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Real Estate Briefing 06.Dec 2010

Posted on 06 December 2010 by Laxman |  Email |Print

From Fundstrategy.co.uk: American house prices may never recover to their 2005 level, according to Gabriel Stein, the chief international economist at Lombard Street Research. Stein says that five years after it peaked the housing market remains weak and on some measures house prices have further to fall.
“Until households have managed to bring their debt burden to a level they can live with - and this is far from the case yet - they cannot take on more debt,” says Stein……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Europe-re.com: Confidence in the EMEA hotel investment market continues to build with investors anticipating trading fundamentals to stabilize or improve over the next six months according to the latest Hotel Investor Sentiment Survey (HISS) by Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels.
The HISS report also highlights that good growth prospects over the next two years are expected for the majority of cities. Short term performance expectations were most positive across Western Europe, while those for Eastern Europe and MENA remained more fragile……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Europe-re.com: Energy performance certificates not only provide citizens with accurate information on their homes’ energy savings, but they also have a clear impact on homes value, showing a green premium of 2.8% in the Dutch housing market, according to the latest research commissioned by RICS.
With this study, RICS provides one of the first evidences to demonstrate that homebuyers are willing to pay more for homes that have been labeled as more energy efficient in the European residential market……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Write-about-property.com: You don’t come across deals like this every day; a development complete with a huge array of facilities in an emerging area of Istanbul, offering studio apartments from just over 18k.
The Turkish property market is currently one of the hottest emerging markets in the world; well respected publication Global Property Guide recently issued a research report titled Turkey: The Best Residential Property Investment in Europe?………………………………………Full Article: Source

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From Bloomberg: Israel’s Stanley Fischer hopes to do something with the country’s housing market that central bankers in the U.S., Ireland and Spain have tried and mostly failed to do in the past four years — bring it in for a soft landing.
House prices in Israel climbed 19 percent in the past year, fueled by a shortage of properties and record low interest rates, the Bank of Israel estimates. Fischer, the central bank governor, has tried to slow growth by raising borrowing costs six times and requiring higher bank provisions for some loans……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Telegraph: An increasing number of British investors are looking for property investments in the Asia Pacific region, according to new research. Investment management company Aviva Investments surveyed investors at its annual property investment conference in London in November.
The survey showed that nearly three quarters of investors (74 per cent) expect to invest in property overseas within the next three years, and that property in Asia Pacific was regarded as providing the best opportunity for good investment returns……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Themovechannel.com: Asian governments have imposed a raft of measures aimed at preventing their property markets from taking off too quickly, but the region still offers investors some of the most prospective real estate globally.
House prices in Asia have doubled in many cases in the past two years. So after various measures to take the heat out of markets, especially in China and Hong Kong, it is almost inevitable that returns will cool next year……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Thehindubusinessline.com: With the ‘bribe-for-loan’ scam casting a shadow over builders’ access to bank lending, real estate funds and private equity (PE) players now sense a business opportunity.
They are actively scouting the deal street for bargains, hoping that the loan scam will put more equity transactions on the table and prompt “realistic” valuations in deal signing……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Business-standard.com: The year 2010 will probably go down in India’s history as the year of scams. As always, the authorities swing into action after the event. Regulations and compliances notwithstanding, scamsters continue to devise and leverage the loopholes.
Unregulated sectors, such as real estate, which is in acute need of regulation, probably demonstrate best the investors’ predicament……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Peopledaily.com.cn: China’s house prices are not “significantly overvalued” as a whole by mid-2010, the International Monetary Fund said in a report. But in a number of coastal cities, most clearly in Shanghai and Shenzhen, they may be in early stages of excessive price growth, it said.
The IMF suggested China should raise interest rates further and impose a property tax to curb the risk of asset bubbles and a “disorderly fall” in house prices……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From People.com.cn: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a report published Friday that Hong Kong’s property prices are likely to be pushed even higher given Hong Kong’s buoyant economic outlook and its position as a leading recipient of global capital inflows.
The working paper, authored by Ashvin Ahuja and Nathan Porter, holds that despite sharp increases in Hong Kong’s housing prices in the past months, the current price level does not appear to be significantly out of line with the fundamentals……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Bloomberg: Weekend transactions of used homes rose in Hong Kong as some owners cut prices after expanded government efforts to cool the property market.
Sales increased to 26 from 20 a week earlier, according to data from Midland Holdings Ltd., the city’s biggest realtor by market value. Centaline Property Agency Ltd., the biggest closely held realtor, said transactions rose to 35 from 19, according to a press release……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From WSJ: Despite the government’s measures to cool the property market, Hong Kong real-estate prices are still close to their 1997 peak. Many expats are continuing to ask: Rent or buy?
Pricilla Chu, vice president of ipac Financial Planning Hong Kong Limited, which caters largely to expatriates, encounters this question often. Arriving at the right answer requires a careful analysis of finances as well as a realistic idea of how long the prospective buyer intends to stay in Hong Kong, she says……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Boston.com: Down a blood-red dirt track deep in the jungles of southwestern Cambodia, the roar begins. Turn a corner and there is the source — scores of dump trucks, bulldozers, and backhoes hacking away at the earth. Above a massive hole, a flag flaps in the hot, dusty breeze. It is the flag of the People’s Republic of China.
Here in the depths of the Cardamom Mountains, where the Chinese-backed Khmer Rouge communists made their last stand in the late 1970s, China is asserting its rights as a resurgent imperial power in Asia……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Straitstimes.com: The housing market may be cooling, but it was a hot issue for two veteran Kampong Chai Chee grassroots leaders who quizzed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Lim Hwee Hua on policy changes and what they saw as shortcomings.
Residents’ committee member Bernard Choo, 64, wondered if the housing authorities slipped up in planning for population growth, leading to ‘a huge housing demand chasing a very limited supply’……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Smartcompany.com.au: The Australian property market will slow down over Christmas as sellers take their properties off the market, but will return next year with more “realistic” prices, one expert says.
The comment comes as the auctions market delivered another disappointing result over the weekend, with Sydney’s clearance rate falling under 50%, according to Australian Property Monitors. The number of Melbourne properties on the market has continued to exceed 1,000……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Moneymanagement.com.au : Most investors are under the misconception that property has outperformed shares over the past 20 years and hold unrealistic views about property investment returns, according to a survey by BT.
Seven out of 10 investors surveyed believed property was the best performing asset of the past two decades while just 22 per cent correctly chose shares, according to the survey of 1,000 people who were representative of ABS weightings, a statistic BT investment specialist Michael Bailey described as “alarming”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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