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September 2014












































Top Stories

            ·         Khaw: Lease Buyback scheme may be made more flexible


Singapore Real Estate

        ·         Singapore economy needs ‘talent’ at middle levels: Teo Ser Luck

       ·         Bidadari to have first bus interchange underground


Views, Reviews & Forum

        ·         Loosen HDB policy to help elderly be more financially independent

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

        ·         Property slowdown becomes more evident in Johor

    ·         Dubai’s Emaar Plans Share Sale of Malls Unit Next Month 


Top Stories

            ·         Singapore’s third Green Building Masterplan launched

            ·         Next target: Building owners and tenants

            ·         Experts back options for lease buyback

Singapore Real Estate

          ·         Suburban shoebox units: Bottom falling out of sector?

            ·         Dormitory business 'is here to stay'

            ·         30% space savings at new warehouse

Real Estate Companies' Brief

        ·         New CEOs for CapitaMalls Asia, CapitaLand China

          ·         Croesus acquiring Tokyo shopping mall for 11b yen

           ·         Charoen 'eyeing UE's property assets'

Views, Reviews & Forum

         ·         Overcoming emotional barriers to lease buyback

        ·         Allow seniors to sell their private property after buying HDB flat

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

        ·         GIC, Brigade to invest S$309m in south Indian property sector

       ·         Hotel Clover to open hotels in Shanghai and Bangkok

        ·         Draghi's QE stance impacts Australia mortgages

         ·         China house prices fall at slower pace in August

           ·         Overseas debt load piling up for China builders

       ·         China Stock Rally Defies Construction Slowdown: Chart of the Day

    ·         Mexico’s Geo Cleared to Get Bridge Loans to Restart Homebuilding 



Singapore Economy

·         S'pore still 2nd most competitive in the world

Singapore Real Estate

·         Developers have $52m incentive to take green route

·         Lease buyback: 75% of elderly HDB households can benefit

·         Samsung Hub floor sold at S$3,225 psf

·         Contractors urged to be vigilant in tender bidding

·         Office revamp in S'pore offers high returns

·         Indonesian tycoon Tahir picks up 12 Grange Infinite units

·         Tuan Sing to buy over Aussie hotel associate

·         Fatal site incident: Contractor stops work

Views, Reviews & Forum

·         Too much CPF money in property?

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         China services sector rebounds but property remains a worry

·         Logistics to acquire Johor land for development

·         M'sia developer mulls towers next to UBS HQ in London

·         Failed home deals in UK rise with bank limits

·         Speculators leaving Brazil property market

·         Henderson to spend HK$6.5b on retail complex

·         Tokyo property investments surge on rising rents

·         Toll Falls After Luxury-Home Builder’s Orders Decrease

·         Blackstone Said to Acquire Office Park for $180 Million

·         Case-Shiller Redo Shows Less Severe U.S. Home-Price Slump

·         Kirkinis-Linked Luxury Beach for Sale After Bank Collapse

·         Irish Face Uncomfortable Real Estate Boom, Goodbody Says

·         Dublin Docklands Where U2 Fell Gets Bad Bank as Developer

·         Henderson Land to Spend $839 Million on Hong Kong Retail Complex

·         Housing Woes Worse in L.A. Than New York, San Francisco

       ·         Toll Profit Jumps After Luxury Homebuilder Raises Prices  


Singapore Real Estate

·         Aug HDB resale prices fall 1.1% from July: SRX

·         Sim Lian tops bids for EC site, beating market expectations

·         Temasek, JTC plan to wed units, make cities

·         Surbana tops list of HDB Design Awards winners this year

·         Cement makers merge local units


Views, Reviews & Forum

·         Reflection of high property prices

·         Need to stop agents targeting Pinnacle residents


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         Along the High Line: S’pore architect makes watery mark in New York

