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Asia’s altered state

Asia’s altered state

There’s something amiss with regional developers’ latest fetish for Euro chic.

5 tips for building your own villa

5 tips for building your own villa

How to build your dream home with as little stress as possible.

Concrete bloc

Concrete bloc

Bill Barnett laments the Asian ghost towns of tomorrow.

Life and death’s a beach

Life and death’s a beach

For those from the West, Asia’s resort market can seem like an alien landscape.

Eight tips for buying a resort residence

Eight tips for buying a resort residence

Why buying into a hotel or resort requires special considerations

Hua Hin welcomes the high life

Hua Hin welcomes the high life

A flurry of new high-end developments and a flourishing reputation as a sporting destination is putting Thailand’s Hua Hin on the map.

House of cards

House of cards

Property investors, like gamblers, need to know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em.

Share and share alike

Share and share alike

The pros and cons of shared ownership

Beam me up, Scotty

Beam me up, Scotty

Flying through the Asian skies, Bill Barnett comes to the unsettling conclusion that the property industry is being overrun by the cult of made up terms

Everybody wants to rule the world

Everybody wants to rule the world

The long mean dry season will soon come to an end in chaotic Thailand, but a brief respite from the heat has already been found in the invasion by realty TV franchise family The Kardashians of the sun soaked shores of Phuket.

Indonesia’s resort market pushes beyond Bali

Indonesia’s resort market pushes beyond Bali

While southern Indonesia’s red hot resort property market has shown remarkable capital appreciation in the last five years, people are now asking: Have things gone too far, too fast?

Real estate crowdfunding –  the next big thing for the regional real estate markets?

Real estate crowdfunding – the next big thing for the regional real estate markets?

Real estate crowdfunding simply means the pooling of funds by like-minded individuals for real estate investment projects. But will it prove to be a popular option?

Analysis: Bit by bit

Analysis: Bit by bit

Bill Barnett looks at aspiration, greed, dinosaurs and the Bitcoin approach to real estate investment.

Analysis: The holy grail

Analysis: The holy grail

Time, space and timeless design are the new luxuries, writes Clint Nagata.

Analysis: Why Phuket’s future will be bright

Analysis: Why Phuket’s future will be bright

By working together, we can affect change, writes Nick Anthony

Analysis: The winter of my discontent

Analysis: The winter of my discontent

Billy Shakes and Bill Barnett share more than an oft-abbreviated flexi-name. As the tropical winds turn tepid, the shorter days give rise to his personal winter of discontent.

Gearing up for Smart Cities in Asia

Gearing up for Smart Cities in Asia

Zaid Hamzah looks at the emerging race to build global smart cities and considers which countries are ahead of the curve.

Fear, loathing and real estate in fourteen easy steps

Fear, loathing and real estate in fourteen easy steps

Bill Barnett stares into the murky depths and offers his Asian property market predictions for 2014.

Analysis: Measures of quality

Analysis: Measures of quality

The chairman of the judges for this year’s South East Asia Property awards reflects on the judging process and the value that awards offer to investors.

Myanmar market update

Myanmar market update

Yangon-based real estate services firm Scipio looks at recent developments in the Myanmar property market over the last few weeks.