Germany begins to sparkle as an investment destination
For decades, the outlook towards the German property scene has been similar to the stereotype attached to the Country’s football team: efficient, dependable, structured… boring. Recent years have seen a renaissance of flair and showmanship in German football, endowing it with considerably more life and excitement, and a World... Read more
Ireka explores autonomous rail transit with China firms
Public-listed developer Ireka Corp Bhd looks set to diversify its business interest with a recent tie-up with two China-based logistics and transportation companies. In a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed this week, Ireka has formed an agreement with Beijing-based CRRC Urban Traffic Co Ltd (CRCC) and Shentong Express Co... Read more
Investors make beeline for India, Vietnam, Philippines  
RISING AND SPRAWLING MEGA CITIES IN EMERGING ECONOMIES ARE SETTING THE PACE FOR TOMORROW   BY Zoe Phoon Bangalore, Mumbai, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Manila took the top four spots in markets to watch, according to the Emerging Trends in Real Estate Asia Pacific 2017 report. Each... Read more
Education a critical driver of prime housing market
FOR THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD IT, THE REAL McCOY IS STILL THE PREFERRED CHOICE ALTHOUGH FRANCHISED VERSIONS OF RENOWNED UK SCHOOLS HAVE OPENED IN ASIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST BY Zoe Phoon Good schools are a key driver of the housing market and their presence often helps to drive... Read more
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
Country View buys 164 acres from UEM Sunrise
PRIME LAND IN JOHOR SOLD AT RM310mil, TRANSLATING TO RM43.42psf Bandar Nusajaya Development Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UEM Sunrise Bhd, has signed a deal to sell 163.9 acres of land at Iskandar Puteri in Johor for RM310 million to Country View Resources Sdn Bhd (CVR). The deal... Read more
GuocoLand on the hunt for land
AFTER A LYING LOW FOR A SPELL, COMPANY NOW LOOKING TO REASSERT ITSELF IN THE MARKET GuocoLand (M) Bhd has made it clear that it is looking to beef up its landbank and boost its profile considerably over the next five years. The property arm of Hong Leong Group,... 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
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
PRG, SPNB in Ipoh affordable housing tie-up
Investment holdings group PRG Holdings Sdn Bhd (PRGH) is poised to embark on its first affordable housing development in Ipoh, Perak, with the help Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd (SPNB) following the acquisition of land parcels within the state. Recently, the group’s wholly-owned subsidiary Premier Construction Sdn Bhd (PCSB) entered... Read more