·         China eases funding rules for listed property firms

·         Hedge fund chief pays US$71.3m for NY home

·         Investors chasing property outside US at record pace

       ·         Johannesburg Blasting Fuels Suburban Office Vacancies 


Singapore Real Estate

·         Flagging consumer sentiment can have broader economic impact

·         Return to seller

·         Marina Bay taking on residential tone

·         Serviced apartments gaining favour over hotels

·         Temasek, JTC say entities' merger unlikely to impact industrial rents

·         Sun Venture buys Straits Trading block for S$450m

·         Ascott's mission: 80,000 serviced apartments by 2020

·         SP Tao sells Belmont Road bungalow

·         Solar power use in Singapore poised for increase

·         Jurong Lake Gardens hold much potential

Real Estate Companies' Brief

·         Soilbuild bags S$47.6m contract

·         Ying Li International Real Estate

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         The Ascott thriving in European market

·         Asia beats N America in property investment sustainability

·         Immigration curbs may slow growth of Swiss real estate

·         Homes for 300 Million Africans Boost Shelter Afrique Debt

       ·         Uber to Develop San Francisco Offices With Alexandria 


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

       ·         Asians grabbing hot London property 


Singapore Real Estate

·         Small units draw interest at new Tiong Bahru showflat

Views, Reviews & Forum

·         Building on her expertise in urban planning

·         Recentralisation of urban governance in Singapore

Real Estate Companies' Brief

·         Governance and corporate valuation

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

       ·         Indonesian industrial-estate stocks outperform 


Top Stories

          ·         Those outliving lease under LBS won't be left homeless

·         Value of flat lease determined by market: Khaw

·         Impact of home-leasing websites like Airbnb needs to be studied: Lee Yi Shyan

·         1,800 allowed to sublet flat before MOP in 2012 and 2013: Khaw


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         Resale prices of condos up a tad in August

·         Tranquil garden now worth $50m

·         Average price of S$386,000 for new 5-room flat in non-mature estate


Real Estate Companies' Brief

               ·         Lippo to invest US$5b in retail and healthcare

·         JLL losing investment sales ace, recruits veteran


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

               ·         Banyan Tree sticking to its guns in China

·         Harvard receives US$350m from HK developers

·         China's home buyers spooked by market

·         Blackstone Warehouse Landlord IndCor Files for U.S. IPO

·         U.K. Home-Price Growth May Ease as Supply Improves, Halifax Says

·         Spanish Home Prices Rise 0.8% on Annual Basis

       ·         Real Estate Crowdfunding Firm Seeks Lending Revolution 


Singapore Real Estate

·         BOA: Real estate market bogged down by 3 factors

·         HDB details plans for three new housing districts

·         Industrial site draws top bid of $5.2m in eight-way tussle

·         Ghosts don’t scare buyers as August home prices rise

·         US properties increasingly popular with S’pore investors

Real Estate Companies' Brief

·         OUE Hospitality Trust

·         Croesus Retail Trust

·         Reverse mortgage worth considering

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         Foreign developers in town to woo Asian buyers

·         GLP inks China lease agreements

·         Singapore to calibrate involvement in India's Smart Cities project

·         Simon Property CEO Says ‘There’s No Deal’ in Australia

·         Amazon Said to Agree With Brookfield for London Tech City Office

·         Blackstone, TPG Buy U.K. Mortgage Lender for $290 Million

       ·         Blackstone Plans IPOs as Next Real Estate Fund Prepared 


 Top Stories

·         'Architectural ingenuities' like Jurong Rock Caverns pose new fire safety challenge: Masagos


Singapore Economy

·         MAS poll: 2014 GDP growth cut to 3.3%


Singapore Real Estate

·         Chesterton again urges release of more hotel sites

·         Serangoon Garden bungalow up for auction

·         Temasek, JTC units have history of tie-ups

·         Five Amber Skye units sold before today's launch

·         Higher sinking fund for former HUDC estate

Real Estate Companies' Brief

·         SC Global rolls out tennis-for-kids project

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         Dubai developer seizes 'second chance'

