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  • Southeast Asia nations reshuffle the deck in Asia’s gaming industry

    Casino operators have over the years up the stakes in Asia’s vibrant gaming market. In fact, it seems they have played all the right cards in the deck up until this point.

  • Transforming facilities management digitally

    Digital technology is all the rage these days. Sector by sector, new technologies have disrupted business models and forced companies to rethink the way that they operate. In a similar way, digital transformation is putting a new spin on old practices in the facilities management industry.

  • Global Real Estate Conference 2019 Out-takes: Hear from Tang Wei Leng

    Managing Director Tang Wei Leng shares her views on real estate investment trends in Asia and beyond, as well as the impact of technology and ageing demography on the property sector.

  • Food industry feeding demand for industrial properties

    Prospects for the food industry seem bright amid ongoing efforts by the government to help businesses innovate, and adopt new technologies as well as keep abreast of evolving market trends.

  • Global Real Estate Conference 2019 Insights: Alternative assets turn mainstream

    Offices and retail still dominate global cross border property investments, but more investors are turning to alternative assets in the search for higher yield and potential capital appreciation.

  • Global Real Estate Conference 2019 Insights: Asia’s property investors go global

    Capital flows from Asia to real estate markets outside the region fell sharply last year, but investments should rebound this year as Asian investors search the globe for better returns.

  • Global Real Estate Conference 2019 Out-takes: Hear from Tricia Song

    What’s on the radar of real estate investors? What’s driving change in the property sector? Would uncertainties around the US-China trade spat spook investors? These were some issues that were raised at Colliers International’s inaugural Global Real Estate Conference, which was held in Singapore on May 8, 2019.

  • Valuation matters!

    Knowing the fair market value of assets – whether land and buildings, plant and machinery, plantations, factories etc – will facilitate effective asset management, transaction negotiation and guide investment and/or disposal decisions in achieving optimal outcomes.

  • Let’s break it down: The do’s and don’ts of hotel investment

    Hotels are specialised assets and are increasingly disrupted by technology, changing consumer trends, and new operating models arising from the growth of sharing economy. Hotel investment decisions are becoming more complex than ever.

  • Global Real Estate Conference 2019 Insights: Which are the attractive investment markets?

    Colliers International pit their regional Capital Markets leaders against each other in a panel session during the firm’s Global Real Estate Conference held in Singapore in May 2019, IN-OUT-ALT, with insights into inbound, outbound and alternative investments. Their brief was simple: pitch their views on which markets provide the most attractive real estate investment opportunities in the year ahead and where investors should hedge their bets.

  • Global Real Estate Conference 2019 Out-takes: Hear from Govinda Singh

    What’s in and what’s out in the domain of real estate investment? What are the alternative assets that investors can consider amid robust capital flows into the global property markets? These were among the key topics examined at Colliers International’s inaugural Global Real Estate Conference, which was held in Singapore on May 8, 2019. The event was met with great success and spurred numerous discussions among the conference participants. There were plenty of talking points and Colliers Review asks Govinda Singh, Executive Director of Valuation & Advisory Services, to share his insights on some of the questions raised during the event.

  • Laying out the welcome mat

    Things are starting to look up for the Singapore hotel sector again. Tourist arrivals have improved - as did tourism receipts - and room occupancies have remained healthy amid the relatively tight room supply in in the city-state.

  • De-risking large residential developments

    Generally, the larger the project size – both in terms of land size and quantum value- the higher the perceived risks. Check out how developers can adopt strategies to manage risks and lower the level of uncertainty.

  • Asia-to-global real estate investment: Singapore takes the lead

    Singapore is punching above its weight when it comes to cross border real estate investment. The city-state took the lead as a major investor in global property markets, accounting for 36% of Asia-to-global capital flows in 2018, according to Colliers’ latest Investor Pulse report.

  • Strategies to thrive in an uncertain property market

    Spacing out new launches will continue to be important this year, particularly with more developments in the launch pipeline. Find out what are some strategies developers could adopt to stand out and achieve a win-win outcome in this environment.

  • Video: Colliers International Asia-Pacific CEO David Hand: Real estate trends for 2019

    The rapid rise of technology and the growth in sharing economy have changed the way people work and how companies execute their real estate strategy. Colliers International Asia-Pacific CEO David Hand highlights the top real estate trends that will impact occupiers, landlords and investors this year.

  • Video: Colliers International Asia-Pacific CEO David Hand: Bright spots and key markets to watch in 2019

    Global macroeconomic developments – such as lower growth in China and emerging signs of a slowdown in the US – will likely cloud the outlook for Asian property market, but there are still pockets of opportunities for investors and occupiers. Colliers International Asia-Pacific CEO David Hand shares his views on the bright spots and key markets to watch in 2019.

