COVID 19: Revisiting the Asia Pacific economies and real estate markets

As we head into the one-year mark since the pandemic started, the third wave of infection is sweeping through some countries. The economic recovery is no longer a “V” that optimists were hoping, but a “U”. The real estate sector, especially on the occupier front, has felt the brunt of the social distancing measures. While governments have also stepped up monetary and fiscal support measures to mitigate the impact on businesses and individuals, we expect a further contraction in the occupier market until a vaccine is widely available.

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The Asia Pacific Region Amidst COVID-19

As the world struggles to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, global travel has practically ground to a halt, impacting retail and travel related industries, to say the least. There has not been any precedent with an equivalent scale of economic disruption in recent times to guide policymakers across the globe. 

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Novel Coronavirus - Hunker down and brave the storm

Hospitality, airlines, retail sectors are likely to feel the brunt of this outbreak while the office leasing market could slow down if the contagion is not contained and begins to affect business operations in major cities.

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Singapore Draft Master Plan 2019

In this latest review of the Master Plan, there are no major changes to the land uses but the underlying strategy and "planning tone" has shifted. The approach to new concepts and ideas are not as "prescriptive" as it was in the eighties and nineties but more consultative and collaborative.

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Invest in China

The US-China trade disputes have caused tremendous economic woes and financial market turmoil since March 2018, dampening market sentiment and business investment.

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Bridging the Infrastructure Financing Gap

According to the UN 2014 revision to the report "World Urbanization Prospects", over 66 per cent of the world's population will be residing in urban areas by 2050, up from 54 per cent in 2014.

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Reaffirming the Invest-China Thesis

The recent confluence of several major geopolitical happenings has recharged the economic and political energy in Asia. Kicking off these media-grabbing events was China’s 19th Party Congress where President Xi Jinping in a three-hour-long speech, gave his economic vision for China as it gears toward a consumption-based economy.

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Brexit - What's Happening

Until the negotiations are completed, the impact of BREXIT on the UK economy remains an uncertainty. In the real estate market, two critical issues that are of grave concern include immigration controls and trade restrictions. While the market has somewhat regained the loss of confidence immediately following the referendum and subsequent election, the eventual economic impact still remains a subject of academic debate. Meanwhile, what is happening in the UK real estate markets?

 

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Hong Kong 20 Years On

Beyond the recent media attention on the twentieth anniversary of the return to China, the question remains whether Hong Kong remains an attractive destination for investors

 

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