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How Blockchain technology can impact Real Estate Investment

The infiltration of blockchain, the technology that supports cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, into industries around the world is only a matter of time.

The historically traditional commercial real estate industry won’t easily escape. In its simplest form, blockchain is a distributed database.

By recording and combining transactions into a de-centralized, secure ledger system, it creates a “chain” of chronological data that no one party has control of.

The value lies in the system’s ability to authenticate and track transactions in real time without the use of a third party, such as a bank. The technology has the potential to transform the property business. The potential shake-up would significantly speed up transactions and increase transparency.

“People are brainstorming new ways of using it so that they fall on the right side of this business disruption,” according to the DBRS research report How Blockchain Technology Is Rebuilding the Commerci…

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How placemaking is reshaping Bangkok urban planning

Placemaking is based on a simple principle: if you plan cities for cars and traffic, you will get cars and traffic. If you plan for people and places, you will get people and places:  Southeast Asia, not the least Bangkok, is playing catch-up.

In a recent report, CBRE says sluggish retail sales and flat rental growth are contributing factors. Elsewhere, e-commerce—although in its infancy—is drawing millennial shoppers online. Coupled with the fact that consumers in Thailand have become more sophisticated and demanding, the traditional “bricks and mortar” shopping malls will remain stretched.

These factors have made ‘Placemaking’—like ‘Retailtainment’—a frequently-discussed topic and hot trend in the retail industry in Thailand, despite floating definitions.

Placemaking is about creating an environment that people choose or prefer to visit, and return to by incorporating and integrating several potential elements into a mall.

Thai retailers have b…

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Logistics stock in Asia Pacific more than US and Europe combined

Investors are attracted by strong occupier demand for logistics properties, and higher yields relative to other forms of traditional real estate.

In Asia Pacific, drivers of growth for logistics and warehousing space include demand from third-party logistics operators and e-commerce companies.

Direct real estate transaction volumes in the industrial sector totaled US$13.8 billion in 2016, based on data from Real Capital Analytics (RCA).

Five markets (Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and China) accounted for over 80 per cent of industrial investment volumes regionally in the 2011-2016 period. In comparison, India and emerging Southeast Asia accounted for less than three per cent of volumes.

Logistics stock in Asia Pacific more than US and Europe combined

Growing logistics stock presents more options for investors, and enables easier entry into or exit from a market.

Based on ou…

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