Why more property investors are looking to REITs

Real estate investment trusts are growing in popularity around the world, as investors seek new ways to access an increasingly institutional market. REITs are listed as private funds which are tax-transparent, so investors are only taxed on their dividends.

This puts them on a level playing field with those who hold real estate directly. The Trusts are required to distribute the majority of taxable net income to shareholders and must adhere to certain restrictions on its operations, organisation and ownership.

The security of an institutional regime, low barriers to entry and more liquidity than direct property investment, offer an attractive option for investors. In Russia for example, REITs are attracting high levels of interest as the property market recovers, following a slump in 2014-2016.

Collective investment including REITs schemes have become more popular in Russia as macroeconomic conditions have improved, says Olesya Dzuba, Head of Research, …

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JLL Spark Launches New $100M Global PropTech Venture Fund

JLL Spark, a division of JLL, announced today the creation of JLL Spark Global Venture Fund, which plans to invest up to $100 million in companies focused on leveraging technology to improve everything from real estate development and management to leasing and investing, while enhancing the experience of those who occupy it.

The fund will also help entrepreneurs and their companies by connecting them with JLL’s business lines and clients for insightful feedback and distribution of their products.

“Having been entrepreneurs ourselves, we know how hard it is to bring a new product to market, especially in an industry that has been slow to adopt new technology.

That’s why our goal is to partner with entrepreneurs, and help them tap into the resources of JLL’s business lines so they can succeed in rapidly growing their companies while we also create value for JLL’s clients,”

said Mihir Shah, Co-CEO at JLL Spark.Read more

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Improving transport connections reshaping Bangkok’s condominium market

Rising prices and dwindling land banks, combined with improved transport connectivity, are changing the shape of Bangkok’s condominium market as new projects move away from the city’s centre; however, oversupply in some areas could continue to weigh on sales.

With the expansion of bus and rail transport improving connectivity in the capital, mid- and upper-range property developments are set to migrate away from traditional downtown areas, according to international real estate consultancy Colliers International Thailand.

Around 60,000 condominiums will be added to existing stocks this year, building on the 300,000 units that have entered the market since 2013, Phattarachai Taweewong, senior manager of the firm’s research department, told local press in April.

The extension of the Metropolitan Rapid Transit Blue Line connecting Tha Phra to Bang Sue, which is close to completion, has accelerated development in the city’s west. An estimated nine condomini…

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Bangkok 7th World Most connected city to China

While China’s biggest corporates are increasingly flexing their global muscle as the country’s economic and geopolitical influence accelerates, Bangkok is the 10th most popular destination for mainland firms expanding overseas.

Bangkok also ranks 3rd in terms of the volume of Chinese corporate leasing activity over the last three years, according to ‘China12: China’s Cities Go Global’, a new report from real estate consulting firm JLL.

The report analyses 12 mainland cities and their transformation into major hubs of innovation and global interaction. It also dives into the country’s emerging wave of influential corporates and the impact that this group of dynamic Chinese companies have beyond their domestic market.

“The China12 are home to a growing group of highly dynamic and ambitious new generation firms that will drive the next wave of globalisation,” says Jeremy Kelly, Director of Global Research, JLL.

“We’re already seeing a higher…

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Thailand’s New residential leasing law effective on May 1

Residential property leasing will now be deemed to be a contract-controlled business following publication in the Government Gazette last week.

The notification defines a “residential property leasing business” as a business that leases (or subleases) five units of property or more to individual lessees, for residential purposes, in exchange for a fee collected by the business operator, regardless of whether or not the units are in the same building.

Property is defined to include any accommodation, house, condominium unit, apartment, or other kind of residential property leased for residential purposes, excluding dormitories and hotels which are regulated separately.

Property consulting firm Jones Lang LaSalle (Thailand) Ltd (JLL) said that the new residential leasing law , effective on May 1, will make it more challenging for landlords to handle tenants who violate any of the agreed-upon terms and conditions of a binding contract.

