Office hunters take note – it’s your market now!
OVERSUPPLY, LOW TAKE-UP AND INCREASED COMPETITION PUTS TENANTS IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT With more supply entering an already diluted playing field, the office market is expected to face increased competition this year as new buildings (and old) scramble to avoid low occupancy rates. That means landlords will have to... Read more
Could interest rate hikes lead to price adjustments?
PRICES HAVE TO COME DOWN IN ORDER TO AVOID SOURING INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY MARKET   While Bank Negara Malaysia’s move to raise interest rates is largely seen as unavoidable and necessary by most economists, there is also serious concern about how this may impact the property sector. Currently,... 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
Setia’s commercial aspirations give Semenyih a big boost
NEW RETAIL AND LEISURE ADDITIONS TO THE LANDSCAPE PRESENT AN ENTICING PROPOSITION FOR FORWARD-THINKING INVESTORS When conceived by its developer, SP Setia Bhd, EcoHill Taipan was planned as part of a game-changing commercial masterplan that would give the once sleepy district of Semenyih a much-needed vibrant boost. Now, having... Read more
Jakarta’s green island to give 1.9m residents new living, leisure spaces
VISIONARY BLUEPRINT WINS SMART CITIES PRIZE AT WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL 2017   BY Zoe Phoon The master plan looks amazing. SHAU Architects’ design team used mainly the Manhattan grid to form the urban framework on the oval-shaped island while other city grids also inspired the design. This organisation of... Read more
Chinese buyers up the ante in UK following Brexit
Suddenly, all that wailing and gnashing of teeth seems like it was all for naught. While Brexit remains an incendiary word for many on the British Isles, 19 months after the historic vote the property market (at least) can claim that it isn’t really feeling the pinch. In fact,... Read more
LBS’ Lim receives prestigious Queen Victoria medal
  GROUP MD BELIEVES A THRIVING BUSINESS AND A COMMITMENT TO REACH OUT TO THE COMMUNITY GO HAND-IN-HAND BY Chris Prasad While there was general cause for merriment in the festive season as 2017 drew to a close, LBS Bina Group Bhd had added reason to celebrate. This is... 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
How offices are making staff, community feel great
EMERGING TREND: SHARE SCHEMES OF OFFICES DOUBLING UP AS PUBLIC SPACES BY Zoe Phoon A growing number of offices around the world are now opening up and offering more to their local area, creating imaginative hubs not just for their staff but for the locals, too. Building owners and... Read more