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This section of our Colliers REview explores a collection of insightful blog articles catered for investors, owners and developers in commercial real estate. Read more below.

Dec 12, 2022

Meet our Experts | Chris Pilgrim

Find out how Chris Pilgrim, Managing Director, Capital Markets & Investment Services for Asia Pacific, is accelerating success at Colliers, and what he does when he's not leading our industry into the future.
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Oct 18, 2022

Expert Talks | Revitalising cities

With bold, sustainable, and inclusive design and development, real estate is uniquely positioned to make cities more liveable, as well as fit for the future, while pivoting the urban world to success.
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Sep 12, 2022

Expert Talks | Investment opportunities shine in APAC

As efforts to hedge against the macroeconomic and geopolitical climate gather steam, and investors take a longer-term view in search of higher returns, the demand for premium real estate across office, industrial, retail, residential and hotels in Asia Pacific is becoming stronger and more resilient.
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Jun 2, 2022

Serviced apartments and residences: Extended visits to prevail

The extended-stay market across Asia proved surprisingly resilient in 2020 and 2021, with demand likely to return to pre-2019 levels as more restrictions ease and outbound travel increases.
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Mar 8, 2022

Colliers Singapore celebrates International Women's Day 2022

This year, we invite some of our female leaders in Singapore to share how we can collectively #BreakTheBias.
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Nov 16, 2021

Through the looking glass: What's in store for RevPAR in Asia in 2022?

As more markets open up for travel after 18 months of COVID-19 restrictions, is appetite for international travel big enough for RevPAR to also take flight in 2022?
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Sep 28, 2021

Pricing and valuation gap to narrow for Asia hotels

There is no significant sign of distressed hotel assets coming on the market as pricing remains firm. What is the value for hotel owners in selling or holding on to their assets?
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Sep 1, 2021

Property Insights Podcast: Investment opportunities

Our Colliers Experts discuss and update us on Singapore’s real estate investment performance in Q2 this year and its prospects. See what could be!
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Sep 1, 2021

Shophouses: Old is gold if investors know where to look

Beyond its heritage charm, conserved shophouses make a good long-term property investment in Singapore as they are more resilient to market volatiltiy, and can be considered a safe haven for stable income and capital appreciation.
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Aug 31, 2021

Condominium Owners' Rights and Obligations

With the rise in interest on the residential property market, Colliers' expert Voo Kow-Tze explore the rights and obligations of condominium owners on CNA 93.8.
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Aug 31, 2021

Rise of the branded residences

Branded residence are quickly gaining ground in Asia. In this first edition of Hospitality Bites, we explore the value of the ‘brand’ in branded residences and if it's worth the investment.
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Jul 14, 2021

Property Insights Podcast: Office market - turning around

Our Colliers Experts discuss and give us their update on the Singapore office market, its 2021 outlook and prospects. See what could be!
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Jul 12, 2021

Residential Valuation: The Price of Home

As successful investor Warren Buffet said, “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get". The price of a residential property may not be the same as its market value - knowing your property's market value is the first step towards getting the best price.
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Jun 29, 2021

Property Insights Podcast: The CBD of tomorrow - Live, Work, Play

Our Colliers Experts discuss and give us their views on the potential of the white site development in Marina View and see what could be!
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Jun 24, 2021

Property Insights Podcast: The future of the office

As offices are now gearing back up to reopen, it's clear that the workplace we once knew has evolved.
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Jun 22, 2021

What is ESG in Asset Management?

