Posts Tagged housing finance

$300 House – What A Few Hundred Doesn’t Buy

The exciting dialogue about design-and-technology kit houses like the $300 house competition and Tata Steel’s $700 house (launching by end-year) suggests new social enterprise solutions to developing world cities’ housing crunch. To make these ideas more viable we outline some of the issues that need to be […]

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Iqbal Quadir Got Me Thinking… How Can a House Be a Cow?

Two nights ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Microfinance Club of New York’s panel with Iqbal Quadir, Founder and Director of the MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, Firas Ahmad, Director of Emergence Bioenergy, moderator Duncan Goldie Scot, Director of Musoni and Mission Markets, […]

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Commentary on NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate: Latin American Real Estate Markets in the Near Future

The NYU Schack Institute’s panel, Latin American Real Estate Markets in the Near Future, highlighted where the smart money is going in real estate development in the region. Since real estate investment has to be part of a longer-term strategy, sentiment among these investors can be a […]

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What Does Multinationals’ Consumer Goods Strategy Have To Do With Inclusive Real Estate?

Capturing the world’s emerging middle class in the McKinsey Quarterly looks at consumer goods in rapid growth emerging markets and doles out advice to multinationals wanting to compete in these markets, but there is much here for domestic and international real estate developers and homebuilders to consider. […]

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Brazil’s Housing Market Propelled by Minha Casa, Minha Vida Program

Reuters Real Estate’s broad brushstroke picture of affordable housing in Brazil, Government Program Boosts Brazil Housing Market, highlights the apartment buildings partly financed by subsidies for low-income families that are sprouting up all over Brazil thanks to the Minha Casa, Minha Vida program. About 410,000 contracts to […]

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International Private Equity Investments in Mexico Innovative Housing Scheme

“Mexico’s Urbi Teams Up With Aureos On Rent-To-Buy Home Sales” serves up some excitement for innovative impact investments in housing in developing countries. Urbi Desarrollos Urbanos is one of Mexico’s top three homebuilders with a special niche in the low cost housing market. Aureos Capital was established […]

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Lessons from “The Town That Loved Its Bank”

The lessons from The Town That Loved Its Bank in the Sunday New York Times yesterday hit home for me and, I think, should provide some insight into the challenges of philanthropy and investment in the effort to build stronger urban communities. Not an unusual setting for […]

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Urban regeneration and the World Cup in South Africa

World Cup winners in the Financial Times weekend Home section highlights the kickstart that big events like the World Cup can give to urban regeneration projects – a theme that’s increasingly getting play in Brazil as well. While world sport events conjure up images of unused white elephant […]

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Foliage Developers: How Developers Choose to Make a Difference

Giving low and moderate income working people the opportunity to buy decent, dignified housing is one of India’s most pressing needs, given the country’s 26 million some-odd housing deficit. By this point, we’ve met several organizations working towards that goal so we feel India’s low cost housing […]

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The Magic of Making Missing Markets: Monitor Inclusive Markets Affordable Housing Team

The Monitor Inclusive Markets initiative in India with Ashish Karamchandani at the wheel has succeeded in bringing to the fore many of the challenges facing India’s economic progress today by proposing market responses to major issues through business model development, intensive on-the-ground guidance and market building activities. […]

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