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Real Estate Briefing 12.Aug 2010

Posted on 12 August 2010 by Laxman |  Email |Print

From AP: Home prices rose in nearly two-thirds of U.S. cities this spring. The median sales price for previously occupied homes rose from year-ago levels in 100 out of 155 metropolitan areas.
The national median price in the second quarter was $176,900, up from $174,200 in the same quarter last year. The median price is the midpoint, which means half of the homes sold for more and half for less………………………………………Full Article: Source

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From Bizjournals.com: The National Association of Realtors says the trend in stabilizing home prices solidified in the second quarter as more metro areas showed improvement over 2009.
However, the organization also notes a surge in sales during the quarter as the home-buyer tax credit moved to its final months……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Forbes: Home sale prices in the second quarter of 2010 rose over the previous year, according to a report released today by the National Association of Realtors. That should be encouraging to real estate market-watchers.
Unfortunately, the statistics don’t herald a housing recovery. In fact, they don’t mean much at all. Here’s why:………………………………………Full Article: Source

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From Propertyeu.info: US private equity firms KKR and TPG are believed to have expressed interest in buying a stake in Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Fund (MSREF). Colony Capital has also reportedly approached the company.
The private equity firms are seeking to increase assets under management and diversify away from traditional buy-out activity, the paper said. Morgan Stanley was cited as saying it had taken no decisions about the fate of the group……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Thenational.ae: International investment in US commercial property, especially from the Middle East, is expected to rise over the second half of the year after two years of relative drought.
Middle East investors were the largest foreign buyers in US commercial property before the financial crisis hit but have largely stayed out of the market for two years……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Montrealgazette.com: Double those of new homes. But study comes on heels of sobering data that indicate real-estate sector cooling off. Property values are rising faster in the resale housing market than for new homes, a report by Scotia Economics said yesterday.
Over the last decade in Canada, the average cost of a new home grew by slightly more than 50 per cent, while the average price of an existing house rose by more than double, Scotia’s Global Real Estate Trends report said……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Knowledge@Wharton: Guatemala City isn’t a popular choice among international property investors scouting for locations to build a signature office tower. For all its attributes — a booming population, proximity to the United States and pro-business laws — the largest city in Central America is known more for crime and corruption than real estate opportunities.
Yet, in its busy commercial area, construction has begun on a downsized replica of one of the Middle East’s most iconic modern structures, Dubai’s sail-shaped Burj Al Arab Hotel……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Propertyeu.info: Lending terms are becoming more competitive in some European markets, in particular in Germany, the Netherlands and France, according to CB Richard Ellis’ forthcoming Capital Markets Report.
At the same time, average key lending terms have remained relatively unchanged since Q1 2010 across most major European markets, the report concludes……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Europe-re.com: Jones Lang LaSalle’s has published the latest edition of its quarterly market reports - CEE City Reports Q2 2010. The CEE City Reports cover the main trends in the economy and demand and supply in the investment, office, retail, industrial, hotel and residential markets.
John Duckworth, Managing Director of Jones Lang LaSalle in CEE comments: “In Europe, disparities in the pace, trajectory and sustainability of economic recovery, have fuelled continuing uncertainty. After marked upturns over the previous two quarters, take-up has now stabilized at levels which, for most markets, remain below the long-term average……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Investortoday.co.uk: Central London investment volumes rose sharply during the second quarter as strong investor demand was satisfied following an increase in stock on the market. Investment turnover rose 57% over the quarter to reach £1.9billion.
Mike Edwards, Head of City Investment, CB Richard Ellis, said: “With investor demand still strong, investment volumes are expected to remain high. Overseas buyers remain very active in the market and accounted for 62% of total investment volume……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From WSJ: It looks like Candy Spelling has been one-upped. A six-bedroom penthouse at London’s tony One Hyde Park commanded £140 million, or about $220 million, Luxist reports. And this deal comes before the four-building project is even complete: It is due to be finished by the end of the year.
According to Luxist, that makes it world’s priciest piece of residential real estate-when measuring current listings and sales-pushing Ms. Spelling’s $150 million asking price for her bigger-than-big Los Angeles mansion down a slot……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Propertyshowrooms.com: France and Germany have been tipped as hotspots for commercial property investment by Capital Economics. Ed Stansfield, a property economist at the firm, said that France, along with the Nordic countries, stands out in terms of economic conditions and pricing.
This means investors could be advised to keep an eye out for Midi-Pyrenees property listings and Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur property for sale……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Intasure.com: Holiday home buyers will still find plenty of opportunities in the Spanish property market. The Spanish housing market provides holiday home insurance customers with an “awful lot of opportunities”, Property-Abroad.com has said.
According to figures from the National Statistics Institute, Spanish property sales fell by 1.3 per cent in June but are still seven per cent on last year……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Propertywire.com: Spain’s residential real estate market may still be in the doldrums but the country’s commercial property sector is moving forward.
Madrid office take up in the second quarter of the year rose threefold to 160,000 square meters compared to, according to international real estate advisor Savills. Its latest report also shows that take up in the first half of the year is double the total for the first six months of last year……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Arabianbusiness.com: The precarious state of the housing market in Qatar is seeing some owners waiting until the outcome of the Gulf state’s 2022 World Cup bid to decide whether to rent out or sell their properties, a local newspaper has reported.
The Gulf Times daily said that while many owners of new apartment buildings had been offering lower rents, a larger number of buildings remained unoccupied due to an unwillingness to compromise on rates……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Moneycontrol.com: Major property markets in Asia are likely to face a slower second half because of policy risks and an expected increase in housing and office supply, after some developers had a positive first six months.
China Overseas & Investment Ltd, the country’s top listed developer by market value, Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing’s Cheung Kong (Holdings) Ltd and Singapore’s CapitaLand Ltd, southeast Asia’s biggest developer, all benefited from strong housing prices in their key markets earlier this year……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Indianexpress.com: With India’s real estate market brimming with new launches, investors need to exercise caution while choosing projects.
Leading private equity investor Gaurav Dalmia , founder chairman of realty-focussed Landmark Holdings that is investing $225 million in specific projects, feels speculative buying can act as a downtrend………………………………………Full Article: Source

