Cheryl Arcibal

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Cheryl Arcibal

Reporter for Business

Before moving to Hong Kong, Cheryl covered the economy in her native Philippines.

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As coronavirus outbreak rages on, perceptions of a country’s health security to sway investors’ decision

Countries with good health care systems and highly ranked abilities to react to viral outbreaks are likely to benefit from an increase in buyer activity.

26 Feb 2020 - 12:02PM

Countries with good health care systems and highly ranked abilities to react to viral outbreaks are likely to benefit from an increase in buyer activity.

As coronavirus outbreak rages on, perceptions of a country’s health security to sway investors’ decision
Hong Kong no longer in Hurun’s top 50 cities for fastest-growing home prices after social unrest killed off demand

The city has fallen off Hurun’s annual list of the top 50 cities ranked by house price increase after months of civil unrest devastated the market

21 Feb 2020 - 10:08PM

The city has fallen off Hurun’s annual list of the top 50 cities ranked by house price increase after months of civil unrest devastated the market

Hong Kong no longer in Hurun’s top 50 cities for fastest-growing home prices after social unrest killed off demand
Portugal’s plan to exclude Lisbon and Porto from golden visa scheme draws flak from property industry

The government has until the end of 2020 to amend the law as it looks to bring property prices under control, but developers say it will discourage investors.

19 Feb 2020 - 11:12AM

The government has until the end of 2020 to amend the law as it looks to bring property prices under control, but developers say it will discourage investors.

Portugal’s plan to exclude Lisbon and Porto from golden visa scheme draws flak from property industry
Philippine airlines are losing Chinese tourists amid coronavirus outbreak that Duterte serenaded with pro-Beijing overtures

When Duterte pursued closer ties with China, it brought planeloads of Chinese tourists to the Southeast Asian nation. The coronavirus outbreak is reversing the trend, much to the pain of airline companies.

18 Feb 2020 - 3:56PM

When Duterte pursued closer ties with China, it brought planeloads of Chinese tourists to the Southeast Asian nation. The coronavirus outbreak is reversing the trend, much to the pain of airline companies.

Philippine airlines are losing Chinese tourists amid coronavirus outbreak that Duterte serenaded with pro-Beijing overtures
Joint venture to go ahead with US$12.2 million Western Australia resort aimed solely at Chinese tourists

A joint venture between an Australian and a Chinese company will go ahead with the development of a A$18.2 million (US$12.2 million) resort project in Western Australia targeting solely Chinese tourists.

18 Feb 2020 - 6:47PM

A joint venture between an Australian and a Chinese company will go ahead with the development of a A$18.2 million (US$12.2 million) resort project in Western Australia targeting solely Chinese tourists.

Joint venture to go ahead with US$12.2 million Western Australia resort aimed solely at Chinese tourists
With Brexit out of the way, buyers once again focus on prime London property deals

Hong Kong-listed Far East Consortium’s acquisition of Ensign House, an office building in Canary Wharf for £28.25 million, is a sign that appetite for prime London property is returning among foreign investors.

12 Feb 2020 - 9:00AM

Hong Kong-listed Far East Consortium’s acquisition of Ensign House, an office building in Canary Wharf for £28.25 million, is a sign that appetite for prime London property is returning among foreign investors.

With Brexit out of the way, buyers once again focus on prime London property deals
Property markets reel from coronavirus outbreak as Chinese investors pause transactions

Thailand, US and Australia – some of the preferred destinations of Chinese property buyers – are witnessing a lull in activity, while property agencies’ move to suspend operations in the mainland has also affected sales.

11 Feb 2020 - 6:21PM

Thailand, US and Australia – some of the preferred destinations of Chinese property buyers – are witnessing a lull in activity, while property agencies’ move to suspend operations in the mainland has also affected sales.

Property markets reel from coronavirus outbreak as Chinese investors pause transactions
Homebuyers shrug aside Hong Kong’s coronavirus fears, snapping up every Mid-Levels flat offered by Henderson Land for sale

The brisk sales, even amid a coronavirus outbreak that has stopped property exhibitions and an ongoing political crisis, shows how the Hong Kong government’s easing of mortgage rules is effectively attracting more first-time buyers into the market.

