A Macquarie-backed data centre operator may be headed to a $6.4 billion IPO, with that story leading our roundup of real estate headlines today. Also in the news, Hong Kong’s relaxed mortgage policies are expected to have little effect on the market and some of the city’s richest people are facing more challenging borrowing conditions.
Data center operator AirTrunk is considering an initial public offering that would give the company an enterprise value of more than A$10 billion ($6.4 billion), the Australian Financial Review reported.
AirTrunk investors Macquarie Asset Management and PSP Investments sent a request for proposals to seven banks earlier this month for a review that will examine an IPO in Australia and options including the sale of a minority stake in the business, according to the newspaper. Read more>>
First-time homebuyers will not rush to purchase unfinished flats in Hong Kong despite relaxed mortgage rules, as they remain reluctant to make significant investments when interest rates are high and the economy is weak, analysts have said.
Sammy Po Siu, chief executive of Midland Realty’s residential division for Hong Kong, on Saturday questioned the effectiveness of the measures, aimed at stimulating the property market. “The relaxation measures have not significantly impacted buyers’ purchasing desires,” he said, pointing to worries over interest rates, stock market weakness and limited economic growth. Read more>>
Hong Kong will be among the first markets where interest rates are likely to fall next year along with the US, which could potentially boost the city’s property sector, according to analysts.
With inflation in the US, the world’s largest economy, showing signs of cooling down, normalising of interest rates may come earlier than in the UK and the euro zone, said Liam Bailey, global head of research at Knight Frank. Hong Kong’s peg to the US dollar means an automatic adjustment to the city’s interest rates alongside the US. Read more>>
Singapore’s private residential property market is now “fairly valued”, after price dynamics slowed in recent quarters, a recent UBS report said.
Real prices have risen by 15 percent since 2018, despite regulatory tightening, while rents have shot up by roughly 40 percent in the same period, UBS said. But with cooling measures kicking in and tighter lending policies in place, home prices increased by only 3 percent in inflation-adjusted terms between mid-2022 and mid-2023. Rents, too, are expected to soften. Read more>>
A government crackdown on illegal structures in Hong Kong’s luxury homes is giving the high-end property market a chill, adding to financial headwinds that could derail a revival this year from a four-year low, analysts said.
Buying decisions could suffer in the short term, according to Midland Realty, after Typhoon Saola and record rainfall this month wreaked havoc in the city, damaging some luxury residential homes in Tai Tam and Tuen Mun, exposing illegal structures and encroachments on government land. Read more>>
The tide is turning for Hong Kong’s tycoon families. All of a sudden, the younger generation has to work a lot harder to convince banks and investors that their money is safe, and their pet projects are savvy.
Among them, Adrian Cheng, a Harvard-educated third-generation heir, and Richard Li, “superman” Li Ka-shing’s second son, are the most audacious. At New World Development Co., Cheng has been building out his K11-branded commercial projects, betting that those in Hong Kong and wealthy parts of mainland China appreciate and will pay for artistic and innovative designs. Across the street, Li’s insurance business has been expanding into Southeast Asia, with the belief that consumers will want financial protection once they become middle class. Both endeavors have cost billions of dollars, and have been fueled with debt. Read more>>
In a recent article, former People’s Bank of China Governor Yi Gang has called upon China’s leadership to reconsider the strict “hukou (户口簿)” household registration rules, aiming to facilitate urban migration as the nation grapples with a sluggish property market and seeks to stimulate domestic consumption.
Published on September 19th as part of a national political advisory body’s discourse, Yi Gang’s article emphasized the need for policy measures to boost consumption. This included moving forward with urbanization initiatives by reducing bureaucratic obstacles that impede individuals from relocating to different cities for work and residency. Read more>>
A landmark heritage building alongside Dojima River in Osaka is under demolition by a local developer. Demolition started in April 2023 with completion expected by late October.
The Meriyasu Kaikan was built in 1929 as an office for the Osaka Knitted Fabric Manufacturing Export Association. It was designed by Hyōzō Sō (1864-1944), who also designed Namba Bridge in 1915, and the Ikoma Building in 1930. A second and third floor was added to the western side in 1937, and a fourth floor added after WWII. After the dissolution of the association, the property was operated as a tenant office building. Read more>>