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  1. Property - International - UNITED STATES

    US housing industry shows signs of warming up after brutal winter

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 04:28am by Reuters

    ... the way for a broader acceleration in an economy that has been in a slow-growth mode since pulling out of the financial crisis. Housing is an important part of the economic fabric, contributing ... Rob Henger, a director of mortgage banking with FirstBank in Tennessee, said confidence was back. "The damage to our industry and the public perception of housing and mortgage banking ...

  2. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Strain 'watch list' provides gauge for industry

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 01:01am by Langi Chiang

    ... Langi Chiang langi.chiang@scmp.com Earnings at developers hit by slow sales will shed more light on mainland downturn extent Strain 'watch list' provides gauge for industry All ... by the whole industry. On the watch list are Hopson Development, Renhe Commercial, Glorious Property and Coastal Greenland, all suffering either weak sales or high debt ratios, global ratings agencies ...

  3. Business - Banking & Finance - REIT

    Proposal to relax reit restrictions finds support among some in industry

    Posted Jan 30th 2014, 05:01am by Yvonne Liu

    ... estate investment trusts industry are upbeat on the proposal to give listed reits greater flexibility to undertake development projects even though others have expressed reservations about it. ... cent of their asset value in property developments and letting them invest in financial instruments such as listed securities and overseas property funds. "Some tax incentives ...

  4. Property - Hong Kong & China - PROPERTY

    Beijing redesign proposal derails Langfang industrial park project

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 05:21am by Langi Chiang

    ... of a proposal to jointly develop the municipalities of Beijing and Tianjin and Hebei province, which surrounds them, has led to the suspension of Wang Jianjun's plan for an industrial park ... of Vast Group, an industrial park operator in Langfang, a small city between Beijing and Tianjin that stands to benefit from the joint regional development. The original plan was to build ...

  5. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Industrial districts with a retailing twist

    Posted Jan 08th 2014, 03:43am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu Low rents at new malls converted from old industrial buildings lure small shops Industrial districts with a retailing twist As a shopaholic, I am happy to get my fashion fix ... to a government scheme to revitalise industrial buildings. Under the scheme, which began in 2009, industrial buildings can be converted into shops and offices without the need to pay the land premium ...

  6. Property - Hong Kong & China - OFFICE PROPERTY

    ‘Through train’ sparks fresh interest in offices in free-trade zone

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 02:59pm by REN WEI AND PEGGY SITO

    ... to trade designated stocks in each other’s market, was announced on April 10. Some are convinced that dramatic financial liberalisation in the zone would ensue. When Beijing launched the FTZ ... with the financial reform and the opening-up policies being piloted in the FTZ Frank Chen, CBRE The “through train”, which links the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges, has also heightened expectations ...

  7. Property - International - BRITAIN

    Britain must build one million homes to meet shortfall, says new report

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 05:39am by Reuters

    ... that successive governments have failed to fill. For almost 10 years the project, 32 kilometres east of London, has languished- first as developers worried about its vast scale and then as the financial crisis hit the construction industry. However, now, under a new government-backed plan, more than 20,000 new homes will be built in Ebbsfleet, which is only 17minutes from the centre ...

  8. Property - Hong Kong & China

    'Through train' sparks fresh interest in FTZ property

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 01:11am by REN WEI AND PEGGY SITO

    ... was announced on April 10. Some are convinced that dramatic financial liberalisation in the zone would result. When Beijing launched the FTZ in Shanghai last year, it pledged to use it as a testing ... an FTZ regis- tration for the business," said Chen. "But the initiative is in line with the financial reform and the opening-up policies being piloted in the FTZ." Envisioning ...

  9. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Excellence Real Estate bets US$3.3b in defiance of slowing market

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 01:21am by Reuters

    ... (HK$19.7 billion), around three-quarters of the total, on three commercial plots in or near the Qianhai economic zone, a proposed US$45 billion financial district not far from Hong Kong. Its ... with the industry average of 35 per cent of revenues on land. ...

  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - PROPERTY

    Diversifying China Vanke eyes SOE and logistics assets

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 01:01am by Langi Chiang

    ... in competitive industries to private investors and we find ourselves in a vantage point in such mixed-ownership reform," Yu told a property forum. "We are in talks with several institutions ... a real estate fund to invest in logistics properties. Yu said one thing Vanke had learned from overseas partners was the need to maximise profitability through financial arrangements. "We ...




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