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Real Estate Briefing 22.Apr 2013

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Laxman |  Email |Print

Investing directly in property can be an attractive alternative to low-yielding bonds but isn’t for everyone. Investors should know the real-estate market, be wary of what can go wrong and, because properties can be illiquid, have plenty of cash in reserve, say financial advisers.
For people willing to take the plunge, the U.S. economic recovery and several other factors make real-estate fundamentals relatively favorable now, says Rich Fichtel, a senior financial adviser at Altfest Personal Wealth Management in New York, which manages about $1 billion. For example, leasing is outpacing new construction activity, and vacancy rates are declining, he notes………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Laxman |  Email |Print

Buoyed by the U.S. economy’s slow but seemingly steady recovery, the residential real-estate market is starting to rebound in many parts of the country — including central Ohio.
Here, demand is up and supply is down. In fact, in some particularly desirable neighborhoods, the transition from buyer’s market to seller’s market is all but complete………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Laxman |  Email |Print

Big investors are pouring unprecedented amounts of money into real estate hard hit by the housing crash, bringing those moribund markets back to life but raising the prospect of another Wall Street-fueled bubble that won’t be sustainable.
Drawn by the prospect of double-figure profit margins on rents and the resale of homes whose prices plummeted in the crash, hedge funds, Wall Street investors and other institutions are crowding out individual home buyers………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Laxman |  Email |Print

In the latest sign of Washington’s growing concern with market bubbles US financial regulators are setting their eyes on mortgage real estate investment trust companies as a potential risk to the country’s financial system, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The Financial Stability Oversight Council is expected to cite mortgage REITs as a point of vulnerability in the real estate market in its annual report next week, according to an inside source quoted by The Journal.
Mortgage REITs (mREITs) are publicly traded companies that borrow funds to invest in real-estate debt. Unlike regular real estate investment trust (firms that invest in physical properties), mREITs buy mortgage securities backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and offer returns to investors of as much as 15 percent………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Laxman |  Email |Print

You may have heard that rental properties can be a great way to generate passive income. Rental properties can provide monthly cash flow, protect against inflation, and usually appreciate over the long term.
Some retirees swear by rental properties instead of the usual stock and bond portfolio because they don’t have to stomach the volatile stock market swings. Owning rental properties can help fund your retirement, but being a landlord isn’t for everyone………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Laxman |  Email |Print

European Union negotiators are expected to finalize the bloc’s first common rules on mortgage lending on Monday, in an attempt to avoid a repeat of property bubbles that helped fuel the euro zone’s debt crisis.
The legislation will force lenders in Europe’s 6.5 trillion euro ($8.5 trillion) mortgage market to check the creditworthiness of potential customers and their ability to repay, effectively banning self-certified or “liar” loans………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Laxman |  Email |Print

The luxury property boom in London is unsustainable, according to Grosvenor Group, the £5.8 billion investment group. It told Reuters that the rate of luxury home price growth in London looks shaky after years of foreign investment in the safe-haven market.
Luxury home prices there have increased 53% since 2009 compared to 25% in the rest of Greater London, according to Knight Frank………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Laxman |  Email |Print

Germany’s largest cities are preparing to tighten rent regulations as they take advantage of a new federal law aimed at curbing the housing boom.
State governments that oversee housing rules in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich and other cities plan to make it illegal to raise rents in those locations by more than 15 percent in 3 years, according to government officials………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Laxman |  Email |Print

The $825bn real estate investment trust industry could be thrown into turmoil by a controversial decision by BaFin, the German financial regulator. BaFin has proposed that German Reits should be regulated as investment funds under the EU’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, due to come into effect in July.
This would bar many equity funds from investing in Reits, unless they are created as “funds of funds”. It would deter investment from countries such as China, which restricts holdings of foreign funds………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Laxman |  Email |Print

After finishing his MBA at Columbia University in New York, Luis Sanz decided not to return home to Spain to launch his Web startup, Olapic.
Sanz says he stayed in New York because his homeland lacks an entrepreneurial culture and has virtually no venture capital industry. Last year, he raised $1 million for Olapic, which helps companies collect photos posted by their customers on social-networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Laxman |  Email |Print

