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Real Estate Briefing 10.Dec 2010

Posted on 10 December 2010 by Laxman |  Email |Print

From CNNMoney.com: Can’t sell your home for a decent price? You’re not alone. American homes are expected to be worth $1.7 trillion less in 2010 than they were worth last year, according to a report released Thursday by real estate website Zillow.
This year’s drop in home values is 63% bigger than the $1 trillion dip in 2009, and brings the total value lost since the housing market’s peak in 2006 to a whopping $9 trillion……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Thisismoney.co.uk: House prices fell 0.7% in the three months to November compared to the same period last year, figures revealed today - the first fall on that measure since November last year. But Halifax also said prices dipped just 0.1% last month, encouraging hopes that the housing market is bottoming out.
The country’s leading lender said there were signs homeowners were becoming more reluctant to put properties on the market, which would help to rein in falls……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Bloomberg: U.K. house prices declined in November as demand weakened and the government readied the biggest spending cuts since World War II.
The average cost of a home slipped 0.1 percent to 164,708 pounds ($260,370) from October, when it climbed 1.8 percent, Lloyds Banking Group Plc’s mortgage-lending division Halifax said today in an e-mailed statement from London. Property values were down 1.4 percent from a year earlier……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Bloomberg: U.K. home prices are rising. Or they’re falling. It depends whom you ask. Property researcher Hometrack Ltd. reported a 0.9 percent monthly decline in October, the biggest since January 2009. Mortgage lender Halifax said prices rose 1.8 percent, rebounding from a 3.7 percent drop in September.
Acadametrics Ltd. tracked a 0.3 percent gain, pushing prices to the highest since June 2008……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Propertywire.com: Rising supply and falling demand in the Portuguese real estate market is a sign of increasing pessimism in the property sector, according to a new report.
The October RICS/Ci Portuguese Housing Market Survey shows an increasing number of estate agents and developers reporting falling rather than rising prices with the headline net balance dropping from –45 to –52……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Gulfnews.com: Investors need a clear legal framework and confidence in their property rights before they are willing to put their money into the real estate market. The new resolution by General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, will provide them with that certainty.

The resolution requires that all transactions involving property in the emirate be registered with the relevant department, including long-term leases and financing contracts with banks and other institutions………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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From Emirates247.com: Average industrial unit rents in Abu Dhabi are around 25 to 30 per cent higher than Dubai despite the latter being at the forefront of the industrial market across the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, according to a new report.
“Abu Dhabi average industrial unit rents are around 25 to 30 per cent higher than Dubai, driven primarily by the higher industrial rent rates in Mussafah. In the medium to long-term better quality product, integrated developments and more advanced infrastructure will be required to attract sophisticated tenants and create investment grade product,” Jones Lang LaSalle said in the Mena industrial report……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Bloomberg: India’s busiest quarter for real estate share sales in three years may falter after a corruption probe into loans to developers triggered a slide in stocks, the nation’s top arranger for initial offerings said.

“In the short-term, the real estate industry will face some headwinds,” said V. Jayasankar, head of equity capital markets at Kotak Mahindra Capital Co. in Mumbai. “When the sentiment improves and volatility subsides, the market will favor companies with strong corporate governance practices.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Hindustantimes.com: Real estate companies were never a favourite among fund managers. Now after several scams coming out with links to various real estate companies, fund managers feel the sector is not the place to be in. The real estate index at the Bombay Stock Exchange fell by 29% over the last one month since the scams broke out.

The chief investment officer of a leading mutual fund firm said that they have minimised their exposure into real estate sector at low levels………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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From AFP: A Chinese government think tank has warned the country’s real estate bubble is getting worse, with property prices in major cities overvalued by as much as 70 percent, state media reported Thursday.
Of the 35 major cities surveyed, property prices in eleven including Beijing and Shanghai were between 30 and 50 percent above their market value, the China Daily said, citing the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Chinapost.com.tw: Shanghai shares a high real estate profile with Singapore, Mumbai, New Delhi and Hong Kong as the top five most-favored investment markets in the Asia-Pacific region, a survey shows.
The fifth annual edition of Emerging Trends in Real Estate Asia Pacific 2011, a forecast published by PwC and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a global nonprofit education and research institute, places Shanghai as the second-most-promising investment market and the third-most-promising development market for 2011 across the Asia-Pacific region……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Capitalvue.com: The real estate market in Hong Kong is forecast to continue its uptrend in 2011 with the recovery of the economy, reports yicai.com, citing Jones Lang LaSalle. The vacancy rate of office buildings in Hong Kong decreased from seven percent in 2009 to 4.2 percent as of end November 2010.
The capital values of Class A office buildings in Hong Kong rose 28 percent during the first eleven months……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Ihb.de: Two major Malaysian timber companies, Permaju Industries Bhd and Eksons Corp Bhd are diversifying from their core businesses and moving into property development as the Malaysian property market continues to heat up.

According to statistics provided by the National Property Information Centre (Napic), the average price of a residential property in Malaysia has risen by 16% during the first half of this year to RM212,815 (US$68,600). Residential properties in Malaysia are the most expensive in Southeast Asia after Singapore………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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From Channelnewsasia.com: Singapore’s commercial property sector will likely see a 15-20 per cent increase in rental values next year, after a 22 per cent growth this year, according to CBRE.

This will be driven by strong occupier demand for office space in Singapore despite plenty of supply coming on stream………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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From Property-report.com: Taiwan is making moves to cool potential over-heating in its markets with talk of a new tax on real estate sold within a year of purchase and plans to revise land valuation rules.
Government officials said that the tax will be aimed at speculators, whereas land valuations will also be revised more regularly to ensure taxes reflect market changes. However, previous credit tightening measures have failed to curb real estate prices and some analysts remain sceptical……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Bloomberg: Tokyo’s office vacancy rate rose for the first time in three months in November as some companies reduced office space, said Miki Shoji Co. Property stocks fell.
The measure of unoccupied office units rose to 9.04 percent from 8.85 percent in October, according to the Tokyo-based privately held office brokerage company……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Themovechannel.com: Residential property prices in New Zealand are beginning to stabilise but are still 5.6% below the market peak in 2007, according to the latest figures to be published.
The data from QV Valuations, New Zealand’s largest valuation and property information company, shows that the rate of falling prices has slowed so that the gap between values this year and last has closed to 0.3%……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Reit.com: With a strong recovery in the commercial real estate market seemingly right around the corner, REITs are already enjoying a prosperous rebound, according to an analysis from Deloitte Real Estate Services.
Deloitte noted that even though commercial market fundamentals are showing signs of gradual improvement, REITs have already bounced back. Consequently, REITs are positioning themselves to capitalize on opportunities. ………………………………………Full Article: Source

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