The notificatio…
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Co-living trend in Asia fueled by Millennials and expensive house markets

Co-living, a term used to describe a living arrangement that is something more than shared space, in growing in Asia, especially in China and Hong Kong.

Typically, a co-living facility will offer tenants small rooms but also shared facilities such as a TV room or a gym.

There is also a social aspect; some facilities have a manager who will organise events. As well as convenience and community, co-living facilities also claim to offer cheaper rent than an individual apartment.

Hong Kong is seeing a growing number of co-living developments – unsurprisingly given its status as the world’s most expensive housing market.

Young workers face the prospect of living with their family until they can afford to buy a small flat; ‘small’ often means less than 200 square feet.

At present, some developments described as co-living are no more than upmarket dormitories for budget-conscious students, while others are just shared apartments with different b…

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Asia’s property sector driven by economic growth and low interest rates

Colliers International has reported that Asia’s property sector has been driven by economic growth and low real interest rates.

Higher trade flows and e-commerce will continue driving industrial and logistics property in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and India, with industrial property emerging as a key organised asset class across Asia.

Risks to this sector include a financial downturn affecting equity and bond markets, as well as reduced demand for leased central business district office space from large financial tenants due to faster-than-expected adoption of artificial intelligence and any subsequent workforce reduction programmes.

Forbes’ ranking of the top 10 Asian cities for real estate investment in descending order are Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Tokyo, Taipei, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.

Bangkok still offers decent value for money

Experts, however, point to a range of advantages which b…

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Bangkok condo market jumps 35% in Q1

Bangkok’s property market enjoyed strong growth in the first quarter of this year, led by a 35 per cent jump in the number of condominium units released in Bangkok from the year-earlier period.

Some 14,600 units were added to the market in the capital for the quarter,, said Surachet Kongchepp, a property market researcher with Surachet’s research showing that up to 66 per cent of the condominium launches are near mass transit systems.

This was especially evident in the area from Rama 9 Road to Huay Khwang, which saw 4,400 units released over the three months, he said. Up to 55 per cent of the units released in the period were sold, Surachet added.

Meanwhile, listed property companies have said their presales in the first quarter came in better than the numbers for the same period of last year. AP (Thailand) booked presales of Bt10 billion for the quarter, up 168 per cent from the same period of last year.

Of this take, up to 64 per cent …

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US China trade war : What does it mean for real estate?

On March 22, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive memorandum imposing tariffs as high as 25% on US$60 billion-worth of Chinese exports to the U.S.

In response, on April 2, China announced retaliatory tariffs worth around US$3 billion on a range of U.S. products.

While the move has sparked concerns of a trade war between the world’s two largest economies, its actual impact on the Chinese economy is likely to be minimal, given the small size of the tariffs – and the goods they pertain to – compared to China’s overall economy.

What does it mean for real estate?

U.S. and Chinese officials are now reported to be engaged in closed-door talks aimed at preventing a trade war. Any agreement is likely to accelerate the opening up of the Chinese economy in areas including financial services, electric vehicles, healthcare and elderly care, while providing incentives for foreign businesses investing in China.

CBRE Research believes t…

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Hong Kong Boosts Land Sale Transparency to tame the city’s land prices

Hong Kong is learning from its all-time rival Singapore as it seeks to tame the city’s land prices.

In addition to the tender amount of the successful bidder in land sales, the Hong Kong government will now publish the amounts of all failing tender submissions, announced Secretary for Development Michael Wong in a media briefing for land sale programme in the new year.

Under the city’s previous land tender system, only the winning bid is revealed while the amounts of other bids submitted were not disclosed. Starting from April, after all transaction procedures for the successful bid are completed, the government will publish the amounts of the other tender submissions, though without identifying who made which offers.

“In view of the uniqueness of the property market, we think it may be a good time to increase the transparency of the market.”

Michael Wong, Secretary for Development,

The rule change …

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