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April 2014












































Singapore Economy

              ·         S'pore business confidence rebounds for Q2: study

·         Bank loan growth slows to 0.4% in February


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Developers crank up marketing machine

·         Sales at The Santorini disappoint

·         Resort investment firms also following new timeshare rules

·         Building in Kallang Industrial Estate put up for sale

·         Fall in demand for BTO flats in latest exercise

·         TT Int'l to focus more on retail operations


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         IE building bridges for infrastructure

·         Teho banks on property as part of core business

·         A-HTrust in placement to raise at least $50m

·         UIC's offer for SingLand 'too low'

·         CapitaLand boosting stake in AIM Japan

·         GLP Hiroshima now fully leased

·         Board changes at Spring, EMA, Sentosa Devt Corp


Views, Reviews & Forum

              ·         Property still propels Singapore's rich lists


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         Turning nursing homes into investment targets

·         Eurozone inflation drops to lowest since 2009

·         Fear of China trust loans defaults rattling property developers

·         UK home prices continue rising for the 14th month in March

·         Chinese Brooklyn-to-Los Angeles Plans Surge: Real Estate

·         Hutchison Whampoa Wins Approval for 3,500 London Homes

·         Hong Kong Property Tycoon Makes $533 Million Bet on Solar

·         Foreign Supremacy in London’s Luxury-Home Market Erodes

·         Telecom Italia Sells Milan Headquarters for About $100 Million

·         Greece Accepts Lamda Bid to Develop Europe’s Largest Urban Plot

·         Florida Home Foreclosure Rate Falls to 6.2%, Triple U.S. Average

       ·         Evergrande Earnings Rise 66% as Developer Sells More Homes 


 Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Home prices continue slide in Q1

·         HDB resale prices fall for third quarter in a row

·         JTC looks into building above major roads

·         Divestment helps JTC add value: CEO

·         Sengkang project most popular in March BTO


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         Reit benchmarks seen pulling up rents elsewhere

·         GIC opens office in Brazil

·         A-HTrust prices new stapled securities

·         Suntec Reit


Views, Reviews & Forum

              ·         Warehouse rental: Landlord replies


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         Blackstone Said in Talks to Sell Offices for $2.5 Billion

·         Chinese Investments in U.S. Commercial Real Estate Surges

·         Manhattan Home Prices Jump to a Record as Buyers Compete

·         Darden Rejects Proposal to Sell Real Estate

·         London Mayor Approves Berkeley Plan to Build Almost 1,000 Homes

·         Hutchison Whampoa Wins Approval for 3,500 London Homes

·         Telecom Italia Sells Milan Headquarters for $103 Million


Singapore Economy

                 ·         Strike the right balance to make Singapore a 'city in a country'

Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Ascott makes HK$545m acquisition

·         Spring Grove gets owners' OK to go en bloc

·         V on Shenton ties up with Aston Martin

·         MCL to price Jurong condo at $1,250-1,350 psf

·         Pan Pacific opens second Myanmar hotel

·         Investor stymies UIC's SingLand takeover bid

·         Review bank valuation process for new launches

       ·         MCL Land sells 180 units at Lakeville

       ·         Pasir Panjang set to get boost from Master Plan

      ·         Latest property market offerings include the old and the new

       ·         Royal Group 'in talks to buy hotel in KL'

       ·         Surbana sets up office in Myanmar

    ·         Oxley may list overseas property business on Catalist

      ·         ANZ stands by view of UIC's offer for SingLand


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         GLP expands tie-up with Sinopharm

·         Purchase options for Sim Lian management

       ·         Overseas retail Reits - risk or reward?

