December 2014 | Asia Property

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Rong Ren arrested as China Resources graft probe deepens

Former head of state company’s property investment manager joins list of business figures being questioned Chinese real estate player Rong Ren has been arrested as part of the investigation...

Company Profiles

IREIT GLOBAL

Floated this summer, the first S-reit to target european property has focused on the german office sector initially, but aims to expand into austria, Holland, Switzerland and eventually the UK...

Comment

Winner is not so clear in Sino-Japanese contest

Which of the two following markets would you rather invest in? The first has terrible demographics, its people are getting older and fewer, and GDP growth is minimal. The second...

Comment

Safe havens still woo Asian shoppers

A recent CBRE survey found that a safe, clean environment is Asian consumers’ primary requirement from malls, but good transport links and understanding local culture are also essential factors in...

News

CapitaLand plans wave of China projects

Half of Singaporean company’s dozen-strong programme of mixed-use developments will be built in China CapitaLand is to launch a dozen large, mixed-use developments, half of them in China, over the...

Research

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LUXURY RETAIL

While China is the biggest luxury retail market not just in Asia but globally, an economic slowdown and changing consumer tastes mean not all Chinese developments in the sector will...

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M&G tips Japan and Sydney to be hotspots in 2015

M&G Real Estate, manager of one of Asia’s few core property funds, is predicting strong performance from Sydney and Japan next year. Cuong Nguyen, associate director of research and strategy...

News

Australia urged to enforce curbs on overseas residential buyers

Australia must properly apply restrictions on foreign investment in housing, a parliamentary committee has said. Liberal Party politician Kelly O’Dwyer said: “The framework strikes the right balance in terms of...

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China unveils opportunities for senior housing operators

China is seeking foreign investment in elderly care services, offering opportunities for senior living real estate. A circular from the Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Civil Affairs said foreign...

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INDIA

Fast economic growth and a new business-friendly government are reviving foreign investors’ interest in Indian property, but they still have to contend with lack of transparency and poor infrastructure A...

World News

Blackstone offloads US industrial specialist IndCor to GIC

Blackstone has confirmed that it will sell US industrial real estate company IndCor Properties to GIC Real Estate for $8.1bn. Chicago-based IndCor owns about 10.9m m2 of warehouses in 29...

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Middle classes replace mega-rich in China’s lap of luxury

Retail experts believe falling Chinese sales for high-end brands reflect a change in consumer tastes, as pursuit of the most expensive logos gives way to every-day luxury purchases by middle...