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February 2014














































Singapore Economy

              ·         A yee-hah! year for economy

·         More developers launching properties during LNY festive season

·         Construction of proposed S'pore Chinese Cultural Centre could start this year

Views, Reviews & Forum

·         Cheers to falling home prices

·         Falling flat prices pose conundrum for owners

·         Preserve historic temple

Global Economy and Global Real Estate

·         Arabtec Wins Aabar’s $6.1 Billion Contract for U.A.E. Towers 


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         More firms venturing into overseas property

Real Estate Companies' Brief

·         Far East Hospitality's unconventional chief executive

Views, Reviews & Forum

·         Green efforts: HDB replies

·         Safety at worksites: Holistic approach needed

Global Economy And Global Real Estate

·         Indonesia's 2013 GDP growth likely below 6%

·         London Housing Market Shows Rising Bubble Risk as Asians Pile In

·         London Leads U.K. House Price Increases as Item Club Sees Bubble

   ·        Australian Exchange to Open Singapore Office This Year 


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Developers' profit spikes may be due to accounting                            standard: OCBC

·         Demand for homes in core central region may pick up

·         New subletting quota likely to affect Simei, Yishun, Bt Merah first

·         Self-storage firms gain from space crunch

Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         Small-mid cap property

·         Cache Logistics Trust

Views, Reviews & Forum

·         HDB’s eco plans to be refined

Global Economy and Global Real Estate

·         Signs of bubble in London property: Report

·         London housing market shows bubble risk,        warns EY Item Club

·         Mitsubishi halts defective homes' sale, to seek compensation from builder

·         Mortgage-deal spoils divide winners and losers in US states

·         Romanians reject euro home loans after Hungary disaster

·         China home price gains slow in Jan, surveys show

·         S Korea home prices rise for fifth straight month

·         Aussie home prices up 1.2% in Jan

·         Want a NY condo with a personal shopper?

·         Designer Krakoff Sells NYC Townhouse for $51 Million

·         London Office Drought Sparks Hunt for 1980s Relics: Real Estate

·         London Housing Market Shows Rising Bubble Risk as Asians Buy

·         IMF Says Home Prices, Debt Concerns for Canada Banks

       ·         Starwood Waypoint Rises in First Day of Trading as                a REIT 


Singapore Real Estate

               ·         Government steps in to ease shortage of granite


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         Lotte gets Singapore nod for mall Reit: report

·         Lian Beng clinches $117m contract

·         Wee Hur secures $103.6m HDB project

·         Logistics Holdings bags $31.7m contract

·         Yield Plays


Views, Reviews & Forums

              ·         Build safety culture in construction industry

·         How foreign worker levy hits productivity


Global Economy and Global Real Estate

              ·         Ban foreign buyers to solve UK property woes:                                Report

·         Inflation gap between nations to widen further

·         London Office Drought Sparks Hunt for 1980s           Relics: Real Estate

·         Mizuho Targets Australia Commercial Real                 Estate to Boost Lending

·         China Savers’ Penchant for Property Magnifies           Bust Danger

               ·         Unibail-Rodamco Full-Year Profit Rises as                                Retail Rents Advance 


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Government charging more for granite from stockpile

·         Anson House put up for sale for $175-180m

·         Westgate Tower put up for lease by new owners

·         Tuas South long-lease industrial site for sale

·         Upgrader interest expected at Riverbank @ Fernvale

·         Integrated town park plan for Toa Payoh

·         HDB study to find right mix of facilities for new estates

·         Gloomier prospects for property sellers

·         Straddling the old and the new


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         Centurion Corp

·         Lotte Shopping may delay REIT IPO on market fears


Views, Reviews & Forum

              ·         Build on the lessons — and buzz — from the Hillford

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         London's office space shortage sparks interest in older buildings

