Property investment

Hong Kong Reits need greater flexibility

The Stanley Plaza shopping centre. The Link is dedicated to improving the environment for retail business and shoppers. Photo: The Link

The development of the international financial industry has been robust and rapid, and to maintain its position as an international financial centre, Hong Kong must align itself with market changes and strengthen its advantages in view of the rapid growth of wealth in Asia as well as market reform on the mainland.

Wednesday, 5 June, 2013, 4:40am

Australian firm eyes Chinese investors for property trust

Phillip Nyssen, director and founder of Property Joint Ventures

Property Joint Ventures, an Australian firm, hopes to exploit the growing interest in offshore property investments among wealthy mainland Chinese by offering them an opportunity to invest in its privately-run real estate trust.

29 May 2013 - 3:21am

Where location fails, try property management

Horizon Plaza has had success despite its location. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The premise of the well-worn phrase "location, location, location" in real estate suggests that all other factors pale into insignificance when it comes to the value and desirability of a property. Important, yes, but is it everything?

29 May 2013 - 3:21am

Overseas investors look outside London for higher returns

Flats in London, where investors bought more commercial real estate last year than in the whole of the rest of Britain - now there are signs of change. Photo: Bloomberg

Private equity firms, pension funds and millionaires from Russia to Qatar spent more on real estate in London than the rest of the country for the first time last year, pushing up prices there while they sank elsewhere.

29 May 2013 - 3:21am

China shopping malls to be more profitable than office space: ARA

The number of shopping malls on the mainland may total more than 4,000 by 2015. Photo: SCMP

Shopping malls will surpass office and residential space as the most profitable type of property investment on the mainland over the next two to five years, thanks to the nation's booming middle class and its fast-growing income, says ARA Asset Management, a property investment firm partly owned by Li Ka-shing.

23 May 2013 - 3:31am 3 comments

Prospect of property slump adds to risk

Prospect of property slump adds to risk

Rising property values have increased our equity in our Hong Kong home. We are thinking of increasing our current home mortgage to buy a property in Britain or Canada. We are in our mid-50s and plan to repay the loan from the sale of our Wan Chai investment flat when we retire at 65. This flat is mortgaged to about 70 per cent of its value. What do you think?

7 May 2015 - 12:48pm

Shanghai offices nudge Hong Kong prices

Shanghai's office market is drawing plenty of attention from institutional investors at home and abroad. Photo: Bloomberg

An increasing number of foreign real estate funds and state-owned enterprises - the heavy-hitters in the investment property sales market - are channelling their capital into investment properties in Shanghai.

20 May 2013 - 4:18am

Hong Kong property investors switch search to overseas markets

The River Green project in Richmond, Canada, lies close to Vancouver International Airport and next to the Richmond Olympic Oval.

A growing number of Hong Kong property investors are shifting their investment focus offshore - prompting local brokers to widen their sales' lists in order to capture commissions on deals taking place overseas.

15 May 2013 - 3:06am 1 comment

Half of new homebuyers in London market are foreigners

London property has cemented its status as a haven for foreign wealth. Photo: Bloomberg

Foreigners spent more than £3 billion (HK$35.7 billion) on new homes in Britain's capital last year, a 25 per cent increase from 2011, broker Jones Lang LaSalle said.

15 May 2013 - 3:06am 1 comment

Resort interest hot in Japan

Niseko, Japan, known as the 'Aspen of Asia', has become a highly popular skiing destination.

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.

15 May 2013 - 3:06am

Dull China data prompts talk of relief measures

Those looking for evidence of a spark in the mainland economy were left disappointed by the release of a range of economic indicators yesterday. Photo: Reuters

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

Michel Verdy and wife Lynda. Photo: Jonathan Wong

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

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.

8 May 2013 - 2:33am

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

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