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From Property-report.com: ‘Stagnated’ or ‘stabilized’, opinions differ, but either way the housing market in Hanoi is not looking healthy. Following property price increases up until May, the villa and townhouse market in Hanoi has not moved over the last two months, according to industry insiders.
“At the moment, the number of transactions on villas and townhouses is down by 20 percent compared to two months ago. Also, the number of investors looking for new property has declined by 50 percent,” Viet Nam News reported……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Ibtimes.com: A survey from the NAB has raised questions about the strength of demand in commercial property. The Bank’s new quarterly commercial property Index (which was started in April) suggests conditions deteriorated in the June quarter.
NAB said the Commercial Property Index fell 20 points in the June quarter, to -10 index points, thereby joining business confidence and conditions on the slide……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Etftrends.com: Did you think real estate was dead? Not so fast – REIT exchange traded funds (ETFs) have actually handily outperformed the broader market year-to-date. Will it last?
The standout performance of real estate ETFs this year has triggered a notion that the worst may be over for commercial real estate. However, second-quarter earnings reports may threaten any possibility that the outperformance has legs……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Investopedia: Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are a key consideration when constructing any equity or fixed-income portfolio. They provide greater diversification, potentially higher total returns and/or lower overall risk.
In short, their ability to generate dividend income along with capital appreciation make them an excellent counterbalance to stocks, bonds and cash. REITs generally own and/or manage income-producing commercial real estate, whether it’s the properties themselves or the mortgages on those properties. You can invest in the companies individually or through an exchange-traded fund or mutual fund……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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