Archive | March 19, 2008

Foreigners snap up homes as rents start to bite

Business Times – 12 Mar 2008Their purchases could account for half of 2007 transactions on the secondary market ¬†(SINGAPORE) A record number of foreigners here have opted to purchase homes instead of renting them at ever-climbing rates. According to an analysis of transactions of private residential properties by DTZ Debenham Tie Leung, foreigners bought 6,536 […]

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Guocoland dives on options lapse

Business Times – 12 Mar 2008 Shares hit as Kuwaiti-linked fund pulls out of $815m property purchase SHARES of Guocoland fell victim yesterday to news that a fund company managed by Kuwait Finance House (Malaysia) Berhad (KFHMB) did not exercise options to buy $814.8 million worth of ¬†apartments in Guocoland’s upmarket project here. Following analysts’ […]

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Landed housing plot draws top bid of just $77.80 psf

Business Times – 12 Mar 2008 Only one other offer made; poor show seen as sign of uncertain market IN what is seen as a sign of an uncertain property market, a landed housing parcel in Jurong West drew only two bids, and a low top bid of $11.8 million – or just $77.80 per […]

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Wild swing reflects fears of US slowdown

Business Times – 12 Mar 2008 SHORT-COVERING and a late afternoon rebound on Nasdaq futures saw the Singapore market’s benchmark index chalking a remarkable 80-point turnaround in intra-day trading, first plunging to a new 16-month low, then rebounding to close in positive territory. Also boosting the market are expectations that the Federal Reserve may intervene […]

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Space crunch in Orchard pushes docs to Novena

March 12, 2008 The area could turn into medical hub as more private doctors set up clinics there PRIVATE doctors are flocking to the Novena area as the squeeze on clinic space in the Orchard Road belt tightens. The migration could turn the area into Singapore’s newest centre for private health services, some believe. In […]

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All eyes on govt land tenders this month

Business Times – 11 Mar 2008 $500m site above Serangoon MRT, 3 suburban housing plots on offer AMID the current quiet market, all eyes will be on four 99-year leasehold suburban Government Land Sale site tenders that close this month. They comprise three private residential sites including one for landed housing, and a ‘white’ site […]

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China’s growth story due for reality check

Business Times – 11 Mar 2008 Country may face headwinds of a US recession as its stock market, property sector cool THE beginning of Wen Jiabao’s second term seems remarkably similar to his first. In 2003, when Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao, first took the helm as president and prime minister respectively, they were tested […]

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Economists trim S’pore Q1 growth forecast to 5.7%

Business Times – 11 Mar 2008 Q2 may see another dip before rebound kicks in; inflation likely to rise ¬†(SINGAPORE) Private sector economists have pared their forecasts of Singapore’s first quarter GDP growth to a median 5.7 per cent, from 7 per cent three months earlier. Economic growth is then expected to dip below 5 […]

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THE BOTTOM LINE: Fed slap in market face won’t work this time

Business Times – 11 Mar 2008LAST Friday’s employment report – which was so weak that it had many economists declaring that the US is already in a recession – was bad news. But it was actually less disturbing than what’s going on in the financial markets. The scariest thing I’ve read recently is a speech […]

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Investments push S’pore growth again

Business Times – 11 Mar 2008 But the biggest problem facing policy-makers is inflation; if it doesn’t stabilise, we may see more drastic steps SINGAPORE has enjoyed exceptionally strong and stable gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the last few years. For many years after 1997, Singapore’s economy had suffered volatile growth even as it […]

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Investors eye real estate after tough 2007

Business Times – 11 Mar 2008 Asian property and niche sectors are attracting assets (LONDON) Many investors in alternative assets plan to invest more in real estate after poor returns from the sector in 2007, a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) survey showed yesterday. John Forbes, UK real estate leader at PwC, said some investors had been lured […]

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Ophir-Rochor corridor site to be marketed in France

Business Times – 11 Mar 2008 THE Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will market the first site in the new Ophir-Rochor corridor at the ‘Marche International des Professionals de L’Immobilier’ (MIPIM), a premier international property event in Cannes, France. The site will be launched for sale under the Confirmed List of the Government Land Sales Programme […]

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Opportunistic investors recoil from Asia property

Business Times – 11 Mar 2008 They see more scope for picking up cheaper properties in US, Europe; loans in Japan tougher (HONG KONG) Opportunistic investors are pulling back from Asian property because they see more scope for picking up distressed assets in the United States and Europe, and loans are harder to get in […]

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Rising market pressures may trigger third wave of credit crisis

Business Times – 11 Mar 2008 Nervous investors hanging on to pronouncements of central bankers (LONDON) Tight money markets and tumbling stocks and the US dollar are expected to increase worries for investors this week as pressure mounts on central banks facing what looks like the third wave of a global credit crisis. Last week, […]

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URA sets aside more land for offices

Business Times – 11 Mar 2008 (SINGAPORE) Singapore will provide more land for offices as part of a strategy to strengthen its position as an Asian financial centre, the government’s real estate planning agency said yesterday. ‘The new growth area set aside for the seamless extension of the existing financial district … will be more […]

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Kuwait fund pulls out of bulk purchase of high-end homes

March 11, 2008 It allows options for 97 condo units at Goodwood Residence to lapse A KUWAIT bank fund that agreed in December to buy 97 units at posh Goodwood Residence for $818.4 million has let the purchase option lapse. Kuwait Finance House has given no reason for the move, which could result in the […]

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Property investors set sights on market trough in US, Europe

March 11, 2008 HONG KONG – OPPORTUNISTIC investors are pulling back from Asian property because they see more scope for picking up distressed assets in the United States and Europe. Hedge funds have stopped dabbling in property in the region, fund managers say. Although private equity firms will continue to develop property in India and […]

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China faces ‘very severe’ unemployment

20m new jobseekers expected every year: labour minister (BEIJING) China’s labour minister yesterday admitted that the booming economy faced a ‘very severe’ unemployment situation as millions of new jobseekers join the market every year. The flood of new entrants in both urban and rural areas will continue for a long time, labour and social security […]

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Inflation likely to have hit 8.3% in Feb: Bank of China

Reports of bank’s estimate trigger speculation of interest rate hike (BEIJING) China’s inflation likely hit a new 11-year high of 8.3 per cent last month on the back of rising food prices, state media reported yesterday, triggering speculation of a modest hike in interest rates. Severe winter weather which crippled transport networks, and the Chinese […]

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India losing its status as world’s top outsourcing hub

China, Morocco and EEurope among new locations for global IT services providers INDIA’S position as the No. 1 low-cost outsourcing destination is under threat, with China, Morocco and eastern European nations such as Hungary emerging as the sought-after locations by nformation technology (IT) services providers, a recent study has shown. The study by Pierre Audoin […]

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When will market slide reach bottom?

Dow, S&P still remain above bear market threshold despite plunge (NEW YORK) Recession may well be here, given the dismal February employment report last Friday. But on Wall Street, many investors still are having a hard time deciding how worried they should be. The Dow Jones industrial average slid 146.70 points, or 1.2 per cent, […]

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Punggol River set for big change

Work starts on $7.13m project to create reservoir park with man-made island by 2010 WORK to transform the Punggol River into a scenic reservoir park, complete with a man-made island, got off the ground yesterday. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who was at the official opening of the adjoining Anchorvale Community Club in Sengkang, symbolically […]

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