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Hong Kong Tops London as World's Most Expensive Office Market in 2019

Hong Kong Tops London as World's Most Expensive Office Market in 2019

Rising cost of leasing prime office space accelerated across the globe due to continued economic growth, job gains and limited availability of prime space in certain markets. Read More »


Location Becomes Less of a Consideration for Hong Kong Homebuyers

Location Becomes Less of a Consideration for Hong Kong Homebuyers

According to JLL's latest Residential Sales Market Monitor Report, the price premium commanded by new mass residential flats sized 752 sq. ft and under on Hong Kong Island against the New Territories has narrowed from 90% to 79% over the past five years. Read More »

Alternative Co-Living Arrangements Gain Popularity in Urban Asia Pacific Cities

Alternative Co-Living Arrangements Gain Popularity in Urban Asia Pacific Cities

Co-living market is taking off in Asia Pacific as more people migrate to cities for jobs or education opportunities. This is opening up new opportunities for real estate developers and investors around the region. Read More »

Kuala Lumpur Fastest Growing Asian City for Coworking Supply

Kuala Lumpur Fastest Growing Asian City for Coworking Supply

In 2018, flexible workspace centre supply in Kuala Lumpur grew by 36%, making it the fastest growing key city in the APAC region, outpacing fast-growing markets in Gurugram, Chennai, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Sydney and Singapore. Read More »


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The Landings - (St. Lucia, West Indies)

The Landings - (St. Lucia, West Indies)

While investors in Sunbelt real estate have watched their property values slip and slide over the past year, those who discovered the tiny island of St. Lucia have smiles on their faces. Read More »

Last Updated June 14, 2019 9:08 AM ET

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Growing interest from China developers in acquiring older buildings for redevelopment in Hong Kong contributed to the Lands Tribunal receiving 39 compulsory sale applications in 2018.

Based on JLL's latest whitepaper Shenzhen's Tech Prosperity Drives Office Demand, technology companies are spurring global demand for office space, and this phenomenon is particularly pronounced in Shenzhen, China.

The National Association of Home Builders' chairman Greg Ugalde issued the following statement after this yesterday's House and Ways Means Committee hearing in Washington DC on US-China trade:

Thirty one percent of Australian development sites in 2018 were bought by Chinese developers who purchased $1.3 billion worth of Australian residential development sites in 2018. This figure was down from $2.02 billion in 2017, or one-third of all site sales.

According to Knight Frank's latest Global Outlook Report, Hong Kong will retain its title as the world's most expensive office market despite rents being forecast to decrease in 2019.

Shadowed by the various regulatory measures on the property market and the external economic uncertainty, Macau's property market softened and saw a slowdown in investment sentiment.

Global commercial real estate consultant JLL is reporting this week that Asia Pacific's overall real estate transaction volumes in 2019 are expected to rise by five per cent, though the pace of growth momentum will slow down.

The strike rate of People's Republic of China (PRC) developers in Hong Kong's government land sales market dropped notably in 2018.

According to JLL's Residential Sales Market Monitor released this week, the first day sell-through rates for newly launched mass residential projects (where over 80 units were launched in the first batch of sales) dropped significantly in October 2018.

According to new research by CBRE, real estate debt in Asia Pacific is increasingly cementing itself as an alternative investment class as global investors seek new opportunities to deploy capital into this sector.

The private education market in Asia Pacific is a rising property investment sector, a trend driven by the region's demand for high-quality international schools focusing on English study.

According to global property consult JLL, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo are the preferred locations for data centre investment in Asia Pacific, thanks to the robust infrastructure, connectivity and relative ease of doing business.

Steadily increasing visitor arrivals to Hong Kong have resulted in hotel occupancy rates reaching all-time highs and triggering the return in hotel room rate growth.

Asian outbound capital deployment remains robust amid a recent slowdown of Chinese outbound real estate investment. In the first half of 2018, outbound investment activity totaled $25.3 billion, led by Singaporean capital.

Office rents in Hong Kong's Wanchai/Causeway Bay areas rose by 1.5% month-over-month in July 2018, their fastest pace in three years. The relatively strong growth in the submarket was underpinned by an extremely tight vacancy environment

According to global real estate consultant CBRE, commercial real estate investment volume in the U.S. totaled $118.8 billion in Q2 2018, an increase of 1.7% from Q2 2017.

To minimize the impact of the new vacancy tax, developers are likely to switch more unsold luxury flats from the sales to leasing market.

Increased vigilance on the part of policymakers keen to use macro prudential measures to curb price inflation along with escalating affordability constraints are keeping a lid on urban property price growth, worldwide.


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