Abenomics third arrow

July 10, 2013 – This afternoon, I attended  a presentation — jointly organized by JETRO and the Japanese government — about deregulation, which is described as being Abenomics third arrow. As someone with an interest in Japanese real estate, two things in the presentation by Nishimura-san, senior vice-minister in charge of the Cabinet Office, stood […]

Is there a China bubble?

April 30, 2013 — Does the China bubble exist? This is one of the most pressing questions facing property buyers in China — and investors the world over. The following excerpt is from the book Landed China. Is there a bubble? As this book went to press, many people were debating whether China was in […]

The launch of Landed China

April 25, 2013 — Yesterday marked the launch of Landed China in Hong Kong. I spoke at a luncheon at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club that was graciously hosted by club governors Angie Lau and Anna Healy Fenton. A video of the presentation is available here. The presentation looks at restrictions that apply to non-Chinese people […]

Buying a home in China

The following is a transcript of a presentation entitled Buying a home in China that was delivered at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club in Hong Kong on April 24, 2013. Video of the presentation is available here. The presentation explains: Restrictions on foreigners buying real estate in China, including Circular 171, Circular 186 and local ownership […]

Landed China in Shanghai

April 20, 2013 — A big “thank you” to the Canadian, Swiss and Benelux chambers of commerce for hosting the launch of Landed China in Shanghai on April 19.  Forty people attended the luncheon at Bloc, which featured good food and lots of interesting questions. The same presentation was delivered at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club […]

Understanding rural Japan

March 25, 2013 — Low prices, open spaces and fresh air make property in rural Japan irresistible for many foreign buyers. If you are thinking of purchasing a home in rural japan, either as a residence or a weekend getaway, spend a couple of hours reading a blog called Spike Japan. Comprising well-written essays with photos, […]

Hong Kong graveyards

January 13, 2013  — I got hit by a security guard for taking this picture — which does relate to real estate — so I have to share it. In Hong Kong graveyards, you only rent space for 10 years, which is extendable for another 10 years. At the end of the lease, the bones […]

Re-purposing industrial property in Hong Kong

The following is a transcript of a presentation entitled Re-purposing industrial property in Hong Kong that was delivered to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong on January 12, 2012. Video of the presentation is available here. The presentation explains how to convert a Hong Kong factory to a non-industrial use, including: The physical […]

How to buy or rent a Hong Kong office

The following is a transcript of a presentation entitled How to buy or rent a Hong Kong office that was delivered to the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong on November 10, 2011. A video of the presentation is available here. The presentation covers: Cheap Hong Kong offices for micro-businesses and start-ups Renting space […]

Offices for Hong Kong small businesses

October 12, 2011 — On October 11, 2011, I delivered a lunchtime presentation about  offices for Hong Kong small businesses at the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. The presentation is based on my decade-long experience as a tenant, investor and landlord of commercial property in Hong Kong.  You can watch the presentation on […]