Zimbabweans working outside the country are contributing to a property boom and investors are banking on them purchasing in high-end suburbs. On her desk in a newly furnished office in suburban Harare, realtor Nicolette Ncube lays out the blueprints of an ambitious new property estate just north of Harare.
“Over here will be the lake, and these houses here,” she motions to drawings of a cluster of homes, “these homes will be overlooking the lake; pretty neat.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Laxman |  Email |Print

Funds that invest in real estate both locally and globally are, on average returns, among the top three performers over both the three- and one-year periods to the end of March. Local real estate funds were also the best performing sub-category over five years to the end of March.
Keillen Ndlovu, the head of the listed property franchise at Stanlib, says the property market is being driven by the strong local bond market. Listed property performs in line with the bond market because of its income-generating ability………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Laxman |  Email |Print

Ultra-prime homes in some markets outside the region have become dearer, with values doubling over the last seven years, as the ultra-rich are shifting their capital to income-generating residential unitsAnalysts have noticed a shift in investor behaviour. Whereas before billionaires used to seek safe haven in real estate, they are now seeking to set up homes in locations that pay dividends.
Last year, huge pickings were noted in places like New York, Moscow and London, where gross residential yields ranged between 5.2 and 6.4 per cent“The motives for real estate acquisition have shifted………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Laxman |  Email |Print

An Abu Dhabi government ruling for its employees to live in the emirate is starting to have an impact on the local property market, CB Richard Ellis has said in a new report.
The real estate firm said the initiative had lifted leasing volumes in the emirate although residential rents still fell by an average of three percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the previous quarter.CBRE said it expected to see further government-led interventions to take place to stimulate the market in the future but did not elaborate on what they might be………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Laxman |  Email |Print

The commercial office and retail sectors have seen little movement in occupancy or rate as the Kingdom waits for political tensions to ease. The supply pipeline of premium office space in prime locations continues to slow.
Office space requirements continue to be focused on smaller spaces with low rental rates, parking and access remaining the key issues. Land prices, particularly for residential plots have started to edge up again in a number of locations across the Kingdom………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Laxman |  Email |Print

Housing prices rose in 68 out of the 70 cities monitored by the National Bureau of Statistics in the month of March. Mid-size Wenzhou was the only city on the list to experience a price dip last month. And now regulators are starting to get nervous.
A vice-chairman from China’s Banking Regulatory Commission warned last week that risks related to property loans remain high, and said that regulators vowed to keep a close watch on lending………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Laxman |  Email |Print

Despite measures to cool commercial property speculation, a leading insurance company recently entered into a HK$4.5 billion agreement to purchase a Kowloon Bay office building.
The acquisition of the West Tower at One Bay East at 83 Hoi Bun Road - being built by Wheelock Properties - by Manulife shows that long-term investors still favor rent- generating properties………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Laxman |  Email |Print

Improved affordability coupled with low interest rates has prompted an investor resurgence in Australia’s housing market, which has experienced its strongest start to the year since 2010.
The mediocre offer by banks on cash deposits has helped the recovery for real estate, according to Australian Property Monitors economist Andrew Wilson, who says this has seen a boom at the bottom and middle end of the market. Sydney is close to record clearance rates, last week hitting 75.6 per cent, up from just 57.8 per cent during the same period last year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Laxman |  Email |Print

Property needs to be seen as an investment class asset to ensure self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustees are receiving adequate advice.
Following the release of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) taskforce into SMSF advice last week noting property spruiking activities in the sector, Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) chair Ben Kingsley told InvestorDaily that activity was the result of the area not being regulated as an asset class. “It’s this area that continues to remain a problem child, which is that property investment is not an investment class asset,” Mr Kingsley said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Laxman |  Email |Print

Property prices in Sydney have regained all their losses since the property slump in 2010 making it the first Australian city to do so whilst Melbourne has maintained steady prices despite predictions that prices would fall further.
According to RP Data Rismark, property prices in Sydney rose 1.5 per cent in March making it the first city in Australia to regain all the ground lost over the last three years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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