       ·         Fortune Reit - HK suburban malls

       ·         MGCCT - a large HK retail asset

       ·         CRCT - China shopping malls

       ·         Lippo Malls - Indonesian retail

      ·         From bohemian mall to mani-pedi hub


Views, Reviews & Forum

            ·         Traffic congestion affects commuting costs which impact on housing prices


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         HK developers gain on signs of easing of curbs

·         Key leader's familiarity 'a plus' for Tianjin Eco-City

·         Ultra-luxury unit sales drive records in Manhattan

·         Mori, LVMH in 83b yen Ginza building project

·         Japan top developer discovers defects in its project

·         Australia home prices jump 2.3% in March

·         Chinese developers turning to onshore perpetual bonds

·         China's March home price growth slows

·         Skyscraper provides shelter for Venezuela's poor

·         UK March home prices up for 15th straight month

·         US apartment rents rise 3.2% in Q1; vacancy rate down

·         Zillow to Give Chinese Homebuyers Access to U.S. Listings

·         Rental-Home Investors Demand Higher Yields in Colony Deal

·         Londoners Priced Out of Housing Blame Foreigners: Real Estate

·         Heart Home on Market for California High of $135 Million

·         Vacation-Home Sales Soar as Stock Gains Boost Buyers

·         Greek REIT Said to Seek $1.4 Billion as Investors Return

              ·         U.K. House Prices Rise a 15th Month as London Extends Lead 

              ·         Iskandar condo project opens for booking today

       ·         China's property bubble 'finally at bursting point'

       ·         Hong Kong private-home completions set to hit 10-year high

       ·         China residential block collapses, trapping people

       ·         Detroit property boom amid gloom

       ·         Microsoft relocating San Francisco offices 

    ·         Blackstone Leads $156 Million Loan to U.K. Residential Lender

       ·         JPMorgan Said to Probably Join Morgan Stanley on Mall IPO

      ·         Irish Bad Bank to Buy RBS Loans to Largest Irish Mall

     ·         NAMA to Sell $7.5 Billion of Real Estate Loans to Cerberus

      ·         Wall Street Engineers Awaken CDOs in Real Estate Deals

    ·         ETF Bulls Bet Spring Will Thaw the U.S. Housing Market


Singapore Economy

              ·         'It's not about replacing foreign with local workers'

·         Cities face crisis in urban transport, study warns


Singapore Real Estate 

              ·         Strong take-up in office leasing market for Q1

·         Capitol Singapore making good progress

·         Ascendas on track to beefing up presence in Japan

·         HDB expands scheme to assist shops island-wide


Real Estate Companies' Brief

           ·         SC Global is presenting sponsor for BNP WTA Championships

·         Blackstone, Carlyle said to be eyeing Goodpack


Views, Reviews & Forum

              ·         Buyers’ market? More like nobody’s market

·         Green Minds with Green Hearts

·         The 'art' in architecture


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         S'pore is China's urban growth 'mirror'

·         Delay seen in Vietnam housing recovery: CBRE

·         Indian developers struggle to service debt as market slumps

·         Cleveland's theatre district attracting residents

·         Zillow to provide buyers access to US home data

·         Billionaire Sy to Accelerate Mall Expansion in China

·         Microsoft Moving San Francisco Offices to Largest Tower

       ·         Londoners Priced Out of Housing Blame Foreigners: Real Estate 








Singapore Economy

              ·         S'pore joint-third with Paris in X-factor: Savills

·         Tourism industry told to stay competitive

·         Iskandar strategic to Singapore and Malaysia, says PM Lee

·         Tuas or Jurong likely site for S'pore-KL rail station


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Prime office rents in Singapore up 5.5% in Q1

·         HDB resale prices edge up, strong rebound in volume

·         Hillview House site on the block again


Real Estate Companies' Brief

            ·         UIC extends SingLand offer deadline, keeps offer price the same

·         Poll: property pay packages differ in Asia


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         Australia home price surge may tighten lending

·         Resort development fuelling Macau property bubble

·         NZ home price growth slows in March

·         Seeing China's urbanisation in historical perspective

·         Philippine property firm DoubleDragon soars on market debut

·         Li Ka Shing puts money into 'egg' venture

·         Florida County to Sell $190 Million of Bonds for Senior Home

       ·         Beijing Office Shortage Fuels Third-Highest Rents: Real Estate 


Singapore Real Estate

            ·         Buying activity in private residential market remains tepid in Q1

·         Far East-Sekisui JV tops bids for Woodlands office site

·         KOP buys majority stake in Victory Hill Exhibitions


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         SPH Reit's Q2 DPU of 1.39 cts beats forecast

