The End of the Amateur Landlord

June 3, 2020—Real estate is in Hong Kong’s DNA. Government-created land shortages, easy access to credit and a growing population made local property a good investment and the source of many family fortunes. Start with a 400-square-foot flat in Tai Po, trade up to a slightly larger unit in Sha Tin, rinse-and-repeat, and with a […]

Making a statutory declaration

January 21, 2020—Today, I learned something about making a statutory declaration that could save you money. What is a statutory declaration? If you buy or sell international property, you may be asked to provide a statutory declaration of your address and other personal details. The declaration doesn’t prove that this information is accurate, just that […]

Priced out of paradise

  September 10, 2018—The following is a transcript of a presentation entitled Priced Out of Paradise that was delivered at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong on June 28, 2018. A video of the presentation is available here. The presentation provides suggestions for people who want to buy a home in hyper-expensive cities, like Hong […]

New Edition of Landed Japan Guides Buyers Through the Complexities of Japanese Real Estate

April 3, 2018 —  Landed Japan, the definitive guide to Japanese real estate, has been expanded and updated with new information for individuals and companies buying property in the world’s third-largest economy. About 50% of Landed Japan (ISBN 978-988-14790-0-6) is new, including chapters about Hokkaido, Greater Tokyo, Nagoya, Kansai, Fukuoka and Okinawa. The 348-page book […]

Landed Japan giveaway

February 5, 2018 — A cover has been chosen for the second edition of my book Landed Japan, and a winning entrant has been picked for the Landed Japan giveaway. The most popular design is version B, and the lucky winner is Shoichi Muromura. Here’s some background on the cover design and the Landed Japan […]

Buying Japanese real estate: An international comparison

November 15, 2016—The following is a transcript of a presentation entitled Buying Japanese real estate: An international comparison that was delivered to the Japan-America Real Estate Coalition Office (JARECO) in Tokyo on September 13, 2016. A video of the presentation is available here. The presentation compares Japan with other markets—including Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Canada and […]

A Foreigner Buys Property in Japan

The following is a transcript of a presentation entitled A Foreigner Buys Property in Japan that was delivered to the Japan-America Real Estate Coalition Office (JARECO) in Tokyo on July 27, 2016.  A video of the presentation is available here. The presentation discusses the changing role of foreigners in the Japanese property market, including The […]

Real Estate and Technology

April 28, 2016—On Monday, I moderated an event about real estate and technology that was organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and sponsored by KPMG. Several interesting things came out of the presentations and discussions, which featured representatives from a management consulting company and technology company and two businesses selling overseas […]

New real estate policies in China

March 31, 2016 — Recently, China’s central and local governments introduced new real estate policies to cool demand in Tier 1 cities (Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenzhen) and stimulate demand elsewhere. Here is a summary of the new real estate policies: The minimum down payment for first-time home buyers outside Tier 1 cities was reduced […]

Property panel discussions

December 14, 2015 — Over the past couple of months, I’ve had the pleasure of moderating two property panel discussions here in Hong Kong. The first session, on October 16, was jointed hosted by the Canadian and American chambers of Commerce in Hong Kong. It featured presentations by Doris Lam from Savills,  Gareth Hart  from […]