8 Feb 2020 - 7:53PM

The brisk sales, even amid a coronavirus outbreak that has stopped property exhibitions and an ongoing political crisis, shows how the Hong Kong government’s easing of mortgage rules is effectively attracting more first-time buyers into the market.

Homebuyers shrug aside Hong Kong’s coronavirus fears, snapping up every Mid-Levels flat offered by Henderson Land for sale
Hong Kong resident finds Portugal visa scheme for property investors is anything but golden

Portugal has been widely touted as an ideal property investment destination for Hongkongers looking to escape the city's recent political unrest. But a long-time Hong Kong resident who moved to Lisbon recently said it was anything but ideal.

5 Feb 2020 - 10:12AM

Portugal has been widely touted as an ideal property investment destination for Hongkongers looking to escape the city's recent political unrest. But a long-time Hong Kong resident who moved to Lisbon recently said it was anything but ideal.

Hong Kong resident finds Portugal visa scheme for property investors is anything but golden
Can coronavirus outbreak knock Hong Kong retail and office markets, the world’s priciest, off the perch?

Hong Kong’s office and retail space rents, the world’s priciest, have slipped under the weight of trade war and social unrest. Can a prolonged coronavirus outbreak knock them off the perch?

4 Feb 2020 - 7:57PM

Hong Kong’s office and retail space rents, the world’s priciest, have slipped under the weight of trade war and social unrest. Can a prolonged coronavirus outbreak knock them off the perch?

Can coronavirus outbreak knock Hong Kong retail and office markets, the world’s priciest, off the perch?
Irish fund offering residency on the ‘Emerald isle’ for €1 million sees surge in interest from wealthy Hongkongers looking to escape civil unrest

An Irish fund is offering rich Hongkongers a way to gain permanent residency by investing €1 million in family-run hotels near Dublin

2 Feb 2020 - 8:17PM

An Irish fund is offering rich Hongkongers a way to gain permanent residency by investing €1 million in family-run hotels near Dublin

Irish fund offering residency on the ‘Emerald isle’ for €1 million sees surge in interest from wealthy Hongkongers looking to escape civil unrest
Hong Kong, hurt by US-China trade war, protests, replaced by Tokyo as Asia-Pacific’s largest commercial real-estate market in 2019

Hong Kong is no longer the largest commercial real-estate market in Asia-Pacific, having lost its crown to Tokyo in 2019, data and analytics firm Real Capital Analytics said on Thursday.

31 Jan 2020 - 11:09PM

Hong Kong is no longer the largest commercial real-estate market in Asia-Pacific, having lost its crown to Tokyo in 2019, data and analytics firm Real Capital Analytics said on Thursday.

Hong Kong, hurt by US-China trade war, protests, replaced by Tokyo as Asia-Pacific’s largest commercial real-estate market in 2019
Will Australian bush fires choke recovery in its property market?

Investors are likely to reconsider the long-term prospects of real estate in major Australian cities such as Sydney and Melbourne, following bush fires that have destroyed 2,500 homes and killed 29 people, and are still burning, according to an analyst.

27 Jan 2020 - 10:00AM

Investors are likely to reconsider the long-term prospects of real estate in major Australian cities such as Sydney and Melbourne, following bush fires that have destroyed 2,500 homes and killed 29 people, and are still burning, according to an analyst.

Will Australian bush fires choke recovery in its property market?
Hong Kong women entrepreneurs make further inroads in Niseko with third project in Japanese ski resort

More than a decade after falling in love with Niseko, two women entrepreneurs from Hong Kong are tapping into the booming tourism in the Japanese ski resort again with their third property venture.

24 Jan 2020 - 7:15AM

More than a decade after falling in love with Niseko, two women entrepreneurs from Hong Kong are tapping into the booming tourism in the Japanese ski resort again with their third property venture.

Hong Kong women entrepreneurs make further inroads in Niseko with third project in Japanese ski resort
Hong Kong tops global list of most expensive housing market again as protests make little dent

Hong Kong has been ranked as the world’s most unaffordable housing market for a 10th straight year in 2019, with social unrest failing to make any meaningful dent on home prices last year, study shows.

21 Jan 2020 - 7:38AM

Hong Kong has been ranked as the world’s most unaffordable housing market for a 10th straight year in 2019, with social unrest failing to make any meaningful dent on home prices last year, study shows.