·         China's uncertain growth is biggest risk in emerging markets

·         China's growth now more in line with publicly stated data: Eaton CEO

·         Chinese wealth in real estate magnifies risks of property market bust

·         Canadian parents helping finance kids' homes

·         Peruvian bets big with acquisition of iconic Detroit eyesore

·         Swiss property market closer to overheating: UBS

·         Mizuho eyeing Australia commercial property

·         Zell Sees REIT Mergers as Smaller Landlords Lack Scale

·         Canada Building Permits Fall in December on Multi-Unit Housing

·         London Jobs Lift Rents for Homes in Priciest Neighborhoods

·         Swiss Housing Market Bubble Looms Closer, UBS Says

       ·         Mitsubishi Estate Profit Gains 73% on Rising Home               Sales 


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Chia Boon Kuah re-elected as Redas chief

·         Redas-NUS index throws up mixed signals

·         Property sector hopes for the pain to end

·         Buying property in Japan with a S'pore bank loan

·         Resale flat COV hits low reached in 2009 crisis

·         Beating the labour crunch

·         Barclays Moves Singapore Suburban Office Staff to Downtown Space

·         Seminar to deal with financing options, agents and investing


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         A-HTrust posts 3.9% rise in Q3 DPU to 1.61 cents

·         FCL clarifies Reuters report on listing hospitality Reit


Global Economy and Global Real Estate

              ·         Millionaires See Real Estate as Top Investment for 2014

·         U.K. House Prices Increase Amid Higher Confidence, Halifax Says

·         J.C. Penney Hires Developers for Texas Headquarters Land

·         Sochi’s Global Resort Quest Stymied by Unsold Housing: Mortgages

·         Ex-Barclays Carbon Chief Trades From Home as Prices Surge

·         Hedge Funds Preparing for $1 Trillion Property Bill: Mortgages 


 Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Strong top bid of $382 psf ppr for Jurong EC site

·         Long House Food Centre sold for $45.2m

·         Office rents, occupancy rates climb in 4th quarter

·         Tweak cooling measures, urges Leng Beng

·         CapLand to focus China growth efforts in five city-clusters

·         Savills sees private property prices rising 2%, not falling as expected

·         Home launches and sales in suburbs shrink dramatically

·         Jalan Besar likened to edgy Tiong Bahru

Real Estate Companies' Brief

·         CapitaLand, KepLand win awards in Beijing

·         Hiap Hoe unit to make offer in move to take SuperBowl private

·         OUE to start book building for Reit

·         Ascendas Hospitality Trust

·         Bukit Sembawang Q3 profit drops 20.8%

·         PCRT distributable income slips 2.5%

·         Centurion Corp


Views, Reviews & Forum

              ·         Quieter piling method used at worksite: BCA

·         MOM tightens rules on reporting of workers injured in accidents


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         GLP leases 106,000 sqm space to Brazil's fashion retailer

·         Sale of HK properties down by a third in 2013 to 17-yr low

·         Principal Hires Koh, Mittag in Asia Real Estate Push

·         Britons Get Right to Demand Sale of Government Land and Property

·         Burbank to Brookline Soar in Suburb Shift: Real Estate

·         Marriott Opens Tallest Hotel in New York as Demand Rises

·         China Greenland to Invest $2 Billion in London Developments

·         Genting Singapore in tie-up to build S Korea integrated resort

·         Johor safe for investors, says KL minister

·         Malaysia is No. 2 choice for property investors here: Survey

·         London property draws the rich from crisis-hit countries

·         JC Penney to develop area around its Texas HQ site

·         Danske considering sale of Irish rental homes

·         Financiers of overdeveloped Sochi face possible losses


 Singapore Real Estate

              ·         $1.50 an hour is just too little for anyone

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         High-end retirement village managed by S'pore firm

·         Arabtec New Units to Tap U.A.E. Investment, Advisory Demand

·         Nigeria Housing Shortage Rising With Slum Demolition: Mortgages

·         Catalonia to Market $406 Million Office Portfolio to Cut Deficit

·         Olympic Diva Shrugs Off Hotel Gripes to Sing Sochi’s Praises


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Life after Sentosa Cove for Ho Bee


Real Estate Companies' Brief

      ·         Profit recognition boosts Oxley Q2 net to $25.1m 


Singapore Real Estate

           ·         Refinancing reprieve for homeowners who bought before last June 29

·         Resale of non-landed homes in Jan down 70%

·         Private home resale prices up, but 'not a sign of market rise'

