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...

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...

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...

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...

News

UBS loses Asian real estate head Cooke

Deals landed under watch of departing Asian property head include Asian family’s $1bn investment mandate Trevor Cooke is stepping down from his role as global head of real estate, Asia...

Research

Key data: Listed sector

• The FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Asia Index fell 1.6% during November, while listed real estate markets rose 3.7% in Europe and 2.3% in North America. • Singapore was Asia’s best-...

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...

News

Country Garden looks to grow in Australia with Meriton buy

Head of Australia’s biggest resi developer seeks $10bn price from Chinese buyer Chinese developer Country Garden is in talks to buy Meriton, Australia’s largest residential developer, in a deal that...

Research

Key data: DTZ Fair Value Index

 ● The Asia Pacific property market continues to present attractive opportunities for investors. The DTZ Asia Pacific Fair Value Index rose from 56 in Q2 to 57 in Q3, when recalculated...

Survey

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...

News

GIC forms second tie-up with Rajawali for Indonesia projects

GIC Real estate has formed a $500m joint venture with Indonesia’s Rajawali Group. It will be the two groups’ second joint venture; they are jointly developing the 47-storey Capital Place...

Survey

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...

Analysis

Big overseas property claims will see Taiwan’s insurers break with institutional traditions

London deals for Cathay Life and Fubon Life signal a new wave of overseas ideals by Taiwan’s insurers, but the way they are run and regulated means they will not...