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Vietnam Empty Office Towers Show Dreams Turned to Rubble

Bloomberg News 26.11.2012
Vietnam Empty Office Towers Show Dreams Turned to Rubble

From afar, the gleaming metal and glass edifices of Hanoi’s EVN Tower illustrate Vietnam’s rapid economic development. Up close, the rubble-strewn entrance and missing windows tell another story: one of loose lending and property speculation that now hangs over the country’s banks.

Fears of HK commercial property bubble

Hong Kong's clampdown on speculation in residential property is fuelling fears that the hot money flowing into the region will further inflate a bubble in the city's commercial property market.

Developers decry high commercial property taxes

Homeowners are paying an increasing proportion of property taxes in Vancouver and Toronto – but not in Montreal, where businesses are increasingly picking up the tab.

Dim property outlook for office and retail sectors

The property market might be displaying resilience amid a global economic slowdown, but experts say both the office and retail segments face weakness ahead.

The UAE is among the top 20 countries on the Global Retail Development Index. — AFP

Emerging real estate market dynamics, long-term return on investment and a robust regional retail sector will be on the agenda at Cityscape Global 2012 next month, as it gets set to host a series of conferences identifying new ventures for those attending the show.

Property company Workspace launches retail bond

Workspace, the property company, has launched a retail bond issue paying 6pc for seven years. This is the first retail bond launched by the FTSE 250 listed company, which will pay out two dividends a year once on April 9 and another on October 9.

The Toronto skyline. A new study says Canada’s commercial real estate sector contributed $63.3-billion to the economy last year.

Commercial real estate generated $63.3-billion in economic activity in Canada last year, making the sector’s economic contribution twice as large as the entire economy of the province of Newfoundland & Labrador, according to a new report.

AXA has created a new office property investment fund.

TOKYO-AXA Real Estate Investment Managers has launched the Tokyo Office Property Fund. At the first close of this fund, it provides US $126-million equity to invest in mid-size Tokyo office properties.

Housing associations should develop homes and commercial property to take a slice of a lucrative market as grant funding dries up. Photograph: Micha Theiner / Rex Features

Housing associations are at a cross roads. Gone are the "good old days" when the path ahead was obvious. While we used to be sheltered from market risks and business perils by generous funding arrangements and a healthy dose of benign regulation, these have now been taken away and we must to step forward and accept responsibility for determining our own destiny.

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