·         Loss-making CCM to raise up to $143.5m

·         FCT to acquire Changi City Point


Views, Reviews & Forum

              ·         Retain more heritage buildings, key spaces

·         Payment of commissions in rental transactions: Council replies


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         CCM completes deal for 5 Texas land parcels

·         Pacific Century to Sell Property to Gaw Capital for $928 Million

·         Canada Cooler Housing Market Boosts Poloz’s Soft Landing

·         Zell Says Higher Rents Not Goal at Silicon Valley Complex

·         La Quinta Said to Raise $650 Million in IPO of Blackstone Hotel

·         Lower Manhattan Condos Rival Midtown’s Luxury Skyscrapers

·         Emirates REIT to Buy Properties After 6% Jump on Trading Debut

       ·         Barclays Said to Move More Singapore Staff to City From Suburbs 


Singapore Economy


               ·         PM Lee: Jurong East a 'very attractive' option


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Resale condos mark higher prices, volumes in March

·         Private apartment rents hit 27-month low

·         HDB resale rule one month on: Buyers cautious

·         Flats with existing valuations favoured

·         14th floor of Samsung Hub sold for $3,030 psf

·         Barclays S'pore to move more staff to CBD

·         Workplace deaths in construction sector rise 27% in 2013


Views, Reviews & Forum

              ·         3-room BTO flats for singles - not now, but not never

·         How properties are valued

·         Banks expected to adopt sound valuation processes

·         Support from firms key to moving to greener economy


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         GIC to buy Tokyo property for 134b yen

·         Parts of London 'becoming ghost towns'

·         Greece prepares 500m euros of assets for sale

·         Vanke keen on investing in China SOEs' property units\

·         Architect's Pritzker prize puts new shine on his project

·         Limitless seeks debt delay, set to miss UAE boom

·         Beijing office shortage fuels third-highest rents

·         U.K. House-Price Growth Quickens as Home Shortage Boosts Values

·         Forum Partners Seeks to Fund Chinese Developers Amid Rout

       ·         Liberal Democrats Revamp Tax Plan for Higher-Value Homes 


Singapore Economy

              ·         Economists expect Singapore economy to grow 5.4% in Q1


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Cargill is first tenant at CapitaGreen

·         Mandatory training for condo managing agents likely soon

·         Developer looking beyond residential property

·         Builders' pain is arbitrators' gain

·         New BCA scheme to help construction companies go green

·         Big plans for Little India lane


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         Is UIC's offer for SingLand fair?

·         Will Sky Habitat price cut nudge others?

·         Lian Beng nine-month profit jumps 67% to $50.3m

·         CCM completes S'pore Construction deal


Views, Reviews & Forum

              ·         Computer-generated value: Does it help or mislead?

·         Property deals: Conflict of interest is the issue

·         Fire exit doors: SCDF replies


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         Fed downplays own forecasts for interest rate rise

·         Albedo trying to salvage Iskandar deal

·         China’s Shanghai Zendai to invest S$10b in South African project

·         Drive to save Moscow's crumbling 'Eiffel Tower'

·         Home-naming tradition makes 21st Century revival

·         Nobel Prize to finally get a place of its own in Stockholm

·         Dutch House Prices See First Rise in 3 Years as Economy Recovers

·         U.S. Mortgage Rates Fall With 30-Year Average at 4.34%

·         Chinese Tycoon Rides Resort’s Rise to Empire in the Sky

·         NYC’s Most Affordable Offices Being Depleted, Broker Says

·         Brooklyn Apartment Rents Jump to a Record as Leases Surge

      ·         U.K. House-Price Growth Quickens as Home Shortage Boosts Values 


Singapore Real Estate

             ·         Bleak outlook for private home sales, estimates see Q1 figures plummeting

