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Real Estate Briefing 09.Aug 2010

Posted on 09 August 2010 by Laxman |  Email |Print

From Ctv.ca: House prices across Canada slipped in July, fuelling concerns a prolonged contraction may lie ahead. Economists’ forecasts vary wildly – some expect a slight slowdown, others expect an outright crash. Here are some of the key factors they are anxiously watching.
After several months of small pullbacks, the number of houses sold in some of Canada’s largest markets plummeted in July……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Reuters: The outlook for UK commercial development activity over the next three months turned negative for the first time since July 2009, hit by a lack of funding and concern over public sector demand, a report said.
Developers surveyed last month feel most pessimistic about new building activity for offices, followed by retail and leisure properties, consultancy Savills’ Total Commercial Development Activity Index showed on Monday……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Telegraph: Can data from half a century of recessions predict UK property trends? Britain has long been in love with property.
Whether it is that exciting step on the property ladder as a first-time buyer being handed keys to a ground-floor maisonette or the topping-out ceremony on a soaring glass and steel tower that reflects a magnate’s corporate ego, property has always been vital to the British psyche – not to mention our economy……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Thisismoney.co.uk: What’s the latest? ‘At last the mini-boom is dead,’ cried the property bears as Nationwide revealed a 0.5% fall in house prices in July. ‘Oh no, it isn’t,’ returned the bulls, as Halifax followed up with its own report saying prices had risen by 0.6% in the same month.
And so the knockabout house prices pantomime continues, with mixed messages flowing fast and furious on the state of the market……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Timesofmalta.com: The property market is picking up again after the slowdown experienced during the recession, with the value of promise-of-sale agreements increasing by nearly 17 per cent in the first half of this year.
These are encouraging signs for estate agents, who are seeing “good prospects” for the rest of the year, Association of Estate Agents president Ian Casolani said……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Maktoob.com: Sharjah is considering giving freehold property ownership rights to expatriates in a bid to revive the UAE emirate’s struggling real estate sector, CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) said on Sunday.
The consultancy said the topic “is understood to have been discussed during Q2, as various measures are considered to help rejuvenate the market”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Zawya.com: A study conducted by the Permanent Population Committee (PPC) has urged developers to build more medium and small residential units, saying they are always in demand since a vast majority of expatriate families prefer to live in apartments.
While 75 percent of the expatriate families stay in medium and small housing units (apartments), their Qatari counterparts mostly prefer larger, laid out homes……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Ameinfo.com: Dubai Municipality has said that residents could face a housing fee based on Real Estate and Regulatory Agency’s Rental Index if they do not register their tenancy contract with the civic body, Gulf News has reported.
Less than 50% of residents have declared their annual rent online by filling out an application form on www.dm.gov.ae, according to Abdullah Hashim, head of the municipality’s Housing Fee Section……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Indiatimes.com: In India, small real estate investors currently do not have as much scope as institutional investors. They can hold multiple properties, but banks will generally not fund beyond a second home loan.
That does not mean they cannot invest beyond that from their personal accruals. They certainly have the option of investing in rent-generating assets, which can fetch very decent returns if they have been purchased wisely……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Indiatimes.com: My view is that the risk of asset bubble is greater in markets like Hong Kong, Singapore and China. And in India, there is a fundamental way in which the liquidity can be deployed, and that is the infrastructure story. In Singapore and Hong Kong, they don’t need to build lots of infrastructure.
In India, there is a fundamental need for infrastructure. So, you could have an infrastructure-led investment cycle for the next 10 years, and you would not be worrying about excess investment. So personally, I am less worried about an asset bubble cycle in India………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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From WSJ: A Chinese Academy of Social Sciences study making the rounds lately has revived bubble fears by suggesting that a startling 64.5 million urban housing units—one for every four households—is sitting empty, based on dormant electricity meter readings.
Local utilities have since stepped forward to try to discredit the CASS numbers. But even if they are accurate, fears of a property crash may be misplaced……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Marketwatch.com: Some banks in Beijing and Shanghai have voluntarily stopped issuing mortgages for purchases of third homes, the Shanghai Securities News reported Monday, citing industry sources.
Beijing allowed banks to stop issuing loans for such purposes in parts of the country in mid-April………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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From Bangkokpost.com: The property market in Thailand has been very quiet since the end of the red shirt protests in May, with two small bombings recently exacerbating the situation, and will not return to pre-April levels for a while yet, according to Chris Heath, managing director of Soho Properties in Bangkok.
This market will only become buoyant again when people have confidence that violence won’t escalate, as the majority of property buyers and investors aren’t concerned about who is in power because the two major political parties seem to follow the same economic policies, he said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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From Gurufocus.com: Eyes are currently on China as the next housing bubble to burst, but there may be another lurking to the south. Broyhill Asset Management (via Market Folly) point out that Australia appears to be showing the same signs of bubble that the U.S. did prior to its collapse, and that its growth has continued long after the U.S. correction.
Australia has been able to keep up the bubble charade because of an easy credit period. Sounds somewhat familiar, no?………………………………………Full Article: Source

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From Businessday.com.au: Recent speculation that the $84 billion listed property trust sector is on the cusp of a takeover frenzy has sparked the interest of hedge funds and day traders who are taking positions on the most likely takeover targets and their acquirers.
If the much-needed clean-up of the sector takes place, particularly at the small end, which is still jammed up with debt, it will go a long way to rebuilding the battered credibility of the sector……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Tvnz.co.nz: New Zealand property values continued to weaken last month, with the number of sales sinking to near their lows in 2008, at the height of the recession.
Values were 4.1% above those of July 2009, compared with a 5.2% decline in the previous month, according to QV. Property values have declined 0.8% since March……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Sstuff.co.nz: A “do nothing” sentiment has gripped the property market where the number of house sales has dropped around a third from a year ago, according to the July report by QV.
Property values have now dropped 0.8 percent since March, after rising 4.9 percent in the prior eight months, QV said……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Propertyeu.info: The growth in distressed property listings eased back in more than 85% of the countries surveyed in a global report by RICS. In the second quarter, 13 out of the 25 countries surveyed reported an increase in distressed sales, down from 17 countries in the previous three-month period.
Portugal saw the largest growth in distressed sales, followed by the US and the Republic of Ireland……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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