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 […]

Landed Hong Kong on Money Talk

October 10, 2015 — This morning, host Peter Lewis featured Landed Hong Kong on Money Talk, Radio 3’s daily finance program. I’ve appeared on RTHK 3 several times before, but this was the first time that I was interviewed by Lewis, who I found pleasant, engaging and well prepared. You can listen to the interview […]

Hong Kong property without tears

The following is a transcript of a presentation entitled Hong Kong property without tears that was delivered to the American and Canadian chambers of commerce in Hong Kong on November 9, 2015.  A video of the presentation is available here. The presentation explains how to buy Hong Kong property, including: The political and economic factors […]

Landed Hong Kong 2.0 is here

October 5, 2015 — Landed Hong Kong 2.0 — the second edition of the book Landed Hong Kong — is now available. The updated and expanded edition  includes a wealth of new material about topics such as buying a home in the New Territories and buying off the plan. It also includes updates on the […]

Relaxed restrictions in China

August 28, 2015 — Earlier this month, Mainland authorities relaxed restrictions on foreigners purchasing real estate in China. The change scrapped a requirement that non-Chinese people live in China for one year before they could buy a home. The amendment makes it easier for end-users to buy property. But this is a national level change, […]

Cooling the Hong Kong property market

March 1, 2015 — Over the past five years, the government introduced a series of measures with the goal of cooling the Hong Kong property market. Here is a chronology of the policy changes and tax increases that were  introduced between April 1, 2010, and February 27, 2015. 2010: Stamp duty increase On April 1, […]