Hong Kong tops global list of most expensive housing market again as protests make little dent
Office rents in Hong Kong’s Central district – world’s most expensive commercial property market – to plunge by up to 40 per cent, real estate fund says

Office rents in Hong Kong’s Central district, the world’s most expensive commercial property market for a fourth straight year in 2019, are poised to start declining this year and might plunge by up to 40 per cent by 2022, according to the most pessimistic forecast.

17 Jan 2020 - 10:50PM

Office rents in Hong Kong’s Central district, the world’s most expensive commercial property market for a fourth straight year in 2019, are poised to start declining this year and might plunge by up to 40 per cent by 2022, according to the most pessimistic forecast.

Office rents in Hong Kong’s Central district – world’s most expensive commercial property market – to plunge by up to 40 per cent, real estate fund says
Chinese buyers to continue favouring Asia-Pacific property for its proximity, low entry prices and good yields, analysts say

Asia-Pacific will remain the favoured investment destination among Chinese property buyers in 2020, after they shifted their attention to the region last year, analysts said.

16 Jan 2020 - 10:16PM

Asia-Pacific will remain the favoured investment destination among Chinese property buyers in 2020, after they shifted their attention to the region last year, analysts said.

Chinese buyers to continue favouring Asia-Pacific property for its proximity, low entry prices and good yields, analysts say
Analysts pick London, Ho Chi Minh, Singapore for property investors seeking to avoid Hong Kong’s woes

The new year is promising to be a brighter place for property investors looking for opportunities outside Hong Kong, as industry consultants favour tried-and-tested locations in Europe and Southeast Asia.

31 Dec 2019 - 9:51AM

The new year is promising to be a brighter place for property investors looking for opportunities outside Hong Kong, as industry consultants favour tried-and-tested locations in Europe and Southeast Asia.

Analysts pick London, Ho Chi Minh, Singapore for property investors seeking to avoid Hong Kong’s woes
With Conservative majority removing Brexit uncertainty, Hongkongers are poised to return to London property market

Analysts say the clear mandate given to Prime Minister Boris Johnson will finally lift the Brexit fog of uncertainty clouding London’s real estate market. It did not take long for a Hong Kong developer to make its first foray there.

18 Dec 2019 - 10:19PM

Analysts say the clear mandate given to Prime Minister Boris Johnson will finally lift the Brexit fog of uncertainty clouding London’s real estate market. It did not take long for a Hong Kong developer to make its first foray there.

With Conservative majority removing Brexit uncertainty, Hongkongers are poised to return to London property market
Hong Kong investors pick up St Andrews resort hotel in sign of growing appetite for Scottish properties

Hong Kong-based investors have been quietly buying up properties in Scotland, channelling their capital away from home amid months of anti-government protests. A luxury hotel at St Andrews is the latest addition.

18 Dec 2019 - 9:46AM

Hong Kong-based investors have been quietly buying up properties in Scotland, channelling their capital away from home amid months of anti-government protests. A luxury hotel at St Andrews is the latest addition.

Hong Kong investors pick up St Andrews resort hotel in sign of growing appetite for Scottish properties
Investment in Hong Kong’s industrial buildings falls by half as protests, US-China trade war dampen sentiment

Investment in Hong Kong’s warehouses, logistics and data centres plunged 52 per cent to US$719.9 million in the third quarter as civil unrest worsened

16 Dec 2019 - 9:24AM

Investment in Hong Kong’s warehouses, logistics and data centres plunged 52 per cent to US$719.9 million in the third quarter as civil unrest worsened

Investment in Hong Kong’s industrial buildings falls by half as protests, US-China trade war dampen sentiment
In Niseko, Hong Kong developer banks on luxury hotels, bullet train and Richard Li to ride ski resort boom

A Hong Kong-based luxury property developer is making Hanazono village in Niseko its next launch pad to profitability as the Japanese ski resort town grows in popularity.

11 Dec 2019 - 7:00AM

A Hong Kong-based luxury property developer is making Hanazono village in Niseko its next launch pad to profitability as the Japanese ski resort town grows in popularity.

