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Of UK rate hikes and waning buyer, seller interest
 BY Zoe Phoon The Bank of England has hiked its benchmark interest rate for the first time in more than a decade, from record lows of 0.25% to 0.5% on Nov 2. The move is widely expected to affect millions of households as rates on savings, mortgages and other... Read more
New ‘work, play, invest’ environs sprouting worldwide
HOW SMART CITIES AND LIVING LABS STACK UP BY Zoe Phoon (Note to reader: The following article is a follow up to an earlier story entitled Cyberjaya in for exciting times as smart-city model) The wave of creativity and innovation to transform urban areas and improve quality of life has... Read more
Cyberjaya in for exciting times as smart-city model
INTELLIGENT CITY REASSERTS ITS POSITION AS AN IDEAL SPOT FOR TECH COMPANIES AND STARTUPS TO GROW THEIR VALUE   BY Zoe Phoon A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a saying goes. Malaysia, under former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, took her single step back... Read more
Who benefits from Budget 2018?
WHAT DOES THE PROPERTY MARKET STAND TO GAIN (IF ANYTHING)? The likely good news is, if you are a farmer, fisherman, factory worker or bottom-tier civil servant, this budget is all about you. If you are a middle-income earner looking to move up the property ladder or even make... Read more
The inescapable impact of Oil and Gas on property
INTERNATIONAL BUYERS, TALENT MOVEMENT, EXPATRIATE COMMUNITIES, PROPERTY PRICES… IT’S ALL ABOUT THE STATE OF O&G By Livian Lin The Oil and Gas (O&G) industry has always had an impact on housing, especially in oil dependent cities like Dubai and Calgary; or at towns where the entire socio-economy revolves around... Read more
Whither the Asia Pacific office market?
ADAPT TO STAY RELEVANT, CHANGE OR BE CHANGED BY Zoe Phoon The 2017 ULI Asia Pacific Capital Markets Forum held in Singapore recently drew 40 leading executives from the world of real estate capital markets and investing where they brainstormed topical issues facing the industry. According to a report... Read more
Pessimism lingers among Malaysian developers
CAN THE UPCOMING BUDGET 2018 PROVIDE IMPETUS TO LIFT SPIRITS? Remember how market players were more optimistic about 2017 back in 2016? Well, things evidently haven’t panned out as planned and this has soured the overall mood considerably. If ever there was a sign that developers remain jittery about the... Read more
Hatten Land’s success begets success
MALACCANS LOVE THEIR HISTORIC STATE, BUT THEY LOVE CHIC DEVELOPMENTS AND LIFESTYLES TOO BY Zoe Phoon Ten years on in Malacca, the astute and agile developer Hatten Land Ltd is going great guns, embracing what the state has to offer, at times turning to the past. Nothing succeeds like... Read more
Time for global investors to dive into local property market
DEPUTY FINANCE MINISTER SAYS THERE’S NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT FOR FOREIGN INVESTORS TO JUMP IN Foreign investors should once again take a closer look at Malaysia as a property investment destination, says deputy finance minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong, because they can now take advantage of the comparatively... Read more
Asian Investors zero-in on US, UK, German commercial markets
In general, commercial property investors are allocating more capital to real estate worldwide, but Asian investors, in particular, now represent five out of the 10 biggest cross border spenders in 2017. According to a recent Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) report, Inter-regional investment reached US$19.5 billion (RM83.3 billion) in Q2... Read more