·         Nol Building

·         KH Kea Properties seeking partner to develop building

·         Black and whites at old Seletar airbase to get new lease of life

·         M&C buys hotel in New York for US$273.6m

·         Pan Pacific group to build 4 more hotels in 3 countries

·         Strong demand for CLSA-Roxy's HK retail floors


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         Construction firms among best in paying up in Q4

·         CMT launches second offering of retail bonds

·         Metro Q3 net surges 91% on 1-off gain


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         Nigeria's housing shortage worsening

·         Swedbank pledges more funding as govt plans controls

·         NZ house price growth slows in Jan: govt valuer

·         Kite Realty to Buy Inland Diversified for $1.2 Billion

·         Senior Housing Properties Buys Boston Medical Offices

·         Brookfield Plans $200 Million Makeover of NYC 33rd Street Tower

·         Nigeria Housing Shortage Rising With Slum Demolition: Mortgages

       ·         West Ham Sells Stadium to Developer for 700 Homes and Shops 


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Property stocks lead losses since Fed 'taper' talk

·         TDSR tweak a lifeline for stretched owners: analysts

·         Riverbank @ Fernvale project takes in over 500 cheques

·         Second Chance plans to sell bulk of Singapore properties


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         Sim Lian and KSH Holdings post positive results

·         Soilbuild bags $56m contract

·         Saizen's inteirm DPU slips 1.5%

·         Roxy-Pacific Holdings


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

               ·         GIC hikes stake in Indian developer

·         Commonwealth Bank Profit Up 14% on Impairments Fall, Housing

·         Billionaire Zell Joins CommonWealth REIT Dissident Slate

·         Home Prices Rose in Fewer U.S. Markets in Fourth Quarter

·         Portugal Property Buyers Reappear as Economy Mends, Cushman Says

·         Manhattan’s Big Banks Resist Lure of New Office Towers

·         German Home Prices Seen Slowing in 2014 as Construction Surges

·         Spain Homebuyer Bids Fell 23% Short of Asking Prices in 2013

       ·         Senior Housing Properties Buys Boston Medical Offices 


 Top Stories

               ·         Home ownership still a key social pillar: Boon Wan

               ·         'No easy start' for leaders behind housing scheme

Singapore Real Estate

·         Rivertrees pricing set to top Riverbank's

·         Far East to start marketing Tuas factory complex soon


Real Estate Companies' Brief

·         CMT retail bond more for savers than investors

·         FCL's Q1 net profit dips 7% to $121m

·         Far East H-Trust posts Q4 DPS of 1.42¢

·         Frasers Centrepoint banking on strong overseas growth

·         Tanjong Pagar Centre


Views, Reviews & Forum

·         Property Cooling Measures - Rent-seeking culture dampens entrepreneurial spirit

·         Property Cooling Measures - Don't relax them

·         Property Cooling Measures - Relook some of them

·         Regulations in place to protect foreign workers: MOM

·         Give one-off housing allocation benefit to pioneers too

·         From renting flats to owning one


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         Malaysia's GDP expands 5.1% in Q4 last year

·         Li backs total ban on construction of new official buildings

·         India's luxury hotels in a flux as growth slows

·         Blackstone-backed La Quinta files for US IPO

·         Sun Hung Kai cuts prices for some Riva project units

·         Big banks resist lure of new offices in NY

·         2014 a banner year for jumbo mortgages in US

·         Spain home sales hit by price mismatch

·         Portugal drawing property investors once more

·         Chinese firm plans to build NZ's tallest office building

·         Billionaire Triguboff to Double Debt Amid Apartment Surge

·         Homebuyers Get Break as Loan Rates Defy Fed Tapering

·         J.C. Penney Texas Land Deal Seen Generating $200 Million

·         A Real Estate Surge Revives Goldman’s Doom-Era Bonds

·         Mitsui Fudosan Nine-Month Profit Gains as Leasing Revenue Rises

·         Commonwealth Bank Profit Climbs on Impairments Drop, Housing


Top Stories

              ·         SMEs start to push back at rising rents

·         Focus on innovation, not just productivity


Singapore Real Estate

·         Demand for JTC land, space down sharply

·         Anchorvale Crescent EC site draws keen interest

·         SingHaiyi tops in bid for Sengkang EC plot

·         Developers sweetening deals to woo home buyers

·         Heeton completes UK hotel purchase; eyes refurbishment

·         Optimal land use behind golf course decisions: economists


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         Roxy eyes investment openings in 4 cities