Building owners are now looking at ESG requirements to respond to both their tenants, employees and shareholders.
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Jun 10, 2021

Property Insights Podcast: Biding your time

Colliers is launching a brand-new podcast series where Colliers Experts comment on the latest real estate news and provide their advice on how to maximise the potential of property.
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May 25, 2021

Investors sharpen their focus on Singapore

Nicholas Wilson was recently interviewed by CNA Money Mind which helps us understand why commercial and industrial is a bright spot in the Singapore property market.
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Apr 29, 2021

Singapore property investment expected to recover to pre-Covid levels in the coming quarters

Jerome Wright, Senior Director, Capital Markets discusses Singapore's propery investment outlook with Howie Lim on Powering Your Property, MONEY FM 89.3
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Apr 22, 2021

Transforming Facilities Management Digitally

Digitisation is impacting all sectors of the economy - disrupting some, whilst improving others - and property and facilities management is not spared. We explore how digital transformation is putting a new spin on old practices and what's needed for to raise the game.
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Mar 29, 2021

Colliers Singapore celebrates International Women's Day 2021

As we wrap up the month, we review the activities and discussion the Collier's team had for International Women's Day on 8 March.
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Mar 17, 2021

Singapore Hotels: V-shaped recovery

The return of travel, coupled with pent-up demand accumulated during the COVID-19 period, drives our prediction of a V-shaped recovery for the sector to 2019 levels in the years to come.
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Mar 9, 2021

Powering Your Property: Outlook for Retail and Industrial property

Colliers' Head of Research, Tricia Song sat down with Rachel Kelly of MONEY FM 89.3 on 3 March 2021 to discuss the the overall outlook for the retail space and industrial property market in 2021.
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Mar 3, 2021

In Review: 2021 Singapore Property Outlook Webinar

Colliers' thought-leaders and experts sat down to discuss the importance of pivoting for both businesses and properties to tackle the future, and reveals the key indicators to watch as the market makes its recovery.
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Feb 26, 2021

Collective Sale: The New Wave

The growing residential demand in Singapore is evident from recent launches, triggering talks of cooling measures. Will this bull run continue on in this year of the metal ox?
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Feb 22, 2021

Occupier Trends: Sustainability

2020 has seen many unprecedented changes and disruptions, both in the workplace and our way of working. While many trends have been accelerated, the two main themes for occupiers are sustainability and wellness.
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Feb 19, 2021

Singapore Office Market: The Paradigm Shift

The events of 2020 have accelerated the shift towards sustainability, bringing forth an emerging trend of occupiers moving towards higher-quality assets that meet the rising demand for health and sustainability in 2021 and beyond.
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Feb 8, 2021

Holistic Sustainability in Logistics

More than just the latest buzzwords in the real estate industry, sustainability and ESG have caused a shift – particularly in the Industrial and Logistics sectors. Sustainable real estate development could very well be the norm in the future, and the future is now.
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Feb 5, 2021

Blurring the Lines of Retail

The retail environment is now more challenging than ever due to the temporary absence of international travel and tourism, but brick and mortar retail is expected to continue its growth in the long run.
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Feb 3, 2021

Stay Invested in 2021

Colliers' Expert Tricia Song identifies the best and least performing sectors in 2020, and the three overarching key themes to watch to stay invested in 2021 and beyond.
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Jan 11, 2021

Identifying Opportunities in the Post-Pandemic Real Estate Market

As the dust starts to settle, it may be time for investors to get ready – by exploring new concepts and ideas to build resilience and flexibility.
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Jan 4, 2021

How New Ways of Working are Reshaping the Singapore Office Market

COVID-19 had accelerated trends that rapidly reshaped the workplace and the way we work. Colliers' experts weigh in on how investors and occupiers can leverage new opportunities that have come about.
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Dec 24, 2020

How Technology Will Shape the Retail and Industrial Sectors

Does the rapid pace of technological advances spell the end for offline retail? And what part does the Industrial sector have to play in the growth of retail? Colliers' experts share their insights on these asset classes and how retailers can navigate the uncertainties.
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Dec 9, 2020

Real Estate Talk: Singapore Investment – Finding Value in Logistics

Are there still opportunities to invest in the logistics sector? What are some trends to keep an eye on? This is part three of a three-part Investment outlook for our Real Estate Talk series, where Colliers expers identify investment opportunities for 2021.
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Nov 29, 2020

Real Estate Talk: Hunting for High-Specs Buildings

Are non-CBD locations a good investment option? What is the future of the office investment market in Singapore? This is part two of a three-part Investment outlook for our Real Estate Talk series, where Colliers experts identify investment opportunities for 2021.
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Nov 23, 2020

