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Real Estate Briefing 07.Mar 2012

Posted on 07 March 2012 by Laxman |  Email |Print

Forgetting the hot real estate market on their own turf, Canadians are gobbling up American properties faster than all other foreign buyers.
So much so that the U.S.-based National Association of Realtors or NAR, has produced a sleek guide for American real estate agents showing how to pitch to Canadian buyers. In their December 2011 issue of Global Perspectives, NAR encourages real estate pros, to ‘Look North to Canada’ and to learn how to ‘tap the Canadian market’………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Jim FlahertyThe federal government and some of the country’s leading economists remain worried about Canada’s housing market and rising household debt and are cautioning Canadians against borrowing too much.
However, they are a little more optimistic about the overall state of the Canadian economy than they were just last fall, and now project stronger-than-expected growth in 2012………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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For those who have heard the rumblings that real estate is back – the National Association of Realtors (NAR) had forecast a 5-percent increase in the number of home sales in 2012 – a key report released last week delivered a jolt.
U.S. home prices fell in December to their lowest levels since the housing crisis started in mid-2006, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The housing market isn’t out of the woods yet. In fact, Fitch Ratings says home prices have a ways to go before they do hit bottom, which doesn’t sound like good news for the American homeowner. Or does it?
Fitch says that home values do remain overvalued in select parts of the U.S. and that home prices are expected to fall an additional 9.1% nationally, but that’s actually less than originally predicted: Fitch expected U.S. home prices to fall by 13.1% on average in its fourth quarter of 2011 home-price forecast………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The U.S. real estate market is in two worlds, with residential housing in the dumps and not yet worthy of consideration for investing. But commercial real estate, in the form of real estate investment trusts (REITs), is prospering.
For example, demand for rental apartments is booming because an uptick in employment has people relocating to areas with job opportunities. While at the same time, home ownership is at 12-year lows and not seen growing significantly anytime soon, and that boosts the earnings outlook for apartment-owning REITs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The drive for more corporate occupiers to locate in emerging markets remains strong, despite the widespread social, political and economic unrest in 2011, according to the latest research by CBRE.
The need to revise the definitions of what constitutes an emerging market and identify which locations present the greatest opportunities were at the center of CBRE’s findings……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Three leading retail sector specialists are joining forces to form a new pan-European retail advisory business to be known as ‘Retail Partners Europe’. The three businesses are REIM Partners (Southern Europe), RREIT (Germany) and Retail Partners (France).
Retail Partners, was established in 2005 by former Jones Lang LaSalle and Société des Centres Commerciaux Director Simon Hollis and Andrew Percival previously head of Corio France………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Investors from the US and Canada drove European commercial real estate transaction volumes up by 7% from 2010 to €118bn last year, with a surge in acquisition activity in second half, according to CBRE data.
The report, which does not include acquisitions of European real estate loan portfolios, disclosed that the two North American groups combined accounted for 30% of European acquisitions, compared with 21% the previous year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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U.K. house prices fell for a third month in four in February and retail sales declined as economic uncertainty weighed on Britons’ spending.
Home prices dropped 0.5 percent from January to an average 160,118 pounds ($252,600), Lloyds Banking Group Plc (LLOY)’s Halifax mortgage-lending unit said in a statement in London today. A separate report from the British Retail Consortium showed sales at stores open at least 12 months decreased 0.3 percent last month from a year earlier………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Last week, FTSE 100 real estate company Hammerson announced it was quitting the London office market and selling £500 million worth of property.
The move came days after an industry survey by Investment Property Forum (IPF) showed office forecasts for 2012 have fallen significantly over the past three months, stoking fears that a peak in London’s office market is looming………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The arrival of senior debt funds could provide welcome new sources of liquidity in the European property market as the banks continue to reduce their exposure to real estate lending, new research shows.
Cushman & Wakefield’s latest European real estate lending survey found that just 36 out of the 78 leading global real estate finance providers interviewed said they would be willing to lend to new customers, while a further nine would only lend to existing clients………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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International real estate advisor Savills has identified three regions in Germany with potential for shopping center development in sûdlicher Oberrhein (including Freiburg), Mûnster and Munich.
Taking into consideration purchasing power, the share of total retail space per person and the share of shopping center space compared with sales in these three regions, Savills researchers have identified a potential shopping center undersupply in these regions, making them ripe for investment………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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A study by Credit Suisse shows the Swiss real estate market is still characterized by low interest rates and high stability. But the bank said such stability might cause a false sense of security for some investors.
The study warned low interest rates might cause investors to assign too high of value to some properties. Despite this, Credit Suisse doesn’t think there is danger of a housing bubble, because the Swiss market is not overwhelmed by speculation, or by a boom in mortgages………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Iraqis topped the list of non-Jordanian investors in the real state market in 2011, according to the Department of Land and Survey (DLS). The DLS’s annual report indicated that Iraqis invested JD252 million or 56 per cent of foreign transactions at market value.
Saudi nationals ranked second accounting for JD51 million, followed by Lebanese and Americans accounting for JD17.6 million and JD17 million respectively. According to the DLS’s monthly bulletin, Syrians ranked third last month in terms of investments by non-Jordanians in the real estate market as they invested JD1.6 million in February………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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About 70% who seek housing grants have bank loans for purchase of luxury goods. Khalifa Mustapha Al Tinaiji, member of the Sharjah Executive Council and head of Sharjah Department of Housing, has turned down an SEC member’s call to expand the government’s grant-based housing programme for Emiratis.
“Grants do not reduce debt levels of Emiratis and its continuation would encourage debtors to borrow more,” he said in response to the proposal of Yusuf Mohamed, member of the SEC………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Developers in the realty sector, which is facing severe credit crunch due to higher interest rates, expect the government to relax norms for repatriation of FDI and external commercial borrowings (ECBs) in the forthcoming Budget for 2012-13.
“The real estate sector has witnessed rapid growth in the recent past. However, raising funds continues to be a big constraint for us. We expect some policy decision on FDI in real estate that will benefit the market greatly,” Puranik Builders Managing Director Shailesh Puranik said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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China is mulling further property tax reforms and property tax trial expansions in order to consolidate its efforts in real estate market regulation, the country’s top financial official said Tuesday.
The reform will be promoted “actively yet steadily,” and property tax trials should be expanded to other cities in the nation “on a proper scale,” Finance Minister Xie Xuren said at a press conference on the sidelines of the annual parliamentary session………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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In 2011, buyers from China were the biggest group of foreign property buyers in Singapore. But if you are counting on foreigners to continue buying properties in Singapore in 2012 and 2013, I am afraid to say that you may be disappointed.
The following factors are worthy of our consideration when studying the prospects of the property market in the next two years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Skyscrapers aren’t the only thing sky-high in Hong Kong. Rents for high-end flats of the type commonly let by expatriates are the most expensive in the world, at nearly $12,000 a month. ECA International, a human-resources consultancy, compiled the ranking, which looked at rents of comparable apartments with similar proximity to international schools, embassies and “social focal points”.
Geneva and São Paulo both climbed six places up the table from their positions last year, as rents shot up around 30% in 12 months. But Abu Dhabi, the only city in our chart where rents fell, dropped nine places as its three-year housing slump continued………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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