Buying Property in Cambodia: The Definitive Guide

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Cambodia is one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia and novice investors with some risk appetite have made great gains here in the past decade.

It’s also the last frontier country in Southeast Asia where it’s comparatively easy to start a business.

With that said, being a developing country, things are done differently compared to what many foreigners are used to.

Before you engage in Cambodia’s property market, it’s important that you learn about ownership regulations, property options available, where you should buy property, and more.

In this article, we review the following topics:

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Top Property Management Companies in the Philippines: A Complete Guide

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The Philippines is becoming an increasingly popular investment destination for foreigners. Along with this, we see a greater demand for property management services.

Places like Manila and Cebu have plenty of property management companies, but you rarely find summarized information about them.

In this article, I list some of the biggest and most popular property management companies in the Philippines. Continue reading Top Property Management Companies in the Philippines: A Complete Guide

Top Real Estate Agencies in the Philippines: A Complete Guide

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Philippines is one of the most popular investment destinations in Asia at the moment. Here, many foreigners mainly buy property in Manila, thanks to its rapidly growing economy and quickly developing infrastructure.

Fortunately, you’ll be able to find plenty of international franchised agents, as well as local agents, who help foreigners to buy real estate on a daily basis.

Yet, it’s not easy to find summarized information about the top agents and what properties and services they offer.

Therefore, I’ve written this article where I present some of the most popular real estate agencies in the Philippines. Let’s have a look. Continue reading Top Real Estate Agencies in the Philippines: A Complete Guide

Top Real Estate Agencies in Manila: A Complete Guide

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Metro Manila is huge in terms of population and size, to many people’s surprise, Manila just make up a small part of this metropolitan area. With a rapidly growing economy, foreigners (especially Chinese investors) pour in to buy properties.

Here, you can find plenty of international and local real estate agencies who have a long experience of helping foreigners. Yet, you rarely find summarized information popular and credible agents in Manila.

In this article, I list some of the top real estate agencies that you can find in Metro Manila.

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Meridian’s Expansion in Phnom Penh: A Complete Overview

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Meridian International Holding is an international corporation established more than 3 decades ago. The group started from a base in textiles and garments but has diversified its business through property development and investment.

In the past years, Meridian has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in a handful of high-end projects in Phnom Penh. Today, the CEO of Meridian International Holdings in Cambodia, Mr. Ko Sek Yan, will explain more about the projects, unit prices, yields, and buying process.

1) What makes Phnom Penh interesting for property investors?

First of all, Phnom Penh is located in the Central South Peninsula, bordering to the West and Northwest of Thailand, Northeast of Laos, East and Southeast of Vietnam, and facing the Gulf of Siam in the South.

One Belt One Road Initiative” (OBOR) is one of the key geopolitical and strategic developments shaping the world today. Touted as the 21st century Maritime Silk Road, OBOR aims to connect the eastern part of China’s coastal cities with Europe via the Indian Ocean and South China Sea. Continue reading Meridian’s Expansion in Phnom Penh: A Complete Overview

Top 5 China Property Exhibitions 2020

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Are you an overseas investor or service provider and want to attend property exhibitions in China?

In this article, we list some of the biggest and most popular exhibitions that attract thousands of local visitors and hundreds of exhibitors from overseas. The exhibitions are held semi-annually, annually, or bi-annually in major cities such as Shanghai and Beijing.

If you have other recommendations of interesting property investment exhibitions in China, feel free to write a comment below or send us an email.

Notice: Due to the ongoing issues with the coronavirus in China, exhibitions might be postponed or canceled in 2020.

1. China Real Estate Expo

Founded in 2014, China Real Estate Expo is a leading exhibition organized by Afarb Limited. It was previously held once a year, but due to a strong demand from exhibitors and visitors, it’s now arranged semi-annually and lasts for two days.

The main purpose of the exhibition is to connect international real estate developers and agencies with local Chinese investors, High-Net-Worth-Individuals (HNWIs), and brokers. Continue reading Top 5 China Property Exhibitions 2020

Top 4 Singapore Property Exhibitions 2020

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Do you live in Singapore and want to learn about overseas property markets and new upcoming projects? Then you should consider visiting a local property exhibition.

Visiting property exhibitions is the preferred choice among many investors, not only in Singapore, but in Hong Kong. Here, you can discuss with professionals face-to-face and get the latest market information.

