February 2014 | Asia Property

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Foreign funds and developers join rush to sell in Singapore

Foreign funds plan further disposals, while Singapore developers may opt to sell rather than float properties  Singapore looks set for a bumper 2014, with a number of major deals...

Market Talk

Market Talk

“Real Estate contInues to Rock” Tony James, Blackstone president and chief operating officer, sums up his company’s remarkable 2013, in which real estate assets under management grew 40% to $80bn  ...


February Diary

Horse will trample real estate in 2014, CLSA gurus predict… This year is not likely to be a good one for real estate, according to the CLSA Feng Shui Index...

Companies & People

Companies & People

Chin to head Asian research at CBRE CBRE has appointed Dr Henry Chin as head of research for Asia Pacific. Chin joins from Pramerica Real Estate, where he was head...


Mega-funds may be set for a comeback in 2014

Real estate investors are a fickle bunch; it seems like only yesterday that they were demanding to be provided with club deals or single-country, single-sector funds, with minimal discretion offered...

Listed developers & REITs

SFC plan may help Hong Kong REITs to really develop

The Securities and Futures Commission is consulting on plans to boost the city’s REIT sector by allowing the vehicles to undertake development and invest in a range of financial instruments ...


Research In Brief

• The FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Asia Index lost 3.6% last month, while listed real estate markets rose 5.7% in North America and those in Europe were up 1.8%. • Japan...


Sophistication is back in style for 2014 Investment Strategies

ANREV’s annual poll of investors’ intentions has recorded a switch in preference from simple, single-sector and country funds to vehicles targeting multiple markets, while higher-risk strategies are also back on...


Prime Asian Rents and Yields, Q4 2013

Rents remained largely stable across the region between Q3 and Q4, but there were rises for offices in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur


Blackstone reports 2013 was bumper year

Private equity giant raised close to $16bn for property last year, while value of real estate assets rocketed 40% Blackstone has continued its remarkable run in real estate, with a...


South Korea plans property sell-off in push to cut debt

A raft of state-owned South Korean assets will come onto the market this year, as part of an attempt to reduce public debt. At the request of the Ministry of...


News in brief

Asian investors make dramatic shift to high-risk/return strategy Asia Pacific real estate investors are seeking more risk and higher returns, according to investment manager Partners Group’s Private Markets Navigator report....


China turns down the volume in Asia

A slowdown in sales of Chinese development land was largely responsible for a dip in Asia Pacific commercial deal volumes last year. However, the industrial sector and selected office markets...


Oz student sector deal will see GIC and Macquarie build Iglu

GIC Real Estate and Macquarie Capital have bought a majority interest in student housing group Iglu, in the largest ever deal in the Australian student accommodation sector. The specialist developer,...


Squires targets ultra rich with asset manager launch in Japan

Ex Goldman Sachs Tokyo property head joins with Housing Japan for new venture  A former Goldman Sachs director has launched a new Japanese commercial real estate asset management service for...