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Planning Paris

Haaretz 06.04.2009

Militant environmentalism

Zafrir Rinat Haaretz 06.04.2009
Planning Paris

We love to think that Paris looks just like a European capital should - with a host of ancient buildings attesting to its glorious past. Paris, however, whose real-estate prices are among the highest in the world, is plagued by its own fair share of disputes over how many and which buildings to preserve, where buildings can be demolished in favor of modern construction, and whether every historic building is worthy of preservation for future generations

Militant environmentalism

Between the Superland amusement park and the shopping malls of western Rishon Letzion, and the popular Mediterranean beach, is a small gate. The sign on it welcomes visitors to the "Mitvach 24" army base, which is actually a weapons testing ground for the army

The garden-apartment dream takes off

JOHN BENZAQUEN The Jerusalem Post 02.04.2009
Real-estate prices expected to rise again later this year

Real-estate prices will start recovering during the second half of the year, according to Erez Cohen, the chairman of the Land Appraisal Association.

The garden-apartment dream takes off

Garden apartments are ground-floor apartments in residential buildings with adjacent small plots of land. In the past, the land was was owned communally by all the residents of the building. But now it is parceled out to ground-floor residents.

In service of the builders

Haaretz 31.03.2009
Supreme Court: Four Seasons' land purchase in Jerusalem rendered 'illegal' due to lack of tender

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Four Seasons hotel chain cannot build a branch in Jerusalem. The court upheld a previous ruling by the Jerusalem District Court that the decision by the Israel Lands Administration to sell land to the hotel chain without a tender was illegal.

In service of the builders

The country's construction industry is in a crisis, and ideas for rescuing it are coming from all sides - mostly involving plans that promote construction in outlying areas, which are simultaneously aimed at helping and strengthening those areas. Previous attempts in this vein have shown that the contractors are the big winners, apartment buyers are the main losers, and the real estate market in the periphery declines as soon as such campaigns are over.

Flat on your back

Ranit Nahum-Halevy Haaretz 31.03.2009

At the sea's edge

GLORIA DEUTSCH The Jerusalem Post 31.03.2009
Flat on your back

Guy (all names of apartment buyers are fictitious) is a high-tech entrepreneur. Newly married and 33 years old, he can't sleep at night. Five months ago, the week he got married, Guy and his brand-new wife bought the apartment in Tel Aviv, in which they'd been living as tenants before the nuptials. They meant to finance most of the NIS 1.8 million cost by selling his bachelor pad. But it didn't sell, they'd already signed the contract to buy the new apartment and now the young couple are stressed out. You could say that the timing of all this is particularly awful, giving the mounting signs of recession.

A modular sofa, which can be arranged in a straight or wavy line, or a U shape, dominates the living room.

When you have four homes around the world to choose from, do you put the same amount of care in decorating and furnishing all of them? Judging by this exquisite home in Herzliya Pituah, the answer would seem to be yes.

Israel, Holy See may be near deal on tax dispute

ETGAR LEFKOVITS The Jerusalem Post 26.03.2009
Court rejects petition of Herzliya residents against Kibbutz Glil Yam

The Tel Aviv District Court, sitting as an administrative court, last week rejected a petition by Herzliya residents challenging Kibbutz Glil Yam's permit to build a new residential neighborhood on kibbutz land. The petitioners, who live near the boundary between Herzliya and the kibbutz, claimed that the local planning and building committee never published an announcement of the kibbutz's plans; therefore area residents had not been given an opportunity to object.

Israel, Holy See may be near deal on tax dispute

After more than a decade of negotiations, Israel and the Vatican are nearing an agreement on a longstanding tax dispute over Church properties in the Holy Land, senior Foreign Ministry officials said Monday.

Anti-Semitism may drive housing sales

The Jerusalem Post 26.03.2009
Anti-Semitism may drive housing sales

Africa Israel Residence Ltd., the Israeli housing developer controlled by diamond tycoon Lev Leviev, sees anti-Semitism abroad as one of the factors that may drive sales this year.

Israel to build 3,000 illegal houses

RAMALLAH: The rightist Likud and Israel Beiteinu parties agreed during coalition talks to begin construction of 3,000 housing units in the controversial E1 area between Jerusalem and West Bank settlement of Ma’aleh Adomim, a report said yesterday.

UK real estate collapse hits Arazim

Erez Wollberg Globes Online 23.03.2009
UK real estate collapse hits Arazim

The company will make a NIS 400 million write-down on properties held by subsidiaries.

Gaza reconstruction delayed by ongoing blockade

Construction materials are urgently needed to rebuild destroyed homes and infrastructure, writes MICHAEL JANSEN .

West Bank housing plan stirs alarm

Oakland Ross The Star 16.03.2009
Bottom shekel / Don't invest in real estate companies just yet

It's hard to accept the figures that tell the tale of collapses on the stock exchange. The Real Estate Index-15 index, of the fifteen real estate companies with the highest market caps, has fallen 82% from its peak, which was in 2007. It's hard to accept that the combined value of the 15 companies on the index is now less than NIS 14 billion.

West Bank housing plan stirs alarm

If Israel gets a right-wing government, expansion of settlements will be 'catastrophic,' activists warn

Construction volume in 2008 unchanged

Shay Pauzner Ynetnews 09.03.2009

Sharp drop in housing demand by young buyers

Gil Shlomo Globes Online 09.03.2009
Construction volume in 2008 unchanged

Central Bureau of Statistics sums up building starts across Israel for passing year, says ground broke on 30,480 housing units, land allocation up 5%

Sharp drop in housing demand by young buyers

Nevertheless, the 18-29 age group remains the most eager to buy an apartment.

 
Tel Aviv, Haifa note slight drop in rent prices

WinWin real estate listings indicate 3%-6% decrease in rent rates for two-bedroom apartments in Tel Aviv, one-bedroom flats in Haifa; notes overall prices across Israel unchanged

 
 

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