Posts Tagged private investment

$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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Affordable Housing’s Distant Dream in Buenos Aires

This article “Affordable Housing – A Distant Dream”  highlights Buenos Aires as another unfortunate example of one of the world’s great cities – in a middle income country, not one of the poorest – being unable to house its working and informal sector citizens in decent quality […]

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Affordable Housing’s Distant Dream in Buenos Aires

“Affordable Housing – A Distant Dream” highlights Buenos Aires as another unfortunate example of one of the world’s great cities – in a middle income country, not one of the poorest – being unable to house its working and informal sector citizens in decent quality housing. Quantitative […]

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Global Real Estate Ups and Downs

Along with the very modest global economy recovery, most developed countries around the world have started to see their housing markets stabilize or, at least, decline more slowly than past quarters. Most emerging markets, on the other hand, especially in Asian cities, have experienced rapid acceleration of […]

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Fixing India’s Property Rights Mess

The Wall Street Journal online’s article “India Lands in a Mess” discusses the thorny implications of one of India’s most important roadblocks to modernizing the country’s real estate markets: the weakness of private property rights. Tied up with this shortcoming is lack of information about who holds […]

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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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