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Scarcity of Hong Kong property to continue for 20 years

International Business Times 13.03.2011
(Photo: REUTERS / Bobby Yip ) "Conduit Road 39", a luxurious residential building developed by Henderson Land Development, located at Hong Kong's Mid-Levels district and facing the Victoria Harbour, is seen from the Peak October 14, 2009.  Read more: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/122039/20110312/scarcity-of-hong-kong-property-to-continue-for-20-years.htm#ixzz1GS0GjXEi

A new report just released by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors shows there will be a severe shortage of property in Hong Kong which is due to the government only providing enough land for 18,500 new units each year. The report estimates that 22,000 new units need to be provided every year for the next 5 to 10 years.

Luxury expert: Beyond speculation in luxury real estate

It is quite common, particularly in the domestic media, for property investors to be labelled as “speculators”. This makes me every uncomfortable, as in essence, anyone who puts money into something is, of course, looking to make a profit.

Singapore property prices may be hurt by supply surge in 2013 and 2014

Local analysts predict house prices in Singapore might fall over the next few years due to a significant increase in supply of completed units.

Buying An "As Is" Home Is Sometimes Not Clear-Cut

Buyers and sellers are sometimes not on the same page about what are the conditions of selling an "as is" property, and to take a phrasing from former President Bill Clinton, that depends on what the meaning of "as is" is. NY1's Real Estate reporter Jill Urban filed the following report.

Pets Help Sell Manhattan Apartments

CONSTANCE ROSENBLUM The New York Times 19.02.2011

A Home for Two Households

CONSTANCE ROSENBLUM The New York Times 19.02.2011
At showings of his owners’ five-room prewar apartment on the Upper East Side, Wraggles turned out, quite by accident, to be popular with buyers.

JON LIGHTMAN and Judy Batalion never learned the name of the sociable beige cat in attendance when they checked out a seventh-floor loft in north Chelsea last fall. But the couple fell for him hard.

BIRD’S-EYE VIEW Vivian Berger and Michael Finkelstein have a 360-degree view from their apartment.

THE journey that brought Vivian Berger and Michael Finkelstein to their spectacular aerie on the Upper West Side started more than a decade ago, with what might or might not have been a date.

A Perfectly Profitable Paradise – More Reasons To Invest In The Philippines

If you are thinking about investing in the Philippines you’ll be pleased to hear that the World Bank has ranked the Philippines as one of the world’s 10 most improved economies in facilitating trade and investment across borders.

Singapore landed homes to remain hot buys, unaffected by anti-speculation measures

Demand for landed properties in Singapore will most likely remain strong in 2011 because buyers of these properties usually occupy them as opposed to speculating for profit, analysts say.

Leasehold ownership in Thailand: to extend or not to extend?

Samma Kitsin, Director-General of Real Estate Information Centre shares his view on the leasehold ownership extension in Thailand.

Fewer buyers for £1 million plus properties in the UK, research suggests

Competition for properties worth £1 million in the UK has fallen over the last two years, with just five buyers for each compared with eight previously.

Do new or resale properties make better investments?

Which makes a better property investment - resale condos or brand new condos? Hear from the experts. Find out!

What will happen to London Property in 2011?

In 2011 we anticipate the continuation of the two tier system. The prime London properties will continue to outperform the rest of the market as they have done throughout 2010, this compares favourably with the general London market which has slipped back during the second half of the year.

Short Term Rental Is Better Than Long Term For Many Overseas Investments

The recession has forced many overseas property owners to rent out their holiday homes rather than keep it for themselves. With low costs flights from most major European cities, Stephen Anderson, Managing Director of Infinito Real in Portugal believes the short term rental market is a fantastic opportunity to generate income to help with the running costs of an overseas investment, as long as it’s done properly.

Kuala Lumpur, New York City, London are top picks for 2011

Kuala Lumpur, London and the ‘Big Apple’ are where Hong Kong’s savviest investors are now spending their money. Today, Hong Kongers are also investing in Malaysia after almost a decade of preferring London, Singapore and New York. With Malaysia’s economy expected to grow 5.3% in 2011 and London’s forecast to grow 3.8%, investors are venturing across the globe to invest in real estate.

For Spain, Real-Estate Outlook Appears Bleak

WILLIAM BOSTON The Wall Street Journal 06.01.2011

Mixed forecast for property market despite latent demand

HELEN PRIDHAM Herald Scotland 02.01.2011
For Spain, Real-Estate Outlook Appears Bleak

Amid all the uncertainties facing European real estate in 2011, there is one abiding belief: Spain is headed for more pain.

Stuart McDonald and Clare Ewen

Scottish property prices could fall by up to 2.5% in 2011 and may not start rising again until 2013 according to one set of predictions for the coming year.

Balanced real estate market expected in 2011

Bill Doskoch CTV News 02.01.2011
Real estate agents say Toronto had a good year in 2010, but added that 2009 was a great year.

As you celebrate Christmas this year, the one small lump of coal in your real estate stocking is that your house's value probably didn't rise at the same pace in 2010 as it did the year before.

Realty check: Homebuyer’s expectations from 2011

The year 2010 can be considered as a mixed year for the Indian real estate sector. The industry displayed some positive signs of revival with homebuyers & investors coming back to the property market on the back of a higher consumer confidence and the promise of sustained GDP growth. This lead to hardening of the property prices in the beginning of 2010. The home prices moved up at a brisk pace during Oct 2009 to March 2010. The sudden and steep rise in prices created a fear in the mind of the genuine homebuyers and they adapted a wait and watch approach during the second half of 2010.

Facebook overtakes Yahoo! to become 3rd-most-visited Web property

Facebook has passed Yahoo! to become the 3rd-most-visited Web property in the world, according to web analytics site ComScore. ComScore's November numbers showed Facebook at 648 million unique visitors per month to Yahoo!'s 630 million. Meanwhile, Google and Microsoft are still hanging tough in the number 1 and 2 spots.


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