·         Jan-Feb hotel room rates up slightly, occupancy steadies

·         Bukit Timah a hit with its primary school belt

·         Buyers queue for luxury Iskandar condo built by Singapore developers


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         TEE International Q3 profit slumps 58.9%

·         Lian Beng unit wins tender for Leng Kee Rd property

·         CapitaCommercial Trust


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         London's luxury home owners busy buying out neighbours

·         Business potential in East Malaysia

·         Norway's property price rebound triggers warning from regulator

·         French ambassador's NY home on sale for US$48m

·         Family of Asia's richest man Li Ka Shing sells $1.1 billion Beijing property

·         Vornado to Spin Off Strip Shopping Centers Into New REIT

·         Salesforce Tower Rents Said to Set San Francisco Record

·         Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Vexed by Low Demand for Mortgages

·         Property Trust Sales Drop 49% as Vicious Loop Seen: China Credit

       ·         U.K. House Prices Record Biggest Annual Increase Since 2010 


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         Investors go for student units in Britain

              ·         Mortgages, car loans driving up Malaysia's household debt

       ·         Global holiday home prices recovering 


Singapore Economy 

              ·         Singapore’s GDP grew by 5.1% in Q1 2014


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Home loans harder to get with tighter rules

·         Shophouse deals continue to languish

·         HDB scheme helps house divorcees and widows


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

             ·         Malaysia investor clubs blamed for distorting property prices

      ·         London Home Prices Rise to Record as Supply Shortage Lift Values 


 Top Stories

              ·         Perception gap persists on retail rentals: MP

·         Govt to raise supply of shop, factory space in next 3 years

·         Good news for SMEs: Rents likely to drop


Singapore Economy

              ·         MAS keeps S$ strong as inflation threat stays

·         MAS ready to intervene to curb currency volatility


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Residences dominate Q1 investment activity

·         Strong interest in Hong Leong condo

·         Developing green buildings a matter choice

·         Govt mulls allowing some couples to co-rent larger PPHS flats


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         CapitaLand makes $3.06b offer for CMA

·         Wheelock, HPL trading halt fuels market talk

·         Distributable income up at Keppel Reit

·         Cache in deal with DHL to develop warehouse

·         First Reit declares 14.4% rise in Q1 DPU

·         CCM agrees to form JV with Spanish firm


Views, Reviews & Forum

              ·         Closing the rural-urban infrastructure gap

·         Old Parliament House tour a 'lived' history experience

·         Consult public to conserve built heritage


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         Sejong city showcases S. Korea's tech prowess

·         Seibu prices IPO at low end of range

·         Beijing grade-A office prices rise in Q1

·         London home prices rise amid shortage

·         China firms may buy back US$ bonds

·         Growthpoint Buys Stakes in Two Property Companies in Retail Push


Singapore Economy

              ·         Feb retail sales down 9.5% due to CNY effects


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Developers sold 480 private homes in March: URA


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         CapitaLand, CMA soar on delisting offer for latter

·         OBS, Wheelock offer $3.50-a-share for HPL

·         Keppel Land Q1 profit down 9.2% to $87.7m

·         Two new senior appointments at CDL

·         Croesus Retail Trust

·         Singapore's Hospitality Sector


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         Ascott makes foray into Tokyo

·         March CPI up due to costlier food, rentals

·         NYC Landlord Gets Stock Listing in Latest for REIT Empire

·         Europe Property-Loan Sales Seen Up 65% as Debt Crisis Recedes

·         Confidence Among U.S. Homebuilders Increases Less Than Forecast

·         Canada Home Buyers Back in Market in March After Winter

·         Former U.S. Embassy Property Collapse in London Kills Worker

       ·         Masco Bulls Eye Second Leg of Housing Rebound: EcoPulse 


Singapore Economy

              ·         Singapore is most attractive destination for FDI in region

·         Look further afield for productivity ideas


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Cooling measures hit Prince Charles Cres tender

·         'KOP in due diligence on Prudential Tower'

·         HPL land redevelopment 'can revive Orchard belt's sleepy end'

·         Clermont Residence world class on price

·         Natural Cool selling property for $26.5m

·         $20m makeover for Sentosa hotel


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         CapitaLand acquiring another 80% stake in CBKH