In Niseko, Hong Kong developer banks on luxury hotels, bullet train and Richard Li to ride ski resort boom
Hong Kong luxury home prices expected to stay flat next year amid protest fears, says Knight Frank

Prime property prices in Singapore and Sydney expected to rise by 3 per cent and 4 per cent, respectively, according to a Knight Frank report.

7 Dec 2019 - 12:08PM

Prime property prices in Singapore and Sydney expected to rise by 3 per cent and 4 per cent, respectively, according to a Knight Frank report.

Hong Kong luxury home prices expected to stay flat next year amid protest fears, says Knight Frank
Manchester and Liverpool are an easy win for property buyers as second-tier UK cities edge out pricey London

Property developers are upbeat on the growth prospects of the two cities as there is a lot of foreign and government investment going into these areas while offering better yields and growth than London.

5 Dec 2019 - 9:47PM

Property developers are upbeat on the growth prospects of the two cities as there is a lot of foreign and government investment going into these areas while offering better yields and growth than London.

Manchester and Liverpool are an easy win for property buyers as second-tier UK cities edge out pricey London
Uncertainty caused by Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act likely to dent surging Chinese demand for New York property, say agents

The legislation passed in Washington, which has angered Beijing, adds to the perception that the US does not welcome investment from China

4 Dec 2019 - 3:29PM

The legislation passed in Washington, which has angered Beijing, adds to the perception that the US does not welcome investment from China

Uncertainty caused by Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act likely to dent surging Chinese demand for New York property, say agents
China’s hi-tech industries are driving demand for internet data centre facilities, enticing private equity funds

China’s march into fifth-generation mobile telecommunications technology and the booming e-commerce are elevating the value of internet data centres (IDCs), making them a viable investment for alternative asset managers.

3 Dec 2019 - 7:37PM

China’s march into fifth-generation mobile telecommunications technology and the booming e-commerce are elevating the value of internet data centres (IDCs), making them a viable investment for alternative asset managers.

China’s hi-tech industries are driving demand for internet data centre facilities, enticing private equity funds
Singapore better for entrepreneurs, Lion City-based ‘gov-tech’ firm Osome says as it eyes Hong Kong’s larger market

Singapore is more entrepreneur friendly than Hong Kong, according to Osome, which offers a paperless service that helps start-ups with registration and operations.

26 Nov 2019 - 9:46PM

Singapore is more entrepreneur friendly than Hong Kong, according to Osome, which offers a paperless service that helps start-ups with registration and operations.

Singapore better for entrepreneurs, Lion City-based ‘gov-tech’ firm Osome says as it eyes Hong Kong’s larger market
Hong Kong King Wai buys Portuguese digital bank BNI Europa, tapping opportunity as Hongkongers seek overseas residency amid political crisis

Hong Kong King Wai Group is motivated by Beijing’s push to forge closer business ties with Portuguese-speaking economies and Hongkongers seeking sanctuary abroad through property deals

25 Nov 2019 - 9:20AM

Hong Kong King Wai Group is motivated by Beijing’s push to forge closer business ties with Portuguese-speaking economies and Hongkongers seeking sanctuary abroad through property deals

Hong Kong King Wai buys Portuguese digital bank BNI Europa, tapping opportunity as Hongkongers seek overseas residency amid political crisis
Residential sales remain sluggish as Hong Kong homebuyers ‘stay on the sidelines’ to wait out anti-government protest crisis

Sluggish sales continue to hamper the housing market despite government initiatives to relax mortgage lending rules for first-time buyers.

23 Nov 2019 - 11:30PM

Sluggish sales continue to hamper the housing market despite government initiatives to relax mortgage lending rules for first-time buyers.

Residential sales remain sluggish as Hong Kong homebuyers ‘stay on the sidelines’ to wait out anti-government protest crisis
Hong Kong’s prime office rents fall by most in a decade as protests chill market, Chinese companies retreat

More than five months of social unrest in Hong Kong is starting to hurt prime office landlords with rent falling by the most in a decade as multinationals downsized and mainland Chinese firms retreated from the city.

22 Nov 2019 - 11:11PM

More than five months of social unrest in Hong Kong is starting to hurt prime office landlords with rent falling by the most in a decade as multinationals downsized and mainland Chinese firms retreated from the city.

Hong Kong’s prime office rents fall by most in a decade as protests chill market, Chinese companies retreat