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Real Estate Briefing 06.Jan 2012

Posted on 06 January 2012 by Laxman |  Email |Print

Andrew MoylanPrivate equity real estate funds face a challenging fundraising landscape in 2012 as investors grow more cautious about coughing up fresh capital amid growing global economic uncertainty, Preqin said on Thursday.
The research firm’s December survey of 180 institutional investors from North America, Europe and Asia found 53 percent do not expect to make new commitments this year, while 11 percent said they might considering doing so………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Posted on 06 January 2012 by Laxman |  Email |Print

Carlyle Group said it has raised $2.34 billion for its sixth U.S. real-estate fund, which, like its predecessors, will make opportunistic investments in major cities across North America.
The fund, Carlyle Realty Partners VI, is one of the largest since the property bubble burst in 2008. But it has had to cut fees and offer other unusual incentives to lure investors to the fund, which was initially targeted to raise $2 billion, and then increased……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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The real estate market continues to flatline throughout most of the country. But in Washington, D.C., housing prices are up a smidgen (0.3%) from the previous month. More importantly, year-over-year prices have risen by 1.3%, a continuation of a happy trend in which prices increased by 2.6% from the year before that.
When comparing housing markets in America’s big cities, D.C. appears to be having the strongest and steadiest recovery. But why? What’s making D.C.’s housing market work while others flail? Here are four explanations………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The Federal Reserve, in an unusual foray into housing policy, expressed alarm over the battered home market and called for more aggressive action from Congress and other policy makers.
Housing policy is outside the traditional purview of the central bank, but Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and others are clearly worried that housing has stymied the effect of the bank’s low-interest-rate policies………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Americans are on the move thanks to high unemployment and tough economic conditions in the middle of the country. According to a new Atlas Lines Migration Patterns study, Americans are heading east and leaving the “are between the Midwest and the Northeast” where unemployment has hit hardest in recent months.
Ohio’s population in particular in on the decline, with the state posting the highest percentage of residents leaving in 2011. Washington D.C. posted the highest percentage of inbound moves for the fifth year in a row, while retirement hot-spots like Florida and Georgia remained relatively balanced despite rough times in the housing and jobs markets thanks to an influx of new, older residents balancing out the exodus of younger ones………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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According to Jones Lang LaSalle’s Capital Markets Outlook, preliminary investment transaction volume in the U.S., which includes office, industrial, retail and multifamily transactions, was up 44 percent to $160 billion for 2011.
In addition, Jones Lang LaSalle believes transaction volume growth trends will continue throughout 2012, but at a slower year-over-year growth rate when compared to 2010 and 2011………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Real estate had an excellent year last year. Assuming, of course, your mutual fund owned it. In an otherwise awful year, real estate funds gained an average 7.6%, vs. a 2.9% loss for the average stock mutual fund, according to Lipper.
This may seem puzzling to homeowners: The Federal Reserve estimates that homeowners have watched $7 trillion evaporate since the housing bubble burst in 2006………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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One of Canada’s leading economists says the best case scenario for Canada’s hot housing market in 2012 would be for nothing to happen at all.
“What I hope to see is that house prices don’t rise this year,” CIBC economist Avery Shenfeld told a business audience at a breakfast luncheon in Toronto Thursday. “If we can get prices to level off, we can avoid some of the pain later on,” he said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Toronto “is starting to stand out as the hottest real estate market right now,” following the release of December sales figures, BMO Nesbitt Burns economist Robert Kavcic says.
However, that may be somewhat of a booby prize, as the Canadian market, following a 13-year boom, is cooling overall – and Toronto is expected to follow suit, he added………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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U.K. real estate investment trusts will see net asset values decline 5 percent this year and 6 percent the next as stagnant credit markets hurt property prices, Morgan Stanley (MS) analysts said in a research note.
U.K. commercial real estate values may fall 8 percent in 2012 and the amount of properties deemed “prime” will decrease because of the dearth of financing, according to the Morgan Stanley note on publicly traded real estate companies in Europe dated Jan. 4………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Deloitte’s real estate partners have made their predictions for the property market in 2012, against a backdrop of widespread expectation of anemic economic growth for the second half of 2012 after stagnation or a technical recession early in the year.
Positively, 2012 is expected to provide opportunities for investors with cash, nerve and a long term perspective. High-quality ‘safe haven’ assets will continue to be in high demand, especially those which can provide a positive yield………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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With prices falling, bank lending criteria tightening and mortgages for first-time buyers becoming the stuff of legend, the property market has been bleak. But will 2012 be a better year for the market?
Not according to Capital Economics. The research consultancy expects house prices to decline by 5% in 2012. “We think economic growth will be flat in 2012 as a whole, and that there is a high chance of another recession,” warns economist Paul Diggle. “There are few signs that lenders will loosen their lending criteria………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Spain’s property market is unlikely to grow at all in the near future, the Fitch ratings agency has announced, suggesting a wealth of opportunity for those engaged in overseas property investment.
The firm said that because the Spanish economy is battered, any growth in property values “is unlikely in the short term”. Being one of the major vulnerable eurozone nations, Spain will be battling to avoid recession this year. Its predicted GDP growth rate for 2012 is 0%………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Bahrain’s real estate sector faces the twin challenges of oversupply and weak demand, even as the kingdom, despite the troubled political landscape, is emerging from 2011 with an air of cautious optimism, says a new report.
Meanwhile, it is important for the authorities to help resolve issues related some problem projects in the kingdom and reassure investors, said the MarketView by CBRE Bahrain Research Team said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Prices of residential apartments in western Amman neighbourhoods are almost double those in the eastern part of the capital, according to real estate agents. In remarks to The Jordan Times Wednesday, they agreed that there is a huge price difference between villas and apartments in western Amman, which is the modern and affluent part of the city, and those old and less privileged houses in eastern Amman.
Real estate agent Muna Ameen indicated that house prices in eastern neighbourhoods range between JD50,000 and JD70,000 depending on the size of the unit, while in the western part the value of residential units range between JD100,000 and JD150,000………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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According to Jones Lang LaSalle India’s Managing Director Ramesh Nair, the Indian real estate sector has grown rapidly over the last few years. Because of such, India’s real estate stakeholder profile is now evolving from locally-focused, privately-owned enterprises to increasingly corporatized, professional organizations funded with public capital and having multiple market and product strategies.
As a result, Indian real estate has seen a considerable flow of capital in recent years, both from foreign and domestic sources. The developer community is adapting to the requirements of joint venture arrangements with institutional capital sources by providing improved transparency and higher professional standards………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Hong Kong’s real estate market is tipped to extend recent falls this year, analysts said Thursday, as property transactions dived to a five-year low in 2011 after a slew of measures to curb prices.
Leaders in the southern Chinese city have been trying to control prices, which have become a major headache for the government amid growing disquiet among its seven million population over the rocketing cost of owning a home………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Private home prices and rents in Singapore rose in 2011 from the previous year despite cooling measures, said property consulting firm DTZ. The measures included imposing seller’s stamp duty and a reduction in loan-to-value limit.
In its report released on Thursday, DTZ said resale prices of leasehold condominiums in suburban areas increased 8.2 per cent on-year. This makes it the fastest growing segment among non-landed housing according to a basket of completed condominiums tracked by DTZ………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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One person’s loss is another person’s gain. That is the lesson for Malaysian property developers who may see increased investor interest on the back of the latest cooling measures in Singapore.
The additional taxes on property purchases for both locals and foreigners in the Lion City are expected to have investors looking for opportunities elsewhere, especially in Malaysia’s special economic development zone, Johor, where property will appear to be cheaper as a result………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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