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Real Estate Briefing 01.Mar 2012

Posted on 01 March 2012 by Laxman |  Email |Print

Sam Chandan U.S. banks increased financing for commercial real estate in the fourth quarter for the first time in almost two years as default rates dropped and lenders shed more foreclosed properties, Chandan Economics said.
Balances on loans for properties including office buildings and shopping malls rose by $3.69 billion from the prior three months to $1.06 trillion, after falling for six consecutive quarters, the New York-based real estate researcher said……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Dean BakerHow far is the U.S. housing market from a full recovery? Pretty darn far: “House prices would need to increase by at least 14%, real residential investment would need to increase by at least 50%, and housing starts would need to grow by at least 80% from current levels to restore long-run equilibrium,” according to a new report from the Carlyle Group.
Even so, the private equity giant is still sanguine about the housing market’s recovery………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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After the Great Recession, there were some pundits who theorized that real estate would make a W-shaped recovery. With the S&P/Case-Shiller housing prices out this morning, it’s now clear that there are not one but two W’s in the chart — and that’s not a good thing.
Index prices fell 1.1% from November to December. In other words, we’ve now experienced a quadruple dip………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Nobody wants to catch a falling knife. It is as simple as that. If potential buyers see continued home price erosion, they will stay parked on the sidelines. But as with everything else in this unique and historic housing market, perhaps the usual logic doesn’t apply.
“Housing is one of the great investments right now. I tell people all the time when they come up to me, they say, “What should I do, Mr. Trump?” I say go buy a house,” said Donald Trump on CNBC………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Economists, policy makers and consumers continue to seize upon any sign that the housing market is rebounding. A common refrain from pundits is that a recovery may be seen in the next “one to two years.”
Unfortunately, based on the data, the truth is that a housing market recovery is still much further away than most are admitting, and there are no practical short-term solutions that will solve the problem………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Want to become a landlord in one of the nation’s hardest-hit foreclosure neighborhoods? Well, Uncle Sam has a deal for you.
Fannie Mae will offer up nearly 2,500 distressed properties in eight locations to investors who are willing to buy them in bulk and rent them out for a set number of years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Commercial real estate vacancy rates and rents are improving in all sectors, according to George Ratiu, manager of quantitative and commercial research at the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
“Net absorption is projected to be positive. 2012 was the first year after the 2008 financial crisis where demand was positive across all property types,” he said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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U.S. and Canadian property investors will do more deals in Europe this year than their Far Eastern and Middle Eastern counterparts, capitalising on North America’s relative economic strength, property consultancy CBRE said.
North American investors accounted for 30 percent of the total number of cross-border deals in Europe last year, up from 21 percent in 2010. It was the largest slice ahead of 13 percent of deals from ‘other European countries’ and the trend will continue this year, said Jonathan Hull, EMEA head of capital markets at CBRE………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The dlowdown in the global economy and the eurozone debt crisis is affecting mortgage markets and housebuilding across Europe, but prices in the residential sector are weathering the storm better, according to the latest RICS European Housing Review launched this week.
In 2011, prices in most European housing markets were flat or simply declined moderately, only slowing towards the end of the year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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IPD launched a set of questions which is an industry-backed initiative aimed to support the measurement of sustainable property investment. The answers to the questions will provide the industry with a new & improved index of sustainable properties (ISPI - IPD Sustainable Property Index version 2.0) and a benchmarking service (EcoPAS).
Alongside the usual considerations of “quality”, covenant strength, and lease length, the sustainability characteristics of properties are now beginning to impact asset value and investment performance………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Figures show mortgage lending rose by £1.6bn in January, but many analysts see rises as a false dawn. Mortgage lending rose by £1.6bn in January, twice the average for the previous six months, according to figures released by the Bank of England.
The increase, together with data indicating house price growth published by the Land Registry, suggests the housing market may be in the early stages of recovery………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Property prices are continuing to plunge with the latest official figures showing they recorded their biggest annual fall in two years in January.
Results from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that residential property prices have fallen by 17.4% in the past 12 months compared to a reduction of 10.7% in the preceding year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Real estate sales activity picked up in January, totaling KD 318.1 million in value, a 64% increase year-on-year (y/y). The level was the third best level on record. All three sectors of real estate saw big increases, with the residential sector taking up 54% of total sales.
The uptick in sales should persist for the year albeit perhaps with less impetus………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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What do a luxury Chinese apartment tower, a workers’ dormitory, a low-income housing block and an empty field have in common?
They all qualify as affordable housing projects under a government scheme that policymakers hope will cool popular anger over high housing prices, and that analysts are counting on to keep China’s property sector afloat………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Continued policy tightening, sagging sales and a looming cash flow crisis are likely to push Chinese property developers to slash their prices further.
Earlier this month, Poly Real Estate, the country’s second-largest developer by market value, lowered prices for one of its projects in Shanghai by 2,000 yuan (317.56 U.S. dollars) per square meter………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Shanghai has tightened restrictions on home sales, denying a plan that would have enabled short-term residents to buy a second residential unit.
Analysts say the stance is a signal that it is still too early for the government to loosen its tight grips on the property market, putting a brake on the days-long rally of property stocks on the Shanghai Stock Exchange on Wednesday………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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After a strong performance in January, it looks like the residential property market in Singapore is set to feel the affects of the cooling measures set forth in December.
Experts are predicting prices will fall as much as 12 per cent in the next three months………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Managing director of CB Richard Ellis in Vietnam, Richard Townsend, believes that there is still hope for individual investors and corporations who are seeking out business opportunities.
As of the moment, HCMC housing prices remain to be stable, while in Hanoi the property market has become a free for all in hopes that stability can be obtained over time………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Investors may soon be able to wager on Australia’s A$4 trillion ($4.3 trillion) housing market without having to buy or sell homes as RP Data (RPAUMED) and Rismark International start a daily property price index and discuss ways to make it tradable with the nation’s exchange operator.
The two companies have begun computing their home value index daily, with data that takes the entire housing stock into account, RP Data, a unit of Santa Ana, California-based real estate information company CoreLogic Inc. (CLGX), said……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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