·         Lower Manhattan revival nears culmination 13 years after attacks

·         Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal casino likely to close in Nov

·         Cambodia holds construction, property expo

·         Speculators Go Online Chasing Profits as Home Prices Drop

·         London Housing Cools After Boom in Prices That Stretched Buyers

·         Paramount Buys San Francisco Offices for $395 Million


Top Stories

·         PM Lee outlines parameters for third govt-to-govt joint venture with China


Singapore Real Estate

·         Sharper focus on interest rates needed in property market projections

·         HDB fleshes out Smart Town framework

·         Major Chinese developer eyes Singapore market

·         CGW Construction fined record S$150,000 for fatal worksite accident

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         M'sia developer sales hit by cooling measures

·         Chinese speculators chase profits online as home prices drop

·         Kingsmen unit buys Johor property

·         Regeneration projects in London banking on overseas demand

·         UK home prices rise at slowest pace in a year

·         Manhattan’s Rent Gains Send Queens Leasing Deals Surging

·         Blackstone Said to Sell Burger King Locations to Houston Foods

·         Canada 2015 Home-Start Forecast Rising on Low-Rate Sign

·         Pestana Group Rules Out Espirito Santo Hotel Chain Acquisition

       ·         Paris Housing Market Lures Most Foreigners in 15 Years 


Top Stories

·         Guangzhou Knowledge City sets model for Singapore-China projects: PM Lee

Singapore Real Estate

·         China developers' interest heating up

·         St Patrick's Road set to ride on 'MRT effect'

·         Plaza Singapura through the years

·         Changes at other malls

·         Enhanced upgrading and the 'flat' effect

·         Green haven in heart of city

Real Estate Companies' Brief

·         Keppel Land

Views, Reviews & Forum

·         Fighting fit at 40

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         Lessons from economic bubbles

·         Vancouver prime property market sizzles, thanks to China cash

·         Cofco Land to Buy Real Estate Units for $1.61 Billion

       ·         Chinese Billionaire Guo Returns to Competition for Club Med 


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         Emaar May Raise $1.58 Billion From Malls Unit Share Sale

·         Scottish Independence Could Be Boost for London Property

       ·         U.K. Home Value Rally Seen Stalling by Property Brokers 


Singapore Real Estate

·         More owners of luxury condos selling at a loss

·         Tiong Bahru condo draws good response

·         At your service - offices, some with secretarial support

·         Work starts on HDB mechanised carparks

·         The ultimate green building

Views, Reviews & Forum

·         Mandai area should remain untouched for our next generation

       ·         Use Punggol as a lesson in development 




Top Stories

               ·         Khaw's vision: Fewer cars, better lifestyles


Singapore Real Estate

              ·         New EC launches to give property market a boost: Analysts

·         Tuas South industrial site released for sale

·         Local banks likely safe from housing slowdown: Report

·         Reverse mortgages in the spotlight


Real Estate Companies' Brief

            ·         Average 9.6% YTD total return for S'pore office Reits


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

             ·         China's FDI drops even as outbound investments rise

·         Norway Fund to Invest $1.5 Billion in Office Properties

·         Washington Prime to Buy Glimcher Realty for $2 Billion

·         Manhattan’s Trump Soho Condos Said Planned for Auction

       ·         HUD’s Castro Looking to End Shame of Promoting Homeownership 


 Singapore Real Estate

·         New ECs versus private condos: price gap widening

·         Big Hotel back on market - now with leaseback deal

·         Bleak private home sales evoke memories of 2008

·         Property 2014


Real Estate Companies' Brief

·         Singapore Retail Reits

·         Starhill Global Reit refinances RM330m senior MTNs

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         Troubled California hotel in US$185m luxury makeover

