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American Luxury Real Estate Popular With Chinese Buyers

American Luxury Real Estate Popular With Chinese Buyers

Buying overseas real estate is popular among affluent Chinese for a number of reasons. They may be buying property for a son or daughter studying overseas, as a tangible investment or the first step in a long term goal of emigrating to a new country. The following is a curated list of articles that provide insight into the growing trend of Chinese purchasing real estate for personal and investment reasons overseas.

Booming land sales fuel predictions of real estate rebound

Land sales in China’s 10 major cities more than doubled in the third quarter compared with the previous one, with the price premium picking up, fueling expectations of a speedier rebound in the country’s real estate sector.

Statistics from real estate service provider Homelink showed that local governments in the 10 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, received 135.2 billion yuan ($20.8 billion) from selling land parcels in the third quarter, up 123.8 percent on the second quarter. Floor space sold during the same period jumped 70.1 percent.

Meanwhile, the four key cities – Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen – saw their land revenue increase 355.7 percent to 41.47 billion yuan in the third quarter. And the price premium of land hit 23.1 percent, a record high since the government introduced a serious of tightening measures in 2011.

Beijing received 25.7 billion yuan from selling land in September, which exceeded the total amount from January to August, according to Homelink.

The warming up of the land market is due to local governments’ eagerness to launch more quality land parcels onto the market, as well as falling inventories and property developers’ improved cash flow, said Qin Xiaomei, chief researcher at Jones Lang LaSalle Beijing.

According to the Ministry of Land and Resources, only 47,200 hectares of land were in place for residential house building, accounting for 29.6 percent of the ministry’s annual plan for 2012.

Meanwhile, the country’s fiscal income climbed 10.8 percent in the first eight months of 2012, down 20.1 percentage points compared with the same period last year, compelling local governments to take measures to deal with declining revenues.

In addition, an increasing number of property developers, especially the major players, have been more active in the land market since August, as their sales and access to bank credit continued to improve.

China Vanke Co, the country’s biggest property developer in terms of market value, paid 4.67 billion yuan for two parcels of land in Guangzhou and Hefei on Sept 5 and 6, which was 1 billion yuan more than the company spent in August.

Inventory levels appear to be falling in many big cities, countering expectations that it would take years for the market to absorb the large number of empty apartments, Standard Chartered said in a research note on Wednesday.

“Indeed, inventory depletion looks even more likely to be an issue for the second half of 2013, particularly in those big cities, where new land supply is limited,” said Stephen Green, an economist at Standard Chartered.

Signs of life in the land market, together with a recovery in both property prices and sales, suggest that China’s real estate sector is on the fast track to recovery, analysts said.

“China’s residential housing sector will turn from a drag to a positive for the economy in the first quarter of 2013,” said Green.

A return to growth for this sector would be a much-needed boon not only for heavy industry, but also for the furniture, home decoration, electrical goods and auto industries, he added.

House prices in 100 major cities across China climbed further in September, the fourth consecutive rise this year, according to statistics from China Index Academy.

The average price of new homes in the 100 cities increased 0.17 percent month-on-month to 8,753 yuan per square meter, according to the Beijing-based research institute.

However, the rate of growth is shrinking, compared with the 0.24 percent rise in August, said the academy.

“I expect prices to stabilize or gradually pick up in the remaining months of this year,” said Carlby Xie, head of research at real estate consultancy Colliers International (Beijing).

“However, fueled by soaring land prices and the dropping inventory, home prices in the country’s big cities may see a strong rebound after the first quarter of 2013, due to the demand and supply relationship,” Xie said.

