International Property

Tropical dream

Investment properties overlooking the bay in Phuket. Thailand offers low cost of living, the fun factor and a vibrant lifestyle and culture.

Some holidays promise more than they deliver. The same can be said for property purchasing decisions: it's one thing to love an exotic destination, quite another to invest there. The notion of buying an offshore property that can be rented out, will appreciate in value and can also be there for one's own personal use doesn't always have a happy ending.

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013, 2:33am

375 Kensington High Street

375 Kensington High Street (CGI Indicative Only)

[This Article is sponsored by Jones Lang LaSalle] 375 Kensington High Street enjoys one of the most privileged prime Central London locations, being on the doorstep of all the shops, restaurants, culture and sophistication that the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has to offer.

15 Jan 2014 - 2:41pm

Property investors switch focus from East Asia to the West

Piers Brunner of Colliers International says investors are looking for attractive opportunities outside Hong Kong. Photo: Edward Wong

The exodus of investors from Hong Kong's property market - sparked by the government's measures in February to curb speculation - is continuing, with buyers now seeking alternatives in the West.

7 May 2015 - 12:48pm

London homes selling at fastest pace since 2007

A property in New Bond Street, London, where demand has increased three times faster than supply over the last quarter. Photo: Reuters

London homes changed hands at the fastest pace since 2007 last month as the capital's property market drove a third month of UK house price increases, property researcher Hometrack said.

1 May 2013 - 3:44am

Banco Santander's 'retraction' gives hope to market

Alfredo Saenz, Chief Executive Officer of Spanish bank Banco Santander. Photo: AFP

Banco Santander's decision to "retract" as much as €1 billion (HK$10.1 billion) of provisions to cover property price declines may show Spain's real estate market is close to its lowest point, Chief Executive Officer Alfredo Saenz said.

1 May 2013 - 3:44am

Prime office prices in Japan start rising after 20-year decline

A view over Kawasaki, in Kanagawa Prefecture, where office space is gaining value. Photo: Bloomberg

Nippon Building Fund, Japan's biggest real estate investment trust, said property prices for prime office buildings have started to rise, signalling a turnaround in a two-decade decline.

1 May 2013 - 3:44am

Philippines weighs up property cooling measures

Rising property prices in the Philippines have spurred developers to build more homes. Photo: AFP

The Philippine central bank is reviewing property loans data to determine whether cooling measures are needed to avert a bubble, Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla said.

1 May 2013 - 3:44am

Australia's housing investment 'won't fill' GDP gap from mining slowdown

Home prices in Australia are expected to grow less than 5 per cent this year. Photo: Bloomberg

Australian housing investment is unlikely to fill the void left in the nation's economic growth by a slowdown in the mining industry, says JPMorgan Chase.

1 May 2013 - 3:44am

Highs and lows across the region

Despite its large economy, South Korea's property market lags behind others in the Asia-Pacific region. Photo: Getty Images

So much has happened in the "post-Lehman" years. Among the good news for Asia-Pacific is that regional property markets have recorded the highest growth globally since 2008, with Hong Kong leading the pack with 82.6 per cent growth, followed by India with 61.7 per cent, Taiwan with 56.1 per cent, and the mainland (based on Beijing and Shanghai) with 49.2 per cent, according to Knight Frank.

1 May 2013 - 3:44am

Super-rich eye London's most expensive house

The palatial Regency mansion at 18 Carlton House Terrace, London, that is now on sale with a £250 million price tag. Photo: SCMP

Wealthy Hong Kong and mainland buyers, who have been pouring their money into London's prime bricks and mortar, are now eyeing Britain's most expensive mansion. The house on Carlton House Terrace in central London has a price tag of £250 million (HK$2.95 billion).

24 Apr 2013 - 6:03am

German cities plan tighter rent laws

German states are looking at a cap on rent hikes. Photo: Bloomberg

State governments that oversee housing rules in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich and other cities planned to make it illegal to raise rents by more than 15 per cent in three years, according to government officials.

24 Apr 2013 - 5:20am

Goodman to raise rents in Japan as land, building costs jump

Prices of land sites used for distribution centres and the cost of construction, which has increased as much as 20 per cent, are making development more expensive. Photo: Bloomberg

Prices of land sites used for distribution centres and the cost of construction, which has increased as much as 20 per cent, are making development more expensive, said Paul McGarry, chief executive officer of Goodman Japan. Even as demand for modern warehouses and investor interest remain strong, the supply of such facilities will be limited, he said.

24 Apr 2013 - 5:20am

Sun shines on Miami real estate sector

Downtown Miami, Florida, where the real estate market has recovered like nowhere else in the United States. Photo: Reuters

Like the tide that laps Miami, Florida's famous coastline, the property cycle in America's "sunshine state" does tend to ebb and flow. The difference is that with real estate, you can never pick exactly when.

24 Apr 2013 - 5:20am

Council Tax changes in UK may hit Hong Kong property owners

Council Tax will be levied on all empty properties, including vacant rental homes.

Hong Kong owners of British property may find their costs rising following changes to local government charges which came into force last week. The charges, known as Council Tax, will be levied on all empty properties, including vacant rental homes. Occupied abodes will remain taxable in the same way as before.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:31am

Asking prices rise in UK amid shortage of homes on market

New residential property development in London. Photo: Reuters

Prices sought rose 2.1 per cent this month from March to an average £244,706 (HK$2.9 million), the property-website operator said. In London they fell 0.5 per cent. Asking prices increased 6.9 per cent in the first four months of the year and were up 0.4 per cent year on year.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:31am

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