Cross-border property investment in Asia accounted for 36% of total turnover year-to-date - rising 36% quarter-on-quarter to $10.6 billion - marking this the highest total recorded since 2008.
All things being equal, re-finance and purchase rates are the same. But in a re-finance boom with interest rates at an all-time low, two things tend to happen.
The average fixed mortgage rate fell slightly in late October amid market expectations of no rate increase by the Federal Reserve.
This week the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) forecasted that originations of commercial and multifamily mortgages will rise 6 percent in 2016 to $485 billion.
U.S. pending home sales cooled in September 2015 for the second straight month and to their second lowest index reading in 2015.
This past week's existing home sales data show an increase of 5 percent to 5.55 million in September 2015, reversing the decline in August.
Mortgage applications decreased 3.5 percent from one week earlier. The previous week's results included an adjustment for the Columbus Day holiday.
Steady employment and economic growth, pent-up demand, affordable home prices and attractive mortgage rates will keep the housing market on a gradual upward trend in 2016.
According to newly released data from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau, sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 11.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 468,000 units in September.
CBRE reports that property prices in Australia's regional resource hubs have plunged by up to 74% over the past three years, as the market comes off its peak after riding the mining boom for more than a decade.
According to CBRE, vacancy rates for large multi-tenant logistics facilities (LMTs) in the Greater Tokyo area remained low in Q3, 2015, declining a further 0.1 points q-o-q to 3.5%.
CoreLogic is reporting that cash sales in the U.S. made up 30.8 percent of total home sales in July 2015, down from 34.2 percent in July 2014.
According to CBRE's newly released Global Living Report: A City by City Guide, Hong Kong continues to hold its position as the world's most expensive residential location with an average of $1,416 per sq. ft.
London office rent levels have proved more resilient in recent years in comparison to previous downturns and recoveries.
According to the Miami Association of Realtors, Miami-Dade County single-family home transactions rose 2.9 percent year-over-year in September 2015, from 1,166 to 1,200.
In 2014, there were 2,876 different multifamily lenders that provided a total of $195.1 billion in new mortgages for apartment buildings with five or more units.
According to RealtyTrac's Q3 2015 U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report, as of the end of the third quarter there were 6,917,673 U.S. residential properties that were seriously underwater.
According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), the average fixed mortgage rate following Treasury yields lower in mid-October 2015, which continues to benefit the housing market.