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  • Australia taxes foreign home buyers as affordability bites

    AUSTRALIA, 2016/06/20 Sydney is imposing new taxes on foreigners buying homes as concerns grow that a flood of mostly Chinese investors is crowding out locals and killing the “Great Australian Dream” of owning property. Ownership rates across the country are part the highest in developed nations, with having your own home long viewed as a key aspect of Australian identity. But as prices rise to record levels — Sydney is ranked only second to Hong Kong as major cities with the world’s least-affordable housing — new potential homeowners have been increasingly forced out of the market with foreigners blamed as a key factor.
  • House prices in New Zealand's largest city have skyrocketed in recent years,

    NEW ZEALAND, 2015/05/13 New Zealand's central bank on Wednesday announced measures to cool Auckland's red-hot property market, saying a potential real-estate bubble posed a significant risk to the economy. Home prices in the South Pacific country's major city have skyrocketed in recent years, resulting in Auckland being named as the world's ninth least affordable major city in an international survey released this year. Reserve Bank of New Zealand Governor Graeme Wheeler said the median home price in Auckland was up 60 % since 2008, inclunding a rise of almost 17 % in the completed year alone.
  • New Zealand House Prices Rise In September

    NEW ZEALAND, 2014/10/13 New Zealand's home prices index increased in September, data from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, or REINZ, showed Monday. The REINZ housing price index advanced 0.2 % month-over-month to 3,933.5 in September. Prices in Auckland rose 0.8 %. Meanwhile, prices in Christchurch and Wellington fell 1.8 % and 2.8 %, respectively.
  • World Habitat Day: UN officials call for improved urban resilience, mobility

    WESTERN ASIA, 2013/10/08 Un officials have stressed the need to ensure that cities become additional resilient to natural disasters inclunding provide their citizens with methods of alternative transportation to thrive. The PANA Correspondent in New York reported that the officials made the call in messages to mark the World Habitat Day, observed annually on the initial Monday of October. In his message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated: 'As the effects of climate change increase, urban resilience becomes ever additional necessary.' He said: 'All actors need to work together to save lives, protect assets and guarantee services at the same time as disasters strike', saying that, 'planning is essential to boost the resilience of cities.'
  • Building permits issued in New Zealand in July

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  • Hotel investment outlook ‘strong’ in EMEA

    EUROPE, 2013/01/03 Nearly 28.8 % of investors are targeting upscale hotel properties for investment in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), a statement said, adding that request for luxury assets is highest in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the French Riviera. Forty % of hotel investors are as well likely to buy assets over the next months, with positive buy intentions focused on Germany’s major cities and other key EAuropean markets, added the new Hotel Investor Sentiment Survey by Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, a provider of hotel investment, advisory and investment management services.
  • House sales figures look near normal

    NEW ZEALAND, 2012/12/28 A sudden drop in mortgagee sales in Otago and good November home sales statistics show there is some confidence in the market, real estate spokesmen say. Figures from Terralink International show there was a 28% decrease in mortgagee sales in Otago at the same time as comparing third-quarter data with the previous quarter. In the prime quarter there were 38 sales in Otago, in the second 36, and in the third 26. The major decrease was in Queenstown where sales dropped from 21 in the previous quarter to 10 in the third quarter, which ended in September.
  • New Zealand building activity to continue growing steadily 2012-06-21

    NEW ZEALAND, 2012/06/21 Housing market activity has been steadily improving over the past 12 months, with building consents and sales gradually increasing. Indeed, building consents – which are to be released by Statistics New Zealand on Friday 30th – rose 19.6% to 1326 in the year to January, following a similar 18.4% annual rise in December. However, this broadly positive picture is blurred somewhat when the data is put into perspective. The January figure (which represents a five month high in permits) remains 31% below the average number of building consents since 2000 (1922), and is 50% below the June 2007 peak. However, this is better than the peak-to-trough fall, which saw a 63.6% drop in the number of consents. Perhaps significantly, the January reading is 37% higher than the January 2009 nadir.
  • Australian property sector likely to be slowly on the mend 2012-06-21

    AUSTRALIA, 2012/06/21 Australian property sector likely to be slowly on the mend Building approvals, retail sales, trade figures, unemployment, and business and consumer confidence are released in the coming weeks and should offer some fresh views on the strength of the Australian economy. Nevertheless, we believe these data readings are likely to continue to fluctuate additional widely than expected until there is a additional pronounced and sustained world recovery.