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 […]

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 […]

Ten things you must know before buying international real estate

The following is a transcript of a presentation entitled Ten things you must know before buying international real estate that was delivered to the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan on October 16, 2014. Video of the presentation is available here. The presentation explains how to buy international real estate, including: Alternatives […]

Why invest in U.S. real estate?

The following is a transcript of presentation entitled Why invest in U.S. real estate? at the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong on September 23, 2014. An audio recording of the presentation is available here. Why would someone living outside the United States—in particular a Hong Kong resident—invest in U.S. real estate? This presentation […]

Buying a property in Japan

The following is a transcript of a presentation entitled Buying a property in Japan that was delivered at the Smart Property Expo in Hong Kong on November 23, 2013. Video of the presentation is available here. The presentation covers: The challenges facing foreigners when they buy houses in Japan, such as finding a mortgage lender […]

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 […]

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 […]