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  1. Previous thread is too biggg https://www.mycarforum.com/topic/2714850-private-property-pricesstill-up-or-down-part-ii/page-533 Please continue below
  2. Wyfitms

    Real Estate Crowdfunding

    Real estate crowdfunding - will singaporeans bite? The next big thing in real estate investment Flip through any newspaper over the weekend and you will see a buffet of investment options in the real estate market. Typically, there are investment options from Melbourne, Sydney, London, Ho Chi Minh City, Tokyo, Bangkok, and the list goes on. By Tan Kok Keong - April 29 Flip through any newspaper over the weekend and you will see a buffet of investment options in the real estate market. Typically, there are investment options from Melbourne, Sydney, London, Ho Chi Minh City, Tokyo, Bangkok, and the list goes on. However, as many investors have found out, owning a property overseas can entail a lot of pain: The pain of finding a good absentee manager, the pain of sourcing tenants, the pain of paying the high cost of ownership, the pain to ensure compliance with taxation laws, and the pain in selling off the investment. Perhaps it is time for a rethink. Investors in Singapore might want to rethink their allocation of resources and look at real estate crowdfunding as a viable alternative. Real estate crowdfunding: Can it take off in Singapore? Crowdfunding is a way to collect small individual amounts from many people to fund opportunities or causes. In the United States, several real estate crowdfunding platforms such as Prodigy Network, Fundrise, Realty Mogul and RealtyShares have collectively raised millions for real estate projects. One of the most prominent, and perhaps the largest, crowdfunding project in the world was started in Bogota, Colombia, where Prodigy Network pulled together funds from more than 4,000 people, raising a total of US$190 million (S$255 million) to fund BD Bacata. BD Bacata will be the tallest skyscraper in Bogota and the second tallest in South America, with 67 floors destined to be used as a hotel, apartments and a shopping centre. Growth of similar platforms is observed in Australia, the United Kingdom and China, among others. Massolution, a leading research house on real estate crowdfunding, estimated that real estate crowdfunding value will increase by 150 per cent to US$2.57 billion in 2015, making it one of the fastest-growing industry segments of crowd capitalism. In our opinion, investing in real estate in Singapore will follow the same trend as in New York and other developed markets. Just look at how crowdfunding has already started to change the small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) loan market in Singapore. What special deals can crowdfunding platforms offer? Studying the evolution of the crowdfunding market in the US, we evaluated the offerings of one of the earliest crowdfunding platforms, Prodigy Network. Prodigy Network lets investors into commercial real estate markets in New York City. Imagine owning part of a commercial building in New York’s renowned Wall Street or Park Avenue! Investing in real estate in major cities such as New York is attractive for two main reasons: It is a tangible asset and, considering that the demand for real estate in New York is far higher than the supply, the value of the properties has a high probability of appreciating over time. Now when it comes to what type of real estate to invest in, the choices normally come down to two: Residential versus commercial. From an investing perspective, commercial tends to be the most sought-after strategy, given that it has lower risk and that its cash-flow generating operation increases the value of the property through time. Historically, access to these kinds of investments was restricted to the very wealthy or financial institutions, given that most commercial real estate properties in Manhattan are valued in between US$100-US$250 million. But now, due to the JOBS Act, which is the regulation that permitted crowdfunding in the US, and due to the power of technology, which allows millions of individuals to be connected through their mobile devices, platforms such as Prodigy Network are pooling together investments starting at US$50,000 from around the world in order to fund these projects. In other words, real estate crowdfunding is democratising some of the most attractive and profitable opportunities in the real estate sector. We think that, over time, developers in Singapore will start to explore fundraising efforts in the same way they have evolved in the US. Technology enables, but do not forget real estate fundamentals Even the best technology will not salvage a bad deal. Investors should be aware that while technology enables, they should not lose sight of analysis of the risks involved and whether they are equipped to accept the risk. Understand legal structure of the investment Investors should always remember that in a bad market there could be good investments that are well structured, and in a good market there could be badly structured investments. In a typical crowdfunding structure, investors typically buy into shares of a special purpose company (SPC) or units in a trust. This SPC or trust will then invest in the property. Such investments could be in the form of shares of a development company, a secondary loan to developers or joint ownership of a completed property. Investors need to understand the liabilities and the rights to returns or dividends when investing in such structures. Assess the risk versus the rewards Investors need to start to assess the risk of each investment and whether the returns are sufficient to compensate them for the risk. Do not be taken in by “guaranteed returns” as 100 per cent fail-safe investments. Even governments can default on sovereign debt. Investors also need to start to recognise returns are either fixed or variable. In the case of fixed returns, they should ask where the fundraiser got the money to “guarantee” their returns and what the chances are of the fundraiser not being able to find money to pay those “guaranteed returns”. Share expertise and join the community The other important feature for crowdfunding platforms versus traditional investment models is that investors should be more willing to engage in discussions among themselves or with the fundraisers on the crowdfunding platform or social media. This concept of crowd-policing of investments might be the best way to ensure that dubious investment schemes and individuals are kept out of the investment market. Ask the right questions before investing Investors should look at crowdfunding platforms as an enabler of the process of collective investment. Responsible platforms are more likely to conduct due diligence on projects before these are allowed for fundraising. The new trend in real estate investment markets is rapidly changing and investors might want to start to understand more about investment structures, questions they need to ask and what is involved before getting into any deals. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tan Kok Keong is chief operating officer and co-founder of Fundplaces, a real estate crowdfunding platform. The_Next_big_thing_in_real_estate_investment.pdf