·         CapitaMalls Asia Q4 profit up 17.1%

·         LionGold reports $11.5m Q3 loss

·         Parkson posts 2.8% rise in Q2 net

·         Ocean Sky crash: a lesson for SGX


Views, Reviews & Forum

              ·         Cooling measures worth tweaking

·         Build dual-key flats for pioneer parents to live with their children

·         Healthier for economy in long run to retain ABSD

·         More taxation certainty, please


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         Business boom for Japan's 'love hotels'

·         Shortage seen boosting UK house price gains

·         Top Australian developer to double debt

·         SJM to spend HK$30b on Macau casino resort due to higher costs

·         China property tycoon now eyes Norway

·         Investing in Brazilian social housing

·         M'sia cuts fiscal deficit to 3.9% of GDP

·         Hong Kong-Singapore Builder Slump to Deepen: Chart of the Day

·         Blackstone’s Gray Sees Best Property Opportunities Abroad

·         Manhattan Trophy Home Sellers Test Buyer Limits on Price

·         U.S. 30-Year Mortgage Rates Increase to 4.28%

·         Shard Has Tenants for 30% of Offices as London Rentals Rise

·         Starwood Hotels Quarterly Net Declines on Bal Harbour Sales

·         Immofinanz to Buy $1.2 Billion Portfolio, Spin Off Unit

       ·         Retail Sales in U.S. Unexpectedly Fell 0.4% in January 


 Singapore Real Estate

              ·         DBS sees home prices falling by 10-15% this year

·         More than 200 Riverbank units snapped up

·         New projects liven up Sengkang district

·         3Gen flats in Yishun going fast

·         Estate agents plan to form national association


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         Croesus Retail Trust posts DPU of 2.02 cents for Q2

·         GLP Q3 profit jumps 56.3%

Views, Reviews & Forums

·         He takes the sting out of productivity push by tapping schemes

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         Malaysia to plough $115m into low-cost housing scheme

·         China’s Record New Credit Boosts Outlook for Economic Growth

·         LA luxury homes are like safe deposit boxes

·         Blackstone-Fueled Single-Family Home Boom Lifts Chicago

·         Chinese Join Winklevosses in L.A. Luxury Home Hedges

·         TPG Seeks $2 Billion for Multi-Investor Real Estate Fund

·         Kennedy Wilson Europe to Raise $1.2 Billion in Property IPO


Views, Reviews & Forum

·         'Real' retirement village needed 


Top Stories

              ·         S'pore can't shut out foreigners: Chuan-Jin


Singapore Real Estate

             ·         Green Mark push raises demand for retrofitting

             ·         Some 15% of golf club land to make way for other use


Views, Reviews & Forum

             ·         Cooling measures still relevant as property prices are still high

             ·         Increase residential density near MRT stations

             ·         Help kids ease parents' mortgage burden

             ·         A smart way to property investment

             ·         Location, location, location


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

     ·         S'pore firms, residents take advantage of falling ringgit 


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         New launches set to lift Feb-March home sales figures

·         Singapore's new private home sales remain low in January

·         MOM to tighten safety enforcement

·         Limited office space 'may boost rents this quarter'

·         Fire damages Mapletree property


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         Clearer taxation guide for S-Reits needed

·         Global Logistic Properties


Views, Reviews & Forum

              ·         Tax rule on property traders lacks clarity


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         Hiap Hoe buys fourth property in Australia

·         KL to set up website on home sales

·         Red flags raised in Johor property market

·         Solution to India's housing shortage - print new ones!

