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Real Estate Briefing 07.Dec 2010

Posted on 07 December 2010 by Laxman |  Email |Print

From Guardian: The rise in global house prices is slowing down, with average annual house price growth around the world falling to 3.1% in the third quarter of the year, down from 4.3% in the previous quarter, a survey shows.
Knight Frank’s global house price index shows the weakest region in the three months to the end of September was Europe, posting 0.8% house price growth, while Asia-Pacific was the strongest with average growth of 9.9%……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Europe-re.com: Commercial real estate investment is forecast to produce strong returns in many markets across the world over the next five years on the back of an expected stabilization in the major economies, but this outlook is beset by extensive risks and uncertainties, ING Real Estate Investment Management said in its annual Global Vision 2011 research report.
Tim Bellman Global Head of Research at ING REIM said: “A period of unprecedented fiscal and monetary policy easing has helped to stabilize the global economic outlook and provided support to asset prices generally……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Propertyeu.info: ING REIM is not ruling out the possibility of a double dip recession in 2011 if a number of risks to the incipient economic recovery materialise. The main risk is deleveraging, the fund manager writes in its Global Vision 2011 report.
‘Should the banks not work through the non-performing loans and distressed properties on their books in a steady, measured way, should they be forced by a regulatory step into rushing the sales process, then it could lead to a renewed bout of weaker real estate values,’ Tim Bellman, global head of research at ING REIM said……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Fundsnet.co.uk: Standard Life Investments has recommended investments in global real estate as returns could reach as much as ten per cent over the next three years. Anne Breen, head of real estate research and strategy, said that this was due to the recovering demand for commercial property.
She said that global capital flows into real estate have recovered since 2008 and low interest rates are encouraging investors to seek new sources of income……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Forbes.com: With all the teeth-gnashing over the real estate bubble, the bust and the mortgage mess, you can be forgiven for failing to notice this little tidbit: Housing had a superb decade.
In fact, the value of a square foot of housing in the U.S. is up 58% from its January 2000 level, according to data from New York housing analytics firm Radar LogicRadar Logic on the 25 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. That represents an average annual gain of 4.3% in the value of one square foot of housing……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Dow Jones: Macroeconomic factors suggest the U.S. housing market will improve in 2011, Freddie Mac’s chief economist said in a note Monday. Accelerating economic recovery, low mortgage rates, a bottoming of home prices and increased affordability of homes at current low prices will be behind the improvement, said Frank Nothaft, the chief economist at the mortgage finance company.
“These forces will support a gradual recovery in the housing and mortgage markets,” he said……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Bloomberg: Climbing defaults on commercial property mortgages packaged into bonds are being masked as servicers work through troubled loans, shrinking the pool of delinquent debt, according to Morgan Stanley.
Specialists in charge of resolving problem loans in securities backed by commercial mortgages have ramped up property liquidations, loan sales and modifications, New York- based analysts led by Richard Parkus said today in a report……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Dailyfinance.com: Given the importance of the housing market to the nation’s balance sheet, it’s no surprise that many observers are looking for any evidence that prices on family homes have finally bottomed out. For those watchers, Nov. 2 had a bit of good news: The National Association of Realtors reported that its index of sales agreements for previously occupied homes rose 10.4 % in October.
But that positive statistic must be placed in a longer-term context of declining prices, bulging inventories of unsold homes and ongoing legal improprieties in the nation’s foreclosure machinery. And against that background, the NAR’s news doesn’t feel all that impressive……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From IPE: California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) has expanded into the residential housing sector for the first time with a $250m (€186m) allocation.
The pension fund has split the capital commitment evenly between two separate joint ventures with IHP Capital Partners and ResCal Investments, respectively……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Euromoney.com: Despite attractive yields and improved turnover in a few prime markets, the European commercial real estate recovery remains tentative as supply and finance constraints continue to restrict activity.
However, bright spots are emerging for funds that have been able to put the worst of the debt crisis behind them……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Rla.org.uk: Owners of luxury residential properties in the London area experienced five months of stagnation and decline in prices and real estate sales, but an increase in demand among continental European investors last month suggests the beginning of a more positive trend.
The growing debt crisis in many euro-zone countries, including Greece, Ireland, parts of Eastern Europe and potentially Portugal make Britain’s residential property market seem like an especially safe and wise investment option……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Propertyeu.info: Industry watchers expect to see more consolidation of property investment funds in Austria and the rest of Central and Eastern Europe following IVG Immobilien’s takeover of Vienna-based Hypo Real Invest earlier this week for an undisclosed sum.
According to Christian Ulbrich, CEO of the EMEA region at JLL, the takeover is ‘a great move’. “CEE is showing tremendous opportunities for real estate investors and IVG is strengthening their profile as well as their offer with the purchase of that fund……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Building.co.uk: The recent recovery in construction work will go into reverse next year with an output fall of 2%, according to the latest forecasts from the Construction Products Association.
The quarterly forecasts show the 4.5% estimated growth for this year will stall on the back of public spending cuts, leaving a 2% fall in output next year and a further 0.7% fall in 2012……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Propertywire.com: Property prices in Paris are soaring and a new law requiring all sellers in France to produce an energy report could result in a temporary lack of stock as the sector gets used to the change.
The new rules for the DPE report to be in place before a property is marketed come into force on 01 January. But estate agents say that not all sellers are yet aware of the requirement……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Globalpropertyguide.com: Belgium still has no government, six months after the mid-June elections. With a national debt as big as its economy, many experts believe it is next in line for a sovereign-debt crisis.
Yet house prices rose by 5.5% during the year to Q3 to €183,260, and were 2.4% up on the quarter, the highest of six consecutive quarterly house price increases, according to Statistics Belgium (StatBel)……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Realestateweb.co.za: The South African property market has performed favourably over the past decade in comparison to the BRIC nations, having experienced a steady increase in property price growth since 2000, whereas other emerging markets have had more of a bumpy ride. South Africa has also maintained its period of growth for longer than any of the BRIC countries.
This is according to a recent survey conducted by Lightstone property analysts, which also shows that although South Africa’s property market has remained fairly robust in comparison to some emerging markets through the global economic crunch, we are currently experiencing a double dip similar to that of China……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Thenational.ae: The adoption of long-delayed new mortgage laws in Saudi Arabia may spark an unprecedented housing boom. “It will definitely boost operations by everybody,” says Dr Khaled Sedky, the chief portfolio officer of Palm Hills Developments, a home builder based in Egypt.
“We all understand Saudi Arabia has a need for residential product, but it is not accessible to everybody.”………………………………………Full Article: Source

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From Livemint.com: Realtors are turning to private equity (PE) investors and non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) for money as banks tighten funding for real estate firms in the wake of the recent bribes-for-loans scam.
At least three real estate companies are currently engaged in talks with PE investors to support their ongoing projects as banks turned risk-averse after transactions with realtors came under the scanner of regulators and investigating agencies, according to investment bankers……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Realestatechannel.com: Like countries around the globe concerned with rising home prices, tiny Malaysia is taking steps to avoid a real estate bubble crash. The Southeast Asia nation, with a land mass of 127,350 square miles and a population of 28 million, is writing new rules to curb property speculation.
The country’s central bank announced third-home buyers are now restricted to a maximum loan of 70% of the property’s value……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Bloomberg: New Zealand house prices rose last month at the slowest pace in more than a year as consumer confidence slumped, according to a report from Quotable Value New Zealand.
Prices advanced 0.3 percent in November from a year earlier, after gaining 1.1 percent in October, according to an index compiled by Quotable Value. The growth of house values has been falling since March, the Wellington-based government agency said in an e-mailed statement today……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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