CHINA DAILY By Hu Yuanyuan

习惯笑口常开 夏威夷人叁膺全美最幸福


习惯笑口常开 夏威夷人叁膺全美最幸福
2012-02-29 01:24:00 来源: 香港成报
盖洛普(Gallup)民调周一指出,夏威夷居民连续叁年被评比为「美国最幸福的居民」,原因在於夏威夷居民「笑口常开」的乐观态度,和良好的饮食及运动习惯。西弗吉尼亚州居民则被评为幸福指数最低的居民。

  本报综合报道

  盖洛普健康福利调查指数(Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index)调查2011年全美各州幸福状况显示,夏威夷居民连续叁年被评比为美国最幸福的居民,西弗吉尼亚州居民则被评比为幸福指数最低的居民。

  幸福指数最低半数在南方

  这项幸福指数评比细分为六项子指数,分别是「生活评价」、「情绪健康」、「工作环境」、「生理健康」、「健康行为」和「基本条件」。整体而言,美国在2011年的幸福指数为66.2,比2010年的66.8有些许下降。

  就地理位置而言,调查显示,美国西部各州持续维持较高的幸福指数,西部及中西部各州包办了幸福指数最高10个州裏的九个州。南方各州的幸福指数则相对较低,幸福指数最低的10个州裏有近半数是位於南方。

  变动不大经济成长续迟滞

  调查显示,夏威夷居民再度蝉联最幸福居民的原因,主要是来自「情绪健康」,他们既是最可能对别人说自己「昨天笑口常开」,也是最不会感到忧虑或压力的居民。

  此外,夏威夷居民良好的饮食、运动习惯,以及较少的吸烟人口,也让他们在「健康行为」指数上居全国之冠。

  盖洛普认为,全美幸福指数基本上仍未有太大的变动,反映出美国的经济成长持续迟滞。对於各州的领导者而言,想要提高幸福数的挑战在於如何因应金融问题、公共服务减少、公共部门裁员、减薪以及债务负担等问题,这些问题也是各州居民的难题。

  这项调查是採取电话访问,针对全美各州随机抽样的逾35万名18岁以上的成年人进行调查,抽样误差为正负一个百分点。

中印参与制造世界最大望远镜 耗资超10亿美元 这架望远镜将建在夏威夷莫纳克亚山顶部


中国和印度参与制造30米望远镜。这架望远镜将建在夏威夷莫纳克亚山顶部,预计于2018年竣工,将成为世界上最大的望远镜

TMT望远镜允许天文学家观测到大约130亿光年以外的太空区域,研究宇宙的早期形态

  北京时间1月17日消息,中国和印度均已参与夏威夷30米望远镜的制造计划。在这个十年完成制造时,30米望远镜将成为世界上最大的望远镜。据悉,这架望远镜的制造成本预计超过10亿美元,中国和印度将承担部分成本,同时分享观测时间。

  30米望远镜将建在夏威夷莫纳克亚山顶部,是中国和印度参与制造的第一架先进望远镜。中国国家天文台天体物理学教授毛树德(Shude Mao,音译)表示:“对于中国来说,这将是一次巨大飞跃。”

  30米望远镜的分块式主镜直径接近100英尺(约合30米),观测范围将是当前世界上最大光学望远镜的9倍,所拍摄影像的清晰度是后者的3倍。30米望远镜简称“TMT”,将观测环绕其他恒星运转的行星,同时帮助天文学家观测正在形成的新行星和恒星。此外,这架望远镜还允许科学家观测到大约130亿光年外的太空区域,了解宇宙的早期形态。

  2009年,中国以观察国身份参与这项计划,2010年,印度也参与其中。现在,两个国家都是TMT项目的参与者,派代表进驻TMT项目管理委员会。此外,日本也参与了这一项目。在莫纳克亚山,日本拥有自己的大型望远镜,口径8.3米的苏巴鲁(Subaru)望远镜。TMT可能无法在长期内保留世界最大望远镜头衔。欧洲国家正计划制造欧洲极大望远镜,口径达到42米。

  毛树德指出中国天文学家希望利用TMT望远镜研究系外行星的起源、黑洞、暗物质以及暗能量。中国拥有很多优秀的理论天体物理学家,这架望远镜能够帮助中国在观测方面取得长足进步。
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