·         Struggling Korean builders face high funding costs

·         TPG Capital to raise US$2b for new fund

·         Asking prices for UK homes growing at fastest pace in six years

·         RBA to sell Sydney mansion amid high home prices

·         Truck driver turned builder is a billionaire

·         China real estate firm unveils US$1b project in LA

·         London leads surge in UK home prices

·         Brookfield Soars in Brazil on Plan to Take Builder Private

·         German Home Prices Rose Most in Decade on Cheap Finance

·         Miles Says ‘Big Stick’ of Rate Hike Too Blunt for Housing Market

·         Billionaire Ortega’s Occidental Hotels Said to Get Offers

·         Hammerson Asset Value Rises in 2013 After Adding U.K. Properties

·         China Record Credit Growth Boosts Outlook for Economy

              ·         RBA Lists Sydney Mansion Amid Home Price Surge, Lowest Rates 


Singapore Economy

              ·         Overall surplus seen overshooting estimates (Budget 2014)

·         Upgrades to Q4 growth expected

·         Income inequality here lowest in decade: Report


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         CapitaLand Quarterly Profit Falls on Australand Sale

·         Croesus Retail Trust


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         State-owned Chinese firms to invest in GLP

·         Opportunities in Myanmar

·         Homebuilder Confidence in U.S. Slumped in February on Weather

·         RioCan’s Darth Vader CEO Sees Apartments Atop Retail

·         Nashville Leading as Office Deals Beat U.S. Average: Real Estate

·         LG Electronics Plans to Move Tokyo Office to Kyobashi Tower

      ·         Miles Says ‘Big Stick’ of Rate Hike Too Blunt for Housing Market 


Singapore Economy

              ·         Q4, full year GDP grew more than expected amid improving outlook


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         S'pore prime office rents rise 19% in 2013

·         Development in Moulmein up for collective sale

·         Good Class Bungalow market starting to recover

·         URA gives free access to building database

·         URA to launch map-based application

·         Developer delays launch of condo

·         Singapore May Ease Curbs If Prices Drop 10%, CapitaLand Says

·         Property demand cooler now, but supply needs time: CapitaLand


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         One-off losses hit CapitaLand's Q4

·         Croesus Retail Trust

·         The spider-like nature of the property market

·         Sing Holdings posts Q4 loss, looks abroad


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         D-Day for foreigners eyeing Johor property

·         Student debt may hurt US housing recovery

·         Wealthy community fights low-income housing plans

·         Institutional buyers snapping up US farmland

·         Owners of flooded UK homes face decline in property values

·         Chinese ambitions for London's derelict docks

·         Housing in U.S. Cools as Weather Adds to Burdens: Economy

·         Rents Used to Pay Blackstone Leased-Home Bonds Decline 7.6%

·         Marriott Earnings Match Estimates as Demand Increases

·         Battersea Developer Limits New Home Offering to Buyers in London

·         Flood-Soaked U.K. Homeowners Face Decline in Values: Mortgages

       ·         Starwood, Expedia Win Dismissal of Room Price-Fixing Suit 


Singapore Economy

               ·         S'pore's 4.1% growth beats estimates

·         IE S'pore keeps 2014 export growth forecast

·         Tighter labour market may curb growth this year

·         Restructure towards more productive sectors: MTI study


Singapore Real Estate 

              ·         NEA starts Quieter Construction Fund

·         Poor housing outlook not deterring land buyers

·         Not time to tweak property cooling measures, say observers


Real Estate Companies' Brief

          ·         Bonvests profit surges to $56.2m on stronger revenue, revaluation gains

·         ARA Asset's Q4 profit up 25% at $22.1m

·         Chip Eng Seng Q4 net falls

·         BBR 2013 earnings up 68.5% at $21.8m


Views, Reviews & Forum

              ·         Property sales: How Iras gauges taxability of gains


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         Lack of water hits housing projects

