Thai Real Estate Investment Soared On Back Of Property Fund Activity

KTAM Aims to Become Thailand’s Leading Property Fund,Increasing Assets Under Management to 11.3 Billion

The Bangkok Post reported on Thursday, 22 February that real estate investment in Thailand soared by 81.8 percent to $2 billion (1.3 billion)in 2012, nearly double the $1.1 billion (720 million) in 2011, as property funds markedly increased their investment activity.

According to property consultant DTZ, Thailand’s real estate market was boosted by the listing of major property funds and a high number of acquisitions, particularly in the office and hotel sectors. Some $1.1 billion (720 million), or 55 percent of total real estate investment, came from transactions by real estate funds or public funds for public offerings (PFPOs).

Property Prices Stagnant But Not Dropping In Goa

While property prices in the country as a whole are tanking fast, real estate in Goa is presently stagnant, but are yet to go down significantly, say real estate developers. Over the last four years, Goa has attracted huge investments for holiday homes from overseas Goans, NRIs and wealthy North Indians.
Real estate operators say that property with a good sea view is always in demand. Earlier, though, properties in interior Goa with a reasonable proximity to a city were also in great demand, sending land prices soaring.

The big property boom started in 2003, and never stopped till the US-based Lehman Brothers went bankrupt late last year. For example, land prices in Panjim nearly doubled in the last year. Other places, too, have seen better-than 20 per cent annual increases.
Since October, though, real estate demand has dropped to half, owing to the global recession and statewide protests against mega-projects. This has stabilised property prices, which have reduced by a minor 5 to 10 per cent. However, the industry expects property prices to drop by 20 to 25 per cent in the coming months, especially from small developers, who are not in a position to hold on.
Many of these small developers are from Delhi and Mumbai. They joined the gold rush to develop property in Goa but have now run out of money and are left with unfinished projects, thanks to the credit crunch. They have been the first to drop rates and resort to panic sales.

Reputed developers are hurt badly, but still prefer to hold on. They feel the present slump is the result of panic, and since land with clear titles is scarce in Goa, the prices are bound to recover and stabilise, unlike in Indias big cities and metros. Consequently, even those who bought land at very high rates in the past few years are not willing to cut prices.

Has Upswing Begun In Residential Property Prices

It is true that the upswing has begun in residential property prices in India. In fact, the real estate market in India has gone through a downward trend in the immediate past. The market has witnessed a slump. Property prices have gone down. In the metro centres of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Calcutta, during the recession period property prices on an average property rates went down by 33 percent. This has adversely affected the real estate industry and several investment companies as well as infrastructural development companies have suffered losses. Many institutional as well as individual investors found it hard to sustain. However, the grip of the slump became less and less severe as the days and months elapsed. Now the industry is back in the saddle and reportedly the upswing in property prices has begun.

Of late, there is an upswing in the residential property prices in India. Across India, in the prime urban locations during the previous quarterly period the property industry has witnessed an average 10 per cent appreciation in property value. As a matter of fact, this growth in property value is not confined to residential property alone. The growth is discernible in the commercial property as well. However, the growth rate in the residential property segment is much more noticeable than that of the commercial, property sector. In the commercial property sector during the corresponding period the value appreciation is below 5 per cent. There is reportedly an unprecedented demand for middle-level income type of residential units. This upswing in the middle-income level residential property is due to the revised pay scale for government employees and a better paying private sector.

Across India there has begun an upswing at the prices of residential property in India . It is reported that in the property market in the major South Indian cities independent residential houses show better value appreciation than apartment units or flats. This may be due to the higher affordability of the corporate sector clientele in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai. In Delhi and Calcutta the residential property sector shows an average 10 per cent growth in the previous quarter and the trend is expected to continue in the remaining part of the year. In the suburban centres in India, the demand for independent floors and villas is on the increase. A major market trend witnessed in the prime locations across India is that the demand for single and double bedroom housing units is on the increase. Market experts are of the view that there is a price increase of about 15 percent during the current fiscal for the middle-income level residential units and the trend is expected to continue inn the coming years.

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The Flachau Ski Amade Resort is an exclusive development of 25 apartments due for completion winter 2011. All the apartments are built to the highest specification and each comes with either a balcony, roof terrace or garden. Apartments range from 48m2 one bedroom apartments right up to large 133m2, three bedroom apartments with huge roof terraces and excellent views down towards the village.
The apartments are situated right on the piste and just a short walk from the resort centre. There is a communal playground for the kids, underground parking, cable TV and wi-fi throughout. The key features of apartments are: Prices from just 189,000, Ski-in Ski-out, Close to resort centre, Part of huge Ski Amade region, All apartments with balconies, terraces or gardens, No rental obligation and Just 40 minutes from Salzburg.
You will also find a large number of respected and reliable Austrian luxury real estate sales realtors who can help you in purchasing the perfect property in Austria. Whether you choose any of the great, elegant and magnificent villas or the chalets near ski resorts where you have complete fun with family during a break, or the great farm houses situated in the green lashing meadows, you get complete assistance from such real estate agents in your purchase.
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Progress In Preparing The Draft Condominium Statute

Progress in preparing the draft regulations under the Thailand Condominium Act amended in 2009 with the purchase and sale agreement is almost completed and will be presented to the meeting of the Council of Ministers (Cabinet) in August 2011. The essence of the contract will be to declare the act as another measure to protect consumers, which requires that any project or condominium units which will be open to the public for sale must be certified or approved by the Environment Impact Assessment Committee (EIA) and must have a valid license for construction.

The framework of this contract will provide fairness for the buyer. Many previous condominium projects were sold or booked but without passing the EIA assessment first which meant that there were many legal cases being brought against developers.

The legislation drafting committee has now approved Condominium Act law. Preliminary determination of the initial height from three stories up and the height of the building will be based on the building control act which regulates the rules or details already. Room sizes, for example, must have a minimum usage area of 20 square meters and a bathroom included. However, the editing of the various definitions will take a year to complete and make enforceable.

Offset Rising Cost of Interest Rates by Claiming Property Depreciations

Property depreciation is defined as the decline in value of a building and its assets over the time due to wear and tear as well as physical deterioration. Depreciation on rental property or investment property is treated as an expense and is a part of the income statement. Actually property depreciation can be applied only to the building and not the land, since land is not considered to wear out over time.

Generally there are two types of costs that can depreciate for an investment property;

1. Wear and tear of the fixtures and fittings of a property. 2. Capital works deductions, which are applicable to the cost of the construction and are spread over the lifetime of the property.

How Do Real Estate Investment Pros Find The Hidden Gems

If you’re new to real estate investing, you’re probably looking for “good deals”. But has anyone told you where to find them? If you belong to a local real estate investment club, you’re probably hearing story after story about the good deals that the seasoned investment pros find. But they never tell you the details of exactly how they found the deal.

Really, it’s not a mystery. The real estate investment pros are also expert networkers. The next time you have the opportunity, sit back and observe them for a while. Many of them are very unassuming and low key. But usually they’re always talking to someone.

One of their talents is that their conversations always somehow funnel into the topic of real estate. But stop to think about this for a moment and it’s not as tricky as it sounds. We’re surrounded by residential real estate almost everywhere we look. And for every one of those houses, there’s an owner and people who live in the house. That represents a large number of people who either own residential real estate, or who know someone who owns residential real estate.