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Real Estate Briefing 06.Jun 2012

Posted on 06 June 2012 by Laxman |  Email |Print

As expected, most of the world’s housing markets are struggling this year. Prices are up the most in India and Brazil; down the most in Greece and Ireland. The latest survey from Global Property Guide shows only one third of the countries monitored saw price gains in the first quarter, the rest saw drops.
The Global Property Guide is based in Bristol, United Kingdom and in the Philippines. House prices fell in 24 of the 36 countries for which quarterly house price statistics are available. Prices rose in only 12 countries………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Michael HaddockEurope, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) was the worst performing region globally for real estate investment value in the first quarter of 2012, according to the latest CBRE Capital Value Index. EMEA recorded 0.7% growth in capital values compared to 7.6% in the first quarter of 2011.
The Americas were the strongest performer, registering 9.6% growth. This marks a shift from 2011, when Asia Pacific set the pace for global real estate investment performance with 19% growth. Capital value growth in Asia Pacific dropped back to 8% in Q1 this year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Canadian realtors recorded slowing sales growth last month, regional data suggest, led by a cooling market in Toronto. The value of purchases at seven major regional real estate boards that have reported figures for May rose 4.9 percent from a year earlier to C$11.2 billion ($10.8 billion), according to data compiled by Bloomberg News.
Those markets had an 8.5 percent annual increase in value during the prior month. British Columbia led realtor declines in May, with unit home sales in Vancouver falling 16 percent from a year earlier………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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U.S. home prices climbed in April in a fresh sign of stabilization for the housing market, data analysis firm CoreLogic said on Tuesday.
CoreLogic’s home price index rose 2.2 percent in April from the previous month and gained 1.1 percent from the year before………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Residential property prices in the US have increased on a quarterly and an annual basis nationally, according to the latest data from real estate data provider Clear Capital.
Its Home Data Index shows that it is the first time in two years that both indicators have risen in the same period………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The D.C. region has been called the leader of the nation’s housing market. Indeed, even as other markets across the country begin to recover, prices in the Washington area continue to rise and have been up for 26 out of the last 30 months, according to data from RBIntel.
But, as everyone knows, all real estate is local, and the recovery has been markedly different around the region. In the Washington metropolitan statistical area, or Washington MSA (which is defined as the District and 21 counties and cities in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia), the median sales price is at 80 percent of the peak………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The 2012 buying and selling season is well underway and the housing market is finally showing signs of life. Agents are sharing stories of bidding wars in many markets as buyers are getting off the fence, ready to capitalize on still-record low levels of affordability.
So is now really a good time to buy? In many markets, yes, and some places are better markets for buyers than others. Knowing that some people might still be wary of dipping their toes in the real estate market, we looked at the places where it makes a lot of sense to buy if you live there………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Rental level for prime offices remained stable in most major European markets in Q1 2012, with the CBRE EU-27 Prime Office Rent Index edging up by 0.1% during the period.
The stability of CBRE’s index masked modest increases in a handful of European markets, notably in Hamburg (+4.3%) and Nordic markets, such as Oslo, and declines in southern Europe and Ireland – reflecting the ongoing effects of the economic difficulties in the Eurozone. Overall, office rents across Europe increased 0.4% from a year ago………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The escalation of the eurozone crisis will widen the gap between a stronger British housing market in the south and a weaker market in the north, a think-tank has warned.
The Centre for Economics and Business Research predicted that while house prices would rise 2pc in the South East this year, and 2.4pc in London, prices would fall 2.7pc in the North East and 2.2pc in Scotland. Overall it expected prices to rise by 1pc in the UK, following a 1.5pc fall in 2011………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Luxury-home prices in central London rose the least in nine months in May, after the British government increased a tax on purchases of 2 million pounds ($3.1 million) or more, Knight Frank LLP said.
Values of houses and apartments costing an average of 3.7 million pounds climbed 10.7 percent from a year earlier, the London-based broker said in a report today. That was the smallest gain since August 2011. Prices rose 0.7 percent from April, bolstered by buyers from mainland Europe………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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German real-estate funds facing redemption demands from investors are planning to liquidate about €20 billion ($25 billion) in assets, a move that could put pressure on property values in markets throughout Europe.
