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  1. Asian buyers see bargains in Australia's commercial sector

    Posted Mar 11th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Fulton Mak Australia's commercial real estate sector has re-emerged as a key investment target for Asian buyers, says property consultant CB Richard Ellis. Leading the Asian drive ... 'Australia has the highest ratio of distressed properties in Asia [at 6 per cent] after Japan,' Mr Brookes said. One Australian dollar bought HK$7.50 in the middle of last year but at present ...

  2. Market shake-up

    Posted Feb 04th 2009, 12:00am by Chris Champion

    ... be sold when the visa expires or they cease to reside in Australia. For everyone else, Australia is happy for them to invest in property in the country, but there are conditions. Generally, ... require approval by the Foreign Investment Review Board of Australia (FIRBA). Generally, such purchases will be approved only in the following circumstances: properties bought off the plan (ie, ...

  3. Yuan funds are leaving property out in the cold

    Posted Sep 09th 2009, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... But for the moment, mainland property remains conspicuous by its absence from the targeted-asset portfolios, according to legal experts. The mainland government has been promoting the establishment ... private equity funds reported to be planning yuan funds include the world's biggest buyout company, Blackstone Group, Australia's Macquarie Group, CLSA, Hong Kong-based First Eastern ...

  4. Property's year of living precariously

    Posted Nov 20th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Frew Mcmillan

    ... Alex Frew McMillan Hong Kong's luxury property market has been heading sky high. And what a difference a year makes- 2009 started with prices plummeting and pessimism about prospects. Now we're ending the year with the government talking about prices for high-end property getting out of hand. Crisis? What crisis? The headline-grabbing news was that an apartment ...

  5. Investing in a holiday home is no picnic

    Posted Nov 25th 2009, 12:00am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... as the global financial crisis eased. Offshore buyers generally were seeking 'resort-style investments where they can use the property themselves when they visit Australia', he said. 'We ... buyer's advocate, it just doesn't add up. Kafantaris, director of Metropole Properties in Brisbane, said: 'Many investors kid themselves and tell their friends and family ...

  6. Locally bred fists to join first HK contest

    Posted Dec 27th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Hong Kong will host its first professional mixed martial arts (MMA) tournament next month. Eighteen champion fighters from Hong Kong, China, Australia, Japan, Korea, ... Yeung will compete against Khuukhenkhuu Amartuvshin in the 70kg class. Born and raised in Hong Kong before moving to Australia, Yeung can count on strong fan support as he returns to his home ...

  7. Hot stuff

    Posted Jun 24th 2009, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... Written by John Millen Q: When is a canine good to eat with mustard? A: When it's a hot dog. Hot nouns Watch your fingers on these nouns. They're hot. They might burn. What is ...............? 1 a hot dog a. a dog species from Australia b. a cooked sausage eaten in a long, soft bread roll 2 a hot potato a. a type of potato used for making French fries b. a difficult situation ...

  8. Moral minorities are nothing but a nuisance

    Posted May 13th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... died in race accidents at the popular Warrnambool festival, Australia's watered-down answer to Cheltenham. The limp-wristed folk at Racing Victoria jumped into line with the animal rights ...

  9. Celebrity hairstylist hopes to cut it in the world of art with his first exhibition

    Posted Jan 19th 2009, 12:00am by Andrew Sun, Fiona Ng, Vivian Chen

    ... because I've always wanted to be a hunky guy,' Robinson said. 'In school in Australia, everyone was a jock, a football player. I always wanted to be like that but I was too short. ...

  10. Luxury builder's bash in the sky

    Posted Jan 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Clara Mak Habitat Property's Holiday Party Where: The Box, IFC When: November 26 What: Habitat property, an agency specialising in expat relocation and luxury investment properties in Hong Kong and Australia, threw a holiday party for its partnering developers. Guests were greeted with champagne and canapes while enjoying Hong Kong's extraordinary skyline from the top ...




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