Issue: May 10, 2006   (Archive)
Sunday, December 21, 2014   

Hidden gem for golden visas
Greece is another European country offering residency visas for investors parking money in its property market. While Spain and Portugal are known for such "golden visa" programs, Greece has often been ignored due to its lack of promotion, said Pantazis Therianos, managing partner at Euroterra Capital.

Personal data abuse proved to be bad call
Estate agencies and practitioners should always seek clients' consent before using their personal data for direct marketing purposes.

Japan eyes short-term rents
Japan seems to have the right mix for developing a short-term home rental market: a rapidly growing tourism industry, a cheap currency and - unlike many countries - eight million vacant homes.

Tougher times for retail in 2015
Hong Kong's property market will remain active next year as buyers compete for value-added real estate assets. After factoring in a potential interest rate hike and rising financing costs, investors are likely to seek higher opportunistic returns through refurbishments or repositioning of tenants.

High-end houses the next big deal
Ultra-luxury houses are set to snatch the spotlight in 2015 after mass-market flats dominated the local housing market for the better part of this year.

Duty calls on high-end UK homes
British finance minister George Osborne announced reforms to stamp duty in the United Kingdom.

Rate cuts won't cure China's home woes
While China's first interest rate cuts in more than two years may have relieved the country's struggling developers and shored up their share prices, one should not expect the measures to rescue the ailing property sector, analysts say.

Star of the Hill
Kuala lumpur deserves serious consideration by investors hunting for a quality home in Southeast Asia that offers great growth potential.

All signs point to stability
Home prices are predicted to stay at a high and stable level in 2015, as there are several factors supporting the residential market. Interbank liquidity is still at a high level of HK$239 billion, and the exchange rate of the Hong Kong dollar to the US dollar is close to the stronger end of the fixed range (7.75).

Some hope amid gloom for Macau
Rents at prime street-side shops in Macau are facing downward pressure and look ready for a double-digit fall - but analysts have some reasons to be bullish about the city's retail properties.

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