Real Estate Talk: Revitalising Retail and the Heritage Charm of Shophouses

Is it the right time to invest in retail assets? Should we consider investing in shophouses? This is part one of a three-part Investment outlook for our Real Estate Talk series, where Colliers' experts identify investment opportunities for 2021.
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Nov 2, 2020

Back-to-Business: A Roadmap for Building Owners

Download our comprehensive checklist for landlords and building owners to better plan for and safeguard the return of more tenants to your building.
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Oct 15, 2020

How Will Singapore's Population Dip Impact the Real Estate Market?

Singapore saw its population dip for the first time in 10 years earlier in June, mainly due to the decline in non-resident population. Research expert Tricia Song explores the implications of the population growth - or decline - on the office and residential property sectors.
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Oct 12, 2020

Property Management – And Why You Need It

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.
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Oct 6, 2020

Hybrid Hospitality - A New Win-Win?

As businesses rethink their corporate real estate strategy, more firms are turning to flexible workspace operators - but could hotels also be part of the solution? Hotels and Leisure expert Govinda Singh explores the hybrid hospitality trend and what hotels need to have to adapt to it.
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Oct 2, 2020

The Rise of Cloud Kitchens

Setting up of cloud kitchens will be accelerated, as it will help some small F&B businesses survive - and probably even expand. Capital Markets and Investment Services expert Desmond Lim explores the future of cloud kitchens and how landlords can also adapt to this concept.
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Sep 17, 2020

What's Next for Office Markets?

Despite significant changes and less investment transactions in the office market, there is good value in office and commercial assets. Capital Markets and Investment Services expert Jerome Wright shares what investors should consider before investing in their next office asset.
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Sep 7, 2020

The State of Travel is on the Road to Recovery

While we've seen some promising signs of recovery in the hotel industry, the future of travel has no doubt changed. Executive Director of Hotels and Leisure, Govinda Singh, discusses the current state of travel, its future and how travel industry players can prepare for it.
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Aug 27, 2020

Your Burning Real Estate Questions Answered: Real Estate Asset Management

From managing your building's safe environment to improving your property's infrastructure - Real Estate Management Services expert Stephen Bruce answers recurring questions to help building owners be ready for the future. This is part four of a special series: 3 Burning Questions.
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Aug 20, 2020

Real Estate Talk: What's Next for Flexible Workspace? Q&A with Bastiaan van Beijsterveldt

What does the future of flexible workspace and coworking look like in Singapore? Director of Occupier Services, Bastiaan van Beijsterveldt, shares how flexible workspace will shape the workplace and the Singapore office market.
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Aug 18, 2020

The Evolution of Flexible Workspace

The year has seen drastic changes in the workplace and to our ways of working, namely the increased demand for flexible working. We break down five flexbile workspace models that occupiers can consider to supercharge the business's collaboration and innovation.
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Aug 11, 2020

Singapore's retail malls maintain investor attraction

Despite a gloomy outlook for retail malls in Singapore, the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the sector was temporary in nature. Here are five reasons why the future of retail as an investment asset class remains very bright in Singapore.
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Jul 9, 2020

A 10-point guide for hotels on re-opening after COVID-19

As markets around the world are slowly easing off travel restrictions, we have identified 10 key points for hotels to take note of and guide them as they look toward re-opening post-COVID-19.
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Jul 1, 2020

Are You Ready for The Great Return?

