Residential real estate markets in Perth and Singapore continue to heat up with a high demand causing residential property prices to soar to new highs. New research is forecasting Perth's property prices to rise by 15 per cent this year, and in Singapore, private home sales have climbed 16.9% in the first quarter compared to the previous three months.

The office market is also buzzing from its pandemic-induced slumber as more transactions are reported. In Singapore, tech companies have been increasingly leasing space in the central business district where banks have traditionally been the dominant tenants. Following the non-fungible tokens (NFTs) hype, people are also snapping up virtual properties with a report that an augmented reality virtual world, SuperWorld, has sold "thousands of properties" in 2021 with an average user spending of US$2,000.

What caught our eyes this week?

Perth Real Estate: Property Prices Set to Soar 15 Per Cent This Year

Perth Real Estate: Property Prices Set to Soar 15 Per Cent This Year

The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia has forecast 15 per cent growth for Perth property prices this year, but 20 local suburbs are on track to exceed that, with prices jumping 10 per cent or more in the first four months of the year. There were also 8 suburbs with median house prices in the AUD1 million-plus price range.

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Singapore Property Tycoons Bet Big On Housing as Demand Heats Up

Singapore Property Tycoons Bet Big On Housing as Demand Heats Up

Billionaires Kwek Leng Beng and Wee Cho Yaw, of UOL Group and City Development respectively, are placing big bets in state land auctions, leading a pack of 15 bids for a residential site in Ang Mo Kio. This strong demand for new residential sites comes as no surprise considering the buoyant demand for housing in the city-state. Total private home sales in the Lion City climbed 16.9% to 8,100 units in the first quarter, compared to the previous three months.

Amazon Leads Tech Invasion of Singapore Offices That Banks Ruled

Amazon Leads Tech Invasion of Singapore Offices That Banks Ruled

Steadily growing their footprint in recent years, tech behemoths are chipping away at the dominance of banks in the island-state’s central business district. Exemplifying the trend, Amazon.com Inc. recently leased space in Asia Square Tower 1, while ByteDance Ltd. secured floors in the landmark One Raffles Quay. This comes as banks trim office space, accelerating a trend that began before the pandemic.

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PG&E Agrees to Sell SF Headquarters Complex for USD800 Million

Pacific Gas and Electric, a publicly listed utilities company based in California, has sold their San Francisco headquarters in a USD800m deal, a key milestone in its move to relocate its head offices to downtown Oakland, a less expensive city located across San Francisco Bay. The utility giant is the latest high-profile departure in the corporate exodus from San Francisco.

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The Curious World of NFT Real Estate and Design

The Curious World of NFT Real Estate and Design

The market for digital files sold as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) exploded this year, most notably when an artwork by digital artist Beeple sold for USD69.3 million at an online auction held by Christie's in March. Real estate, architecture, and design are also booming in the virtual marketplace. SuperWorld, an augmented reality virtual world geographically mapped onto the real world, has already recorded thousands of sales in 2021 so far.


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