Between March 2014 and March 2015, prices in Dubai registered a 6.1 decline, higher than the price falls recorded in other major property markets like France, Singapore, Italy or Spain, according to the Knight Frank Global House Price Index, which tracks the performance of major residential markets across the world. Out of the 56 markets monitored by Knight Frank, only 14 locations registered price declines. The worst performing is Ukraine, showing a 15.5 percent drop in rates, followed by Cyprus, where values fell by 8.2 percent and China, falling by 6.4 percent.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Dubai: Where house prices are falling fastest in the Middle East
Friday, May 8, 2015
Sydney property prices are rising 5x faster than wages. Government finally takes notice. Australia to tackle high housing prices with fines, jail for illegal foreign home purchases
Sentences may stretch to three years and fines to A$637,500 ($607,000) for illicit buyers, with penalties also on third parties knowingly complicit in violations, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Saturday in Sydney. The steps are needed to give the public confidence that foreign-investment rules on property purchases are being enforced, he said.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Yet there are still two reasons to worry. First, the outlook for China is a puzzle. The country holds $1.2 trillion in Treasury bills, many of which are sitting in its sovereign-wealth fund. When the dollar rises, the fund gets richer. But even in a dollar-rich country, there can be pockets of pain. China’s firms have built up a nasty currency mismatch. Almost 25% of corporate debt is dollar-denominated, but only 8.5% of corporate earnings are. Worse, this debt is concentrated, according to Morgan Stanley, with 5% of firms holding 50% of it.When the post mortem on this next cycle is done, it will look a lot more like one long cycle than it does now.
Chinese property developers are the most obviously vulnerable. Companies like Evergrande, China Vanke and Wanda build and sell offices and houses, so most of their earnings are in yuan. Banned from borrowing directly from banks, they have been active issuers of dollar bonds. They have also borrowed from trust companies, according to Fitch, a rating agency. The trusts are themselves highly leveraged and have borrowed dollars via subsidiaries in Hong Kong. This arrangement will amplify the economic pain if property prices in China continue to decline, as they have been doing for several months.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
House prices fell in most regions in France in 2014
Picardy led the way with price rises of 3.5%, Lower Normandy saw prices rise by 1.2%, Poitou-Charentes by 1%, Languedoc-Roussillon by 0.9%, Auvergne by 0.8% and Brittany by 0.4%. Elsewhere prices fell, most notably by 5.3% in Nord pas de Calais, by 5.1% in Limousin, by 4.9% in Upper Normandy, by 4.8% in Franche Comte, and by 4.3% in Champagne Ardennes.
Century 21’s annual review put the average fall in property prices at 2.8%. The data shows only one region with rising prices, Limousin with growth of 3.7%. Everywhere else show falling prices, most notably a decline of 7.4% in Languedoc Roussillon, a fall of 7% in Lorraine and 6.7% in Poitou Charentes.