Colliers' Real Estate Management Services team has put together a checklist for building landlords and occupiers to ensure they are ready for the great return to the workplace, post-coronavirus.
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Jun 29, 2020

A promising future for Raffles Place

The epicentre of business solidifies its premier position in Singapore's micro-market, with higher capital values and the most attractive rental rate for new builds and redevelopments.
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Jun 25, 2020

Your winning move: Singapore hotels

Singapore is set for a strong rebound in tourism, reenergising the appetite for hotels. Colliers' Govinda Singh explores why Singapore is your winning move when it comes to investing in hotels in Asia.
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Jun 17, 2020

The future of real estate is here

The coronavirus pandemic is acting as a launchpad for developers to expedite creating the future. Colliers' Tang Wei Leng details several vital aspects for developers to consider and incorporate into new builds and redevelopments.
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Jun 16, 2020

Creating opportunities in a crisis

Colliers Review spoke with Frank Ng, Executive Director of Transactions SEA at PGIM Real Estate, on how the business has been pivoting to stay resilient and navigate current challenges from the coronavirus pandemic.
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Jun 9, 2020

Accelerating the transformation of retail malls

As Singapore enters Phase 1 of its safe reopening, shopping malls will gradually resume activity. But how has the coronavirus pandemic changed the game for physical retail? Colliers' Jonathan Denis-Jacob explores three ways shopping malls could transform in the coming years.
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Jun 4, 2020

Sink or Swim: Which sectors have the strongest rebound?

Colliers recently hosted a live webinar discussing the resilience of Singapore's core trade sectors amid the coronavirus pandemic, and how both investors and occupiers are pivoting to tackle the future. Watch the webinar here.
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Jun 3, 2020

Your Burning Real Estate Questions Answered: Hotels & Leisure

From managing cashflow to having the processes in place to prepare for your hotel's reopening after COVID-19 - Hotels expert Govinda Singh answers recurring questions to help hotel owners have a smooth reopening strategy. This is part three of a special series: 3 Burning Questions.
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May 26, 2020

Your Burning Real Estate Questions Answered: Property Valuation

From saving on property tax to whether you can get your property valued during this time - our team of Valuation Services experts answer some recurring questions on real estate property valuations. This is part two of a special series: 3 Burning Questions.
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May 18, 2020

Is private residential investment still an opportunity?

Amidst the coronavirus outbreak and the present challenging environment, residential property buyers and investors may be conservative about their investment decisions. But with lower prices and the resilience of property investments, it could just be the most timely opportunity.
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May 7, 2020

Commercial sector resilience to lead market rebound strategy

Despite the 46.9% slump in Singapore's commercial investment sales in Q1 to S$758 million amid the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, we can expect the market to recover as the successful control measures are lifted and industries regain full momentum.
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Apr 21, 2020

Your Burning Real Estate Questions Answered: Advisory & Consulting

From the value of your assets to whether you should go ahead with your next property investment - Advisory & Consulting Services expert Jonathan Denis-Jacob answers some recurring questions on commercial real estate consulting. This is part one of a special series: 3 Burning Questions.
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Mar 20, 2020

COVID-19 Q&A with Tang Wei Leng

The coronavirus outbreak sweeping across the world is expected to put a dent on global economic growth, and its impact will be felt in many sectors, including real estate. Colliers REview asks Tang Wei Leng, Managing Director of Colliers Singapore, for her views on what investors should do in this time of market uncertainty.
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Mar 13, 2020

Hospitality sector: Make room for the eventual upturn

A rebound in the hospitality industry in the second half of 2020 is imminent, should the COVID-19 outbreak runs its course by June 2020. Hoteliers should take this time to review their business strategies and position themselves for the eventual upturn.
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Mar 9, 2020

Disruptors in the hotel industry

Robot, facial recognition, pop-up hotels - these are just some trends influencing the hotel industry, as disruption continues to change the face of various industries. But are these emerging trends threats or opportunities to hotel industry players?
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Feb 21, 2020

Qualifying Certificate regime change a positive shift

Colliers' Peggy Tan spoke to several industry players following the policy change – which provides for QC exemption of publicity listed housing developers with a substantial connection to Singapore – to get a sense of how impactful this shift is.
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Feb 14, 2020

Singapore property outlook in the Year of the Rat

Singapore real estate is expected to retain its lustre in 2020 amid times of uncertainties, with the possibility of some property sectors outdoing 2019’s performance.
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Jan 30, 2020

