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Real Estate Briefing 30.Apr 2012

Posted on 30 April 2012 by Laxman |  Email |Print

Global real estate markets had a forgettable last year, with prices rising a paltry 0.5 percent, leading to gloomy forecasts for 2012. But over the past five years, prices have registered huge gains, sparking fears of an asset bubble and concerns over the impact of high household debt.
We’ve put together a list of the world’s 10 hottest property markets based on research by global real estate consultancy Knight Frank, which ranks countries according to highest average growth in housing prices from the fourth quarter of 2006 to the same period in 2011………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Nearly six years after home prices started falling, more U.S. housing markets appear to be nearing a new phase: a prolonged bottom.
Hitting a bottom, of course, isn’t the same as a full-fledged recovery, which is still years off for many housing markets—as well as for millions of people who purchased homes or took cash out during the bubble. The good news is that housing construction and home sales appear to have hit a floor………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Housing and jobs: these are the two keys to the economic recovery really taking off, and while we’ve gotten some positive news on the jobs front recently, real estate prices have more or less continued to decline steadily since their peak in 2007.
Housing represents a huge portion of yearly GDP, but more than that it is most consumers main source of wealth. If home prices are rising, so are American’s net worth, and increased wealth will usually lead to increased confidence and spending………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Prime office rents in Europe fell by 0.3% in Q1 2012, according to the Jones Lang LaSalle European Office Index. This is the first overall recorded reduction in rents since Q4 2009.
The net reduction masked both rises and falls across several prime office rental markets. Falls were recorded in Brussels (-5.0%), Madrid (-1.9%), Barcelona (-1.4%) and Paris (-1.2%) whilst rental increases were recorded in Luxembourg (+5.3%), Stockholm (+2.4%) and Hamburg (+2.1%)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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U.K. house prices rose in April for a second month, according to Hometrack Ltd., which said gains may not be sustained as demand fails to keep up with supply.
Values rose 0.1 percent from March, when they increased 0.2 percent, the London-based property research company said in an e-mailed report today. An indicator of demand rose at half the pace seen in the previous month………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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House prices have risen for the second month in a row, but the whole of the increase has been driven by London and the South, a study found.
Prices increased by 0.1% on average across England and Wales in April, but they were either static or fell in the North, the Midlands and Wales, property analyst Hometrack said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Germans fund managers were the largest cross-border investment group in the Benelux region last year.
Data compiled by PropertyEU Research on transactions of large deals of EUR 20 mln and above indicates the Germans accounted for EUR 660 mln of investment in the Netherlands last year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Portuguese property funds delivered a positive performance of 1.2% in 2011, according to the APFIPP/ IPD Portugal Property Fund Index just released.
The index is based on a sample of 37 property funds with a combined total value of assets under management of EUR 7 bn. It reports annual returns, released on a quarterly basis………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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House prices rose by 0.1% in April, according to new figures. This is less than the 0.2% rise recorded in March, but it’s still the second month in a row that prices have increased.
However, ‘a clear divide’ continues to grow between London and the rest of the country, according to property website Hometrack………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Property investors in Dubai will be eligible for cancellation of their contracts and may seek “full” refunds if the real estate developer fails to provide the promised unit or services within a specific timeframe, according to a proposed new Investor Protection Law.
From a delay in handing over of units to a failure to deliver promised facilities as per the sales contract, the proposed law gives property investors in Dubai the right to seek cancellation of their contracts and get “full” refunds………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Major works on the housing units for expatriate laborers in Shadadiyyah and Subhan have been completed and both projects will be handed over to the Ministry of Finance in May, says Director for Expatriate Labor Housing Projects Hayel Al-Mutairi.
Al-Mutairi explained the two projects are aimed at providing better accommodation for the expatriate workers, affirming the Ministry of Finance will appoint a certain government department to manage these residential areas after its Social Affairs and Labor counterpart issues a decision in this regard………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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In India, no matter how much you want to, you cannot do any analysis because the data does not exist. Despite the centrality of real estate prices in the economy, as well as in the lives of people, these are an almost completely opaque part of the Indian economy.
This is all the more galling because with financial savings less developed than the western countries, real estate (along with gold) is a much bigger part of people’s savings………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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One of the great mysteries of real estate is the lack of strong rental growth in a land that allegedly has a chronic housing shortage crisis. The latest rental report from Australian Property Monitors – which covers the eight capital cities – records falling rentals in some markets, zero growth in most and small increases in a few.
The only market to deliver rent rises consistent with the so-called dwelling shortages is the Darwin housing market………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The property market is begging for a cut to the official interest rate tomorrow, but experts warn everything depends on the big four banks, and whether they will decide to follow the Reserve Bank’s actions.
The comments come as the auctions market dropped to a new low in Sydney, while remaining steady in Melbourne, although listings are still well under the same levels recorded last year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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