now off the bottom.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Housing market is mixing its signals

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The sputtering U.S. housing market sent out mixed signals on Tuesday. The number of new homes sold in March fell to its lowest level in four months, while home prices in February slid 3.5% compared to the same month last year.

Sales in March, however, beat estimates while figures from previous months were higher than initially reported, the Commerce Department said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Housing market to hit bottom by late 2012, report suggests

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Online real estate marketplace Zillow said home values rose 0.5 percent in March from February, the largest monthly increase since May 2006 when the housing recession began. Zillow’s report describing the first quarter follows two other reports about the housing market released on Tuesday.

The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home-price index showed average home prices tumbled to their lowest level in nearly a decade, after prices dropped in February from January in 16 of the 20 cities it tracks………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Have housing prices bottomed out?

Posted on 26 April 2012 by Laxman  |  Email |Print

Are we finally starting to recover from the housing crisis? Everyone seems to have an opinion, but the facts present a mixed picture.
“You’ve undoubtedly heard that ‘all real estate is local,’ and that’s never been more true,” says first-time homebuyer specialist and California real estate broker Greg Cook. The Miami real estate market is a great example of this aphorism………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Is this the U.S. housing market bottom?

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Don Miller writes: Analysts, government officials and certainly homebuyers are spending hours trying to figure out if we have reached the housing market bottom. Tuesday’s data would seem to suggest the bottom is a bit bumpier than most people think.

According to the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index of 20 cities, home prices declined 3.5% from a year ago, while the 10-city composite slipped 3.6%. That meant fresh new post-bubble lows for home prices………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How Wall Street layoffs will affect the housing market

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Investment banks including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley may slash and burn dozens of jobs as soon as next month, as my colleague Halah Touryalai reports. And these positions may never be replaced. It’s the latest round of layoffs for Wall Street, which let thousands of workers, particularly traders, go in 2011.
Wall Streeters have already suffered some discouraging news this year, as cash bonuses for work done in 2011 were cut and capped………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Housing notches tiny gains

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Fresh economic benchmarks painted a mixed picture of the nation’s housing market, reflecting a sector that is inching forward amid fits and starts.

The most closely watched indicator Tuesday was the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index, which tracks home prices in 20 cities. The index hit a new low in February, falling 3.5% below its year-earlier mark to a level not seen since late 2002. But the decline represented an improvement from a corresponding 3.9% year-over-year drop recorded in January or the 4.1% drop in December………………………………………..Full Article: Source

US: 10 most polluted cities

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The U.S. has significantly reduced its air pollution, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. These 10 cities had the highest levels of year-round particle pollution, according to the American Lung Association’s 2012 rankings.
Bakersfield sits in a bowl surrounded on three sides by the Sierras and the California coastal ranges. Air drifts down the valley from other cities and lingers, allowing pollutants to build up, according to Jaime Holt, chief communications officer for the San Joaquin Valley Air Quality District. Making matters worse, the sun bakes the air, causing photochemical smog. And the dry weather adds dust particles to the mix………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Bubble watchers set to eye Canadian housing data

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Bank of Canada policy makers are weighing whether to raise interest rates over the next few months, so you can bet they’ll be looking to any drop of news from the housing market to help guide their decisions.

Although it’s a bit long in the tooth, the Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price Index for February comes out Wednesday, offering a gauge of how much more or less it costs to buy an existing single-family home. The index is rather limited on the whole, in that it does not provide actual prices, and it only tracks the rate of change in prices on properties where homes have been sold at least twice………………………………………..Full Article: Source

European property investment reaches EUR 24bln in Q1: CBRE

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Investment turnover in the European commercial real estate market slowed at the start of 2012, largely reflecting a seasonal slowdown in activity, according to the latest research by global property adviser CBRE.

The commercial property investment market totalled just under €24 bn in the first quarter of 2012 (Q1 2012), which represents a 31% fall in activity compared with the last quarter of 2011 and an 18% decline versus Q1 2011, bringing turnover broadly in line with activity during Q1 2010………………………………………..Full Article: Source

JLL European office rents soften slightly

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Prime office rents fell by 0.3% in Q1 2012, according to the Jones Lang LaSalle European Office Index. This is the first overall recorded reduction in rents since Q4 2009.
The net reduction masked both rises and falls across several prime office rental markets. Falls were recorded in Brussels (-5.0%), Madrid (-1.9%), Barcelona (-1.4%) and Paris (-1.2%) whilst rental increases were recorded in Luxembourg (+5.3%), Stockholm (+2.4%) and Hamburg (+2.1%)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

UK: Homeowners confident house prices will rise

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Public confidence that house prices will rise over the coming months is at its strongest in at least a year, a study has suggested. Some 39pc of those questioned by the Halifax housing market confidence tracker believe prices will generally increase over the next year, almost double the 20pc of people who predict they will fall.
Researchers said this is the most positive view since the quarterly series began 12 months ago, with Londoners the most confident about rises and those living in the North East the least positive………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China helps first-home buyers as market cools: Mortgages

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The government is pushing in two directions as it seeks to slow price growth while avoiding a collapse. It’s lowering borrowing costs for first-time homebuyers to encourage purchases while Premier Wen Jiabao keeps curbs in place to stem the speculators who have helped drive home prices up by as much as 140 percent since 1998.
China’s 18 percent first-quarter drop in home sales contributed to the slowest economic growth in almost three years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

IPD: Global returns driven by the US recovery

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Peter HobbsGlobal commercial property, as measured in local currency, delivered a 9.8% total return in 2011, according to the IPD Global Annual Index. Peter Hobbs, Senior Director of Group Business Development at IPD, who presented the results said, “Of particular interest is the divergence between the two largest markets, the US and Japan.
In the US, continued yield compression delivered strong (14.5%) double digit returns for the second consecutive year, whilst in Japan returns remained flat (at 3.5%), due to further value declines and the low income yields.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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