·         Cambridge trust's Q1 DPU rises to 1.251¢

·         Sabana Reit's DPU falls 22% to 1.88¢ in Q1

·         Keppel Land

·         Lian Beng

·         Ezion raising $194m from share placement

·         Quek Leng Chan boost for Ezion


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         GLP leases more space to smartphone maker

·         European property-loan sales seen rising 65%

·         Accor to manage Royal's hotel on Sentosa

·         China Q1 home sales down on tight credit

              ·         Luxurious living for NY horses

·   Builders in U.S. Begin Work on Fewer Homes Than Forecast

·         China Seen Cracking on Property Controls

·         Stockland’s A$2.5 Billion Retail Growth to Come From Development

·         Citigroup Said to Lend $1.5 Billion to Its NYC Landlord

·         Europe Property-Loan Sales Seen Up 65% as Lone Star Buys

·         Australian Buyers’ Dreams Deferred as Housing Prices Rise

       ·         Basel Spurs Big-Bank Borrowing From U.S. Home Loan Banks 


 Singapore Real Estate

                      ·         Couple drops suit against developer over penthouse size


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         Cambridge Industrial Trust to slash performance fees

·         CMA posts 2.8% rise in Q1 profit

·         CCT renews Robinsons, M&S lease at Raffles City


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         FDI in China up

·         China property slump stirs talk of easing of curbs

·         Blackstone posts 30% rise in Q1 earnings

·         Credit Foncier Selling First French Home-Loan Bonds Since 2006

·         Crowdfunding Spreads to Hotels as Hard Rock Sells Stakes


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Surge of project launches expected

·         Upcoming condo revives interest in Commonwealth

·         Keen interest to restore Cashin House

·         Regulatory framework for large dormitories


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         Property stocks rally after takeover bids

·         Why CMA investors may be cool to CapLand offer

·         Capitaland

·         Keppel Land

·         First Reit

·         Ezra Holdings


Views, Reviews & Forum

              ·         Housing: Measures to boost supply and ease prices lauded


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         Iskandar losing shine due to rising costs, labour issues

·         China's home price rise cools to 8-month low

·         Thai builders seeking opportunities abroad

       ·         Britons struggling to save for home down payments 


 Views, Reviews & Forum

              ·         Worksite mishaps linked to fatigue?


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

           ·         HAGL Adds Laos Crops as Singapore Listing Looms: Southeast Asia


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Sky Habitat relaunch draws crowds with lower prices

·         London calling for mid-sized homegrown developers: OCBC

Real Estate Companies' Brief

·         Get fair deal for shareholders in takeovers

·         Takeover fever livens up trading scene


Views, Reviews & Forum

             ·         Mixed developments: Give minority owners more say

      ·         He took the plunge to build brand of serviced apartments 


 Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Tuas industrial site to be put up for public tender

·         Sembcorp revives property unit

·         M&C finds room for acquisitions and expansion

·         A developer's keen eye for the lie of the land


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         Ascendas Reit posts Q4 DPU of 3.55 cents

·         MLT Q4 DPU up 9.2% at 1.89 cents

·         MGCCT beats own income prediction for Q4

·         CMA shareholders should stand their ground against 'fair offer'

·         Why CMA investors may be cool to CapLand offer

·         CapitaCommercial Trust

·         UIC extends SingLand offer deadline to April 25

·         Rowsley gets nod to build Iskandar condo


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         China plans bad debt fund for foreigners

·         New launches send Q1 condo sales in Toronto up 68%

·         Rising property taxes filling US cities' revenues

·         Qatar to build fewer World Cup stadiums

·         Property-Tax Collections Rising at Fastest Pace Since U.S. Crash


Singapore Economy

              ·         Singapore-Guangzhou joint venture opens office here

·         CFOs upbeat on profit growth

·         Business sentiment mixed as restructuring continues to hurt


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Foreigners' share of home purchases creeping up

·         Privatisation unhappiness: market is to blame

·         CCM unit's condo contract terminated

·         Pearl Bank owners bank on conservation order


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         Mapletree Industrial Trust's Q4 DPU up at 2.51 cents

·         Frasers Centrepoint Trust posts Q2 DPU of 2.88 cts

·         Property, banks' turn to lift STI

·         Ascendas ReitS


Views, Reviews & Forum

              ·         His passion for cranes lifts firm to success


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         Singapore companies have mixed views of Iskandar

·         Iskandar to move away from being low-cost centre

·         Revaluation of properties drives profits for 1MDB

·         Can Japanese economy come back?

