Property

Retail investors in Hong Kong attend a seminar held by a locally based brokerage offering Japanese properties.

Eager to invest

Japanese property brokers court willing Hong Kong buyers

HONG KONG -- Japanese real estate brokers are busily courting the growing number of Hong Kong investors looking to tap Japan's property market. The weaker yen is making Japanese real estate more affordable for overseas investors. At the same time...

  • Sharia-compliant investing

    Pakistan's first REIT expected to boost property market

    KARACHI, Pakistan -- Two of Pakistan's biggest companies have joined forces to launch the country's first real estate investment trust. It has been a long time coming. The government laid down regulations for issuing this kind of security back in 200...

  • China Jan-April housing sales down 2.2%, decline in sales moderating

    SHANGHAI (Dow Jones) -- China's housing sales in the first four months of the year fell 2.2% from the same period a year earlier, an improvement from the first quarter's 9.2% decline as easier monetary policy draws some homebuyers back into the marke...

  • Commercial real estate

    Tokyo office rents rise on optimism over economy

    TOKYO -- Rents on newly constructed office buildings in Tokyo have climbed for the first time in two years thanks to improving business sentiment driving office expansion. An index tracking rents on buildings built less than a year ago in central...

  • Property investment

    Australia tightens up property rules for foreign investors

    SYDNEY -- Foreign investors who illegally buy Australian real estate face jail terms of up to three years and stiff fines under a tough new foreign investment crackdown unveiled by Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Saturday. Individuals who knowingly...

  • Real estate spree

    Hong Kong fund raises $365 million

    HONG KONG -- BPE Asia Real Estate, an affiliate of Baring Private Equity Asia, has raised $356 million to invest in Asia-Pacific real estate, Baring said Tuesday. According to the company, the BPE Asia Real Estate Fund is one of the largest real esta...

  • China eases housing tax, lending rules to fight downturn

    SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) -- China on Monday courted home buyers with a bigger tax break as it cut downpayment requirements for the second time in six months, stepping up a fight against sliding house prices that is imperiling the world's second-big...

  • Roppongi T-Cube

    Samsung to sell former Japanese headquarters

    SEOUL -- South Korea's Samsung Electronics will sell its interest in Roppongi T-Cube, the building that once housed its Japanese headquarters, to Mitsui Fudosan as early as fiscal 2015 in a deal expected to be in the tens of billions of yen. The ...

  • Japan property market

    Foreign real estate investment rising sharply on weaker yen

    TOKYO -- Tokyo Star Bank, acquired in 2014 by CTBC Bank, one of Taiwan's largest financial institutions, frequently receives inquiries from individual Taiwanese investors wishing to invest in Japanese real estate. In fact, the Tokyo bank, which ...

  • Dodging the bubble

    Taiwan investors flock to 'cooler' Tokyo properties

    TOKYO -- Foreign investors are snapping up Japanese properties on the back of a weaker yen, and those from Taiwan, where the real estate market is heating up, have added incentive to buy. Huang Hsu-cheng, a 52-year-old Taiwanese entrepreneur, is ...

  • Japanese property

    Urban, suburban land prices continue to diverge

    TOKYO -- Commercial land prices in Japan have stopped falling for the first time in seven years, according to government data, but with the price of land for all purposes falling 0.3% nationwide, a solid recovery is still in the offing. One probl...

  • Commercial real-estate investment

    More Chinese cash abroad than at home

    BANGKOK -- Overseas real estate is getting a lot of Chinese money. Jones Lang LaSalle, a U.S. real-estate services company, said 2014 was an epoch-making year in terms of Chinese commercial real-estate investment. Outbound investment surpassed domest...

  • Property Down Under

    Australia forces Chinese tycoon to sell Sydney mansion but 'welcomes' foreign investment

    SYDNEY -- Are we welcome in Australia or not? It is a fair question from foreign investors looking to buy Australian assets, following a shock ruling in mid-March that will force one of China's richest men, Xu Jiayin, to sell a Sydney harborside mans...

  • Urban renaissance

    Japan's cities basking in commercial property investment

    TOKYO -- Urban commercial land values are making a comeback in Japan as cheap credit and a weak yen embolden foreign and domestic players alike to buy in. Meguro Gajoen, a multiuse complex featuring wedding and office space here in the capital, r...

  • Japanese real estate

    Commercial land may have hit bottom

    TOKYO -- Prices of commercial land in Japan have stopped falling for the first time in seven years, with the overall pace of land value decline continuing to slow, the latest official survey shows. As of Jan. 1, the nationwide average market valu...

  • Japan's avg. commercial land prices stop falling, 1st time in 7 yrs

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Helped by an economic recovery in metropolitan areas, average commercial land prices in Japan stopped falling from the previous year for the first time in seven years in the 12 months to Jan. 1, the government said Wednesday. Com...

  • Ana Swanson

    There may be many more Kaisas in China

    The Chinese government has little room to wiggle in dealing with debt in its property market, writes Ana Swanson.

  • Downtown real estate

    Tokyo office vacancies decline for 20th month

    TOKYO -- The average office building vacancy rate in downtown Tokyo decreased for the 20th straight month in February, with demand underpinned by companies looking to move into larger spaces. According to figures released Thursday by office broke...

  • Luxury Hanoi housing

    Developers offering full-service apartments in Vietnam

    HANOI -- Drawn by high rental income, a number of real estate companies are entering the full-service apartment business catering to foreigners living here, with intensifying competition raising fears of an oversupply. Japan's Haseko this month b...

  • Redeveloping Japan

    $5B high-rise project in works near Tokyo Station

    TOKYO -- Property developers Mitsui Fudosan and Tokyo Tatemono will spend more than 600 billion yen ($5 billion) on a project here, taking advantage of looser building codes meant to help Japan's capital attract foreign multinationals. The projec...