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  1. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    Japan's property market is making a comeback

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 05:52am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... decades. The number of units sold rose 37.4 per cent over the same period a year ago, the second-fastest growth rate in six years." Zoe Ward, an Australian who opened Japan Property Central ...

  2. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    Foreign demand fuels London surge

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 03:50am by SUSIE WATKINS POLAKOVA

    ... mortgages that are 4.5 times income to 15 per cent of a bank's total mortgage lending and insisted that banks ensure borrowers can pay off their loans, even if interest rates rise 3 per cent ... or the encouragement of British interest rates being at a record low for over five years. Indeed there is new demand for homes in London from unexpected quarters. In the wealthy district of Mayfair, Indian ...

  3. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    Eastern bloc draws investors

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 05:59am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... borrowers to pay a lower rate of interest than they would otherwise pay on their local currencies. However, this easy access to "cheap" money also led to vast credit expansion and higher ...

  4. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    Sport raises housing stakes in Brazil

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 05:08am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... Cup, Brazil has something else to offer: property. However, will time ever be called on a bull run that has seen house prices almost double since 2008? Fitch Ratings kicked off the conversation ... prices were more likely due to "massive credit expansion". The sustained decrease of historically high interest rates, increased availability of cheap savings as deposit money and legal ...

  5. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    Luxury Jakarta properties retain allure

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 03:29am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... off-plan before significant construction has taken place, Rowe says. By the time of practical completion, sales rates average 90 per cent sold. "That is more than a healthy market," he ...

  6. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    Thailand's property market hit by military coup

    Posted Jun 11th 2014, 04:39am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... to around 50 per cent during first-quarter political unrest, and retail sales slumped owing to lack of tourist spend. However, the office sector remained robust- vacancy rates have fallen ... rate as we were prior to the coup, which had already been a little up and down. But these were fresh [post-coup] deals," Pitchon says. "They're not in huge volume; yes it's ...

  7. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    Investors look to Asia-Pacific for cross-border ventures

    Posted May 28th 2014, 05:08am by Mukul Munish

    ... with the perception that property has become overpriced (21 per cent) and the effects of United States tapering and rising interest rates (17 per cent). Greg Penn, managing director, Capital Markets Asia ... the low-interest rate levels. As such, Hong Kong is quickly losing its attraction to international investors as reflected in the survey. "Investors are chasing assets or markets that offer higher ...

  8. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    Property outlook improving in Fiji

    Posted May 21st 2014, 06:00am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... are reinforcing this perception for them. The fact that there is an easy approval process for foreign investors to get business permits, and that our maximum tax rate is now only 20 per cent, has added ...

  9. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    Perth property expected to continue roller-coaster ride

    Posted Apr 30th 2014, 05:50am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... Fitch Ratings forecast Perth's growth would "become more positive" and despite a slower rate of growth than 2013, "we are still optimistic to have a better and competitive ... the local jobless rate to 6.3 per cent in February- "always the first sign" of a market slowdown, Wilson says. However, that proved to be temporary- Australian Bureau of Statistics data ...

  10. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    Late bloomers

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 05:39am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... of Southeast Asia, with planeload after planeload of new arrivals coming to visit". Land prices and rents "went through the roof"; business hotels' average daily rates and occupancy ... aggressive real estate cycles" over the past decade, experienced its toughest time in the past two to three years, according to Horton. Interest rates for construction funding tightened, ...




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