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...

Comment

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...

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  ...

Diary

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...

News

Capital markets drive leap in revenue for JLL and CBRE...

Currency weakness masks Asia’s strong contribution to brokers’ results for 2013  Booming capital markets drove record revenues for the largest real estate brokers, although weaker currencies in Asia muted strong...

Listed developers & REITs

J-REITs still on the up after record-breaking 2013 rise

A record rise for the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s REIT index in 2013 looks set to be sustained this year, with strong demand from investors and signs that office rents are...

News

Asian deal volumes for 2013 top 2007 peak

Asian real estate transaction volumes hit record levels in 2013 and are set to rise even higher this year, brokers report. “Volumes in Asia Pacific have now exceeded those recorded...

News

Rockefeller-backed project adds to central Vietnam boom

Proximity to China means central Vietnam is set to become a focus for hospitality developments. Rockefeller family-backed investment firm Rose Rock Group will develop a $2.5bn residential and hotel project...

Research

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...

World News

Malaysia’s EPF enters UK Arena for stake in Tesco parks

Employees Provident Fund has acquired a 50% stake in Arena Trust, which owns three Tesco anchored retail parks, for £156.5m ($255m) from Aviva Investors. The acquisition by the Malaysian state pension...

News

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,...

Listed developers & REITs

A-REITs size up next targets as takeover wars continue

Australian REITs look set to step up their takeover activity this year, with Dexus opening 2014 by acquiring CPA, Australand still in play and UBS working on two other corporate...

Listed developers & REITs

India’s tax-transparent vehicles roll again – but slowly

Towards the end of last year, India revived the stalled process of introducing REITs by publishing guidelines for the vehicles. But legislation looks unlikely until after this spring’s general election ...

Comment

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...