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...


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...

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...


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...

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  ...


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


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...


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...


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...


Mapletree secures site in push into Hong Kong

Singapore’s state-owned Mapletree Investments is expanding in Hong Kong by acquiring a major Kowloon development site. The company submitted a winning bid of HK$3.76bn ($485.4m) for the prime, 5,112m2 site...


Dip in sublet Australian office space points to market recovery

Availability of office space for subletting declined in most Australian capital city markets during the last quarter of 2013, with Sydney and Perth leading the way, according to CBRE’s Sublease...


Aspial aims to add tallest tower to Melbourne skyline

Singapore’s Aspial Corporation has unveiled plans to build Melbourne’s tallest skyscraper. The real estate, jewellery and financial services group has plans for a 388m residential and office tower. If this...


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...


Lotte ponders putting S-REIT launch on hold

Lotte Shopping may delay the Singapore listing of a REIT due to concerns over the equity market. The South Korean shopping centre owner is considering delaying the S$1.25bn ($985.3m) REIT,...