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Long name, hot property

The Sydney Morning Herald 06.07.2012

Advice from CPPCC on Property Curbs: Relax!

The Wall Street Journal 06.07.2012
Veronica Morgan and Bryce Holdaway host the new Location franchise.   Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/long-name-hot-property-20120704-21fyo.html#ixzz1zuaL9lDg

SERIOUSLY, has there ever been a longer title for a show? At 12 or 13 syllables, depending on how you pronounce ''Australia'', LifeStyle's latest adaptation of a British property format - Location, Location, Location Australia - hardly rolls off the tongue. ''Our rule is 40 letters, which is how many letters you can get on the EPG [electronic program guide] and we just got on,'' says LifeStyle's director of commissioning, Emma Westcott.

Advice from CPPCC on Property Curbs: Relax!

Adding to a growing chorus, a group of Chinese policy advisers has urged Beijing to pull back on its two-year property-tightening campaign.

Buyer Inquiries on the Rise This year, nearly six in 10 (59 percent) respondents report an uptick in buyer inquiries compared to this time last year. This is a significant increase from only 44 percent reporting increases in 2011, and 43 percent in 2010. At the same time, only 15 percent say they are getting fewer inquiries than a year ago, down from nearly three in 10 (29 percent) for the prior two years.

Real Estate Investment outlook for Asia in 2H2012

Macroeconomic outlook We see the global economic climate for the second half of 2012 as “not pretty” as Europe is headed for a recession, while the United States is facing anemic growth at best, and slowing growth rates in Asia. Nonetheless, Asia remains the bright spot for growth amid the bleak economic backdrop. We view Asia as an extremely heterogeneous market. Asia has approximately 50 countries which are different from each other in terms of stage of development, governance systems, transparency in real estate markets, tax regimes, and official languages used. Given the diversity in Asia, we view Asia as a collection of distinct local markets and broadly classify them into two categories: developed Asia and emerging Asia.

Analysis: Home design: Handbags at dawn

Property Report 19.06.2012
How much does an average property agent earn?

I was recently invited by the Institute of Estate Agents (IEA) to be one of the panel judges for the Realtor of the Year award. Along with my fellow judges, I was given the sacred task of interviewing and identifying a suitable candidate who embodied the values of a model realtor. Apart from being top performers (in terms of commissioned earned), they also had to be professional in conduct and provide warm and personable service.

Analysis: Home design: Handbags at dawn

Modern, high-end furniture sets new trends and surely deserves a spot at the top of the luxury product list.

Home construction and renovation falls in Australia in first quarter of 2012

Preliminary figures published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics provide a disappointing update for residential construction in the March 2012 quarter, according to the Housing Industry Association, the voice of the country’s residential building industry.

Why This May Be the Ideal Time to Buy Real Estate

Well, it’s only taken half a decade, but the moribund real estate market is finally starting to show signs of life. If you were thinking about making a move on a piece of property, right now is possibly the best time. You can still take advantage of low prices in most places around the country, and mortgage rates are at once-in-a-lifetime record lows: 30- and 15-year fixed mortgages are around 4% and 3%, respectively.

Affordable homes, but it won't last

Simon Collins 18.05.2012

Cayo: Buying a strata property takes extra care

Affordable homes, but it won't last

Experts are backing a Government claim that New Zealand houses are affordable again - but warn that the sweet spot won't last when interest rates eventually go up.

Cayo: Buying a strata property takes extra care

Vancouver, B.C.- Many first-time condo buyers rationalize a potential purchase something like this: “I’m paying $1,200 a month in rent,” they say. “The mortgage on a sweet little place of my own will be $1,000 a month. So I’ll be saving $200.

Property: Real estate becomes target for investors

Rooms with a view: the slums of Santa Marta, where rents have risen despite the poor standards of housing

Signs that property market in Hong Kong is cooling as land sells for less than expected

The property market in Hong Kong may be cooling as the government sold land in one of the city's most exclusive areas last week for less than analysts estimated.

Areas of Orissa have yet to be touched by India's growing real estate developments.

The real sector has emerged as one India’s largest drivers of economic growth. As a sector, it provides large scale employment and contributes significantly to the GDP. For decades, environmentalists have been warning that frenetic human economic activity associated with the breakneck speed of economic growth is placing a huge strain on the earth and its natural resources.

UK property market has had strong start, analysis of indices reveals

The residential property market in the UK has had a strong start to the year despite continued economic gloom, according to an analysis of data from the leading house price indices.

The interior of a 388 sq ft apartment at Soho 188 in Race Course Road. Property analysts have issued a blunt warning to investors keen to buy so-called shoebox apartments in hopes of capital gains and good rental returns. -- THE BUSINESS TIMES PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN

Property analysts have issued a blunt warning to investors keen to buy so-called shoebox apartments in hopes of capital gains and good rental returns.

Property bubble fears ease - slightly

TO THE World Bank office in Beijing, where the multilateral lender cut its forecast for China’s 2012 economic growth to 8.2 per cent, but said the chances of a soft landing were good, and the prospects of a disastrous property crash in the world’s second biggest economy are receding.

Luxury Expert: Conspicuous luxury consumption

In the next decade or so, baby boomers will be retiring. This is a significant factor that will influence wealth and spending patterns, with baby boomers in Asia increasingly investing in second homes and resorts to retire in style.

Last-minute rush: Stamp duty holiday for first-timers ended on March 24, prompting a stampede to get deals done before the deadline   Read more: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-2124905/Halifax-house-prices-Average-property-massive-2-2-March.html#ixzz1r5223X3m

House prices jumped 2.2 per cent in March as first-time buyers rushed to get on the property ladder before the end of a stamp duty holiday, the latest Halifax survey suggests.

Rich Russians write record checks for NY property

Billionaires from Russia and the ex-Soviet Union have been pushing the high end property market in the US as they spent $1 billion on residential real estate in the country over the past four years.


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