With that said, it can be challenging to find summarized information about interesting property exhibitions online. In this guide, I present four of the biggest and most popular exhibitions in Singapore.

I will also explain how you can find smaller yet useful property events and seminars that are held by investors and real estate agencies.

1. SMART Investment & International Property Expo Singapore

Started in 2004, the SMART Investment & International Property Expo is one of the biggest property exhibitions in Singapore. Since its inception, the organizers have produced 53 expos in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, and Malaysia.

It’s usually held in October each year but we still wait for information regarding the upcoming exhibition in 2020. Continue reading Top 4 Singapore Property Exhibitions 2020

Top 5 Hong Kong Property Exhibitions 2020

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Hong Kong is one of Asia’s biggest hubs for real estate exhibitions where investors and companies can expand their network and learn more about overseas real estate markets.

Visiting property exhibitions is the preferred choice among many investors in Hong Kong as you can discuss with professionals face-to-face and learn about ongoing trends first-hand.

With that said, it can be challenging to find information about interesting property exhibitions online. In this guide, I present five of the biggest and most popular exhibitions in Hong Kong.

1. SMART Investment & International Property Expo

The SMART Investment & International Property Expo is managed by SMART Expo, they held the first event as early as 2004.

It’s the biggest real estate expo for service providers and global investors who operate- or plan to buy property overseas. Continue reading Top 5 Hong Kong Property Exhibitions 2020

Indonesia Property Market Outlook 2020: A Complete Overview

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Indonesia is set to become a new economic powerhouse in Southeast Asia, luring more investors from overseas.

Increasingly more foreign buyers, especially from China, have spotted investment opportunities in Indonesia’s real estate market. I believe that Indonesia will become increasingly interesting once we see more regulatory changes to foreign ownership of property.

Having said that, you must understand how healthy the market is before making any investments. In this article, we explain how Indonesia’s property market has performed the past years and what my predictions are for 2019.

Indonesia’s Property Market in Previous Years

Indonesia’s property market has slowed down in the past years after experiencing a sharp growth in 2012. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has an illustrative graph showing the price changes.

As shown, the average price increase has slipped from 14% in 2013, down to around 3% in 2017 and 2018. In 2019, the average price increase was even lower and around 2.5% in the second quarter.

There are four main reasons for this decline:

  • Political uncertainty
  • Lower occupancy rates
  • Introduction of a new luxury property tax
  • A drop in GDP per capita between 2012 and 2015

The GDP per capita was USD 3,680 in 2012 and decreased to USD 3,330 by 2015. The slowing economy was a main contributor, which resulted in a reduced purchasing power among the middle- and upper-middle class.

The GDP per capita started to increase again after 2015 and was around USD 3,487 in 2017. Continue reading Indonesia Property Market Outlook 2020: A Complete Overview

Australia Property Market Outlook 2020: A Complete Overview

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Australia is the to-go place for people who wish to live in a stable nation, offering great education, and a comfortable climate. Foreign investors, many from China, have flooded the market and real estate prices have reached record-breaking levels.

Worth mentioning is that Australia has never experienced a major decline and didn’t suffer much during the subprime crash 2008, when prices continued upwards. There are several interesting reasons behind this, of course.

In this article, I explain how Australia’s property market has performed in the past years and what the predictions are for 2019.

Australia’s Property Market in Previous Years

Australia’s property market was booming in 2016 to 2017 and we saw house prices breaking all-time high records. The millennials were even told to give up eating avocado toast if they ever wanted to afford a house.

According to Huffington Post Australia, the house price growth in recent years are related to:

  • Investor activity in Sydney and Melbourne
  • Low interest rates
  • Tax incentives such as negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts

Theconversation.com has an illustrative chart that shows how housing prices have continuously been in decline, after hitting a peak in the 3rd quarter of 2017. It’s also the first annual decline since 2012.

A lower demand for homes and a tightening of lending to investors played a big role in the price falls according to the ABS Chief Economist, Bruce Hockman. Regulators have progressively clamped down risky lending, such as interest-only mortgages.

With around 40% of Australians having interest-only mortgages, it’s a wise choice. The banks have toughen-up previously lax expense and income verification. Continue reading Australia Property Market Outlook 2020: A Complete Overview