·         Manhattan's Trump Soho facing foreclosure

·         Independence may hurt Scottish housing market

·         China's property trusts wary of funding projects

·         Norway to invest in US office buildings

·         Sydney housing gamble alarms central bank

·         Lennar Profit Beats Estimates as Sales and Prices Rise

·         Backlash Brews as Banks and REITs Oppose FHLB Rule Change

·         Norway Fund to Invest $1.5 Billion in Office Properties

·         Insurer Capital Rules Sought by Tarullo Backed in House

·         California Beach Hotel to Get $185 Million Luxury Rebuild

·         New York Billionaire Unmasked With Outer Borough Rentals


Singapore Economy

·         Possible new China-Singapore joint venture is "a big decision": PM Lee

·         Household income rises faster than expenditure


Singapore Real Estate

·         Tidal wave of property supply hits S’pore

·         Singapore property developers seek greener pastures in Australia

·         'Bring your suitcase and move in'

Real Estate Companies' Brief

·         KepLand sells MBFC Tower 3 stake for $1.2b

·         FCL S$600m perpetual bonds priced at 4.88%

·         Singapore Reits

·         Fraser Hospitality Trust

Views, Reviews & Fourm

·         The 'lucky 8' premium in housing unit prices

·         Tail-end of HDB flat lease still has value

·         High sum to pay for mechanised parking

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         HK builders slash debt, raise cash to buy more land

·         Land prices up across Japan's big cities

·         China home prices fall for a fourth month

·         China should aim to scrap GDP growth targets: S&P

·         Scottish independence may boost London property market

·         Slump in U.S. Housing Starts Led by Multifamily: Economy

·         Lone Star to Buy 38 Hotels From Hyatt for $590 Million

·         U.S. Mortgage Rates Jump to the Highest Since Early May

·         Virtu’s Viola Cuts Price for New York Home to $98 Million

       ·         Hyundai shares slide after record land bid 


 Singapore Real Estate

·         Five new ECs break 9-month dry spell

·         Fragrance plans to list Aussie business on Catalist

·         Balestier gains investors' favour with good location

·         Jurong's journey from sleepy outback to bustling gem

·         A property launch in all but name

·         Realtor HSR's commission scheme shakes status quo

Real Estate Companies' Brief

·         Lum Chang sells LCD Global stake

·         Keppel Land

·         Frasers Commercial Trust

·         Investors snap up FCL's $600m bonds

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         M'sian developer Sunway to list its construction unit next year

·         Lone Star to buy 38 US hotels from Hyatt for US$590 million

·         Italy Mortgage Rise Not Enough to Reverse Home Slump, Fitch Says

·         Japan’s Top Cities Post Land-Price Gains as BOJ Easing Help


Real Estate Companies' Brief

·         Ex-SIP boss no stranger to Sino-S'pore projects

Views, Reviews & Forum

·         Sold on revised Lease Buyback Scheme

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         Fed decision unlikely to rock Singapore's boat

·         Fancy owning a home in Iskandar?

       ·         Oliver Says Canada Won’t Make Major House Finance Changes 


Singapore Real Estate

·         Rise in unsold housing units on city fringe

·         Danger lurks when property consultants also trade

·         Oxley unit signs deal on Myanmar project

·         Over half of UOL's new freehold condo in East Coast sold

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

       ·         Malaysian budget may address rising cost of living: economists 


Singapore Real Estate

·         S'pore 'best place to park infrastructure investment'

·         Landlords call the shots amid office crunch in CBD

·         Citimac complex seeks S$1,350 psf ppr in en bloc sale

·         MSF enhances grant for neighbourhood malls

·         HSR dropped from marketing 2 EC projects

·         Property agent faces breach of DNC charges


Real Estate Companies' Brief

·         Far East H-Trust joins Sentosa hotel project

Views, Reviews & Forum

·         Curb supply to avert dangers of a burst property bubble

·         Levelling up mission of HDB upgrades

·         Review need for costly HDB carparks

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         CapitaLand's Iskandar township project hits snag

·         Keppel Land sells 80% stake in Surabaya mall

·         Nakheel may follow Emaar unit's IPO lead

·         OECD too asks BOJ to ease monetary policy

·         Sales of existing homes fall for 1st time in 5 months

·         London apartments reach £5,000 psf

·         Fancy a $100m home?