In recent weeks, Credit Suisse and Kan Am Group announced they would liquidate funds with €5.6 billion and €3.6 billion in assets, respectively, including office buildings, shopping centers and other properties in France and Germany……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Nordic property fund returns continued to improve in the first quarter of 2012, delivering 3%, compared to 1.4% in the last three months of 2011, according to the latest IPD Nordic Property Fund Index (NPFI).
The index revealed a 5.4% return in the last 12 months, a significant slowdown on the 16.5% delivered for the same 12 month period in 2011 and in stark contrast to the negative 34.9% for the same period in 2009. The four year average for the index is a negative 5.0%………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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A call by Dutch financial regulators for more transparency in relation to the valuation of commercial real estate in the Netherlands is counterproductive, a leading industry professional has warned.
‘I hate to say it but the fact the regulators have called for more transparency indicates a lack of real estate expertise at the Dutch central bank (DNB) and the financial markets regulator AFM,’ Marco Hekman, managing director of CBRE Netherlands, told Dutch financial daily Het Financieele Dagblad……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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The ongoing economic recovery and growth since the end of 2010 has brought optimism and helped the real estate market to start gradual recovery from the crisis, which was evident in the first half of 2011.
This statement is based on the fact that the volume of the property bargains has increased lately, slowing the pace of lowering the prices and meanwhile interest rates on mortgage loans are now to be found at lower levels………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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There are literally thousands of articles out there Turkey’s potential as a property investment destination, its strong banking system, strong stable economy, stable political system, rapidly growing economy, rapidly growing population, massive tourism growth and on an on with facts, figures and dates to support it all.
But there are also downsides which are far less well covered in property investment related stories. However, if we are to present Turkey property to savvy investors in the hope that they will invest, then we must present the pros and cons and allow them to decide for themselves………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Facing skyrocketing energy costs and the introduction of one of the world’s first carbon taxes, South African real-estate developers are ramping up efforts to develop energy-efficient buildings—from modern office towers to housing for the poor.
For several years, South Africa has been a leader on the continent in the development of so-called “green” buildings that use cutting-edge materials, technology and construction techniques, to minimize energy use………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The volume of real estate transactions in the Kingdom has reached JD1.98 billion during the first five months of 2012, compared with the same period of the last two years, according to official figures.
The Department of Land and Survey statistics showed that the volume of transactions reached JD2.6 billion and JD1.88 billion in 2011 and 2010 respectively, when a governmental decision to exempt apartments from registration fees was in place………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The Knight Frank Global House Price Index established in 2006 is the definitive means for investors and developers to monitor and compare the performance of mainstream residential markets across the world. The index is compiled on a quarterly basis using official government statistics or central bank data where available.
The Global House Price Index recorded its weakest annual performance since the depths of the recession in 2009, recording only 0.9% growth in the year to March 2012………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Bangalore real estate markets as compared to other metros, is clocking a fairly decent performance despite rising interest rate and escalating property prices.
“Bangalore has typically been an end user driven market with moderate price appreciation. Stability in the market, as well as minimal speculation, has been driving the end-users to proceed with their purchase decisions,” mentioned a recent report by Knight Frank India, a property brokerage firm………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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China will stick to property cooling measures, especially the differentiated credit and tax policies, as well as restrictions on buying second or third homes in some cities, said a government official on Tuesday.
The country’s property market is currently developing in the direction envisaged by the macro adjustment and control policies, with home prices declining in some cities since last year, said an official of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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A China stimulus package would be felt across the full range of residential and commerical real estate operations. As with housing and commercial property markets around the world, stimulus is certainly needed for China’s real estate market if recent stock price performance provides any clues.
Over the last month of market action Shanghai-based property management company E-J Holdings is off by 30.82%. For the same period Beijing-headquartered Xinyuan Real Estate, a residential construction company, is down 25.14%………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Analysts are confident that Thailand’s property market will recover in line with the general economy this year but will be hampered by regulations.
According to the Bangkok Post, the president of Noble Development Plc, Thongchai Busrapan, expressed concerns that regulations, down payments, and price supports will hamper growth in an otherwise healthy market………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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