A GOLDEN AGE FOR LIFESTYLE PROJECTS
01st January 2005
Everyone who is anyone – from the fashion industry to the food business, the furniture trade, sports-related retailing, and those in building and construction – is interested in Asia today.
2005 REAL ESTATE OUTLOOK
01st January 2005
After a year of robust performance in the housing market which saw sales surging 39 per cent year-on-year in 2Q 2004 and absorption rates for new housing launches jumping to 41 per cent from 20 per cent three months earlier, the question now is whether the momentum can be sustained.
NEW YEAR, NEW OPPORTUNITIES
08th January 2005
While nervousness prevails about a recurrence of mega tsunamis that wrecked Southern Asia two weeks ago, the investment outlook for property for 2005 appears reasonably hopeful. But allow me to qualify this with a disclaimer: a continuation of record oil prices or another geopolitical disaster like the Twin Towers attack or major disease outbreaks like the SARS virus episode could easily derail the growth path.
ANCHORED BY EDUCATION
15th January 2005
Over the last decade or so, higher education development has been changing the landscape of large swaths of the Klang Valley, including the downtown area. In some cases, the colleges and universities there are replacing outmoded facilities; in others, they are replacing retail tenants by occupying large portions of empty space originally meant for retail anchors.
ON THE HORIZON
22nd January 2005
A phenomenon is occurring in Pulau Jerejak that has become familiar in such destinations as Bali in Indonesia, Phuket in Thailand, and Los Cabos in Mexico. A scenic, ocean-side, underdeveloped destination once frequented only by society’s “rejects” in the likes of prisoners-of-war, leprosy and tuberculosis patients, drug kingpins, hardcore criminals, bank robbers, and secret society members, is about to be transformed into a major resort destination with international appeal.
BE A SMART INVESTOR
29th January 2005
One of the questions I am most often asked is what, where, and when should someone invest their money in real estate. It’s a million ringgit question which calls for more than a terse response.