·         China’s Big Four Banks May Ease Mortgage Policies: Herald

·         China Beige Book Shows Economy Stuck in Low Gear

·         TPG Group to Buy Cassidy Turley and Combine It With DTZ

·         U.S. Home Buyers Seen Boosted by Taiwan Rule Change

·         Marathon Getting by on Malls, Leases Amid Distressed Funk

·         Sales of Existing U.S. Homes Decrease on Fewer Investors

·         Purse Tycoon Aims at Ultra-Rich With $85 Million Home

·         Parkway to Buy 22 Office Properties for $475 Million

       ·         Agile Property Plunges in Hong Kong on Rights Offer Plan 


 Singapore Economy

·         Inflation eases to 6-month low as property and car prices drop

·         S'pore 6th costliest to locate workers


Singapore Real Estate

·         Low bids for site in Tuas point to cooling market

·         Lake Life to blaze trail for 'smart' ECs

·         Widening price gap for home upgraders

·         Green ideas to make S'pore a 'smart city'

·         JTC LaunchPad close to full occupancy

Real Estate Companies' Brief

·         Keppel Reit rating not affected by MBFC buy: S&P

Views, Reviews & Forum

·         Don’t neglect impact of property prices on business investments

·         Cap use of CPF monies for housing

·         Cooling measures will let property market correct itself

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         Skanska Quits Brooklyn Prefabricated Apartment Project

·         U.S. Skyscraper Values Soar as Tech Boom Lifts Rents

·         Verizon Said to Hire TAP Advisors for Tower Sale by Year-End

·         Norway Jumps to No. 2 Foreign Buyer of U.S. Real Estate

·         NYC’s Most Expensive Condo to Be Listed at $130 Million

·         California Affordable Homes in Short Supply After Cuts

Additional Articles of Interest - Local & Overseas Real Estate

·         Local & Overseas Real Estate - Full Article


Singapore Economy

·         S'pore one of most costly cities for young

Singapore Real Estate

·         Investment sales of property up in Q3

·         Grade A office rents 'to hit six-year high'

·         Prime city markets to be shielded from US rate hike: Knight Frank

·         Orchard-area retail rents seen softening

·         Downpayment for new flats halved for some rightsizers

·         Property agent faces 27 'Do Not Call' charges

·         Training on data protection in place at real estate firms

Real Estate Companies' Brief

·         Ascendas Hospitality Trust in talks to sell Pullman Cairns hotel

Views, Reviews & Forum

·         Mechanised parking system used only as last resort

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         Iskandar launches hit by delays

·         UEM Sunrise on the lookout for land deals amid sales slump

·         US Aug new home sales race to 6-year high

·         Brits get Disney fix as US banks lend to foreigners

·         Norway sovereign fund sops up US real estate

·         Foreigners buy Latvia property for right to stay

·         Priciest NYC apartment's asking price: US$130m

·         KB Home Declines After Earnings Miss Analyst Estimates

·         Saks to Open in Lower Manhattan as Hudson’s Bay Relocates

·         Biggest Australian Pension Plans Investment Hiring Spree

Additional Articles of Interest - Local & Overseas Real Estate

       ·         Local & Overseas Real Estate - Full Article 


Singapore Economy

·         Population grows to 5.47m, at slowest pace in 10 years


Singapore Real Estate

·         2 sites released for sale to yield 1,000 homes

·         Waterfront@Faber to be relaunched

·         Auction market rebounds this quarter

·         Prime office rents set to rise by 25% in five years: Knight Frank

·         Property prices lower, ‘but still out of reach’