Leveraging infrastructure opportunities in Asia

During the next decade, Asia will see massive investment in transportation infrastructure. Colliers' expert Jonathan Denis-Jacob shares a snapshot of these investment prospects and how real estate strategies can help in infrastructure financing.
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Jan 7, 2020

Singapore: A shining beacon of real estate opportunities

Global investors have put money to work in Asian real estate in recent years, and transactions hit a 10-year high in 2018 – reflecting renewed confidence in prospects. Within Asia-Pacific, Singapore has emerged as a real estate investment bright spot.
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Dec 30, 2019

In your own words: 2020 Real Estate Predictions

As we enter into a new decade, business leaders in Colliers International’s Singapore office reflect on the past year and predict some trends and opportunities that could shape the various real estate sectors in 2020.
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Dec 12, 2019

Residential Valuation: The price of home

As successful investor Warren Buffet said, “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get". The price of a residential property may not be the same as its market value - knowing your property's market value is the first step towards getting the best price.
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Nov 20, 2019

What is old is new again in Raffles Place

The urban transformation that is happening in and around Raffles Place will ensure that the precinct remains relevant and competitive, keeping pace with developments in the Marina Bay commercial hub.
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Nov 11, 2019

Singapore can be a global REIT listing hub

Singapore has emerged as Asia’s preferred listing location for global real estate investment trusts (REITs) in recent years. S-REITs have one of the world’s most diverse property portfolios, with assets in 26 countries on four continents. This Colliers Insights report highlights some markets that offer potential opportunities for REIT portfolio growth in the future.
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Sep 18, 2019

Making space for the arts

Arts and cultural destinations provide a platform for the exchange of ideas, from global trends such as 50s and 60s pop culture to the re-imagining of districts and even entire cities.
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Sep 12, 2019

Disciplined approach to land acquisition amid uncertainties

The outlook for the housing market in Singapore remains positive over the long term, presenting good development opportunities with decent margins on a risk-adjusted basis.
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Aug 16, 2019

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.
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Jul 2, 2019

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.
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Jun 20, 2019

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.
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Jun 10, 2019

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.
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Jun 6, 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.
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Jun 1, 2019

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.
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May 29, 2019

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.
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May 24, 2019

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.
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May 2, 2019

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.
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Apr 11, 2019

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

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.
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Apr 4, 2019

Video: Bright spots and key markets to watch in 2019 by CEO David Hand

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 Asia-Pacific CEO David Hand shares his views on the bright spots and key markets to watch in 2019.
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Mar 27, 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.
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Mar 13, 2019

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?
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Feb 26, 2019

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”.
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Feb 14, 2019

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.
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Jan 31, 2019

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.
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Nov 20, 2018

Making infrastructure projects bankable

There is an urgent need to seek alternative sources of financing to tackle the region's serious infrastructure shortfall. Colliers REview explores how investors, developers and the public sector can more effectively collaborate under win-win conditions to deliver high-quality infrastructure.
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Sep 7, 2018

Building for the future

Buildings of the future must be designed and customised with the needs of end-users in mind. We look at various factors to unlock the building's 'human potential' - including the environment, health and wellness, and social equity.
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Aug 16, 2018

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.
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Jul 11, 2018

How can Asian cities leverage technology in urban planning?

As technology continues to change the way we live, there is greater pressure for urban cities to make better and more innovative use of space, and improve its liveability. Watch this interview as Colliers' Jonathan Denis-Jacob, Advisory Services, shares more.
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Jun 20, 2018

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

Bargain hunters often think that they can snag a property at rock-bottom prices at auctions, but that is not always the case. Find out what are the best practices for a successful auction purchase.
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Jun 13, 2018

Is your office environment draining your will to work?

Sick and tired of the daily grind? Feeling sluggish at the end of your 9 to 5? Chances are, your office environment has something to do it. Read more to understand the importance of wellness in the workplace and what effective strategies to implement.
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Jun 12, 2018

Successful case studies where valuation played a key role

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. This is part three of a three-part series on asset valuations.
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