In a surprise move, the government announced fresh cooling measures on the evening of July 5 just as the Singapore property market was finding a firmer footing. Developers, who are no strangers to policy changes, could adopt various strategies to navigate the new paradigm.
Buildings of the future must be designed and customised with the needs of end-users in mind, taking into consideration the environment, health and wellness, as well as social equity.
It is fair to say there was never a dull moment in Singapore’s residential real estate sector in the past 12 months. A year ago, the property market was on the cusp of recovery, developers snapped up land to replenish their landbanks and the collective sale market flourished. One year on, the picture has turned a shade darker as greater uncertainty looms for real estate developers.
Japan appears to have played its long-awaited trump card in the passing of the Integrated Resort (IR) Implementation Act on 20 July. The move will pave the way for Japan to the set up a domestic casino gaming industry, and this has already stirred great excitement among many casino operators who are eyeing a slice of this appetizing pie.
Travel and tourism sector in the region continued its run of strong performance in the first half of 2018. Hotels across Asia Pacific booked a 1.2% growth in room occupancy levels against the previous half year - thanks to the strong growth in Average Daily Rate (ADR), which rose by 7.3%, led mainly by North Eastern and South Asian properties.
Many investors still favour Sydney and Melbourne, but Perth could line up as the next investment hotspot, with good upside potential in the coming years. As prices bottom out, the housing market in Perth could recover over the next two to three years.
Manchester, home to two of the biggest football clubs in the world, is becoming the poster city for infrastructure development and real estate investment in the United Kingdom (UK). The new-found interest in Manchester properties rides on the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ plan which will see the UK government pour hundreds of millions of pounds to rejuvenate the region, boosting its global appeal.
Auctioneering has made media headlines in recent years particularly in the residential segment as more properties go on the block.
These two cases highlight the value of a valuer, whether in a break-up or “marriage” situation. In both cases, the valuer was jointly appointed by both parties – underlining the trust that they had in the valuer as an independent professional to come up with unbiased opinions.
Sick and tired of the daily grind? Chances are the office environment may have something to do with it. Most people would feel slightly ill if they are cooped up hours on end – day after day - in drab and enclosed work spaces, with poor air quality and harsh fluorescent lighting.
Most things, if left unattended to and uncared for fall into disrepair. The same goes for real estate as well, be it commercial or residential properties. Buildings that are poorly maintained are not only an eyesore in the urban landscape, but they are also dangerous to their inhabitants. Investors will also be aware that deteriorating conditions will affect rentability and impact the value of the property negatively.
A disconnect may occur between the financial and ground operations, especially for companies with manufacturing facilities in other countries far from their incorporated headquarters.
As far as discretionary spending goes, holidays are one of the last things that people will give up on, and it is increasingly being seen as a must-have.
The multi-year housing boom in Australia has been met with restrictions on lending and foreign investor duty surcharge over the past year but this has not meant that the Australian property market is now losing steam as first-home buyers or owner occupiers in Australia have stepped in to pick up the slack. So why are people still investing in Australia despite measures to curb foreign investment and which locations are foreign investors looking at now?
Nice things do come in small packages sometimes, but real estate development sites are usually not among them.
China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) - an attempt to recreate the historic Silk Road trading routes – has been promised to shape global economic market and geopolitical landscape. The much-discussed BRI, a showpiece project of Chinese President Xi Jinping, aims to connect about 80 countries across three continents to China.
It is said, among the investment circles, that what goes down must come up. While it is not necessarily always true, it does to some extent reflect the collective sale fever that is currently raging in the Singapore property market.
We are living through exciting times where urbanisation, digital technology and automation have fundamentally shifted the way we work and indeed, where we work.
Real estate investment sales in Singapore - which grew at a blistering pace in 2017 - is expected to scale greater heights this year. The growth will be driven by buoyant investor sentiment, as well as the anticipated multi-year upturn in the residential sales and office leasing markets.
Like any form of investments, buying a property abroad is not without risks – the biggest being foreign currency movement.
As the economic outlook turns a shade brighter, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasingly more optimistic about their business prospects. Some firms may be thinking about expansion or acquiring new equipment. At this juncture, it is critical that they have a good handle on the value of their assets, especially when they have manufacturing operations in different locations.
Every once a while, a new technology emerges with promises of widespread and far-reaching impact in the way people live and conduct business. Just as the steam engine helped to power the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, blockchain technology could disrupt industries and revolutionise the world economy.
A vibrant neighbourhood that buzzes with activity – where people love to live, work and play - does not happen by chance. It takes the concerted effort and foresight of multiple stakeholders, including the urban planners and developers, to articulate their vision for the precinct, and to embark on initiatives to shape and enliven the neighbourhood.
Property developers and investors shrugged off concerns over a global trade war and heightened equity market volatility in Q1 2018, injecting SGD11 billion into the Singapore real estate investment sales market. The robust investment figure in Q1 – up by 89% year-on-year (YOY) growth – was predominantly driven by the residential sector.
Singapore, an epicentre for financial and business in Asia, is a magnet for foreign investment and talent. Developers, sovereign wealth funds and private equity firms have all snapped up prime real estate and trophy assets in Singapore in recent years. Indeed, investment sales in the city-state rose markedly in 2017, coming in at an estimated SGD40.3 billion – up by 55% from 2016.
Technophobes and luddites out there would have you believe that livelihoods are under siege, taken apart progressively by the rapid advancement of new technologies, such as blockchain for example.
Brisbane presents good pickings for first-time home buyers and investors, as it emerges from a housing price slump. The affordable prices allow home hunters to buy on dips and get their foot in the door.
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