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COVID-19 Putting Significant Pressure on Hong Kong's Housing Market

COVID-19 Putting Significant Pressure on Hong Kong's Housing Market

Hong Kong's unemployment rate has increased progressively to a nine-year high amid the COVID-19 pandemic and social tension. The rising unemployment rate in the city is putting pressure on local housing prices. Read More »


Coronavirus Hammering New Condo Sales in Hong Kong

Coronavirus Hammering New Condo Sales in Hong Kong

Only 40 apartment flats from two new mass residential projects have been launched in the primary market one month after the Chinese New Year (January 25, 2020), compared to the past three years' average of around 530 flats. Read More »

World's Ultra Wealthy Prefer Commercial Property Investments Over Bonds and Equities

World's Ultra Wealthy Prefer Commercial Property Investments Over Bonds and Equities

According to global property consultant Knight Frank's latest Wealth Report 2020 reveals that private capital was responsible for $333 billion of all commercial real estate purchases in 2019, a 5% rise on the previous year. Read More »

Foreign Investment in U.S. Net-Lease Assets Help Drive Record Year in 2019

Foreign Investment in U.S. Net-Lease Assets Help Drive Record Year in 2019

U.S. net-lease investment reached record highs in 2019, with investors increasingly attracted to opportunities in high-growth secondary and tertiary markets. Read More »


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Harbor Place at Safety Harbor, The Jewel of Tampa Bay

Harbor Place at Safety Harbor, The Jewel of Tampa Bay

The town of Safety Harbor is a secret little hideaway known as the Jewel of Tampa Bay. Safety Harbor is neighbored by the major city of Clearwater, Florida. Read More »

Last Updated April 8, 2020 9:00 AM ET

Beijing Property News

To understand the full impact of the Coronavirus epidemic on Chinese cross-border real estate buying in overseas markets, it helps to first understand the situation for these buyers at home, and the original source market of the virus, China.

With the longest global economic expansion on record, international commercial property investors now face an increasingly complex calculus.

International property consultant CBRE is reporting this week that global commercial real estate investment volume in Q4 of 2019, including entity-level deals, was nearly level (-0.5%) with Q4 2018, while full-year volume fell by 2% from 2018.

According to JLL in its Macau Year-end Property Review 2019, impacted by the cautious investment sentiment caused by the global economic uncertainty, all property sectors in Macau experienced a significant fall in transaction volume last year.

As Hong Kong's office market continues to reel from the impacts of the local social movement and economic uncertainties, leasing across all business districts in Hong Kong have been subdued.

The longest bull market in Hong Kong's property market history has come to an end in the second half of 2019 due to the local social unrest with Mainland China, and related economic uncertainties surrounding it.

126 buildings of 200 meters' height or greater were completed in 2019, including 26 "supertall" buildings of at least 300 meters' height, a new world record.

The average number of bidders for residential sites in Kai Tak decreased by 67% to just 5.5 in 2019 from two years ago.

Based on new data from global real estate consultancy JLL reveals that Asia Pacific commercial real estate transaction volumes in the third quarter of 2019 have reached a record, bringing the year-to-date activity to a new high of $128 billion.

According to new report from CBRE, global commercial real estate investment volume, including entity-level deals, rose by 7% quarter-over-quarter but fell by 2% year-over-year in Q3 2019.

Global real estate consultant JLL is reporting that several cities in Asia are emerging as competitive real estate markets.

The combined office vacancy rate of Hong Kong's traditional business districts, which includes Central, Wanchai/Causeway Bay and Tsimshatsui, rose above 3% for the first time in 5 years in August 2019.

Hong Kong's current political crisis and economic uncertainty could make almost anyone despair for the future of the property market in this Special Administrative Region of China.

Hong Kong's central region office vacancy rate rises to a three-year high as commercial tenants are now delaying expansion plans.

Global real estate consultant JLL is reporting this week that after a bumpy 2018, investment in global commercial real estate cooled in the first half of 2019 with year-on-year volumes dropping by 9% to $341 billion.

According to commercial real estate advisor CBRE, global commercial real estate investment volume increased from Q1 2019 across all regions but overall fell by 7.5% year-over-year in Q2 2019

According to new research by global real estate consultant JLL, smart city initiatives in Asia Pacific will not reach their potential if they focus on delivering cutting-edge technologies without paying enough attention to the needs and experiences of citizens.

Only two remaining residential sites to be tendered on the Kai Tak runway could enjoy Victoria Harbour views after the government awarded the tender for Kai Tak Area 4C Site 1 site.


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