  3. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board ("CPPIB") and Pavilion Group ("Pavilion") today announced the creation of a joint venture to invest in Pavilion Damansara Heights, a mixed-use development project in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As part of the joint venture, CPPIB will commit approximately MYR485 million (C$170 million) for a 49% interest in the development. Representing CPPIB's first direct real estate investment in Malaysia, Pavilion Damansara Heights is a freehold development integrating corporate towers, luxury residences and a retail galleria. The development is located in one of the most prime and affluent locations in Kuala Lumpur, less than 10km from Petronas Twin Towers. It is well connected by a network of highways and strategically served by two upcoming MRT stations within walking distance to the development. "We are pleased to make our first direct real estate investment in Southeast Asia through this joint venture with one of Malaysia's most well-respected developers, the Pavilion Group," said Jimmy Phua, Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Investments Asia. "This joint venture fits well with our investment strategy as it provides us with a great opportunity to work with a smart partner in a high-quality real estate asset that will provide attractive risk-adjusted returns over the long term." Pavilion is an experienced local developer of commercial and residential projects and is one of the strongest and most well-established Malaysian retail developers. Pavilion has developed several prominent retail malls, office and retail projects in Kuala Lumpur. "We are looking forward to the opportunity to partner with CPPIB in this exciting development in Kuala Lumpur," said Mr Timothy Liew, Project Director of Pavilion Group. "It is a highly anticipated landmark for Damansara Heights, set within Malaysia's most affluent neighbourhood, offering a world-class integrated development that is synonymous with the Pavilion Brand."
  4. wow.. first close already hit target even more bullish than 2007 looks like only one way up for real estate! Chiong ah!! EXCLUSIVE: Blackstone in unprecedented $10bn first close BY: EVELYN LEE PUBLISHED: 28 JANUARY 2015 The Blackstone Group is on the cusp of breaking another fundraising record with its latest real estate opportunity vehicle, Blackstone Real Estate Partners (BREP) VIII, PERE can reveal. The New York-based private equity real estate giant is expected to amass approximately $10 billion in the fund’s first close in March, according to three people familiar with the fund. Blackstone declined to comment. The $10 billion fundraise is an unprecedented amount for a first close for a fund that is on track to be the largest property vehicle ever raised. Seeking at least $13 billion in commitments, BREP VIII is currently the largest real estate fund in market, with a target that is more than double that of the second-largest property vehicles, Starwood Capital Group’s Starwood Distressed Opportunity Fund X and Lone Star Funds’ Lone Star Real Estate Fund IV, according to PERE Research & Analytics. Both of the latter funds have equity goals of $5 billion. Blackstone registered BREP VIII with the US Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this month, but has been marketing the offering since the fourth quarter, PERE’s sources said. One of the early investors in the fund is the Maine Public Employees Retirement System, which committed up to $50 million at its board meeting earlier this month. In an investor call last July, Blackstone chairman Stephen Schwarzman said the firm would likely be back in the market with its next flagship global property fund by early 2015. The predecessor vehicle, BREP VII, which had an original target of $10 billion, collected a total of $13.3 billion at its final close in October 2012. The largest real estate fund ever raised, Blackstone gathered only $4 billion in the first close for that fund, and took about nine months to reach the $10 billion mark. BREP VII had available capital of $4.08 billion as of September 30, according to its third-quarter earnings report. Schwarzman said at the time that the firm hoped that BREP VIII that would be at least as large as the prior fund. One source said that the fundraise could gather as much as $15 billion to accommodate all of the interest from investors. The BREP series has been focused on acquisitions of high-quality real estate assets globally at a discount to replacement costs and that typically involve large, complex situations. With BREP VII, Blackstone has targeted opportunities in the US, Europe and Asia, sometimes investing in deals alongside its regional property funds. Last year was a busy year for Blackstone on the real estate fundraising front. Last March, the firm raised the largest-ever European opportunistic property fund, BREP Europe IV, with $5.5 billion in commitments. In an unusual move, Blackstone went on to reopen the fund and expand it by an additional $2 billion last fall. The firm also gathered a record $5 billion for its debut Asia-focused real estate fund, BREP Asia, in December. Additionally, it raised $1.7 billion in the first close for its debut core-plus fund, Blackstone Property Partners, in mid-November. “As a firm, we’ve moved away from the episodic fundraising of years’ past, which caused AUM to ebb and flow somewhat,” said Blackstone president Tony James during the July earnings call. “Now, given the breadth and balance of our product line, we’re always in the market."
  5. my friend bought 2 units of ecohouse at $50,000 each. now everytime I see him, he is like zombie. any news update ?