The Swiss property market, moving ahead while the economy shrinks, is in more danger of developing a bubble than at any time since 1991, UBS said in a quarterly study on Tuesday.
Negative interest rates have created excess demand for property as an investment, the Zurich-based bank said, which brings the housing market back into focus for the Swiss National Bank (SNB).
Loan applications for second homes hit their highest on record in the second quarter, UBS said.
Total returns from investment property in Ireland hit 6.3% in the second quarter of 2015, rising above the 4.3% returned in the first quarter of the year, new data shows.
Offices continued to lead the market, returning 7.4% in the last quarter, and 37.7% year on year compared with 33.0% in 2014, another record performance figure for the office sector, according to the figures from the IPD/SCSI quarterly property index.
If you can tear your eyes away from China's volatile stock market, you may want to focus on the country's real estate sector.
It's about to enter "a continued, multi-year slowdown of very significant proportions," according to a note from Barclays.
The likelihood of an imminent collapse is low, says Barclays, but "the slope down might be a little steeper than many investors expect."
Singapore's skyline has dramatically changed in the past 50 years - its changes reflecting the country's progress.
But is the old getting lost in the new?
Jason Pomeroy, founding principal of Singapore-based sustainable design firm, Pomeroy Studio, takes us around Singapore to explore how its landscape has evolved.
Brazil's emergence in the global economy during the recent boom years brought rewards for average Brazilians, who saw their incomes rise.
Many businesses saw their operations blossom too.
Among them, one stood out as a clear winner: Odebrecht group, which owns Latin America's biggest construction company.
Under the leadership of chief executive Marcelo Odebrecht, whose grandfather founded the company, the group more than doubled in size and revenue in 10 years.
Residential real estate sales fell by 69% in the first half of 2015 compared to the same period the year before, according to a report released by the country's Land Department.
Home prices across Australia's capital cities surged in July as demand in Sydney and Melbourne remained red hot, presenting an increasingly high hurdle to further cuts in interest rates even as the wider economy struggles.
Annual growth in home values picked up to 11.1 per cent, from 9.8 per cent in June. Most of the gains were concentrated in Sydney, where prices were up over 18 per cent for the year, while Melbourne advanced by 11.5 per cent.
Brought to its knees when its property market bubble burst four years ago, Vietnam is riding into another boom, with construction starting in Ho Chi Minh City on two of the world's tallest skyscrapers and buyers snapping up new projects fast.
The speed of the market's turnaround has been startling. Successful property transactions have doubled from a year ago, and developers have halved their unsold inventory from $6 billion at the peak of the crisis at the start of 2013.
The two tiered growth evident across Australia’s housing markets continued in July with Sydney and Melbourne driving home values higher, the latest monthly index shows.
The CoreLogic RP Data Home Value Index increased by 2.8% month on month and 11.1% year on year and the total aggregated value of Australian housing increased by just over half a trillion dollars over the past 12 months to $6 trillion.
Concerns are growing that the Chinese economy is cooling fast, but the message from financial advisers seems to be ‘don’t panic!’
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