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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.

Eavesdropping on dead presidents

Eavesdropping on dead presidents

In a world gone mad it’s becoming increasingly apparent that politician’s remain intent on wrecking havoc on global property markets. Bill Barnett suggests some novel alternatives.

Lawyers, consultants and real estate agents (Part Two)

Lawyers, consultants and real estate agents (Part Two)

In the second of a two-part analysis column, Desmond Hughes, Senior Partner and Hughes Krupica, a Thailand based international legal services firm, highlights the key roles of agents, lawyers, and consultants and suggests how they can work together in the real estate industry to obtain the best results.

The benchmark of regional luxury property

The benchmark of regional luxury property

As chairman of the judges, Property Report’s luxury expert Alex Shlaen believes the South East Asia Property Awards offer an important gauge for property buyers and investors, as well as a reference point for the industry.

Developing sustainably in China

Developing sustainably in China

Too many developers are focusing on getting instant results instead of developing sustainable infrastructure. Their short-sighted view will create problems in the future.

Unplugged in Yangon

Unplugged in Yangon

There is little doubt Myanmar’s property sector will emerge, but the biggest question has to be does it have the same engine which has driven most of Southeast Asia’s broad real estate sector over the past five years? Is it an emerging middle class or more exacting, a consumer class? How deep is the market?

Upbeat luxury at the Monaco Yacht Show

Upbeat luxury at the Monaco Yacht Show

Now in its 23rd year, the 2013 Monaco Yacht Show took place in late September and not only showcased some of the most extravagant superyachts on the planet, but also saw the purveyors and practitioners of high-end brands and lifestyle offerings in positive mood.

Dealing with the difficulties of living in Myanmar

Dealing with the difficulties of living in Myanmar

Myanmar’s rapid re-engagement with the international community is attracting an increasing number of expatriates and contributing to an incredible demand for residential property. Yet as new arrivals to the country quickly discover, the same factors that make Myanmar an exciting country full of potential and opportunity also lend to challenging living conditions.

Lawyers, consultants and real estate agents

Lawyers, consultants and real estate agents

In the first of a two-part analysis column, Desmond Hughes, Senior Partner and Hughes Krupica, a Thailand based international legal services firm, highlights key roles of agents, lawyers, and consultants and suggests how they can work together in the real estate industry to obtain the best results.

Why invest in Australia?

Why invest in Australia?

Global investors are eyeing the Australian commercial property sector for its strong investment fundamentals, a falling dollar, strategically targeted taxation concessions and a reduction in domestic competition for primary assets.