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Property investment

Resort interest hot in Japan

Blame it on the global financial crisis, or global warming: buyer interest has cooled for snow-capped alpine property. According to data from Knight Frank, prime property prices in key ski resorts worldwide have fallen 9.1 per cent since their peak in the third quarter of 2008, and only six of the 17 ski resorts monitored recorded price growth in the financial year ending in June last year.

Wednesday, 15 May, 2013, 3:06am

Dull China data prompts talk of relief measures

Investment in China unexpectedly cooled last month while industrial output and consumption barely picked up, indicating the economy still lacks a strong momentum to rebound.

14 May 2013 - 4:22am

Lucky Real company in Hong Kong seeks buyers for homes in debt-hit Cyprus

Rather than sitting back to enjoy his retirement, Michel Verdy embarked on a new mission - looking for Hong Kong buyers interested in purchasing homes in Cyprus.

8 May 2013 - 2:33am 1 comment

Tropical dream

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.

8 May 2013 - 2:33am

Property investors switch focus from East Asia to the West

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.

1 May 2013 - 3:44am

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

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

Vancouver eyes 'micro-suites' as Chinese buy up mansions

Vancouver's property scene, fuelled by Chinese migration and investment, has long been famous for the luxury homes that fetch eight-figure sums and help make it Canada's most expensive real-estate market.

26 Apr 2013 - 4:04pm 1 comment

In West Vancouver, a 13,000 sq ft mansion aimed at Chinese buyers

At the opposite end of the Vancouver market to the 297 square foot Balance "micro-suites" is a 12,998 sq ft mansion in Caulfeild, West Vancouver, with an asking price of C$23.8 million (HK$180 million). While Canada's tiniest flats are mainly being marketed to local first-home buyers and lower income earners, the Caulfeild estate is aimed squarely at Chinese buyers. Vancouver's most expensive listing features a two-storey library and a huge wine cellar built around the stone outcrops on which the home is built.

26 Apr 2013 - 11:38pm

Taiwan insurers go global in search of returns

Passing through Taipei's major business districts, it is common to see office buildings adorned with names of insurance companies. Indeed, about half of the grade-A office buildings in the city are owned by domestic insurers, with these companies accounting for about 40 per cent of turnover in the past few years.

24 Apr 2013 - 5:20am

Sun shines on Miami real estate sector

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