·         KL inflation in January up more than forecast

·         America's housing starts in January notch biggest fall in 3 years

·         J-Reits in biggest bond selling spree since 2012

·         Oskar Schindler's factory to go on market

·         Battersea home sales: priority to Londoners

·         Brookdale Senior Living to Buy Emeritus for $1.4 Billion

·         Murdoch Buys 4 Floors of NYC Condo Tower for $57 Million

·         Foreclosure Starts Fall to 2006 Level as Home Prices Rise

·         Accor 2013 Profit Exceeds Target on Hotel-Industry Recovery

·         Barrack’s Colony Bidding for Italy Property Company Risanamento

·         Commerzbank Said to Sell Spanish Property Loans June 30

       ·         Housing in U.S. Cools as Weather Adds to Burdens: Economy 


Singapore Economy 

              ·         Singapore Budget 2014

              ·         Singapore Budget 2014: Levies to be raised for low-skilled foreign construction workers

              ·         Singapore Budget 2014: Employers' CPF contribution rate to go up by 1 percentage point

·         Singapore Budget 2014: Increased aid for Singapore companies expanding abroad

·         Singapore Budget 2014: $500m plan to help local firms step up use of infocomms technology

·         Singapore Budget 2014: Too early to relax property cooling measures, says DPM Tharman

·         Tax benefits to boost productivity and innovation extended to 2018

·         Tharman strikes balance with few trade-offs


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Rivertrees drawing strong buyer interest

·         Cooling measures to stay in place for now

·         Carrots and sticks for construction industry

·         Got a project coming up? Tell nearby residents first

·         New projects adding buzz to Marine Parade


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         Hiap Hoe, Heeton post Q4 profit falls

·         M&C full-year profit up 54% on S'pore condo sales

·         Full-year earnings at UIC, SingLand fall on lower residential sales

·         Ascott Reit to acquire 1st Dalian serviced residence

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         Heritage hotels hark back to storied past

·         Cooling U.S. Home Sales Only Partly Due to Weather: Economy

·         Wall Street Landlords Buy Bad Loans for Cheaper Homes

·         Gecina to Sell Beaugrenelle Shopping Mall for About $960 Million

       ·         Crown Earnings Miss Estimates as High-Rollers Stay Home 


Singapore Economy 

           ·         Budget 2014 addresses key concerns of S'poreans: Heng Swee Keat


Singapore Real Estate

             ·         Hold your horses if eyeing property

      ·         Citigroup Downplays Property Bubble in Singapore: Southeast Asia 


Singapore Economy 

             ·         Praise from businesses but strugglers worried


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Govt may extend buyback scheme to bigger flats

·         More housing aid proposed for elderly

·         Hub at Serangoon Gardens may get new lease of life


Real Estate Companies' Brief

             ·         Rowsley's loss deepens after write-down for RSP purchase

·         Understanding Reit structures

       ·         Tips on evaluating a Reit 


Singapore Economy


              ·         Low January inflation masks underlying price pressures

·         Committing to productivity for the long haul


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Stamp duty forecast not proxy for property market

·         No housing bubble in Singapore: Citigroup

·         No relaxing of property curbs means continued weak market: Analysts

·         Sim Lian to buy 5 shopping malls in Australia

·         200 out of 300 units at RiverTrees Residences sold

·         Riviera Point up for en bloc sale - for 5th time

·         ArchXpo show to be pillar of Archifest


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·          Wheelock Q4 loss trebles on project provision

·         UIC makes unconditional $762m offer for SingLand

·         Frasers Centrepoint


Views, Reviews & Forum

             ·         Budget '14: Tackling the twin challenges


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         GLP tightens its grip on China's logistics industry

·         RM1m floor price won't impact Iskandar projects

·         Wall Street-backed landlords take bad mortgage route

·         China's home price gains slow in major cities

·         Buffett Warns of Liquidity Curse, Celebrates Property Bet

·         NYC Stables in Developer Crosshairs as Carriage Ban Looms

       ·         New Home Owners Aided by Rousseff Buoy Her Re-Election 


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         UIC bid values SingLand more richly than peers

