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Hottest property markets in the world this year

Last updated on: January 31, 2013 10:58 IST

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Given the tough economic conditions in the Euro-Zone and economic uncertainty globally, which property markets are looking bright for 2013? London and New York, the economic powerhouses and most established markets in the world continue to provide the best safeguards for property investment, but are there any alternatives besides these "safe havens"? asks IP Global.

Let's take a look at some of the hottest property markets in the world, based on IP Global's Property Barometer of 2012.

Source: IP Global

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Image: A view of Vienna International Center and UN headquarters in Vienna.
Photographs: Herwig Prammer/Reuters

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Istanbul, Turkey

How hot? Very hot

Turkey is expected to be the fastest growing economy in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development by 2017, with an annual average GDP growth rate of 6.7 per cent.

A revision to Turkish property law announced in May enables the citizens of 183 nations to own property in Turkey now, opening the market towards cash-rich investors from Russia and the Gulf for the first time.

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Image: A view of Istanbul's financial district.
Photographs: Murad Sezer/Reuters

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Perth, Australia

How hot? Very hot

Located in the resource-rich state of Western Australia, Perth's relationship with the mining sector continues to underpin GDP and employment growth and the city's residential property market has been growing along with the broader economy.

Apartment prices have grown 12.73 per cent year-on-year as of September and apartment rents are up 20.83 per cent for the year.

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Image: Shoppers stroll through a central Perth arcade.
Photographs: Tim Wimborne/Reuters

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Boston, United States

How hot? Very hot

The Boston market is rebounding quickly, with median price gains of 5.3 per cent so far in 2012, with prices now only about 5.6 per cent below their 2005 peak and vacancy rate below the national average at 3.6 per cent in the third quarter.

Benefiting from a strong local economy supported by growth industries such as technology, education, healthcare and bio-tech, Boston's property market has recovered much faster than most other US cities.

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Image: People sit under a canopy of fall leaves during a warm afternoon in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Ulan Bator, Mangolia

How hot? Somewhat hot

Driven by the boom in the mining industry coupled with the increasing influx of international capital, the Mongolian economy is forecast by IMF to grow by 12.7 per cent and 15.7 per cent respectively in 2012 and 2013.

In Ulan Bator, there has been a rapid increase in the number of wealthy local Mongolians and expatriates attracted to the area by employment and stronger economy.

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Image: Locals sit near a statue of the founder of the Soviet state Vladimir Lenin in Ulan Bator.
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Paris, France

How hot? Somewhat hot

New president Francois Hollande's proposed roll out of higher taxes on capital gains and rental income have caused many wealthy Parisians to seek refuge abroad, most notably in London.

As a result, luxury home prices fell 3.4 per cent in the first half of 2012 and demand slowed down. Many investors see the declining prices and a weak euro as an opportunity to seize up prime Parisian properties on the cheap.

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Los Angeles, United States

How hot? Somewhat hot

In the first nine months of 2012, the median home price in Los Angeles has increased 4.2 per cent, but still 38 per cent of its pre-recession peak. Completions will increase signicantly next year pushing up the inventory level. Risks remain, however, as high unemployment and the amount of "shadow inventory" remaining could continue to weigh down the market.

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Image: A view of downtown Los Angeles.
Photographs: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

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Coastal Spain

How hot? Cloudy

Last year saw Spanish property prices continue to decline, highlighted by a 9.5 per cent year-on-year price decrease in September and nationwide home prices are now nearly as low as 2002, erasing a decade's worth of equity for many homeowners.

Coastal regions of Spain, especially popular tourist destinations, were overdeveloped during the boom years. Banks eager to reduce real estate exposure, are now offering foreclosed properties at high discounts, which has further depress the market. With a dire economic outlook in 2013, highlighted by 25 per cent unemployment in Q3 and a minus 1.3 per cent GDP growth forecast, investors would be wise to avoid the Spanish market.

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Image: Residential buildings in Calpe near Valencia.
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Miami, United States

How hot? Cloudy

The Miami market has some signs of life in 2012, with 10 consecutive months of price appreciation amid high transaction levels boosted by overseas buyers. Condominium prices increased 36.2 per cent year-on-year as of September.

However, the Miami metro area ranked in the top 10 cities with the highest foreclosure rates in the US, with an 11 per cent increase in foreclosure filings in Q3 (year-on-year).

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Image: A view of downtown Miami.
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Singapore

How hot? Cloudy

Resale prices of private non-landed homes in Singapore increased by 3.2 per cent in Q3 of 2012, according to the latest data from the Singapore Real Estate Exchange, while price of new units fell 2.2 per cent over the period.

The introduction of the Additional Buyer's Stamp Duty and other government measures intended to cool the market last December has clearly had an impact on the market.


Image: Garden of Light, an animation by Hexogon Solution of Singapore, is projected on the ArtScience Museum during a media preview of the i Light Marina Bay sustainable light art festival in Singapore.
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