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Asian investors splash out on international property acquisitions

Asian investors splash out on international property acquisitions

As some Asian markets experience temporary slump in their domestic property sectors, several offshore investors from the region continue to splurge on real estate purchases around the globe.

Insiders expect a comeback for Singapore property launches

Insiders expect a comeback for Singapore property launches

Real estate insiders in Singapore are predicting the return of residential property launches in the country after a long hiatus.

Curbing measures in certain APAC cities to stay for now, experts say

Curbing measures in certain APAC cities to stay for now, experts say

Some top-tier cities in the Asia-Pacific region are not planning to ease restrictions in the residential property market any time soon, according to industry experts.

Dubai property market prices decline in H1 2014

Dubai property market prices decline in H1 2014

Dubai’s residential market witnessed a sharp decline in the first half of the year due to higher mortgage caps and steeper transfer fees that curbed buyer sentiment, according to a Knight Frank report.

Taiwanese central bank adds restrictions to housing loans

Taiwanese central bank adds restrictions to housing loans

The Taiwanese central bank has announced additional restrictions to the housing loan process in an effort to cool down the residential property market and reduce risks to financial institutions.

Infrastructure drives up real estate potential in APAC cities, says Knight Frank

Infrastructure drives up real estate potential in APAC cities, says Knight Frank

Improvements in transport infrastructure are driving up the residential real estate potential of several key cities in the region, according to the Asia-Pacific Residential Review June 2014 by Knight Frank.

Chinese central bank urges lenders to expedite home loans

Chinese central bank urges lenders to expedite home loans

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) is persuading lenders and financial institutions to accelerate the housing loan process especially for first-home buyers to alleviate the cooling Chinese property market.

Singaporean central bank issues warning against overseas property investments

Singaporean central bank issues warning against overseas property investments

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has cautioned Singaporeans on investing in foreign properties after seeing a spike in overseas investments in the last 18 months.

Analysis: Cooling measures and the love of property

Analysis: Cooling measures and the love of property

Trends and surprises in major markets.

Market round-up

Market round-up

In this weeks Market round-up: New borrowing limits take effect in Indonesia, home prices in the UK reach an all-time high, and Barclay’s forecasts steep price declines in Singapore.

Weekly market round up

Weekly market round up

Singapore Home prices would have gone gone up by an additional 9.3 percent in 2012 over 2009, had the government not stepped in to cool the market, according to real estate consultancy Savills. Speaking at an industry seminar organised by the Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore, Savills representatives said it was unlikely that policy [...]

HK & Singapore top luxury price ladder

HK & Singapore top luxury price ladder

Asia’s two key commercial hubs have the highest purchase costs in the world for non-resident buyers, according to the latest Knight Frank’s Global Development Insights Q2 2013.

Transactions in the secondary market dropped a substantial 38.8 percent year on year.

Weekly market round up

Hong Kong Hong Kong’s financial Secretary has warned that interest-rate expectations in the US would gradually affect Hong Kong’s property market, following hints by the US Federal Reserve that it would taper its monetary stimulus. After the enforcement of the Double Stamp Duty in February and the Residential Properties (First-hand Sales) Ordinance in April, the [...]

Weekly market round up

Weekly market round up

Hong Kong Sales in Hong Kong’s property market remains sluggish, according to a report from Knight Frank. The real estate services company attributed the low confidence levels to a series of real estate cooling measures imposed by the government. Data from the Land Registry showed that residential transaction volumes slumped 28.1 percent month-on-month in March, [...]

Statistics show a drop in sales in Singapore's real estate sector last month

PropNex reports falling sales in Singapore

The number of private home sales in Singapore last month fell by 65 percent month-on-month to 708 units, according to a recent report by PropNex Realty. However, officials at PropNex believe a lull in terms of new launches and transactions is not unusual given that February is a shorter month that includes celebrations for the [...]

Some investors are turning their attentions towards alternative markets like London due to cooling measures in Singapore and Hong Kong

Investors shift focus as a result of cooling measures

Overseas property firms are taking advantage of the cooling measures recently introduced in Singapore and Hong Kong, reported the South China Morning Post. The latest round of cooling measures were introduced to curb the high demand for property. Authorities doubled the stamp duty in Hong Kong as well as tightening mortgage restrictions, and Singapore’s government [...]

Hong Kong's Monetary Authority introduced a further round of cooling measures to the market in February

Property prices in Hong Kong forecast to continue growing

Property prices in Hong Kong are likely to rise for the rest of 2013 following a short term correction of ten percent, according to a recent report by property consultancy firm Colliers. Colliers also predict that potential buyers will bear greater transaction costs in order to enter the market as the expectation of returns is [...]

Analysis: Down at the eleventh hour

Analysis: Down at the eleventh hour

In Asia, cooling down heated markets seems to require quite some considerable effort and the results may see domestic investors run from the cold. I’m the biggest idiot in the entire universe. I recently spent those dim dark hours of early morning dashing between Bangkok’s two airports – Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang. With a 6 [...]

Singapore authorities aim to prevent a bubble from forming in the property market

Singapore government continues struggle against high property prices

Property prices in Singapore still have “some ways to go” before they reach an acceptable level, according to Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Singapore’s deputy prime minister and finance minister. Singapore’s property is now in a wrong part of the cycle, according to Tharman, and prices would become acceptable through a combination of income improvement, reported channelnewsasia. “Some [...]

The government in Singapore introduced a seventh round of property cooling measures on January 12

Anxiety over cooling measures builds in Singapore

Property developers in Singapore are anxious as government cooling measures introduced last month begin to take effect, according to the Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore (REDAS). REDAS president, Chia Boon Kuah, said that property developers are continuing to take part in land bids which make up their main course of development content, reported channelnewsasia. [...]