·         Banyan Tree launching holiday home development in Bintan

·         MCL Land tops bid for 2 Choa Chua Kang EC plots

·         JTC launches five small plots in Tuas

·         Garden City Singapore: A tale of toil and soil


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         OUE Hospitality Trust's Q4 DPU at 1.67 cents

·         Viva's maiden DPS of 1.08 cents in line with forecast


Views, Reviews & Forum

             ·         Budget 2014: A macro view


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         GLP in venture with Guangdong Holdings

·         German economy up 0.4% in fourth quarter

·         Potential pitfalls in China's road to urbanisation

·         Lend Lease Profit Drops on Tough U.K., Australia Building

·         Oxford to Purchase NYC’s 450 Park Ave. From Somerset

·         Toll Falls on Lower Home Orders, Reduced Sales Forecast

·         Billionaire Paulson Said in Talks to Buy Puerto Rico Resort

·         Home Depot Profit Tops Estimates as Housing Spurs Sales

              ·         Home Prices in 20 U.S. Cities Increase at Slower Pace 


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Fund manager Fullerton opens London office

·         Ratio of HDB owners buying shoebox units up: Report

·         SingHaiyi to build $762m retirement home in US

·         First DBSS flats go on resale market, asking price as high as $780,000

·         Transcu strikes deal for reverse takeover

·         More property privatisations to come?


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         Weiye's Q4 net profit up on robust sales

·         Yanlord Q4 profit jumps 85%

·         HPL's full-year earnings up 37%


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

         ·         Logistics facilities provider GLP leases more space to Vipshop

·         Purchases of new homes in January climb to 5-year high

·         Is it game over for Sochi's Winter Olympics resort?

·         Israel property investors not deterred by IMF

·         Londoners at odds over restoration

·         First-time London homebuyers up 33%

·         China rental biz drives second-home sales

·         Thailand's homebuilders face tough times as crisis drags on

·         Chinese developers increase promotions for projects

·         China unlikely to see sharp correction in property prices

·         Indian billionaire Uday Kotak's property fund to raise US$200m

·         Singles fall for Japan apartment fraud

·         UEM Sunrise CEO Wan Abdullah dies

·         Hong Kong expects 3-4% growth this year

·         Hong Kong to Raise Land Sales to Meet Home Targets, Tsang Says

·         Manhattan Condo Tower Extends China Vanke’s Reach in U.S.

·         Prudential Hires Deutsche Bank’s Tan for Asia Real Estate

·         KKR Adds to Malls With $94 Million Long Island Purchase

       ·         Lowe’s Profit Rises 6.3% on Housing Rebound 


Singapore Economy

              ·         Services sector business receipts up 6.4% in Q4


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         S'pore private home rent rates expected to fall

·         Private housing market more akin to 2009 than 2003

·         Fewer HDB flat dwellers buying condos, private apartments

·         Yen set to fall further, property buyers told

·         CityDev chairman calls for easing of property timelines

·         CDL may turn condos into serviced homes

·         8 town councils to increase service & conservancy charges


Real Estate Companies' Brief

              ·         Singapore firms surpass expectations in Q4: report

·         CRT to acquire two Tokyo retail properties

·         City Developments 4th-Quarter Profit Falls on Property Curbs

·         Ho Bee earnings soar on $489.6m revaluation gain

·         Banyan Tree Q4 net down 27% due to unrest in Thailand

·         Haw Par profit slips 10% to $107.9m

·         Yongnam's revenue up 20%, profit plunges 87%

·         LifeBrandz plans reverse takeover

·         OUE sinks into red with $36.5m loss

·         SingHaiyi gets nod for share consolidation


Views, Reviews & Forum

              ·         Refund of CPF savings: Ministry replies


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

              ·         US housing wealth centred in a few markets

·         Ukraine's unfinished revolution has mansion to match

·         Asean growth outlook 'remains robust'

·         Swiss GDP growth slows to 0.2% in Q4

·         Colony-Woodridge Venture Buys Ritz-Carlton Maui Resort

·         U.S. Retail Chains See First Profit Decline Since Recession

       ·         S&P Says Too Soon to Give Rental-Home Securities AAA Grades 

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