Posts Tagged real estate development

Converging and Emerging: Philippines Real Estate Financial Innovation

The Philippines shows how emerging real estate markets are beginning to converge with developed markets. The opportunities in the Philippines revolve around the country’s burgeoning growth in back office outsourcing, remittances from foreign workers and rapid growth in regional tourist arrivals. The Philippines is starting to buzz […]

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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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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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Housing China’s Millions: Passive vs. Active Strategies

China’s real estate community is in a stir over news published in the July 9th edition of the People’s Daily International. Titled “What Does the High Housing Vacancy Rate Mean?” (in Chinese), an economist at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences estimates approximately 64.5 million currently empty […]

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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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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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China’s Cup Runneth Over

What happens when a developing country city finds itself in the grips of scarce land supply, developer land grabs and massive overbuilding of luxury housing – not to mention a free-flowing spigot of government money? Shanghai and Beijing! Kenneth Rogoff, now at Harvard, formerly IMF Chief Economist, […]

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A Utopian Vision But Nobody Home

This FT article “No One Home” about Chenggong, China (20 km from Kunming in Yunnan Province) shows how government efforts to take pressure off of rapidly growing developing country cities don’t always work, but if you got deep pockets, as China does, you can sit out the […]

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Micro Housing Finance Corporation (MHFC): Putting Together Developers, Buyers and Financing for Affordable Housing

My meeting with Micro Housing Finance Corporation (MHFC), one of Monitor Inclusive Market’s partners, focused on their successful business model for getting low cost and affordable housing built and homebuyers financed. MHFC is a young and growing housing finance company; one of their model innovations allows them […]

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Developers Venturing Toward Urban Retrofits and Rehabs: Axis Spaces Pvt. Ltd.

Meeting with Santosh Awatramani and Jayesh Rukhana, Directors at Axis Spaces, opened our eyes to the world of small and mid-sized developers in Mumbai, a city where India’s largest industrialist and corporate families seem to call the shots. Not to mention that most development projects in the […]

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