  • Build a living laboratory: A fresh approach to residential development

    Digital technology and new innovations have vastly changed the way we commute, live, work and interact with each other. It is imperative that we develop residential projects which will evolve with the times, and perhaps play a leading role in redefining modern living in the years and decades to come.

  • What makes a great residential neighbourhood?

    It has been said, in real estate it is about ‘location, location, location’. That is true to a large extend but the devil is in the details. What is it about a site’s location that makes it truly appealing to developers and homebuyers?

  • Airbnb – Friend or foe?

    Airbnb is an online community marketplace that bridges people looking to rent out their homes with people seeking accommodation. Airbnb started off in 2008 primarily as a couch-surfing site for people to make some extra cash renting out a spare room and over the years, it has transformed and grown its appeal from budget-minded tourists to savvy business travellers. So, what has been the impact on hotel performance?

  • Creating destinations: The heart is where the experience is

    A destination is a place that is worth leaving the home for - a call to adventure, a promise of unique experiences, evoking fond memories. In a highly competitive global marketplace, having an effective placemaking and destination branding strategy is the difference between “been there done that” and “let’s go again”.

  • Asia Market Outlook 2019

    Asian markets look set to slow amid lower growth in China and emerging signs of a slowdown in the US. While these macroeconomic developments cloud the outlook for Asian property, opportunities remain for occupiers and investors. More positively, interest rates ought to increase more gradually, holding funding costs low for developers and investors.

  • Asia Pacific hotel sector 2019: Let the good times roll but headwinds prevail

    The growth momentum is expected to spill over into 2019, rising at a pace of circa 4.5% with tourism arrivals in the region reaching record levels. Growth continues to be mainly driven by China and India with the latter set to expand as its Gross Domestic Product per capita improves along with its robust economic growth.

  • Making infrastructure projects bankable

    The yawning funding gap will throttle Asia's growth. There is an urgent need to seek alternative sources of financing to tackle the region's serious infrastructure shortfall. Colliers International believes that investors, developers and the public sector can more effectively collaborate under win-win conditions to deliver high-quality infrastructure.

  • Prime motivation: Resilience in high-end home prices

    Taken together, we think the resilience in luxury home prices in Singapore, their relative affordability compared with key Asian cities, favourable environment for foreign and domestic buyers, as well as stable economic outlook – barring any major external shocks – will continue to make a case for the acquisition of prime residential sites in the central parts of Singapore.

  • Plan B: Hitting the sweet spot in response to curbs

    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.

  • Building for the future

    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.

  • Singapore property market: What a difference a year makes

    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.

  • A roll of the dice for Japan

    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.

  • Continued growth for Asia hotel industry in H1 2018

    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.

  • Perth properties looking attractive for investors

    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: Urban renaissance

    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.

  • They came. They bid. But will they win at the auction?

    Auctioneering has made media headlines in recent years particularly in the residential segment as more properties go on the block.

  • PART THREE: Two successful case studies where valuation played a key role

    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.

  • Is your office environment draining your will to work?

    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.

  • Property management and why you need it

    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.

  • PART TWO: Three Common mistakes made during asset valuations

    A disconnect may occur between the financial and ground operations, especially for companies with manufacturing facilities in other countries far from their incorporated headquarters.

  • Asia Pacific hotel outlook: More room for growth

    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.

  • Prices in eastern suburbs in Sydney remain resilient despite market weakness

    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?

  • Big is beautiful: Perks of large development sites

    Nice things do come in small packages sometimes, but real estate development sites are usually not among them.

  • China’s new Silk Road can rev up Singapore real estate sector

    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.

  • Collective sales hit fever pitch

    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.

  • Greater Southern Waterfront: CBD 3.0?

    We are living through exciting times where urbanisation, digital technology and automation have fundamentally shifted the way we work and indeed, where we work.

  • Investment sales set to climb in 2018

    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.

  • Managing currency risk in overseas property purchase

    Like any form of investments, buying a property abroad is not without risks – the biggest being foreign currency movement.

  • PART ONE: Why are valuations important?

    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.

  • Blockchain - Tame or Transformational?

    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.

  • Outram: Shaping the next urban heartbeat of Singapore

    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.

  • Real estate investment sales powered on in Q1 2018

    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.

  • What makes Singapore attractive to foreign developers and investors?

    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.

  • Blockchain will unlock new job opportunities

    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.

  • Opportune time to get in on the Brisbane property market

    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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