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Real Estate Briefing 28.Jun 2012

Posted on 28 June 2012 by Laxman |  Email |Print

Increased transparency in global real estates markets aids investors and occupiers, according to a report by Jones Lang LaSalle. A biennial index released today by Jones Lang LaSalle and LaSalle Investment Management reveals that recovering real estate markets have prompted renewed impetus to transparency improvements following a slowdown in progress during the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009.
Nearly 90% of markets have registered advances in real estate transparency during the past two years, driven by improving market fundamentals data and performance measurement, combined with better governance of listed vehicles………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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According to Jones Lang LaSalle’s 2012 Global Real Estate Transparency Index report released this week; recovering real estate markets globally have prompted renewed impetus to transparency improvements following a slowdown in progress during the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009.
Nearly 90 percent of markets have registered advances in real estate transparency during the past two years, driven by improving market fundamentals data and performance measurement, combined with better governance of listed vehicles………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Amid waves of troubling global economic news, there’s a sleeper story that’s gone largely overlooked, particularly in financial markets. The U.S. housing market is doing much better. And it’s now on the cusp of what could be a dramatic turnaround.
That’s the conclusion of a new report by Vancouver-based independent housing economist Doug Smyth, who argues, among other good things, that millions of newly created jobs will eventually power another boom in demand for softwood lumber………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Americans are finally gaining confidence in the housing market five years after it collapsed. Sales of new and previously occupied homes are up from the same time last year. Home prices are rising in most markets. And homebuilders are starting more projects.
The market still has a long way to regain full health. But the data suggest the worst is over and a modest recovery is under way. Here’s a look at recent housing indicators:……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Homebuyers have had the advantage for years, especially in hard-hit real estate markets. But recent numbers indicate sellers might be starting to see a resurgence. Some experts have even dared to say that we may be on the verge of a seller’s market.
Dictionary.com defines a seller’s market as: “a market in which more people want to buy than want to sell.” With active listing inventory (the number of properties on the market) at 12 month lows and absorption rates in some parts of Manhattan falling way below the 10 year average, many sellers are now gaining the upper hand……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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A combination of beaten down home prices and rising rents make these cities promising places to become a landlord — just as long as you understand the risks involved. Ever thought about becoming a landlord? Now might just be the perfect time, especially if you’re looking at a real estate market like Las Vegas.
Home prices in Sin City are still greatly depressed — down 62% from the 2006 peak, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index — making for some great bargains for investors. Meanwhile, rents continue to climb, according to a recent report from HomeVestors based on analysis by Local Market Monitor………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Canadian home resale prices rose in May from April, hitting record highs for the second month in a row, but the pace of growth continued to slow on an annual basis, the Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price Index showed on Wednesday.
Ten of the 11 metropolitan markets tracked by the index were higher and one was flat. It was the first time in nearly a year that none of the 11 markets declined………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Expectation of an increase in property prices spurs investors to buy now. Property prices in the UK are expected to increase next year with data from BNP Paribas suggesting a growth of around 6.7 percent.
The news has spurred UK property investors to act now before prices rise in the country, particularly as there has been negative growth in 2008 and 2011. This year has seen growth rise by 2.1 percent according to the report and the UK real estate sector is at last about to see the light at the end of the tunnel………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The multibillion pound regeneration of London’s East End, home to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, is unlikely to yield a house-price boom analysts say, but landlords stand to make long-term income streams from the area’s new developments.
A key element of London’s successful bid for the 2012 Games was the promise of transformation in east London, formerly an industrial outpost of the capital, now home to the Olympic stadia and other major investments for the Games………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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While some improvements have been recorded since 2010, the Middle East and Africa remains the least transparent of the 4 global regions covered in the Index. Areas where the MEA region scores particularly poorly include the lack of investment performances indices and the lack of available data on market fundamentals.
The pace of improvement in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has been slower than in other regions since 2010. Dubai remains the region’s most transparent market, but the most significant progress has been in the Lebanon, where the market is gaining transparency and attracting more institutional players………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Iraq agreed on a $245 million contract with the United Arab Emirates’ IIAJ Ltd. to build 1,083 housing units in the southern region of Diwaniya, according to a provincial official.
The project, the al-Zahra residential compound, will be built within two years on the southwestern side of Diwaniya city, Majid al-Mehanna, spokesman for the Diwaniya Investment Commission, said by telephone today. The province needs 100,000 residential units, he said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Dubai has been ranked the Middle East and North Africa’s most transparent real estate market, but the region continues to lag behind others globally, according to a new report by Jones Lang LaSalle.
Transparency levels have increased in 80 percent of the region over the last two years, with the Lebanese real estate market showing the greatest improvement, the consultant said in its 2012 global real estate transparency index………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Mumbai, India’s financial hub and home to Bollywood — one of the largest movie industries in the world — is the most expensive city in the country and real estate prices in the city compete with other Asian centers such as Singapore and Hong Kong.
Over the past year Asia’s third-largest economy has grappled with corruption scandals, policy flip fops and poor fiscal performance, but property prices in its largest metro have stayed immune, clinging to pre-Lehman highs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Property prices in China may have eased but further tightening of the property market is unlikely, according to industry players. Instead, growth opportunities are present in the commercial and residential sectors.
For Hong Kong developer Hang Lung Properties, which has been branching out into China since the 1990s, the country’s retail property is the way forward………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Chinese real estate developers have begun investing in projects outside of the country in order to meet growing demand for overseas property among rich customers, Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post reported.
Buyers are looking overseas because of restrictions on real investments in the mainland, or because of a wish to emigrate or own a vacation home, the newspaper said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Fortress Investment Group LLC (FIG), the investment company overseeing $46.4 billion, wants to raise $1 billion for a Japanese property fund by the end of the year, two people familiar with the plan said.
The company’s second Japan Opportunity Fund, which invests in assets including real estate debt, is in the process of buying $200 million of debt from Japanese and foreign banks with a total principal balance of $1.3 billion, said the people, who requested anonymity because the information is private………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The Australian property market could become more popular with British investors in the future, with the country’s government trying to streamline the application process for those planning to move to the antipodes.
Marc Da Silva, freelance property journalist and founder of PropertyJournalist.com, said this could have an impact on the number of Brits making the move down under………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Sydney was the strongest-performing major capital city housing market over the month of May, registering a nearly 2% rise in house prices to a median of $675,500, according to Residex. The Sydney market is in positive territory for the year ending May 2012, with growth of 1.2%.
The Sydney unit market registered a quarter percentage point fall in May, with prices up 1% for the year ending May 2012 to a median of $488,500. Sydney unit prices were up more than 5% for the year to May 2011………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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