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Property Market

Tokyo property market set for Olympic bounce

Japanese media is full of speculation that Tokyo may trump the other shortlisted cities Istanbul and Madrid to host the  2020 Olympic Games.

Tuesday, 18 June, 2013, 9:26pm

Rich foreign investors drive up home prices in Vancouver, locking out locals

Vancouver has become such a popular destination for overseas investment that locals can scarcely afford the price of an average house in the city. And because many of the new flats in some areas are purchased by investors who then leave them empty, local businesses are having a hard time surviving.

12 Jun 2013 - 4:07am 1 comment

Soaring property prices leave central bank with interest rate rise dilemma

Rising home prices will increase the pressure on the Reserve Bank of New Zealand to raise interest rates, finance minister Bill English says.

22 May 2013 - 3:51am

Vegas beats tough odds

Buying real estate can be a gamble, but punters right now are betting on Las Vegas. The resort city posted the highest gains of all United States markets in the latest S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values, climbing another 2 per cent in February.

22 May 2013 - 4:22am

Population size is only one factor in influencing property prices

During a recent discussion with business school students at Tsinghua University the question arose as to whether real estate prices would fall if populations began declining. This is certainly likely, yet it is still just one possibility, and the notion that fewer people leads to lower property prices is not always destiny.

1 May 2013 - 3:44am 1 comment

Highs and lows across the region

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

Swire Pacific eyes property expansion across region, says chairman

In an interview with The South China Morning Post, Christopher Pratt said Swire was looking to expand its property investment footprint across China and Southeast Asia, and the firm had high hopes of Cathay Pacific's ties with shareholder Air China, which he felt would define this decade for the airline.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:11am

Big banks worry as mortgage interest rate gaps opens with smaller lenders

Hong Kong's big banks are anxious to see smaller peers follow the rises in mortgage interest rates the largest operators announced earlier this month, after a gap opened up that could let smaller lenders poach business.

25 Mar 2013 - 5:38am

Exorbitant property prices reported in Beijing university district

Property prices in Beijing’s secondary market have come under scrutiny once again after a tiny apartment in a university district recently listed a sell price of 3.5 million yuan (HK$4.4 million) - close to the very high levels in Hong Kong.

21 Mar 2013 - 11:29pm 1 comment

Taxation measures influence market

Policy measures relating to taxation and lending conditions can significantly influence buyers worldwide, including luxury home buyers, says Christie's International Real Estate.

20 Mar 2013 - 5:22am