Real Estate


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.

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.

Balanced real estate market expected in 2011

Bill Doskoch CTV News 02.01.2011
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.

Balanced real estate market expected in 2011

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.

2011 English property market predictions

Property Report 23.12.2010
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.

2011 English property market predictions

Andrew Giller, Partner and head of The Buying Solution’s London office, says: “We anticipate an active early spring market – international buyers are still very prominent at the top end of the Prime London market, and the signs are that confidence is returning to the City. We may see an increase in transactions during the first quarter of 2011 due to a stamp duty increase (to 5 per cent) on properties above £1m which comes into force in April 2011. There is likely to be increased speculation that interest rates will start to rise, encouraging buyers to consider competitive mortgage arrangements sooner rather than later. On the other hand, it may be that VAT increases and talk of interest rate rises could mean that those who are not in a rush to purchase will hold off whilst they wait to see what the market does.”

He wants to sell, she wants to sit tight

The Globe and Mail 15.12.2010

Domestic bliss

PRSEA Property Report 26.11.2010
He wants to sell, she wants to sit tight

The market researcher and television producer have been sitting on a gold mine – an income property with tenants which covers the monthly mortgage payment (and then some). But they need bigger digs, and he wants to sell while the market’s hot. She wants to keep the house and continue renting it out. Who’s on the money?

Domestic bliss

After contracting nearly five per cent in 2009, foreign arrivals around the world are rebounding. According to a recent report released by the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), International arrivals are estimated to have grown by seven per cent globally through the first six months of 2010. The Asia Pacific region in particular is leading the recovery, with international arrivals increasing 14 per cent year-over-year through June. Only the Middle East outperformed the Asia Pacific region, recording a 20 per cent increase in foreign arrivals.

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