·         SGX seeks to grow retail investor pool

·         The property cost of being a shopaholic

·         Lease Buyback Scheme: Keep it simple

Real Estate Companies' Brief

·         GIC buys stake in UK roadside rescue business from Carlyle

·         KPMG: Family businesses, HNWIs make good partners

·         Lee Kim Tah founding family seeks delisting

·         Teho to buy ECG Property for S$17m

·         Sino Construction to bid to take over Australia's GUF

·         Never overlook Temasek's influence

Views, Reviews & Forum

·         Community facilities at Westgate mall

·         Excess proceeds of lease buyback will be disbursed to owners in cash

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         Iskandar launches hit by delays

·         Why cities tap underground space

·         Smooth sailing for Asia developing economies

·         Berlin gets a new 270-store 100,000 sq m mall

·         London Home Prices Post First Fall Since 2012 as Demand Declines

·         Perella Weinberg Buys Former Squatters’ Site in Berlin

·         Harper Touts Strong Canada Economy During New York Visit

       ·         Vietnam's growth expected to be worst since 1980s 


Singapore Real Estate

·         More home buyers choosing to rent while waiting for prices to slide

·         Bellewoods EC draws 400 applications

·         Demand-supply mismatch fuels surge in medical suite prices: DTZ

·         'Hotel-style' condo to add buzz near Farrer Park

·         Aussie commercial property big draw here

Real Estate Companies' Brief

·         YTL Starhill Global Reit

·         FEHT's Sentosa investment positive but carries risks: analysts

·         Croesus eyes logistics property fund

·         Gryphon sues Sakae over proceeds from property sale

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         Investments, spending accelerate Q2 GDP growth

·         London home prices in first fall since 2012

       ·         UK property search sites face lower margins 


Singapore Real Estate

·         Use your right to BTO flats well

Real Estate Companies' Brief

·         Shaw Centre's new delights

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

       ·         Billionaire Mikitani’s Tokyo House Goes Up Amid Luxury Boom 


Singapore Real Estate

·         Downtown home prices take a big hit

·         Resale prices of private homes mostly unchanged: SRPI

·         'Budget' airport hotel going for high-end

·         Local conservation experts in demand

·         Terraced house still a challenge to maintain

Real Estate Companies' Brief

·         OUE to invest US$200m in GIC-backed fund

Views, Reviews & Forum

·         Waive resale levy for elderly flat buyers

·         Time, effort wasted in bid to learn new trade

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         Arctic land sale to China tycoon raises red flags

·         Emaar Taps Stock Boom in Dubai’s Biggest IPO in Seven Years

·         Iran-Born Billionaire Hakim Emerges With NYC Properties

       ·         ClubCorp Said Urged by Shareholders to Pursue Conversion to REIT 


Top Story

·         Vivian: Innovation offers strategic opportunities for property sector

Singapore Real Estate

·         August resale prices of condos stay flat

·         Strata-titled shops a 'good long-term bet'

·         RB Capital appoints InterContinental for its revamped hotel

·         Lake Life first EC to beat 15-month sale-launch rule

·         JTC launches three sites for sale

·         Guthrie sells half of the 100 units released at Havelock II

·         Experienced crane operators wanted

·         Built Environment Industry (BEI) Asia Awards 2014

Views, Reviews & Forum

·         Regional chapter beckons for local urban planners

·         Recognise good bosses in construction sector

·         Water leakage: Strata Titles Boards replies

Global Economy & Global Real Estate

·         Iskandar housing glut may hit rental yields: Rehda chief

·         Why billionaire is building own house in Tokyo

·         Pending Sales of U.S. Existing Homes Fell 1% in August

·         ClubCorp Urged by Shareholders to Pursue REIT Conversion

·         Civeo Plunges After Choosing Move Over REIT Conversion

·         Emaar Plans Hotel IPO After Dubai’s Biggest Sale Since 2007

·         Iran-Born Billionaire Hakim Emerges With NYC Properties

·         New Mortgage Rules in Sweden Provoke State Bank Backlash

       ·         Property Tycoon Revealing $20 Billion Solar-Led Portfolio 

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