·         Germany's biggest mall coming up in Berlin

·         Sales of Existing U.S. Homes Fall for a Third Month

·         Home resales in March fall to lowest since July 2012

·         U.S. Home Prices Rose 6.9% in February as Recovery Cools

·         MNCs 'planning to invest less in China'

·         Financing Plan for Trade Center Tower Faces Challenges

·         KKR Has Fivefold Gain in First Property-Investment Sale

       ·         LinkedIn to Fully Lease Tishman’s San Francisco Tower 


Singapore Economy

              ·         S'pore inflation inches up after 4-year low in Feb

·         Singapore still second-most networked economy


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         S'pore developer sentiment cools: poll

·         Higher ratio of HDB dwellers goes for small private units

·         S'pore office rents seen rising up to 15% this year


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         Mapletree Commercial Trust Q4 DPU up 12.4%

·         Cache Logistics Trust reports 4.2% fall in Q1 DPU to 2.14¢

·         Frasers Commercial Trust's Q2 DPU rises 3% to 2.05¢

·         Frasers Centrepoint Trust

              ·         CapitaMall Trust DPU for Q1 at 2.57 cents

·         S&P reaffirms AIMS AMP Reit's BBB- credit rating


Views, Reviews & Forum

              ·         Why S’pore needs Project Jewel (and more malls)


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         GLP inks 5 new lease agreements in China

·         Australand 'no' to Stockland's stake proposal

·         Eco World stands to gain from SP Setia's loss

·         Kuwaiti developer does U-turn as Dubai real estate booms

·         LinkedIn to fully lease tower in San Francisco

·         Airbnb challenges NY rental probe in court

·         Japan's HIS considers buying island for casino project

·         Hotels share space amid high land prices

·         Buffett Open to Future Housing-Finance Role for Berkshire

·         Lamar Advertising Joins CBS Outdoor in REIT Clearance

·         Rising Home Prices Crack Foundation of U.S. Real-Estate Recovery

·         Housing Rebound in U.S. Losing Steam as Prices Rise

      ·         Tel Aviv Real Estate Price Boom Tests Local Borrowers’ Limits 


 Top Stories

           ·         Exec condos helping people meet their housing aspirations: Khaw


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Moderating prices, rents for industrial space offer relief

·         Composition of industrial space counts: consultants

·         Price, rental data for JTC industrial sites at hand

·         SMEs call for fair tenancy legislation

·         Sale of Equity Plaza may be in the works

·         Orchard Towers, Marine Parade units for sale


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         Ascott Trust Q1 DPU falls 22% on rights issue dilution

·         CapitaRetail China Trust's Q1 DPU up 3.9%

·         Roxy-Pacific to buy Sydney building

·         HPL picks CIMB as independent adviser

·         Suntec REIT’s Q1 revenue up 32.8% to S$66m

·         Cache Logistics Trust

·         Thakral to refocus its distribution business


Views, Reviews & Forum

               ·         More malls add up to a zero-sum game


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         Caterpillar Raises Forecast on Construction Outlook

·         Princeton to Pay Town More Than $24 Million Over Seven Years

·         Buffett Open to Future Housing-Finance Role for Berkshire

·         Irish Commercial Property Rises Most Since 2006 as Economy Gains


Top Stories

           ·         Geylang's traditional character won't be lost amid modernisation: PM Lee

·         Woodlands “modern kampung” to foster greater community bonding


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         City-fringe location keeps Bishan in strong demand

·         Private housing rental market seen being squeezed by 3 factors

·         HDB resale prices continue slide, down 1.6% in Q1

·         Did retail rents really dip in Q1?

