Real Estate Broker

Buying frenzy buoys sector

The struggling United States property market is being buoyed by a tide of investment from China. Reports abound of wealthy buyers from Hong Kong and the mainland snapping up distressed real estate and premium apartments.

Wednesday, 22 August, 2012, 2:22am

US market regains its lustre

Forecasters are wary of calling the bottom of property cycles, for obvious reasons. But what's happening in the United States has many hoping for the best.

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Smart money

Some useful resources for investing in distressed US real estate:

13 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Plans for rules on 'saleable area'

The Estate Agents Authority (EAA) plans to issue a binding circular stipulating how property agents specify the 'saleable area' of second-hand residential properties.

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Can online auction by 20 developers trigger a change of habit?

Buying homes online is not common practice on the mainland. But will a forthcoming attention-grabbing online auction organised by a group of 20 developers change buying habits in the property market there?

On Sunday the group, including major players China Vanke, Soho China, and Huayuan Real Estate, will offer 95 properties for sale through an online auction.

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Protect buyers in Hong Kong but don't mollycoddle them

A few months ago I described the amazing procedures I had to go through to open an account with a local Hong Kong bank. It was a lengthy process involving a lot of form-filling and even tape-recorded interviews. It seemed to me that, after the public outcry over banks' methods of selling investment products, we might have gone too far in protecting bank customers.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Pitching for foreign projects

As the property market enters a wintry mood in Hong Kong, real estate agents are increasingly turning their attention to foreign sales.

26 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

PAIN and gain

Waking up from the American dream has been painful for much of the United States in terms of real estate, but there have been brighter spots of late. Perhaps it is, as one broker says, that after four years of recession and foreclosures, Americans are ready to move on with their lives, even if the prospects are not necessarily any brighter.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Toronto is a huge hit with buyers

Canada's real estate market remains a global stand-out, according to the latest analysis by Scotia Economics.

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Battening down the hatches

These are worrying times for Hong Kong's real estate agents. New mortgages fell to a 28-month low of 6,579 in September, according to data from the Land Registry.

15 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Greek tragedy has its benefits

The Greek economic tragedy is very unlikely to have any kind of happy ending, unless of course you are an international investor looking to gain a foothold in paradise.

Greece is on course for a third consecutive year in recession, with the economy shrinking by 6.9 per cent in the second quarter, according to the latest economic indicators.

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Gap on price keeps home sales sluggish

Home sales in the secondary residential market remain sluggish because of a big gap in price expectations between buyers and sellers that has made negotiations more time consuming, Ricacorp Properties says.

3 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Singer tunes in to the sales beat

After more than three years of stagnation the United States housing market is picking up again, and agent Sherri Shang's working hours are growing longer as affluent Chinese buyers resume home hunting in Manhattan.

22 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Bargains galore for investors

It has a stunning coastline, rugged mountains and green and lush surroundings.

Want more persuading?

The province has a technically advanced labour force, a cosmopolitan lifestyle, an international travel hub and value-for-money investment opportunities.

1 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Mixed reports on holiday weekend sales

Home sales were mixed on the mainland over the May Day weekend, with Shenzhen and Guangzhou recording buying interest after developers offered big discounts, but demand in other cities remained low.

4 May 2011 - 12:00am