·         Lian Beng buys $46.2m Leng Kee plot


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         SingLand turns around as it heads for the exit

·         CapitaLand's Q1 profit down 1.7% at $182.8m

·         CDL Hospitality Trusts DPS for Q1 up 2.2% at 2.75 cents

·         GuocoLand back in black for Q3 with net profit of $21.5m

·         Frasers Centrepoint unit acquires Spain's Teycotel BCN

·         GPH chairman acquires 75.94% stake in hotel chain

·         Ascott Residence Trust

·         Ascendas Reit

·         Capitamall Trust


Views, Reviews & Forum

              ·         Privatisation revitalising property counters

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         Housing market in America back on the slide


               ·         HSBC's London HQ in Canary Wharf on sale for record $2.3b

       ·         City of London's Gherkin expected to whet appetite of investors worldwide 


Singapore Real Estate

               ·         Property developers pulling out the stops to boost sales


Singapore Real Estate

               ·         'Modern kampung' to launch in July BTO


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

               ·         Toyota Said to Plan to Move U.S. Sales Office to Texas

        ·         In Australia: Housing becoming less affordable 


Top Stories

               ·         Labour crunch will stay for many years: Swee Say


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Condo units shrinking: Report

·         Wilshire condo in District 10 heading for sale en bloc

·         It houses foreign workers comfortably


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         On the corporate governance of REITs


Views, Reviews & Forum

              ·         Privatisations: Back to the future


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         Fed expected to keep taper on track

·         Making a statement with architecture

·         Construction Bank Profit Grows Most in One Year on Loan Margin

       ·         U.K. Home Prices Climb Amid Resistance in London, Hometrack Says 


 Singapore Economy

               ·         S'pore must press on with restructuring


Singapore Real Estate

               ·         Private home resale prices fall again: Index

·         Land prices expected to ease this year, say analysts

·         More renting out homes as 'hotels'

·         Singapore Hotels Lure Buyers With Asia’s Best Rates: Real Estate

·         Woodlands Regional Centre promising for housing prices


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         What to peg Reit managers' fees to?

·         Ho Bee Land's Q1 profit plunges 92.1% to $4.1m

·         Aspial buys third Melbourne property this year


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         Housing market in America back on the slide

·         Pending home sales up 3.4% in March

·         Homesnap app gives house buyers instant information

·         Emaar may cancel London IPO to focus on Dubai

·         Sydney converting disused toilets into cafes

·         UK home prices continue climb in April

·         American Realty Said to Seek Acquisition of NorthStar

·         Sternlicht Says Rental-Home Bargains Harder to Find

·         Zell Says Homeownership Rate to Fall as Marriages Delayed

·         Pending Sales of U.S. Existing Homes Rise Most Since 2011


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Sims Drive housing plot draws just four bids

·         Three industrial sites put up for sale

·         S'pore hotels draw investors with Asia's best room rates

·         S’pore buyers call for more property curbs

·         SMEs want rules to ensure fair rents


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         Far East H-Trust posts lower Q1 DPS of 1.3¢

·         Starhill Global Reit posts Q1 DPU of 1.24 cents

·         Soilbuild Reit Q1 DPU at 1.562 cents

·         Tuan Sing's property arm holds up Q1 profit


Views, Reviews & Forum

               ·         Studios for seniors are too restrictive

·         Co-broking property transactions: Council replies


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         Sime Darby buying 30% stake in US firm Verdezyne

·         Khazanah to take stake in Philippine developer

·         U.S. Homeownership Rate Falls to the Lowest Since 1995

·         Zell Says Homeownership Rate to Fall as Marriages Delayed

·         Growing Job-Opening Concerns Dent U.S. Confidence: Economy

·         Home-Price Gains in U.S. Cities Cooled in February

·         U.K. Lenders Face 35% House Price Fall in BOE Stress Test

       ·         Grosvenor Cuts Luxury-Home Investment on London Bubble Risk 

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